Kayak fishing has come a long way from it's origins when kayaks were invented for hunting some 4000 years ago. In it's contemporary form kayak fishing has evolved from being a fringe pursuit to a fully-fledged mainstream sport - one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the world, especially in Australia.
Recently I performed a major fitout on a 2014 model Hobie Outback for SLH team member Pete Ritchie and shot video of the process. I felt this was worth doing for several reasons, first and foremost to demonstrate the transducer scupper in the new model, and how simple that makes the installation of a fish finder. Due to Pete's maximalist kayak fishing style (can you count all the rod holders?) this was a good opportunity to show off the various mounting options offered on an Outback.
Ocean Kayak have released a video showing off their new fishing kayak, the Prowler Big Game II. Giving it a nickname of 'Battleship' their new model appears to be a highly stable and comfortable fishing platform that offers a high degree of integration for accessorizing.
Recently I received a sample of a kayak fishing rod bag, otherwise known as Pedro's kayak fishing rod bag. The images above and below clearly demonstrate the intended usage for this elongated dry bag: to protect fully rigged rod and reels for surf launch and re-entry. Upon seeing it in the flesh instantly I saw another potential usage scenario, which is for storage of extra rods for kayak fishing expeditions. I'm planning to put this to the test on our next Fraser Isl venture, scheduled to take place early May. While I don't like using any more than 3 rods at any one time, I've learned that it can pay to be equipped with one or two more once we reach our intended destination - partly in case of breakages, but also to ensure all bases are covered.
Though its true to say I pretty much ceased using bait to catch fish a decade ago (unless it's freshly caught) I have to admit to being intrigued by the news of a new product that has just been launched by the Freeze Dried Bait Company: freeze dried bait. I don't really expect many readers to see it in the same light I do but there aren't many people going on multi-day kayak fishing expeditions where freezing anything is an impossibility, and reducing weight and size is paramount. If I was a bait-focused angler I'd be experimenting with this new product for sure, especially for trips such as our regular adventures at Fraser Island.
Due to popular demand I have created a new video clip based upon our most recent Fraser Island kayak fishing expedition, which is now fit for human consumption. I delayed putting this one together for several reasons, primarily because I struggled to use the footage to form a narrative as planned due largely to (Go pro related) technical issues suffered by myself and my cohorts. This was a real shame because had footage been available for all the fishing action we encounted it would have made for a monumental clip - easily the best yet... and would have been five times as long. That said, I was still left with plenty of good footage to work with, largely thanks to Rhett Thorne, who not only out-fished the rest of the posse, also captured a good deal of quality footage.
In this clip you'll see some great golden trevally, mack tuna, mackerel and even a baby marlin, which Carl hooked and boated in the shallows. Unfortunately, his is one of the numerous cams that failed and as such, not only was the best of this moment lost, so were several others, including a whopping trevally. Along with several other missed moments, their inclusion would have made this clip so much better. That all said, I'm actually really happy how this one turned out, and the footage that I emitted will show up on my next major video clip, which should appear soon after a planned expedition in May.
Rhino have just released a brand new kayak-topping solution that is sure to get a lot of attention, particularly from those with heavier kayaks, especially with users who are challenged with the prospect of getting it onto the roof of their vehicles, as well as grey nomads with caravans that otherwise have few options with transporting their yaks. We've been testing it out at SLH and have concluded that the winch-based system works a treat, as demonstrated in the video below