A few more things resolved.Paddle Leash.
Sorted out my paddle leash. I didn't like the way the bulky coiled section bounced around and got caught on things right in front of me but do like the shock absorption it gives. I carefully cut the velcro paddle wrap from the coiled leash and then put a length of 4mm spectra cord in between the two using some simple bowline knots and heat shrink to connect. The coiled section is now connected to the handle at the front of the yak. I've added a jam cleat to the hatch and the spectra cord is then put into it with some stretch on the coil to keep all in place. What happens is that if I come off the yak, the spectra is pulled out of the cleat and I'm then connected to the front of the yak at a safe distance with some shock absorption. Much better for surf conditions and much less crap immediately in front of me. Fish Bag
Another thing I'm trialling is a fish bag. To try and keep the fish box smelling rosy I wanted a waterproof bag to slip the fish into as soon as they were caught. The whole bag then goes in the main hatch but backwards under the seat. I had delusions about making a bag from scratch however this necessitated purchasing a plastic welder etc etc so I opted for a cheap dry bag of reasonable proportions from BCF for $15 to do a trial run. It's already been tested with a 70cm flattie and a couple of 50cm+ snapper. Might be a tad difficult to get a big spaniard in there but I'll worry about that when I have to!
There are a few bonuses of slipping the fish straight into the fish bag including containing the smell and the slime (keeps rods etc clean and makes yak cleaning much easier), plus when I'm back to shore and the car I can just throw some ice into the bag, close it up, and my fish are in much better condition when I arrive home.
I may start to take out some ice with me so the fish can be cooled immediately upon capture. No doubt when I do this I won't catch anything.
I am looking at taking a "priest" with me on my spaniard sessions to make them more compliant about getting into the bag.