- Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:38 pm #2249313
Went down to PINS and camped last weekend at mile marker 15. The entire trip we only caught one 21” red in the surf. The surf was rough all weekend so getting past the breakers in my outback was challenging. On Sunday we went another 9 miles down the beach in search of better fishing. The surf had settled down so I was able to run some shark bait out about 300-400 yards. On my last run out a front came in and the surf turned for the worse. I was just past the breakers and the rollers started getting very big. I pointed my nose to the beach and started hauling. The first breaker turned me sideways before I knew what was happening and my first official turtle had happened. I flipped my kayak and hopped back in to immediately get knocked right back out. Again, I flipped the kayak over and pulled myself back into it. I rode one wave only to get tossed out of the yak by the next. At this point I was getting closer to the beach. I managed to pull myself back into my kayak and rode a 10’ wave in. I was running good and then the nose started dipping below the water. Everything was going ok and then my nose hit bottom and I flipped head over heals. At this point the people I was with thought I was a goner because the kayak landed on top of me. I could finally touch bottom and just held on while the waves pushed me back in. I ended up with a couple of nasty bruises and a restored respect for mother nature. I never considered myself in danger but this was just another example of knowing your limitations and being ready for all scenarios.