Kayak fishing

Following up on Adam's suggestion about kayak fishing last week, I am wondering if anyone out there has any information on what are the most suitable kayaks for fishing and who sells them.

I have seen a few varieties on tv and around some of the shops, but having not had a chance to try one out, I am wondering if the pedal variety are the best.

Looking forward to any input,
All the best, Colin Hay

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hmm i've seen in anaconda

Tue, 2008-02-26 11:21

they have quite a number of kayak for fishing!!check that out mate.
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heard hobie is a pretty

Tue, 2008-02-26 11:28

heard hobie is a pretty reputable brand.

anaconda have cool ones fitted out for about a grand.

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I would like to jump in and

Tue, 2008-02-26 11:39

I would like to jump in and ask a few ?'s also:

do they offer much back support for long sit down periods ?

how many knot winds would keep you out of action?

are sharks a real danger?

can you tip over in choppy conditions or when a boat zooms past?

do you have to have above average fitness to paddle an average fishing mission?

are they more suitable for river use?

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kayak stuff

Wed, 2008-02-27 22:38

I often sit in mine for up to 7 hours. Sitting in any one place for that long will cause some comfort issues! I have a back rest which helps alot especially when paddling. It clips onto the carry handles.

 I have been out in 15-20knot winds (caught in a wind change) and my boat handled it easily. In these conditions I work directly into the wind till I get close to shore and then work across the wind. Not all kayaks will handle this and my view is if you want to go on the ocean, buy the best ocean kayak you can. Swell is no problem but wind chop can be difficult.

 Never seen a shark but you have to be sensible, berlying always has some danger. There are horror stories out there.

You owe it to yourself to be fit and sensible about recognising your limits. Stick to rivers and close inshore at first, spend time learning how to paddle (using your trunk not your arms) before going out further.

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Hi Colin  Check out

Tue, 2008-02-26 11:50

Hi Colin 

Check out

http://www.fishyak.com.au/index.html

they are in Wangara

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Many thanks Vans

Tue, 2008-02-26 12:01

That's a great site.
Thanks Wicksey, I will check hobies out.

Dasho, as far as fishing conditions go I think it depends on the kayak. I know some kiwis go ocean fishing for big pelagics in them. From what I have read, they hook onto a big pelagic (or shark) and get towed around to the fish tires out. But that's kiwis for you.

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Seening a Kayak being towed

Tue, 2008-02-26 12:11

Seening a Kayak being towed around with a kiwi madly hanging onto a rod would be a funny sight!

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Big kayak catches

Tue, 2008-02-26 12:31

Her are some links to video clips of a guy catching a marlin and another guy catching a mako.
Marlin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZyv3VHHbv8
Mako
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUC-ncCS3jI&feature=related

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WOW that's amazing! although

Tue, 2008-02-26 13:16

WOW that's amazing! although i was kinda expecting something from the likes of the Goodies...

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I think there have been a few like that

Tue, 2008-02-26 13:43

I was trying to find some of those vids, but haven't come across one yet.

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Kayaks

Wed, 2008-02-27 22:26

Hi Colin

I do quite a bit of kayak fishing down here in Albany (when the wind isn't howling from the east). I bought a Stealth kayak from Ash Nesbitt (http://www.myocean.com.au/paddle.htm) in Perth. It is fibreglass, south african made and a dedicated ocean fishing kayak. It has a large internal well for storage, anchor well and rod holders. It is very stable. I posted a picture in the main section. I couldn't be happier with it.

 There are lots of kayaks available and the hobies are quite popular (especially the paddle one) . I did a lot of reasearch and the South Africans get up to some insane stuff, so I figured anything they make would need to be good. If you only want to do river or close in estuary then most of the plastic ones would be ok.

 I mainly fish for KG and squid but hope to do some jigging for yt kingies in the autumn. Things like saftey gear(hand pump, spare paddle), epirb, gps, two way and shark shield are all either a very good idea or compulsory in my view.

