Vincent Rinando and I have rigged our kayaks with a minimum amount of gear. Simple is better in the surf. We each have two rods. My Kistler's are rigged with a crystal minnow and a 4" Gulp shrimp. Vincent has a pink Riptide paddle tail on one rod and his other outfit is a fly fishing rig. Watching the breakers, we time our launch for a lull between wave sets. Paddling through the surf is always going to be a wet ride, but once you decide to go, you have to put your head down and paddle hard, straight out. Paddling past the breakers is kind of like a marriage I guess, once you commit you either dig in and get through the rough stuff, or you can pause and vacillate, and in this hesitation you invariably catch a roller broadside, therein getting dumped.
Luckily, the waves are only crashing at about 3 feet, so it's a pretty easy run past the chop. Within a few minutes we are approaching the color change between the muddy water and what looks to be fishy green water. Already, we can hear the bait and bigger fish popping at the surface. Setting up on a drift I start throwing out my crankbait between two patches of seaweed. I bring back nothing on the first couple casts. Then speeding up my retrieve I get a great strike and my rod bends fast. A small Spanish mackerel is brought to hand and released. Looking over towards Vincent I can see he has a good fish tight to line on his fly rod. After a short run he pulls in a healthy speckled trout. It looks about 20 inches, but she's is a fat fish and sure to have given him a good fight.
For the next hour and a half we both continue to catch smacks and specks every few casts. We also get a little variety when Vincent lands a baby shark on his fly rod. Finally, taking a break and paddling back to shore, we pass the same despondent waders who had complained about the water clarity at the beach. They are still waiting with slack lines for the green water to move in, the same water we just fished from our kayaks.
Seeing kayaks on Texas Coastal waters is no longer a curiosity, but a normal sight. The last few years a have seen an explosion of plastic boats. Aside from being just plain fun, they are a great, affordable platform to extend your fishing opportunities.