ACK’s Grant Heatherly takes us on a Redfish turned Trout adventure using his brand new Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.7

The Ultimate Kayak Fishing Machine

One of the perks of working at ACK is being eligible to participate in our “Go Play for the Day” program which allows employees to go out in the field to test drive products or experience a day paddling, hiking, camping or whatever else they wish to do out in the great outdoors. Taking advantage of this privilege, I decided to take my new Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.7, Werner Cyprus bent shaft paddle, Seattle Sports Catch Cooler and my trusty Wildcat Lighting System to one of my favorite Texas coastal fishing spots in pursuit of Redfish.

When I arrived at my  destination I was pleased to find calm waters, clear skies and only a few other boaters and kayak anglers. In some ways, I pretty much had the bay to myself. I knew the day would be a good one with water that was like glass and the birds were feeding right on top of where I was planning to fish which only meant one thing — fish! Without hesitation, I geared up, double checked my Wildcat Lighting System, filled my Catch Cooler with ice, hopped into my Ultra 4.7 and made a beeline to my destination.

Keeping the Catch Cool

It didn’t take long before I started seeing signs of Redfish with tails popping in and out of the water all around me. I started to cast into the action but something didn’t seem right. Every time I cast, I pulled in “keeper” trout. Those weren’t Redfish that were tailing, those were Trout! I could have easily caught my limit but carried on.

I decided to move on closer to a spoil bank I knew would render some Redfish. Once again, Trout kept hitting my lure every single time but it was Redfish that I was in pursuit of so decided to hit deeper waters. Putting my Ultra 4.7 to the test, I paddled for several miles. It was around this time when the wind had started to pick up out of the south so the paddle was easy but I knew that my return might be a brutal one. Nevertheless, I carried on arriving at my destination and to my luck, once again, no Redfish. However, I did manage to catch some larger Trout so I decided to put my Catch Cooler to the test especially since the day was coming to a close.

Lighting up the night with a Wildcat Lighting System

At this point, darkness quickly made it presence and I started noticing more boats arriving by the minute so decided this was a good time to flip the switch to my Wildcat Navigation System. It helped keep me visible to other boaters especially since my kayak is a darker color.  Then it was back to paddling. Like most people, I hate paddling into the wind even with a fast kayak like the Ultra 4.7. The good news is that even after a long day on the water, investing in a top-notch paddle like my Werner Cyprus really helped reduced the fatigue.

I fished a few more holes on my way back hoping to catch at least one Red but none were to ever be found on this trip. However, I was pleased to have caught several keeper Trout and even more pleased that I was able to keep them fresh in my cooler as opposed to having them hanging off the side of my kayak on a stringer.

As I made my way back to shore in darkness, I reflected on a good day of paddling and fishing. Along with a top-notch fishing kayak and comfortable paddle, knowing that my lights kept me visible and my fish were fresh on ice made for a pleasurable experience.

Grant Heatherly
ACK San Marcos