Keep It Simple Sea Trout
By Mike Stevens
Language alert: If you make it 7 minutes deep into this video, your ears might catch a few naughty words.
Despite all the technological advances when it comes to kayak construction and the endless array of ‘yak fishing gear and gadgets that make our boats ultra-efficient fishing machines, the heart of kayak fishing still lies in its simplicity.
Well, this video is OOZING with simple, from the tackle, techniques, the background music and even the angler’s vibe.
With the Miami skyline in the background, this guy finds himself in the midst of a wide-open bite on Biscayne Bay sea trout that happily devour his fly-lined shrimp delivered on light spinning tackle. There is something to be said about mixing in fishing this good that only requires a fast-food bill’s worth of terminal tackle and bait, and an Ugly Stik that very well could be the first rod you ever owned. One might argue this is the kayak version of casting mealworms for bluegill from a float tube in a neighborhood pond or fishing minnows for crappie off a dock. Or, to put it more SIMPLY, types of fishing that can be enjoyed by even the most specialized and accomplished big-game anglers.
For beginners and veterans alike, being inexpensive, low-maintenance, and generally easy are huge selling points when it comes to kayak fishing as a sport. While boats get lighter, faster, safer and more capable as interest continues to skyrocket, those primitive roots will always be there.
So to this Florida angler who shrugs off wind chop and current, powers up with BBQ sunflower seeds and finds every-cast trout fishing off his local Biscayne Bay mangroves with minimalist gear, we salute you!