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 Posted: Wed Jun 10th, 2009 08:16 am
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Miles...well done! What a gr8 post..again! :) Thanks for the info you keep sharing. Really appreciated!

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 Posted: Wed Jun 10th, 2009 08:44 am
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Thanx Miles, this helped me tremendously in convincing the wife that I must buy a boat

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2009 07:04 am
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MouseDog wrote: Thanx Miles, this helped me tremendously in convincing the wife that I must buy a boat

LOL! let your wife connect with Miles' & I'm sure before long you will have a sportfisher!

 

Miles you said: "For this article, i will just be concerntrating on RIB's as they are the more suitable fishing vessel.
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I have a soft bottom which is foldable and let me tell you there is no place I cannot launch. I have even considered launching at Smitswinkel bay. Not having to tow a trailer is a huge bonus for me.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2009 07:33 am
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On that note. I had a think about the using a 1.3ltr vehicle to tow and launch a smaller duck. Is this possible and not very tricky when you get to launching at your typical slipway that could be very slippery etc

Planning on using 1.4 corsa bakkie to tow and launch 3.8m duck and thats when I started thinking about these things that might hit you by surprise when you close to the water and cant pull your duck out : )

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I know of a few guys that tow and launch rigid boats with a corsa bakkie. remember the weight is still where the driving wheels are so unless you have kelp on the slip you should be fine. And a duck is much lighter than a rigid. I saw a guy launch a duck off the beach at kommetjie (at the sand slip) and he was using a Golf!

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2009 08:38 am
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The trick is a launch rope. Get yourself 20m of say 25/30mm rope, and you can then launch from a distance from the slip and avoid the kelp, slipery section etc. Works really well, it just takes a few extra minutes to chock the wheels & set up. This also lets you walk the trailer right into the water, and then pull it out without getting the car wet.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2009 08:46 am
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Thanks for the info guys. Have seen the rope being used before, but not studied the process in detail yet.

Will have a closer look next time. : )

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 Posted: Thu Jun 11th, 2009 08:50 am
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Ja the rope works well - especially at places like Buffels when there are lots of kelp. just try not to snap off your jockey wheel when you pull the lot out the water.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 13th, 2009 05:58 am
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Hi Miles - great post !!

I'm a very active rock and surf angler and must agree with you - what a good thing it was closing the beaches.

I bought a boat 4 years ago and started to target the yellow tail in Cape waters. Yes and  I have to agree any type of fishing does take one back to the money box.

And does put pressure on the family relationships.

What i have done to overcome this was the following : divide my year into two categories. I do my rock and surf competitive fishing from October through to end March, then I start the Ytail fishing through to end July ( depending on the ytail ). No more rock and surf fishing in winter but rather fishing snoek and tail. South Easter in the Summer months makes fishing very difficult for boat fishing but is excellent for Rock and Surf.

It works and always have fresh fish in the freezer and a relatively happy family .:fbash.

  

 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 23rd, 2009 10:58 am
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I have a quick question.

You guys say that sun is a rubber duck's worst enemy. My problem is I don't have a garage or carport where I can put it.
I only have a Shade net parking spot. Will this work or will I have to put a cover over it ?

The spot is big enough that it will never get direct sun light.

Cheers Rudolph

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 Posted: Wed Jun 24th, 2009 10:17 am
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You need to put a cover over it. If you don't want to opt for an expensive purpose made cover, then buy the biggest car cover you can find from your local Midas. I had one of these on my old Gemini 420 GRX for years and it worked perfectly well. Just attached a few bungees on it a the right places to keep it tight.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2009 12:37 pm
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Hi,

Great article Miles.::S

Looking at getting a semi-rigid, will do most of my fishing in KZN North Coast, I see you guys in the Cape have no problems launching, just wanted to know if there is any difference in launching in KZN waters. i.e. is the semi-rigid with single motor suitable for KZN waters?

Thanks and tight lines.:wfish

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 Posted: Fri Aug 21st, 2009 02:43 pm
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when testing the pontoons use a bucket of sunlight liquid and water and wash the boat with that mixture and if there is bubbles that means there is a leak

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 Posted: Sat Dec 5th, 2009 05:43 am
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Hi Miles.

Thanks 4 all the info. I have just bought a 4.5m Falcon semi rigid inflatable without a centre console. I have mounted a 50hp Yamaha tiller arm onto this duck (as I previously had a racing duck) and get 68km/h out of her up here in Jhb (cant wait to try her down at the coast- not that one can use this speed out at sea- but its fun!)Its ideal for fishing as I have no console which opens the deck up much more- plenty deck space.

I am just worried about fishing off her and puncturing the pontoons.
Have you had any problems with puncturing your duck?

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My one gets small holes quite regularly, a drop of superglue on a small hole does wonders

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This is the reason that your COF requirment requires a repair kit. Just be carefull. If you have a gaff, make sure you cover in a tube when mot in use, don't run the boat with exposed trebbles on rods etc. Also you may want to add a couple of rod holders if you are fishing at sea. The motion of the ocean, is very different from that of an inland water.

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To make thing safer,add a cork from a wine bottle on your exposed hooks and gaffs.

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Interesting article - I'm thinking of getting a boat - the arguments presented here make so much sense. I live in the southern suburbs, so I'd like to know where do you guys launch the rubber ducks?

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Hi all,

If anybody has a place for me on their next fishing trip - please let me know - contact Faisal Fakier on cell: 083 408 9315.

I don't have boat rods just normal coffee grinder small rods used at Kalk Bay with the kids. I can get more robust fishing gear if necessary.

I am self employed, so I can do a mid-week trip as well.

Off course I'll contribute to the cost :).

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pm sent

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