Jekyll Island Beast

I have been to Jekyll Island in South coastal Georgia many times and have caught many awesome fish. However I never had the opportunity to film the catch other than a photo of the catch. Last October (2018) I set out with the goal of doing this, and accomplished just that. Matter of fact I went out for less than an hour and hooked into four awesome fish that others only dream of. This is a video of only one of them and it is the smallest.... as I have yet to edit the rest of the footage. If you are interested in this trip check it out at HERE

The Journey

So I have been focusing on my career lately and it left very little time to actually get out on the water. (insert sad face emoji here) However time; as always changes as the seasons, and I am looking forward to getting out with friends this month. I have a trip planned at Lake Lanier the first weekend and one to Jekyll Island later in the month. It will not only be AWESOME to get out and stretch some lines it will be most excellent to see old fishing buddies that I have not seen in over two years. I looked out at my Yak today and the old song by Stevie Ray Vaughn came to mind "The kayak is crying!" I think it was the sky is crying but you get the idea. lol.

Looking back and reminiscing about the extent of the journey I have been on for the past ten years, it came to my mind that there is something spiritual about this journey and the ramifications of said experiences. To wit I will attempt to explain the reward of hard work and perseverance.

The way I figure it is; fishing is just like spirituality. We the anglers ply our trade in search of that elusive unseen prize with patience and determination.. If fish were so dumb as to grace a fisherman with their bite with no experience, with no desire, with no patience, with no perseverance and no effort then would the reward be any reward at all? Most do not appreciate things that are readily given to them, it is truly human nature to achieve or to earn. That being said; it is in fact the process where we learn many indispensable things in the pursuit of that catch, it is in fact a process. In the Bible Jesus tells a senior spiritual leader that to receive eternal life they must first be born again. This confused the leader as he literally did not understand the metaphor at all, he asked if he was to crawl back in the womb and be birthed again.

This metaphor simply meant that the pursuit of eternal life was a process that when you started on this path you did so as a baby, not knowing anything. Having to learn the simplest things and progress to the more advanced. There are no short cuts, no cheats, or get out of jail free cards. You must walk the path one step at a time one day at a time, taking all the data into account. It is impossible to solve a complex mathematical equation with out all the data to render an answer. Yes I submit that there are those who are lucky and seem to catch great fish from time to time, however will they be consistent? I think not. So just to wrap up this deep thought, Walk that path one step at a time refusing to be discouraged by a lack of success, instead focus on the things you learn along the way. If you will indulge me to use one more Biblical reference; Jesus told peter to go out and cast out his net, to which Peter replied "we have fished all night and caught nothing" Jesus then said "cast your net out on the other side of the boat" Now the other side of the boat was only a few feet from that side, but Peter complied and his net filled with large fish. So if what you are doing is not working, try something else!

Asking others where the fish are will not help you learn where to find fish, this is a short cut. I love seeing others catch their first kayak Striper as much as the next guy, however I also want to help them learn to find them for themselves. I can no more help you find Heaven than I can help you find fish, if you are not committed to putting in the time to learning and growing as a angler.

Fishing is not simply my escape; it is where I am supposed to be, it is not a place that I go, but a lifelong journey I am taking.
The reward is in the memory, the friendships, the setting and achieving of goals and the experience of being in Gods Great creation while maturing through the process.

Tight Lines,

Epic Sleigh Ride in Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90

Went down to Jekyll Island in October in my Vibe Kayaks Skipjack 90 just days ahead of Hurricane Matthew hoping to hook into some bull redfish. However this was the only trip I was able to make offshore as the water began to get really rough. I hooked into what I thought would be an awesome record fish, only to realize later that I did have a record. but it was not a red fish... it was the biggest sting ray that I have ever seen. I fought it until it became unsafe to continue the fight so I cut him off. This was by far the hardest fight I have ever fought in a kayak. Enjoy!

