Paddlefield-1-Expeditions - 22:10Paddlefield #1, 'expeditions'. kayak fishing expeditions on the east coast of australia. created by josh holmes, featuring paulo, carl, holger, shep & rhett, as well as mackerel, tuna, trevally, marlin and more.
Paddlefield Trailer 2 - 02:07Teaser trailer for upcoming kayak fishing series by the creator of war on fish & yakass kayak fishing show. highlights include some great adventure island sailing and surf landing action, as well as lots of spectacular fishing, including holger's famous marlin catch at fraser island, nov 2012
Yakass Kayak Fishing Show #8: Surface Action - 22:47Yakass kayak fishing show: surface action. starring hobie adventure island trimaran yak, aussie salmon, spotty and spanish mackerel, snapper, mack and longtail tuna, sharks and josh holmes. nsw, australia 2012
Paddlefield trailer - 01:55Brief trailer showing some highlights from paddlefield, a free-to-web movie-length kayak fishing documentary from yakass.net and yakass coastal kayak fishing show founder, josh holmes. *for any questions and comments, go to yakass.net
YCKFS: E7 Fraser Isl Expedition '11 - 17:26Yakass coastal kayak fishing show episode 7: fraser isl expedition '11. 8 day kayak fishing odyssey on the west coast of fraser isl, nov 2011 * for any questions & comments, go to yakass.net
YCKFS:E6 Blades, Bibs 'n Jigs - 17:00Yakass coastal kayak fishing show episode 6: blades, bibs 'n jigs mackies, jewies and snapper caught from hobie adventure island while trolling rapala and williamson lures. nth coast nsw australia * for any questions & comments, go to yakass.net
Monster Mulloway - 08:21Teaser clip for yakass coastal kayak fishing show e6, proudly displaying one of my more impressive catches from my trusty hobie adventure island trimaran kayak. 127cm mulloway (jewfish) for the win! * for any questions & comments, go to yakass.net
Yakass Coastal Kayak Fishing Show E5: Welcome to winter - 22:50Winter gets off to a typical start on the nth coast of nsw, with plenty of fish caught from the kayak. in this episode i demonstrate how to use to cobb cooker to cook a roast while kayak camping... even on the back of the yak! also introduces the way i go about outfitting my kayak, featuring new bul ..
Yakass Coastal Kayak Fishing Show_e4 - 14:47Yakass coastal kayak fishing show episode 4: kayak fishing fumbles. starring bream, tailor, spotty/spanish mackerel and blacktip reef sharks. introduces hobie adventure island and it's various configurations and usage scenarios. * for any questions & comments, go to yakass.net
Yakass Rapala Magnum CD tribute - 01:59This clip is a short highlight reel showing off some of my better catches with rapala magnum countdown lures, with snippets of footage dating back from nov 2009 to early 2011. caught while trolling from a hobie adventure island trimaran on the east coast of australia, fish include snapper, trevally, ..
Yakass Coastal Kayak Fishing Show ep 3: Persistence - 17:17When the fishing is slow, it takes persistence to reap rewards. episode 3 demonstrates that nicely, covering two relatively challenging fishing weekends, both ending in glory. 2011 - the year of the mighty cobia! * for any questions & comments, go to yakass.net
Yakass Coastal Kayak Fishing Show: episode 2 - 12:45With fishing conditions being so crap on the east coast right now it took longer than expected to capture enough content to fill out an episode, but a semi fortunate trip south to hat head rocks produced results. * for any questions & comments, go to yakass.net
kayak fishing with sharks - 06:59Kayak fishing with sharks can be fun, hairy and sometimes even scary. this clip is a collection of some of my shark encounter kayak fishing experiences (higher resolution and re-edited), including various catches as well as a seriously close brush with a great white (watch to the end to see the best ..
Yakass e1p2 Fraser Isl Yak Fishing Expedition - 14:56Yakass coastal kayak fishing show - fraser isl kayak fishing expedition part 2. covers days 5-7 starring: adventure island trimaran kayaks, carl holland, holger goehr, josh holmes, paul o'leary, flathead, golden trevally, mackerel, bronze whaler shark, rapala lures, nitro rods, & okuma reels * for ..
Yakass e1p1 Fraser Isl Yak Fishing Expedition - 12:37Yakass coastal kayak fishing show - fraser isl kayak fishing expedition part 1. (to be continued) starring: adventure island trimaran kayaks, carl holland, holger goehr, josh holmes, paul o'leary, flathead, golden trevally & spanish mackerel, rapala lures, nitro rods, & okuma reels * for any questi ..
yakass coastal kayak fishing show - pilot - 06:54Pilot episode for yakass coastal kayak fishing show this clip is a teaser of sorts for the 1st series of yakass, the spiritual successor to war on fish. new hardware, new software, new style. future renditions will include real-time digitally recorded narration, as well as majority footage from an e ..
As usual I spent Easter camping and yak fishing at Cape Hillsborough with my two sons along with several other (dysfunctional) family groups. Have to state straight off the bat that the fishing was crap. However the weather was really conducive to high speed trolling due to the relatively high winds we got for most of the time. We had a range of water craft at our disposal including a sit in kayak, wind surfer, catamaran and of course my AI. The cat was deposited on the beach by a friend who didn't camp, but just visited most days.
