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"Today, I am thankful for a small creature that gave me a big smile and a story to tell." "Today, I am thankful for a small creature that gave me a big smile and a story to tell." Photo: Aaron Rubel

KA contributor Aaron Rubel lands new world record.

Monday, I was fishing Mobile Bay in my Hobie Outback kayak. January is not the month I lead with my method of fly fishing.  So upon a routine cast of a white soft plastic curly tail on a 1/8 oz jighead with my 7' Medium TFO Signature Series baitcasting rod, a sudden thud rushed anticipation through my left arm and into my recently reconstructed shoulder.

Skipjack Herring body 2

The fish leaped in the air and gave a good long fight until finally brought into the kayak.  When I brought the fish out of the water, my first impression was focused on the silver colored sides and hook jaw that resembled a juvenile tarpon.  Could this be my second baby tarpon caught in waters of Mobile Bay in last year and a half?

After a few pictures and release of fish, thoughts turned to telling a story of yet another tarpon caught in home waters.  After arriving home later and sharing the day's events, I had some feedback that the fish didn't look quite right for a tarpon.  So, after receiving input from friends, I made inquiry to the knowledgeable folks at the Alabama State Marine Resources Division. 

SkipJack Herring body 1

After being convinced by friends I hadn't caught a tarpon and doing some further research, I wasn't 100 percent sure whether I had caught a skipjack herring, Alosa chrysochloris or an Alabama shad, Alosa alabamae.  A quick reply gave definitive feedback that the fish I had caught was the Skipjack herring, Alosa chrysochloris. The first of a new species on my list of fish caught.

Upon review of the Kayak Fishing World Records, managed by YakAngler.com, it was clear that I had an opportunity at claiming my second record. Indeed, after submitting application with accompanying photos, I received notification that I am the new Kayak Fishing World Record Holder for the species of skipjack herring, Alosa chrysochloris!

"There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number - living things large and small."  Psalm 104:25. Today, I am thankful for a small creature that gave me a big smile and a story to tell.

SkipJack Herring body 3

Aaron Rubel is a husband, father, and avid kayak angler.  He enjoys sharing fishing experiences through writing and has contributed to Kayak Angler Magazine, Paddling Magazine, and blogs on IcastInaYak.com.

To see the full record on Yakangler.com, click here.

Want to see more records being broken by kayak anglers? Check out Todd West's quest for his world record spotted bass title in the WInter 2013 issue of Kayak Angler.

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