Apologies for the long post but there's lots to tell!
Today was my first session with livies off the kayak in an attempt to catch my first yak kingy. I got to a very peacful Balmoral wharf just before 5 to gather some yakkas. 20 minutes later and with a dozen in the bucket I'm on the beach and setting up. Rounded middle head just on sunrise and into the swell. Seabreeze had it at 1.3m but it felt a lot bigger. Thankfully no wind though. Made my way towards the cave and dropped down the first livie. Towed it out to towards the channel marker and through a baitball, livie goes frantic, and BAM I'm on! Locked the drag up but line was still peeling off. Tried to pump it up off the bottom between runs but to no avail and eventually the hook pulled. Without a doubt my first yak king encounter!
Sent down another yakka and towed it around for maybe 10 mins and then it starts going frantic with I'm-about-to-be-eaten panick....heart stars racing waiting for the hit....BAM I'm on again! Same story as the first, drag locked, line whizzing off, but this time managed to pump it up between runs and get it off the bottom. Once it gets to mid water the runs get shorter and I start winning, and before long I'm slipping the net under my first yak king!! Look up to see I have a few spectators. Johnnie shouts his congratulations and boondock comes over to take a few pics for me (can you attach one at some point or PM them to me??). She goes 63cm and despite having to go back to grow a bit bigger, I'm elated. I can't see myself wanting to fish for anything other than kings now
I rig up another livie and that's when I notice that I'm suddenly feeling a bit ropey
I try concentrating on land for a while but it's no good and end up burelying. But it does make me feel better so I carry on fishing! Next yakka gets the same treatment... panick panick, BAM but no hook up this time. Next one down results in a 50cm salmon. Nice little fight but no match for my heavy outfit. Salmon fish cakes a-go-go!!
Still feeling rubbish I decide I need to keep moving so send down another livie and off I go. Get 20 yards and it's time to burley again. Unfortunately this time I lean over the side just as I'm going down the back of a wave, tip a little too far, and the next thing I know I'm in the drink with the yak on my head
Not the best time to be practicing my first deep water re-entry with full kit, but thankfully it flips back effortlessly and I'm back in on the first attempt. Pull in the rods and everything else that's leashed but watch my live bait bucket sink down to the depths
Something's telling me I've had enough fun for one day so I head back to Balmoral. Somehow the salmon has managed to unclip the dry bag it was in, slip out, and lodge itself somewhere in a deep dark corner of the hull - it takes me 5 minutes to get it out!!
Got to meet a bunch of the AKFF regulars this morning who were all nice guys and all had good advice to offer a newbie like me. Johnnie, thanks for the advice about never looking down but unfortunately it came too late today
See you all on the water next weekend for more kingy madness!!