That sinking feeling ...

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Joined: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:35 pm
Kayak Make: CLC boats
Kayak Model: Sea Island Sport
VHF Call Sign: ZMW5652
Location: Pukekohe

Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:22 pm

Beautiful day at Orere. Got there 7:30, because I just can't do pre-dawn any more.
During setup I find my battery connector is corroded into uselessness. Well, its has been a year since I've been out. Guess I'm fishing blind then. No worries, I know roughly where the fish are at Orere.
A slow morning spent catching a big pile-o--nothing, while slowly heading further out.
About 10am things begin to pick up, with a few undersize/marginal snapper put back.
Finally get the first keeper @ 40+cm, on a 'new penny' grub tail. Ikied, gutted, and into the bag.
The second arrives about 15 minutes later, also 40+cm. Ikied, and ..
Oh bugger.
I'd got a bit too enthusiastic with the knife and ikied my kayak too.
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The hatch lid in the floor of my cockpit, which is only for off-water access, had a nice hole in it. The fun part is that while I'm sitting fishing I have 1-2cm of water sloshing about in there. And I could hear it running into the hull.

Gaffer tape. I need gaffer tape.

What I have is not gaffer tape.
Its half a grub tail.

So I stuff the grub tail in the hole to at least slow down the leak, which it does. I guess thats it for fishing, just as it was getting interesting.
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Now I need to bag this fish and head for shore. Which is about 3km away now.

Thankfully I have some very effective venturis on my scupper drain, which empty the cockpit completely when I'm paddling. My hull is also in three sections, so only the center one was at risk.
Back on shore I pulled about 2 litres out of the bilge.
Still, 2 good snapper in the bag on my first trip for a year. I'm happy, even though I have some maintenance to do.
Electronics : its still magic, even when you know how its done.

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Kayak Model: Reload
Location: Auckland

Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:18 pm

Lol, you need to use her more often :)

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Kingfish killer
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Kayak Make: Ocean Kayak
Kayak Model: Ultra Prowler 4.3
VHF Call Sign: kingfish killer
Location: Glen Eden Waitakere City

Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:42 pm

Now that's think on your feet . I was fishing with WaikatoYakker a number of years ago halfway between Papa Aroha and the islands when Bryce said hes sinking quite fast . We made the call to try and make it to the islands which he just made with his hull full of water . Found the hole was in one of the scupper holes . Scratching our heads on a fix so he could paddle back to the campground I ended up using the foam handle from my Ocean Kayak gaff to shove down the hole . He carried on fishing and it back to shore safely .

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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:09 am

The picture of your grub sticking out is hilarious...good thinking!

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Kayak Model: Viking PF400 Custom Black
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Location: Auckland

Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:04 am

The fishing has been average around there lately

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