For late February, it was surprisingly warm on Sunday. I joined Jeff Lockhart (fellow Richmonder) and Billy Nicar (from GreenTop) on the Elizabeth River along with a fleet of others who welcomed the tease of Spring.
A couple of stripers (18"~19") started off the action but after that it went kaput. Every spot we went to had the same story; boaters and kayakers alike had virtually nothing all day. Eventually, near where we started, I caught a fairly nice sized hickory shad, then right around sunset, we finally got into some specks. Jeff spotted big swirl in 3-4 feet of water and hooked up first with a nice 23" trout.
Not too long after, just as I was saying to myself that I really needed to leave, I hooked into a nice scrappy fish. After some impressive runs I had my first trophy of the year come over the gunnel of the new Predator 13.
Even though the bite was getting hot, it was time to go. I promised Kev that I'd come by to broadcast live with Lee Williams for an episode of a Kayak Kevin Podcast.
Here's the recorded version.
Friendly reminder: Don't forget your sunblock or face mask/buff.