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Old 05 January 2009, 09:52   #1
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Angling from Inflatables

Anyone else use their inflatables for going fishing?

I've been using various models for over ten years now, with our latest ride, a Zodiac Futura MkIII HD, set to make our heavyweight GRP dory totally redundant.

It's be good to hear from a few other angling enthusiasts to hear what your catching, and your plans / targets for 2009.

A bit of video here, from the other day. http://www.vimeo.com/2701620

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Old 05 January 2009, 10:49   #2
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2009 Targets

As many days with rod in hand as possible.

50lb+ tope
Any size porbeagle, alongside / boarded to unhook and release

Above off hard boat but will use rib for some bass fishing in close to the rocks.

10lb+ bass a minimum would like to do 13lb+ to break my PB.

Tight Lines
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Old 05 January 2009, 10:51   #3
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awesome

Great video! Thanks for posting. I really like fishing out of the zodiac. Waaay more stable than my buddies skiff. Though I kind of miss the excitement provided when his two other crew both went to help land a fish and rolled him right out and over the side! Do you carry anything for emergency punctures? Haven't hooked or gaffed the tube yet, but I carry a clamshell temporary repair just in case. Should be hooping bugs out of my mk2 when the temps rise to 70 f daytime and 50 f nighttime low here in San Diego later this week. You coldwater types are real men or real crazy Looking forward to your next post!
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Old 05 January 2009, 11:16   #4
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Hi KarlT

"As many days with rod in hand as possible."

Good call my friend!


Funny, I was looking down your list of targets for 2009 and instantly thought of the CI's. We're regular visitors over to your 'Muratti' rivals, Guernsey and Alderney. Parents live in Guernsey, so we go over for the Bass comps every year (won the 2008 GBASS Festival's 'dinghy and kayak' section from our Zodiac MKII Classic) and the idea of a Hanois Porbeagle hunt is often mooted.....never actually instigated though! lol

13lb Bass sounds good. Had them to 11-8 now (10-14 in the comps), brother had a 13-8 a few years ago.




Hi Kelson

"70 f daytime and 50 f nighttime low here"

Jesus wept. I can't even wash the Z down from the last trip, the hose pipe's been frozen solid for a week!

Like you say, the Zodiacs punch well above their weight. We grab last minute weather windows with both hands, day or night, and get out catching fish when the owners of far more 'substantial' vessels lose out due to preparation time. Clocked over 250 miles since the end of July, and that's just motoring to and from fishing marks.

We carry a clamshell, like yourself. Never had a puncture in over ten years, and five different models.

"You coldwater types are real men or real crazy"

Neither mate, just well wrapped up. lol
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Old 05 January 2009, 13:33   #5
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Hi Wayne,
Thanks to your input (along with Matt and Tony) on the bass forum I will be start SIB fishing this season. Hopefully picking up a Tohatsu 9.8 on saturday and I'm go to go.
I'm trying to convince the family to holiday in France this year so I can take the boat down and have a pop at those big bass they have there.
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Old 05 January 2009, 14:58   #6
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Mine is geared up for fishing,but i have only fished off it once so far and the crew member had sea sickness after just 3 casts ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so that was that lol,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but hopefully this year i can get out in her more,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,got a cracking GPS /PLOTTER for crimbo to try out TIGHT LINES TO ALL WHO FISH IN THERES
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Sharkbyte, Do you just wear foul weather gear or are you going out in something like a dry suit or exposure suit?
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Hi Kelson

We wear, what we term as, flotation suits.

Widely used by anglers over here. Available in 1 or 2 piece, neoprene cuffs and neck with Velcro fasteners. Very effective when new or lightly used but slowly degrade when the insulating / buoyant lining starts to crush down.

Time for a new bib and brace (bottom half) for me. Lasted four years or so, though.

Never felt the cold whilst wearing it.



Best of luck with the new SIB, John. You've got a cracking model in the Fastroller, she'll buzz along lovely with that Tohatsu.

One of the benefits of an HP2 inflatable floor, as opposed to my aluminium deck, has recently become apparent when out in this 'Arctic' weather. They're great for further insulating your feet!
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i have used various sibs for sea angling for years and found them great as long as you keep it all simple ,tackle wise and i land every thing into a plastic crate so hooks and crud dont get every where if the fish is having a fit ,sibs are also great for getting into places that with a hard boat would be practically impossible ,i have taken commercial fishermen out with me at times and they get really panicky when getting near rocks reefs ect ,it takes them a while to get used to going into places that they normally have to avoid ,i also use a couple crab pots when i get the time and the sib comes into its own when getting into shallow reefs ,
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i have used various sibs for sea angling for years and found them great as long as you keep it all simple ,tackle wise and i land every thing into a plastic crate so hooks and crud dont get every where if the fish is having a fit ,sibs are also great for getting into places that with a hard boat would be practically impossible ,i have taken commercial fishermen out with me at times and they get really panicky when getting near rocks reefs ect ,it takes them a while to get used to going into places that they normally have to avoid ,i also use a couple crab pots when i get the time and the sib comes into its own when getting into shallow reefs ,
Now you are talking i will be trying a crab pot this summer ,whilst im fishing you never know?
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