Off Pallarenda? Anyone interested?

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Off Pallarenda? Anyone interested?

Postby nobillie » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:02 am

Hey...just about to purchase a new kayak, after a two year break owning/using/fishing from a kayak.
The other day I watched a few videos which I took of kayak trips, down South...no crocs...no stingers etc. Moving up here several years ago, I sold a nicely fitted out Hobie Revo, because fishing with crocs seemed a little daunting. I had a boat which I don't have anymore...The lure of the water, the glide over the surface, sitting on a kayak...well as you know: It's pretty cool and brings fishing into a whole new dimension.

The far end of Pallarenda, where the boat ramp is, we often walk the dog on the beach and sit in the shade. The Shoals must be reasonably close from there. Occasionally, I see a kayak out there, and on roof racks coming back from that direction. Anyone interested in re-igniting the passion to fish off Pallarenda...and/or other places. I'm not fit enough (yet) to cruise around Maggie etc. so in-shore, where there are plenty of fish...sounds like a good start.

Look forward to your comments etc. :grin:
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Re: Off Pallarenda? Anyone interested?

Postby NorthSIKer » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:00 pm

Hey nobillie.

What sort of kayak are you looking at getting?

Yeah, there are plenty of fish just off Pallarenda on the right mornings. I usually go further (off to West Point on Saturday) but on some calm mornings have been taking my son out just off Pallarenda. I'll try to remember to post up next time we plan to do this to see if you would like to join.

Forum member Whisky is a Virago Shoals specialist who may be able to fill you in on details of that spot. Yes, it starts only a couple kms from the ramp.

Also, the pipes area on the inside of the Island is not far (about 4km one way) and can be good fishing at times.

Stingers are easy to deal with - just cover up fully with any of the cheap-no brand athletic 'Skins' type gear. You'll want to do that anyway to prevent sunburn. Crocs have been seen on a number of occasions off Pallarenda and once or twice have even hung around for a few days or weeks. The current time of year to February is probably the most likely time to have them going through there. But they don't set up territories in the oceanic area and risks of an attack are probably pretty low (Though certainly not zero). Many kayakers and kite-surfers are in the waters of that area all year round and to date not instances other than the occasional sighting. I certainly wouldn't paddle in any areas where crocs may be holding territories (e.g. estuaries).
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Re: Off Pallarenda? Anyone interested?

Postby LODO » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:31 am

Definitely keen to reignite, not just your passion, but my own too.

Just unfortunate that the weather gods aren't playing particularly nicely at the moment. Only advice would be to make sure you get the yak to suit your style. I have a Hobie Tandem Island, and would recommend making sure your yak is at least designed for open water. It's can get a bit exciting between Maggie and Pallarenda at times. Not scary, but you can get caught and need to work against decent chop to get back. Short and wide yaks just make life very difficult and I've seen some really struggle in their estuary designed Hobies where I've been able to cruise right past due to the hull shape.

Given that I am a TI and have a freakish amount of space on-board ... if the timing is right, I'll open opportunities to guests onboard if I have no takers from family of course.

One great thing about a hobie is it makes trolling any type of lure really easy, and enjoying nice cold drinks out of an esky without the need to stop paddling :grin:

It would definitely be good to arrange a group outing, even for yourself to get your mojo back on the water in a yak.

Side-note ... I'm with Northsiker .... I'm more worried about sun damage and stingers than any other nasties. Just cover-up and enjoy :)
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Re: Off Pallarenda? Anyone interested?

Postby Whisky » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:19 pm

My time window for fishing is often short which usually makes Virago the only option.
If you go to Virago often enough, you will certainly catch some great fish (coral trout, cod, grassy, tusk fish and stripey). My tips for Virago:
- Very Early, not too windy, higher tide, raining (not often unfortunately);
- I need a GPS to find it. Google Earth for location;
- 2-3 m of 30lb mono leader
- 3-4 inch plastics ideally weedless.
Information about kayaks I use as reference:
4.8m Dorado II (fibreglass): like a 4WD ute at sea. Not quick as Stealth but not slow. Designed for fishing (eg with battery cradle and sounder wiring holes). Very stable as CG is low. A bit heavy. No longer available from C-kayak.
5m Stealth Duo (fibreglass): sits two persons, fast, stable, roomy, plenty of gear storage, rudder integrated into the hull.
4.3m RTM Disco (plastic): cheap, not Chinese, light, simple, under 10 mins from car roof to the beach, fast not due to length but due to less effort as wetted area is small, not much storage room, reasonably stable but not for everyone, not for >80kg
If you have not got one yet and like to come along in a group outing and if timing suits, I can help to have an extra seat at sea.
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Re: Off Pallarenda? Anyone interested?

Postby nobillie » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:15 pm

:cool: ...thanks for the replies, and goes to show that the TSV KFC ( Kayak Fishing Club :wink: ) isn't dead.

In regards to a kayak: I owned a Ocean Kayak 4.5 elite Prowler a few years ago ( NSW South Coast ) and really loved it. I went to a Malibu 2.7 Stealth...huge mistake, too wide, too heavy, and a disaster in the surf ( another story ). Really loved my 3.9 Revo which was fully fitted out, but sold it because I didn't think it was appropriate for the shallow reefs, and rocky mud flats, when the tide rolls out.

So looking at another Ocean Kayak, 4.1 minimum, or 4.5 max. Paddling here is the go I think.

Looking this weekend, at a second hander... but Freddy's sells brand new 4.1 OK's for well under a grand. We'll see.

In the meantime, I'll try to keep posting and keeping the candle lit so to speak. Group outing is very appealing I think. Cheers, John
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