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  1. I floated down the river, last week, for the last time this year. The river is down with no current. I had to paddle the 6.5 miles, rough for an old man, and I should have worn my Fitbit, I would have at lest gotten 1/2 mile walking. I found out what they wanted right off and it turned out to be another great day on the river. I caught goggle eyes, smallmouths, a cat and a walleye. Took a few pictures of the size bass I was catching. Most were caught on swallow crankbaits. I always start out what was working best on my last trip out, J tail grub, but only caught 3 so I switched. I caught the walleye on a small crankbait, it had two #10 treble hooks on it. Boy was I surprised. ......All the fish were released, but someone told me that walleyes are pretty tasty...I think there should be a word that describes " when a fish tows you around the river while your in your kayak." Saw an eagle and a few trees are starting to turn.... I've enjoyed my time on the river this year but its time to hang up the paddle........
  2. My Second Walleye This Year...

    And Bass Yakker, I googled "Cajun Sleigh Ride" and it said setting off across the shallow backwater pond propelled solely by fins and tail. So I guess I'll call it an "Ozark Sleigh Ride".
  3. My Second Walleye This Year...

    Bass Yakker thanks for the comments. Jerry, I have fished the river almost all the way through November before but...... I dont count fish but the colder it get, the fewer fish I catch and its cold setting on a plastic boat and only catching a couple fish....The way I like to fish is wading in sneakers, shorts, and t-shirt with my kayak tied to my belt.....
  4. I floated down the river, last week, for the last time this year. The river is down with no current. I had to paddle the 6.5 miles, rough for an old man, and I should have worn my Fitbit, I would have at lest gotten 1/2 mile walking. I found out what they wanted right off and it turned out to be another great day on the river. I caught goggle eyes, smallmouths, a cat and a walleye. Took a few pictures of the size bass I was catching. Most were caught on swallow crankbaits. I always start out what was working best on my last trip out, J tail grub, but only caught 3 so I switched. I caught the walleye on a small crankbait, it had two #10 treble hooks on it. Boy was I surprised. ......All the fish were released, but someone told me that walleyes are pretty tasty...I think there should be a word that describes " when a fish tows you around the river while your in your kayak." Saw an eagle and a few trees are starting to turn.... I've enjoyed my time on the river this year but its time to hang up the paddle........ This post has been promoted to an article
  5. I got out on the river this weekend hoping to catch a few. As I was floating down I saw something floating in the river. The closer I got, I realized what it was. It was surrounded by turtles that were eating it. Everybody loves beef. As for my trip, the river was low....I started out throwing my confidence crankbaits. shallow, mid, deep and almost every other crankbait in my small tackle box and caught a total of 3 fish. Thought maybe its time start a new hobby or quit until next year.. I keep repeating, find the fish and find out what they want. It all changed when I put on a Kalin paddle tail. Right away I caught 3 on about 10 cast, right up against the bank. They were "tight" up against the bank Something bit off the tail so I put on a J tail grub and ended up having a good day. One picture show the size I was catching and two picture are of the biggest I caught for the day....Released them all, a another great day out on the river.....
  6. I got out on the river this weekend hoping to catch a few. As I was floating down I saw something floating in the river. The closer I got, I realized what it was. It was surrounded by turtles that were eating it. Everybody loves beef. As for my trip, the river was low....I started out throwing my confidence crankbaits. shallow, mid, deep and almost every other crankbait in my small tackle box and caught a total of 3 fish. Thought maybe its time start a new hobby or quit until next year.. I keep repeating, find the fish and find out what they want. It all changed when I put on a Kalin paddle tail. Right away I caught 3 on about 10 cast, right up against the bank. They were "tight" up against the bank Something bit off the tail so I put on a J tail grub and ended up having a good day. One picture show the size I was catching and two picture are of the biggest I caught for the day....Released them all, a another great day out on the river.....
  7. I got out on the river the other day, a less than average day. What you might call a slow day. It rained on me for about an hour. It was one of those days when you dig deep in the tackle box and start fishing with lures that haven't touched the water yet. I didn't catch any thing big or very many but I always enjoy the float. I did have two first...caught a fish on a bright red craw colored crankbait, I've never used red, and caught my first flathead. It just so happened they both happened at the same time. The good new is Alice is sea, river, worthy again. So for anyone who has a hole in your HDPE kayak and can't plastic weld it, the answer is G/FLEX, thanks Flysmallie. I thought I would post pics of where the hole was, inside the scupper hole and the flathead. Released them all, Great day on the river......
  8. Sea Worthy Again

