Beyond the Breakers with Brand Ambassador Todd H

As told by Yak Gear Brand Ambassador Todd H

Sunday, 10/13/13, I met up with Todd Schaeffer from Fishing Tackle Unlimited. He is in the kayak sales and service department at the I-45 and Beltway 8 store found in Southern Houston. If you need help with a kayak, he’s your man.

Yak Gear Brand Ambassador Todd H heading out for some offshore kayak fishing.
Yak Gear Brand Ambassador Todd H heading out for some offshore kayak fishing.

We met on McFaddin Beach around 8:30 AM. We unloaded our equipment and within a short time we pedaled out beyond the breaking surf. Todd normally fishes out of a Jackson Cuda and I talked him into trying out my wife’s Hobie Outback. We each made it through the surf pretty easily.

We first stopped and fished in about 11-12′ of water. We had a few runs, but they all resulted in no fish. We had a few equipment errors to deal with as well. Todd’s kayak anchor was not heavy enough to hold him into place.

We decided to move shallower, as we marked lots of fish on the way out. I dropped anchor in about 10′ of water. Todd’s anchor still would not hold him in place so we decided to tie him to the front of my kayak. I had enough rope to let him drift out about 25 yards or so. It wasn’t long before we started hooking fish.

It was a little tricky reeling in such big fish with another kayak tied to the front of mine, but I managed.

Yak Gear BRand Ambassador Todd H showing off his catch by using his Go Pro Camera and Railblaza Camera Boom 600.
Yak Gear BRand Ambassador Todd H showing off his catch by using his Go Pro Camera and Railblaza Camera Boom 600.

I used my GoPro camera mounted on a Railblaza Camera Boom 600.  I have it mounted on a swiveling Railblaza RailMount attached to the Hobie rails next to my seat.  This is a great set up for taking pictures and capturing video.

I caught nine redfish between 9:00am and 2:00pm. My redfish ranged from 29″ to 40.5″.  The action was a little slower than my last BTB trip, but who can complain about catching monstrous fish in that short time span?

My friend Todd doesn’t fish BTB. He is exclusively a bay fisherman. However, he handled the surf like a pro.  I’m not exactly sure how many bull reds he caught due to the fact that I stopped counting after five. He seemed to be having a blast. I did capture some action shots of Todd with his fish.

Todd is a BTB offshore kayak fishing fan now!
Todd is a BTB offshore kayak fishing fan now!

All fish were caught on dead/frozen mullet. This time of year you can only purchase mullet under 12″. This is a Texas State Law to protect mullet during their spawn.  Most of the mullet I left whole. As I ran low on bait I was forced to cut some of the larger ones in half.

I purchased the bait and some leaders at the Sea Pony Bait Store in Winnie, TX. Once again the owner, Rick, proved why he is an upper coast favorite when it comes to bait shops.  I had a few spare minutes so he taught me a trick to making leaders out in the water. This man is a plethora of knowledge. If you get a chance stop in and introduce yourself.

It was a great day. The waves weren’t too bad. Part way through the day the wind switched and blew for a short period out of the North. In the early afternoon, the wind switched again and began blowing from the East. The waves picked up and we were out of bait so we called it a day.

Good friends, good times and good fishing, what else can you ask for?

For more from Yak Gear Brand Ambassador Todd H, check out his blog: Operation Fish
 

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