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by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: fishfinder & worm beds
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: fishfinder & worm beds

My mate who has $10k of sounder on his boat recons he can pick up a scallop on the sea bed. I call bullshit :rofl:
by AndrewRawlingson
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: fishfinder & worm beds
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: fishfinder & worm beds

Fish!


Seriously, I have half a dozen or so spots that almost guarantee a snapper regardless of the tide or time of day. These spots have no distinguishing features on the sounder, they just look like sand. I can't say for sure, but I assume they are worm/shellfish beds.
by AndrewRawlingson
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Members
Topic: Hi from Papamoa Beach
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Hi from Papamoa Beach

Welcome! There's going to be a lot to learn, but it's going to be an awful lot of fun :)
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: FF battery always flat?
Replies: 12
Views: 1608

Re: FF battery always flat?

You can leave batteries "charging" continuously on a CTEK when the battery is not in use. It will only charge the battery when required. Takes a lot of the guesswork out of SLA management.
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: FF battery always flat?
Replies: 12
Views: 1608

Re: FF battery always flat?

SLA batteries are crap compared to modern alternatives. It might be time to think about lithium batteries. They sell them on the Viking website. Not cheap, but probably comparable cost in the long run. If you want to stick with an SLA, then a more sophisticated charger may prolong their life. I used...
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Versatile and affordable kingfish setup
Replies: 7
Views: 1055

Re: Versatile and affordable kingfish setup

I actually use the 4500. Sounds small, but it's quite a big/heavy reel for the size rating compared to other manufacturers. It takes 240m 30lb braid which is enough for me, but I usually fish over clean ground. Max drag is 13.6kg which is ridiculous for the size reel and more than enough for kayak f...
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Versatile and affordable kingfish setup
Replies: 7
Views: 1055

Re: Versatile and affordable kingfish setup

I use a Penn Assassin rod and Penn Slammer III reel (IPX6 rated) for kingfish. It'll cast stick baits and big sofites, and work light mechanical jigs. I'd dare say it'd be fine for a bit of live baiting too. Budget is relative. It isn't a dirt cheap setup, but quite adaptable, so good value for mone...
by AndrewRawlingson
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Newbie - auckland - what helped when starting out?
Replies: 23
Views: 2231

Re: Newbie - auckland - what helped when starting out?

Forget bait fishing. This may be a little contentious, but it isn't required. It's messy and attracts sharks. Anchoring and berley deployment are a little more complicated on a yak. Concentrate on soft baits and perhaps, slow jigs if you plan to fish in deeper water Come on mate, sometimes you need...
by AndrewRawlingson
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Newbie - auckland - what helped when starting out?
Replies: 23
Views: 2231

Re: Newbie - auckland - what helped when starting out?

Some great advice above. Things that come to mind are: 1) A kayak is not a boat, more is less in terms of how much crap you take with you. Two, or even one rod is sufficient to catch fish when you are starting out. 2) Forget bait fishing. This may be a little contentious, but it isn't required. It's...
by AndrewRawlingson
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 26/11 Army Bay - Finally! Back out there, and fish to boot.
Replies: 6
Views: 1144

Re: 26/11 Army Bay - Finally! Back out there, and fish to boot.

I gut/gill my heads/frames and freeze them. It's more hassle, but takes the pressure off finding them a home. I've started delivering them in bulk to a local food charity. I bet there's something similar in Auckland.
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inflatables like the True Kit Tactician or Discovery
Replies: 7
Views: 1050

Re: Inflatables like the True Kit Tactician or Discovery

Good points, thanks. even my stripped down, minimalist yak can be not-easy to get on the racks at the end of a long hard paddle back after a long day of paddling and arms are like wet spaghetti. Haha! I remember being sat on a Northland beach exhausted after a hard paddle back to shore and being ph...
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inflatables like the True Kit Tactician or Discovery
Replies: 7
Views: 1050

Re: Inflatables like the True Kit Tactician or Discovery

I've seen all sorts of motors bodged on to all sorts of kayaks, some work better than others, but none seem very satisfactory. There are inherent problems trying to motorise a craft that was never designed to be motorised. The Bixpy system seems about the best, but if you want a boat, buy a boat. Tr...
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reel advice
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Reel advice

Interesting thread. I have a Slammer III 4500 on my light kingfish rod. It’s not a small reel and pretty heavy too. Having said that, I appreciate it’s IPX6 rating. I’m considering a Spinfisher to replace my Stradic Ci4+ on my softie rod when it dies, but wish they could make them a little lighter. ...
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for First Kayak - Fishing & Diving
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Looking for First Kayak - Fishing & Diving

They are all good yaks. Bigger is generally better on the water, but harder to handle out the water/car top etc. Espri is a cool little boat, but maybe a little too small for serious diving?
by AndrewRawlingson
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Hawkes Bay Region
Topic: The fishing in HB over the last few months
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Re: The fishing in HB over the last few months

No doubt you're an accomplished kayak fisho now :y:

Also wondering the identification of stripy fish?
by AndrewRawlingson
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: phone keys storage
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Re: phone keys storage

The small food storage boxes with FOUR clips (i.e. not Sistema) work well too.
by AndrewRawlingson
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fishing Pliers/multi tools
Replies: 9
Views: 1636

Re: Fishing Pliers/multi tools

Funny thing is the big old girls can usually be grabbed by the tail without too much drama and are generally well behaved. It's the feisty 45cm pannies that spike me every time :D