I'm back on here after a long break away, been kayak fishing but not as much as I'd like. I was on here from the off all those years ago and there was a cracking bunch of us who used to meet at those years ago, Terry, George, TimO, Hatter3, John Legg and many more.
Now that I'm home now on a more permanent basis jobwise i'm planning on getting about a lot more. It seems quiet on here, you all still meeting up?
You must have been involved in the meets quite a number of years ago because the meets were stopped about 8 or 10 years ago. The reason for this was the councils for the given areas were demanding that the event had to have insurance to cover the event. The fact that these meets were not an 'event' in reality, just friends meeting up for a fish but that was not how it was seen by the council and Terry would have been directly responsible. The decision was taken to stop these meets at that time. I should say also that Terry did look into insurance but the cost was very high.
Yeah I was involved in the meets and the organising of them. They were good days and it was a shame that they stopped. I think that because of them stopping a few of us drifted apart (excuse the pun). At the time back then this was probably the best forum around with a lot of activity. Do many on here still get out together?
We have a saying in this sport and that is 'try before you buy' and there is a very good reason for that. When we all start, our perception of what we want is actually very different a few months down the road and getting experience before splashing the cash is as good a way to save money as I know how in this game.
Most anglers will be fishing from single seater kayaks as the balance, weight and size of a two seater being used on your own, can be a handful. If you intend to fish from a two seater with a family member or a pal, then that is a different thing but give that aspect some thought.
When you consider the budget for the kayak, also remember to take into account that you NEED QUALITY SAFETY GEAR. A wetsuit is only good for warm summer fishing trips at sea and as the water temperature is much lower than the air temperature, the normal sea fishing outfit is a drysuit which will keep you alive if and WHEN to take a dip. A good brand PFD (personal floatation device) not a life jacket as they serve to keep you on your back face up but when you fall in, you need to be able to get back on board the kayak and a PFD will allow you to do that. We then move into a VHF radio which you need a license for (it's free online) although to use it you really need to take an operating license test HMMM a pain but it is the law. You will be well advised to have a GPS and fishfinder but the GPS will get you home if a sea frett comes down and you cannot see where you are going. It is a very good idea to have either flares or an electronic signal device of which there are plenty on the market.
I know the last paragraph does weigh heavily but we have a responsiblity to point these things out as the sea is a bloody dangerous place and needs major respect, in fact if at all possible go out with others, safety in numbers. My first and only dip into the Humber was a bit of a fright BUT I had the drysuit on so I was very comfortable (even with the drysuit you get a very cold head) and my fishing buddy was released from his anchor and over to me very quickly to offer help and keep me calm, very important. Self rescue is something you will need to practice and there are places to teach you and plenty on youtube then you will know what to do when the time comes.
You will need to decide if you are going to be at anchor using bait fishing gear or paddling around with a spinning rod towing your lure behind you, both are great fun. If you are going to fish at anchor, there are a number of things to learn with that which we can look at later and the kayak will need some mods to fit an anchor trolley etc.
If a two seater is your choice, Ocean Kayaks produce one and excellent value for money is the Galaxy Kayak range which are well worth looking at, in fact, that would be my first port of call to be honest but be prepared for the kayaks being bigger and heavier than single seaters. www.uk.galaxykayaks.eu/fishing-kayaks/223-cruz-fisher-tandem.html
Kayak fishing is a great sport / hobby and to enjoy it properly take note of the boring stuff above. Good luck in your search and feel free to ask questions as there are going to be a few.
Last Edit: May 23, 2019 19:34:51 GMT -1 by philpot