I had a terrific time during my first ever Hobie kayak fishing experience earlier this month. I caught a big bluefish and small striped bass during that inaugural trip.
Since then I've been chomping at the bit to hook into a big striper from the Hobie yak. Luckily for me that is exactly what happened during this Cape Cod kayak fishing expedition!
Big Bass Takes Me On A Nantucket Sleighride
I knew there could be big bass feeding around this underwater rock pile, and I figured the kayak would be the perfect tool for positioning me in the exact right spot.
I dropped my line back behind the yak and began peddling forward. 2 minutes into fishing and I had a massive bite. I turned towards the fish and set the hook with everything I had.
As soon as I felt the weight on the rod I knew this bass was a good one. The kayak lurched forward as the big bass began taking me on a Nantucket Sleighride.
"This is pretty awesome" is what I recall thinking to myself as I was tugged along by the fish.
If the bass turned left, then I went left with him. If the bass made a move to the right, then I went to the right as well.
There was no engine noise either-just complete silence.
Minus of course the reel's drag and the waves lapping against the side of the yak.
This was a completely different experience contrasted to fighting a bass of this size from my 21 foot boat.
The Bite & The Fight ON VIDEO
After a very good fight, which lasted close to 10 minutes, I had the bass straight up and down beneath the kayak.
At this moment I could really feel the weight of the fish, and I was pleasantly surprised at how sturdy the kayak was-despite the fish pulling with all her might.
Watch the short video clip below to get a sense of what fighting a big bass from a Hobie kayak is all about.
That Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg...
After landing that fish I got right back to work. Odds are where there's one big bass, there are many more.
I pedaled my way back towards the underwater rock pile where I picked off that first bass. It was tough going straight into the wind and chop, and I got a little wet, but made it back to the spot quicker than I thought I would.
I set my line just as I had before. Next I began slowly pedalling the kayak forward and BAM!
I was on again, except this fish was much larger than the first.