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by MikeAqua
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Flags- laws/by-laws or just good practice?
Replies: 26
Views: 3746

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

I don't bother with a flag, I find them a PITA. On some trips I've caught my flag more often than I've caught fish :$ I do wear a flouro-orange hat during daylight hours and I'm about the same height above water as the flag pole I used to have. If in doubt I wave my paddle around. I only ever buy pa...
by MikeAqua
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Sobering Article on the State of the Hauraki Gulf
Replies: 12
Views: 2168

Good points, but it is also worth remembering, that the recreational catch around Auckland over the last 20-30 years has been bugger all or we wouldn't be having this conversation. As you say commercial catch, can be measured, last I looked, there's still fishing boats in Auckland. While individual...
by MikeAqua
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Sobering Article on the State of the Hauraki Gulf
Replies: 12
Views: 2168

Re: A Sobering Article on the State of the Hauraki Gulf

I suppose it would be wasted effort to point out that >50% of the estimated take in Hauraki gulf is recreational and has been for donkey's years. Or that the commercial sector's catch is constrained individually and in aggregate, to finite quantity of fish while the recreational catch is only constr...
by MikeAqua
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Re: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

going to have to yak out in couple of weeks for my sanity(F$#k my health) probably a short paddle off kina or kaiteri/ngaio with lures n jigs. I'd be happy to join you for an 'invalids' trip. Or if you want to go out in my boat we could make that work too. Lots of Kingi's at the spat farm I hear.
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 33
Views: 6231

Re: A cautionary tale

The thing with surfing a kayak is to be proactive. Paddle down the wave, before it breaks don't get sucked or fall down it. Take pre-emptive action like bracing to retain control not recover it. A lot of this is instinct and comes with surfing practice (also fun). But despite all the best efforts so...
by MikeAqua
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: replacement gasket/Seal? for flushmount rod holder
Replies: 5
Views: 1198

Re: replacement gasket/Seal? for flushmount rod holder

Or even a piece of closed cell foam
by MikeAqua
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Re: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

I worry about snagging up with heavy gear on the yak as it might not be physically possible to break it. Sure you can cut the line, but I'd rather not leave metres of braid in the water, plus there is the cost aspect. You may stand a chance with 50lb leader, especially if your knots aren't up to mu...
by MikeAqua
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Re: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

im guessing thats for using in the boat mike.... definetly 100lb+ around cable bay rocks but could drop a little if out in the bay got a spool of 200lb that i bought on sale for $5. damn price sticker was covering the olb n thought it was 20.... :swear: nice birthday present bro Boat and yak. Less ...
by MikeAqua
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Re: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

Bump, anyone?

I thought this would be an easy question for someone to answer.
by MikeAqua
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Marine radios.
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Re: Marine radios.

I would say take both. Absolutely get a VHF first because that allows detailed and specific communication. Later on consider buying an EPRIB will allow you to signal distress if you can't raise anyone via VHF. VHFs don't need to float if they are tethered to your PFD. But if they are self floating, ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Suitable leader strength for '80lb' braid?

The B'day fairy gave me a Saragosa 20,000_SW. I've spooled it with 80lb rainbow braid.

It will be used as a top water spinning rig with a 12kg or 15kg rod.

I'm going to put a flouro leader on it. I'll use an FG knot so the leader will easily wind on.

What weight flouro should I go for?
by MikeAqua
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 33
Views: 6231

Re: A cautionary tale

An effective and simple technique to learn/practice is the 'bongo slide' https://www.kayakpaddling.net/ A "Low Brace" is what you are after (technical name for your 'Bongo Slide' I suspect?), will save you a turtle 99.9% of the time if done correctly. Check out 'SeaKayakingTV' channel on ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Trying to understand the unique advantages of yak fishing.
Replies: 5
Views: 1521

Re: Trying to understand the unique advantages of yak fishing.

TLDR: More drag = more work for the fish to do before it can pull string. But don't go overboard! Fundamentally we want to make the fish work hard while losing as little line as possible. In summary more drag makes the fish work harder to pull string. We do this with the springiness of the rod and t...
by MikeAqua
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A cautionary tale
Replies: 33
Views: 6231

Re: A cautionary tale

I had similar experience off Ruakaka An effective and simple technique to learn/practice is the 'bongo slide'. If you end up side on to the wave after it has broken , dig your paddle into the side closest to the wave, with the convex side of the paddle blade facing the wave, lean toward the wave and...
by MikeAqua
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Weather resources et al.
Replies: 9
Views: 1959

Re: Weather resources et al.

I'm a big fan of wundergound.com it displays data from public and private weather stations. You can set up a favourites page with stations of your choice.
by MikeAqua
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: Online swap meet, anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 3540

Re: Online swap meet, anyone?

kingiFiddler wrote: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:06 am Happy to swap them for money :-) How does $10 plus postage sound?

By the way, Marine Deals have a waxwing in their mid-week deals today for $13.
https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/shimano- ... squid-88mm

Hope that helps.
Perfect PM me your Deets.
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: WTB a wheel!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

Re: WTB a wheel!!

If you get stuck try the engineering supplies/tool shop on quarantine road (I can't remember the name sorry). They sell a range of wheels like that.

edit: Opel Power Tool Centre
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Loading heavy kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 4275

Re: Loading heavy kayak

Public speaking is generally something Americans are good at and seem to enjoy more (or hate less) than kiwis. Part of the culture I suspect. Note I'm talking about style, not necessarily content ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Marine Reserves
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: Marine Reserves

It's perfectly legal to fish near the boundary of a reserve. But if you go over the line there is no excuse - you are strictly liable. You risk a fine and forfeiture of any/all equipment used in the fishing activity. This includes any car/trailer you used to transport your kayak. People have been co...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Bixpy Jet motors.
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Re: Bixpy Jet motors.

Playing fast and loose with the term 'jet'. Looks more like well protected propeller to me, without the reduced draft advantages of a true jet.

But if it works well I guess the name doesn't matter.