I was asked by Glenn to do a look back on the 2008 yakkers year, so here goes
As i started fishing again with the purchase of my P13 kayak in August 2007 & had a fair bit of luck i was really looking forward to 2008 to be my first full year of fishing.
I had also talked myself into helping with the organisation of the first open Kayak competition to be held in this years festivalÂ
January – march saw me out of the picture as regards yorkshire fishing as i had taken an assignment in Brazil.
I know its not as much fun as fishing Sandsend but i managed to make the most of it & even had bit of fun offshore with my travel rod & a few plugs.
once the job was over i so i got the missus to fly down and join me for a holiday, after a few days of loafing around on beaches, seeing the sites of Rio & eating lots of Brazilian food we headed off for a trip up the Amazon.
this was a great exsperience, unfortunatley despite the best efforts of our guide i did not manage a peacock Bass, but did get the odd pirania etc.
and just in case anyone thinks we travel first classÂ
so eventually managed to get back to Gods own acre & was fired up ready for the summer kayaking and all those lovely Bass, unfortunately it was still winter so the shore gear had to come out, but it was nice to blow the cobwebs away with a bit of cliff fishing at Flamborough. managed the first codling of the year
anyway the growing band of kayakers were champing at the bit & appropriately April fools day was selected for a bit of a gathering down Witherensea, a fair turnout for some early season bait fishing although the fishing was not up to much it was apparent that the group was starting to form & a lot of fun was to be had.
mid April saw matty & Sam take there first tentative paddle strokes, to be quite honest both were a bit seasick & i was really not sure if they would take to it, show what a good judge i am as they turned out to be star recruits.
The early season was disappointing weather wise for kayaking but the keen lads were grabbing every oportunity to get afloat.
May turned out to be as bad as April & some forum members got so bored they forgot when April fools day was, whatever happend to mr SoleÂ
even June was still poor, but the newly named Basseyken was sttarting to make his mark & boated the first of the year.
meanwhile Sam & matty started to connect with the cod
Interest in the Kayak scene was picking up all the time & next on the scene was a mad taffy, later to be christened Buzz Lightyear, obviously a lunatic so bound to fit inÂ
we were still awaiting the arrival of Barramundi Bobs yak, but he was more interested in groveling around in the Whitby mud for peelersÂ
late June & we were still awaiting the arrival of Barramundi Bobs yak, but he was more interested in groveling
but weÂ saw Sambo raise the bar for Kayak cod, that smile was going to haunt us before the summer was outÂ
Then the big day finally arrived as Baramundi Bob took his first tentative paddle strokes off Flamborough Head, once again it was obvious that he was not completely comfortable in his new environment, but for those nervous of taking the plunge another example of how quickly that changes.
by the end of July Mike the Fossil appeared on the scene, the now old hand BB showed him the ropesÂ
by late July the Bass were around in good numbers, but you were still having to grab your opportunities as the unsettled weather continued, i managed to connect with the first bass over 5lb,
and then another
maybe its not all Spawn ?
But Ken not to be outdone sneaked out on is own and caught this little beauty, The kayaking boudrys are slowly getting stretchedÂ
Then it happened, the sleeping giant of Kayak Bass fishing put his self back on top of the field with a beauty of 8lb 4oz
September was now on us & a lot of the lads were dusting of the rock gear ready for the Festival, I was checking the long range forcast daily for the Kayak match.
my big mistake of the year was that i had decided that in order to keep up with the young lads i needed a faster Kayak, & arranged to meet up with Dorado for a test drive of his Dorado and some fishing, unfortunatley the rest of the lads came along and all wanted one. whats more being lancky i ordered the Dorado 11 which was not yet built so i fished up being last againÂ
September proved to be the best month of the Summer for days at sea and good fishing, this was a fairly typical day,
& Bassey, Topey Ken caught a SeatroutÂ
Come the Filey Festival & i got the shore rod out, & accompanied Quint on a few of his trips, he got off to a great start winning the opening competition, & few more prizes besides. I was in shock when i caught a couple of mops in a night competition & won my first ever Angling prizeÂ
The weekend of the Kayak competition was approaching fast & everything was crossed for the weather and a decent turnout, despite the growing numbers of Kayaker’s I was worried we would fail to get our target of 40 competitors or the weather would wash it out. As it turned out we were blessed with the best weather of the summer & a brilliant turnout of 46 competitors.
just read the thread again & it looks even better than i rememberÂ
this did prove to be the end of summer fishing, we kept trying & Buzz nabbed a nice one in october,
& we had the odd trip uptiding with some success, but one of the unexpected results of all the new yakkers is that a fair few of us have taken to shore fishing to fill the long winter months & the results have been surprisingly spawneyÂ
First love is still the kayak though & myself & Shirley keep giving it a go when the weather is fit, we have now mastered the art of winter uptiding & will boat one of those pigs eventuallyÂ
just before Christmas Dorado ventured to Humberside with 3 brand new Dorado 2’s, myself & Ken had another go at uptiding 7 christened the new baby.
Winter Kayaking is still a hobby for the mentally challenged who can stand a lot of pain, but we just have to have our fix to keep us going until those warm calm days of June come around again, hopefully 2009 will see one of those fantastic summers & the huge flotilla of yaks will be afloat more regularly than last year.