Kayaking

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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Wilson Soft Shell Jacket

WITH winter in full swing, Wilson has released its Soft Shell Jacket. This full-length, Australian-sized jacket is made from specific materials designed to stop the wind from breaking through the outer layer and getting into your under layers of clothing and cooling you down. The jacket is also water resistant and fitted out with waterproof zippers to provide a degree …

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Brisbane Boat Show 2016

It will have lots to offer for both the experienced boatie and those new to the lifestyle. Education and entertainment again play a big part in ensuring the show provides a great day out. While the boats remain the show’s heroes, also expect to be able to get all your gear for your boating and fishing needs. This year the show will …

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