The Electronic Angler/ part six "Kayak Lighting and Wiring"

Part Six "Kayak Lighting and Wiring"

The Kayak Angler is always in a process of evolution when it comes to gear and setup of their kayak. There is a need to not only personalize ones kayak but as the kayak anglers skills and nerve grow their kayak will reflect this progression also. As the Kayak Angler begins to hone their skills they will begin to venture out further, fish after sundown, and other activities where more safety and operational concerns begin to become a real factor.

One of the ways that people will pimp out their yak is by adding electronics like lighting, imaging and sonar devices, cameras, power stake out devices, electric motors and power supplies for various electronic devices. This article is not and in depth, step by step installation guide as much as a general guideline for the do's and don'ts when installing electronics in you yak.

1. Keeping the kayak water tight. You will eventually pass wiring from inside the hull to the outside. Most kayaks already get a small amount of water inside the hull as it is, you will not want to add more water because of leaky fittings, as too much water in a hull will cause the kayak to become unstable and hard to paddle. The best way to prevent this is to; use water tight seals where you pass wiring through the hull. there are many types and some are better than others. The Hobie Thru Hull Wiring Kit works decently and gives you a lot of options. another one that I like is the Marine Plastic Mini Deck Seal  these work the best.

2. Keeping your connections corrosion free. Water and especially salt water creates a situation where connections will corrode. Corroded connections will cause most electronics and wiring to not work or over heat and will cause damage. any wires that are spliced together must be water tight. Any lugs on the back of switches must be protected. (Note) when using switches make sure that they are the type that has a water proof boot on the outside keeping water from penetrating into the switch. You can use a product like Lexell to cover and protect the back of the switch by covering any lugs and exposed connectors. For wire splices you can use what is called a Environmental butt splice. Blue Butt Connector 16-14 Gauge Heat Shrink. Splice Connectors Has Adhesive Lining For Watertight Seal. See illustration below.
This type of connector is crimped on just like a normal butt splice, however once crimped on it is heated on each end and has solder inside to make a better connection and the ends shrink around the wire to create a water tight seal.

3. Power supply (battery). This one should be a no brainer, however you would be surprised how much confusion is out there concerning what type of battery to use and how to install it. I have found that the Sealed Lead Acid Battery like the ones that are used as Home alarm system back up batteries work great. There is a plethora of sizes and ratings available. So I will give you a general guideline on which will work best for you.

If you are only using the battery for a fish finder then a battery rated at 12 volt and 7 to 9 amp hours will power your gear for several trips. If you are running other peripherals like lights, ect. Then you might want to step up to a 10 or 12 amp hour battery. These can be acquired at any Batteries plus bulbs store.

12V 7.2Ah SLA Rechargeable Battery for Security Systems/ Replaces Standard 7.0Ah

12V 12AH Replacement for Yuasa NP12-12 + 12V Charger - Mighty Max Battery brand product

These batteries are water proof and do not need to be placed into a water tight container. However it should be secured so it can not slide around inside your hull. You will also want to seal the connections on top of the battery once you wiring is connected to it with Lexell. This will keep the corrosion from forming on your battery posts. (note) if you do seal the terminals on the battery make sure too wire in a charging plug to hook you battery charger to the wiring harness.

4. Kayak lighting. There are some pretty cool LED lighting kits on the market today. These are very bright and consume very little battery power. They can be used to light up your cockpit, Bait well and on the outside of your kayak for visibility to powered craft on the water. One more benefit of LED lighting on the outside of your yak is that it will draw in bait fish in around your kayak. Green works best as the green wavelength penetrates the water deeper.When the bait fish show up it will not be long before the predator fish show up to take advantage of this situation.

You will have to attach the LED strips on the exterior of your kayak. These usually have a strip of 3M adhesive on them. You will have to drill a small hole in your hull just big enough to feed the wires into your hull to be connected to your wiring and switches. Once you have the strips in place you can seal the hole by using Sashco 13013 5oz Sashco Sealants Clear Lexel Adhesive Caulk, 5-Ounce.

These are just some general guidelines, take your time and do it right the first time and it will bring you many years of enjoyment.

Tight lines,