Check out the Coosa below,
On AKFF recently there was a lot of talk of the Jackson Kayak's Coosa and I must say I like them and I do know that one of my friends has one on order...with the Australian Dollar so high there seems to alot of new kayaks entering the Australia kayak fishing market... I suppose we will be spoilt for choice soon.
Check out the Coosa below,
Craig from Adventure Outlet on the Gold Coast is now selling a new range of kayaks, Mantra Kayaks. There are some great kayaks in the range. All are paddle kayaks with two or three of them being suitable for full on kayak fishing and have all the common features that we all look for in a good fishing kayak; Stablity, Storage Space, Ability to customise and Fishability.
The Mantra Noa is a fishing kayak suitable for small rivers, creeks and estuaries. Measuring at 270 centermetres long it would be ideal as a bassing/estuary kayak in the often tight and shallow areas we venture to catch fish.
The Noa has a respectable carrying capacity of one hundred and fifty kilograms and is only twenty kilos in weight. Although I have not had a close inspection of this kayak, on paper I do like the two massive hinged hatches, one near the seat and one at the front of the kayak. Rod holders are abundant on the kayak as well with four flushmounts in total and an adjustable rod holder on the console. There is a rear well although not huge it would be suitable for a small esky or crate. Available in four colours and with a package price which includes seat and paddle of $698, this kayak is great value for money. Kayak alone is $599.
All Mantra Kayaks come with a two year warranty as well.
For more information on the Mantra Noa go here.
The Mantra Palani is a four metre kayak and is in the class of kayaks that most of us prefer to fish from as a four metre kayak is generally an allround kayak suitable for most if not all fishing destinations. The Palani is four hundred and two centermetres long, seventy nine centermetres wide and weighs thirty two kilograms with a weight capacity of one hundred and eighty kilograms. It features two hatches, one in the seated area being a hinged hatch and one up the front of the kayak with it being a push on rubber hatch. Both of these hatches are large allowing easy access to the area inside the hull. The centre hatch is hinged to the side and might at a push allow a rod to stowed inside the kayak. The Palani has five rod holders as well, four flush mounts and one adjustable rod holder on the console. Behind the seat is a square sealed compartment which could be used as a small livewell, I reckon it would be good for keeping alive a few small poddy mullet or a few freshly pumped yabbies and further back is a large rear well with bungee straps. Recently while at a kayak fishing demo day I did get a paddle of this kayak and I have to say I was most impressed, stabilty, glide and easily obtained speed was qualities that come to mind when I think back to my paddle of this kayak. Also the seat would have to be one of the more comfortable seats I have used in the kayak, very impressive. Available in four great colours. A package price is offered with this kayak including a seat and paddle of $958. Kayak alone is $859. As stated above all Mantra Kayaks come with a two year warranty..
For more information on the Mantra Palani go here.
I spent some time today assembling and then adding a few items to the kayak. I assembled the rudder first and then had a decent look at the new seat. I raised the back rest up to about three holes from the highest most location, in this postion I felt the seat was very comfortable for me. The seat cushion is just that, it feels like a cushion and again it feels comfortable, time will tell after a session out on the water. I had planned to take it out today but the winds came up again and thats just really typical of weekends laterly so it was time to pimp the kayak at a slow pace.
I installed 6 pad eyes on the exposed side of the central hatch lid, there is spacings there for these with the OK Standard waterproof screw inserts. That job was easy and took minutes. I then went about installing the Humminbird Sounder and that was done the same way I did it on the Ultra 4.7 last year, my detailed instructions are here.
With the new Prowler Ultra 4.3 it is nw able to take other brands of fish finders so the transducer scupper shape and the stainless steel tube that carries the cables through to the central hatch lid is shaped differently with a full length slot running across the bottom of the tube, no doubt this has been put in there to be be compatible with other brands as all ready mentioned.
Then I installed a raised scotty rod holder mount in the forward most location which is in front of the transducer scupper. I like to troll using a rod in front of me at times and this is the only suitable location for a rod holder on this kayak as it is free of my paddle stroke. The Ultra series is really designed for Offshore and for me to use it in a lake situation is a bit of a compromise. So to get the rod holder closer to me I used a Scotty Extension arm with the Scotty rod holder in place. This puts the rod holder out to one side of the kayak, out of my paddle stroke but still accessible from my seated position on a full reach. The unique feature of the central hatch where in turns one hundred and eighty degrees will still occur with the rod holder in position.
I attached a small piece of bungee cord between my pad eyes on the top of the central hatch to secure my pliers and scissors when not in use. Finally I attached my DIY Rod leashes to some of the many pad eyes behind the seat.
Now all I need is some free time and some suitable weather to take it for a test paddle...hopefully some time soon
Check out the Gallery below of the features and additions I have made to the Ocean Kayak Ultra 4.3 so far....
To get a larger view clickon the picture..
