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DASBOOT

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Hope you all had a productive wknd!

Took the yak back to Prybil today sans waders.

A little wind and no whitecaps.

Much more sensible conditions to venture out in than my last fiasco!!

My question to you experts is how do you handle the yak when you have a real pig on the end of your line?

If it's running out perpedicular to you, do you let the fish run, grab your paddle and bring yourself about so your line is off the bow?

Do you attach the paddle leash to your casting hand or the other?

What do you do if your quarry runs behind you?

Just muscle it around or paddle into a better position?

Today was Day 2.

Can you guys give me some logistical tips for doing battle?

Thanks.

God bless America!

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Das Boot.Go with the flow.I put my paddle in it's clips and concentrate on fighting the fish.I sometimes angle my rod to the fish in order to point the yak in a different position.The great thing about fighting from the yak is you can slide around obstacles like poles or mooring lines.

Just make sure the fish is played out when you try to unhook him.

 

Doug

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DASBOOT - the fish will move the kayak. Only long kayaks won't follow the fish (Sea Dart and Tourer). Your Nav will be pulled to face the fish even by a cocktail blue. Since you're using a fly rod its especially easy when the fish runs under the yak, etc. Whether the fish goes behind or foward just extend the rod that way and let the line clear the yak. That's why I advocate rods of 7' or more so they can reach to the bow and clear the line during the fight.

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Dasboot I have a sit in yak so I leave paddle in my lap straddling sides and use it to steer when fish is pulling and like jons said it will tow ya even little fish one thing thats helps is to have a rod that clears your yak end to end and try to keep it pointed toward bow of yak always this will keep the tow point at the front of yak and help it turn easily to the direction that fish is running it works trust me having 12-18 blues towing ya thru sailboats and moorings also keeps your center of gravity were it belongs in case of line breakage if you have it to side you could do one of those eskimo half rollswink.gifwink.gif

tight lines and dry clothes joev

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Thanks for the tips gents.

As for the paddle leash.

Am I correct that the large velcro end goes around your wrist?

And which wrist have you found most comfortable.

I am only flyfishing at this point.

Had the leash on my casting arm(right) and it didn't pose any problems.

Jon, perhaps I am a little slow, but I couldn't figure out how to secure the rod in that holder.

I put the rod in but how do you wrap the rubber strap around it?

It's probably so obvious I couldn't see it!HappyWave.gif

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Jon, what type of pants and boots is your brother wearing in the photos w/the bluefish.

I went out in just shorts and sandals sunday and couldn't have been happier.

Water was beautiful too. biggrin.gif

 

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Live and learn!

Thanks Oz!

At least I didn't have it wrapped around my neck!

My eyelets are pretty small.

Just enough rm to hook the seat snaps onto.

I guess it will slip through.

Jon, I said the heck with it all and just ordered the Blk Rk jacket and the pants with the Rodeo booties!

Hell, I'll spend the $ but know that I'll be warm, dry and comfy!

All I gotta do now is catch some fish!!!!!!!!

Stopped into Sports Auth. and picked up a pair of neoprene gloves too.

I'm sure they will come in handy.

After the fish are gone, I'm sure I will go out during the winter months.

Or is that something I really don't want to do?

How far into winter do you gyz yak?

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Dasboot once its gets unbearable and not worth the effort I will hang up the Yak maybe around mid Nov. Have ya ever been in a boat on the sound in Dec. not to nice Joev

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Dasboot,

 

Some of the better days I have had with the kayak is at the northport power plant in the winter. You have to pick your days though with little or no wind though. I have a wetsuit and anchor in the current.

 

It is one of though places you can catch fish or catch nothing.

 

Rudy

 

 

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DASBOOT - If you pick up a brass clip like the one on the seat and put it through the end of the leash it makes attaching it to the yak easier.

 

I'll take a pic tomorrow of how the fly rod holder works.

 

I kayak as long as there are fish to be caught. Each year is different. The water is still very warm in Jersey. The fish and bait are still way up inside. Also there are places where the fish stay year round. I really like how a lot of fishing/kayaking has eliminated most of my bodyfat. I want to keep it up as long as the fish cooperate.

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jON, ARE THE BOOTIES STRONG ENOUGH FOR WALKING ON PAVEMENT, DOCKS ETC?

The NRS Rodeos have an 8mm neoprene sole.

They have another model, the Paddle Shoe, that is more like a boot w/tough molded sole.

What do you think?

 

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DASBOOT - the toughest of this genre are the flats booties, next comes paddling shoes and the worst are dive booties. My paddling shoes are doing fine but my booties are in sad shape. Check your PM.

 

[This message has been edited by JonS (edited 10-16-2001).]

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