Saturday, September 13, 2014
Since the weather had predicted rain and wind, the turn out was sparse. We only had to bring a Tarpon 120 and a 12' Frontier for today's testing. You guys know me, ack-yak, and or Bob. The father and son paddling today were Bob and Bob. Go figure!! Their friend was just plain old Chuck. Bob (Dad) took the Frontier while Bob (Son) took the Tarpon. When Dad sat down he said "Wow! This seat is really high!!" I told him he was sitting in the lower height multi-base seat. He figured it would be tippy!! NOT!! As soon as I pushed out a few feet, he was up and standing and paddling into the wind!! YES, the Frontier made an instant impression. The two of them paddled around our little 1/4 mile island and back to the launch site. They then switched yaks and went to do the loop again. The son has a SUP and was up into the wind and around the island standing the entire way. I asked for their opinions.................We all should know the answer to that one!! The Tarpon was a nice yak, but they couldn't stop talking about the "Stability" and "Comfort" of the 12' Frontier!!
They were local guys from Long Beach Island, NJ and we chatted for an 1/2 hour about Yaks and Fishing!!
They went back to the shop, had some "Dogs" etc and spent another 1/2 hr looking over accessories and yaks. The "Freedom Track" had them figuring out all the endless possibilities!!
Enjoy the pic's...........I had a Great Time helping out my Dealer doing this Demo Day. Glen is already figuring Summer Demo's on a Sat with a Sunday rain date. (Ya never know how Mother Nature or her cousin "Murphy" will help ya??)
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The answer came by asking the question of how do they paint the camouflage on many of the larger boats? Simple, they use professional paint stencils. But how and where do you get the stencils? If you do a little searching for camo stencils online, you will find a number of options and retailers. Purchase the stencil you want and wait for the UPS driver to deliver it. I chose Mossy Oak Shadowgrass. There are a lot of options out there. Check them all out and choose wisely.
When your stencils arrive, read the instructions CAREFULLY. They will tell you how to prepare your boat for painting, typical paint colors, positioning of the stencils, drying time between coats, and much more valuable information. This is where you can really screw up a cool project by getting too excited to start. Follow the preparation instructions precisely, which typically includes the boring step of washing and lightly sanding the surface. I used a ScotchBrite pad to scuff the ENTIRE surface of my Frontier. (Yes it was tedious and made my fingers sore, but completely necessary if I wanted the paint to stand up to being walked on and scuffed.) Then I wiped it down from bow to stern with rubbing alcohol to clean all of the sanding dust off. Now I was ready for paint.
Paint is not universal in its application. You need a specialty paint for painting plastics. Rust-Oleum Direct-to-Plastic spray paint is what I used. Finding the exact colors the stencil tells you to use can be difficult. But if you can’t find the exact color, there is probably one that is close.
Other than reading the instructions, the next most important step I can tell you is to remember to take your time. Think about how you want your boat to look when you are done. Don’t rush it. Keep your stencils clean, and give each coat of paint plenty of time to dry. This is not an exact science. The stencils come in flat sheets of laser cut plastic and do not wrap around the edges of your boat very well. Take the time to lay out your pattern and understand that it may take you several passes to get every surface painted. If you go too fast, you will streak your paint or leave drag marks from the wet paint coming off the stencil. The faster you go, the less you will like the final result. You really only get one shot at this…..think, look, think…..then paint! You can do it, it just takes some patience to create a one-of-a-kind original that you can show off and be proud of! Then when your buddies see your new look boat…..you can decide if you want to share your new found knowledge with them. Just don’t let them talk you into painting their boat for them!
Have fun and send me some pictures of your new-look Frontiers!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
My daughter and I fished a local lake together this past weekend from our NuCanoe. She skunked me as usual. She is a natural and just about ready for her own Frontier.
Her bait of choice is a blue and black Culprit worm rigged with a split shot about 10 inches above the worm on a Skeet Reese rod & reel combo.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Round 5.... This event was another road runner back on the BIRD and Lake Austin. My personal favorite local fishery. Guess you could say this was a shot at redemption from the last tournament on these lakes. Things didn't go to well last time, if you didn’t read the last blog. We did the traditional captains meeting. With a small announcement for the charity event “operation angler " and we were OFF!
