Photo of the Day – April 26, 2013

POTD-4-26-13 Shaun Russell3

North Texas kayak angler Shaun Russell is about to CPR (catch, photograph and release) a toad of a largemouth while fishing Gary Yamamoto’s Sugoi Lakes near Mineola, Texas. Don’t let the mountain man look throw you; Shaun’s a teddy bear of a guy, an astute angler and one of the more thoughtful ambassadors for the quickly growing sport of kayak fishing. Of the trip that produced this beast, Shaun says…

“It was my birthday and I couldn’t think of a better way then to spend it fishing with good friend Chad Hoover, his son Austin, and Jeremy Meier. I got the pleasure of fishing one of the Sugoi Lakes owned by Gary Yamamoto.

I usually take a ton of cameras with me and take lots of pictures on my fishing trips but this was a different trip from the norm. I spent most of the day just enjoying the lake and cutting up with friends that share the same kayak fishing passion that I do. We fished from 7 AM until 3:30 and we each caught over 100 fish.

This place is unbelievable. Tons of fish and absolutely beautiful rolling hills out in the Texas Post Oak Wildlife district. When I die, this is the kind of place where I want my ashes sprinkled. Please don’t get me wrong…..I love people, but sometimes you need to get away for a walk in the woods, or a paddle in the kayak.”

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