Approaching the mouth of a creek, Noah Lynk warned a handful of kayakers that the water would be shallow, that they might bump bottom a time or two, and that they would have to wade back across it when the left — but he was certain the fishing would be worth it.
They worked their way past several oyster bars and several creek bends before emerging into a pool roughly half the size of a football field. Lynk wanted to fish a falling tide, but the trip hadn’t taken as long as he expected, and the water was still rising. Any concerns he might have had disappeared when he spotted a small school of red drum working part of the pool, hungry and on the move.
Lynk, who runs Noah’s Ark Fishing Charters out of Harkers Island, N.C., knows places that hold exceptional numbers of fish, especially during the winter. Some are so shallow, or have blocked entrances, that even flats boats that draft the least amount of water can’t reach them. They might get in and out on high water, but that’s sketchy at best, and February isn’t a good time to be stranded until the next high tide.
That’s when Lynk, a member of the Hobie fishing team, breaks out his kayaks for adventuresome fishermen, and the reward is usually high. Winter weather isn’t a problem as paddling or pedaling to and from the launching ramp keeps fishermen. Even having to drag your kayak out if the water is too low isn’t terrible as long as the bottom isn’t soft mud.
“There is a lot of skinny water around Harkers Island, and a kayak is a great way to explore it,” Lynk said. “The water in some of these areas is too warm during the summer, and fish aren’t there. However, once the water