Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

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Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby Ads22 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:24 pm

Currently holidaying at the Sunshine Coast, my first order of business was to head to Brisbane on Monday to collect my new (used) blue Viking Profish GT of Nativeman. Thanks Sel, was great to meet you and have a chat. The following day I headed offshore on a charter (arranged by in-laws for Christmas). I was a little dubious about the trip, as the weather was great to be on a kayak instead, and not sure how well I handled boats and the whole 'staring down at the rod tip' thing. With the benefit of hindsight, I can now say that it was well worth the effort. The fishing was pretty quiet but I managed a legal Moses Perch, some Rosy Jobfish and a couple of others that I can't recall. But the icing on the cake was a cracker of a double hook-up on Dolphin Fish. I have never seen them, let alone been fortunate enough to catch one. An 11 year old lad brought in the first - a 1.4m female, while I got onto the second, a 1.4m male. The young fella landed his first, after some assistance and a half hour fight that circumnavigated the boat a couple of times. This was in doubt as there was a 2.5-3m Tiger Shark at the back of the boat investigating the procedures. I played mine further from the boat then brought it in quickly for a quick gaff shot before the shark could get it. Two awesome fish in the boat and mine came home for a couple of very nice feeds for a big group of people. The kids even had sweet chilli, lime and mango Mahi Mahi for breakfast yesterday!

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Thursday saw me finally get out on the kayak for a little surf practice straight off Maroochydore beach in front of our units. I didn't take cameras with me and kept things pretty simple. Paddle through the surf zone, which the GT handled pretty well in the small amount of surf; turn around, then paddle back in and try and time the run in or try and ride a wave in. I got a couple of nice little rides in and braced to finish the wave a couple of times, which was cool, but did manage to turtle in the middle of the surf zone on my first attempt. This was handy for re-entry practice and managed that well. This instilled me with some confidence for my first offshore fishing trip today.

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After stealing some time from Jason at Kayak and SUP (Viking Kayaks) while he was insanely flat out, I felt comfortable launching from Moffat's today. As described, the beach was calm and there was no surf at all. An easy launch and a very calm sea. Unfortunately, the activity that had been present over the last week was not happening today. I met a guy, Pete, on the beach and paddled out with him toward Bray's. There was a bit of bait around, but no real bird activity. One or two bust-ups happening but so short-lived that we couldn't get to them in time. I picked up two little fish trolling a Z-Man Streakz in white. The first took off as I started a troll after drifting the plastic out the back. The second surprised me as I had been trolling it as I headed toward Bray's and started to reel in to drop the plastic over some bait when the line pulled back.

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A quiet morning out on the water, but a couple of little fish is better than no fish. Another yakker headed up to Currimundi and managed a cracking metre GT that he couldn't recover. Barely fit in his hatch!

Next to trip is all about that bass... I hope!

Cheers and happy fishing!

Adam
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Re: Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby rocketV » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:54 pm

Cool fish in there! Nice big dolphin fish mate :cool: Lets hope we can get you some Bass action SEQLD style :grin:
Fresh is best, but I don't mind some salt every now and then!


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Re: Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby pdfarrell » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:56 am

Nice one Ads!

Not being at all familiar with Vikings, what's the differences between the Reload and the GT?

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Re: Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby nigel » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:09 am

good read mate I've not been on a charter since I got my 1st yak (about 14yrs ago sxxx time flies) anyway hope the GT serve you well mate.

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Re: Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby NorthSIKer » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:59 pm

You have to be happy with those Mahi! It is a fish I've long wanted to tangle with out of a kayak but I pretty much have buckleys and none up here (unless I paddle 100km to the reef). Great eating too. Mahi mahi tacos in Hawaii are a memory I won't forget.

Noticed you are using those snaps on the last fish - how are they working out?
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Re: Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby Ads22 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:13 pm

rocketV wrote:Lets hope we can get you some Bass action SEQLD style :grin:


Enjoyed the fishing today, despite my doughnut! Wish I had more time!

pdfarrell wrote:what's the differences between the Reload and the GT?


GT is 3' shorter. I have no rudder on GT at present, so much tighter turning circle/easier to maneuver although doesn't track quite as straight as Reload with rudder. Seemed to hold its own in minor swell and got through small waves ok. Tackle pod transfers between the two, meaning I can use either tackle pod with Garmin echoMAP or Lowrance Elite depending on preference. GT more suited to smaller waterways than Reload.

nigel wrote: hope the GT serve you well


Cheers. I think it will do well. Wind looks heavy for next few days but hoping I can sneak out again before heading back to Rocky.

NorthSIKer wrote:You have to be happy with those Mahi!

Noticed you are using those snaps on the last fish - how are they working out?


Mahi was so fun. One day from a kayak would be awesome. Like a big, pretty blue Tarpon!! Maybe a mothership trip to the reef?? And the taste was bloody great.

Have lost a fish/lure from one of those snaps. Not sure how. Otherwise they've been good, especially for quick lure changes. Am trialling different styles for different lure sizes.
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Re: Sunny Coast Jan 2018 - Maiden voyage in the GT

Postby Nativeman » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:37 pm

Great report Adam and good to see the GT fits into your style of fishing.. love the picture of the plate of fish,,, too tasty.


Looking forward to some barra and bass reports..


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