The second part is where the pain can be avoided. Don't launch or retrieve on any open beach with the rods sticking up. Why do you think stealths are so popular? Find a way to strap your rods to your hull.
Lazybugger wrote:Mate, sorry to put the boot in .... but your focus isn't your biggest problem. It's your prep. I've been doing Moffats for years and for years have seen the broken rod story many times. It comes down to 2 things - the underlying sneaky conditions and rod storage.
While it looks a friendly beach ... it has this thing called the sandmonster. Its a wave that crashes within a few feet of the shoreline. When the swell has really been up for a few days from the North & east it is truly scary - go down to the beach during or just after a cyclone to see what I mean. But even calm conditions in the little bay bely the power it contains. Sometimes the size of the swell you look at behind you has little to do with the power of the sandmonster as the its the wave directly before that feeds it quickly as it retrieves that pumps up that power of the next. What looks calm on the shoreline can change in a hurry. It affects both launch and retrieve there.
The second part is where the pain can be avoided. Don't launch or retrieve on any open beach with the rods sticking up. Why do you think stealths are so popular? Find a way to strap your rods to your hull. Add some velcro or bungy. Stick your reels inside the hull in a dry bag. Alternatly one of the Noosa Yakers makes a drybag that takes rod and reel in one, so you can pre-rig.
To be honest I am guilty of laughing with the other old timers as we watch some of the guys launching with rods up - we know whats coming if they get it wrong but we have seen the guys smile & launch rods up anyway after being told or we've been told to pizz off when offering advice before so don't bother now.
Faysie wrote:Hobie make a Horizontal Rod Holder Kit( not cheap but cheaper than a new rod?), not sure how they would go in the surf, anyone tried them? You could also rig something up with some PVC,bungies etc
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