Es­cape with ET

Our long time am­bas­sador for Hol­i­days with Kids, An­drew Et­ting­shausen gives us the scoop on get­ting the kids into kayak fish­ing!

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Parks with Kids - - From The Editor -

An­drew Et­ting­shausen shares some ba­sic tips that will help your kids land a few good fish this sum­mer from a kayak.

We glided over the sand flat and cast out our live yab­bies. Live yab­bies, prawns and worms are eas­ily the best baits for sum­mer to catch those feisty yel­low fin bream, so Si­enna, my 12 year old daugh­ter, and I pumped a cou­ple of dozen from the sand bar be­fore the tide swept over it.

To­day we were join­ing the new fish­ing craze of kayak fish­ing. ‘Yak fish­ing’ is the Aussie term and thou­sands of en­thu­si­asts are pad­dling their way to an­gling suc­cess by way of these unique wa­ter­craft. With so many fam­i­lies liv­ing in unit blocks with no space to store a boat, the hum­ble kayak is now the craft of choice. Look­ing at it from a stor­age point of view it re­ally makes sense. A cou­ple of brack­ets on your garage wall and you can stow your ocean kayak with ease. Get your­self some roof racks and tie downs and away you go, straight to your near­est boat ramp or sandy river frontage where all your ac­ces­sories can be slipped on to make your fish­ing even eas­ier.

I have been en­joy­ing this style of fun with my fam­ily for years and all of my four daugh­ters love get­ting out onto the wa­ter on a kayak. I have three ocean kayaks in­clud­ing a dou­ble design, which my wife Monique and I en­joy get­ting out on as well. For fish­ing there are rod hold­ers, a place for your fish fin­der, a back sup­port­ing chair and wa­ter­tight stor­age com­part­ments for mo­bile phones, wal­lets and keys.

Out on the wa­ter Si­enna’s live yab­bie washed along on the in­com­ing tide straight into the wait­ing mouth of a hun­gry bream. Her rod bent sharply as the fish swam off with great speed. Si­enna just held on tight be­cause she knew that once the line came up tight the weight of the kayak plus the fish­ing reel drag would tire the bream out quickly. A few min­utes af­ter the hook-up, Si­enna raised her quarry

up high - it was a beau­ti­ful bream, the sil­ver sides flash­ing in the sun matched the huge smile on Si­enna’s face.

Fish­ing with kids is so much fun, and let­ting them en­joy the thrill of catch­ing their own on top of a kayak is a great way to spend an af­ter­noon. All kids need to get started is a six to seven foot rod and a 2000 size reel that’s rated around two to five ki­los (I like the Shi­mano brand), some 5lb braided line, and some six pound mono line for the end trace. A few dif­fer­ent sized small ball sinkers plus a packet of swivels and size 1 hooks will do the job. A yabby pump is handy if you have a river nearby with ex­posed sand flats.

Whether you’re fish­ing from a wharf, jetty boat or kayak al­ways en­sure that safety comes first. When out on the wa­ter al­ways put a life­jacket on your child as well as your­self to play it safe.

Kayaks are an easy way to get ac­cess to our wa­ter­ways. These days it is com­mon to see an­glers en­joy­ing the peace and quiet with these sleek craft of­fers. There are even ‘kayak only’ fish­ing com­pe­ti­tions with loads of an­glers cov­er­ing all ages. The abil­ity to catch ev­ery­thing from bream to Mar­lin will en­sure that this style of fish­ing will only get big­ger. The beauty of the ocean kayaks is that they have multi uses, and hold­ing up your catch of the week can en­hance a day of fam­ily fun.

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04 01 Si­enna kayak fish­ing for bream 02 ET pump­ing yab­bies to use for bait 03 ET with a Som­er­set Dam bass fish­ing in his ocean kayak 04 Get­ting the kayak geared up for fish­ing

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