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by MikeAqua
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

Bump, anyone?

I thought this would be an easy question for someone to answer.
by MikeAqua
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Marine radios.
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Marine radios.

I would say take both. Absolutely get a VHF first because that allows detailed and specific communication. Later on consider buying an EPRIB will allow you to signal distress if you can't raise anyone via VHF. VHFs don't need to float if they are tethered to your PFD. But if they are self floating, ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

The B'day fairy gave me a Saragosa 20,000_SW. I've spooled it with 80lb rainbow braid.

It will be used as a top water spinning rig with a 12kg or 15kg rod.

I'm going to put a flouro leader on it. I'll use an FG knot so the leader will easily wind on.

What weight flouro should I go for?
by MikeAqua
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 23
Views: 1154

Re: A cautionary tale

An effective and simple technique to learn/practice is the 'bongo slide' https://www.kayakpaddling.net/ A "Low Brace" is what you are after (technical name for your 'Bongo Slide' I suspect?), will save you a turtle 99.9% of the time if done correctly. Check out 'SeaKayakingTV' channel on YouTube fo...
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Trying to understand the unique advantages of yak fishing.
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Trying to understand the unique advantages of yak fishing.

TLDR: More drag = more work for the fish to do before it can pull string. But don't go overboard! Fundamentally we want to make the fish work hard while losing as little line as possible. In summary more drag makes the fish work harder to pull string. We do this with the springiness of the rod and t...
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 23
Views: 1154

Re: A cautionary tale

I had similar experience off Ruakaka An effective and simple technique to learn/practice is the 'bongo slide'. If you end up side on to the wave after it has broken , dig your paddle into the side closest to the wave, with the convex side of the paddle blade facing the wave, lean toward the wave and...
by MikeAqua
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Weather resources et al.
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: Weather resources et al.

I'm a big fan of wundergound.com it displays data from public and private weather stations. You can set up a favourites page with stations of your choice.
by MikeAqua
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Online swap meet, anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: Online swap meet, anyone?

kingiFiddler wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:06 am
Happy to swap them for money :-) How does $10 plus postage sound?

By the way, Marine Deals have a waxwing in their mid-week deals today for $13.
https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/shimano- ... squid-88mm

Hope that helps.
Perfect PM me your Deets.
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: WTB a wheel!!
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: WTB a wheel!!

If you get stuck try the engineering supplies/tool shop on quarantine road (I can't remember the name sorry). They sell a range of wheels like that.

edit: Opel Power Tool Centre
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Loading heavy kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 1955

Re: Loading heavy kayak

Public speaking is generally something Americans are good at and seem to enjoy more (or hate less) than kiwis. Part of the culture I suspect. Note I'm talking about style, not necessarily content ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Marine Reserves
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Marine Reserves

It's perfectly legal to fish near the boundary of a reserve. But if you go over the line there is no excuse - you are strictly liable. You risk a fine and forfeiture of any/all equipment used in the fishing activity. This includes any car/trailer you used to transport your kayak. People have been co...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Bixpy Jet motors.
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Bixpy Jet motors.

Playing fast and loose with the term 'jet'. Looks more like well protected propeller to me, without the reduced draft advantages of a true jet.

But if it works well I guess the name doesn't matter.
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Online swap meet, anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: Online swap meet, anyone?

I'd be happy to buy the waxwings. I don't have anything to swap. still rebuilding my gear after last years burglary.
by MikeAqua
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Northern Region
Topic: Cape Karikari?
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: Cape Karikari?

I found some scollies off Poheke Beach. I was walking along it and I noticed quite few scallop shells in one spot. Water was crystal clear so I came back the next day with snorkelling gear. The bach we rented at Tokerua came with couple of el-cheapo fishing kayaks. I took one for a play in the shall...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Some tips
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: Some tips

Anton m wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Thanks for all the reply’s anyoneone keen to go for a fish when the rain clears up keen to catch a good snapper
My grandad used to say on rainy days fish shelter under the boat to avoid getting wet ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Some tips
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: Some tips

Launch at Tata beach and paddle around to the right to Wainui Bay. Great snapper fishing at change of light, especially dawn but you have to be very, very sneaky as it's shallow. I pick a location between the reef (not too close due to spotties and other pickers) and the mussel farms anchor and star...
by MikeAqua
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Rigging and Rigged Kayaks
Topic: Just finished my initial set up
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: Just finished my initial set up

Nice work.

As funds allow consider replacing you mitre 10 tackle boxes with some sealable ones. The sistema range (available cheap at supermarkets) are good and reasonably priced.

For more ping you could look at something like plano sealed tackle boxes, but they are expensive.
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Yaks for young teens: Mission Catch 290 vs something more 'serious'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1228

Re: Yaks for young teens: Mission Catch 290 vs something more 'serious'?

Thanks Mike. Do you think a mere Scrambler will suffice for him initially? Or shall I bite the bullet, grab him a used Espri, and sell the Scrambler? I've never been in scrambler so I can't comment. Suggest a search on here and see who has used them as fishing kayaks. Paul in NZ used to use one off...
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Pilchards versus Anchovies
Replies: 15
Views: 773

Re: Pilchards versus Anchovies

Flasher rig just goes straight down from the kayak with as little line out as possible. Never as successful and the running rigs and always more sharks and jack mackerel.

When I set the longline from the boat I get spiny's as well as snapper and gurnard.
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Pilchards versus Anchovies
Replies: 15
Views: 773

Re: Pilchards versus Anchovies

Firstly let me say, I'm a meat hunter. I'm most interested in catching pannies and gurnard. I very rarely catch big snapper. I have a pretty standard running rig set up - egg sinker above the swivel and a single 5/0 circle hook below the swivel. Attached by Mustad fastach swivel-clips. If I'm anchor...