On our second day I spent most of the morning sailing with the kids on the tramps having a ball in the wind and waves. After a while the kids got cold so I came in and then let a friend take his daughter out for a sail and I went up to get the fishing gear ready. At this point B1 and B2 (names suppressed to protect the guilty) took the cat out for a sail with the permission of its owner. Well in the winds B1 & B2 made great time and once they had their act together (in their minds) set out offshore. They were flying and obviously having a great time being both experienced sailors however they only had one PFD between the two of them.
By the time I got back to beach with my fishing gear in hand my AI was back and I set about getting it back in the water for a quick troll around the headland before lunch. Looking out to sea I can't find the cat anywhere and was informed that it had capsized. No problem I thought as I had seen the owner right it by himself so 2 guys would have no problem getting it up right again so off I went. Sailing out I was expecting the see the cat upright at anytime but it didn't happen. As I reached the headland where I planned to troll I made the decision to go and investigate why the cat wasn't upright.
Since I had planned to be no more then a couple of 100 metres from the shore I had no safety gear with me (flares, radio, first aid etc) only my PFD. I paused for a minute to consider turning around but headed out anyway still hopeful that all would be well. As I headed further offshore concern started to creep into my mind that maybe something had gone seriously wrong. With a heightened sense of urgency I headed in the general direction of where I had last seen the cat.
Given the conditions and swell/chop it was impossible to see the cat but after 5 minutes or so I saw one of the hulls in the air as B1 & B2 tried to right it. Now that I had a bearing I sailed out in full haste making about 10 - 14 k/h. after a total of 40 minutes sailing I reached the cat about 6 ks offshore. When I arrived both B1 & B2 were close to exhaustion and starting the chill down in the wind. By that time the mast had dislodged from its mount and was hanging from the stays making righting the boat a difficult proposition. However B1 & B2 were determined to get it upright and continued to try righting it without success. During this I sailed around offering encouragement until some birds started diving close by so I headed off for a quick troll only to spot a shark about 150m away from the upturned cat.
Cancelling my trolling plans I made a beeline back to cat and keeping quiet about the grey suit I strongly suggested they leave the cat and sail in with me. The idea of leaving the cat was too much at that point so it was decided to try and tow it. To achieve this they had to get the mast up and after much effort were able to secure it to the up turned hulls. Attaching a tow rope to the rear aka I set sail but after a short time realised we were not making any headway. I then set up the tramps and got B1 & B2 to swim over to me (about 3metres), when they were safely on board I divulged the information about the shark. Now I could make a little headway towing the cat, but not enough to counter the sideways drift created by the wind on the upturned hulls.
The direction of travel would see us all end up on the rocks but still B1 & B2 still didn't want the cut the cat loose. My comment 'when your sense of self preservation kicks in let me f#@%^&* know' made B1 & B2 rethink their priorities. So to avoid everyone ending up on the rocks we cut the cat free and made for shore.
Now the AI can sail with 3 fully grown men on it but it is hard going, with me in the cockpit, one on the windward side and one behind me we were able to slowly make headway. The conversations we had revolved around: hating to leave the cat out there; how lucky they were; how quickly things can go from good to bad and finally me piling on the shi…err…criticism. The one topic of hot discussion was the fact the boys found it impossible to tack into the wind and had to jibe. Miss timing the manoeuvre they flipped instantly. They did manage to get the cat 90 degrees a couple of times and completely flipped it once. When the mast dislodged they really lost all hope of getting it up without cutting it away since it now acted as a big anchour.
By the time we got back, about 3 hours from when I set off for that ½ hr fish there were quite a few concerned people in the camp. B1 & B2 by this stage were very cold and worn out, I actually had a little nausea that quickly went away after eating some food. As soon as we hit shore B1 tried to source a motor boat to go and collect the stricken cat, unfortunately no-one was able to assist so the cat was let drift away. B1 called the VMR to report the incident so that it didn't generate a search had the cat been found by someone.
As you can imagine this event created much discussion around the camp and for myself really reinforced the safety message about sailing offshore regardless of experience and capability. My decision to head out straight away without safety gear was both positive (i found them and we all got back safely) and negative (if we did require assistance I had no way of doing so) and I will now travel with full safety gear even if I am well and truly in my comfort zone.
The owner of the cat was upset, as you can imagine, he and others spent a lot of time searching the beaches for it without success. They even headed out in a little tinny to search the headlands on the some second hand information of a boat being washed up on some rocks. In my eyes the owner needs to take a hefty amount of responsibility for leaving the cat on the beach and giving us all permission to use it. B1 & B2 now have a very strong appreciation for water safety something I felt they didn't have in the past.
In conclusion this all ended relatively well and I strongly doubt any of those involved will put themselves in that situation again without being better prepared, including me. Whilst glad to be there and get the guys back, I wasn't happy to have to be there in the first place. On the up side I got a lot of great sailing in over the 4 days and had a fantastic time playing in the wind and waves which at times got up to 2 metres and 20+ knot winds.
This video has mostly the sailing part of the 4 days, but starts with seeing the boys trying to right the cat.
By Carl Holland