I recently sold my Mantra Palani to progress on to another kayak in the Mantra kayak range. I have had my eye on the Mantra Kai for a while and although this kayak is not promoted as a fishing Kayak I thought with some kitting out with suitable accessories it would be ideal as a fishing platform,
So I have been busy adding flush mount Rod Holders, an Anchor lock, a Scotty Powerlock Rod Holder, a grab handle and a paddle park. I still have plans to mount a camera somewhere on the kayak by using a Yakattack Mighty Mount and Screwball.
The Mantra Kai is 295cm in length, 79cm wide, weighs 22kg and has a capacity of 150kg.It has two grab handles at either end, and two screw type 15cm hatches as well as six scupper plugs. In standard form it comes with a paddle and seat and retails for around $670 add an extra $30 to include an all directional rod holder.
I paddled it recently at a Kayak Demo Day and It paddled well. Once fully fitted out I plan to hit the water for a session of whiting popping, I think it will be ideal for this style of fishing, small and light enough that I will be able to wade the flats with the kayak in tow in search of some whiting.
Check the Picture of the Mantra Kai below.
Well I have been on a holiday again to target Summer Whiting in South East Queensland.. I did not do as well as last year but with the recent conditions that has produced an over supply of rain and run off into our river and estuary systems I think I fared well. Full report soon but in the meantime here is some pictures to wet your appetite. Whiting on Poppers, does it get any better!!!
Well the Toga King, Eric Dunshea has been at it again, after the recent rains he returned to his favorite dam to check out conditions after all the rain. This event only happened about two weeks ago. When the rivers and creeks receded Eric was able to make his way to the dam and check out if the Saratoga were on the chew... yet again the same area has had over 300 millimeters of rain dumped on it again this week.
To check out his latest report, techniques and pictures go here
The location today for the Adventure Outlet Demo Day was at Budds Beach in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Its a local estuary on the Nerang river that offers great parking, BBQ"s, Tables, toilets and heaps of grass with a gentle sloping sandy beach into the waters edge. Really its an ideal location for a demo day like wise with the tournaments, KFT launches from here too.
Craig from Adventure Outlet had a great line up of kayaks, some from his stock range, hugely supported by the Linday and Mike from BLA who were displaying the full range of Ocean Kayak, Old Town and Necky kayaks. As well as Palmy Mick from Stealth Kayaks with a range of the Stealth Kayak fishing skis...
Not a huge turn up today but there was a steady flow of new comers, one couple I noticed tried just about every kayak on hand, they will have a tough choice but they kept going back to a Prowler or the Tarpon 120. Steven M and I were there and in between roll ups we were trying out all the different kayaks as well. Steven and I both now have new kayaks on our lists that we wish to buy...
So all I can say that next time Craig holds a demo day get down to Budds Beach and have a go, Craig has Demo Days regularly so watch his website for the next one, http://www.adventureoutlet.com.au
On Sun 4th Mar '12, 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, Jackson, Wilderness System, Stealth, Mantra Kayaks (http://www.mantrakayaks.com.au) & 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 are extremely stable and great value for money with great fishing kayaks starting from $599.
Also come and check out the new Jackson Coosa http://www.youtube.com/user/jacksonkaya ... -1nq7m97lo
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).
Date: Sun 4th March '12 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.adventureoutlet.com.au/fishingkayaks.html
Hope to see you there!
My name is Sel and I am known as Nativeman on some of the Australian Fishing Forums, follow my fishing both past