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Kayak Fishing Meets and
Tournaments 2017

The list grows every year and 2017 is bigger than ever, and more of us are now competing abroad as well.

Making the decision on which to attend is getting harder and harder.... more

Hobie Compass

Hobie Kayaks have just released their latest offering the Hobie Compass at a lower price point than their other Mirage Drive kayaks. We think she is going to prove quite popular at 12ft long and 37kg

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Call the Hobie Centre for more details +44 (0)1202 671661 or visit their website: Hobie Compass

WPC England Qualifier 2017 - Grafham

It was all a little last minute this year for me. I didn't know that I would be able to fish the WPC England Qualifier this year until the day before, lots of things going on personally made it a difficult decision but I'm glad I went.

I arrived mid morning on the prefish day and headed straight out to the tower, the plan was to find fish, hit them once to find out what they were then move. First drop 50m off the tower and I had a nice perch to the net. Not a bad start.

Down by the damn I had a couple more then headed back in, the wind was harsh and the chop was getting up, there were fish about and I was hoping that the guys out in the boats and the other kayak competitors weren't baggin up as this would make the fishing on competition day incredibly hard.

Had an early night and wasn't up to early which was nice for a tournament, very unlike me to be honest.

Competition day and with a new exclusion zone of 100m off the towers I decided to skip my first mark and head down towards the damn. Then I saw fish on my Garmin EchoMAP 1022xsv. I dropped down a Realistic Shad and started to drift, fish on. A Zander, I was chuffed. I had another drift with no luck so swapped to a dropshot, set deep but with another Realistic Shad, different colour, bang almost instally into another Zander, bigger this time, two fish in the first hour! Then nothing, the fish were there, they weren't feeding. Off to the damn wall. A few drifts and another small Zander whilst fishing for perch.

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With a lack of bites I moved again up towards the top tower with a large crank bait, this was hit by a nice perch.

With an hour to go I made a bad decision and went hunting bigger zander, I should have stayed for the perch.

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At the prize giving three of the top four had three zander and a perch... I was called up in 4th place. Better than last year, but wish I hadn't left fish to hunt for fish... school boy error. Next year!

Garmin VIRB 360

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Managed to get our hands on the Garmin VIRB 360 for the OK Classic Kayak Fishing Tournament. 

With little time to read manuals we went with intuation, it was very easy to use, no need to put onto standby, just push the knob on the side of the camera and she starts recording. A pull of the same knob and she stops. You can also control through your smartphone, or smartwatch using Garmin Connect, I could have controlled from my Garmin 1022xsv, but I had a competition to fish so went for the quickest option.

What's so special, well it shoots in 360 degrees, which is all around you, above and below. It uses two 180 degree lenses and stitches the frames together automatically, it's stiching is so good it's quite hard to find where it's stitched. Sound is recorded through 4 directional microphones giving you all round sound. The Quality is outstanding, best uploaded directly to YouTube.

More details can be found at:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/c11883-p1.html

Viewing is best on a mobile device, mobile phone or tablet.

https://youtu.be/8bTIR1qUzCE

iCAST what's new?

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iCAST if you haven't heard of it is a huge trade show in the USA, we would love to go, it's invite only. iCAST is where all the major fishing brands go to lauch their new stuff. Some brands will launch just before the event, like Bonafide Kayaks (YakAttack) who have just launched images of their new fishing kayak, this is a new brand and a brand new design, YakAttack with their new rod holder, and RAM mount with their new rail system. Ocean Kayak have already launched a new teaser campaign hinting at more PDL's.

Some will launch during the show. But best of all, some will wait until the last day and surprise everyone with a game changer. Hobie did this last year with the Miragedrive 180. Starts on the 10th July, bring it on.

Swanage Lifeboat Cheque Presentation

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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

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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
GT52-HW TM Chirp Transducer. If you haven't heard about Panoptix, go check it out, amazing. Panoptix PS31.

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.

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For more information visit : Garmin UK

Latest Review

Our latest review has just been uploaded, the Lumb Bros Safe Fast Cut Knife, check it out.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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We had a good few days of prefishing, finding plenty of good spots to target during the competition.

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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.

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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.

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Landing Net Review

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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

New to Kayak Fishing

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

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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03/09/2017