Flying Fish

Them flying fish are getting closer and closer, especially the stickfish. Anybody get stabbed by them? Trust me, this is no joke, for I hear some get poked and had to go emergency. Perhaps pog can make one Kevlar shield for wear on my pfd?

Submitted by koacanoe on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 11:17am

The start of the 2002 kaiwi relay was a full on attack.

#1 Thu, 12/02/2010 - 2:35pm

File under: ok ways to punch out, since we all gotta...

#2 Fri, 12/03/2010 - 3:48pm

Wasn't while paddling, but surfing had a needle fish stick in my times :P

#3 Sat, 01/01/2011 - 10:14pm

Hi Koa,

Two types of Kevlar ...

49 is the structural stuff and 29 is for ballistics ..

Would have to go and look @ Armored Knight suits for some design references.
Maybe a plated pfd. : )


#4 Sun, 01/02/2011 - 10:57am

Did you see the story in the December Pacific Paddler, page 29, "The needle in the haystack. It includes photos of the jaw they dug out of Hector's leg and an xray they took of it in the hospital

#5 Mon, 01/03/2011 - 4:41pm

Mahalo Pog,

For after reading about Colin and Pacific Paddlers "Needle" article might have to wear wrap around specs and a helmet too for protection? Maybe even Kevlar compression shorts and long knee pads? The stickfish here zap by in front of my bow like a rocket high above the water on their tail making that loud flapping sound.

#6 Tue, 01/04/2011 - 1:46am

Time to retire take up knitting Koa :>)

#7 Tue, 01/04/2011 - 2:59pm

My flying fish flies often, and most certainly after a beach landing on the Mokulua islands or Kailua beach crowded with yellow scupper kyaks and bikini ladden tourists. Marara

#8 Tue, 01/04/2011 - 4:34pm

Koa just reconsidered his retirement thanks to you mentioning "bikini ladden tourists"


#9 Tue, 01/04/2011 - 5:12pm

Eh! Rambo:

Have you seen some of them "bikini ladened tourists?" They look just as bad as me wearing my Aussie Bums. Got to get rid of that threatening awning above the toy shop. Or for sure, I'll be forced to "retire." But hey! What a sight it is to watch them stick fish zip by you on their tails. As long as they zip on by, it's ok. No collision please.

#10 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 10:02am

I recon more chance get hit by a bus Koa, even Hector said million to one chance.

Any pics of you in AussieBums we can hawk around the net, FB maybe?? ...hahah

#11 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 12:03pm

It's not needle or sword fish, but this is the problem we river paddlers are facing in the Midwest. Check out the video starting at the one minute mark and on. Please mute the sound as there are expletives on the audio.

Fun days on the Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Fox and other rivers in the Midwest.


#12 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 5:59pm

Holy Shit that is insane. ""Attack of the Carpe"" Alfred Hitchcock would have a ball with this.

#13 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 6:11pm

Revenge of Mother Nature. Cool way to fish. The birds are dropping in the States, Asia, and Europe too. Think its a sign?

Go paddling

#14 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 6:32pm

and we are drowning in freshwater here in OZ .. RAIN GO AWAY.......

#15 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 7:20pm

Wow!!! After watching that, all I can think about is carpaccio. Pass the shoyu and wasabi please. Hey! There's enough fish there to solve our balance of trade problem? Ship a container of those carp to China on ice in exchange for some OC-1s? Fish fry anyone? Remember when the Ala Wai was thick with tilapia? Pound for pound, this carp is an excellent source of protein. One fish is enough to feed at least two large families. Wack em!!!

#16 Wed, 01/05/2011 - 9:53pm

Flying fish are good eats. When I was visiting Manahiki the men would go out in their canoes at night, hoist a sail, and shine a lantern on it. The flame would illuminate the sail, the fish would flock to it, like moths to a light, fly into the sail, and fall into the boat. The only problem would be that some of the fish would whack into the fisherman and they would come back a bit bruised, but loaded with flying fish. Yummy, cut em up, soak em coconut milk, and eat them raw.

#17 Mon, 01/10/2011 - 6:31pm

Yeah ! Raw marara...

#18 Mon, 01/10/2011 - 8:32pm

Jason Somerville Kimlin got hit years ago in the solo crossing by one ,(and nearly lost his eye??) they have been a problem for years for OC1 paddlers, I think they are too low for 6 man paddlers eyes though.

#19 Sat, 01/22/2011 - 1:15am

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