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    SWKA

    South Wales Kayak Anglers was formed back in 2009 as a result of a group of
    like-minded people with a passion for kayak fishing.

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    What its
    all about

    SWKA's main aim is to try and promote safe kayak fishing across the UK.
    If you need any advice on Kayaks, kit or fishing we're here to help.

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    Oxwich Bay
    2019

    The biggest saltwater kayak fishing competition in Europe.
    This year is the 10th anniversary of the event, it promises to be the best one yet.

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    Llangorse Lake
    2019

    The biggest freshwater kayak fishing competition in Europe.
    This years event, held in March, was a fantastic days competition.

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    Equipment Advice

    How to setup your kayak, safety equipment, clothing and much more.

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    Where to fish

    Where to fish, safe launches and when.

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    What to catch

    What is being caught, and how.

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Latest Kayak Fishing News

  • The countdown begins to what is going to be the biggest and best Oxwich Competition yet! The prize table is simply mind blowing, our sponsors have gone above and beyond in supporting our 10 year anniversary. This year really does have something for everyone. Have you got the 20th July in your diary becasue there are......

     

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  • The SWKA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the 30th of April. The meeting saw a change in the Club Secretary, with Colin aka Chicky standing down from his role.

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  • Attention all SWKA Members

    The 2019 AGM will be held at Loughor Boating Club on the 30th of April 2019, starting at 7:30pm.

     

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  • Want to find out more about kayak fishing or SWKA?

    Already a member, or just thing about joining SWKA? Why not join us on the last Tuesday of every month at Loughor Boating Club.

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  • SWKA Paddle day - Solva 5th & 6th of May 2019

    SWKA are fishing Solva, Pembrokeshire on the bank holiday weekend.

    With many of our members taking to the water its your opportunity to come along and join us!

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  • Why Join SWKA?

    SWKA not only promotes safe and responsible kayak fishing it also brings you the biggest kayak fishing competitions in the UK, Fresh  and Saltwater. Its our members and the support of our members that makes this possible. With members from 15 different countries why not be part of something special - join SWKA today!

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  • A big thank you to our sponsors

    We'd like to thank all our sponsors again for their continued help and support, without them we wouldn't be able to hold the events we do.

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  • SWKA' European Kayak Fishing Championships

    We have two dates for your diaries

    23rd March 2019 - our Freshwater Llangorse Predator Hunt 

    20th July 2019 - our Saltwater Oxwich Bay Comp

    Oxwich this year is celebrating our 10th year, it promises to be something special!

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  • Marks wins the 2019 Llangorse Predator Hunt - European Championship

    Well what a weekend - great location, great weather, great fishing and great friends!

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  • Species Hunt 2018 - Best Specimen

    Congratulations to SWKA member Andrew Evans (aka Macman) for winning the Best Specimen competition as part of our Species Hunt 2018 Competition.

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I am not one for writing many reviews but feel that this gem of a reel needs some recognition along with a couple of rods which will follow in the coming weeks. Anyway this review is my findings of it and to be completely honest it’s an absolute cracking little reel. 

Maxximus Blackwater reel. 

 

 

Blackwater reel

I have been using this reel for the last 12 months and on my first impressions of the reel it looked good and felt good quality and a serious contender for some of the so called bigger more well known brands well this theory was to prove me right.

Backwater Reel

 

The reel itself is a baitcaster style just a little bit bigger than a standard baitcaster reel with a graphite body,  The Handle had a nice feel to it with a super smooth action along with a thumb bar on the back which  operated the free spool allowing you to use a rod and reel single handed for a bit of casting.

Putting it to the test. 

Well as I mentioned a bit earlier, I have owned this reel for around 12 months and thought one of the best ways to abuse it is to not rinse it or WD40 it after use. This test has proved to be successful and with it working alongside another fairly new reel from a top brand this one has come out top, the action is still as smooth as the first day, the other reel has to be rinsed and sometimes stripped after every use as it seizes up and now sounds as rough as a diesel car with no exhaust.  The fittings have also stood up to the test all of which has been salt water use, Its only got a start of corrosion on one small screw that holds the main reel body together which has got to be understandable with the use and not cleaning it.

Blackwater reel

 

The fishing. 

The reel has quite a robust feel and look to it and I personally think this would manage some nice fish, I have managed Smoothhound on it and it handled it with ease. I have used it on competitions for mini species teamed up with a light Fladen rock buddy rod and this too seems to fit in with this style of fishing, although a little big for mini species. Fishing Oxwich with it on the dabs, dogs, plaice and other standard stuff and it's a cracker of a reel. I think it is a good all rounder that will please most. 

Blackwater reel

 

Casting is easy with the thumb bar, giving you the opportunity for a one handed operation and the retrieve when the fish is on, It is smooth and got the power to get something larger in. 

My over all verdict is, good value, well made and I think I will get a good few years out of it and possibly many years if it's looked after correctly. 

You can purchase these from Ebay, Amazon and other online stores for around £89.99

 

 

 

 

 

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Fishing Competition

Oxwich Fishing Competition 2019

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF COMPETITION THIS YEAR!

SWKA proudly present the Oxwich Kayak Fishing Competition – home of the European Kayak Fishing championship. As Europe’s leading kayak fishing competition Oxwich has become renowned not only for its impressive prize table but also as a gathering of kayak anglers of all ages and abilities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the competition and truly is going to be something special. With the support of our long term sponsors and the additional of several new sponsors Oxwich 2019 is going to be an out and out celebration of kayak fishing. Along side the competition prize table we will also be giving away a full loaded fishing kayak, which anyone can win, as well as so much more...…. keep an eye on social media for updates!

With Junior, Amateur and professional competitions Oxwich 2019 caters for all, whilst reflecting the SWKA ethos of ‘promoting safe and responsible kayak fishing’.

The event is held at Oxwich Bay on the 20th of July 2019, entry fee is £20 for Amateur and Pro categories and £10 for juniors. There is a safety briefing at 9:15am with rods in the water from 10am.

COME JOIN US ON THE WATER FOR THIS CELBRATION OF OUR SPORT!


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Fishing Competition

Llangorse Fishing Championship

2019 saw the 7th annual Predator Hunt take place at Llangorse Lake on the 23rd of March 2019.

In a complete change from the previous two years weather conditions were near perfect , as a result we saw 61 kayak take to the lake. 

After a incredibly competative days fishing, during which 34 pike were caught ( ranging from 55 cm to 106 cm), a new European Champion was crowned. SWKA would like to congratulate Mark Radcliffe on a stunning performance that saw him catching an amazing 4 pike, the best 3 totalling a combined 287.0 cm in length.

Thank you to all the competitors that took part, its you who make the event as special as it is. We'd also like to  thank all our sponsors, its your continued support that gives competitors to drive to get out on the lake in mid-March for the first event of the season. 

Thank you all, and see you again next year!