I've been working on getting together some (very) basic video skills, while also documenting the kayak fishing thing and some of our travels. Getting some video of your fishing trips is actually a great way to see what you're doing wrong or right. Despite my embarrassment, I'm going to include a clip of me pathetically losing a coho (silver) salmon in Alaska a few weeks ago. I'm pretty new to fly fishing, and that fish made me look like a little punk! You can see in the video that I don't know how to palm the reel right, and I didn't use the rod to pressure the fish at all. I was shocked at the power of the fish + the current.
The first video is from a fun trip I had this summer with fellow Men of Leisure Josh Reppel (Wild Louisiana Tours), and Allen DeJean, my neighbor in Gentilly Terrace. Both of these guys are great musicians as well as avid fishermen. We fished in the Delacroix area, and found some good spots with clear water. I think we caught 19 redfish between the three of us (obviously we didn't keep them all). The downside to this trip was getting caught in a pretty gnarly storm on the way back. Despite not being out too far from the launch, a storm came up on us quick, and we tried a shortcut to get back. For those who aren't familiar with the Louisiana marsh, water levels are variable, and things that look open on satellite photos can actually turn out to be giant mud flats in reality. That was the case this day, and I got pushed by the wind into a very stinky situation that required slogging through about 150-200 feet of chest deep mud. I don't recommend trying that at home. Every muscle in my body was screaming with the effort of moving one leg at a time, and I actually had to talk myself down off the crazy ledge for a moment to keep from pushing too hard and exhausting myself too much. It's an uncomfortable feeling being stuck in the mud with a big ol' summer storm pushing in. Lesson learned - if water levels are low and you're in a situation that doesn't allow for backtracking and experimenting, GO OUT THE WAY YOU CAME IN.