Hobie 2014 Outback Fitout

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.

Rhetty Steady Go!

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 Nautic Kayak Loader demo

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


There is no Spoon

I've just uploaded my latest kayak fishing video, this one being a highlight reel showing off some of the most memorable moments I've had in the past few years. It encompasses some 4 years worth of kayak fishing highlights into a 3-minute clip to the tune of 'The Game has Changed' from Daft Punk.


The Island Golden (Trevally)

Shufoy has published yet another inspiring video, this time highlighting a solid fight provided by a quality Golden Trevally caught at Wilderness Island


Bird of Prey Demonstration

I've just uploaded a video on behalf of SLH that shows off my latest fishing-centric Hobie Adventure Island (AI). There's a lot of crafty modifications that I've applied here, arrived at after years of experience fitting out and fishing from the AI. Some of these customizations aren't altogether new, but they are certainly refined.


Wilma the wrapped & rigged Pro Angler

Wilma is the endearing name we gave to this Hobie Pro Angler kayak that we wrapped up for SLH customer Fred, fitting it out with a tight arrangement of fishing accessories including dual rod holders, dual anchor trolleys and fish finder. If you're looking for ideas on how to go about rigging a Pro Angler for fishing you could do worse than watching this video.


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DB: Morning Carl.
XDCAMMER: Hey DB, good to see ya still alive,. I was talking to Tas yesterday (Fri) and he said to pass on his best to all you guys. He has bought a PA 12 and is fitting it out. All the best mate, power walking is a good slimmer. WHATS WITH BALLS? Cheers to Kate. xD .
XDCAMMER: Imagine what would happen to an AI mast if it were hit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCRguPMjXLw&feature=player_embedded Lucky boys. I hate lightening.
DB: Anyone home?
DB: Later folks. :D
Guest_3610: Salmon fishing from the yak in WA....video
Jenkins: Hi Josh
Jenkins: what size rods do you use on your adventure
Josh: Jenkins, I have 6 rods, all of them Nitro. 2 x Godzilla for trolling, Viper for jigging, just got a Magnum Butt Distance Spin for casting lures into frenzied fish. Voodoo for plastics for small to medium species and a ultra bream for finesse fishing/squid, etc. Taking a Godzila, Viper and Magnum But to Fraser Isl next month
Jenkins: Thanks Josh
Josh: You're welcome
XDCAMMER: If I get asked for another "Hobie canoe" I'm going to SCREAM!
Jenkins: This might sound like a dumb question but what would you consider and moderate wind speed to go fishing and what size swell?
Carl: i think 8 - 12 knots is a good wind speed for trolling on an AI...i don't get swell too much here only get chop from wind up to 1.5 m when i get wind v current...washing machine conditions...
Guest_9733: With regards to swell, it depends very much on wind conditions at the time, and whether or not there are white caps. Trolling at wind speeds Carl suggested is great for pelagics, slower for reef fish is usually a bit better
Jenkins: Thanks for that, cheers.
XDCAMMER: I wouldn't be eating that cod. I wonder if Rapala will bring out a new shaped CD Mag, not sure where you'd put the hooks tho.
Gard: Just got my Lovig dry pants. Think they will be much better than the neoprene waders I've been using, but I need some kind of shoe/boot to wear over them. I want to be able to walk on oysters (tough sole) and ramps (good grip) and boulders / rocks (some support) and mud (good fastening system) while being lightweight, fast draining and drying, and not rotting from use in salt water. Any suggestions?
tonystott: I solved that problem! Went to Kmart, and bought a couple of pairs or sandals. These have velcro closures front and back, so can accommodate bulky wader booties. Best hing was they were marked down from $22 a pair to just $8! I have worn them more than a dozen times so far, and they are showing no signs of deterioration.
chinadavies: Hi ,
chinadavies: Hi,
chinadavies: Hi new to this site as well as the idea of YAK fishing, is this a forum where i might seek some answers or is there a site more appropriate for such things? Cheers

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