Yak Fishing Kit - How to keep safe and warm on a Tassie Yak

John Pollard
Kayaks have boomed in Tasmania-especially over the last year, but with our fickle weather we do need to keep comfortable in a variety of conditions. John Pollard looks at what you need.

Important kayak accessories

- Personal Floatation Device: A PFD is compulsory in Tasmania, although the definitions of a kayak are somewhat difficult to understand. Check out some of the stores that carry a range of kayaks to find a suitable kayak friendly PFD.

Installing a fish finder on a kayak

Craig Vertigan
If you want to take fishing from your kayak to a new level you should consider installing a fish finder. All those boat owners out there using them can attest to the benefits of a fish finder. They help you locate structure, discover what depth you are fishing, the nature of the bottom structure, the temperature of the water and if you're lucky a few fish may show up too, giving you an obvious indication that you are in the right spot.

What's so good about kayak fishing?

Craig Vertigan

Cremorne Channel and Fredrick Henry Bay kayak fishing


Craig Vertigan reports on one of his favourite locations.
The weather is warming up and now is the ideal time to start targeting that most delicious of table fish the flathead. I met up with a group of like-minded kayak fishermen during early September in the hope of getting onto some early season flathead. Flathead and Salmon are usually a sure bet anytime from October through to April, with the hotter months providing the best action.

Installing an anchor system for a kayak

Craig Vertigan
One of the most useful things to aide fishing from a kayak is an anchor system. I say "anchor system" rather than just "anchor" since an anchor on its own attached to a kayak can be dangerous and a sure fire way to tip yourself out of your kayak.

Kayaking

John Pollard
So you've read or heard about this new sport of kayak fishing and you want to get involved, but where do you start? Surely it's as simple as heading down to my nearest sports store, outdoor shop, chandler or fishing shop, grab a kayak and off I go? Isn't it?

Canoeing Rivers

Leroy Tirant
There are many rivers in Tasmania that are just waiting to be explored using a canoe or kayak. These let you fish those inaccessible parts of rivers that are heavily overgrown and too deep to wade. Some of these sections have had little or no angling pressure and can hold some big fish.

Choosing a fishing kayak

James Ainslie
Kayaks provide a great fishing platform for the recreational angler. They allow you to fish waters that would be impossible to access from either the shore or a larger boat. They are also very easy to transport and handle to the water. With more and more kayaks appearing on the market, the kayaking angler is now faced with a bewildering choice of boats. Following are a few pointers that should help you choose a boat that meets your needs and provides years of enjoyable fishing.

Kayak fishing

Jamie Harris
We are lucky in Tassie to be surrounded by water and with so many lakes and river systems and there are endless opportunities for us keen anglers.
With skyrocketing fuel costs, one of the most affordable and perhaps the most enjoyable way to access these waters is by canoe or kayak. Now I am a small boat owner myself,  but the trusty kayak still gets as much, if not more use than the tinny.

Kicking butt from a kayak

Jamie Harris
Some ten years ago I decided to purchase my first kayak. I really wanted a boat at the time, but couldn't afford one so I went for the next best thing. At the time I already owned and was using a float tube and whilst it was great for a lot of fishing scenarios it still limited me by the amount of water I could cover. And usually the more water you can cover the more fish you may find and be able to fish to. In a kayak or canoe you can slip along quietly at a reasonable pace from spot to spot with surprisingly little effort.

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