The Fish Gods Dunketh and Rewardeth

An unplanned kayak fishing selfie. It got better. YouTube frame capture, Jason Nesbitt.
An unplanned kayak fishing selfie. It got better. YouTube frame capture, Jason Nesbitt.

By Mike Stevens

Jason Nesbitt’s day on the water off of Harbour Towne Marina (Dania Beach, Fl.) kicked off with early action as five casts in to his outing, he caught a decent mangrove snapper on a topwater bait. He went on to catch 10 barracuda and lose a few on live bait and various lures, and none of that cracked the top two highlights of the day.

Nesbitt came upon a good school of pilchards and decided to load up on some live bait via the ol’ cast net. Hmm, cast net plus kayak… what is the worst that can happen? As you will see from a first-person point-of-view at around 2:55 in the video, Nesbitt chucks the net one way, and falls into the drink the other. This action culminates with an instant – albeit inadvertent – selfie and the angler making his way back in to the boat at an impressive clip.

“My first throw opened fairly good, but my aim was a little off as was my balance,” explained Nesbitt. “After my quick dip, I got back over the bait school and redeemed myself by netting a couple dozen pilchards.”

Right back in the game, he starts slow-trolling a live mullet and gets ripped but the hook doesn’t stick. He drops another one back and starts to troll again, and he hears the tell-tale splash followed by screaming drag behind him. After several minutes of bent rod battling, an absolute toad of a snook is brought to the boat.

Most of us have all caught good numbers of fish in a day, caught a trophy fish in a day, as well as fallen in the water. But to have all those happen in the same day is the makings of a fishing story with some real staying power.