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Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Sun 08, 2019 9:14 pm

My friend asked me if I could teach her to fish as she has been watching the show Alone and wants to be more self reliant. She also wanted to learn to kayak...so naturally combining the two made most sense. Since I still have my old Ascend yak it made it easy for me to get her on the water on the cheap. We got out on a lake I like to get out on from time to time but I have been skunked here plenty so in hindsight it was probably not a “guarantee” lake to take a beginner to and get them on a fish. Anyway, weather was nice on Saturday and the wind wasn’t too bad when we launched. That quickly changed as it became a bit of a challenge to stay on any spot for more than a cast before being swept off swiftly. I didn’t want to have her mess with an anchor so we made the best of it with strategic drifts along the shorelines using the wind to our advantage. I managed to catch a dink to show her I can catch a fish and then she had one on, but it came unbuttoned in the weeds. As I was chatting and not paying attention to my retrieve my swimbait gets smashed by something a little bigger. Ended up being a hog and well over my previous Pb for the body of water. I didn’t get a weight or measure but I’m hoping 20”? As we fished on she connected with 3 more fish but they all came unhooked. She was having a tough time with the hook set and keeping tension on the fish the whole time. She had a blast and I think she was on the right track connecting with more takers than I did! Definitely will be getting out there with her again.

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Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Sun 08, 2019 9:47 pm

Nice of you to pay it forward.

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Mon 09, 2019 4:42 am

Pfly guide service. BaDOW.
~JOE~

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Mon 09, 2019 7:57 am

Man, you've managed to fit a woman, beer, and fishing in the same outing. This is like, the next level.

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Mon 09, 2019 8:18 am

Very nice of you to mentor a newbie, and very nice on your PB sunfish for that body of water!

I've tried talking my old lady in to learning how to yak for years, but no luck.

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Mon 09, 2019 8:34 am

Thats really going to add to your GAS bro.

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Mon 09, 2019 8:50 am

i need to watch that show. heard its real good. solid bass brotha

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Mon 09, 2019 11:18 am

Well done :)

Re: Good day for a paddle lesson

Sep Thu 12, 2019 1:10 am

Good stuff and nice bass
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