A few months ago I got word that Jameson Redding and Brooks Beatty, Jackson Kayak Factory Team Members and the main guys behind JK Media House, where gonna be headed down to Louisiana. If you haven’t seen their videos, definitely check them out! They were going to be coming down to film the new Cuda HDs in the marsh and catching redfish out of them. Pack & Paddle offered to host them and they opened up the invitation to other team members. They would start their week in Louisiana in Grand Isle, fishing with fellow JK team member, Ben Roussel. Ben just posted his report on those first couple of days on his blog here.
When I arrived on Tuesday, Jameson let me know that he and Brooks would be taking care of work duties most of the day, but that the other JK team guys were ready to fish. I met up with Bart Swab, Drew Ross, and Gene Jenson.
Bart is a kayak fishing guide down in St. Augustine, FL. He runs Action Kayak Adventures. Drew is from South Arkansas and is no stranger to South Louisiana. He primarily fishes with a fly rod and out-fished most of us this trip. I’ve been following his blog for a few years now. You can read his reports here. Lastly, Gene is a bass angler and a newer member of the Jackson Kayak team. He’s from Georgia and you may have seen a video or two of his (I posted one here recently). He has a rather large YouTube following. His channel is called Flukemaster. Back to the report…
The guys were staying at PAC Kayak Rentals. Eddie and Lisa have a great thing going on down there and probably the nicest kayak launches in Louisiana. It didn’t take us long to get started that Tuesday.
Because Jameson and Brooks were staying behind, we treated the first day in PAC as a scouting day. After talking to Eddie about where the fish had been, we set off. We headed to my favorite section of marsh, one of the cleanest areas offering great opportunities for tailing fish. Drew was the first to hook up after prowling a red through a few ponds, and then I followed up quickly after.
It also wasn’t long before Bart got his first, sight-casted on a grass flat.
Gene, being a bass expert, hadn’t ever caught a redfish. But these guys know how to fish and it didn’t take very long before he was hooked up as well…
We continued on throughout the marsh that morning catching and releasing a lot of redfish. I believe everyone averaged around 10-15 fish each on day one.
We all stayed on Eddie and Lisa’s houseboat that night and made our way to the water by around 8am the next morning. It was time to film.
After getting a few launching shots, we made our way back to the previous day’s location. The fishing was tougher for the majority of us but we did catch. Drew, however, caught more fish on day two than the previous day.
John Williams (Pack & Paddle) met up with us about half-way through the day and we continued to fish. The most frustrating moment of the day came when I hooked into what may have been the nicest fish from PAC during the trip. It was a hard-fought fight in the submerged grass. As I was lifting the fish out of the water (opting to not use my net), the fish managed to shake free from the hook. Even more frustrating was that Jameson filmed the whole thing. I was really hoping to have a nice fish to add to the project. Oh well…
As the day drew to a close, we started the paddle back. I don’t get the opportunity to watch the sunset from my kayak very often. It’s always a special experience, especially when the air is cool and bugs aren’t that big of a factor.
The sun had pretty much disappeared when John noticed a school of trout busting bait. He and I sat another ten minutes and caught a few undersized and barely-legal specks.
On day three we shifted gears to Cocodrie. We originally planned to fish an area I’m not super-familiar with, but ended up switching it up and fishing an area I’m very familiar with. After shooting some promotional stuff for the Cuda HD, we were off. This time Scott Bienvenu (from Pack & Paddle) was joining us as well as another Jackson teammate (from Texas), Dave Roberts.
Bart and I stuck together most of the first couple of hours. We fished a very small cove of marsh, but the reds were there. John had already caught a few by the time we’d gotten there and he told us to start fishing while he scoped out another area. What we found were low water levels, but when we’d see fish, their backs were completely out of the water. Bart caught quite a few that morning, I caught a few less but did manage to catch a nice upper slot in the process.
The action slowed down a bit midday and left us scratching our heads. I did manage to land one more right before heading back in. We finished to day off at Sportsman’s Paradise in Cocodrie.
The guys did fish one more day in PAC before a big cold front came through and shut-down the remainder of the trip. You can read about that last day on Drew’s blog.
It was great to finally meet and fish with all of the guys that came down and I really hope to do it again soon. I also can’t wait to see what the guys come up with for the final video. Be on the look out for it!