Swanage Lifeboat Cheque Presentation
Finally managed to get down to Swanage to hand over a cheque to the Swanage RNLI Lifeboat. The new station is finished, the new boat is fully operational. It was perfect timing to get down and present the cheque for money raised from last years Swanage Classic. We raised £1050.78, well done to everyone involved.
The Garmin Fishing Team 2017
A few weeks ago I was welcomed into the Garmin Fishing Team.
It's going to be a very exciting year working with the incredibly enthusiastic team at Garmin.
My Hobie Outback is now furnished with the latest fully integrated system of electronics from Garmin the heart of which is the Garmin GPSMap1022 xsv display, this is connected to Panoptix PS30, PS31 transducers and the
Also connected to the GPSMap 1022 xsv are Garmin's VIRB Ultra 30's recording all the action and the Quatix 3 smart watch helping me to run on time and stay connected.
For more information visit : Garmin UK
The Swanage Classic 2017
Who's going to the Swanage Classic Kayak Fishing Tournament? Well we are.
This years Swanage Classic is taking place on Saturday 20th May. We will be setting up once again on Prince Albert Gardens and launching from Monkey Beach close to the Swanage Pier.
All profits will once again go to the Swanage Lifeboat.
The Hobie Cat Centre are title sponsors for the Swanage Classic, we will be sharing what we have as first prize very soon.
Reuben Heaton's Biggest Bream Competition will also be taking place as part of the Swanage Classic. More details to follow on both parts of the competition, rules etc.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Our latest review has just been uploaded, the Lumb Bros Safe Fast Cut Knife, check it out.
Upgrading Lure Hooks and Split Rings
My last Pike fishing trip was a little hard on one of my favourite lures. The rear hook had to be cut out of the net and the bottom hook on a closer look was well and truly bent, both split rings were also knocked out of shape, something I hadn't noticed until closer investigation.
I had some Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp hooks in a Size 4 which was a perfect match and ordered some split rings, size 3 in both standard and fine wire. I decided to fit the standard version as they were a match for the rings I was replacing.
It's an easy job with a set of split ring pliers, but worth taking care not to stab yourself... easily done.
Having realised just how bent the old split rings were I'm going to check over and replace any others in my box.
KNEKT GoPro Accessories
If you own a GoPro action camera and want to capture the ultimate photo's including angler and fish then look no further than KNEKT's GPDL KIT.
We have been using the KNEKT products for much of the 2016 season alongside a GoPro 4 Black Edition, the only problems i have had has been with the GoPro and start up delays which has meant a few missed shots, my bad.
The GPDL KIT is the perfect angle when shooting from above the water level. There are other models in the range for shooting from in the water, surf photography etc.
The kit is superbly engineered, everything fits like a glove. The Dome does need a little looking after I keep the dust cover on at all times when not used and so far the Dome is still in perfect condition. I'll be writing up a full review of the product along with a few photo's and video in the near future.
If you want to know more information now visit the KNEKT website : knektusa.com
WPC England Qualifier - Grafham
This was going to be epic. A chance to compete on Grafham, a first for kayak fishing and competing alongside the boats which was a first for the UK.
This was a one day practice on Saturday with strong winds and only half the water open to us all due to the weather conditions. A perch and few nibbles were enough to give me some confidence for the main event.
Sunday morning and a we were told we could fish the whole water, it was like starting over. I raced to the water tower nearly 2 miles from the launch, had a hit on the first drop then nothing for hours, I fished hard, I drift fished down to the damn at the other end of Grafham. I had seen a few fish being caught and was getting frustrated.
Down by the damn there were boats everywhere, I joined in the drifts and was finally rewarded with a small perch.
I moved along the damn towards the water tower, and had another drift towards the damn wall, had a good fish on dropshot, the next drift I had two more, both upgrades, then another. With an hour to go and a long peddle back I headed home. 3 perch, no zander, no pike.
When I got back not many were talking about great catches so I was hopeful of a top 10 slot... The prizes started at 5th place. I was surprised to hear my name called out, get in. Mike Taylor pulled another great win out of the hat, he has had a cracking year.
WPC Holland 2016 - Team Reuben Heaton
Was proud to be part of the Reuben Heaton Team for this years World Predator Classic in Hellevoetsluis, Holland. Ian Harris and I made up the kayak team.
We had a good few days of prefishing, finding plenty of good spots to target during the competition.
Competition day came and due to the weather conditions the kayak zone was cut down drastically covering an area we hadn't really explored. We had quite a tough day, but a few fish were caught where others struggled.
Day 2 and we were fishing in the canal, the main lake had standing waves so this was the safest option and gave us all a level playing field as the locals had never fished it. Dizzy and I had some fish.
Day 3 and we drove around to the far side of the lake to a sheltered area, we had been given some knowledge on the area so had some confidence in where to fish. We had a few perch, but needed zander for their length, the event was called off early due to a coast guard warning.
We had fished hard and Ian had managed a fantastic 4th place, me, well I was in 11th, just outside the prizes.
But best of all we had come second in the Team event, an excellent finish.
Landing Net Review
I’m always amazed at how few anglers take a landing net with them when tournament fishing, I wouldn’t be without one… last year I lost two fish when competing, both times I could have upgraded the fish in the bag, but was busy filming and not thinking about the size of the fish I was playing, both were in the water to long and escaped whilst I adjusted the angle of the camera. One of the fish may have got me a 10th place rather than 12th, and onto the prize
table, should have had my game face on! - More
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