Blondes on the Tandem
A Cephalopod from the depths
The swell and wind has finally dropped enough for me to launch from one of my favourite fishing marks. The winter storms had destroyed most of the harbour wall protecting the slipway, with the boulders from the wall strewn across the once pristine sandy beach and slipway. This makes launching and landing tricky but possible in the calm and impossible with 2-3ft of swell. Kieren and Dwyer were keen for another trip after the successful mackereling trip the day before. A local came over to me whilst unloading the car and informed me that the beach and slipway would hopefully be restored soon, with diggers coming to move the rocky rubble, so that piece of news was promising. We negotiated the boulder field and made our way offshore to fish the deep water in the hope of catching whiting and haddock......
The weather has settled down and the sunshine is warm…. Spring has arrived and with it the mackerel have moved inshore to chase shoals of sand eels. The plan was to have a session afloat to hopefully find a few mackerel to stock up the bait freezer for future fishing trips. Me, Kieren and his friend Dwyer headed to a mark on the Lizard Peninsula in search of the shoals. Kieren and Dwyer shared the Hobie Outfitter Tandem and I used the RTM Abaco. The forecast was great, the sea was glassy calm and the tide would be pushing. All was looking well for catching mackerel.
Anchor Set-up pt.2: The Anchor Reel + Anchor
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.....
The Anchor Set-up: pt.1 The Anchor Trolley
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.....
Improved rod holders for the Hobie Outfitter
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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