Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3719 Aug 31- Sept 14 - Page 9
VOL.37 • ISS. 19
Aug 31 - Sept 7, 2018
Spotlight On Kayak Fishing...
in Citrus Heights, CA
Kayaking for Albion Kings!
By Savanna Maddox, Kayak City Fishing Team
It was an event my boyfriend, Matt, and I had been looking forward to
since last year, an event more than 120 anglers did as well…The annual
kayak fishing Albion Open.
As first light glanced onto the
valleys surrounding our route,
we sped west to keep up with
the receding, morning fog. After
winding roads along Highway 128
we noticed the tall, wooden truss
bridge that landmarks Albion and
its fruitful coastline. We crossed
the bridge and saw the palette of
colors from kayaks on both land
After checking into camp, we
checked on fellow anglers. The
salmon bite was on! Many two fish
limits of salmon and many singles
were brought in early that morning. Savanna and Matt caught their first ever ocean kings while fishing from kayaks during the
annual Albion Open Kayak Tournament.
Conditions were getting rough on
Photo courtesy of SAVANNA MADDOX, Kayak City Fishing Team.
the ocean and many anglers called
it a day. We decided to head out
on Hobie kayaks to see what we were
passed and we considered heading further west, but then I felt a sudden tug on
my rod. I snapped the rod back. It was a fight but I could tell it wasn’t a monster.
Large mixed swells at short periods
I reeled it in and saw silver gleam through the water. Keeping the line taught
challenged my stability, attention, and
with the shaking fish, I landed it, a beautiful, ocean Chinook salmon. Less than
sanity. The grey clouds loomed among
Some anglers scored limits of salmon
ten minutes later, Matt caught one
while fishing offshore of Albion.
us and the wind grazed mist across
of his own.
Photo courtesy of DYLAN TAUBE. my face. After tolling for an hour, we
We headed in after trolling for a
headed in. No salmon!
few more hours. Our kings were
The next morning, we headed out again. It was tournament day, a day to
small in comparison to many of
catch the biggest lingcod, cabezon, and rockfish in order to take home a
the large salmon being pulled