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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.

Yep, I had a few chances of gaffing, but wanted to make it clean in the lower jaw, clear of the gills as wasn't convinced it was legal - They always look bigger when the sun shines on that silver belly in cloudy water, in the end it went 86cm :y: . Pic was taken in the throes of butchering at my fav...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.

8kg rig, started at a marker buoy (was intended to just have a tease to show a neophyte how to target kings by flicking a wee 3" Rapala knockoff at him) Battle was initially fought at, and especially around, the buoy with me bouncing off it a few times as I tried to keep him away from the chain...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.

Yep, that's the ones I'm currently on.
Bagged this fun fella after a 45min to-and-fro this morning - Best weekend I've had in a while.
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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.

Atomic Seeker. Got some to try out as my first choice wasn't in stock - They suit my fishing nicely, and the lead grips are a little more aggressive so fewer saggy softbaits. ...Just realised, the moniker HLD and the associated fear (or ridicule :lol: ) it conjures will cease to exist when KFNZ turn...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Give Mangawhai a miss on weekends from now until Winter.

Likewise up this way, found myself fishing on Route 101 this morning. Most well behaved today though, and one skipper going above and beyond as I did battle with an 11kg beast by giving me a very generous wide berth, and a thumbs up, as I was towed at pace into his path. (Snap was taken on a wee 3&q...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rumour - 40kg king off a kayak at Northland comp
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: Rumour - 40kg king off a kayak at Northland comp

Sounds good.
Was a steady stream of yaks heading south from Matauri late morning, and been some chubby kings had by the big boats out by the Cavs recently.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: KFNZ Forums to Close
Replies: 37
Views: 1569

Re: KFNZ Forums to Close

Does that mean I have to take all the KFNZ stickers off the Hornet? ...On a brighter note, my retirement fund collection of the various incarnations of the KFNZ T-Shirt will soon be on EBay :lol: @kingiFiddler I knew you were going back to a basic setup, but paddling out on a bare boat and just gaff...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kayak fishing Checklist
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Kayak fishing Checklist

Nearly 40 years of kayaking and still use a checklist, everytime. :y:
(Mine also covers a variety of other yakking scenarios)
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On a whiteboard so can add if necessary for specialised trips.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Mylar fish wrap?
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Mylar fish wrap?

I made up a mylar liner for my Tagit bag, works well with plenty of ice left at the end of the day.

Not sure individually wrapping would be that effective unless the fish was prechilled, thermal mass and all that.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Where to Fish
Topic: Launch Spots
Replies: 9
Views: 7571

Re: Launch Spots

Given there's been many tides since this was originally posted, I thought I'd force it to bubble to the surface - If anyone has any local launch spots they'd like to add, as local knowledge is always the best to avoid getting trashed in surf, or finding yourself paddling home against a 5kt ebb... Pr...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Phoenix Hornet mod?
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Phoenix Hornet mod?

Was tinkering today, boat now features a sliding tether either side, easily allows either rear rod to come into play in the front holder - or vice versa, without clipping. As an abseiler, I know cord on cord is the ultimate evil, however if it ever gets even close to failure loading, I'm more than h...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Gallery - General Yakking Scenes
Replies: 228
Views: 106270

Re: Gallery - General Yakking Scenes

Couple of shots of a river paddle I do from Kawakawa to Waitangi
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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Phoenix Hornet mod?
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Phoenix Hornet mod?

Standard nylon? hinges from Burnsco or similar, warmed vigorously with a flame and folded to match lid. Only other mods I've done are replace the knuckle-duster handles with some 25mm tubular webbing - Did that after the first trip. (boat's inverted in pic, but it sits flat) and also shortened the f...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bixpys and Kayak Fishing Comps
Replies: 80
Views: 1906

Re: Bixpys and Kayak Fishing Comps

Don't hype it up :lol: - they were a full $6 "anglers mate" , spooled with anything between 15 and 25m of springy. pre-twisted nylon. Drag options seemed to be freespool or clamped tight, you could hear it skipping about 4 teeth every wind :D Best fun I've ever had fishing. It's rare that ...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: WTB - Life Jacket
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Life Jacket

Firstly, you're looking for a PFD , rather than a true lifejacket. Be wary of cheap, second hand and aged, items - This is the one thing that could save your life out there. I would also add to avoid the inflatable "horse collars". Blow one of those and you will have immense difficulty get...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fishing reports - are they accurate?
Replies: 9
Views: 247

Re: Fishing reports - are they accurate?

I mentioned this to a charter skipper up here a few years back, having the same query.
Upshot is, these guys are out there three trips a day.
They know where the schools are, which way they're heading, and what they're taking now (which will likely be very different by the time you read the report).
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Phoenix Hornet mod?
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Phoenix Hornet mod?

Lean to the side when you open it :D

Seriously though, that was one of the first mods I did
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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Anyone got a trailer FS
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Anyone got a trailer FS

Pick up cheap Jetski trailer...
Thule cradles bolt straight into low profile Unistruts fixed across, and will take two SOT's side by side.
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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Anyone got a dedicated sabiki rod (hollow core for the line/hooks)?
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Anyone got a dedicated sabiki rod (hollow core for the line/hooks)?

Made one out of a length of ABS pipe. Does it work for keeping the hooks in order? Yes, admirably. Can I be arsed carrying it on the yak? Hmmm... Has proved it;s worth on the (very) few Kingy livebaiting sessions I've done where I have Kingy rod + Sabiki however spends far more time in the garage th...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Doubling over braid??
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: Doubling over braid??

I generally double braid on the basis of reducing point-load on a 'single' strand. There are, however, many dynamics in effect on loaded cordage, point contact pressure and surface area etc. When on the yak, I choose to double so as to introduce some level of redundancy in my knots, plus easier to t...