Monday, February 22, 2016

Beating the Winter Backwater Blues

There is a lot of anticipation in our house once the new year begins. In December, once we have unwrapped our presents and ditched the Christmas tree, my husband and I are ready to start planning our fishing adventures. To carry us to warmer weather, the house is filled with the sounds of Jimmy Buffett and steel drum music and we eat a lot of frozen seafood from the previous fishing year that we tucked away to carry us through until we can wet the hulls again. Red snapper, Yellow tail and Tuna fill the coffers  but unfortunately we all know that tuna looses its magic when it isn't being prepared fresh off the boat. So, we look forward to a new year of fishing and cooking in Driftwood style.

The Yak Shack at Driftwood

My husband, Mitch built a special building we call the "Yak Shack" to house our babies and they have spent the past three months anxiously awaiting to be freed from their winter hibernation. Anticipation builds and becomes unbearable  to get the boats out and get them wet. So it should be no surprise that with the first breath of warm air, the Yaks come out of storage to be cleaned and outfitted for the year.

I have a 14' Wildness Tarpon series kayak and I love it. The yak is well appointed with rod holders, lots of leg room and plenty of cargo area for my other gear.  My gear is pretty simple and includes my four fishing rods, a milk crate stuffed with my favorite tackle, and my newly acquired Engle cooler. But what is most awesome about the boat, you ask?

"Rum Runner" ( as seen in the front here) is like a knife cutting through softened butter in the water and even though he is a lot of boat at 14 feet, the length of the hull allows him- I'm a girl here, guys- so yes it's a boy- to slide through the water with hardly any effort. Turning, however, is another story; especially in tight spaces. So for my birthday this year, my hubbie bought me a rudder.