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Newbie in Auckland

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:18 pm
by RV
I am kitting a NativeSlayer 14.5, and have never used a kayak for fishing.
For the rod holder, could someone explain the difference between Scotty mount and Railblazza? is one better than the other?
Is extender for the rod holder necessary/essential? I am concerned that the reel could be hitting/touching the kayak.
What are you using as a chiller bag?
Any good fishing tackle shop at the southern edge of Auckland? not found many yet.
Is anyone fishing without a fish finder, or is this essential?

thank you

Cheers

H.

Re: Newbie in Auckland

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:49 am
by UrbanAngler
Scotty and railblaza is just a matter of preference. I chose railblaza because its easier to find the product here.
Chiller bag you can use tagit or those rob forts. Marinedeals is my usual where to go for good reliable online fishing shop


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Re: Newbie in Auckland

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:18 pm
by J.T.
This is my 3rd year fishing off a yak, and the first that I've gone offshore. I've always yaked with a mate who had a fishfinder, starting going out without him and immediately felt like I was flying blind. Already bought one and the battery and rigging it up this weekend. A basic small one will do heaps, I've got the Garmin striker 4. In a few years will doubtless want to upgrade, but that'll do plenty to keep me busy in the meantime. So essential I'd say. Railblaza easier to get here, but I've ended up up getting a couple of Scotty things because of existing mounts on my yak and lower clearance on a rocket tube rod holders. Also a tagit bag is on my wishlist from marine deals. Enjoy!

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Re: Newbie in Auckland

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:17 am
by revfisher
I'm in Papakura. There is a tackle shop in Botany called "Big Fish Bait and Tackle", or Manukau "Boat Marine" are your closest options. Both are good.

Re: Newbie in Auckland

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:44 pm
by SitDown
RV wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:18 pm
Is anyone fishing without a fish finder, or is this essential?
if you can stretch your $$$ look out for a fish finder with gps plotter, must include marine maps or better still with navionics. TM has some cheap from those who have upgraded to bigger screens

Re: Newbie in Auckland

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:27 pm
by Hairy Little Dwarf
Wee bit of experience weighing in here....

Fishfinders: Yeah, easier but not essential. Bit like TV Remotes made changing the channel easier...
I still relish the day I watched my mate paddle straight past a huge workup because he was glued to the TV screen. I was watching the birds off to the side and had my limit by the time he turned around and got back to me. If you are going for a FF and on a budget, then go pixels over colour. Resolution will outgun colour any day in my book, particularly for finding low-lying bottom structure.
If you primarily only fish one area, forget GPS and chart plotters. Learn to take transit bearings, and carry a tennis ball. Learn your home patch: what is where, and when. If you pass over a school, or low foul, while paddling throw a tennis ball over the side. Use that as your reference, currents obviously take precedence (Transit bearings otherwise)
There's plenty of old school skills of reading the water surface that can do away with the convenience of modern electronics: eg there's nearly always a reef that extends out from a point on the land. What you see above, continues below...These skills come with time though. When you get a good run, look around you. What's different? Light? Current? Season? water colour? Use this to your advantage. I've sat happily pulling 10-15lb Snaps in the shallows (1-3m) as gas-gliders hooned past laughing at this kayaker fishing in the mangroves. Guarantee I earned more in fillets than they spent in fuel. I've even sight cast to a 20lb Snap in 2m of water within 400m of a boat ramp...

Reels and rodholders: Go with whatever system you prefer. Reels will get wet on a yak - you'd be naive to think otherwise, regardless of holders/brand/position and will seize if not looked after. Add some extra Cals grease to brand new reels, and rinse them after every trip - even if you don't think they got wet.

Bottom line, don't get fixated on NEEDING the latest technology - Fish smart, learn your neighbourhood, stick to a patch for a year and learn what species move where, and when. Keep a diary!
I have a spot I don't bother with until April - May as I know the fish are moving through then. Rest of the year you'd be sitting in the boat staring at your feet.

Above all, be safe.

HLD