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 ..
After yesterday's sighting of the large shark (which I'm fairly certain was a white pointer) the incident played on my mind for the rest of the day and into the night. So much so that when I tried to sleep, mental images of the shark kept on reoccurring and ultimately made sleep hard. It might not have had the same impact if not for the stumbling around with the shark shield, in which precious moments ticked away as I mistakenly thought that it's battery was dead. Those few moments were intense to say the least and it had a lasting effect, even though all was resolved fairly quickly.
So at 1:00AM this morning I made the executive decision to give up on sleep and instead just prepare everything in readiness for an early morning launch. What better way to get it out of my head than to face the fear so to speak? With hours of darkness left to pass, I took my sweet time getting everything ready, including rigging up some wire traces that would have otherwise prevented me from being bust off 4 times in a row the day before. I also recharged the shark shield - I wasn't taking any chances today. By 3:30 AM I was pulling out of the driveway and cruising at a leisurely pace all the way, just after 4AM I'd arrived at Woody Head.
Here to I was slow and measured, taking my time to rig the kayak and check and double check every single item fitted to the yak. This included replacing the rudder pin, which I figured might be due for failure. I didn't want any inadvertent issues whatsoever out there today. By 5:30 I was good to go, but with skies still relatively dark I sat out the next 30 minutes or so, trying ever so hard to shake the bad feeling I had about this trip. I kept telling myself it was just fatigue - I hadn't slept after all. I launched at 6AM and only 40 minutes or so later was traversing the area where I'd seen the beast yesterday.
With shark shield switched on from the beginning I felt much more relaxed about everything once on the water. Even though light was poor and I couldn't see past the surface, the feeling of confidence quickly returned. However, a conversation I'd had with a friendly pro fisherman at the ramp prior to launch kept running through my mind. After telling him I'd seen a large shark the day before, the ensuing conversation went something like this:
Pro: 'Oh yes... there's been a big pointer getting around out there lately... and it's been stealing smaller fish and sharks that have been hooked up.'
me: 'Oh great!'
So I resolved to try to be quick in dealing with any sharks I might catch when handling them yak-side. My plan was to keep some distance between shark and kayak for a while in order to tire it out. And then - if table-worthy - haul it close and then gaff it aboard quickly. But after 2 hours of event-less yakking (with spurts of slow sailing in between) to the north I started to think that nothing would bite. The wind was much lighter than expected to, so when I found myself about 8km north of the launching zone and realising I might have to pedal all the way back, I turned around to head in. I pedalled for just over an hour towards the point when the first and only bite of the day came. And when it did, I knew instinctively that it was a shark. Despite this, I remained hopeful it was a mackerel. It wasn't.
Although it's weight wasn't huge, every time I got it close it would tear away with major force and continued to pull me around in circles. Eventually I caught a flash of colour and the unmistakable shape of a shark tail. But it was fighting a bit differently to everything else I'd hooked lately and it took a few moments to figure out why. Ah... of course... the Shark Shield was still switched on. No wonder. No matter either - this is what I wanted to happen - to keep it at a distance for a while and tire it out. Now using wire trace, I was confident it wouldn't bite me off mid fight.
When I'd decided enough was enough, I switched off the shield, hauled it in and drove a gaff through the upper side of it's mouth and lifted it aboard. Holding the gaff point proud, I used my leg to hold its body down as I then cut it's throat and tail. Then I threw a noose around its tail and placed it on the tramp to bleed. With that done, dinner sorted and episode 4 of War on Fish taken care of (look out for that on Wednesday), it was time to head back in.