I can’t believe how easy EMMRODs are to use. Compared to any other rod I have ever used in the kayak, they are streets ahead.
Hook the fish, wind it to the boat, pull it in – no mucking about with “keeping the rod vertical” so that you can get the fish close enough to net it. Wind it to the boat, grab the trace – or the fish – or use a net if you need to.
Casting from the kayak is easy as well, and one of my friends in a conventional sit-on-top remarked that it required much less movement than a long rod so there was less movement of the kayak for much greater distance.
Last week I tried spinning off the beach at a place I used to go quite often. I took my favourite 7 ft graphite and used the same size sinker on that as I had on my Kayak King ® 6 coil. After 3 casts I was getting 25 metres with no effort at all, and after a few more I could toss the bait 40 metres with each, but with much less effort using the EMMROD!
When I received my EMMRODs, everybody I showed them to laughed – well they are not what you expect a fishing rod to look like are they? A common comment – W-T-F is that!
I got them around 25th of June and tried them out in the kayak the very next day – and caught fish. The sea was rough so I fished in the Ohiwa harbour and landed about 12 fish good sized fish (all kahawai). I kept the first 3 of these and released the others until I got one much bigger tha the first 3, at which point I decided it was time to go home.
I would not fish with anything else in the kayak. I had previously used a carbon fibre rod about 6ft long and a light boat rod about 4ft 6′. I really struggled with them – and had to let out line and hold the rod vertical to get the fish into a net. Emmrods are so much easier. Pull the fish in to the side of the boat and you can grab the fish or the line or – if you need a net you dont have to think about the rod and the amount of line you have out.
I tried a Kayak King ® with a 4 coil rod and a spinning reel and a Packer ® with a 6 coil rod and little bait caster the first time. Second trip I used 6 coil rods in both and hooked a very big eagle ray on the Kayak King ® . The 6 coil rod handled that well.
Since the I have used the whole range of rods – 4 coil, 6 coil, 7 coil and 8 coil. The difference in the sensitivity is quite marked, but they all seem to handle fish much bigger then they are rated for so I think that the choice of rod will be a personal one that will depend on how much “sport” you want.
Wednesday this week I caught a 38cm snapper on the packer with the same light baitcasting reel referred to above, and an 8 coil rod. That was fun. I suspect that the “common” use though will be 6 coil rods because they seem to suit vitually the whole range of fish we commonly catch in New Zealand.