Guana Lake - My First Real Kayak Fly Fishing Outing

With the weather finally behaving, I was able to take the kayak out yesterday to Guana Lake.  Also known as Lake Ponte Vedra, Guana Lake is part of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve - which is a lot of words, right?!

The "Six-Mile" launch...two more miles and it'd be an Eminem movie.

Anyway...despite a fairly consistent breeze that was pushing me around a little bit, it was a pretty nice day out on the water.  I didn't really catch much, but I did learn some more things about handling my kayak, figuring out the most efficient layout for stuff in and on the boat, and just casting my 8-weight from a paddling/seated position.


Not to say that I was skunked...but I do probably need to get a pair of those grip thingies to deal with toothy critters...

Hey, that's not a brown trout...first fish in the 'yak.

Guess I can keep the blog's name Troutrageous! for the time being...

I also "caught" a crab, or maybe the crab caught my fly.  Either way I flung it off the side rather than do a grip & grin.  I like my fingers.


Windburned and sunburned, I had to call it quits after a few hours.  I do have to say the few hours out on the water felt really good.  I feel like it's been a while since I've said that about my fishing outings.

Comments

  1. Awesome! I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your Florida outings.

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    1. Thanks Rick, just getting started. It's all a little bit different, I should really break down and get a guide to show me what's what, but I'm a stubborn DIY-er.

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  2. Now that's some beautiful looking water. I'm glad you're not changing the name and getting out on the water.

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    1. The name was never in doubt, only the catching. Thanks for reading Howard.

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  3. I see that Florida sun is giving you a healthy glow. I would suggest more time on the water. Sure that wasn't a brown trout? Like Larry Bird and Tweedy Bird "they look an awful lot alike". Yeh, a fish grabber would be in order.

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    1. Definitely need one of those boga grip things, I don't like how these fish have real teeth!

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  4. That fish is cool looking. It has markings like a red drum but the color is really dark like a black drum.

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    1. Thanks Kevin, it's a spotted seatrout. I was hoping for a redfish, but I'll take it.

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  5. Very cool post, great pics, nice seatrout! We are new followers but are definitely big fans of the blog. Tight lines!

    Spencer
    www.featherandfinblog.com

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