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A great morning on the water with the kids in my tandem sea kayak

In this trip report I will share with you one of the greatest rewards I get from kayaking and that is sharing it with my kids…Location: our local beach in Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa, we head to the beach with my double sea kayak (Beachcomber Duo)…  we… being my 2 sons, Milan (6), Alexander (3) and cousin Jack (8).  Its the last weekend of school holidays so Mums are pleased to have a well earned break and I am only too happy to get on the water with the kids for some adventure among the rock gardens and caves along the coastline …and as always we will see if we can catch some fresh dinner while we are out there…we set off with Milan & Jack in the front cockpit, Alexander in the back between my legs and all the essential fishing kit stow behind me in the Insualted Fish bag which is strapped to the deck bungy (Surf to Summit Med insulated fish Bag)

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you might ask yourself how do i plan to take 3 kids fishing in a double sea kayak? being conscious of both safety and small attention spans of the kids we head out a short distance from the beach (1.5  km max)…where we drop the kayak long line which was pre-baited before heading on the water… In a situation like this I find the kayak long line (I am using a Pauls Fishing Kite Kayak long line kit )  quick and easy to set, no mess no fuss and I can leave it while we head off and have an adventure in the kayak. The kids get involved by helping set the line and then get really excited to head back to collect it and see what we might have caught, a little bit like a lucky dip for them…

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after setting the long line we head back to hug the coastline where we explore some great caves and see what is under the water…the water was crystal clear this day so the kids could look of the side and see what was going on below…I just had to be ready to brace with the paddle as they all lean to the same side of the boat when one of them yells FISH or CRAB! …very funny for the Rock fisherman to see. after about 1 hour of this we a stop off at a little beach for everyone to stretch their legs, do some rock climbing and have a bite to eat before heading back to the longline to see if we are having fresh fish n chips for dinner….

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Although the double sea kayak is very stable it can get a little interesting bringing in fish from a  long line with some excited kids on board who all want to touch the fish …so to make sure we can all relax while I bring in the longline I set the paddle float out the back, utilizing the paddle float rescue attachments fitted to the kayak. We managed to land just enough fish for us all to have fresh Fish n Chips and even got to catch and release a little Gurnard which is always good to show the kids how to look after the fisheries and respect the rules… the best thing was that the bait for the fresh fish we caught cost me nothing as it was some fresh kahawai that was caught using a lure on my last trip out…  be sure to watch the video below which will take you on the water with us on this great spring session here at Stanmore Bay…

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