Grip and Grin: Tourney Cow | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
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"I got the rod from the holder to straighten my yak out and then the structure pulled back real hard." "I got the rod from the holder to straighten my yak out and then the structure pulled back real hard." Photo: Dennis Swan

Sometimes all it takes is sneaking into the skinny water to find the brutes.

"I just won the Hobie Worlds Qualifier in NYC with this 43.5 cow," said Mike Baker, of Kayak Fish New England. "A group of friends and I drove from Floyd Bennett Field in NYC at 5 am Saturday morning during the second day of the 2015 Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay.
 
We launched from our spot, but the other guys I was with had to go to deeper water due to the type of kayaks they were in. In my Wilderness Systems Thresher, I was able to pass by some structure in fairly shallow water to shed some distance to our hunting grounds. The tide was on the incoming and the structure I was going by was the perfect ambush spot for this fish to hide and wait.
 
It was game time so I threw out a tube without a worm, with no expectations of what was about to happen. My rod went down hard in the rod holder in front of me and for a second I thought I had the structure. I got the rod from the holder to straighten my yak out and then the structure pulled back real hard. The drag started to sing as the tide drifted me away from the structure and after a small battle I won and got him measured at 43 inches and released.
 
I won the Open division with it and helped me win the Slam division as well, out of 307 other anglers. A huge thanks to Dennis Swan for the photo and my Jersey Boys for all the support."

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