Tom Laszlo

Tom Laszlo
Tom lives in Brisbane and predominantly fishes from his small fleet of kayaks. He enjoys hitting rivers and creeks chasing bass and cod as well as heading offshore to catch snapper when conditions suit. In 2015 he will be spending more time getting his two young boys into camping and fishing.

Squidding in Moreton Bay

squidding moreton bay

When reeling squid in, keep them in the water and don’t lift them out because when you do, they tend to fire ink, and in a kayak it’s likely to be right at you. Once alongside, slide the net under the squid and point the top of the tube in your direction so any ink gets shot away from you, …

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Fly fishing from a yak

I leave off rod holders and keep the deck of my kayak bare for the fly line. If I take other rods, I don’t sit them upright in rod holders, I lay them down either in a hatch or secured along the side of the hull. My fly rods are over 8’ long, so I use a landing net with …

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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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Kayak fishing in creeks

For me summer means kayak fishing in creeks and rivers. Most watercourses can be paddled fairly easily but sometimes they can be blocked by log jams.  To make it easier to traverse such obstacles, try to limit how much gear you take with you. Even the smaller kayaks such as a Freak Assassin GT will weigh over 25kg without your …

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Kids and Canoes

Being fibreglass, canoes are quite light and their length means you can lift one end onto the car, then lift the other and slide it up on the roof racks, avoiding a dead lift of the whole thing like you have to do with most kayaks. Up until this point, I had been taking the kids out in a small …

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