A follow up

SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
Here is an update to this post.

I got my new 4 rod holder in for my PDL, to go along with my 3 new G Loomis E6X rods and I hope to get to use them tomorrow. Also try out the new rod rack from yellow dog kayaks.There is a 90 % chance of storms and rain, so I will set back and see what happens.

http://forums.floridasportsman.com/discussion/254654/got-my-new-4-rod-holder-in

Here are the results of Friday and Saturday fishing.

















Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
II Chronicles 7:14

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



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  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,249 Moderator
    Very nice catches, I'm glad you're enjoying this new sport!
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    I am having a blast!
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 1,493 Officer
    Congratulations on your catches.
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    Thanks guys, I am amazed at how close you can get to fish in a kayak, and not spook them away.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • RedRichRedRich Posts: 243 Deckhand
    Great report and pictures. Thanks for posting your great results. I imagine those stud reds give you a good ride!
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,249 Moderator
    Spineyman said:
    Thanks guys, I am amazed at how close you can get to fish in a kayak, and not spook them away.
    yeah, the only time that is a problem is when you are around sharks, cause they don't scare off easily either LOL
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    jcanracer said:
    Spineyman said:
    Thanks guys, I am amazed at how close you can get to fish in a kayak, and not spook them away.
    yeah, the only time that is a problem is when you are around sharks, cause they don't scare off easily either LOL

    Haven't had that happen yet, but I'm sure where I am fishing it will happen for sure. I have seen some monster bull sharks in this area on many occasions while either dock fishing or wading. I have had reds chopped off at the gills about 5 feet from me, so I am not looking forward to any encounters whatsoever!
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    RedRich said:
    Great report and pictures. Thanks for posting your great results. I imagine those stud reds give you a good ride!

    Thanks, they are alot of fun with light tackle from a yak for sure.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • dcrdcr Posts: 272 Deckhand
    Way to go Spiney!
    How many times now have you kicked yourself for waiting so long to get a yak?  My butt's pretty black and blue as well.
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    dcr said:
    Way to go Spiney!
    How many times now have you kicked yourself for waiting so long to get a yak?  My butt's pretty black and blue as well.

    I think that this perhaps was the smartest boating decision of my life. Very low maintenance, easy to launch. I can be in the water in 15 minutes from the time I leave the house. Even if I use a regular boat launch I just drop it on the grass embankment instead of tying up the ramp. It is super quiet and you glide right over big fish without spooking them. Even if the spook, they go 10 feet and stop. It has blown me away at the ease in catching fish from it. On top of all that the choice of yak I chose, I could not ask for anything better. I tries several and this is by far the most comfortable to me. I am trying to get out at least 2 times a week, and maybe three!  Tight lines all.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 438 Deckhand
    Spine, how are you transporting your kayak?  I've been toying with a pedal kayak for a while but sold my truck a while back and know a pedal kayak will entail either a truck replacement or a trailer. Nice fishing Sir.
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,273 Admiral
    Nice! Did you get a nice sleigh ride out of those big boys?
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    Basstar said:
    Spine, how are you transporting your kayak?  I've been toying with a pedal kayak for a while but sold my truck a while back and know a pedal kayak will entail either a truck replacement or a trailer. Nice fishing Sir.

    I am using a bed extender and my pickup truck. A trailer is a great option as well.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    cpr said:
    Nice! Did you get a nice sleigh ride out of those big boys?
    Oh yes they pull me all over the place. I went back today and played with more. They are still in the same three spots on this stretch of flats that they were last week.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • cprcpr Posts: 9,273 Admiral
    Spineyman said:
    Basstar said:
    Spine, how are you transporting your kayak?  I've been toying with a pedal kayak for a while but sold my truck a while back and know a pedal kayak will entail either a truck replacement or a trailer. Nice fishing Sir.

    I am using a bed extender and my pickup truck. A trailer is a great option as well.
    OT but..... I've evolved from thule racks on an escort to an SUV with racks being too hot in the summer to a trailer which was great to a bed extender which is the best. It's much faster to load and unload and easier driving and parking. That's my life, no kids escort, kids SUV, kids in college truck. I've been yaking a while.
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    cpr said:
    Spineyman said:
    Basstar said:
    Spine, how are you transporting your kayak?  I've been toying with a pedal kayak for a while but sold my truck a while back and know a pedal kayak will entail either a truck replacement or a trailer. Nice fishing Sir.

