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Fluke out of my yak?

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My mother in law bought a pair of nice kayaks last year to use for excercise and never uses them. So rather than sitting in her garage I figure they should get some use. After a couple days catching fluke from shore I was wondering how I would do from the kayak. Do guys usually target this species out of yaks? If so what methods are used? I have been planning a trip out for the next nice weekend. I plan on drifting rigs on the bottom and bouncing jigs like I would off the boat. I see no reason why this wouldnt work but I figured I would ask for advice from seasoned yakers. Thanks for any advice! Good luck and be safe out there.

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One of my favorite things to do this time of year is fluke from the yak. Don't over think it, just do it. I typically bounce a bucktail tipped with bait (squid, sand eels, killies, big spearing or gulp) and about 2 feet up I tie a teaser hook also tipped. Your biggest issue may be too much drift. A strong afternoon seabreeze can cause all kinds of problems. I can overcome most of them with my mirage drive, however, you can also just drag something to slow you down. A drift sock, sash weight, small mushroom anchor, even a milk jug filled with sand will do the trick. The key is to use something that will resist snagging. Always have a knife handy to cut loose if you get hung up.

Go for it! Good luck!

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I went out Thursday with Carp13 out of Barn Island launch and went out towards Napatree point and the break waters. We did ok just using the breeze for a drift. Ran a three way with a 3 oz dropper about 2 ft long. A 3 foot leader off the back with a lightweight spoon and squid strip trailer. The key is the spoon can't be to heavy or it will drag instead of fluttering above the bottom.

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Yup.. Fluke is one of my favorite species to target off the yak.. but number one rule.... BRING A NET. I forgot one my last outting and lost two of the biggest fluke I've ever seen... beatin.gif

 

 

Chip

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yesterday was the first time i officially fluked off a kayak, it was a blast. i just bought my kayak (used) like 3 weeks ago. keep in mind I have very minimal experience kayaking, and fluke fishing for that matter. within 2 hours of fishing yesterday i landed 4 fluke...all shorts in the 12-13" range. it's not rocket science, or really dangerous, etc. the most dangerous part was having a toothy fluke almost taking a little chunk out of your leg as it flops around the boat.

 

some folks on this board make it sound like fishing among some boat traffic is super-sketchy and something a beginner should avoid...it's really not if you have a half a brain, minimal athletic ability, and wear a life jacket. i basically was casting right into a boat channel the whole time and bouncing off the bottom with bucktail jigs and gulp swimming minnows.

 

the reason why everything went so smoothly was because:

 

1) I planned ahead...I had my lures rigged-up in advance and my kayak was bought all rigged-up for fishing. I wouldn't even think about rigging up on my kayak...It would be a waste of time, Plus I would have been fumbling around and probably losing swivels and spools of leader overboard.

 

2) I finally found a good spot to fish. Nobody else was there either. It was in Manasquan...That's about all I can say so I don't get people all bent outta shape.

 

Have fun!

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Well I took the kayak out for a little test run earlier this morning and took some wake up to about a foot and a half tall and handled it fine. I noticed the drift was pretty fast when the current and wind lined up so I definitely plan on trying the five gallon bucket trick. I appreciate all the tips. I hope to get out within the next couple days. I cant wait to get a couple fanged flat fish to come up!!!

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