Words and photos by Travis Perkins. Travis is a lifelong dreamer/thinker/learner, finding ambition & drive through the wonder & excitement of a good story & the aesthetics of the wild Earth. Travis currently lives in sunny Austin, Texas and can be found most days working, drinking coffee, & dreaming big at Kammok HQ.
“Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel.” – G.K. Chesterton
I live in a world of outdoor adventure.
Rock climbing, trail running, backpacking, mountaineering, and paddling all over the world. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back too much, but I like to think of my outdoor recreation repertoire as fairly well-rounded.
However, last winter on a cold and wet Saturday morning , I noticed a big gaping void as I teamed up with some ACK staff/guides on a kayak fly fishing trip to score freshly stocked rainbow trout on the Guadalupe River in Texas.
It became very clear to me that, even as a competent paddler and casual angler, there was so much to learn about kayak angling.
Luckily for myself, I know the right people.
Most recently, I went on a 24-hour salt water kayak fishing bender (so to speak) with Josh (Photographer Extraordinaire) and Carlos (Fleet Manager) of ACK in and around Port Aransas, Texas.
It’s safe to say I didn’t know what I was getting myself into as I drove down to the coast from Austin after work at Kammok on Friday evening. Minimal sleep was had, but multiple spotted trout and redfish were brought in Friday night and all day Saturday.
If you find yourself in the wild frequently, you start to understand the importance of quality and reliable gear. The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 was the perfect fit for a novice/beginner kayak angler like myself.
The center console “mod pod” is brilliantly designed and made gear management a breeze on the water. Speaking of breezes, this boat tracked beautifully with a low profile in the high coastal winds, tidal current and waves. My IceMule cooler kept the drinks cold, and my Pelican case kept my Sony A7II protected from death by salt.
I couldn’t have imagined a better rig/setup to take out for my first go at night fishing and working the flats.
We had some early luck Saturday catching two slot red fish and spent the rest of the day drifting and working the mangroves from the kayaks.
We ended the day with fresh caught redfish ceviche on the beach (everyone should write in and request the recipe from Carlos – best ceviche I’ve ever had!).
I’m still not a great shot… but having the time of my life accepting the duel.