Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Ultimate Lure Machine ?

For the past 9 months I have been busy transforming my latest kayak into the ultimate lure fishing machine. The Hobie Revolution 11 was a great choice for a lure fishing platform for several reasons…

1. It’s light

2. It’s highly manouvreable

3. I can move hands-free (using the Hobie’s mirage drive system)

The third point is possibly the most important one, when it comes to fishing. Trying to lure fish and paddle at the same time, is almost impossible. Hobie’s mirage drive slots into the centre of the kayak and uses peddles to control a pair of fins under the kayak. Using your legs, “peddle power” can propell the kayak along at 5mph for long distances – alot quicker than you could paddle.

I have also been adding a few “extras” to the kayak. A down imaging fish finder, and GPS unit…

An XL rudder, to make the thing turn on a sixpence, and some HD AV equipment…

I even added a sail (and a livebait well which fits in the rear tankwell area)…

 

But why a kayak ? Well, I have fished from the shore for more years than I care to remember, and whilst I still love shore fishing, I wanted to get to the parts that other anglers could not reach. The kayak lets me do that, and in a very stealthy way – you can get very close to the fish before they know you are there. You can also get into very shallow water and reach parts of the coast which are unaccessible from the shore (or by traditional boats !).

Recently I fished some marks in Dorset, very close in – too shallow for boats and not possible to get to from the shore. Tackle-wise – I was using my trusty Teklon Concept 702(ML and L) rods. The 702L was paired with a Daiwa Luvias reel filled with 7kg Nanofil, and the heavier 702ML rod was using a Mitchell Mag Pro Extreme 2000 reel filled with Varivas braid. I have used these outfits alot from the kayak and they are ideal for this sort of work. Both outfits were using Berkley flourocarbon leaders.

I thought I would start off by plugging in the shallow water. I spent an hour peddling and drifting along the coast casting the Maria Chase BW into every likely looking area…

Nothing to show, not even a stray follower ! Time for a change. I switched to a senko worm rigged texas style, with a 7g conehead lead and using a worm hook – the whole thing was fished weedless style… the terrain I was fishing over was rough… boulders the size of cars, thick fronds of kelp and relatively shallow water. A tackle graveyard for normal methods, but fishing the senko in this way would minimise my losses.

I peddled along close into the cliff, keeping one eye on the fish finder and one eye on the rocks, whilst casting and retrieving at the same time. This is a dynamic form of fishing where the idea is to cover as much ground as possible in order to maximise your chances of locating the fish. It didn’t take long…

I had only just started to start reeling in the senko over a large boulder, when BANG – it was smashed by a decent fish. The rod arched and the reel screamed as the wrasse tore around in the shallow water. After a brief scrap and a couple of splashes, I boated the fish.

Not the biggest wrasse I have caught, but I am a sucker for this style of lure fishing. Its fun, and the action can be hectic. A number of other fish were captured and released that day, all inlocations which would not have been fishable without the kayak and without the tackle and tactics employed that day.

Then there is the possibilites offered by LRF using the kayak, but that is another story !