Kayaks, kayaks, kayaks! When I was younger I loved these things that made it easier to fish. I started off fishing with them after attempting to fish with my surfboard. But I had a short board so that didn’t work out. (the longboarders ruled on this one). I did catch a few papio or ulua, but a monster fish always got away because I would go out too deep or run out of line. I always wanted one but ended up borrowing one from a friend of mine who had a two-seater kayak. I later bought an inflatable kayak, Tahiti Classic, by Sevylor (now owned by Coleman), because it was more portable and I could use it when traveling the outer islands. You’ll laugh but it worked out great for me but wasn’t as good as a regular kayak.
Back then, the kayaks didn’t have rod holders or gear stowage bins and a lot of saltwater kayaks were too long and narrow. Now, you have your choice of saltwater kayaks. It just depends on what you want. There are kayaks with foot controls, rod holders, stowage bins, motorized, accessories and just about everything else under the sun. I envy those that can afford these but a regular kayak for me will do. A friend of mine, Bob Lathan, from Pennsylvania recently sent me his dream kayak called, the Manta Ray 12, from Native Watercraft Co., and I have to agree with him that this might be the one for me here too in Hawai’i. I was going to get a similar one when I was in PA but my inflatable kayak sufficed since the lakes and rivers up there weren’t too bad and it handled all the conditions I put it through up to Class II. I did try the inflatable a couple of times on Class III rivers but that wasn’t too fun and I had to tie down my gear too much.
Check out Bob’s dream kayak and mine too:
I like to go more “green” on everything but I like to look at all my options. Here’s another one I was thinking about and might be easier to get around but cost a little more too, including gas, is this little number called, the Mokai , a jet-propelled kayak manufactured by Mokai Manufacturing, Inc. I think this would be great for trolling or flyfishing and more affordable than getting a boat. Most of the times we go by ourselves anyway. I also remember the beginning of the “Let’s Go Fishing” show with Ben Wong in one of these but I’m not sure it’s the same one. The video below shows, the Mokai, in a river. It looks pretty cool! Check it out:
Maybe if these manufacturers see this, I can do a review for you folks someday. As always you should check out the individual company’s web site for more information as well as fishing-related uses. Let me know what you think by leaving comments on either the blog or Facebook Fan Page!
By the way, if you’re still wondering, I still have that Tahiti Classic!!!
Okay, okay, I got lazy this week and combined the Thursday (Ho’omakaukau – Get Ready) and Friday (Pau Hana – Finished Work) together into one post. But this post is filled with information for the avid island angler.
I’ve been lucky enough to have HawaiiTides.com Daily Tide Predictions on the blog and along with Weatherbug’s forecasts contribute to a one-stop reminder before heading out to the “ka nahele or forest”. See right sidebar for Hawai’i & O’ahu forecasts.
If you need tide information for a specific location, just visit their site and click on their “locations” link. Don’t forget to bookmark their site (as well as this one) and if you find them useful, kokua them and make a donation.
I found these tips through the Field & Stream Magazine. If you like their tips, make sure you subscribe to their newsletter or pick up a subscription for $10/yr. Now that’s cheap and I’ve learned a ton of stuff from the magazine over the years. Not just for fishing but for practical stuff like survival skills on the ocean and in the wilderness. I’ve added some “artful” descriptions and sorted out the fishing-specific ones, so I hope it helps. I particularly like the idea of the golf club gaff. Hmmmm. . .:
Please take my poll and see what type of Hawaiian fish most people are interested in Hawai’i. It’ll be a great start to what I can focus on this new blog for fishing. I’m open to all fish whether freshwater or saltwater but let me know if its not on the poll list.