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Tournaments 2014

The UK major kayak fishing events calendar ... more

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The OK Classic Kayak Fishing Tournament

It's tournament time again! The OK Classic Kayak Fishing Tournament is taking place at Swanage Bay, Dorset on the 17th May 2014.

The Tournament will be run as a species hunt, the kayakfisherman with the most species and back first will win the first prize of an Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game Angler, anyone can win.

We are proud to say that  this years main sponsors are once again SM Group (Europe) Ltd. For more details and to download the entry forms and rules for the comp please visit we would love to see you all there. This years event is in aid of the Swanage RNLI.

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Viking Kayaks coming to the UK

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We have just heard that the New Zealand Kayak brand, Viking Kayaks are due to hit our shores at the end of May beginning of June when the first container hits our shores. Viking Fishing Kayaks are designed to suit the oceans around New Zealand, whilst the fishing might not be quite the same, the sea conditions are very similar to what we are use to in the UK, so these new arrivals are going to be quite exciting.

We are waiting confirmation on which dealers will be stocking them when they arrive.

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Spro Sponsorship

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I'm very happy to announce that SPRO UK distributor Stewart Angling Services have agree to a sponsorship deal. This gives me the opportunity to try out the new Spro Insync lure rods with Microwave Line Control. I'll be reviewing the rod in the near future. If you see me on the water and would like to try the rod for yourself just ask, I think you might be in for a very pleasant surprise, the distance it casts is astonishing and it is so smooth. For more details on Spro and their range of fishing tackle visit their website: Spro

SeaDek Marine Products

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It's funny the things you find yourself discussing at exhibitions.

At The Big One Tackle Show in Farnborough I found myself chatting to the Custom Rod Building maestro Aaron Insley about sound proofing on the kayak, we are both very keen lure fishermen and stealth is the name of the game when were sneaking around after Bass and Wrasse.

After the show I started to do some investigating as I knew there were products out there specific for our needs.

To my surprise I found that one company, SeaDek Marine Products offered precut EVA panels for the Hobie Revolution 13, our Project Kayak. Emails were exchanged and today the kit arrived, have to admit, can't wait to see it fitted and I'll be showing you how on the Project Pages. For more information about SeaDek Marine Products and what they could do for your kayak visit: SeaDek

Kokatat Expedition Dry Suit

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Whilst at the SWKA/Escape Watersports Llangorse Comp I was able to borrow the Rolls Royce of Drysuits for a review, to see what I thought of the suit, read more

Hobie Fishing World Championships 2013

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I've finally written up a report on what went on in Australia at the Hobie Fishing World Championships at Bemm River and Marlo, it was a fantastic few days, read more.

Cranka Crabs - We've got our hands on one!

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One of the most eagerly and sort after lures in Australia is the Cranka Crab.

The Cranka Crab was first shown to the tackle world in January 2013. But production didn't start till much later in 2013. The Pro Anglers were first to get their hands on them and the Hobie Fishing Worlds saw some of the Pro Anglers using them at Bremm River to great effect, Cranka Team Member Stephen Maas coming in 3rd place at the ABT/Hobie Kayak Fishing Series.

With an underbelly weight system the crab sits down on its legs with its foam clawed Treble hooks dancing tantilisingly in the current.

AnglersAfloat has been lucky to get their hands on one, and will be giving an outing in the salt really soon, we really can't wait.

www.crankalures.com

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Wilderness Systems New Off Shore Design

Wilderness Systems look like they might be launching something new for the Off Shore Angler given this product teaser on YouTube.

South West Canoe Show 2013

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Really didn't know what to expect at the South West Canoe Show. What John and I didn't expect was to be so busy, we had a none stop flow of people, some were friends, but many were people interested in getting into the sport.

The Hobie Revolution was quite a draw and attracted comments mostly good, some from people amazed with what is possible when hit comes to rigging your kayak.

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AnglersAfloat Hobie Revolution 13 Project

A huge thank you to YakAttack for their help with the latest AnglersAfloat project our Hobie Revolution 13.

