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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:03 pm 
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PDX - now that will have been a big fish not the mincey little "big" fish that so easily exposed my lack of technique :oops:

'Spect you got it on the Columbia did you? (went there windsurfing many years ago) and I understand that there are some pretty big fish in there (and in other waterways all up the Pacific coast I believe?).

Anyway - soldering iron is the way to go if you want a near permanent fix - I haven't had to redo any of my repairs even after several years of regular hard use following the repairs and I still have 2 spare turbos that I bought to cover myself in case the repairs didn't work lying around the garage.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:52 pm 
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I'll back up stobbo on the solder iron repair method. I've poked holes in my fins a couple of times. A little time with a solder iron fixed them both times.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:44 am 
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stobbo wrote:
PDX - now that will have been a big fish not the mincey little "big" fish that so easily exposed my lack of technique :oops:

'Spect you got it on the Columbia did you? (went there windsurfing many years ago) and I understand that there are some pretty big fish in there (and in other waterways all up the Pacific coast I believe?).

Anyway - soldering iron is the way to go if you want a near permanent fix - I haven't had to redo any of my repairs even after several years of regular hard use following the repairs and I still have 2 spare turbos that I bought to cover myself in case the repairs didn't work lying around the garage.


The one that cut my fin was a 7'9" sturgeon. It was out of the Willamette (which dumps into the Columbia, the fish move back and forth). The last big one I caught I think was at least as long (powerboat guy estimated 8' based upon my kayak) and was a lot bigger around.

I hope the my Gorilla tape lasts forever, but if not I will break out the soldering iron. Thanks again for a great tip!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:08 pm 
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Blimey :shock: thats some fish. Mine was a Kingfish (Yellowtail) of around 8kg.

I think I am gonna get a tag line like yours...

...how does "I tremble when I hear the name Sturgeon" sound ?!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:43 pm 
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That is a good try stobbo.

You know I think I have probably caught the two biggest freshwater fish ever caught from a kayak. One of them cut me but the other completely bowed down to me. Kind of cool that Hobie has this record. I must say that even with my cut fin my outback still handled awesomely. I can't wait to whip a 10 footer.

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