It had been nearly three months since my paddle pushed through the water. The forced hiatus, which may have allowed me to focus on many “grown-up” things, still felt like an eternity.
I met fellow Kokatat team member, Drew Camp in his neck of the woods in search of bass and pickerel. Even though it was wet and chilly, a perma-grin remained plastered on my face as I felt my kayak glide. And my cheeks didn’t get any rest because my first fish of the day was a VA trophy pickerel.
It was released to do that spring-thing and make the next generation. Afterwards, we caught several more pickerel but the bass were tough to come by. I had a few little ones but that was it. My best luck came on a spinnerbait, husky jerk, and square bill crankbait in 1-7 feet of water. Water temp was around 60-61 degrees.
Being able to check a citation off the list with my first trophy pickerel felt pretty awesome especially while juggling daddy-life, office duties, and trying to get a house ready to put on the market.
‘Til next time, hope you all get on the water, and hopefully it won’t be too long before I get out too.
"My first fish of the day was a VA trophy pickerel"