I set out on the busiest ramp, but the best dynamic place to fish. Spending most of my morning beating the traditional fishing holes resulted in a fish-less surprise. Luckily I fished this same lake the week before when the fish were on a full spawn. Knowing this, I immediately switched things up and started doing what I do best..... shallow water sight fishing. I say this because my early bass career began in clear water creeks and small streams; thank goodness for polarized glasses! Just 5 feet off the bank, I was able to find and couple of decent bucks on beds guarding fry. Unfortunately, didn't spot any momma fish but of course caught the males off the beds within several casts each.
Once I arrived at my favorite spawning flat, I noticed a big dark shadow off in the deeper side of the flats just passed a visible bed in 5 ft of water. Quickly backing off, I dropped anchor and began to cast past the area with a soft plastic TX rig. Fourth cast in I felt the bump I was looking for; so I give it the ole reel down and set...after that, it was ON! My rod loaded up and she started pulling drag. It appeared I had caught the larger object I had thought I seen. She gave a couple of great jumps for the crowd even with my rod tip practically in the water. Once she was at the NuCanoe I quickly netted her for the safe retrieve. She measured up to 23.25 inches and weighed 7.14 oz; this was the kicker I needed to get me in the running. She was also my 5th fish, which put me at my limit and a few more small guys. Unfortunately, towards the last hour I lost a good one that would’ve helped a couple of inches
Right as I started to figure things out I was out of time and had to paddle in. I felt very confident about my day but, did not expect to place considering the lakes. Finally the time came to announce the placing anglers, I was standing in attendance and hear 4th place which was less in inches than I turned in. I was in full attention now if I wasn't already. They announce third place "Ray Martinez" ..... I instantly felt like a little kid. I happily walked up and claimed my trophy along with my box of winnings; which was accessories/ giftcards from Yak Attack, Yak Gear, Cabelas, and Hook1. Talk about happy..... I know it was just a third place win but it was more about redemption for me along with gaining some major angler points. This was a great day on the water along with a sweet reward. The Nucanoe and I strike again…haha. Until next time!!!
|picture credit goes to photographer friend Dustin Doskocil|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|this fish was the heaviest 4lbs. she was THICK|
Until the next time out..... keep fishing and tight lines.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
|The keeper ..hahaha.|
The ride back was a windy one and took a while. Fortunately I made it back in time to submit my card, and attend the raffle. It was quite a day but very fun. The largest fish caught that day was 26 inches long and over 10 pounds. In case anyone was curious about these lakes producing big fish. Another great NuCanoe adventure in the books.
|down town Austin from Lady Bird Lake|
Monday, February 24, 2014
I have had the opportunity to try the CellBlok out a few time and still feel the same as when I first used it. I really like it. Before a received the CellBlok I had two Mighty Mounts in the front of my kayak that I used for my Lowrance Elite 5DSI on the right and my transducer on a RAM Transducer Arm Mount on the right. The battery sat in my hatch up front. This worked out fine but in order to change anything on the depth finder I had to stretch a bit. Now I have everything all together in arms reach. The set up is out of my way and I can rotate the screen easily to see it while standing. I've attached a couple of pictures with both before and after set ups.
While I have not used the SideWinder as much I carry it with me every time I am out. I was using a dog bumper with line wrapped around it as my anchor line. With the side winder I clipped the dog bumper to the hole in the Sidewinder and it works a lot better as far as not getting line tangled. I use the Sidewinder both with a float for quick disconnect and on the sidetrack if I am not worried about quick disconnect. I also use the 8' stake out pole a lot in shallow water instead on anchoring. On the stake out pole I have a RAM ball mounted so I can put a GoPro camera on it. The Sidewinder allows me to control a distance to stake out from the camera to record video from a different angle. Since my GoPro can be controlled by remote I can turn it on and off from a distance. A couple of the pictures attached have the Sidewinder shown in them.
I hope to put both YakAttack products to good use in the middle of March at the KBF Open in Santee Cooper SC. Stay tuned for results and hopefully some good pictures and video.