I found this clip created by Neil Carstaires (of the SLH fishing team) kayak fishing for aussie salmon off Mornington quite entertaining and think you might to. Rocking his new Lowrance touch 9 sounder, he had no trouble finding the schools of fish and then laying down the smack. Nice one Neil!
My good mate Geoff Williams has been smashing the flathead and flounder while kayak fishing around Lake Illawarra of late, taking the time to document his efforts with video along the way. As you can see by this clip he and his buddies are having a lot of fun doing so.
Mr Longtail himself - Paul O'Leary - has published another inspiring video clip demonstrating how to go about sight-casting for longtail tuna. As he describes at the start of the clip, the secret to success in this endeavor is to cast and plant the lure in the immediate vicinity of frenzied fish, precisely at the moment they strike their prey. Follow this with imitating a panicked or injured baitfish and the tuna will easily (and almost always) confuse your lure with easy pickings.
Although flavoured a little differently to my regular run of kayak fishing video clips, my latest effort is based on a video shoot from round 3 of the Hobie Kayak Series at the Bemm river Victoria, which was held earlier in the year. The mission objective of this clip was to offer an insight into how the ABT kayak fishing tournaments go down, from launch through to weigh ins. I think I've captured the essence of it all pretty well. Featuring the SLH fishing team and guest appearances from Hobie staffers Steve Fields and Josh Carpenter, and a whole lot of well-fed bream.
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.