Kayaking

Chasing kingfish from a kayak

These little squid hold in deep water (10-11m) and don’t really go for larger squid jigs, so I normally run a 2”, 1.5” or even micro squid jig with a tiny crimp-on sinker to get the squid jig down to the right depth. The best part about this location is there’s plenty of shelter and places to fish for other …

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Dream Kayaks ‘The Beast’ fishing yak

THE Beast fishing kayak is a brand-new model designed by Dream Kayaks. It’s a 3.5m kayak with plenty of stability, perfectly suited to estuary and river fishing. The raised aluminium-framed seat is unbelievably comfortable – far more so than the usual foam seat on most kayaks. The large rectangular hatch right in front of the seat measures 24cm x 32cm …

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Kayaking for Gold Coast mangrove jack

Your gear will cop a lot and I’ve had endless trouble with my Daiwa Tatula baitcast reel. My usual kayak partner in crime, Brad, has also had the same issues. When chasing jacks, 20-25lb braid will be sufficient, coupled with a 1.5m, 40lb leader. While on leaders, there has been a lot of talk lately about the FG knot and …

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Switchbait flathead fishing shirt

THE Switchbait flathead fishing shirt is here. Flathead are Australia’s favourite species and without argument one of the tastiest estuary inhabitants. This Switchbait creation features the dusky flathead exploding from the sand on a weed-lined flat. Fish longer and jig stronger! The Switchbait performance fishing polo has been tested on the water in Aussie conditions, and Switchbait shirts will keep you …

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Essential safety gear for kayaks

A cheaper alternative to an EPIRB are flares. Flares can be bought from most marine shops for about $70. The rules for paddling at night would have to the most ambiguous of all. At present it is only necessary to have an all-round white light when paddling on the Brisbane River. However, at a minimum you should carry a light, …

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Tips on transporting kayaks

Every combination has its difficulties and I usually try a few different ways before deciding on which setup nests together the tightest. Even pairing the big Hobie with a small kids’ kayak is no problem. Adding two or more kayaks to the roof of the car increases drag noticeably and decreases fuel economy, in my experience adding just over two …

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How to Choose a Kayak

Primary stability refers to how a kayak feels when you first get in, or that ‘tippy’ feeling. The majority of new kayakers will want good primary stability, but in saying this, you learn very quickly how to control that tippy feeling. Wide, flat-bottomed kayaks are great for enclosed waters or standing up to fish, but the trade-off is speed and secondary stability. …

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