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U go east Jordan?
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Na mate didn’t end up going. To many whiskeys last night. Woke up crook as
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Ha ha - hope the kids took it easy on ya
Didn’t bother myself as A Buoy was reading 2.7 metres at 11 pm last night.
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Guys, I've been reading this thread for years, suffering yak envy on a regular basis...well, next week, I'm finally getting myself a brand spankers Viking tempo II!
 
I have a couple of questions if that's all good?
 
We'll be doing several practice runs in the harbour before going anywhere near the surf, and this will involve either launching or coming home in the dark, so what do you guys use for lights?
 
Are there nav lights you can get, or do you just use a 360 light?
 
And, once in the surf, how important is a drogue?
 
We always use one on a boat, but the boat catches a lot more wind, so does the drogue help enough to make it worth while getting one?
 
Also, tiedowns or leashes for everything, I've got them already, except, do you guys tether yourselves to the kayak as well?
 
I've read stories of people falling out and then the wind blowing the kayak away!
 
Cheers in advance for any help!
 
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Hi Tony
I don't tether myself. A drogue is a must when drift fishing in wind. It's not used in the surf. A kayak is more effected by wind than a boat.
The safest thing is to try and fish with a buddy then they always have your back. A VHF radio attached to your PFD is recommended.
You can buy a flag light combo from a kayak shop.
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Originally posted by piwikiwi piwikiwi wrote:

Hi Tony
I don't tether myself. A drogue is a must when drift fishing in wind. It's not used in the surf. A kayak is more effected by wind than a boat.
The safest thing is to try and fish with a buddy then they always have your back. A VHF radio attached to your PFD is recommended.
You can buy a flag light combo from a kayak shop.
 
Cheers mate, yeah re drogue, I didn't actually mean in the surf, as in breakers, I just meant after launching off the beach into open sea, but yes, I've used one many times in a boat, just thought maybe a kayak wouldn't pick up as much wind, that's bizarre it's the other way round!
 
Re the VHFs, I've seen quite a few handhelds that seem to have either very poor or virtually no reception...so I'm assuming these are used mostly between yaks on the water, opposed to loging trip reports etc?
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You guys must be chomping at the bit to get out there. The surf has been up for a while and there is a lot of action just out from the domain. Been surfing every day this week and each time there have been work ups very close to shore. There was one today that was about 100m from the line up.

The swell drops off this weekend and it looks flat all next week. Hope you get out there and score some.
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Yeah Poprocks just got back from my 2nd surf today awesome fun waves and just nice to cool off. Waters warm 21c.

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Tony,

Railblazer do a white nav/360 light for kayaks which runs off AA batteries, its pretty good. Comes with a pole to get some extra height. For work light in the yak, I use a combo of the nav light and a head lamp. If I'm fishing in the harbour at night I often take my super bright torch which I aim at boats coming too close. Tethers are good for coming in through the surf, in the harbour I've often left them off.

Swell aint the problem where I am at Mangawhai, its this damn wind, been blowing and blowing. Saturday looks like I might get to dust off the yak, been quite a while.
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Originally posted by noponies noponies wrote:

Tony,

Railblazer do a white nav/360 light for kayaks which runs off AA batteries, its pretty good. Comes with a pole to get some extra height. For work light in the yak, I use a combo of the nav light and a head lamp. If I'm fishing in the harbour at night I often take my super bright torch which I aim at boats coming too close. Tethers are good for coming in through the surf, in the harbour I've often left them off.

Swell aint the problem where I am at Mangawhai, its this damn wind, been blowing and blowing. Saturday looks like I might get to dust off the yak, been quite a while.
 
Cheers mate, yeah, after asking, I googled it, found the railblazers light kits, called Viking and got a visible kit added to the package!
 
I'll hold off on the tethers for now, as it looks, there will be bloody ropes going everywhere, so I'll wait until we're on the water and can actually see how things are working!
 
Also, we'll be harbour bound for a while so shouldn't hit too much rough stuff!
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