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Old 09-13-2004, 04:56 PM
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Went out looking for Albies this past Sunday. The water was way to discolored for that, so I went to plan B and started fluking.

No Fluke but I KILL the weakies, blues and croakers.
Also pulled in a flag; OLD GLOY from the deep. I just couldn't leave her at the bottom like that, so she went into the hatch.


Now to the CRUSHED part:

I launched with a *heavy kayak (*full of ice, 20lbs anchor, tackle)
So when I was ready to come back in (+ fish & flag) the yak was a bit heavier, and so was the surf.

Rode a wave in, and almost made it to the beach, but the sea pulled me back. Then the next set came in and CRUSHED ME.

Felt like I just walked away from a train wreak.
By far the worst wipe out to date for me.
Sand was in everything.
Reels are SHOT to hell.
My head was driven into the sand and the yak landed on my back.
Felt like my spine was going to snap.

Lucky I'm fine. A little soar but all in all it could have been worse.


So from now on I'm leaving the anchor at home, and only going out in the surf as light as possible.



Don't worry MarkO, I'm not giving up big wave kayak fishing.
(Worst part about the whole thing was that the surf wasn't even that big)



P.S. NEVER launch or land in the surf with exposed hooks.
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Went out looking for Albies this past Sunday. The water was way to discolored for that, so I went to plan B and started fluking.

No Fluke but I KILL the weakies, blues and croakers.
Also pulled in a flag; OLD GLOY from the deep. I just couldn't leave her at the bottom like that, so she went into the hatch.


Now to the CRUSHED part:

I launched with a *heavy kayak (*full of ice, 20lbs anchor, tackle)
So when I was ready to come back in (+ fish & flag) the yak was a bit heavier, and so was the surf.

Rode a wave in, and almost made it to the beach, but the sea pulled me back. Then the next set came in and CRUSHED ME.

Felt like I just walked away from a train wreak.
By far the worst wipe out to date for me.
Sand was in everything.
Reels are SHOT to hell.
My head was driven into the sand and the yak landed on my back.
Felt like my spine was going to snap.

Lucky I'm fine. A little soar but all in all it could have been worse.


So from now on I'm leaving the anchor at home, and only going out in the surf as light as possible.



Don't worry MarkO, I'm not giving up big wave kayak fishing.
(Worst part about the whole thing was that the surf wasn't even that big)



P.S. NEVER launch or land in the surf with exposed hooks.
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Old 09-13-2004, 10:05 PM
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OUCH! That is dreadful news. Tell me you didn't get crushed AND hooked!

Aren't the reels cleanable?
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Old 09-14-2004, 07:00 AM
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Scooby, where'd you go out of? I was down Sunday but didn't find anything worth launching for.

Rich killed the fish in the Sound Sunday.
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Old 09-14-2004, 08:51 AM
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Scooby, got your VM, thanks. Sorry to hear you got crushed man. That 20lb anchor sounds like a monster! Between that and ice and fish Im sure the yak was heavy and steered that way. Hope you are ok.
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Old 09-14-2004, 10:27 AM
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Jon: I was just North Manasquan Inlet.

Steve: My dry top is a little less dry due to a small snell hook I left on my line. (I didn't follow my own advice but at least I was smart enough to take off the Yozuri Plug with the treble hooks my other rod)
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Old 09-14-2004, 10:46 AM
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What the hell are you doing with 20lb anchor? That thing could hold 25' boat.
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Old 09-14-2004, 11:24 AM
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Happened to me 3 weeks ago. Paddled out into an gentle east wind and 1-2' foot waves. 15 minutes the wind shifts to the northeast at 20 knotts. 5-7' rollers with a frequency of less than 3 seconds begin to pound the shoreline. It took me 45 minutes to get the balls to paddle in. The T140 is fast so I can usually stay between sets. However it is too long to maneuver quickly in the surf. This time it wasn't fast enough. As I paddle for my dear life, a wave began to jack the rear of the yak skyward. I leaned back as far as I could to prevent the bow from digging into the sand bar. No such luck. The nose hits, I bailed out just before I imagine I would have been cataputled into 1' of water from 8' in the air. I was lucky I lost only my pliers and my dignity.

In hindsight, I imagine the best way to handle landing in big surf safely in the kayak would be to jump out and hold onto the stern strap, allowing the yak to pull you behind the wave. Well, it sounds good...
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Old 09-14-2004, 12:26 PM
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Sorry to hear you wiped out but it does give the rest of us insight to rough landings. The few times I've launched from the surf the return procedure is to store everything below deck. On the FnD that is easy with a big center hatch and lots of room. My first landing I didn't take off my glasses and hat...lost them and had smashed my shins, receeding waves are tough if you stand between them and the kayak! Glad to see you are safe, a little wiser and none the worst for your ordeal. Hows the pup? Wife and I just got a little one too back in July.
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Old 09-14-2004, 05:19 PM
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I've been out in a Prowler the last few days and did pretty well getting in out out of the surf despite 5-6" braking waves on the bar but was dumped by a big swell while I was sliding back from from stowing my reels and rods in the front hatch. I always stow my gear, especially reels, going in and out no matter how big the surf. Glad u didn't get hurt.
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Old 09-16-2004, 08:07 AM
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5-6" waves shouldn't present much of a problem

Superfly, I missed the 20# anchor. Scooby what's that thing for?

Joey, dmac and I were fishing Montauk a couple years back for albies. When we came back in there were app. 10 plus surfers where we had launched. Never a good feeling. Doug and I made it in fine but Joey not only dumped but the hatch on his OK Scupper opened. The kayak got filled with water and sand. Glad the 2 younger guys carried it up the beach.

Some guys don't try to paddle in. They jump in and let the yak come in on its own.

I've always ridden and only dumped once when there was a beach replenishment break. It was much too hard a break to ride. I was bummed as I only had one plastic bag around my camera and it didn't survive. Now I use Otter Boxes.
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Old 09-16-2004, 09:58 AM
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SCOOBY! Jeeze man, glad to hear your ok. Just think how worse the crash would've been if you didn't catch any fish! alright, only joking... (those damn smile faces things don't work on my computer) I did the same thing as kneel last year around this time. Lost my 2-week-old pair of polorized sunglasses and my hat. I rarely surf waves in successfully, but it doesn't stop me from going out. I think the 1st time I actually landed safe in a rough surf was this spring with Roger and ALAngler. That was some nasty stuff! The worse part of dumping after the pain is spending all that time cleaning out your gear.
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For Sale: 20lbs Mushroom Anchor
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Old 09-16-2004, 11:40 AM
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Scooby,

Wow, great to hear that you're ok!

BTW, on the anchor, a couple of pound anchor will hold a Kayak well. The secret to anchors is to have a chain attached (appropriate to the size of anchor) of a couple to 4 ft before attaching the rode. This keeps the anchor (danforth, spike or mushroom) down at an angle and really increase the effective holding power tremendously.

I'm not sure I'm up to a surf launch / landing with gear yet, as I can't stow anything underneath.

How about this weekend? A good day to stay in and watch football?

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Old 09-16-2004, 05:09 PM
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I think the 1st time I actually landed safe in a rough surf was this spring with Roger and ALAngler.
And that was because we had a little shelter from a T jetty. I dont know Scooby does it so often and so well, especially with the 16'er. My old FnD would coast in like a WWII landing craft!!
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