Soft roof racks

inflatable-roof-rackI have a problem. I have a company car and it does not have roof racks. I have recently got a demo stand up fishing paddle board. I also have a fishingski in Durban that I leave there. The problem is when I drive down I can only fish in Umhlanga as I can’t cart my boat anywhere because I don’t have roof racks. I was doing some surfing on the net and found an Inflatable Roof Rack at not a bad price and considering it is not limited to a single car makes it a winner. I suppose it could also be called a soft roof rack.

The Soft Roof Rack is designed to be a temporary solution for transporting leisure equipment, holiday luggage or simply a piece of flat pack furniture. No need to have permanent roof racks on your car and it fits most cars.

So the next step is to get my hands on one and give it a test drive. I will let you know.

Bass Fishing off a Fishing SUP

Finally got my hands on a fishing SUP demo. I did a few test runs on my father in laws pond and it is very stable. The kids loved it and said I need to keep it :). Then the boat had a accident I had stored it on my stoep and it fell down, catching the corner and making a nasty break in the fiberglass. I manage to repair it and this weekend I got to take the fishing sup bass fishing. The weather took a very cold snap so I was not expecting big action but I was very excited to get onto the bigger water and see how the fishing sup preformed. The fishing sup does come with 2 rod holders but I find them in a difficult position so I made a crate with 2 rod holders and a seat.

So back to the bass fishing and the boat. I managed to find a dam in the midrand area so off I went. The fishing sup is light so I can manage it by myself very easy. So getting it on and off the the car was a breeze. I attached my crate with 2 bungie cords it worked like a charm. The boat is awesome and fishing from the stand up position on a kayak platform is great. The craft is very maneuverable and I can get into all the nooks and crannies of the dam. It is great to explore the spots right in the reeds right where the bass hide.  I managed to see a few carp and I did have a few very small bass attack my rubber worm. It was great and lots of fun to be out on the water the Fishing SUP is a very cool fishing platform.

Umhlanga Tuna

TunaThe week before the easter break we did a trip to Umhlanga. We is my family. The plan was to have some fun in the sun get some crayfish, before the mad JHB rush to the coast. Well the crayfish did not work out so well. They where there but the sea and my timing where not ideal (might also be a bit unfit).

The fishing was another story. I managed to go out twice the first time was awesome and the second time was rather sad. So the first time the launch was perfect did not even get my hair wet. My normal route is to paddle backline until just past the Umhlanga lighthouse, then I head out to the wreck. The sun was not up yet but it was close. There was no action at backline and I saw no other boats. So I started my paddle to the wreck, in the distance I could see lots of birds but they where very far away. So I just kept on course for the wreck. Next thing the ratchet is screaming, I hook up. I fight the fish for a few min then off. Eish not cool. So halcos back out and off I go again. Next ratchet goes screaming off. I am in again for a few min then off. I have now seen a few yellow fin jumping so I know it is tuna. The next time I am in but this time it is a bonito. Good enough for me and into the hatch. At this stage I am at the wreck and try get some bait fish. What a bugger up, my yozuri is way to long and I just get fed up. So I pack that up and head back to the lighthouse. On my way home I see some yellow fin smashing some stuff on the surface. I flick my spoon into the action. 1 turn and I am in, then I am not. The line snapped. I suspect the  tuna hit the swivel and cut me off. So I paddle through where the action was. Both ratchets go off. I get a double hook up. I leave the one rod in the holder and deal with the other. YAY I manage to land my first yellow fin tuna. So then onto the next rod, and after all that it also just pulls loose.

I spoke to my cousin a few days later and he tells me that tuna have rather soft mouths on the inside and lures to tend to pull out. He says it is a good idea to put single hooks on rather.

It was great fun and had some yummy tuna fish cakes. Will do a post about the 2nd day soon.