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KAYAK BONEFISHING: A REVOLUTION !. Serge Thomas, IGFA/SFFFC Dania, Fl, 03/28/06. What percentage of yakers/canoers? . Over 80% of recreational boaters also fish. . KAYAK TYPES. Sit-On-Top . Plastic (cheap) Fiberglass Carbon fiber. Sit-In . Kayak types: . Inflatable / folding yaks etc. .

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KAYAK BONEFISHING:

A REVOLUTION !

Serge Thomas, IGFA/SFFFC Dania, Fl, 03/28/06


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What percentage of yakers/canoers?

Over 80% of recreational boaters also fish.



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Sit-On-Top

Plastic (cheap)

Fiberglass

Carbon fiber

Sit-In

Kayak types:

Inflatable / folding yaks etc.


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Some plastic kayaks suitable for flat fishing:

Heritage

Cobra kayaks

Emotion

F&D

Redfish/Marquesa

Marauder

Fisherman

Hobie

Wilderness Systems

Outback Fisherman

Tarpon 120/130/140/160

Quest

Tarpon 130 tandem

Outfitter fish

Adventure fish

Tribalance

The Ride

Sport fish

Malibu kayak

Ocean kayak

Extreme

Prowler 15/13’

Caper

Pro Explorer

Malibu 2XL

X-Factor

Drifter


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Some plastic kayaks suitable for flat fishing:

Heritage

Cobra kayaks

Emotion

F&D

Redfish/Marquesa

Marauder

Fisherman

Hobie

Wilderness Systems

Outback Fisherman

Tarpon 120/130/140/160

Quest

Tarpon 130 tandem

Outfitter fish

Adventure fish

Tribalance

The Ride

Sport fish

Malibu kayak

Ocean kayak

Extreme

Prowler 15/13’

Caper

Pro Explorer

Malibu 2XL

X-Factor

Drifter


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KAYAK SPEED

Varies from 2-3 mph to 5-6 mph

Easy to carry on top of a car to visit multiple

spots the same day (as long as spots are

close to each others)

KAYAK PRICE:

$350-$1,000


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REMEMBER

ANY KAYAK IS BETTER THAN WADING!



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SUBDIVISION ELOPOMORPHAElopiformes (8 spp): Elopidae, MegalopidaeLeptocephali (tarpons, bones): forked tail

Albula vulpes

(Albula neoguinaica)

Expected temperature range: 70-72° F to 86° F (22° C to 30° C)

Feed on small crabs, shrimps, smaller fish, clams and other items, OPPORTUNISTIC

Elusive: silvery, a perfect camouflage

Feeding behavior strongly influence by the tide


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  • To find fish:

  • - Be in the tropics

  • - Temperature should be suitable

  • - Not too brackish water

  • Food in great supply (watch wading birds)

  • Deep water nearby (channels)

  • Structure that concentrates fish (e.g. submerged pile running from shore)

  • Right tide

structure

flat

Channel

flat

flat

edges

flat



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Sun is low: better to stay seated

Sun is higher, fish in deeper water, better

to stand high  poling/casting form





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I prefer to keep it simple….

Less stuff on the deck= less snags



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DEALING WITH THE WIND:

THE WIND IS YOUR FRIEND


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Wind

Shore


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Wind

Shore


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Wind

drift

drift

Poling

Poling

Shore



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APPROACHING BONEFISH:

SOME OF THE BIG ADVANTAGES OF A KAYAK

 Stealth

 Maneuverability

 Speed


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School of fish (tailing or cruising)

  • NEVER RUSH TO MAKE A CAST

  • Determine where the pod is going (easier when water is moving= mid incoming or outgoing tide)

  • Spot the lead fish(es)

  • Try to spot satellite fish(es) in deeper water

  • Position the kayak


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Escaping school of tailing/cruising fish:

Clearance depends

As far

as possible

1

Yes

2

Best


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Single /small group of fish (tailing or cruising):

TOUGH

  • Spot fish

  • See where the fish is heading

  • Spot other fish and pick the closest to you

  • Position the kayak


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Mudding fish: EASY

  • Spot the mud, drop the fly

  • and hang on!


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ANCHORING // STAKING OUT

STOPPING THE YAK: VERY IMPORTANT


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ANCHORING (right-handed)

Two anchor system

eyelet

knot

Lance cleat

One anchor system w/ traveler

eyelet

eyelet

carabiner

pulley

eyelet

pulley



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ANCHORING

Wind/current

Stern anchoring

Wind/current

Bow anchoring


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ANCHORING

Lance cleat


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STAKING OUT:

RULE ALWAYS SET THE POLE AGAINSTTHE DIRECTION THE WIND IS BLOWING!!!

Wind/current

Stern anchoring

Wind/current

Bow anchoring


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PRESENTING THE FLY

ACCURACY @ short and long distances

SPEED TO DELIVER A FLY IN A MINIMUM OF FALSE CASTS


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Escaping pod:

NO!

X

Clearance depends

X

X

As far

as possible

1

Yes

2

Best


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X

As far

as possible

2

Best

Why position 2 is best?

- odds to spook fish is minimum

- Narrow angle of view of leader and line

- Can make several casts

- Lead fish is often the biggest (Grin)


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Fly line

Fish can see leader

Leader

OK

No No

Fish focuses on fly

Fly

Fish can see leader

and fly attacks fish!!!


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Single / small group of fish: same as with a pod

The hardest is to see how the fish is oriented (tailing fish)

NO!

X

Clearance depends

X

2

1

Yes

Best


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THE FLY

Hooks: Sharp, strong, thin wire, tiny or mashed barb

HOOK POINT UP!



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Once the cast made:

 Spot where you dropped the fly

 Tight line

 Keep an eye on BOTH fish and fly impact

 Count to guess when the fly has reached

the bottom

 Move the fly at the right moment (not

too close, not too far)


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Moving the fly:

 No move or little twitch: crab fly

 Tiny, tiny strips (pulsating action): shrimp fly w/ optionally some pauses

 long fast strips (fast cruising fish)

If you did not present well, or if the fish is

about to pass the fly: Stop moving the fly.



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THE STRIKE!!! (my favorite)

Strip strike rules!


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THE RUSH AND THE FIGHT

Clear the line (look at your line)

Keep your rod high while clearing line

Remove the anchor (= closer to fish)

Apply maximum pressure on mouth fish

Fight the fish fast

- fish released in better condition

- less chances to spook other fish

- more fish to catch


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LANDING THE FISH

Drop the anchor

Grab firmly the fish tail

Remove hook, take picture

RELEASE THE FISH,

KEEP THE MEMORIES




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Different tapers

SW taper

Triangle taper

Inversed triangle taper

28’ to 52’

85’ to 110’


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LEADER: At least 12’ often 14’ sometimes 16-18’

Butt section:

For 6 wt: 30# butt section

For 7-8 Wt: 40# butt section

For 9 WT: 50# butt section

Formula:

I divide the length of the following section

by 2…

E.g. 6’ 40#, 3’ 30#, 1.5’ 20#, 0.75’ 16#

Tippet:

Grand Max FC from Seaguar:

VERY SUPPLE, NOT KINKY, LOW MEMORY

VERY HIGH STRENGTH RATIO

2-3 feet of 2X (0.09”/12.5#)

or 1X (0.010”/14.5#)

or 0X (0.011/16.5#)


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Fly rods: From 6 t 9 wt; 9’; Fast to extra fast

(10’if you remain seated)

Glassy conditions: 6-7 wt

5-15 mph : 8wt

15+ mph: 9wt


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Stout reels:

I like to oversize (= better retrieve)

Good smooth reliable drag (draw bar)



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