Sunday, September 14, 2014

Breaking in the New Toy

Fisherman are no different than little kids...

Kids like to play with their new toys when they get them, and

fisherman like to play with new toys after, well...when they get them!!


The new lime camo Old Town Predator 13 is one awesome looking kayak! Everybody knows it handles great in the ponds, rivers, and lakes...but how does she do offshore? Well, there is only one way to find out! 

I decided to break her in for a few hours before the Sunday football games. The gulf had 2-3' swells, steady easterly wind, and surf that was a wee little sporty. It wasn't ideal conditions, but I wanted to see how the Predator handled it. 

Just as I imagined, I punched through a few small sets of surf and it was off to the troll. I got to the 40' range and started my course. It didn't take long before the duster rigged cigar minnow was in the mouth of a hungry king.

This guy measure 29" at the fork. I thought about keeping him but I didn't

 feel like cleaning fish on football sunday.

I kept up the troll and picked up a couple more smaller kings.

The water was fairly choppy and it was getting late in the day, so I headed back to the beach. On

 the way back in, BANG!!

 This king was not small! He may not be a true "smoker", but this guy put my 

reel to the test with metal burning runs.

Right after I released this fish, both of my batteries died on my cameras. My replacement batteries are hanging out in Davey Jones locker from a few weeks ago. Oh well! I ended the day with 3 king mackerel and 2 spanish mackerel. I caught the spanish back to back after the nice king. 

So, the Old Town Predator 13 in the surf and wide open problem! It is a big boat, but it handled the swells and waves with ease. Any water that entered the cockpit was quickly drained out in the multiple scuppers. I was impressed! This kayak is going to see the gulf a lot more in the future! Stay tuned...

~See ya on the water!


  1. I am hooked! This is really great writing Richie. I love it.

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