Last year Australia hosted the first ever Hobie World Fishing Championships in Port Macquarie. I had the privilege to work as an official at the event and spend time with the International and Australian anglers. Jose Chaves from the US was one angler I got to know and spend some time with. Jose is a very keen kayak angler, avid photographer/videographer and a well respected angler in the United States. Jose finished 4th in the Hobie Worlds and 3rd with Keeton Eoff in the teams event. An amazing effort considering neither had caught a bream before arriving in a Australia days before the Worlds.
Jose being an avid photographer and videographer has some serious camera mounts on his Kayak to capture still and video images. After some quick inspections and discussions with Jose about the mounting systems. I instantly thought of how I could apply the Yakattack camera mounts for Australian conditions both on my kayak and boat.
During the Hobie Worlds Jose and myself became Facebook friends and soon exchanged details and possibilities for the Yakattack gear. Jose put me in contact with the owner and designer of the yakattack equipment Luther Cifers. Right from first contact Luther he was very helpful and supportive in discussions that went for a couple of months with the two of us emailing back and forth. This process was lengthy due to the time difference as Yakattack headquarters is on the East Coast of the States. As well as the commitment I was going to make in purchase possibly everything I would need in the first shipment.
For me the process was worth while as it gave me time to access the possibilities and different styles of equipment available, and make decisions that would best suit my needs and application. Luther was exceptional in this process by making sure I considered all options and giving me technical information to consider for my different applications, especially with my Hobie as he to fishes from a Hobie Outback.
In the end we settled on three different mounting systems. Forward and aft set ups that would enable me to get great versatility and maneuverability from the two different mounts on my kayak. And a different set up for my boat. Connecting the mounts to both the boat and kayak were heavy considerations with a multitude of possibilities available. As all the Yakattack equipment are compatible with each other. After careful consideration and advice from Luther I settled on four mounting positions on my kayak and two movable systems on my boat.
I’ll touch on the kayak systems in this article and do a more detailed explanation of the boat system in an article to follow.
For the two forward positions I went for two 4” gear tracks as they provide the lowest profile mounting system, and ease for removing and adjusting the position of the mount. For me this is very important as they mount very flush with the kayak and are virtually snag free, and will enable me to move the camera arms from one mount to another. They are also compatible with any ram ball mount system so if your not using them for camera mounts you can attach a host of different things from sounders to rod holders.
At the rear we went with two might mount systems, which are a little higher and only hold one device at a time. These are more stationary mounts and will predominately hold overhead camera shots, or one of yakattacks hivis flags. Each of the systems can be mounted with self-tapping screws and can be attached in minutes with a cordless drill. However Luther recommend I spend a few minutes more and install all the mounts with the new mighty mount brackets. I’ll also touch on this in another article.
After getting the mounting options sorted it’s the articulated camera arms that get me excited. The front being a panfish portrait-dogbone combo mounted on a ram ball with a mighty mount screw. Which will fit into both the gear track and the mighty mount. This clever little arm holds a light weight water proof camera perfectly. And is possibly best suited to the GoPro Hero camera’s so many anglers use today. This articulated arm enables you to quickly and easily change the position of the camera, enabling you to get a variety of different camera angles. I love watching homemade fishing videos, but when the camera position is the same for the entire time, it needs to be a very short video. This set up enables you to take side on, front on, down low looking up, even underwater shots. Making it a perfect product for capturing a variety of angles for an interesting film when all the footage is cut and put together.
The rear mount is a panfish with an extra dogbone ram mount connection on the bottom allowing for the arm to be attached at a variety of angles, enabling you to get a number of different camera angles. This arm is considerably longer than the front arm and enables the camera to be positioned high above the angler getting a better look over the shoulder of the angler getting a good view of what is happening in front and beside the kayak.
These set ups are all very sturdy and durable and made to last. If they do happen to fall into the water they will float, so you won’t loose your mounts to the murky depths. Make sure to check out the photos attached and visit http://www.yakattack.us to check out the full yakattack range. And stay tuned for a couple more articles on these great gear mounts.
David Poulton is a father of two from the NSW Mid North Coast, whose love of fishing has spanned over thirty years. A self confessed light tackle junkie, his piscatorial passion has led him into the field of angling journalism, and he is a regular contributor to Fishing Monthly and the Tournament Angler Guide. For the past nine years David has run the Port Macquarie BREAM Classic. This event is the longest running bream classic in the country and still holds the record for the largest ever field of boats at a bream tournament.