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Saturday morning arrived and I had successfully negotiated with the missus to have the car all day (a very rare occurence, as it would interfere with her going shopping). :wink:

Loaded up the Yak and all the gear, then headed off to the beautiful Huon River to launch. Only about a 30 minute drive, but an enjoyable one as the countryside is very pretty. I got to the ramp, kitted up the Yak and took her to the water's edge, the water was flat and pristine with that tanine colour it is known for. The prospects of a fish were good, a guy fishing from the pontoon next to the boat ramp pointed out a large Brown Trout swimming about just under his feet, it looked about 50 to 60 cm long. He had just caught a 1.5 kg Brown from the same spot. My confidence grew. :D

My plan was to pedall up for a while and then come back down with the current casting into some of the overhangs and skinny water on the way back. I cast off and pedalled up stream for about 2 hours trolling RMG Scorpians and a coulpe of different SX40s, only stopping to change colours a couple of times after chatting to a couple of guys in stinkboats about what was working for them and answering the curious questions about how a Hobie worked. A very friendly mob on the water that day and very curtious about water sharing too. 8)

After 2 hours of heading up stream and passsing a few likely spots and small off shoots of the river I decided it was time to head back down stream slowly. The conditions on the river were still fantastic, I could see fish chasing small Baitfish in towards the banks of the river and see them tailing around the edges. I reeled in the trolling rig when suddenly the line went taut, far too taut to be a fish, I had snagged on a submerged log, stupidly I used the weight on the line to turn me around abit. TWANG went the line and the baitcaster reel's spool sudenely turned into an incredible bird's nest, 10 minutes of playing with it and I still couldn't sort out the tangle, so I decided to pack it into the hatch on just work with the spinning outfit on my journey back. I was going to do this anyway. :oops:

Working my way back down the river, I cast in towards a large rock on the river's edge, a notorious haunt of some very large resident Brown's. The cast I thought was perfect the Lure landed just short of the rock, I started to retrieve and noticed the lure was swimming a bit oddly from the feel of the rod. Then I looked at the rod tip, or rather where the rod tip should have been, the last 2 inches of the tip were missing and I had discovered why the lure was swimming oddly. Sure enough on retrieving the lure the tip was there just infront of the SX40, that looked just like the little baitfish I saw getting chased earlier. :cry:

I retireved the tip and decided I would still enjoy my time on the water, so I pedalled slowly back down the river taking in the wonder around me, trolling a SX40 on a handline. What? You didn't think I was going to let not having a rod stop me? :wink:

Anyway the score for the day was no fish, one huge mess of a tangle and the tip of my beloved Soft Plastics in my pocket. I regret paying over $200 for a rod that breaks for what appears to be no reason, it gets treated better than I do at home and even has it's own hard bodied rod case, so it's back into Spot On - The Fishing Connection this afternoon to see what can be done with it.

So maybe the score should be:
John - 0 :cry:
Fish - 2 :D
 

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Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.

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Oh John, it sounds like one of those days best got behind you! Good luck with getting the rod repaired and better luck next time out. Steve.
 

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Most of us have days like that. There'll be some cracker outings soon I'm sure.

BTW, do you want to tell us which brand/model of rod gave way? Is it a high-modulus graphite? I'm thinking these days that yak fishing is a little tough on rods so am sticking to rods rated as IM-6 rather than lighter, more fragile sticks
 

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mate, if I counted my success based on how many fish I actually caught then it would never go out in my kayak again. :shock:

I have had a LONG dry spell regarding decent fish caught from the yak..just as well I enjoy the paddle, scenery, peace and quiet etc etc.

if you're out there, then you're winning!

the fish will come one day...hopefully!
 

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Hey John: It comes in threes! I also broke a rod on Sat morning. First cast and when I started to retrieve it just went kaput! Not bad I suppose thourh as I bought this particular rod in Scotland in about 1962, so I don't guess it owes me much :) turned to my baitcaster which would not flick the light SX40 so had to drag around a much larger lure to no effect.

Threes? Who will be the next (un)lucky row owner???
 

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Bad luck on the equipment side of things. Imagine if you did it from the shore, you wouldnt even have had the enjoyment of a paddle (peddle?) Takes a couple of goes to get everything down pat. :D
 

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Too bad about the equipment failures, sounds like a rod fault to me.
It certainly was a great day for the start of the season though, would have been good just to get out there in the new toy.
Cheers
col.
 

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Blaen, bad news on the rod mate. By the sounds of things it broke at Flatrock? Most of my Huon Atlantics come from out of the front of that bloody rock makes you wonder why given the amount of awesome structure on river.

Catch ya Scott
 

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Thanks guys, it was still a great day even without the fish.

Scott, I think it was Flat Rock I was at.

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BTW, do you want to tell us which brand/model of rod gave way? Is it a high-modulus graphite? I'm thinking these days that yak fishing is a little tough on rods so am sticking to rods rated as IM-6 rather than lighter, more fragile sticks
The rod is a Ian Miller Squidgy Rod 7' S70 Model got it when they first came out, they magnificent action on them and can flick an unweighted SP for miles. I went into Spot-On this afternoon the guys there were great, they replaced the broken section no questions asked. They are a little bit dearer than other placees in Hobart, but with service like that, especially on a 18 month old rod, I can't complain.
 

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John, It's a pitty things didn't go the way you wanted mate.
Good to hear they looked after you with your broken rod.
 

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G Day John, Good on Spot On for that service....I've often gone the cheap bastard route when buying all sorts of stuff only to be let down by the service factor. False economy in the end if it's something I want to keep forever, but a best price haggle works for the more disposable stuff. I get a sense those salmonoids are going to be in for some Hobie trouble soon :D
 
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