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Captain Bonglington

Fishing Kayaks

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@@Embryo, cheers dude. I just don't want to soften or bleach the plastic, I'll try the hairdryer first as you and @@Phoenix suggested.

No dry suit unfortunately mate....I looked at those the other day as it happens, they're pricey, twice the price of the yak! Think it'll be a wetsuit and cag for me! :yep:

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You can get semi-dry suits (they have sealed cuffs) which are quite thick, they are supposed to be for winter diving.

I picked my Gul one up brand new but 2nd hand off ebay for peanuts and now is a good time to buy as its out of season so cheaper :D

You got a buoyancy aid & knife? Never got out on the water without either ime

happy paddling

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First second and third session should be in a heated pool with the local canoe club.

Slapping and sculling for stability should be your first lesson.

Had and undulate ray of 5lb

Pollack of 2 lb

And a few kg of squid this evening...

Tight lines..

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@@Embryo, yeah I've got a PFD, I'll have to get myself a decent knife.

I'm off work today so I'm spending my time productively by getting baked and reading up on all things kayaking!

There's quite a few bits and pieces I need to get by the looks of it. :rofl: Mainly safety stuff, clothing an I think I'll get a trolley for it too, it's a fair drag to the river from the car parks.

@@Phoenix, I was thinking of some swimming pool lessons, I'm pretty sure they have them at a localish pool, so I might look into that.

Nice haul mate! :yep:

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A round tip fix blade is what is recommended, no faffing unfolding and less chance of stabbing yourself if you are cutting close. A lot of pfd's have a point where the sheath can be mounted too

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It's a good exercise to fall out a few times in a pool before doing it outdoors.

It can be disorientating at first. Better to be prepared.

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Another tip, dont bother buying specialised footware. Take an old pair of trainers and cut all the mesh panels out for added drainage ;)

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Good tip that @@Embryo. I was thinking of getting some wetsuit boots, but they won't offer much protection against sharp stuff on the riverbed.

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@@Captain Bonglington wet suit boots are fine for rivers mate the rocks arent overly sharp due to erosion on the whole, indeed I was going to recommend a wetsuit with cutout sleeves too for you. I'm an ex canoe instructor from my youth and thats the gear I wore day in day out from March til Nov and then canoeing rivers for my own pleasure through the winter even doing snow launches into rivers sometimes. My point being it is enough to keep you warm even when there is snow lying on the ground ;)

HTH mate and happy paddling/fishing :oldtoker:

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Wet suit boots are the reason I broke my big toe a few years ago...

i got capsized and then dashed into some stones snapping my big toe! If i had sturdier footwear i would of been fine i reckon.

Also get yourself a helmet, my mate uses a BMX one that looks ok - in terms of protection, i dont see much difference between his and my proper kayak helmet. His is far trendier looking though!

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My missus bought me a kayak helmet Christmas 2015 as I'd been banging on about getting a kayak...a year on still no yak, so she bought me one to go with the lid...! :rofl:

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a very good forum for all things kayak fishing in the uk is

http://anglersafloat.proboards.com/ you need to register but it is well worth it

plenty of very good info in there and very active members who fish all around the uk are always willing to help

i hope you have as much fun as i have over the years fishing from a yak

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Just thought I'd drop back in to my yak thread.....I've taken her out for a few voyages lately, just around a local pay and play lake. :)

She's really stable, you have to do something pretty extreme to capsize it. I've practiced chucking myself off, and righting a capsize and getting back on, straightforward enough, that water's still cold though......

I had fun last weekend, it was quite windy, so I could get the wind behind me and almost surf the swell, it's a fairly large gravel pit so it gets quite choppy on the end of the wind....bastard paddling back up though but it was a good exercise in facing difficult conditions. :)

I am getting a bit bored of paddling round and round a lake now, I've got a mission planned along a large canal near me that's really exposed and might lead to some quite challenging conditions which will be fun, and I'm looking forward to paddling around the Thames....just waiting for my British canoeing membership to land so I've got my river licences....I've even done a bit of tree work off it, cutting back a hedge overhanging my local river....I'm loving my kayaking at the moment!:)

Thanks @herbz for that link too if you're still about, really helpful.:yep:

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Sounds like you're getting handy but don't get too confident.  A side on swell or heavy wind against tide will in the sea turn your face white and make you hang up your paddle.   Take it easy on rivers and open water.  You are not a boat.

Enjoy though...

It's what it's for..

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Nice one Captain! I love the spirit of adventure, i hope you have a great time :D

 

Been out myself recently too, had a play on Coniston water which was a lovely day out

 

Got an 18ft canadian now too, she needs some love but will be lovely once finished

Also got myself some templates to make a stitch n glue canoe that im going to build this year - ive been saying im going to make one for years and now i have the time & space so i have no excuse...

 

Also learning how to sail this year too with a view to purchasing a yacht to live on! 

The Wanderlust is upon me too :)

 

Be safe dude :yep:

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