Wicked Dan

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  1. What about speed jigging for cubera snapper in Panama.....like this one you caught last week !!!!! LOL Danny V
  2. Following you since the old KFS days............I know that there is no need for you to post a picture of a fish caught.............Tight lines !!!! Danny V
  3. I use two....2x4"s that I wrapped in carpet........they are just long enough to fit the 2 kayaks....I always put a ratchet strap through the rear door windows around both kayaks and also a front and rear tie down to the towing hitch. Takes about 10 minutes, but never had a problem.
  4. My PB kayak fish ever !! 80 lb. yellow fin from Christmas Island this past July.
  5. I would love to see how it gets through a surf launch.......not happy about the weight at all........I don't think Hobie is worried......but you never know. DV
  6. WOW...very sad news......I spoke with her online several times online through the years.....she was so excited to be a part of this trip.....hoping this had nothing to do with being on the water. RIP....this kayaking fishing family is close....even though most of us will never meet.each other.......it always hits home when one of us passes.
  7. HA !!! On my recent trip to Christmas Island, I hooked an octopus that was around 6 feet long while jigging. The guide that was in a boat about 100 yards away saw it when I got it out of the water and was yelling for me to keep it......I didn't hold it far enough from the kayak, and it attached itself to my kayak !! It's head and body were under the kayak and I had 4 tentacles wrapped around both my legs !! As I was peeling off the tentacles, it just kept attaching itself to me.....Not something a kayak fisherman from the north east experiences very much !! LOL I was very glad when he "released" me and swam back to the deep water... I just wish I had this on video...it would have made for a bunch of laughs !! Danny V
  8. Not sure if the hurricane in Hawaii had anything to do with the wind we had the first few days....but the 25 mph steady winds made jigging as tough as it could be. We had to paddle as the line was dropping, just to be sure the line was vertical as we started to jig. we still had a bunch of fish and lost a couple monster GT,s that there is just no way to stop. The last 2 days the winds were much better but the jigging was still slow compared to the last time I was there, 5 years ago. But the bird action and tuna busting made up for everything. The boat had tuna each day trolling while we were in the kayak, but the last 2 days were just insane ! As we came up to crashing tuna, we got into the kayaks and paddled up to them......I was trolling an XRap and got hit as birds were all around me......For the next 40 minutes, I was pinned down and was able to turn the kayak sideways so the tuna was pulling me into the wind and waves......Not one crank of the reel for 40 minutes.......feeling I had a chance, it was just a big lift and a couple to a few cranks of the reel for the next 40 minutes before getting it to the kayak......80 lb. yellow fin tuna....my biggest catch ever ! My friend Bill was hooked up twice and was broken off on both hook up's..........Which was my same fate the following day.....2 hook up's in 15 minutes with each fight lasting about 30 seconds before almost getting spooled and getting broke off. Bill was fortunate enough to land one that day after a 2 hour battle in very rough conditions. We also landed an 80 inch sail fish from the boat that was great to watch, but I didn't have any part in that besides taking pictures. Overall....a great trip.....but I am thinking that I may be getting a little old for these kind of trips.......home for a few days, and still a bit sore !! LOL. Danny V
  9. I can't believe I have to leave for an extreme kayak fishing trip to Kiribati (1200 miles south of Hawaii) on Monday !! I am considering cancelling my trip so that I can keep up with everything being said about this topic !! LOL........ I guess I will just have to catch up when I get back and read the previous 12 pages that I missed while I was gone. I doubt I will be thinking about this while fighting tuna, GT,s and another 50 species of fish, all day everyday while I am there. LOL LOL JUST GET OUT AND FISH !!! Danny V
  10. It would be hard to pick only 2........but here are a couple of pictures from 2 different trips to Alaska........the first picture is of about a 1000 pound brown bear swimming about a mile off the island we were camping on as we were fishing in 300 feet of water for halibut. Of course we could paddle faster than he could swim, but we still kept our distance. This was exactly 10 years ago from today !! The second picture is of 2 great friends teaming up to land a 100 lb. halibut. I was doing the video during this battle that seemed like it lasted about an hour to get it to the kayak....Still one of my favorite pictures from another great trip from 7 years ago. Danny V
  11. While we were camping on the island a couple hours outside Ketchikan and fishing....with on one around for miles......we see a sea kayak heading towards our island. It wound up be a solo, Scottish guy with almost no kayaking experience, making a trip from Vancouver to Ketchikan !!! He stayed with us for almost 2 days..(he ate very well).....LOL... He did a you tube video of his entire trip......I am posting the link.......it was a pretty intense trip for him. Not sure if you want to watch the whole thing, but he shows all of the stuff....good and bad during his month long trip. When he met up with us, it is at about the 2 hour, 18 minute mark during the video....
  12. It was about a 2 hour boat ride south of Ketchikan, and it wasn't a fast boat.....so I am guessing about 50 miles or so. I was on a trip with Howard Mckim....who had a camp site set up on an island. He is no longer in business but I have been looking into another trip for this August..........But after 2 trips of "roughing" it.....sleeping in tents on that trip...(nothing worse then trying to put on a full dry suit in a tent that you can't stand up in)........and the first trip was staying in a state owned cabin on Montague island...( 4 hour boat ride out of Valdez)...........If I go this time, it will be staying in a hotel in Ketchikan, renting a boat and Captain and kayaks for a week........fishing each day and heading back to the hotel each night.............I am done with the tents and being wet for a week straight !! LOL Maybe I am getting too old for that at close to 60, but both trips were amazing !!
  13. I have been to Alaska twice in the past 10 years on kayak fishing trips. My last trip was out of Ketchikan.....we rented the kayaks from there....very easy to do and you will save the hassle of shipping your own.....we then took a 2 hour boat ride and camped on a small island in Misty Fjords national park....believe it or not..while on the island, I was able to make calls from my cell phone and had better reception then in most places.... The weather will be wet for most of the trip. Either way......it will be an amazing trip !!! Enjoy !!
  14. Yes, I am !! First chance I get between work and a good weather window.....I am there !