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by MikeAqua
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dry Bag Opinions
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Dry Bag Opinions

I have had good service from earth seas and sky drybags. I use them for kayaking, boating and tramping (great pack liners).

They come in range of sizes.

Macpac sell them as do Bivouac outdoors who have a wide range.
by MikeAqua
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: 750 or 1500g Anchor
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: 750 or 1500g Anchor

Out there I would go with 1.5kg anchor + chain. Sorry about your arms :rofl:
by MikeAqua
Thu May 24, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Landing big fish - what do you use and why?
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: Landing big fish - what do you use and why?

I made a little gaff out of a section of aluminium tube and a gaff hook I bought at burnsco. Sealed both ends with 5-minute epoxy and it floated. Pics here http://www.kayakfishingnz.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=21301&p=229903&hilit=mikeaqua+gaff+DIY#p229903 A bit dicey for anything with large poin...
by MikeAqua
Thu May 17, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Fish Finder Preservation
Replies: 3
Views: 807

Re: Fish Finder Preservation

I wipe my down carefully with fresh water pat dry and then put it in a sealed(ish) cupboard with a compact dehumidifier. I put my PFD in their too (after fresh water rinse) which has VHF, PLB and strobe attached to it. Also my fishing cellphone. The de-humidfier is on a plug-in timer that shuts off ...
by MikeAqua
Thu May 10, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lower back pain
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: Lower back pain

erectus wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 8:09 pm

Any recommendations on seats?
If cold makes your back worse then make sure you aren't sitting in a puddle of water in the yak. I got waterproof leggings for this purpose. Made a big difference.
by MikeAqua
Wed May 09, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lower back pain
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: Lower back pain

Core exercises a few time a week sorted mine out. My back is the best it has been since I hurt it when I was 16. I have zero expertise on this subject but I did some googling and chose four exercises that looked reasonably simple and target a range of muscle groups. Takes me about 15 minutes to work...
by MikeAqua
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

I can't remember what I had on my Espri. I think I skipped side handles in the end. Just used the seat straps for re-entry.
by MikeAqua
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

Nice. A suggestion: lose the deck ropes around the cockpit - magnet for hooks.
by MikeAqua
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

When I had an Espri, I found that one of the Tagit insulated well bags was a good fit. Kept everything nice and cool.

https://www.fishingdirectnz.co.nz/shop/ ... agit.html

I gave it to another yak fisho so I can't remember which model it was sorry.
by MikeAqua
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

gadgetm wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:27 pm
Woohoo. Just picked up a Viking Espri about 1 year old for $500. 8)
Check out this thread http://www.kayakfishingnz.com/forum/vie ... 7&t=23352
by MikeAqua
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

Nice. Have a search on this site for pictures of how people have rigged their Espri's. There have been a few.
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by MikeAqua
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Help struggling getting the Kayak to the water
Replies: 30
Views: 2899

Re: Help struggling getting the Kayak to the water

I tried sand-tracks and found them pretty awful.

l currently have a 22kg kayak and making do without a trolley.
by MikeAqua
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

I've also had a Viking 400. I'm taller the average and stronger than average with arms like an Orangutan and I could just get it onto the top of our wagon (Pajero) after a long paddle. At 100kg I was too heavy for it to paddle easily but at 67 you'd be fine.
by MikeAqua
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Need Another Tub
Replies: 26
Views: 2223

Re: Need Another Tub

I used to fish out of an Espri, great little fishing yak and very seaworthy. My weight at that time ranged from 97kg to 115kg. I didn't personally experience any stability issues. At 67kg it would be fantastic. My stepson was around 65 - 70kg back then and it used to get along nicely for him. I'm ab...
by MikeAqua
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Have you a good set of split ring pliers/cutters?
Replies: 9
Views: 1300

Re: Have you a good set of split ring pliers/cutters?

I have these black magic ones and I'm fairly happy with them. https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/black-magic-compact-fishing-pliers-gunmetal thanks. Every tried buying replacement cutters for them? What about replacement plier tips? Are the tips stainless steel? Do they work OK on even small split ring...
by MikeAqua
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone carrying all their tackle in their PFD?
Replies: 28
Views: 2150

Re: Anyone carrying all their tackle in their PFD?

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:47 pm
My PFD carries a whistle, rescue knife, VHF, PLB and occasionally a camera in the pocket. Never anything else.
Ditto, plus an asthma inhaler (and a torch if it's dark).
by MikeAqua
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone carrying all their tackle in their PFD?
Replies: 28
Views: 2150

Re: Anyone carrying all their tackle in their PFD?

I minimise what I carry on/in my PFD. When I had the Espri I used to wear a waist tackle-bag, on the basis I could dump it if I needed to.
by MikeAqua
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Flags- laws/by-laws or just good practice?
Replies: 26
Views: 1872

Re: Flags- laws/by-laws or just good practice?

I try to have muitiple colours if possible.

Bright green PFD (and yak) orange hat, black/orange sleeves, yellow raincoat. White paddle blades, on black shaft.

Looks like a rainbow vomitted me up but hopefully something is visible in most conditions.
by MikeAqua
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Rigging and Rigged Kayaks
Topic: landing net stowage
Replies: 6
Views: 908

Re: landing net stowage

I haven't taken the sounder off my kayak in over 2 years. I figure you are more likely to do damage to the plugs or brackets connecting and disconnecting it every time its used rather than damage from the odd turtle. I have checked the condition of the plugs and taken off the cover once or twice af...