Good job on getting some fish for the youngster. I was out just south of the mouth of Weems Creek today and same some temporary breaker activity about 1/4 mile away By the time I paddled over there, the breaking fish were no longer clustered in one spot, but they did pop the surface intermittently. They were a mix of rock and blues -- but were really tiny -- most 6" to 8" size. Rockfish of that size were plentiful earlier in the summer, but I have not seen them recently.
In that size class, they really liked my Kiwi lure that I bought in New Zealand last summer. I have not previously used it this summer. When I used it last year, I had it rigged as a terminal lure with the hook being part of the lure (as shown below). Today, I removed the hook, threaded the hollow, colorful, hard plastic lure onto my line and tied the hook to the end of the line. Rigged this way, the lure could flutter more and even slide up and down the line as I slowly trolled along in the kayak.
I have them in various weights and colors. The one I used today is the third from the right on the bottom row.
Scout 162 Sportfish, Native Watercraft Manta 14