So I've never fished from a SIK...

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Defyant
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Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:15 pm

Have a new Skua lightweight on the way. Plans are to add some starport's here and there for rod holders, GPS etc... Two things I'm trying to figure out:

1) insulated deck bag. Mount it in front or behind? I'm relatively flexible but still cannot rotate my body around much so am dubious about having a fish bag behind me. Looking at either tag it or penguin to make something fitted to my kayak.

2) stowing my rod. Plan on only carrying a softbait rod with me as its going to be more "fishing while on a paddle". Ideally it would be nice to get the rod inside the cockpit area.. should I want to practice my rolling. but that's not happening. Just a g-hold or two would do the trick to keep it on the side/top of the kayak.

Thanks for all your help :)
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Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:27 am

Hi mate. Fish bag works best behind. If you're afraid to loose it then use a fish stringer to secure your catch. If I am comeing through surf I take the feels out and put them in my day hatch and strap the rods with the bunjees. Dont put a lot of unnecessary starports unless you absolutely need them (1 rod HOLDER) . Simple works best on sea Kayak

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Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:29 am

And drill a flush rod holder or two for second rod/trolling lures. Paddlesnap has a good DIY some where here

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Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:10 am

YakSolo_333 wrote:Hi mate. Fish bag works best behind. If you're afraid to loose it then use a fish stringer to secure your catch. If I am comeing through surf I take the feels out and put them in my day hatch and strap the rods with the bunjees. Dont put a lot of unnecessary starports unless you absolutely need them (1 rod HOLDER) . Simple works best on sea Kayak

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Agree fish bag behind, it is tricky to put the fish in the back if you are a novice like me I'm going to put a stringer on for this summer. I use a railblaza port in front and one behind, now the have the rectangle one I would go for that in front for the rod, behind I put a round starport for navilight which works well as I can turn off or on from seated in the cockpit.
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Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:13 am

I am comfortable turning to put the catch in without loosing stability but I found in rough conditions holding on to the top center of cockpit rim with right hand and slipping in the fish with the left hand helps to maintain body weight in the center line for maximum stability
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Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:32 am

YakSolo_333 wrote:I am comfortable turning to put the catch in without loosing stability but I found in rough conditions holding on to the top center of cockpit rim with right hand and slipping in the fish with the left hand helps to maintain body weight in the center line for maximum stability
Thats exactly what I do also seemed natural, but still I haven't got the best balance.. :lol:
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Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:02 pm

Ton of room in a Skua cockpit to put your bag and fish if you're unstable.
Soon get used to it and relax and the natural lower centre of gravity of Sea kayak helps heaps , you have to be pretty extreme to lose it .
Always have the paddle out the side for stability just resting one blade in the water is all it takes.
If you're going to fish you had better master all the support , rescue strokes and get some flexibility and thus confidence or you're asking for trouble .
Reels stow in day hatch easy enough :?:
it's all common sense and just some skills thrown in and you've got the best of all worlds :clap:

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Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:55 pm

Thanks guys for all the advice. Still waiting for the skua to arrive from QK. Am busy practicing rolling in the swimming pool and can do it about 1 of 3 attempts in a white water boat... have tried it in another skua but need more practice.

Simplicity is key it seems, I'll have to see if I can fit my rod inside the cockpit in two pieces.makes sense :)
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Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:34 am

Defyant wrote:Thanks guys for all the advice. Still waiting for the skua to arrive from QK. Am busy practicing rolling in the swimming pool and can do it about 1 of 3 attempts in a white water boat... have tried it in another skua but need more practice.

Simplicity is key it seems, I'll have to see if I can fit my rod inside the cockpit in two pieces.makes sense :)
Rods don't matter they're made to get wet, mine are mostly one piece and stow them on the front deck under a bungy with leash also.
But reels are easy enough to take off and stow if surf or rough , mine rarely come off as I have ones with drag seals etc that can take splashes and are on front of raised deck by cockpit so rarely dunked even laying down in transit.
Tighten drags down to seal and spray with Salt Away in hand sprayer once ashore and then the usual Lanox drop on exposed line rollers etc at home .
The Salt away leaves a protective coating also and in proper ratio doesn't seem to affect braid etc. .

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Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:53 am

Defyant wrote:Am busy practicing rolling in the swimming pool and can do it about 1 of 3 attempts in a white water boat... have tried it in another skua but need more practice.
Carry a paddle float, inflatable is OK, a couple of wine cask liners (empty on shore first :) ) and fitted in a nylon bag to stop chafe. Make the nylon bag a double so the paddle goes inbetween the inflatables. Would using a Greenland paddle make your rolling easier? Easy to make, good for support (a lot of bouyancy), very efficient, light, very cheap (said by a totally biased builder and user).

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