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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Oct 26, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Kidstix Challenge - who's keen?
Replies: 12
Views: 221

Re: The Kidstix Challenge - who's keen?

Aahh.. Yer killing me, man!
Can't wait until I'm back out in the pocket rocket... Only a few more days.
Sweet King and JD
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: And another in the drink... Currently in hospital
Replies: 1
Views: 42

And another in the drink... Currently in hospital

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/126704687/kayaker-in-hospital-after-capsizing-in-rough-conditions "A kayaker is in hospital after their boat capsized, and they had to be rescued by a helicopter on the West Coast. Police were notified a person was attempting to swim to the shore of the Hokitik...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Kayak fatality off Waikowhai Beach
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: Kayak fatality off Waikowhai Beach

Waka ama.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300428 ... ling-coach

Condolences to his friends and family.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Kidstix Challenge - who's keen?
Replies: 12
Views: 221

Re: The Kidstix Challenge - who's keen?

That's a flash bit o' kit...

This was before your time, but was AWESOME fun!

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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Ping Speed - when to use fast vs slow
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Ping Speed - when to use fast vs slow

Like Andrew says, fast ping gives a better representation and those tasty eyebrows hovering over the bottom.

I can't really think of an application where you'd use slow ping, possibly some USA lake fishing technique?
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: NRS Chinook PFD
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: NRS Chinook PFD

Have to say I'm sold on cordura PFDs and wouldn't do nylon again, but then I do a lot more mileage than your average weekend dwarf. My current and still fully servicable (other than the velco tabs on the pocket) PFD is an 11- 12 year old Hydraulic "Leader". It'll be a few more years before...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Grapnel Anchors - Feedback and experiences please
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Grapnel Anchors - Feedback and experiences please

I used to use a folder with trip pre softbait days, the occasional hassle of a premature trip was easily rectified with another bubble tie (like cable ties only much weaker). Grapnels were 1/8"(?) rod with a length of galv waterpipe as shaft, but I don't have big current to worry about here. bi...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Anyone added foam inside the hull?
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Anyone added foam inside the hull?

Foam will progessively absorb water, polystyrene makes a helluva mess and is impossible to contain. Best option for flotation is several discrete chambers, coke bottles, or wine cask bladders - just get someone else to drink the stuff. Jam them in wherever you can. The kayak itself, as a bare hull i...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Drag settings - boat vs kayak
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Drag settings - boat vs kayak

kingiFiddler wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:32 pm If my marlin reel comes back from my reel guy repaired and I can find a shark somewhere to test higher drags on, it'd be rude not to.
Rangaunu Harbour bud, massive sport in there in summer. If not the swarms of Bronzies, the XXOS Trevs will test your kit :devil:
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Drag settings - boat vs kayak
Replies: 23
Views: 529

Re: Drag settings - boat vs kayak

Once the yak is on its Nantucket Sleighride, I usually kick the drag right up to just south of sunset, with enough leeway in case whatever it is decides to take the gloves off.
Still back it right off to coward mode when the fish is real close to the yak though.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Kayak Carriers
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Kayak Carriers

Got a pic of the cross section?

If it's the ones I'm thinking of, you can strip down the Thule saddles and use a low profile unistrut block inside the channel.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Tue May 04, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: plb vs vhf
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: plb vs vhf

kingiFiddler wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 10:39 am ....I'll be investigating DIY alternatives before mine needs attention.
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by Hairy Little Dwarf
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Blooded
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: Blooded

Nice TR, took me back many years to my early days yakfishing.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is anyone on fishing.net?
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Is anyone on fishing.net?

Nope, I get stuck in the loop of madness with it asking me to confirm profile, then throwing me out when I access a forum.

Must have a filter on there that auto-bans KFNZ :P
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: The ICOM M25 VHF group buy is on - $239!
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: The ICOM M25 VHF group buy is on - $239!

I'm in :y: Thanks for arranging this Mr. Fiddler, and also to James for coming up with an excellent deal on a quality brand. Have used Icom through SAR for years and impressed with how they handle the life we put them through, be good to have an Icom on my shoulder on the yak again.. I'll PM you Jam...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Sat Mar 20, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: plb vs vhf
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: plb vs vhf

Cheers Andrew. Hoping to do some longer training paddles over Winter to get fit enough to get wide next Summer. Have the plb but need the vhf. Marlin will fear me next Summer. Ha. Rather than burning miles, drag a branch behind you. Paddle slow and focus on core technique. I modded my Hornet (short...
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Safety
Topic: plb vs vhf
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: plb vs vhf

https://www.boatingeducation.org.nz/cou ... rtificate/

Icom is probably one of the best brands out there, and our flavour of choice in SAR.
Still need to do the usual salt water vs electronics maintenance.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Chartplotter vs GPS - FF advice
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Chartplotter vs GPS - FF advice

Go for the charts if you regularly fish new places.
If you hit the same patch, then don't really need charts as your waypoints and local knowledge are all you need.

I rarely use the charts on mine. More often it's the GPS track to see which way the drift is running.
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: plb vs vhf
Replies: 19
Views: 313

Re: plb vs vhf

VHF should be your goto both as a pre-emptive, and also as a means to talk the chopper/RIB in to your position if you take a longer swim than planned. PLB is the last resort, and to be brutally honest from a SAR perspective, permits the response to continue when you have lost ability to use comms. I...