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For most kayak anglers, catching a yellowfin tuna would be the high point of their fishing career after many years enlisted in the plastic navy. Some places lend themselves to bigger action, though. One such place is off the coast of South Africa.

In this story, South African sports-radio personality and first-time kayaker Alain Tardin went out expecting a tranquil day free of the noise and diesel smell of boat fishing. What he discovered was just how exhilarating the adrenaline-charged waters off South Africa can be on a kayak.

tardin_tunataxWell, to get myself in the mood for summer I thought a nice early morning on a kayak with my mate Brad Arthur from FreeSpool should do the trick.

Coming from a boating background this whole kayak fishing idea was very new to me, but given the chance to catch some fish I wasn’t going to turn it down.

Brett Challenor from Stealth Kayaks was kind enough to lend us one of his double skis to head out on and hopefully get stuck into some fish.

Photos: FlyFishing.co.uk (top); East Coast Radio (above)

Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.