As a dedicated kayak angler, one can get caught up in their own journey that's filled with personal goals. Picture a horse getting ready to run a race with blinders on...seeing the big prize in front of them. They're focused on the prize out in front, but sometimes miss the one's off to the side. There is nothing wrong with setting goals that you want to achieve, but sometimes you have to take those blinders off to realize what you're missing.
For those Dads out there, you know how special it is when your son or daughter shares the water and your passion with you. My daughter, Alci Lu, is your typical 13 year old girl; creative, music, Instagram, and "I" products comes to mind, along with trying to be "independent" which sometimes doesn't work out too good for the parent & child social setting, if you know what I mean.
No matter what the occasion is, I LOVE paddling my kayak! It can be for fishing, hunting, crabbing, exercise, whatever...I downright LOVE it! A lot of the time I find myself loading one kayak, one paddle, one pfd...you get the idea. This time I doubled it, and I could not have been more excited.
Alci and I used our free afternoon to get out of the house to enjoy the amazing weather. It was the perfect time to have a nice paddle. There were no distractions, weigh-ins, or a ton of gear to deal with. The blinders were off and it was...
A father, his daughter, and everything else
We paddled to a small beach to take a little break, all the while enjoying the salty breeze and spring time sun. Alci decided when she wanted to continue on, and when she wanted to take a break. We were without a schedule and in no hurry.
Increasing winds played into our decision to paddle back. I know I don't like fighting 15+ mph winds, and I was sure Alci wouldn't be a fan of it either. The both of us knew it was going to take a while to paddle back so we just relaxed and rolled with it.
As our adventure drew to a close, I was left with a feeling of "thanks". I was thankful for the opportunity to take my daughter paddling. I was thankful for the weather cooperating for an afternoon. Lastly I was thankful that my daughter wanted to spend some time her Dad, even though it may not be the "coolest" thing to do. Thank you Alci Lu, I had a blast! I won't forget it.
The following day was your typical Sunday. I cooked a big breakfast, ran some errands, did yard work, and had a nice dinner. When it was time for mother/daughter movie theatre time, I seized the opportunity to get on the water for an hour before the sun went down. I would say it paid off...
When I fish a small window, such as 1 hour of sunlight left, I don't experiment. Confidence baits are the key to success. I tried a Zara Spook for 5 minutes hoping that a post spawn/last light topwater bite would happen, but it didn't. Knowing the fish were there, I didn't want to waste time. I got my first bite immediately after I switched to a PowerTeam Lures 6" Gator in red shad. The two bites I had that evening resulted in two nice bass. Score!
Knowing what my short term and long term goals are for my kayak fishing journey helps me weave through distractions while focusing on overall success. I will always have a certain goal or many goals, that will never change. That is what fuels my fire and makes me become more of a proficient angler. Even with my goals in front of me, the blinders are off with my priorities taking, well...
~See ya on the water!