Teams Location: Rockport, Texas
The wild hair to look at new yaks while shopping for an anchor was overwhelming this morning. The Truck took us out the highway to the Yak Shack in Portland Texas. It turned out to be a wonderful time. The store is a bright blue and located on the east side of highway 35 before the causeway that goes into Corpus Christi.
They are right on the water and have great service from my experience today. They are a new store and the inside is a bit Spartan for foo-foo things but well stocked for the things that matter to a kayak and fishing. The owner is on the left and a customer is on the right. Both were great fun to visit.
While there the owner allowed me to manhandle kayaks to my heart’s content. Occasionally he would suggest a way to handle a boat better and that was appreciated. My goal was to see how much boat my bum shoulder joints could handle. That goal was accomplished. My back and shoulders are sore tonight from finding out that the larger boats are just plain too much for me. At least it is now a known quantity.They had the anchor that was wanted for my fishing from the yak. It is a Bruce style of anchor and is highly recommended by lots of yakkers for this area.
We are still over a week from being allowed to try out the yak in this area. It was a surprise to me after the tattoo was installed that it should not be allowed to get soaked for more than a gentle washing for nearly three weeks. That prickly pear cactus on my ankle feels like a ball and chain lately.That restriction leaves me with pier fishing which is not all bad. Down at the Rockport Harbor pier this evening was a very nice older man (younger than me as it turned out) named POP. We got to talking. He is from Taiwan and is living here in Rockport now. Calling him an avid fisherman would be a serious understatement. My effort was to walk along the pier to the end and back casting a silver spoon in to the very rough sea. Pop just stayed in one area and fished hard.
When I returned to where he was fishing he mentioned that he had caught one fish. Pop was gracious to allow a photo to be taken of his trout. It measured 19” which is well over the minimum allowed. Pop told me the fish would likely be on the supper menu tonight when he got it home.
Visiting nice folks at yak shops or on piers makes for a wonderful day of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.