Perception Kayaks

Kayak Fishing.

Brought to you by...
Bill 'Billybob' Watson

Perception Kayaks

Sunrise in Laguna Bay
While kayaks have always been used for hunting in the Northern Arctic region, this one-on-one activity was historically the preserve of the native Inuit or Eskimo, being more a survival skill than a recreational sport.

Spanish MackerelIndeed, up until the development and refinement of the Rotational Moulding process in the mid 1990's, kayaking as a sport was focussed on two main areas of activity; white water and ocean or coastal 'trekking'.

Until the roto-moulding 'revolution', in fact, these 'yaks' were fibreglass, kevlar or a composite material.

Lightweight and purpose built, they were, and still are, the preserve of a dedicated group of athletes and enthusiasts around whom a whole industry has evolved.

Thanks to the development of 'roto-moulding' technology and the use of linear polyethylene, however, 'Yak' fishing in its modern form is no longer a minor aberration of mainstream kayaking but is itself a healthy, fast growing sport capable of supporting its own unique, if still, niche market industry.

For calm water work, the basic requirements for a good fishing 'yak' are; good primary and secondary stability, ample storage space and plenty of relatively flush upper deck area to mount accessories such as rod holders, landing nets, lip grippers and other specialised tackle.

Manageable size and weight, plus ease of handling, are other important factors to consider in this category, especially when tackling freshwater rivers, creeks and hinterland impoundments where a certain amount of portaging is inevitable.

For open water (offshore) work where conditions are a good deal more challenging, the evolution of the scuppered 'Sit-on-Top' kayak is possibly the one single factor that has led to this surge in popularity of the sport.

Virtually unsinkable, with hatches closed and deck accessories professionally mounted, a well designed SOT will give a seasoned 'yak' angler relatively quick and easy access to bays and inshore reefs that would otherwise only be the preserve of the dedicated bluewater boaty.

If you've got broadband (or fast dial-up) you might like to check out a couple of our kayak fishing video clips. Both video sequences are taken by Billybob Watson's 'yak cam', which is mounted on the front of his kayak...

This one shows him playing out and successfully landing a 14kg Giant Trevally in Laguna Bay --->

Giant Trevally in Laguna Bay   And this clip is from a session in the outer bay area where he's trolling up small Tuna and Mackerel ---> Trolling for small pelagics

Oh, and if you'd like to see just a few of the quality fish that have been caught from the Swing Angler...

Simply CLICK HERE or on the photo on the right ---->

  Loaded up in the bay


Fishing Noosa Front Cover Well, the 2nd Edition of 'Fishing Noosa' the book is now in the stores and the feedback to date has been great.

Davo's Bait and Tackle, newsagents and bookstores from Caloundra to Gympie and select tackle stores now have them in stock. Many have already been re-supplied after selling out.

If you're not sure what on earth we're talking about, just CLICK HERE for more details.

If you'd like to see a list of the stores which currently have the book in stock, simply... CLICK HERE.
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