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Over the last decade or so, kayak fishing has been one of the fastest growing aspects of recreational fishing. Low outlay and running costs, combined with portability and the opportunity for some exercise have seen kayaks as the vessel of choice for many anglers.
Rod choice is always a challenge when it comes to kayak fishing. Each size and style have their own unique advantages – and disadvantages. Rob Fort continues his beginner’s guide to kayak fishing by answering some key questions around rod selection.
It is generally accepted that the kingfish in NZ largely ‘disappear’ for the winter months. They typically head to an unknown destination to fatten up and count down the days until they can make an appearance on every pinnacle and hotspot in the country during summer.
Moving past hull type, there are a range of topside configurations that may be considered. Hard tops (open-back or enclosed), cuddy cabins, centre consoles, centre cabins, side consoles and dories (open boats) are some of them. The choice is usually governed by the size of the boat and its intended use.
Anchoring is an important aspect of fishing and boating in general. Good ground tackle is also important safety equipment. For example, if you are being blown down onto a rocky coast with your engine out of commission, you really want your anchor to hold!
It is a standing joke that sometimes ‘Roddy’ (the rod holder) is the best fisherman on the boat, as rods left unattended in rod holders sometimes catch the most fish. They are certainly important fishing accessories, particularly when correctly positioned and aligned.