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Moniar

Getting ready for summer kayak fishing - Llanrhystud, Wales

Met up with Mike from Aberystwyth this pm at llanrhystud for a first paddle of 2010. 9mph winds so just a bit of chop and very little surf thankfully. No fishing today as we both wanted to get back into the paddling and there arent many fish about yet.

Launched just after 2pm from the beach carpark, admiring the new lambs in the fields on the way down the track.






We paddled northwards towards Aberyswyth against the now ebbing tide and against the wind, so we could have an easy ride back. Mike was in his prowler 4.5 elite and I was in the scupper pro.








We paddled against an increasing chop towards the cliffline and parked up on the pebble beach for a breather and to swap kayaks.













Mike wanted a go in a scupper pro so we swapped kayaks after the break and paddled with the tide and wind back towards the launch point.










After getting back to the launch point around 4pm we decided to have a play near the beach as Mike hadnt done many self rescues before. I gave the dry suit another test with the scupper after dumping the camera and vhf on the beach. After a few months lay off I struggled to get back on the scupper and kept falling back in, but at least the dry suit didnt leak!

After a rest Mike tried some self rescues in his elite 4.5 and proved that he could do several without a problem. After I did a self rescue on the elite I went back out on the scupper and managed to complete a self rescue on that. Heres some pics of Mike on the elite and scupper (sorry about the blurred quality - had water on the lens)







Mike doing a (dead) turtle impression




and on the scupper:







after the play it was time to head in to shore and a well earned cup of tea










Nice to be out for a paddle again, and lucky with the weather Very Happy

Roll on spring and them bass and tope ;D
welsh veg grower

It was very cold on the beach waiting for them Rolling Eyes
Cathryn

Get them to come a little further north off the beach by our house and you can have a cuppa and cake with me while they go off and play. Wink
vegplot

Lovely day for it.
sako

I must try that one day, ever tried fly fishing for bass,pollack etc?
Even so i will wait until it warms up!
Cheers
Richard
Jamanda

I quite fancy giving that go some time - but in the Summer. Trying to make out from your pictures what you are wearing. Not wet suits?
welsh veg grower

They have dry suits on when they go out in the winter. I only go out in the summer when the sea is calm and the sun is shinning. Its good fun and kids love it also.

May take you up on that Cathryn I do hate my ears being cold.
Moniar

sako wrote:
I must try that one day, ever tried fly fishing for bass,pollack etc?
Even so i will wait until it warms up!
Cheers
Richard


Not tried yet Richard but bought myself a salt water fly rod last summer and will be giving it go for the bass and pollack and mackeral this summer once Mike gives me some lessons on fly fishing from the kayak
Moniar

Jamanda wrote:
I quite fancy giving that go some time - but in the Summer. Trying to make out from your pictures what you are wearing. Not wet suits?


Yes dry suits, with thermals on underneath, and then life vest, with day/night flare, vhf radio, whistle, handheld gps - all the toys! More importantly, the knowledge to use them and the ability to both self rescue and assist rescue - hence the practice session at the end of the paddle when back on the shallow beach. Safety is the primary issue, along with warmth in winter paddling. In summer we tend to wear wet suits and a windproof jacket as it can still get chilly when you are anchored up fishing for a few hours.

Great fun in summer, playing with the kids in the surf or paddling to a remote cove with a picnic or portable barbi to cook the mackeral on Very Happy
vegplot

It's not fun in cold water. I've dived in waters (Dorothea) that were at 5C and half an hour was enough even in a dry suit (the water pressure squeezes most of the air out and you have precious little insulation remaining).
BahamaMama

I am very envious - we have started talking about getting the boats out again although I would like it much warmer before I go in the water.

Mackerel fishing is on my list of things to do this summer Very Happy
Jacqui

Wouldn't let my other half buy a kayak but had to relent and let him have a Seahog Shortie. He goes out fishing from Aberaeron harbour when he slips his leash.
welsh veg grower

Jacqui wrote:
Wouldn't let my other half buy a kayak but had to relent and let him have a Seahog Shortie. He goes out fishing from Aberaeron harbour when he slips his leash.


jacqui moniar is my other half, they should try and meet at aberaeron.
Jacqui

I have just been speaking to him about the kayaks and he said he has seen them whilst he was out. Unfortunately, he can only go fishing when my youngest son comes over to stay as I am afraid of water and he can't launch the boat on his own. The boat is called 'the 4th of July'. I would post a photo of her if I knew how.

Perhaps they will bump into each other (not literally, I hope).
perlogalism

vegplot wrote:
It's not fun in cold water. I've dived in waters (Dorothea) that were at 5C and half an hour was enough even in a dry suit (the water pressure squeezes most of the air out and you have precious little insulation remaining).


Yep, I can relate to that: Did my Adv Nitrox course in Stoney in Jan with snow on the ground! I think the "surprised" emoticon sums it up nicely Surprised
Moniar

Jacqui wrote:
I have just been speaking to him about the kayaks and he said he has seen them whilst he was out. Unfortunately, he can only go fishing when my youngest son comes over to stay as I am afraid of water and he can't launch the boat on his own. The boat is called 'the 4th of July'. I would post a photo of her if I knew how.

Perhaps they will bump into each other (not literally, I hope).


Hi Jacqui
Kayaks are good as you can put them on top of the car and launch from virtually anywhere without the need for assistance. Having said that I usually go out with at least one other person for safety. If your other half wants a go on one he is welcome to have a go on my kayak. We plan to buy another tandem kayak soon so our 10 yr old can get out fishing with us too. There are some good fishing marks close in around Aberaeron so no need to go too far out. If your other half wants to get out on the boat and needs someone else to tag along to give a hand I would be happy to help, and if he needs any advice on sit on top kayaks I have a few years experience of paddling different ones and can help with safety tips etc. PM me with phone number if he wants to meet up.
vegplot

I want to get another kayak this year and will seek your advice later on.
Jacqui

Thanks Moniar,
I'm sure he would welcome some assistance, the boat seats four people - plenty of room for two fishing at a time. He will be getting the boat out and cleaning her up in preparation for the warmer weather soon but I don't suppose he will venture out until after Easter.

Will keep in touch.
Moniar

vegplot wrote:
I want to get another kayak this year and will seek your advice later on.


I have a couple of other people in work interested in getting an ocean kayak so am going to try to negotiate some discount with a view to buying in late April. Will let you know what sort of pricing I get them down to - we are going to go for another malibu two as adequate for the two of us plus young Jac (xl version we had before was a bit too big for lifting off an don the roof bars and wasnt as stable as the standard malibu 2 tandem, which is still ok to paddle solo for when I want something a bit more stable to fish off for the tope\conger!). I will sort out pricing in early April and get them ordered in by late April.
vegplot

Moniar wrote:
vegplot wrote:
I want to get another kayak this year and will seek your advice later on.


I have a couple of other people in work interested in getting an ocean kayak so am going to try to negotiate some discount with a view to buying in late April. Will let you know what sort of pricing I get them down to - we are going to go for another malibu two as adequate for the two of us plus young Jac (xl version we had before was a bit too big for lifting off an don the roof bars and wasnt as stable as the standard malibu 2 tandem, which is still ok to paddle solo for when I want something a bit more stable to fish off for the tope\conger!). I will sort out pricing in early April and get them ordered in by late April.


That would be good. If EV is still interested we may want two. It would be good to get out this year for a paddle and perhaps use EV's fishing rod.
vegplot

I'm in Lampeter on the 12th April perhaps we could chat then?
Moniar

vegplot wrote:
I'm in Lampeter on the 12th April perhaps we could chat then?


Yes thats fine - can go through the options with you then
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