During that time we have been actively involved in the whole evolution of beach fishing starting with wind driven boats, through balloons, every style and variety of kites and electric con tikis and all their improvements and innovations.
Yours is the sixth electric kon tiki we have purchased and we consider it to be superior to our older electric boats. We have launched it in calm to one and a half metre seas and its ruggedness and strength has made light of them all.
Its speed is outstanding. Once launched it carries 25 heavy baits, about a pound to lead weights and approximately 1400 metres of line out in 17 minutes, frustrating both the crabs and gulls. Then it stops automatically and allows the baits to sink and do their job.
Such speed enables us to get in up to three launches per day if we so wish. When the season improves and fish are more plentiful and closer in, we can adjust the running time of the machine, down to slower journeys.
We have adapted the ply cradle you supplied with the machine. We have installed a movable ply bottom and fitted rope handles to each side to enable two people to carry the machine in comfort. The ply bottom allows us to carry spare weights and other gear in the crate the same time.
Your price versus performance comparison to our other machines is a lot better than them all.
We look forward to many more successful sorties in the coming months
Bill Snelgar Phil Shaw
Mathew Lowe writes
After a season of unreliable wind we decided to rid ourselves of the sail kontiki and invest in an electric kontiki. After looking at a few models we chose the Challenger Marine Fishing Torpedo for its extra grunt and getting the line out quickly, as well as being able to set it multiple times without
It has gone out in some good southerly swells and handles it well. With any less power it would have just kept getting washed back. We have set it out multiple times and it's handy not having to charge or change the batteries every set, just switch it on again and go.
We have had some good catches of snapper of all sizes with some of them up to 10kg as well as a lot of gurnard and a few kahawai and a few other species as well.
We are happy with the purchase and are hoping to get a lot more fish this summer with it.
Sam Wilson writes
Here is a rundown of what I have achieved since purchasing the Challenger Marine Fishing Torpedo in August last year. Up to the 31 May 2004 the longline was set 116 times and 136 snapper were caught and taken home, the biggest being 15lbs.
In comparison the previous 12 months with the wind sail kontiki we only caught 22 snapper