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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
AnglersAfloat Hobie Revolution 13 Project
A huge thank you to YakAttack for their help with the latest AnglersAfloat project our Hobie Revolution 13.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Once again Swanage delivered the sunshine and superb fishing. 15 different species were caught during the 5 hour tournament.
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.
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
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
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.
Hobie World Championships, Texas
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.
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.
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
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