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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject: Not a Float Tube Reply with quote

BUT.
I have bought a Kayak for fishing Very Happy
Its a Galaxy Cruz, which I plan to use on the canal, Thames and reservoirs.
There are some safety courses in my area which I want to do and I am also looking for some one in the area to go out on the water with for some fishing???
I need to get some safety equipment and a roof rack before my first voyage.
I can not wait.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a very frustrating time Sad .
It has been great fun creating things to fit to the Kayak, including fitting my old Lowrance fish finder plus an anchor trolley.
This included drilling holes in it which made me very twitchy but with the help of YouTube the job is a good one.

So far the only issue I have found with this budget kayak is the lack of flat surfaces in front of the seat to mount things, it does have a lot of pre threaded areas that I can mount Railblaza connectors to so that is no doubt the way to go.

I have done quite a bit of research on where I can fish with it as a lone Kayak and have found that Ravensthorpe will allow me out on my own Very Happy, so I guess other reservoirs that allow float tubes may be the same ( any suggestions)

The down side is I still have about three weeks before my op wound heals enough for me to be able to put it on and take it off the roof rack on the car.
My friend across the road has said he will help me load and unload it so I may get my first outing in before 2019.

My total out lay so far is about £375 .
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fryfishing wrote:
This is a very frustrating time Sad .
It has been great fun creating things to fit to the Kayak, including fitting my old Lowrance fish finder plus an anchor trolley.
This included drilling holes in it which made me very twitchy but with the help of YouTube the job is a good one.

So far the only issue I have found with this budget kayak is the lack of flat surfaces in front of the seat to mount things, it does have a lot of pre threaded areas that I can mount Railblaza connectors to so that is no doubt the way to go.

I have done quite a bit of research on where I can fish with it as a lone Kayak and have found that Ravensthorpe will allow me out on my own Very Happy, so I guess other reservoirs that allow float tubes may be the same ( any suggestions)

The down side is I still have about three weeks before my op wound heals enough for me to be able to put it on and take it off the roof rack on the car.
My friend across the road has said he will help me load and unload it so I may get my first outing in before 2019.

My total out lay so far is about £375 .
P

It's not necessarily the case that reservoirs that allow float tubes will also allow kayaks. Severn Trent are very fussy about where they allow kayaks and usually it's only where it's reqarded as a sport in its own right (alongside sailing) and not connected with fishing. I believe Toft Newton allows them for fishing but best check with Andy Hutson who runs the place.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think you can fly fish from a kayak on Wimbleball if you are down Exmoor way. The Bristol boys could probably fill you in. I kayak fish on S devon coast but with lures currently, fly fishing is on the to do list Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Both.
I will look into those options.
I do not think my little kayak would be up to sea fishing off shore, plus I don't have the experience other wise It would go to Cornwall with me on our next trip down there.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

yes you need something about 13'+ to give a good amount of speed and glide, little kayaks zig zag a lot and you will struggle in a tide or unexpected breeze. You should practice getting on and off it. Safety courses are a good idea when starting out. Warm weather helps immensely!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first trip out with the help of Tony my neighbor for a paddle (but not fishing) on a calm canal with no wind.
The fish finder works well and the extras I have added seem at first outing looks and feels right.
It is surprising how big a narrow boat looks from a kayak.







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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can even come to Wales. Smile Nice trip down the M4 and it's free to get in now.

Eglwys Nunydd now allows kayaking. It's a good reservoir to fish, safe and secure parking, scenery is mixed. Rolling Eyes

There's a lot of regulations to comply with, rightly so.

https://www.eglwysflyfishing.net/


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip Springwell.

I went to Ravensthorpe today, despite the brutally hot weather and little to no wind it seemed like a good day and place to try fly fishing from the kayak.
The weather became more fishing friendly as the day wore on and what a surprise I actually caught a fish plus had a few pulls as well.

It was a good learning experience and I managed to work out a few of the issues of fly casting while sat in a kayak. The thing that surprised me was that my lose fly line did not keep getting tangled up with all the kit on the kayas deck and sides.

A quick edit and some thoughts
The other things that came from this trip out was keeping everything as simple as possible, for example I only changed the flies once during the day. If I was in a boat or bank fishing no doubt I would have changed the line and the flies on several occasions (but I still caught against the odds)
It also made sense not to over stretch myself by trying to cast to far and I only used one dropper. Because it is a small reservoir I found it easier to paddle to the nearest bank to sort stuff out than wobbling around on the water.
No doubt it is the same with a float tube but it is surprising how far you travel when being pushed along by the wind especially when you have to paddle back, rather than start an engine.

Once the cooler weather arrives I will make the trip up the M1 again.



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More adventures at Ravensthorpe on the kayak.
It gave me a chance to try out my new home made drouge which worked well.

I think the next trip I will seriously spend time trying to catch fish.

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