Fish Seekers - Anyone here tried one?

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Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:47 pm

25m working depth sounds very interesting, and they're nice and small too

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Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:43 pm

I've tried something similar, maybe a tiny bit bigger. If you can paddle with it, you're a better man than me! Too much drag.

What about lead core line? I've had a go from the yak, it was a headache because you need to feed some line off the reel manually to get it started while paddling - not enough hands! Having said that, once the line was out, it was OK. I could see the potential.
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Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:57 pm

I think you're referring to the standard 'yellow' boat paravane? If so, then I too tried it and it now sits in a collection of ancient cobwebs in the shed.
This one however is tiny and I wouldn't expect much more drag than one of the big-bibbed hardbodies, maybe less.

25m though... That's worth a bit of drag 8)

Was out today and the game boats were less than 2km away running back and forward, gotta be tuna time soon :y:
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:13 am

Did you try one HLD?
Am wondering if I should just run softbait and livies behind a paravane rather than jump down the hard-body diver rabbit hole.

*editing to add*
Found this on another yak forum:

"been using those for a while. a few things i've learned:
1. it's pretty much guaranteed to flip over if you go over 3mph;
2. use a bead chain or a swivel with a bearing to connect both ends, so it's less likely to flip at all;
3. the release clip that comes with it is damn near useless if using anything with serious drag on the other end, and will release with very little pressure (for example, no way you could get away with running a 11" flasher on the release clip). Lighter gear (ex - kokanee, trout stuff) would be fine.

That said, it's a great tool, and one i use more often than most other divers because of its ease of use and adjustability to reach particular depths. "

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:58 pm

Oi, I want one now! Not even for the 25 meters, but just to be able to get my softbait down to 6m will be worth it.
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Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:40 pm

FatherOfMany wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:58 pm
Oi, I want one now! Not even for the 25 meters, but just to be able to get my softbait down to 6m will be worth it.
Yeah, I'm keen to give one a go too. Jumped on their website and tried to checkout but they wanted over USD$100 for shipping so there endeth the deal.

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:00 pm

AndrewRawlingson wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:48 pm
NZ$20 to your door

https://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instrument ... ish+seeker
Thanks.

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:07 am

Consider it TAS-by-proxy
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Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:50 am

I blame HLD.

If only he had seized his intervention opportunity and told us he got one and it was crap, none of this would have happened.

Instead there's another email in my inbox this morning from Amazon:
"Your Amazon.com order of "Davis Instruments Fish..." has shipped!" Too late to turn back now. Down the deep trolling/downrigging/paravane rabbit hole we go.
:lol:

*Editing to add* The whole TAS-by-proxy thing has me thinking. What we need is to find a Patron who wants to see an impoverished/starving fishing artíst or two push their fishing boundaries and create tackle reviews to share with the world. Maybe one of us needs to start a page on https://www.patreon.com/. We need a jazzy username that encompasses the creative fishing ethos flowing through our veins. Or perhaps an edgy one that is dripping with reality. Something like 'tackleSlut' might do it.

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:27 am

Ordered 3 of the little critters.

Now I just need a way to slow down my motorized kayak and Andrew's jetski to tick below 2mph.

Oh wait:

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Old Town Predator XL
OK Tetra 12
Old Town Predator 13
OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #1, OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #2

PB: Snapper=66cm, J.D.=39cm, Gurnard=38cm

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:54 am

It all comes back to HLD. This plastic goose chase is his fault.

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Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:30 pm

A long time ago, I used to use paravanes, with limited success, trolling out the back of a fizz boat. They do work, but another rig, that I found worked, was using a ball sinker in place of the paravane.

That worked too.


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Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:46 pm

FatherOfMany wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:27 am
Ordered 3 of the little critters.
5 days to get delivered on their standard global shipping, not bad at all !!

Weekend weather is not looking promising, but I'm pretty keen to give this a go. Got one set up to 4.5 meters and I suspect it's going to work wonders there on the Clevedon flats launching from Waitawa park.

I hear ya, Marc N, but I like the idea of being able to set the depth without a sinker running on the ground in shallow water like where I fish most of the time.
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Old Town Predator XL
OK Tetra 12
Old Town Predator 13
OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #1, OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #2

PB: Snapper=66cm, J.D.=39cm, Gurnard=38cm

VHF Callsign: ZMW 9858

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Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:51 pm

Got mine too. Perhaps I'm not understanding it well but we clip the mainline and leader to the respective holes? I don't trust the holes as being strong enough and will be making sure there's a line connection between the clips so if a hole breaks, we don't lose the lure/fish, etc.
Is there an illustration somewhere how to rig this particular Davis fish seeker/paravane please?

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Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:18 pm

kingiFiddler wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:51 pm
Got mine too. Perhaps I'm not understanding it well but we clip the mainline and leader to the respective holes? I don't trust the holes as being strong enough and will be making sure there's a line connection between the clips so if a hole breaks, we don't lose the lure/fish, etc.
Is there an illustration somewhere how to rig this particular Davis fish seeker/paravane please?
They're not aimed at Kingfish, right? The instructions say "use light tackle" and I doubt a snapper's going to break that plastic. I'm going to risk it anyway :)
Only pic I've seen does not have the main line connected other than through the fish seeker:

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Old Town Predator XL
OK Tetra 12
Old Town Predator 13
OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #1, OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #2

PB: Snapper=66cm, J.D.=39cm, Gurnard=38cm

VHF Callsign: ZMW 9858

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:14 pm

Thanks for that image. I think I'll still run something between the two clips, if only for peace of mind until it's had a good workout on a good fish.

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