Do you and how do you propell yourself FORWARD?
Please excuse my ignorance, I'm an old man, with a chiseled stone tube float.
@Ornery Bob wrote:It's hard to imagine that those paddle pushers could compete in the salt. Not only can the tides be an issue, but sometimes when crossing bays or channels, you need to be speedy or you get run down.
You have to consider the kinesiology of the kick. Kicking backwards, like with those pedal pushers, uses the relatively small hamstring muscles for power, while a forward kick, like with conventional fins, uses the large quadriceps muscles which can deliver a lot more power. I'm sure if you turned them around and kicked backwards with your thigh muscles, you'd feel the difference. They're also anchored up above your ankle, which essentially makes your legs shorter, thereby a shorter lever with less power.
As for kicking with regular fins, I use a stroke that is more like pedaling a bicycle than a swimming kick. To move forward, I have to lean forward a bit, point my fins down and then bicycle forwards. It's not a kick I use very often. For my power kick, I sit up straight or lean back a little and pedal backwards with the power on the up stroke.
It's rare in the salt that the water is not in motion, so it would be a bit of a Catch 22 with pusher fins. They aren't going to be very efficient pushing against the current, and if the current is already pushing you where you need to go, then you can pretty much just drift.
Edit: I just wanted to add that given tides, moving forward isn't something we need to do very often. The fish will be oriented facing into the tide, so drifting with the tide automatically gives us the proper direction of presentation. The times you really need your fins is kicking against the tide and that's where power reigns supreme.
Poboy Floater wrote:However, even in salt, the proper planning can make the paddle pushers a game changer.
@Ornery Bob wrote:Poboy Floater wrote:However, even in salt, the proper planning can make the paddle pushers a game changer.
Planning? You're preaching to the choir. You're talking to a guy who checks tides4fishing.com, wunderground.com, windfinder.com and Google Earth before doing anything else.
Speaking of planning, I'm planning a trip for Saturday to a harbor and the tidal coefficient is going to be 98, which means, in freshwater terms, that the water level in my "lake" (which has a surface area of 260 acres) is going to drop by seven feet in six hours and all that water will be flowing through a channel that's only 100 yds wide. It will be more like fishing a river than a lake. So unless you want to get out of the water and hitchhike back to your car with your tube on your back, you need to seriously plan where you're going to be at what time or you're screwed, regardless of what fins you're wearing.
Come fish the salt; we don't fart around like you puddle jumpers. And who knows, I'll take you to a place where a guy caught a 30 lb halibut last year from a float tube, using 8 lb test line on a trout rod. Could be your lucky day!
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@Ornery Bob wrote:Hell, with 15mph wind, I would have looked out the car window at the water, caught a couple of imaginary fish, dodged an imaginary shark, and then stopped for a fresh, warm doughnut on the way home.
@Jerdon wrote:That little spot behind your tube looks pretty good.
There must me a few fish hiding in there.
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