I recently received a new reel, new rod, and new bait and, although it was cold, I decided to head out to the marsh for some kayak fishing to try them out. The reel is a Lew’s Custom Lite SLP Casting Reel. It’s paired with an Aerius casting rod made by Old 18 Outfitters. And the new bait I’m trying out today is a Buggs Fishing lure. Buggs Fishing is bringing the benefits of the fly fishing world to inshore saltwater kayak fishing. Come along for the ride and see me land my first fish with this new setup.

The Backstory

Brrrrr, it’s cold down here! Now I know that’s a relative term, but as you’ve seen in the video we get some cold weather too. Like an addict though I couldn’t let that stop me from launching the kayak, trying out my new rod, new reel, and new bait, and putting some fish in the boat.

BFS stands for bait finesse system, and it’s all the craze it seems. That said, my new setup is not technically a BFS setup, although it is extremely lightweight (reel is 4.9 ounces + 4 ounces for the rod). I’m throwing 3/16″ baits though which is above what some use for BFS. The theory is the same though. In pressured situations where redfish are skiddish, you need a bait that slides into the water without a loud plop, and you need a reel (baitcast or fly) that will allow you to precisely target a landing area. I’ve got something like that in my arsenal now and I couldn’t be happier. There’ll be plenty more videos on that when it warms up!

Tight lines! And stay warm!

~Kayak Fishing Addict


My name is Ron. I’m “Kayak Fishing Addict” on YouTube! I was bit by the kayak fishing bug and I’ve been addicted ever since. This is my blog where I discuss everything about my kayak fishing adventures, including the backstory. I’ll share what fishing lures I use, the types of fish I catch like redfish, speckled trout, and flounder, how I film, and what I encountered in the marsh. You’ll get all of my kayak fishing catches, tips, and tricks that you can use to put more fish in the boat!

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