Fishing alone?

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Fishing Alone?

Poll ended at Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:15 pm

Always fish alone
Often fish alone
Never fish alone
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:03 pm

Hi guys, due to the nature of my job and the windy conditions we have in Hawkes Bay I tend to get out fishing on quickly (but carefully) planned trips, I check the weather on and if it's good I put my gear on the ute and I go. This poses the issue of usually going out by myself. So I was wondering, how many people go out alone on a regular basis?

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Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:14 pm

I've fished solo 4 times in 79 outings.
Prefer a buddy but will fish alone but nearer a coastline and in better conditions
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:15 pm

Pretty much all the time.

I think it's good as you have to take responsibility for your own safety, as long as you have at a minimum of a VHF and a detailed TR and adjust your safety margins accordingly, there's no reason why not.

(I prefer to use Nowcasting for my weather as it gives me a realtime reading for stations in my area as well as the forecast)
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:18 pm

Added the Poll, thanks for the question :y:

I don't have an issue fishing alone (but make sure someone knows where I am, when I expect to be back, carry two means of comms, have an EPIRB, flares etc) and I used to fish alone nearly all the time until I started this website now I'm always able to fish a fishing buddy or two to fish with :y:
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:24 pm

Have fished FAR more lone than with people. Only just starting to fish with people thanks to meeting up with forum guys.
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:14 pm

Must admit that more times than not it has been more alone. :)
I am always be keen for others to join me but not going out with anyone doesnt really bother me.
Shift work can be unsociable sometimes |(
I love the sport and i dont go out if its gonna be unsafe. 8)
Someone always knows where i am heading
and eta. :!:
I always let people know when i actually get off the water. :y:

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Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:25 pm

Often alone, as I prefer weekday fishing bit less traffic about.

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Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:28 pm

Unless Vicki comes along - always alone.

Vicki says its because I'm an utter arse and no one else could stand being downwind of me but I think shes kidding.....

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Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:30 pm

I often fish alone. More down to being realy unorganised and not always having enough brownie points at home to be able to go as often as I would like. My oldest boy will be old enough to paddle his own in a few years so that will change. This forum is great for lessening the chance of having to paddle alone.
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:49 pm

Everytime I have been out it has been with someone... I enjoy the social side just as much as the fishing

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Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:09 pm

Yup, what rayh said about shift work it has it's pros & cons.
Funnily enough now want to share experience with others but get nervous about responsibility of inexperienced ,and have been on enough training of school trips and novice seakayakers to know this is a biggy :doh:
So the lone perfection of the fishing arts suits at present but as weather improves will get daughters boyfriend and others who are genuinely interested out into it :y:
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Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:26 pm

My first year of yak fishing i was a one man wolf pack !
The last couple of years i guess its been 80% fishing with others and 20% fishing alone .
If your a nubee id recommend you buddy up with someone or tag along to one of the forum group trips
for safty and also picking up handy tips to do with yak fishing .

I had some very '' interesting '' trips in my first year yaking alone learning the ropes . :x

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Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:31 pm

More often than not will fish alone, but as has been said before do all the safety checks including making sure about the weather, having a trip report and in my opinion equally importantly sticking to it.

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Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:07 am

Same as KK realy,
I used to always fish alone, now tend to be able to find someone who wants to tag along... ;)
I do still take out my sea kayaks alone all the time, as seem to love the peace and freedom that it offers.

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Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:12 am

In the past I've often fished alone, and often still do when on one of my offshore marathons. As has been mentioned earlier in the thread, this is OK provided you've the paddle skill/fitness, have all the appropriate safety grear, and have filed a TR and regularly update it using VHF and/or mobile. The main reason for "solo-ing" these is has been a lack of willing paddle fit buddies.

Recently for inshore missions I'm rarely paddling alone. There are heaps of guys out there looking to buddy up, even mid week. I've had only two solo inshore paddles this year.
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Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:30 am

Pretty much always, but carry a VHF and w/proof cell phone and do intention sheets and stay in contact with home everyhour by phone if I can.

A large proportion of my fishing is close to other water users, but I do fish some isolated spots alone.

If I have some sort of medical emergency I guess I'm screwed, but I have no elevated risk that I know of and anything else I can pretty much handle till help arrives.
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Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:04 am

I usually fish alone simply because of the fact that I work shift work. The whole reason I bought a kayak was so that I could go out fishing when everyone else is at work.

I occasionally catch up with other yak fishers that I know when I am lucky enough to have a weekend off and do enjoy the company.
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Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:33 pm

Pretty surprised to hear that the majority does fish alone, I always fish with a buddy, miss's would kill me if i didnt.

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Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:10 pm

Mostly alone. And always acutely aware that I'm alone - to the point that I will change locations (and txt the wife) if my planned location looks a bit dodgy. Some of the stuff we went out in as a group in the Coromandel comps last year would probably have kept me ashore if by myself.
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Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:16 pm

Yeah, I'm far more comfortable going out further with others around.
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