Fishing kayaks

Submitted: Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 18:14
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good afternoon travellers,
let me share to all Vics, I am glad to see you now have unrestricted travel, well done. and well done to the rest of Australia, for doing the right thing and getting rid of the virus.
that is enough of the serious stuff now to get on with what I am chasing, is information om fishing kayaks, as I cant tow a boat and a caravan both I thought a reasonable fishing Kayak would do. as I need the exercise, I am only considering the paddle craft not pedal. so any information would be greatly received.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 18:52

Saturday, Dec 05, 2020 at 18:52
If you are only considering flat water then you have more options including the mass produced plastic ones and shorter, easier to handle out of the water ones. Start heading offshore a bit and it will be a South African style ski (stealth etc) or some of the longer skinnier mass produced plastic ones (predator, ocean kayaks etc). Mirage kayaks Australia also do a nice version. For surf landings there are heavier, wider, flatter styles of skis (pope, Eric’s canoes etc). Like bicycles, boats and motorbikes, the correct number of kayaks to own is N + 1. N being the number you currently own. Like any boat, first write down what exactly it is you want it to do first, because every one is a compromise in one way or another. Also there are some pretty fast “fishing” kayaks that are more like life saving skis and are certainly not for the novice or large (like me at 120 kg) paddler, so size and experience is also very much a factor. I’m not a guru but I have been involved in various types of kayaking over a long period of time so am happy to try to answer any questions. I’m sure I’m not the only one here either.
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Reply By: Member - Broodie H3 - Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 12:10

Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 12:10
Good morning GBC,
thank you for you response to my query, like you I am at 120kg and 6.1" tall, and after taking a ten foot kayak out for a test drive I found being 71 and at the weight that I am I was a disaster looking for somewhere to happen. I had a conversation with a couple of Kayak people in Perth and was told at my age, and height, and weight I should be looking at a 12 ft kayak with good stability.
I am proposing to use the Kayak in sheltered bays and creeks and rivers, as I am to old to start heading for south Africa without o.s.w.m.b.o. and a lunch box. As I need to keep some sort of fitness up I am looking a paddle craft only, that can take some fishing gear. I see a lot of tinnies, on top of vehicles that never seem to come off the roof once they leave the eastern states, that is why I am looking at the kayak. while doing research I have found there is a multitude of craft available, but how do you pick the right one, that is the question I suppose, any clues????
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 19:19

Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 at 19:19
Do a bit of tyre kicking. Go to several specialist shops selling them. If you go to one shop you tend to be a target for a dodgy deal. If you go to several you should start to get a pattern after you dismiss the oddball offers.
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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 07:31

Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 07:31
We are the same height also. In the kayak world that pretty much makes us giants, which makes your life easier. There are a number of 12 odd ft fishing kayaks that would suit. Bear in mind that the moulded plastic versions will be upward of 30 K.G. Which is a bit to be putting on a roof solo so you will want some sort of handling system. Personally if I even make 71, the one multi use boat I will have is a Rosco Tidemark. They were build in Brisbane and Ross has since retired, so getting one will not be easy. They are a sit in style boat, stable, easily paddled. As a fishing craft they are well and truly a compromise. Maybe a single rod holder and a gear bag would work. They come in well under 20 kg in the composite version though so are a dream to carry and transport. There are other thin wall thermoformed plastic boats from prijon, bic etc which are light and tough, and a little exxy. Boats are so subjective there is no clear way for someone like me to recommend one for you. You’ll have to do a few trial days etc and see what you like. Enjoy the search!
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 07:59

Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 07:59
"Ross has since retired, so getting one will not be easy."

The web site is still live, has someone else taken the business over? Rosco Canoes Pty Ltd



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Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 08:09

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Well that’s great news. I’m guessing since they have moved the business to the Goodtime building that Gail Austen has something to do with keeping the company going. There’s a lot of boats there to look at.
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 10:48

Monday, Dec 07, 2020 at 10:48
Would look at a Yak with a carry capacity of 150KG + 30Kg for the Yak total 180Kg

When I load my Yak with with fishing gear, paddle, electric motor and lithium battery, my 125kg? carry capacity, I am lower to the water line that I like.

To load onto the roof rack: I insert an extension tube ( about 1.5m long)into the tube of the rear roof rack, supported by a pole, load one end of the yak onto the extension then lift up the front end to put on the front roof rack bar, then slide the rear of the yak off the extension, onto the roof rack and remove the pole and roof rack extension for travel. ( or ditto on the other side of the vehicle for SWMBO's Yak.)

similar to:
https://www.adelaidecanoeworks.com.au/budget-kayaks/854-surge-kayaks-viper-12-pro-fishing-kayak-with-rudder.html
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 at 12:26

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 at 12:26
Don't fish from a Kayak in the north of Australia or you will be croc food.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Monday, Dec 14, 2020 at 22:17

Monday, Dec 14, 2020 at 22:17
So nothing has changed in the top end since we left in 1975, except the croc population has increased ten fold. right or wrong
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Dec 14, 2020 at 22:24

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Correct. The croc population is at unsustainable levels. I don't go in the water unless I am sure there are no crocs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Monday, Dec 14, 2020 at 22:28

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I have an agreement with sharks they dont come in my boat and I dont jump in there water so we are both happy, I wonder if my agreement with crocs still stand today after all this time?????lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020 at 12:54

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It seemed to get very risky towards the end of the 80's. There were dozens of people fishing from canoes in Island billabong when I lived in Jabiru 1980-84 with no attacks. We regularly fished from a Mt Isa Fibrefab 16' Canadian. There was an incident on the West Alligator just before we left when a croc took a bite on a tinny's transom. Then there was the Daly (I think) and 'Sweetheart' much earlier. Around 1986 a woman was treed in Island Billabong when her canoe was destroyed by a croc. My biologist fishing mate reported that they were seeing evidence of pop pressure and expanding ranges by that time. Don't mention the fishing on Cahills Crossing, there were only two crocs, you just made sure they were in sight at all times and you got of the crossing if they weren't, different story now.
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 at 20:32

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 at 20:32
Have Outriggers on my Yak as well as a small motor and Lithium Battery ( plus Paddle/anchor) when I fish.

If crabbing with drop nets ( yet to do) SWMBO will not attend the outing claiming that the bait in the drop nets will attract sharks and I am shark bait. ( but the outriggers do provide stability and confidence).
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