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Hi all,

 

Name is Gary and I live in the Yorktown area of Vrginia. Fairly new to kayaking and kayak fishing. I have a WS Tarpon 140 that's rigged for fishing. The largest thing I've caught to date is a cow nose ray that went about 20 to 25 pounds. It towed me all over the place.

 

I also own a Wellcraft NOVA w/a cuddy that I fish inshore and offshore (Rudee Inlet, VA Beach; Oregon Inlet; Hatteras Inlet). I use the kayak for flats fishing around the Poquoson Virginia area although last month I caught a couple of citation spot from the kayak over top of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel in about 30 feet of water.

 

Looks like an interesting web site.

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This was my 1st yr. also with the 140. icon14.gif

 

Cow Nosed ray huh ? I've never had the pleasure but I have known some shore bound anglers telling tales of being spooled by cow nosed. Must have been a great tow.

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Cownose... that reminds me of the last time I yaked the Chesapeake. Was chumming and lightlining soft crab on my 5' ul spinner, with 150 yds of 2 lb dia. power pro. Having a ball catching bass to 28 inches and ginormous white perch, I felt the distinctive bump of a large striper. Upon setting the hook, I realized it was one of those overgrown cows(not as in "female striper", but the bleeping ray that I was sure would be the biggest striper from the yak yet)Needless to say, I didn't have enough line to let him run, so instead I was drug around for a good 15 minutes. I absolutely needed my hook back as it was my last one... I could not get it back while sitting down, so I did what I had to... tightened the drag, held the rod with my mouth and shoulder, and paddled the 1/4 mile to the shore, hoping for the best all along the way. Somehow I got to the beach, fought the ray that had rejuvenated himself on the way to the beach, and an hour later, I had my hook back and successfully released the fish. Thankfully my buddy did not have the camera; I had to look ridiculous trying to paddle with a rod attached to a ray in my teeth...

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