Watersports

This is for all you Sea Dogs out there, this is crammed full of interesting reads about Fishing, Kayaking, Snorkelling, Spearfishing, SUP, Surfing and anything else on or around the water.

1. Firstly, it’s way harder than you imagine. Naively I had imagined it being a piece of cake. Just drifting around plucking massive tasty fish out of the ocean (well the bigger the fish the easier a target it must be right?) This isn’t really the case though. You don’t actually see very many big fish when you are snorkelling and very rarely in the close distance which you need. This leads me onto my next point… 2. Those fish…

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Any good fisherman needs a breadth and depth of superb fishing excuses. The minute people see you with rod and reel returning from a trip they will want to ask you “catch much?”. Do in order to save face you need a good excuse on the tip of your tongue. Here are my tried and tested quality excuses:   Overfished Global warming North wind East wind South wind West wind Dull hooks Cheap line or tackle Followed another fishermans advice…

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  Spider Crabs are awesome. They are gnarly looking, scary fellas, but they are pretty easy to catch and are darn tasty. They don’t have much brown meat but their long claws can get huge and contain some great white meat (their meat is a bit less strong than the edible/brown crab) Finding and Catching them: Spider Crabs start to turn up on our shores around late Spring time and by Mid Summer the larger males have turned up to…

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When my buddy and I are out on our kayaks fishing we like to make up fishing rhymes in the style of;   Red sky at night, Shepherd’s delight.   Here are a few off the top of my head:   If the winds in the west, The fishing’s the best.   If the suns in the sky, You’ll be having fishy pie.      

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Cliff diving is a fantastic extreme sport. I’d love to have the talent, skill and cojones to do this, but sadly my desire for personal perseverance is too substantial.  

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Now I wished I owned one of those super cool waterproof sports cameras (I mean GoPro), but I DON’T. But I do love seeing videos by people who DO own them. Stunning shots of dolphins taken from behind a boat in Santa Cruz:

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These soft lures are deadly to all predatory fish. I often catch Bass and Pollock on them and even a John Dory earlier this year. They have a fantastic swimming action and come in two sizes 12.5cm/23g and 16cm/42g. I mainly use the small size which are great for spinning from the shore and the kayak, from the kayak they also work very well when trolling. The large ones can do all the same but are really good for vertical…

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Thought i’d do a quick post with my technique. Get a wax comb and clean all that used, old wax off your board. Lay down a good layer of basecoat wax. This layer is a harder more durable layer which will stay with the board until you next completely rewax it. You need something hard like a warm water wax for a base. There are loads of different way to put the wax on the board. I generally go for…

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