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Hello folks.

The weather has been terrible of late on the south coast of NSW, so I have found it hard to get the kayak in the water for some much needed experience.

I am wondering what people do with their catch on board the kayak. Is it easier to put the fish in say a hessian bag and into a front hatch? or throw it over your shoulder into an esky or bucket behind your seat?
I have the option of both on the Fish N Dive, with a large "Bakers" style bucket strapped in the tankwell and also a large rectangle hatch between my legs.
Would towing a keeper net in the water beside me effect the way the yak steers?
 

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I use the wet hemp bag option. It sits between and me the milk crate in the rear of the yak.
 

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redphoenix said:
Heya John,

knot-too-fast said:
The weather has been terrible of late on the south coast of NSW, so I have found it hard to get the kayak in the water for some much needed experience.
Sounds familiar. I was down at BBay last weekend, and only went into the water out of sheer bloody-mindedness. Wetsuit, and a wet-weather top kept me warm (but certainly not dry).

I am wondering what people do with their catch on board the kayak.
Depends on the fish. For some, particularly if I'm getting close to the end of a sessin, I chuck them in the milk crate on the back, and cover them with an old wet towel. Otherwise, I have a keeper net that seems to be made for Soft-plastic-using wader fishermen - it's made out of nylon, has floats around the top. It's a bit of a sea-anchor while moving (so I sometimes pull it up and shove it in the yak when I need to move reasonably fast), but keeps the fish pretty happy while stopped.

How far south are you John?

Hi Red.
A great effort going out last weekend in that weather.
I,m 15 minutes inland from Merimbula and 25 minutes to Tathra.
Red.
 

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knot-too-fast said:
Hello folks.

The weather has been terrible of late on the south coast of NSW, so I have found it hard to get the kayak in the water for some much needed experience.

I am wondering what people do with their catch on board the kayak. Is it easier to put the fish in say a hessian bag and into a front hatch? or throw it over your shoulder into an esky or bucket behind your seat?
I have the option of both on the Fish N Dive, with a large "Bakers" style bucket strapped in the tankwell and also a large rectangle hatch between my legs.
Would towing a keeper net in the water beside me effect the way the yak steers?
I use one of those Blue bags from Woollies, attach a leash to it and throw it in the back well, pull it over with the leash when need to stick a catch in it.

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Wet hessian bag in the rear well and wet every 20 mins or so depending on temperatures; into esky at van
 

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I've been using a cotton bag, which was a laundry bag from a high class hotel, which works well as when its damp it keeps the catch cool. The only thing it gets on the nose after a while if it doesnt get a good hose out. I have a net style keeper bag but I dont use it much as I have to keep wetting the bag to stop the drying out effect. I dont keep it overboard as I dont want sharks stealing it or harrassing me.
I keep both behind in crate and also tethered to prevent loss, making sure that the tether is long enough to be able to comfortably access.
 

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I keep mine in a saltwater ice slurry in a esky in my rear tankwell. I just turn around, lift the lid and chuck them in. They are rapidly cooled and keep in top condition. Personally i wouldn't use a keeper net due to sharks and down here seals.

Catch ya Scott
 

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Hessian sack for me - store it behind the seat for easy access - but it does get pongy. I do know someone who used to store fish in one of the hatches, that is until one was not found for a week or two! :oops:
 

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redphoenix said:
knot-too-fast said:
I'm 15 minutes inland from Merimbula and 25 minutes to Tathra.
I occasionally wander down to Mystery Bay, just south of Narooma - puts us within striking range. Might be worth hooking up when the weather gets warmer. :)

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Sounds good Red.
I just need to gain some more experience around the inlets here first, then watch out ocean, "here I come." :D
Mystery Bay would be a great place to put try. Have you landed many fish there?
 

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Red, thanks for taking the"put" out in the quote. :lol:

That ray must have been an amazing site.
I notice your from the ACT. I am in Canberra most weekends conducting my business and always wondered if it's ok to paddle around the lake.
Do you know of any restrictions?
 

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I keep my catch in a cylindrical collapsable cooler with one of the large gel ice blocks made for eskys.

The cooler fits inside the large front hatch, and collapses down enough to slide under the hatch rim.

When I catch a fish, I just pop the hatch lid off, unzip the cooler and drop in the fish, zip it back up, pop on the hatch lid and I'm back in business.

I can fish all day and even after 8 hours on the water my catch is cold and fresh when I get back to the launch point :)
 

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Hi Knot-Too-Fast, I just use a cheapy dry-bag with some ice-bricks in my rear tankwell, make sure it is tied onto the kayak just in case.

I've been thinking about a saltwater & ice slurry which is supposed to cool you fish the quickest which would also work in the dry bag. Now I just need to start catching enough fish to make the effort worth my while. :lol:
 

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I strap down a plastic container to the rear well of my espri. I've cut a flap out so i can slide my fish in out of the sun, kind of like a fish bin. A few little ice blocks and a little sea water and the fish are always in good nick for the table. :D

Milt,
 
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