Kayaks have come a long way since the days of hollowed-out wooden models and even fibreglass! Nowadays, kayaks come in all materials, shapes, sizes and fits for specific use.
Kayak fishing has really taken off. Kayaks can access locations where you wouldn’t dream of taking a boat, opening up a load of new fishing spots to explore. Up creeks, shallow estuaries, through rapids — the options are endless. They also provide a fine alternative to a boat when fishing on dams and lakes that are restricted to “unpowered” craft.
One of these such bodies of water is Lake Samsonvale on Brisbane’s north side. Also known as North Pine Dam, it was built in 1976 and provides drinking water to the north of Brisbane and the Moreton Bay region. Equally exciting as that — the dam is stocked with perch, saratoga and the mighty Aussie bass.
Bass school up in good numbers over the warmer months. You’ll often find them hanging around structure or off points. A good way to cover a lot of ground, especially in a kayak, is to troll with hard bodies. Halco make a vast range of shallow, medium and deep diving hard body lures that are sure to deliver results.
Being a kayak-only lake — if you’re thinking of tackling North Pine, you will need to gear yourself up. Hobie has recently released its new Passport model, a kayak fisherman’s best friend. There is PLENTY of space to mount rod holders, sounders, even trolling motors if that’s your style. They also feature Hobie’s Mirage Drive system, which to you and me, means pedal power over paddle power! This means you can constantly have a rod in your hand, and when you do get a fish on, there’s no awkward wrestling with your paddle while fighting your fish.
BCF now proudly stock the Hobie Passports. Check them out online or in select stores. BCF also have a LOAD of kayak accessories; from seats, life jackets, rod holders and even a paddle — just as a backup!
Remember to always be vigilant on the water. Seqwater recommends checking the weather before venturing out onto the water, and always letting someone know where you’re headed and a rough time as to when you’ll be back.