 Australian Kayak Fishing Forum is a tremendous resource and social group. http://www.akff.net/forum/

 cheers

Andrew 

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Plastic yaks have as many

Wed, 2008-02-27 22:54

Plastic yaks have as many advantages as glass yaks have disadvantages Andrew, my yak wont crack Surprised

 However if I was going to buy a paddle only yak instead of a pedal Hobie it would be a Stealth, some of us Aussies do crazy things in our placcy pedal yaks too mate, just back from 2 days Abrolhos fishing in mine where paddle only yaks just couldnt cut it against the Hobies.

Shark sheilds are a must in my opinion, as is a certain amount of fitness before going off shore, but most importantly is carrying the appropriate safety gear.

 Once bitten by the kayak fishing bug in a quality yak (Stealth, Ocean Kayak, Viking or Hobie etc. etc. ) not many turn away from what could be classed as "extreme sportsfishing"

It's the most fun you can have whilst standing up, once you hook up to large palagics that are my preferred target species now.

See you out there.

Cheers, Allan. 

 

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Thanks for the input Andrew and Allan

Thu, 2008-02-28 07:18

I am still mulling over my options. At this stage I am mainly looking for something that I can pedal around in the rivers and estauries. I would need to build up my fitness levels to go out in the ocean.
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being an office nerd sitting

Thu, 2008-02-28 12:34

being an office nerd sitting on my ass all day, my legs are wayyy stonger than my arms, so the Hobie pedal system would suit me better.

also using my legs to pedal and keep the yak in the strike zone in a strong current could be handy also.

the price may be the final decider though.

 

 

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Agree Dasho

Thu, 2008-02-28 13:03

I think the pedal option would make it easier to flick out baits and soft plastics if you are moving around stuctures.

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I'll post up a message when

Thu, 2008-02-28 20:06

I'll post up a message when I find out about the next Hobie demo day, there's usually one every month held at Matilda Bay, next one should be around 2 to 3 weeks away.

 Cheers, Al.

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Thanks Al

Fri, 2008-02-29 06:19

That sounds perfect.

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Demo Day

Thu, 2009-01-22 08:52

 

Hi all,

There is a demo day happening on  1st of Feb Im told.

"We will be at he Matilda Bay Boat Ramp from 10am until 12pm. Call Grant on 0412 944 909 for further details on demo days."

I plan to be there with bells on, I cant wait...

 

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I will probally wander down,

Thu, 2009-01-22 15:46

I will probally wander down, and Fishwreck member Albee Mangles will be assisting the show and might have his Hobie fully rigged for interested person to check out.

Have a look at page 54 of the Western Australian fishing magazine jan/feb issuse apart from the handsome looking bloke on that page Cool you have 4 pages on how to catch snapper from kayaks,,the Cockburn sound season opens in a few days as we all know,,,the new limit is 2 snapper per person,,not 4 as in last year,,,cheers,,,

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That Brett is a star

Thu, 2009-01-22 18:32

It is a very good read.
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A little birdie told me

Thu, 2009-01-22 20:28

A little birdie told me Bretts next article in the Western Angler Magazine will be about choosing a kayak.

Should be interesting for folks that are thinking about getting into kayaking,,theres 400 different kayaks in the global market place at the moment so it can be mind boggling where to start,,maybe Bretts reviewed all 400 ? Cool

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I wonder of he got to test ride a few

Fri, 2009-01-23 20:41

I have read one of his articles about what to choose. Made sense surprisingly (Lol only joking Brett).
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Not sure if he names brands

Fri, 2009-01-23 20:52

Not sure if he names brands in his artilce but i was talking to a fellow from the Yak Shack in Rockingham today,,the Prowler 13 has been very popular and is flying out the door,,he has 9 in stock and are going for $1275 whch seems like a good price.

Any Rockingham locals can check out the specials in todays Weekend Courier.

The Prowlers are made in New Zealand and have a good reputation.

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