Dawesville Cut

Hi Guys,

I picked up a bargain fishing kayak (Dragonfly 3) over Xmas and took it for a quick paddle in the Cut. After prudently strapping down everything that could possibly fall overboard including the GoPro I went about fishing either side of the rocks up and down the Cut. Other than the odd small herring I didn't have much success but occassionally heard a large splash behind me. It was about an hour into the session that I finally discovered the source of the noise. A dolphin had been teaching its pup how to fish right behind me but I was never quick enough to point the camera in the right direction.

I've put up a short video of the few times I actually managed to capture them. www.youtube.com/watch I've seen them plenty of times when out on the boat but there's something about interacting with nature from a kayak that makes it more special.

Another lesson learned from this session has been to study the tide timetable and wind direction before heading out so that you have the natures forces helping you move back into the estuary rather than pushing you out to sea! Any other tips for a novice yak fisher? I'd be keen to meet up with any others down that way. Mostly weekends though as I am based in the city during the week. 

Cheers

Brett

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no tips or advice sorry but

Sat, 2015-01-10 18:05

no tips or advice sorry but interested to hear how u found the dragonfly kayak as ive been looking at them lately and deciding between 1 of them or a good setup 2nd hand kayak

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Niko - Dragonfly has been a

Mon, 2015-01-12 09:10

Niko - Dragonfly has been a great beginners kayak. Very stable, heaps of accessories included. I bought the trolley also but find that by the time you tie it up, drag it down to the water and then untie it alll, its just as easy to carry the kayak myself and leave the trolley in the car.

The only negative I've found is that the scuppers let more water in than I expecetd, even in calm water and I only weigh 70kg so I just leave them plugged in all the time. If I plan to head out to open water I can alway unplug the scuppers as needed.

 

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cheers mate good to hear,

Mon, 2015-01-12 19:42

cheers mate good to hear, been looking at them for ages but not seen any reports as of yet, most ppl go for the longer models and they just seem like a hassle with trolleys etc, something that can be lifted of the roof and carried to the water sounds ideal to me.
good advice regarding the scuppers i weigh 85kg so could get a bit wet, will leave them in when i eventually get 1.

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 all the best to ur kayak

Mon, 2015-01-12 06:38

 all the best to ur kayak fishing, I'm new to this as well, but located in Perth. Wondering what camera u used, and how's the mounting...

 

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 GoPro 3+ on a hand made

Mon, 2015-01-12 09:16

 GoPro 3+ on a hand made mount where I cut the squeegie part off an extendable window cleaner ($7 from Bunnings) and bolted the GoPro mount to the end. I just let it sit in the rear rod holder.

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 Thanks for sharing! Sound

Mon, 2015-01-12 11:41

 Thanks for sharing! Sound good idea!

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 Couple of tipswiththe water

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:30

 Couple of tips

withthe water in the scuppers, u could put some Eva foam mat under your seat to help sit u a bit higher and not get a wet bum. 

 

Definitely study tides ides and more importantly wind as the wind is a yaks worst enemy if it picks up while your out. Fishing mandurah in general I tend to stay out of the cut. The tide is hard work even if your yak has peddles. Fish the estuary side troll along the drop offs and throw surface lures of shallow weed beds for herring and tailor even chuck a drop net over for crabs

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Great tips thanks sloppyjoe.I

Thu, 2015-01-15 12:38

Great tips thanks sloppyjoe.

I can definately vouch for the surface lures in the estuary side - I picked up 8 herring there on Sunday using a green straw on single hook trailing behind a small berley blob.

 

 

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