Well my Prowler Ultra 4.3 was available for pickup today after a long week of waiting. Now it's time to do the assembly of the rudder and start on the fitout process. A Humminbird 798SI HD Combo will be fitted in the next twenty four hours, along with a Pacific Action Sail and other accessories. A full overview and more pictures will be up on the site in the coming days.
While attending a Paddle Demo day today for Adventure Outlet I managed to sneak a look at the new OK Prowler Ultra 4.3, I even managed to get a paddle in between showing people some fishing kayaks.
The Ultra 4.3 has the same great features of the 4.7 but with more. It has retained the stability and speed and the very functional centre hatch but has more features to make the Prowler Ultra range even better.
First of all I have to say I like the front hatch with a much easier feel about it to take the hatch cover on and off the kayak, there is very snug water proof seal and a easy to operate lock that makes sure the hatch cover will never come of in rough water. This is a huge improvement on previous models in the Prowler Range.
The central hatch is virtually the same as the Ultra 4.7 but this time on the exposed side of the hatch there is more mounting points to attach a rod mount, three in total. As with the 4.7 there is the spot on the hatch cover to mount your Fish Finder and this time the transducer scupper on the kayak will fit other brands of fish finders not just Humminbird as in the past. Just like the previous Ultra inside the rear wall of the central hatch there is thread inserts to fit the optional rod tube.
The seat is a complete unit now which stays attached to the kayak even during transportation on your vehicle. There is a soft seat cushion and an adjustable backrest. Behind the seat there are four rod holders. Two molded in rod holders and two factory fitted flush mounted rod holders. Talking of flush mount rod holders there is still the two gunwale rod holders mounted mid ship in the cockpit area as well as a spot to mount a scotty rod holder mount forward of the centre hatch area towards the bow of the kayak. You really are spoilt for choice for rod holder positions on this kayak.
Behind the seated area of the kayak on the front wall to the rear well there is an access hatch to an area under the seat, the word from Ocean Kayak is that this area can be used for the storage of batteries for your electronics. The kayak has the same large rear well and this will still take the optional ice box that is designed to suit the Ultra 4.7
The same rudder sytem seems have been carried over from the Ultra 4.7, also with running lines to lower and raise the rudder while in the seated position from the cockpit.
On display today was the new Ocean Kayak colour, Lime. This colour has been available in the USA fos some time and it is good to see that Ocean Kayak has introduced the colour to the Australian Colour range. The Lime Green certainly stands out and it is very appealling especailly with the contrasting black trim. The picture I took today however do not do it justice, pity.
Check out some pics below...
News from Craig at Adventure Outlet on the Gold Coast....
On Sat 13th Aug '11 the team from Adventure Outlet are having a 1 Day Sale with discounts and savings on all kayaks. We have organised our suppliers of some of the leading brands such as Ocean Kayak, Old Town, Necky, Wilderness System, Mission, Stealth, Tootega, Mantra Kayaks (www.mantrakayaks.com.au) and
Native Watercraft to have the largest range of kayaks ever seen on the Gold Coast, ready for you to test paddle. This “on water” demo day is a great opportunity for you to find the kayak that most suits YOU.
Our demo kayaks will include the new Ocean Kayak Prowler Ultra 4.3 as well as the Native Watercraft range with the Propel Pedal Drive system which are comfortable, stable and have the ability to be pedaled both forward and reverse. The new Mantra Kayaks & Tootega range are extremely stable and great value for money with great fishing kayaks starting from $599. Des from Stealth will be along with the Supalite & Evolution range of fiberglass fishing kayaks.
As a bonus for attending, at 10:30am, Craig from Adventure Outlet will run a short forward paddling session to show you how to get maximum propulsion with the least chance of injury. (Craig is one of Queensland’s leading sea kayak instructors).
As an example of one of our discounts we will be offering the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 at the discounted price of $999, a $400 saving!
Date: Sat 13th Aug '11 - 8:30am to 12:00
Location: Budds Beach, River Dve. Surfers Paradise
Bookings: For assistance on the day please confirm your attendance by emailing us at email@example.com or give us a call on 07 5571 2929 to discuss kayak options. All those wishing to try kayaks on the day must sign in at the Adventure Outlet tent.
Please check out our kayak fishing range at www.adventureoutlet.com.au/fishingkayaks.html
Hope to see you there!
I attended the second annual Australia Lure Expo recently at Fernvale in south east Queensland. What I saw was an even larger display of lures new and used from the previous year. As well as an new addition to this years event, fishiing Flys.
Like the previous year I set myself a budget of new lures to buy and this year I doubled the amount I spent last year and I still walked out of the show wishing I could spend more as the quality and variety at this years show was again amazing.
I attended a couple of the work shops they had at the show, Lure Carving and Lure Painting and as usual I picked up some great information on how to make my own lures.
Here is some slide shows from the Lure Expo, the first one displays my purchases and the second shows the array of exhibitors at this years Lure Show.
My name is Sel and I am known as Nativeman on some of the Australian Fishing Forums, follow my fishing both past