Friday, 29 August 2014

Abu Garcia Devil Spinning Rods

Abu Garcia Devil Spinning Rods

2-10g (5ft6") & 5-15g (7ft)

I've been using these rods for a while now, mainly on freshwater. I am that impressed at the performance for the price (about £20) that I'm thinking of buying 10-30g (7ft) for saltwater use.

It has a carbon composite blank and quality TS guides which are great for braided line use.
They are nicely made and it's nice to see my favourite handle material- cork. The butt is a nice length for use on the kayak and they are well balanced.
This is the 2-10g 5ft 6" rod with an 8lb Pike on... lovely bend!

Great fun on light gear.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fitting Railblaza StarPort HD to the Prowler Ultra 4.7

Fitting Railblaza StarPort HD to Ultra 4.7

Railblaza have released their new  StarPort HD 
Many vessels are made to suit the mount base pattern of Scotty, RAM,
Cannon, Fish-On, and many others. The StarPort HD now fits straight onto the brass inserts on the Ocean Kayak Prowler range without any fuss or modification. I fitted mine using 16mm M5 Stainless Steel Screws with a washer. On the forward StarPort HD I use a TracPort 350 so I can use multiple accessories.
The design is very sleek, strong and low profile so reducing the danger of catching the car roof when transporting upside down.
I have two mounts on the hatch of my Ultra 4.7
The forward most one I use with a SwivelPort and RodHolder II for trolling, the nearest one for other accessories to mount GPS etc.
Any stiffness in the slide lock seems to have been overcome. It now glides effortlessly without a struggle, especially when you have cold hands.
These are available in the UK now and I think very reasonably priced at approx. £10.
Had to slide a fish picture in...!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

8 Year Old Benjamin's First Kayak Fish

The weather was spot on for a launch the day before the 2014 Oxwich Kayak Competition. Light winds and 24 degrees saw perfect conditions for a young one to get started. Port Eynon was the venue.

The Ocean Kayak Frenzy was the chosen vesicle supported by myself in my Ultra 4.7xt
We tied off together and dropped down some Sabiki's in 7m of water. It wasn't long before he was showing me up! Nice little Grey Gurnard.... Benjamin's first ever fish!
I was then into some Mackerel, seconds later, so was Benjamin.
He couldn't believe quite how three fish on at once made such a fight. Great fun!

One very happy chappy...


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Old Town Predator XL

Meet the new flagship Predator in Old Town's Premier Angler Series. Incorporating all the pioneering features of the original Predator, including the Element seating system, customizable, high-strength mounting plates, Exo-ridge deck and Tri-Hull design, the Predator XL adds a 45lb thrust, saltwater-grade Minn Kota motor and a foot-operated rudder system to deliver an unrivaled hands-free fishing experience and pinpoint control.

Stealth quiet and supremely stable, the Predator XL was developed and fine-tuned through exhaustive consumer research, input from the Old Town Dealer Panel and Design Council, and the combined experience of the Johnson Outdoors pro-staff and Watercraft Design Team. The result is a premium, customizable, purpose-driven fishing machine that retains the best features and benefits of the original Predator series, while adding integrated, adapt in-a-snap consoles including the Minn Kota system.

The XL's Minn Kota Console system is a fully enclosed modular unit that provides fast and convenient plug and play performance. It includes a speed dial with forward and reverse functions not available on many other hands free boats, battery level indicator, USB charging port, sonar mounting plates, as well as battery and cable storage for sonar equipment and other gear. The Consoles' Quick-Kick Stand™ allows the user to lift and stow the motor unit with one hand, and lower it again with the flick of the foot, an inspired technology that helps avoid prop collisions with water hazards, and quickly raise and clear away and weeds and debris.

At just over thirteen feet long and thirty-six inches wide, the Predator XL delivers an amazing carrying capacity of 600 pounds of angler, gear and fish. The foot-controlled rudder system for hands-free operation in forward or reverse set the Predator XL apart from the competition, helping to control the boat confidently in wind and current, when fishing in tight spots or where fish are holding close to structure.

"The Predator XL will set a whole new bar in what consumers expect in a fishing kayak," said David Hadden, Brand Director for Johnson Outdoors Watercraft. "With the Predator XL we wanted to bridge the gap between fishing kayaks and bass boats and shallow water skiffs. The game changer is the combination of the Minn Kota motor and foot controlled rudder system, which allows you truly hands free fishing. Now you can work your local shoreline like a tournament BASS angler, moving and casting at every dock, stump or over hanging limb without taking your hands off the rod to reposition your boat. We guarantee you will fish more and catch more fish!"

The XL will be available in a number of models for maximum adaptability. The base model will feature Old Town's Utility Console, engineered with sonar equipment in mind. The Minn Kota version comes fully equipped with a foot-controlled rudder, battery box and Minn Kota Console. The third console, the Exo-Ridge Deck, provides a flat floor for standing, providing the perfect platform for poling and casting. The Predator XL is designed to work with all 3 consoles, allowing the user to adapt their ride in a matter of mere seconds.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Post Runswick Comp Pollock Session.

With a few days off after the comp, I thought it would be rude not to go to a mark just south of Whitby for a chance of a Pollock or two.

Arrived about 11am and made my way down the big hill. Stunning place and the sun was out!

I started towing a plug and was straight into a Mackerel. Greedy thing as the plug was nearly as big as him!

Set off again and caught two Pollock about the 3lb mark then, BANG! fish on!

Stripped line off the spool and settled itself firmly in the kelp. It took over 20 minutes to bully him out but I won the battle of the wills in the end! Not sure of the weight as didn't have any scales... I'm estimating 6lb but he sure fought well.

Had probably 10+ Pollock and 4 Codling with a few kept for the table.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Fitting Humminbird Fish Finder to OK Ultra 4.7

There is a specific boot/fitting kit to install Humminbird Fish Finders to OK Ultra Kayaks. The kit also comes with a battery bag, but on this installation I won't be fitting it. This is a very easy job and should take about 1 1/2 hrs.

The transducer with the tie rod and boot fitted.

Thread the cable through the designated transducer hole and also through the rotatable hinge point and use the wing nut to secure the transducer.

Wrap the excess transducer cable and stow it inside the lid. 

16mm hole in the lid and pass through the two leads. I used a grommet and some sealant to prevent water ingress into the cavity (where the transducer cable is stored) This is not essential.

12mm hole and another grommet for the battery cable to pass into the hull.



Fed up of removing your RailBlaza Rod Holder to spin it around?

I stumbled across these a couple of months ago and they have made a massive difference.

No need to remove the Rod Holder out of the StarPort to rotate it, the RailBlaza SwivelPort spins 360 degrees.

Enough said....