    I got out on the river the other day, a less than average day. What you might call a slow day. It rained on me for about an hour. It was one of those days when you dig deep in the tackle box and start fishing with lures that haven't touched the water yet. I didn't catch any thing big or very many but I always enjoy the float. I did have two first...caught a fish on a bright red craw colored crankbait, I've never used red, and caught my first flathead. It just so happened they both happened at the same time. The good new is Alice is sea, river, worthy again. So for anyone who has a hole in your HDPE kayak and can't plastic weld it, the answer is G/FLEX, thanks Flysmallie. I thought I would post pics of where the hole was, inside the scupper hole and the flathead. Released them all, Great day on the river......
  9. Scuppper Woes

    stinger160, you should check out Hootontown Canoe Rental or James River Outfitter web site. Thanks everyone for your input. The scupper hole takes an extra small plug, so there's little or no room to melt or heat anything...and Seal All info sheet said it wont bond to polyethylene....so it looks like G/Flex 655-8 is the winner. I also thought I could cut out a round piece of plastic and bound it to the underside of the kayak at the scupper hole. After I repair I will let you know how it worked, with pictures of course.
  10. Scuppper Woes

    I got out on the river the weekend. Had an average day, caught average size fish, had an eagle follow me down the river for awhile, rained on me for about 30 min...all in all an enjoyable day on the river. But when I got to my take out I couldn't pick the back of the kayak up to put in the back of the truck. At first I thought it was just old age but then I realized the kayak had about 4 gal of water in it. So when I got home I filled it with water and waited. The diagnosis is the scupper hole by the seat is leaking. Kayak is 9 year old. I did do a little rocking over a couple of shallow rifles. Looks like it's where the seal is in the hole. The top on the scupper hole is 1 1/4 inch and the bottom of the hole is 3/4 inch. I have been googling polyethylene adhesives, epoxy, flextape, goop. Not a lot sticks to polyethylene. I can't get to the scupper from the inside. Can't heat it the hole is too small. I thought about putting a piece of pvc in the scupper and glue, caulk, or just fill the hole with something..... scupper plug from the bottom....or just call the kayak repairman......Still a great day on the river, released them all and hope to get out again soon....
  11. Cat Pictures and ...

    I got out on the river this weekend and now I'm going on 6 years, in a row, of catching a walleye on the James. Caught her just down from Delaware access. I'm fish the same way I do every year but this year I'm catching a lot of catfish. At first I was thinking it was because the river was always up when I went, but now I cant figure it out. Nothing wrong with catching one, they put up a good fight and take a good while to land as they tow me around in the kayak. On this trip caught smallmouth, a mess of goggle eyes, three cats, pumpkinseeds and one Walleye. All on shallow and deep crankbaits. I remember when i used to post pic of smallmouth, is there a catfish forum on this site...just kidding. The river was in great condition. When I took out there were 12 kayaks and 2 canoes putting in. Released them all. Great day to be out on the river....
  12. My Second Gar....

    I got out on the river, before the rain came, this weekend. The river has been running a little too fast when i've been this year, 1110 and 937, for my type of fishing. I guessed I sort of got skunked this time, 0 smallmouth and 0 goggle eye, but I did manage to catch some pumpkinseeds, 5 cats and one gar. This was only the second gar I have ever caught. I caught everything on a 2 inch crankbait. I did try a Livingston lure with "Electronic Baitfish Sounds", that's right a $10 lure, but I guess not one was listening. Hoping for a lower flow rate for my next trip. Released them all and had another great day on the river.
  13. First Time Out This Year

    nhornback, the river was up, dirty and there weren't any shallow or still pool to speak of, so I put on a bright deep crank. I was thinking the fish were deep, hiding behind all the rocks and out of the current. But the main thing I had on a crankbait that I have confidence in, that I know I will catch fish with. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong....
  14. First Time Out This Year

    I went out for the first time, this year. The river was up a little and the wind was blowing, hard. I had to have a paddle in the water all day. When the current wasn't pushing me down stream, the wind was blowing me back upstream. I need to say last year, it seemed every time I would get out it had just rained. I was in my kayak most of my floats and my kayak seat not padded so.....The kayak outfitters want about $20 for a pad so I stopped at Lowes and bought a kneeling pad, $10, cut it, had some leftover velcro and now have an 1 1/2 inch pad. I thought about using a stadium seat but it was not thick enough. I did not find any whites, but I did catch a few. They were all in deep water caught on cranks. Here's a couple pictures of my smallest and biggest. Great day on the river for my first float...
  15. A PB but not a Smallmouth

    Jerry, I caught the redhorse sucker, thanks moguy1973, on a 5 foot long Uglystik with 8 lb mono, and yes I said uglystik. The sucker took the front treble hook in its mouth and the other in the side of its face....
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