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A few days ago the package of YakAttack and Ram gear arrived, we've been keeping ourselves busy checking out the new GTSL90 rails which we first talked about on AnglersAfloat back in January. Well Luther the owner of YakAttack wasn't happy with the first ones off the production line, so he wouldn't release them until he was. So there available now and well worth the wait.

Today we started rigging, which meant repairing a few holes that we had already drilled for our finder mount. Sad thing is, once we had one rail on we couldn't stop playing with it. Late this afternoon we mounted a rail where in the past we would have had to use well nuts or rivets, that was before Luther came up with the Rigging Bullet, genius.

Be patient, all will be revealed soon.

Here's a little taster though.

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Testing, Testing, Testing

Whilst fishing in Texas last year for Redfish and Speckled Trout with lures we were struggling to get a bite, our guide on the other hand was getting a take nearly every other cast and we were all using the same lures!

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After our first drift he pedalled over on his Hobie and took out a little white bottle and gave our lures a squirt with a sticky looking thick brown gel, then the games began.

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The lures were hit time after time, hooking up was now the problem, but a nice problem to have. We caught a couple of Redfish and loads of trout when it looked as if it was going to be a blank the Gel did the business.

So what was the miracle gel, ProCure.

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It works State side, so why not here in the UK? So after a few exchanges with the European distributor I have got my hands on a range of samples. Time to start testing. I'll let you know how I get on.

Fox Rage Ultron Belly Boat

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Have we found the ultimate kayak fishing lure rod... read more to find out what we thought of the short butted rod from Fox Rage.

THE OK Classic 2013 - The Results

Swanage Bay played host to the fourth OK Classic Kayak Fishing Tournament on the 18th May 2013.

 

76 Kayak fishermen, women and juniors travelled from all over the UK to fish the safe waters of Swanage Bay on a catch-photo-release species hunt.

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Once again Swanage delivered the sunshine and superb fishing. 15 different species were caught during the 5 hour tournament.

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Overall winner and OK Classic 2013 Champion was Mark Radcliffe with 7 species caught. Mark was presented with a brand new Ocean Kayak Trident 15 supplied by SMG Distribution and presented by the Swanage Lady Mayoress.

 

Rosa Tuffney who had fished only once before from a kayak and was competing in her first Tournament was 1st Lady and Tom Wilson was 1st Junior.

 

AnglersAfloat.co.uk who run the non-profit event raised £1000 for the Swanage RNLI Lifeboat.

A massive thank you to all the event sponsors, SMG Distribution, Daiwa, iCOM and Baz and also to Martin and Neil of PBSBC who stepped in as support boats on the day. Also a thank you to my friends on the forum who marshalled on the day, getting all the compeditors safely on and off the water with minimum disruption to the visitors on the promenade.

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1st Place overall and OK Classic 2013 Champion with 7 species, Mark Radcliffe
2nd Place overall, 5 species, Scott Dawson
3rd Place overall, 5 species, Si Frost

1st Lady, Rosa Tuffney (seasoned angler, 2nd time on a kayak, 1st comp)

1st Junior, Tom Wilson
2nd Junior, Harrison Dunn

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Best Fish, Black Bream 4lb 8oz 8dr, Keith Ward
2nd Best Fish, Black Bream 4lb 7oz, Ben Warbridge
3rd Best Fish, Undulate Ray, Richard Cooper

And the fun prizes, well I won't embarrass the winning individuals

Kayak Fishings home since 2003

This year 2013 AnglersAfloat celebrates it's 10th year of kayak fishing. We have seen an awful lot of changes both the numbers of people that are afloat fishing from a kayak and the way that both the marine and fishing industry has taken notice and embraced our sport. 

2013 already has a Kayak Fishing calendar full of events, both here in the UK and abroad, I personally will be taking part in as many of them as I can, I also hope to be able to fish abroad again this year it looks likely to be in France and the Hobie Fishing World Championships.

First major event for me this year is the London Boat Show where I'll be talking in the Knowledge Box each weekend along with my team mates in the Hobie Kayak Fishing Team, we will also be hovering around the Hobie Stand which has a kayak fishing area, pop by and have a chat.

