Category Archives: fishingski

Fishing Freaks are back

So exciting to see the fishing freaks back.

WaveJet – Personal Water Propulsion System

Fishing just got more fun

The WaveJet allows you to navigate waters hands-free. Giving you freedom to do more fishing and less paddling.

So who is the importer in South Africa or who is making something like this here.

Mounting of fishingski in garage roof

The mounting of the ski uses two double pulleys and a single one. I used “awning pulleys” which maybe a risk as they do not state the load capacity. However the ski should not normally weigh more than about 35 to 40 Kg with some kit left inside. But I suggest using pulleys that are a little bigger than the 25mm dia. ones I used.  The double pulleys I purchased came in a set and cost about R50.00 but the better ones sell single and are about R50:00 each.  I am sure there will be a mechanical advantage as pulling it up on ones own does take some effort.  As you can see from the photos until I decide how I feel about “awning pulleys” I have used two orange “safety ropes” at the ends of the ski for the time being. With Moms new car below the ski is the least of my worries.

The pulley are connected using “D” shackles and again they are cheap ones ( no load specified ) as the ski should not weigh that much. You may need one or two per pulley application depending on the pulley eye. My pulleys have fixed eyes so I had to use two shackles to orientate the pulley for the rope run. However some of the others have a swivel eye so they should only need a single shackle. Shackles cost about R6:00 to R 15:00  for the cheap ones. The expensive ones go for above R 45:00. The shackles are connected to 10mm eye bolts which I ran through the roofing timbers at 75 mm up from the bottom. Also suggest that one goes as high as is possible to just clear the rope runs as this will get the ski hanging higher up.

I have used a flat belt around the ski to spread the weight load across a larger area of the body of the ski as opposed to a rope ( which I tried first ). The current flat belt will change when I can to one that is prepared with a “D” and hook sewn into the belt as opposed to the current huge granny knot. The important thing is to get a “snug” fit to reduce the height at which the ski hangs down.

The most important thing is to get the “correct rope” for the pulleys. Do not use ski rope as that is cheap and nasty and does not keep its round profile and so easily slips into the gap betreen the pulley roller and the roller body. Ask me I did that and ended up with the ski jambed in mid air when the ski rope slipped off the roller and wedged the pulley. Luckly Mark was  there to rescue me as I was stuck at the side wall holding the two ropes and too afraid to leave them and try get to the ski lest it decide at that moment to release.  The rope just loops around the normal double lug rope trap as is often used on flag poles.

The costs were

10 mm eye bolts   X 3 at R 15:00 = R 45:00
Double 25 mm dia. awning pulley set = R50:00
Single awning pulley = R30:00
Safety hooks to clip to belt from rope X 2 = R30:00
Rope trap = R 15:00
Flat belt ( not sure as this I got as scrap )
6 mm polypropylene rope 15 m X R 10:00/m = R150:00

Total for job excluding screws for rope trap = R320:00

I am fortunate that I have the large structural laminated beam across the garage at that point and so can hide a ski on either side if need be.

Cheers  Stan

Thanks very much Stan for this info and allowing me to put this on my website.

Fishingski fishing for tuna off umhlanga barge -June 18th 2014

Thanks to Guy Logan for the Video. I will be umhlanga next week and I hope there will be something still around. It will be great to dust off my fishingski and put some fish in the hatch. Fishingski fishing for tuna off umhlanga barge is such fun. I like the hatch space of the pinnacle elite.

Fishingski Surf launch

It is hard work 🙂 but we are human so don’t give up.

Double Dorados

The latest kayak fishing mission for big Dorado’s in South Africa by Kayak Clown and his friend “Drop Shot”. A secret place where dolphins steal your yellow fin tuna.

by Kayak Clown