With the weather still not playing ball for a decent session out on the kayaks (i want to test my fish finder!!) i went out in search of Flounder in a local estuary. It was my angling clubs Christmas Competition so signed on and went to the mark in the hope of catching a plump winter flounder. The rods were already set up so to pass the time whilst waiting for the tide to push i went and dug a few rag worm in the mud; always fun..... if you like mud! Fresh dug harbour rag worm are lethal for the Flounder and i have learnt over the years that the shop brought farmed stuff is no where near as effective. Anyhow i had brought some rag worm incase i didn't have enough time to dig enough bait for the whole session.....
The 2013 Kayak Wars competition started on the 1st of February and ended on the 14th of December. It was the first year that European kayak anglers could submit teams and compete in the Kayak Wars. I formed a team comprising of Elliot, Kieren and myself under the name of West Cornwall Kayakers!
Ram Mounts can be used for a wide range of applications and are particularly useful on kayaks for positioning fish finders, rod holders, transducer mounts and just about anything else which you can attach a ram ball mount too.
Ive been using a fairly crude makeshift pole on which to mount my Go Pro HD Hero 2 for the last year but have finally got round to making a more suitable and versatile pole for the job. The idea isn't new with a few kayak fisherman having made their own so thought i would have a crack at making one suited to my needs - for use on the kayak and for use when snorkelling.....
Ive seen many different methods of storing anchor line on the kayak ranging from expensive divers reels to line being wrapped around a plank of wood! I decided to have a go at making my own anchor reel that would allow me to easily wind on anchor line when needed. I decided on a reel mounted onto a plastic pipe that would fit into the scupper holes on my Teksport 330 - it will also fit in most flush mounted rod holders too so could potentially be used on any kayak.....
Leashes are a fairly important piece of kit if you don't want your gear plummeting to the depths should it go overboard! Here's an easy way to make leashes for keeping rods/reels, cameras, paddles, fish finders e.t.c. attached to the kayak.
With a storm battering the cornish coast, gusting at over 60mph, the kayak was staying firmly on dry land. Even with the howling wind i decided to find a nice sheltered creek on a local river to target one of my favourite fish - Flounder! When they are feeding they can be great fun to catch and give a great fight on light gear....
The anchor trolley is a fairly essential part of anchoring up whilst fishing. In a nutshell it allows you to position the point along the kayak at which your anchor line will enter the water. This allows you to position the kayak in a comfortable and, more importantly, a safe position relative to the wind, swell and tide.....
I like using flush mount rod holders for most of my fishing but on the Hobie Outfitter the built in rod holders don't seem deep enough to fully hold the rod with enough support to prevent them being potentially pulled out by a running fish or a snag.
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