Our latest project kayak - Hobie Revolution 13

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2013 and time we started working on a new project, this time its a Hobie, the sleek, very quick Hobie Revolution 13 in the very popular Dune colour. We picked her up a few days before Christmas from the Hobie Cat Centre at Rockley Park, since then we have been pretty much waiting for gear to arrive to kit her out and can't get to far with her without some of the main fittings. We hope these will be with us during this month of March.

Meanwhile we have been able to do some of the minor jobs on the list.

To find out more visit our Projects pages or follow the link. To find out more about Hobie Fishing Kayaks visit : hobiecatcentre.co.uk

Hobie World Championships, Texas

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Texas and the Hobie Fishing World Championships is still very fresh in my mind. What an experience, what a fantastic group of kayak fishing folk. The world of kayak fishing really does bring together some incredibly friendly and like minded people.

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Well Hobie Team GB didn't win, Rob did manage to get on the stage on day 2 with a 4th place, the secret to the event was getting on the scoreboard each day, one bad day and you soon found yourself down the rankings, it wasn't just about trying to catch fish, once you found them that was sometimes easy, but getting the bigger fish then became the problem, all fish had to be over 14" to score, even some of our new American friends were finding the conditions tough. Fishing flukes on a drop shot rig was the winning method on day 3, you guessed it, I fished the method with worms on the first day and had one good fish, texas rigged worms were the method on day 2, so I stuck with it on day 3 along with my fellow team members, I just couldn't get amongst the bigger fish until it was very late in the day, and the clock ran out.

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The Hobie Pro Angler 12's proved themselves as an ultimate tournament kayak even in the crazy strong winds and wind blown chop, waves coming crashing over the bow, the Hobie just got on with the job, brilliant.

For more information about the Hobie World Champships visit : hobiefishingworlds.com

New to Kayak Fishing

Why not have a read of our getting started guide here.

YakAttack now available in the UK

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YakAttack's excellent GearTrac system has been a favourite amongst many kayak fishermen in the States. It offers itself very favourably to the narrower gunwales of the Hobie range of kayaks but has been gaining a following amongst all kayak owners.

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Last year saw the development and release of the BlackPak, YakAttacks answer to the crate, a specifically designed version with hinged lid, 3 rod holders and areas to fit their GearTrac and Mighty Mount systems and even Measuring Stick clips to keep the stick safe.

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2013 has seen the release of GearTrac SL a multi colour version of the popular GearTrac system, takes kayak pimping to a whole new level.

For more information and  to buy YakAttack
products visit : kayakfittings.co.uk or
cornwall-canoes.co.uk

Stealth Kayaks launched in UK

We have just heard that the range of Stealth composite kayaks is now available in the UK, the fishing kayaks include the renowned Evolution and Fisha ranges designed and built in South Africa to compete in the most extreme conditions, the lightest model coming in at 23kgs!

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Find out more at : stealthkayaks.co.uk

iCOM M23 VHF Floating Handheld Radio

iCOM launched their latest handheld VHF radio at the January Boat Show, we have been lucky to get our hands on a loan unit to try out and review.

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First thing you notice is how light the M23 is, secondly they have done away with the old battery charging cradle, charging is done via a sealed plug at the top of the unit opposite the aerial.

Not only does the iCOM M23 Float, it also emits a red light from its base, when dropped into water making it easy to locate should you become parted from it.

We'll be doing a review proper once we have lived with the unit for a few weeks.

In the meantime more information can be found at :

icom.co.uk

The Importance of a Marine VHF Radio when Kayaking

If you don't have a VHF Radio and think your OK with your mobile phone, you might like to read iCOM's recent article about the Importance of a Marine VHF when kayaking, check out the handsome chap in the photograph, then go buy yourself a VHF.

A Free Beginner's Guide to Kayak Fishing

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Our good friend Ian Harris, Dizzyfish to his friends has spent the winter evenings penning a rather excellent Beginner's Guide to Kayak Fishing which he now offers free of charge on his Blog, you can download your free copy at : dizzybigfish.co.uk


Rod Holder, Mounts and Leash Guide

At last a list of the most popular rod holders, mounts and rod leashes, we know that there are a few others to add to the list such as Fladens offering, but as yet we have not been able to get a photo or specific details, we will update as those details become available.

Click here for more details.

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20/04/2014