During all this summer myself, Steven and another friend Wayne Dunkley have been fishing the afternoons during the week with all of us meeting on a certain day, We have been taking advantage of the long afternoons after we all finish work and we have been fishing local areas close to home, mainly targeting the Brisbane and Bremer River systems. This has allowed me to get a fish in almost every week and allowing me to lay low on the hot weekends we have been having, We fish structures during the low light of the day with diving lures and wire baits with great success then when the light slowly fades away we change over to surface lures, Wayne seems to be the master in this style of fishing with awesome results. We all have powerful head lamps with us which allows us to fish into the night. Most times we call it quits just after the sun goes down and we paddle back to our launch spot in the dark. I use my Hobie Quest 11 for these sessions and it is more than ideal for this type of fishing, I'm still loving it and will continue to do so!
Recently Hobie released a large rudder for the Pro Angler 12 as some of the users were finding steering difficult when conditions were less than ideal. That's what I love about Hobie, they continually improve their product on the go, not waiting until a new model is released, very impressive. I have purchased the large rudder and I found it very simple to install, I have not yet tested it, but other owners that made the upgrade have found huge improvements in handling and the problems with steering and tracking have disappeared with the upgrade.
I managed to purchase a near new Hobie Sail for use on my PA12, around the same time Hobie released a furling kit to use with their sail. This allows the sail to be wound onto the mast for storage or to lessen the size of the sail while sailing on the water. I will install that soon and report back on the results,
In a couple weeks, on the weekend of 15 and 16 March 2014 I will be fishing the Ewan Maddock Fish Stockers Challenge at Ewan Maddock Dam on the Sunshine Coast. This event is in its second year and I was unable to fish it last year so I am looking forward to this one. Its a catch, photo, release competition targeting Bass, Golden Perch, Saratoga and Silver Perch, so if you want to get among other kayak fishermen in a competition go here for more information,
So that's about it, shortly I am embarking on a caravan tour down the coast line on northern to the mid coast of NSW and I am looking forward to fishing some new water, Mostly will be saltwater locations and I will be chasing Bream, Whiting and Flathead on Surface hardbody lures, my favorite style of fishing, check back in a month or so for the results.
Check below for some pics of some of my latest trips on the river with the boys...