Monday, October 06, 2008

Kayak Fishing

I had a chance to take a picture of John modeling his hat.

It's going to be a while before the weather is cold enough for him to wear it for real, but it will come in handy for late night fishing from the pier or early mornings in the kayak this winter. It is yet to be seen whether I will be joining him on his famous extreme weather fishing trips. I'm not sure I'm that obsessed with fishing yet, though I might be. For now I'm happy to keep the wool packed away and enjoy the gorgeous, warm (but not hot) weather we've been blessed with lately.

Saturday we spent most of the day kayak fishing in the marsh.

It can be a bit tricky to manage the boat in the wind and current and fish at the same time, but I'm getting much better at it. Even though the wind was blowing steadily, I was able to maneuver the boat and hold it where I wanted it most of the time. The fish weren't very active, but were biting just enough to keep it interesting. When we broke for lunch at Spoonbills, we didn't have any keepers to brag about...yet.

We returned to the marsh later in the afternoon and paddled down a different channel that brought us to a small lake we had not been to before. I had a good feeling about this place and sure enough, a few casts later I was rewarded with a pretty one.

"Pretty one" is my name for speckled trout. I call it that because it's such an elegant looking fish, so wonderfully designed. Its colors are gorgeous: iridescent green, silver and gold freckled with dark spots. Not only is it pretty, but it's a feisty fish on the hook and exciting to catch.

The day ended with a beautiful sunset and a fish on the stringer. What could be better than that?

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is a sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number--living things both large and small. ~ Psalm 104:24-25


  1. John looks like a true seaman. Great picture! It looks like you all have a great time kayak fishing. It looks relaxing.

  2. You and John make a great team and go on some fun adventures. How many years have you been married?

    Kayaking & fishing at the same time? I count myself fortunate to walk and chew gum at the same time.

    Your outing looks like a lot of fun.

  3. You two sure know how to enjoy a weekend. The fish is great and the sunset spectacular!

  4. Oh boy, I want a kayak. Your pictures are always so clear and lovely. How did you cook the fish?

  5. John looks pretty snazzy in his cool (but warm!) new hat. :-)

    I am so impressed with your boating and fishing skills, wow!

    The sunset picture is gorgeous, and the scripture you closed with fits your post perfectly!

  6. again, wonderful pictures. Do you worry about dropping your camera in the water? I think I would.

  7. That is a pretty fish! Looks like a wonderful time, and the hat looks like a perfect fit!

  8. What a great moment I think that sunset is as beautiful as the desert sunsets I'm use to. John looks very happy in his new hat as well he should very nice job.

  9. Great hat, great model!! They look like a good match!! You did an awesome job!! Beautiful sunset! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow! What a fish. Was it a keeper? I can't even imagine paddeling a kayak and fishing at the same time. That sounds hard.
    Love the photos as always.

  11. While describing my new hat to a co-worker he asked if it was made from llama, alpaca or some exotic yarn. When I told him it was wool and mohair he said "That's a good thing 'cause you need some MO-Hair!"

    I love my new hat and can't wait for some cool weather. <'((((-<

  12. I'm sure you'll keep him company on some of his adventures/

  13. John's hat looks fabulous on him - even better than by itself :-)
    Congrats on all your cleverness!!

  14. The hat looks like a perfect fit; great as is, but enough ease to pull it down over his ears if it is really cold. He's so nice to comment on your blog!
    The fish is pretty, but you look even prettier--fancy straw hat, designer sunglasses, make-up--you do go all out for fishing! It's a great picture.

  15. John looks wonderful in his hat...a real salty dog :o)...and a handsome one too! And look at you happy with your pretty trout...Trout is a lovely fish! Great photos here...not least that soul-sizzling sunset...aaahhh...Happy Days ((HUGS))

  16. The hat is a keeper!

    Love the marsh pictures. I'm reading a book by a fisherman now, and your pictures and his book make me want to fish, even though I KNOW I do not ant to fish!

  17. What a great hat!

    I think I'll be making one for Harold again soon. He just shaved his head down a little shorter than usual (b/c of the baldness :-) Now he says his head is even more cold!

  18. I love that hat - even have the pattern in my pile of things to knit. I like that color - very manly!


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