Paddlefield #1: Expeditions


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. 

There are several reasons why it took so long to make this episode, due mostly to the sheer amount of footage I had to work with. A lot of this involved perusing footage from the cams of my Fraser Island companions and extracting the juiciest parts, of which there were many.

Viewers will see some surf launching and landing shenanigans and among the fish landed are tuna, trevally, mackerel and black marlin. The marlin catch appears at around the 7 minute mark but don't take this to mean I have changed my ways (of saving the best till last) because I think the most entertaining scenes were provided by Paulo, as he tangled with some belligerent longtail. Actually, the closing scene is by far the closest to my heart, though that is actually a preview of what is coming next episode (so be sure to watch to the end).  

If you watch this video and find yourself asking questions about the Capricorn Coast expedition scenes, read this article to get the full story. I tried to fit all of the details in but later took some of them out, simply because there was no real way to include them efficiently. Click here to learn more about our most recent trip to Fraser Island. 

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DB: Hi guys, long time no see
DB: catch up later
Josh: heya DB, how goes it?
Carl: hey Db's back...did you get parole or early release for good behaviour?
DB: Hey guys. Haven't been able to access the site for ages for some bizarre reason. Just re registered with a different email.
We just had our local exchange out of order too and no phone but that seems ok now.
Haven't done much fishing of late but I am a member of a local fish stocking group which stocks two small dams locally.
Planning on getting off shore again soon but I am fatter than ever an more unfit so I'll be taking it easy and sticking close to shore. Chat soon :D
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. Lucky boys. I hate lightening.
DB: Anyone home?
DB: Later folks. :D
Guest_3610: Salmon fishing from the yak in
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.

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