Thanks all. Up till December of 2009 I was as antsy as the next guy when I saw color on a Halibut. But I happened to be fishing with Buttchaser back then when I hooked my then PB 25#er. He coached me through it step by step, and made the whole process simple (there are a few more steps to it on a kayak).
Fishdoctor- Kayak fishing is absolutely a blast for anything inshore. Check out my other YouTube videos under GregAndrew if you have any doubts.
NJ Mello- The GoPro with wide angle lens makes taking videos easy (not near as easy to edit and upload though lol).
Balboa29- All my Halibut come up like that since I started fishing with Valium laced bait.
Sherm- Yep, soon as I lowered her back into the water she tried to flip me. But I was due for my weekly shower anyway. I try to always take care of business (game clip, dehook and gill pop) before I pull or take any weight off the gaff.
Cocktails- I offered Mike choice of filets when I got back to the barge, but he still had some in the freezer and said he wanted to catch his own anyway.
BJCanWeld- Depends on where and how you sink the gaff. I have never had a problem with a solid belly gaff.
Fishlawsophy- Yep that was me. I have caught lots of nice fish over the last couple years in the harbor, but nothing over 25#s (now the kelp beds are a different story).
Junyy- I never leave home with my fishing gear without my GoPro.
Killsfish- 65# braid to 28# leader. I could use less on the leader, but that is where I have found that I have to retie the least and the bait can still swim.
Here is my mount that seems to work pretty good for me. Since I always bring up camera worthy fish on my right side (dominant hand) as I was instructed, that is where I focused my camera. I used 1 1/4" pvc pipe and connectors but had to either heat and stretch or belt sand the pipe some to fit it into my flushmount. I have it slipped inside the flushmount just behind my seat and it sets up like this.
Here is the complete unit by itself.
Here are the pvc parts. An 1 1/4" to 1 1/4" connector, an 1 1/4" to 1" reducer, and a 1" terminal. I also added a terminal at the bottom to make the entire assembly float.
I mounted the GoPro base to the flat end of the 1" terminal originally with only the sticky tape but now have added a couple of countersunk stainless screws.
I set up the post of the camera with 2 knobs to allow me to adjust the camera in 2 directions.
The fit on the PVC connectors is tight enough that I did not bother gluing in any but the bottom one. That allows me to use the same post for a light mount for night ops (check my avatar). Just remember to point the camera down more than you think, in order to get the yak-side video.