It's one thing to get 'sharked' when you're fishing (sharked being the phrase used to describe having a shark take the fish mid-retrieval) but quite another when the sharking attempt occurs above the waterline... especially when you're fishing in a kayak, and it happens within feet of the yak. This is precisely what happened to Isaac Brumaghim recently and he was fortunate enough to catch the moment on video. It's moments like these that make one feel truly alive!
Kudos to WA based (and YakFishWest member) kayak fisho Grant Bond, who kept his cool in an encounter with a sizable and rather 'alert and interested' Mako shark. Throughout the encounter he thought it was a Great White, but being brave enough to stick the camera underwater (not just to film it, but also to bash it in an attempt to shoo it away) and in doing so getting clear ID on what is obviously a mako.
The first episode of Paddlefield is now live, and not a minute too soon! Weighing in at around 22 minutes, this is by far my most ambitious and work-intensive clip I have produced to date. I could have - and some will suggest that I should have - made this an hour or more. Crammed full of high-octane yak fishing footage, this episode focuses on kayak fishing expeditions - the good, the better, the bad and the fugly.
Though running a little late on my promise to get Paddlefield out by the end of the year I thought it prudent to at least cobble together a quick teaser trailer to make up for it. A highlight reel that aims to capture the essence of what the series will be, most of it is never before seen footage shot from the capricorn coast and fraser island expeditions.
Kevin from Hobiecat has hosted a brief video clip (on the Hobiekayaktech youtube channel) that introduces the Hobie livewell, providing instructions on how to go about installing and using it for best effect. If you're the proud owner of one of these livewells or were otherwise thinking about getting one, you could do a lot worse than checking it out.
Episode 1 of my 2012 Trip Videos mainly features one of my favourite spots, "The Rockbar". Trolling up and down this area has produced some speccy captures for me over the years. This year it was Cod alley!!! Smashed by Estuary and Mallabar cod all week long, losing lures to the nasty undercut reef... sensational fun!!!