Fish stringer - rope length

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PeterNZ
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Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:34 pm

Hi people, so here it is, my first newbie question. Please note, i still haven't been out yet. Sad, I know. I installed the fish finder today. Scary, drilling holes into a boat :whew: . But looks great. I used the kit from Viking Kayaks. and the How to. Worked like a treat.

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The most annoying bit on my kayak is this fish stringer. Not the stringer itself but the length of rope. This is at least 3 meters long, can't be stowed properly and gets in the way all the time. So my question is, why is this rope so long? Isn't that only used to string your catch and flip it into the rear well? Surely you don't need 3 meters of string for that. But I have seen pictures and they all seem to be that long. So I assume there must be a reason for that. Can you enlighten me?

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Peter

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Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:52 am

Hi Peter,

I make my stringers that long to allow anglers to top-n-tail their fish as necessary to get them to fit in the rear well (or Fish Bag, Chill-Pod, etc.). Though the cord might seem a little long at first, it's easy to loosely coil it and stow in the rear before catching the next fish. On the other hand it's the height of frustration to have a good fish, but not enough cord left to easily slide it into the rear.

My suggestion is to try it a few times before shortening. It's surprising how much cord it can take to get your catch nestled as low as possible in the rear well. I've talked with many anglers over the years who've tried short cords but have quickly gone back to longer lengths as they've found it more convenient.

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Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:19 am

Thanks Stephen, yes definitely good advice. I won't change anything before I haven't tried it. It's just that I move the kayak around and that stringer leash gets in the way all the time. I was just curious why it is that long. I assumed there might be a reason.

And thanks for the friendly service on the phone the other day regarding the fish finder install kit. Worked like a breeze.

Cheers

Peter

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Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:07 am

I have my stringer running through a short length of PVC pipe with a cap on one end.

I just stuff the excess length into the tube until I need it.

There is a hole in the cap for the cord to run through and a crimp on the line works as a stopper to prevent the tube sliding forward, but it can slide all the way back to where the stringer attaches inside the aft end of my chill pod.
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Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:40 am

Nice idea Mike I might give that a go.

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Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:23 pm

I adapted from a similar idea for storing a safety leash - maybe originally posted by Rainbow at some stage?
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Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:05 pm

Some times I wish my fish stringer was longer :lol:
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Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:10 pm

GHOST RIDER wrote:Some times I wish my fish stringer was longer :lol:
Always depends on the fish you want to "string". Size matters. :?:

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Peter

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