    I am using a bed extender and my pickup truck. A trailer is a great option as well.
    OT but..... I've evolved from thule racks on an escort to an SUV with racks being too hot in the summer to a trailer which was great to a bed extender which is the best. It's much faster to load and unload and easier driving and parking. That's my life, no kids escort, kids SUV, kids in college truck. I've been yaking a while.
    Sounds like it, an old pro huh! I am just a rookie at this stuff, but I am lovin it!
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • cprcpr Posts: 9,273 Admiral
    Old for sure. I'm pretty much a pro on yak transport. As far as fishing goes, for me it's all about being being on the water, enjoying the quite, escaping to a beautiful place and occasionally catching dinner. Fishing, I'm not a pro,  there is always something new to learn.
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    I didn't say old crow, I said old pro! This yaking stuff is all new to me, but the fishing is not a problem. Holding and positioning the yak is the problem. Especially with the wind the last few trips!
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • fordmag84fordmag84 Bradenton, Fl Posts: 89 Greenhorn
     Nice reds, tight lines fishing brother. 
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    Thanks buddy , same to you!
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,148 Officer
    I use a 2' piece of 3/8" chain as an anchor.  Holds pretty good and never gets stuck. 
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    Thanks, I'll check it out.

    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • GarysmoGarysmo Posts: 313 Deckhand
    Spineyman said:
    I didn't say old crow, I said old pro! This yaking stuff is all new to me, but the fishing is not a problem. Holding and positioning the yak is the problem. Especially with the wind the last few trips!
    The chain idea mentioned above sounds interesting.  I have a store bought 4 claw anchor from west marine...it doesn't hold great if the wind is blowing hard.  Up north i use a laundry soap container filled with stone and some concrete.   Actually works pretty good and it doesn't scratch or nick anything in the yak....including me.  Just a thought
  • BasstarBasstar Posts: 438 Deckhand
    edited March 13 #25
    Much like Spiney my fishing is ok but always more to kearney but positioning my kayak especially in wind is awful at this point. I'e looked at a couple of anchor style one the collapsible 4 prong and one is a fixed scoop style. My question. What are the best ways to use and deploy the anchor WITHOUT installing an anchor trolley?  I want to keep the kayak as minimal and as light as possible. Thanks. 
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,273 Admiral
    For a while I would tie my anchor to the back and when I needed to go backpaddle to retrieve. But that was a pain. So now I just tie it off behind my seat and drop in on the windward side. You just have to figure in the drift on your approach. KISS is a principle I live by, works for me.
    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    Thanks for all the replies. I am indeed trying to keep it simple. My buddies all use an 8' park and pole to peg themselves down with, and that is a lot less weight but crazy money for just a pole with a tip to stick in the ground.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



  • rumit4rumit4 USAPosts: 18 Greenhorn
    As a professional fisherman you should know fishing guideline for skill build. https://www.fishingrex.com/ is a fishing guideline site learn more.
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,273 Admiral
    I tried these from granger. They were not bad. I just stuck them in the scupper hole. But I got glass slivers and saif screw it.

    https://www.grainger.com/category/fiberglass-rod-stock/fiberglass/raw-materials/ecatalog/N-c18

    I was just searching for this thread and found these, cheap and 6 foot is just about right for length.

    http://www.kencove.com/fence/FiberRod+1⁄2"+-SunGuard_detail_F12-6SG.php


    "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald

    "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." Niels Bohr
  • krashkrash Posts: 558 Officer
    For positioning.. I find that there is a need for multiple options. I carry either, seldom both, a stakeout pole or an anchor.

    The stake-out pole is 5' and made fomr 3/4" PVC, Length of PVC, a T and 2 caps. Cut 2 pieces of PVC abouy 1" long and put one in each side of the T, then tha caps on the ends. Drilled a hole in the T and slip a piece of line tie it off and secure with a half-hitch knot on the inside. I put a bit of Silicone or 5200  inside the knotted end and pulled tight to seal the hole, line, and knot. (5200 takes much longer to setup).
    Stuff a wad of newspaper in one end of the length of PVC, and cut the other end at a 45 degree angle. Took a tube of 5 minute epoxy, mixed up some and sealed the handle/T end and let it setup.. then stuff a wad of newspaper in the angle cut end, mix up some epoxy and fill that end, set the PVC at an angle so it hardens at the 4 degree angle... (stuffing the ends and sealing leaves a hollow section that will cause the whole thing to float if you drop it over the side.

    For an anchor I used a 6# downrigger weight, had one around the garage, with about a 10' bit of line and a clip on the open end, 

    I have, but have never installed or added a float that slide up the line so that I can release the anchor/stakeout pole to chase down a fish if needed.

    I can clip the free end of either in one of 4 points, one each side just forward or aft of center depending on wind or current. Works out very similar to an anchor trolley with out as much travel, but works pretty OK in most conditions.

    The reason for both is some places I fish had a hard botton and stakeout pole is not easy to stick like oyster or sand bottom.. some places or if its a bit deeper I use the anchor. MPO is I don't like claw type anchor.
    Old Fugger who just likes to fish
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,613 Admiral
    Thanks Krash. I saw someone with a pvc pole that actually had a point glued in. I guess I should have asked him where he got it.
    Kayak Rookie...and loving it.
    Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
    II Chronicles 7:14

    if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.



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