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Kayak Fishing Meets and
Tournaments 2018

The list grows every year and 2018 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

Mike Edgar having his first kayak fishing experience, making himself at home on the AnglersAfloat Hobie Revolution 16.

What a great year 2017 has been

It's been a very busy year. The Tournament scene is exploding in the UK and hopefully at some point in the future we will get a Tournament Series with a champion crowned at the end of the series. Hobie in Austrlia and the ABT do this so well with some serious backing of sponsors both in the angling industry and also others from outside. Sweden has already started a short series this year and I hope to be able to compete in one of the rounds next year.

This year I have fished as many competitions as I was able, I missed two in Europe, both the WPC in Holland and the Hobie Fishing Euro's also in Holland, would have liked to have fished them both, but funding these competitions is becoming very tricky, more so when travelling solo when my wingman Ian Harris is unable to attend.

I became part of the new Garmin UK Fishing Team during the early part of 2017, and they have been amazingly supportive of everything I have done. It's been awesome using kit that talks to each other, all my Garmin kit actually communicates to the other bits, total control and integration.

Did a bit of filming with the Garmin Team earlier this year, all being edited at present, hopefully will be able to share soon.

Was a surprise to see Garmin buying Navionics, waiting to see how this partnership will grow in 2018.

This year's newest event the London International went extremely well. Organised by Ian Harris we fished two lakes on the RK Leisure complex, Wraysbury 1 and Wraysbury 2. I started off well on day 1 with a new PB, a cracking 108cm pike, and also a couple of other pike to fill my pike scoreboard and finishing the day in 6th place. Day 2 was less successful with a blank and leaving me in 11th place but with biggest pike which earnt me a very nice Westin W4 rod.

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In October I was honoured to head off to China again for the Shengzhong Lake Kayak Fishing Tournament, again Day 1 was very kind to me, Day 2 less so. Such an exciting country to visit, we are treated like rock gods, and we acted like them once we found the KTV karaoke bar.

Early this month we had the very sad news that one of our members and friend had died. Ben Saville was a friend that would always leave you smiling and made the world a better place, taken from us and his family to early. RIP Ben.

This weekend the 10th December we will be fishing for the Ben Saville Memorial Cup in Poole Harbour, organised by Southern Canoes.

2018 looks so busy already. Lots of tournaments already listed, they all need your support.

Huge thank you to my sponsors, Hobie, Hobie Centre, Garmin UK, Navionics UK, Fusion, Reuben Heaton, and Palm Equipment.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

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

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

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

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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04/12/2017