Mantra Kayaks Pro Staff member, Wayne Dunkley has been paddling the Mantra Noa since its release. Wayne has been using the kayak in local streams and rivers to catch some native fish mostly bass and he has even caught some sharks from the Noa in some local tidal rivers. Check out his full review of the Mantra Kayak Noa here.
I made a phone call to Craig at Adventure Outlet last week and bought a Rudder System to suit my WS Tarpons 120. I didn't have a kayak in my current fleet that has a rudder but that has now changed.
I have been searching the internet about how to install a rudder on a Tarpon for weeks as I had never installed a rudder on any kayak before and I found there was very little information on the net. Even on Utube there was no information. So I have done a how to on my site on how the rudder is installed. I must say it was relatively easy.
The new rudder is going to make my Tarpon 120 even better and it will aid me when paddling in strong winds or current or just drifting along over sand banks which I seem to be doing alot lately in search of some fish.
So go here to check out my install of the Rudder System on my Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120.
Kayak fishing is great and it gets you into some great spots to catch some fish, a lot of the time it is in areas not easily accessed by boats but super easy for kayaks.
I can honestly say fishing for bass doesn't do it for me anymore, but recently I have enjoyed fishing for whiting using poppers. I first discovered this technique earlier this year after persevering with the basics and soon got results.
This is the ideal time to hit the your local flats in search of some Whiting, not only are they spectacular fun to catch on poppers that are excellent eating. Skinny water is the best place to start and I have found on a gathering tide and the first hour or two of the receding tide are best times to target whiting.
So of you want some tips to catch some whiting check out my report from earlier this year here.
One of my kayak fishing mates, Steven, fitted a Scotty Anchor Lock to his Tarpon 100 earlier this year and when I saw it I and its design I knew it would be perfect for my WS Tarpon 100. The Scotty Anchor lock is a simple system which allows you to anchor your kayak from one end with ease.
So over the last couple weekends I set about installing the Anchor Lock. I installed the Scotty Flush mount last weekend and this weekend I did the rigging. The Anchor Lock can be installed using a raised Scotty mount as well but as it is fitted at the very front of the kayak I wanted this area to be free of any obstacles for fishing line and the like especially on those days when I choose not to have the anchor with me.
Today I made up a Rope Winder from some cutting board and wound on some 4mm rope with a 2kg Dumbbell attached to the end to act as an anchor. Time will tell whether a 2kg weight is enough to hold my kayak in place while in a current with myself on board. I am keen to try it out and it will be perfect for times when I wish to stop and have a cast around without fear of being swept away in the current.
Check out the pictures below...Click on the pictures to get a larger view and description.
My name is Sel and I am known as Nativeman on some of the Australian Fishing Forums, follow my fishing both past