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Marc N
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Kayak Make: FishMaster
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Location: Birkenhead Auckland NZ

Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:48 pm

Hi all,

I just bought a Kayak, and I'm fitting it out now, hoping to be on the water in a week or so.

I'm in Birkenhead, Auckland, and my rationale in getting a Kayak, was portability, as against a Tinny and outboard.

Also, not only can I get the 'yak on my roof rack, but I can fish, Lake Pupuke (coarse fishing, yes I do :) ), Takapuna and out in the Gulf, the Harbour up to Kauri point, but also there's Waikato River, Lake Taupo, any beach, East and West coasts and any of the other myriad of waters in this skinny land of ours.

I am really impressed with the tech that 'yaks come with these days, the last time I looked seriously at a canoe for fishing, was when the latest and greatest thing, was a sit in, fibreglass canoe, that would fill with water if you weren't careful and it came with - a paddle...

So I'm finding this forum a great resource, thanks to all for the information and ideas herein.

Photo of my new 'yak, (not set up and whilst the photo says "Winner" the delivered model is branded "Fishmaster Kayaks")

I've christened it "Valkohai", Finnish for Great White Shark, hopefully not tempting fate :)

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VALKOHAI

Fishmaster Elite4 'yak
Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

manxmann
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:20 pm

Hey and welcome.

I actually bought the same boat 2 weeks ago and after 4 trips I'm very impressed. The only slight problem is the circle hatches are a bit of a pain to open with wet hands but it's not a hug issue, a bit of grip tape sorted it out no problem. It's nice and fast through the water but does sacrifice some stability.

Did you get it from wave passion in Albany?

Happy paddles :D

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Marc N
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:48 am

manxmann wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:20 pm
Hey and welcome.

I actually bought the same boat 2 weeks ago and after 4 trips I'm very impressed. The only slight problem is the circle hatches are a bit of a pain to open with wet hands but it's not a hug issue, a bit of grip tape sorted it out no problem. It's nice and fast through the water but does sacrifice some stability.

Did you get it from wave passion in Albany?

Happy paddles :D
What colour is yours? I didn't like the red, looked to me like a chunk of whale carcass, beckoning to sharks :) Just like you see in the nature doccos...

I got some spray silicon on the circle hatches and the rubber one up front and they work well enough now, but they were stiff, yes.

Yes, Wave Passion in Albany, I still can't believe the price when compared to the NZ made ones.
VALKOHAI

Fishmaster Elite4 'yak
Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

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Marc N
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Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:12 pm

Also Manxman, can I ask? Did you get the seat, that is like two pads and clips on, or the seat that looks more like a beach chair and is raised on about 8cm legs?
Cheers

Marc
VALKOHAI

Fishmaster Elite4 'yak
Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

Mitch65
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Kayak Model: Espri Angler
Location: West Harbour

Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:12 pm

Welcome aboard, quite a few of us regularly go out from Narrowneck, might help to look at posts from Luke1 ( unofficial mayor of Narrowneck) as he keeps telling me.
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manxmann
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:25 am

Hey I got the desert camo one. Wasn't too keen on the red either.

The price was pretty hard to ignore. Got the mrs an entry level yak at the same time and they reduced the price somewhat which was good.

Sorry for the slow reply for some reason the Tapatalk app isn't sending me any notifications.

Hopefully see you out there.

manxmann
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:27 am

Marc N wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:12 pm
Also Manxman, can I ask? Did you get the seat, that is like two pads and clips on, or the seat that looks more like a beach chair and is raised on about 8cm legs?
Cheers

Marc
I got the seat that is like two pads and a little backpack on the back. When the sea gets rough it's always good to have a low centre of gravity. It makes the boat much easier to control.

Seems all good. A little padding under the bum wouldn't go a miss though.

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Marc N
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:21 pm

Mitch65 wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:12 pm
Welcome aboard, quite a few of us regularly go out from Narrowneck, might help to look at posts from Luke1 ( unofficial mayor of Narrowneck) as he keeps telling me.
Thanks for the, I'll keep an eye out.

I'm planning to launch at Takapuna boat ramp when my 'yak is ready, as I drop my wife off in Takapuna every morning, as I'm semi retired/

Also, many years ago I used to fish over by Rangi, near a big red navigation buoy, see buoy 11 on this map https://at.govt.nz/media/1157005/harbou ... itions.pdf

I used to come back with all sorts of fish, very productive spot that, there's a bit of a shoal going on N/E a bit.
VALKOHAI

Fishmaster Elite4 'yak
Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

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Marc N
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:24 pm

manxmann wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:27 am
Marc N wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:12 pm
Also Manxman, can I ask? Did you get the seat, that is like two pads and clips on, or the seat that looks more like a beach chair and is raised on about 8cm legs?
Cheers

Marc
I got the seat that is like two pads and a little backpack on the back. When the sea gets rough it's always good to have a low centre of gravity. It makes the boat much easier to control.

Seems all good. A little padding under the bum wouldn't go a miss though.
mmm I got the deck chair version on the basis that I wouldn't be sitting in a pool of water all day.

I'll keep an eye out for your Desert Camp Elite 4.

Cheers

Marc
VALKOHAI

Fishmaster Elite4 'yak
Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

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mikG
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:06 pm

Great White? Youve tempted fate and you will probably die

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Marc N
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:10 am

mikG wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:06 pm
Great White? Youve tempted fate and you will probably die
Yep I thought that too.

Wait until you see what I've got coming for the bow...

Inspired by 'dedant' in this thread viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22478

I've ordered a set of these: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2x-Cartoon- ... SwMQBZ9pMU

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They'll keep the big sharks at bay :)
VALKOHAI

Fishmaster Elite4 'yak
Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

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eynon
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Location: Papakura

Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:42 am

topwater lure for killer whales :rofl:
ZMU8769 - OK Prowler 4.7

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Marc N
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:05 pm

eynon wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:42 am
topwater lure for killer whales :rofl:
Yep, mind you, when I was a young fella, I used sail a Laser and an A class Cat up around Kawau and sometimes the Orca would come and swim next to me, they never seemed to be more than curious.

I reckon they are too clever to be taken in by graphics on a 'yak, but I'll let you know if I get eaten :o
VALKOHAI

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Fishing for every thing from Trout to Kingfish

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