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by Raptor
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Rough water reel covers that actually work
Replies: 0
Views: 467

Rough water reel covers that actually work

Hi Guys. I recently discovered a reel cover that is brilliant on those really nasty days so thought I would share. Have tried a few different ones over the years and they were either too hard to get on and off or simply didn't actually stop those big ones drowning the reels so were useless. I really...
by Raptor
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Another Rawhiti report
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Another Rawhiti report

Had an early morning start driving from Auckland to meet the boys from the East Auckland Kayak Fishing Club at Rawhiti so on the water just after 7am. Paddled out 100 mtrs from the ramp and tossed a small waxwing over the side to troll out around the point. A couple of paddle strokes and bang it was...
by Raptor
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Jigging setup recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 1180

Re: Jigging setup recommendations

Not sure on budget yet but probably around the $300 mark
by Raptor
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Jigging setup recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 1180

Jigging setup recommendations

I am new to jigging but wanting to target kings etc so any ideas for a good beginners setup would be appreciated.
by Raptor
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rawhiti III (EAKFC)
Replies: 14
Views: 2126

Re: Rawhiti III (EAKFC)

Great trip report and a great weekend
by Raptor
Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Rig and drogue
Replies: 22
Views: 2749

Re: drogue

I tried a couple of the cheep Marine Deals and Trademe drogues which were supposedly for Kayaks but they didn't have a lot of stopping power in a bit of a breeze so the drift was often way too fast. Finally invested in Stephen's Viking Drift Chute and it is like night and day, suddenly drift speeds ...
by Raptor
Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: SOLD adapt a cap
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Re: adapt a cap

I use one of these all year round but particularly good when the sun is out and it can be seen for miles.
If it gets really hot just dip the neck cover part in the water, instant air cond. for the face.

Retail $40 to $45 plus shipping so $20 is a pretty good deal.
by Raptor
Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Another reason to use a chart plotter
Replies: 15
Views: 3611

Re: Another reason to use a chart plotter

Before GPS and plotters it would have been just paddle for shore (and hope you don't hit a reef) then take a walk to find out exactly where you are so you then know how far and in what direction you need to walk or paddle to get back to the car. Done that a few times in the past so no biggie but the...
by Raptor
Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Another reason to use a chart plotter
Replies: 15
Views: 3611

Re: Another reason to use a chart plotter

I have always carried a hand held compass in a pocket of my PFD. As it's an emergency backup only if I needed it I would simply stick it under a shock cord on the tackle pod or even hand hold it to check every 50 or so strokes if I could not take a reading to a landmark. Also have the GPS/Compass on...
by Raptor
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Safety
Topic: Another reason to use a chart plotter
Replies: 15
Views: 3611

Another reason to use a chart plotter

We all know they are great for seeing contours and recording drift lines etc. but they are also a very worthwhile safety feature. I often paddle at night or get back to shore after dark on the longer trips which around Auckland city is not a problem with all the brightly lit landmarks and street lig...
by Raptor
Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: The Polls
Topic: Spare Paddle..?
Replies: 34
Views: 8310

Re: Spare Paddle..?

Yep Last year I broke a two piece carbon paddle at the joint close to Rangi and had to paddle back to Mission Bay with one half. I did have a spare but that day had left it in the car as I wasn't going far. The worst part was trying to keep the hands away from the shards of carbon and glass sticking...
by Raptor
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reload/Livebait
Replies: 19
Views: 1943

Re: Reload/Livebait

A simple one in the meantime may be the bait tube. Just a length of plastic tube with mesh at both ends and cap that gets towed behind the kayak. As the water flows through it as you move there is apparently very little drag. Do a search on the net, there are hundreds pics and how to build posts aro...
by Raptor
Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Viking Reload: Rudder or No Rudder
Replies: 27
Views: 2889

Re: Viking Reload: Rudder or No Rudder

I have used both but currently have the toe control in my reload and also my glass touring boat. Love it so definitely well worth doing. Gives you fixed pegs for bracing and putting power into the boat even when turning while still having the ability to easily control the rudder with the toe flaps. ...
by Raptor
Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Viking Reload: Rudder or No Rudder
Replies: 27
Views: 2889

Re: Viking Reload: Rudder or No Rudder

I have a reload and have paddled that and the PF400 both with and without a rudder. Playing around the rocks, rivers and inshore a rudder is not a necessity but as soon as you want to travel any distance in comfort in wind or a quartering sea the rudder makes a huge difference. Its not hard to keep ...
by Raptor
Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: too skinny to fish from
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: too skinny to fish from

Did that in a 50cm wide touring kayak for many years. As ThomasW said, great for trolling and you definitely want to keep the center of balance down low when fighting a big fish so a hand line in the water is ideal. I also used a super short backpackers rod at times for the same reason, you would be...
by Raptor
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Viking Kayak Input: Florida Kauak Fisherman
Replies: 9
Views: 1142

Re: Viking Kayak Input: Florida Kauak Fisherman

I have owned both the PF400 and the Reload. Both great boats, track very well, versatile and stable. While the rudder is not a necessity on either it does make life a lot easier particularly with the waves or wind on the 1/4. If you do get caught out in a blow you will soon come to love the rudder. ...
by Raptor
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Uniden Voyager protection
Replies: 7
Views: 1135

Re: Uniden Voyager protection

Same here, 4 plus years and lots of wet trips with no cover and its fine.
Only thing I did do was use some sticky silicon to stick down the rubber cover for the plug in external microphone. It looked a bit too easy to knock out and would be the one place water could get in.
by Raptor
Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Auckland Region
Topic: Softbaiting Theory Session - 18 Jan 2015 2-5pm
Replies: 52
Views: 5786

Re: Softbaiting Theory Session - 18 Jan 2015 2-5pm

I'm with the rest, a great day of learning Destin and very much appreciated.
If Destin does another one I would have to say whatever your skill level from noob to expert, you would be nuts to miss it.
Not only can the man fish up a storm, he is also a great teacher.
by Raptor
Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Auckland Region
Topic: Softbaiting Theory Session - 18 Jan 2015 2-5pm
Replies: 52
Views: 5786

Re: Softbaiting Theory Session - 18 Jan 2015 2-5pm

Hey Destin
I would love to come along it there is still a spot available
by Raptor
Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Millennium Arcturus Carbon Paddle
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

Millennium Arcturus Carbon Paddle

I recently had Corey from millennium paddles make me an Arturus after I broke my beloved Descente paddle a few weeks ago. I was a bit nervous about it but I had heard some pretty good stuff about Corey and his paddles so took the plunge. I needn't have been concerned, not only was it a work of art t...