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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    Anglersafloat.co.uk mate - the clue is in the title. Donít buy anything until you try it.
    Also consider going to one of their day training sessions on safety, re-entry, anchoring etc. You will learn loads and build confidence.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    I've got an Ocean Kayak "Prowler 13" and a "Trident" too.
    Both very similar yaks.
    Been using them for 5/6 years now not had any problems except the Prowler nearly sank once!
    I'd been carrying it on the roof bars in a way that stressed the scupper holes causing it to leak. I was about a mile out off Skinningrove at the time. A very slow and heavy paddle ashore later I found it was 3/4 full of water...try dragging 13ft of water filled yak up a steep sandy beach.
    It was easily fixed with hot air blower and some plastic welding rods.
    I now carry them on the roof more carefully.
    I never bother anchoring to fish but tend to drift with the tide but I almost always use a drogue unless in around the rocky shore marks or any really nasty rip tides.
    The beauty of a yak is that you can catch at almost anytime. From the shore you generally have to be there at just the right time. That makes a huge difference to me as I live in the middle of the country and can't drive for 3 or 4 hours to just fish for an hour at 1st light.
    I've yet to blank when afloat. Last time out on it I had 70 plus fish and 8 different species...you don't do that from the shore.
    It can be hard work lugging a big yak around, getting kitted up to fish, finding launch areas, etc. but it is so worth it.
    It's not flyfishing if you're throwing bait in....learn to do it properlyHidden Content

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    As JRT pointed out Anglers afloat will have all the information you need.
    Be sure to spend plenty of time in reaching a decision before you take the plunge.
    Have fun.

    Jonesy
    To some wives, a fishing rod is a pole with a worm at both ends.Hidden Content

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    Thanks for all the help guys, I have signed up to the anglers afloat forum as advised!
    All the best
    Mike

  5. #15

    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    mike, tailingloop used to post good articles on angling afloat. worth a search,
    skingfisher.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    Hello Mike, I have a lot of kayaking experience on the sea. Given your location I'd go for an 11' or 12' model of the tried and trusted brands. Ocean kayak etc.
    Couple of things to consider. Your build / strength. No good getting an overly heavy / large one if you are unable to car top it (assuming that is the mode of transporting it). The longer the kayak the narrower they tend to be but the better they track (go in a straight line), but the less manoeuvrable they tend to be. Less good in the surf. But unless you fancy launching from a surf beach (I do) then a longer one would be ok. I use a prowler 13. Coming back in the surf, takes time. The shorter they are the broader they tend to be but they are more manoeuvrable and better for returning in the surf.
    I could write an article (in fact I have in the past) on the subject. I'm not an expert but do have a lot of experience.
    Paddles are something I'm not that clued up on. Choosing a paddle / correct paddle most suited to you and your needs is a mind-field in itself. Seek advice from an Kayak coach or trusted retailer. Buy the best paddle you can afford is my advice. A paddle can cost more than the yak.
    Hope this helps. If you require further info advice please PM me and I'll give you my phone number.
    Regards
    Stephen

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    A paddle can cost more than the boat?

    I did consider this option for the creeks around the Cornish south coast when the small streams in the area seem to be in a decline. Thankfully they have perked up and and I can roam around with little more than a tobacco tin/shorts/ crocks

    But... Iíve had a couple of mullet off the local shore and you donít forget their bullet-like runs...
    Growing old disgracefully!

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    Yes beryl, a top end paddle (carbon fibre, bent shaft) and blades can cost over £400.

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Anyone fish from a Kayak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateboard Dave View Post
    I've got an Ocean Kayak "Prowler 13" and a "Trident" too.
    Both very similar yaks.
    Been using them for 5/6 years now not had any problems except the Prowler nearly sank once!
    I'd been carrying it on the roof bars in a way that stressed the scupper holes causing it to leak. I was about a mile out off Skinningrove at the time. A very slow and heavy paddle ashore later I found it was 3/4 full of water...try dragging 13ft of water filled yak up a steep sandy beach.
    It was easily fixed with hot air blower and some plastic welding rods.
    I now carry them on the roof more carefully.
    I never bother anchoring to fish but tend to drift with the tide but I almost always use a drogue unless in around the rocky shore marks or any really nasty rip tides.
    The beauty of a yak is that you can catch at almost anytime. From the shore you generally have to be there at just the right time. That makes a huge difference to me as I live in the middle of the country and can't drive for 3 or 4 hours to just fish for an hour at 1st light.
    I've yet to blank when afloat. Last time out on it I had 70 plus fish and 8 different species...you don't do that from the shore.
    It can be hard work lugging a big yak around, getting kitted up to fish, finding launch areas, etc. but it is so worth it.
    An old post but so true! I bought a shorty that i can carry about without wheels(18kg) and fits inside the car(PicassoC3) but it paddles like a dodgem. you still need the kit to stop you drowning or freezing to death so why not buy a decent kayak in the first place? That said im still pleased with my first little boat....
    Growing old disgracefully!

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