Buck Crossing


One of the joys of fishing for me isn’t even the fishing. It’s just being out on the ocean. You get to see things like a bright starry night without the interference from the light of civilization, or the sunrise over a blue ocean with no land in sight. You also get to see amazing animals. Whales and dolphins are a common sight. I even saw a wild buffalo once, atop a hill while fishing off Catalina Island.

Recently, friends Joey Tharp and Chris Murray were out on a lake kayak fishing on the Florida panhandle when they witnessed a most unusual sight.

Buck_crossingPart of what makes kayak fishing so great is that you have a smaller impact on the natural world, letting it exist as if you weren’t there. It allows you to watch and witness things you won’t see many other ways. It also means you get to see nature at it’s most interesting or weird moments, giving you the sighting of a lifetime. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen on the water?

Joey Tharp and his friend Chris Murray recently went fishing to the Gap Pond in Washington County in the Florida Panhandle, when they saw an interesting sight. “While fishing I look over and see a good buck swimming out in the middle of the lake, said Tharp. I could see bucks horns from over 250 yards away.”

“I called my buddy up and told him what I had seen. He met me near the deer and we followed him to shore, over 700 yards away. He was a wide (approximately 18″) 8 point.  Where he crossed, I looked up on google earth, was around 1200 yards. It was a once in a lifetime sighting.”

Photos: Joey Tharp for Kayak Angler

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Joe Sarmiento
Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.