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General Talk / 2017 Hobie Sale 30% off
« on: Today at 02:23:49 PM »
I was talking to a few others who were looking for kayaks and mentioned that I purchased my Outback from a Kayak rental store in Tahoe at the end of the season last year.  Well, the end of season is almost upon us again so I thought I would pass along the information.

Tahoe City Kayak
(530) 581-4336
ask for Andy

I purchased a 2016 Hobie from Andy last year for $1700 and he even delivered it to my home in Windsor (Sonoma County) for another $150.00.  It was in fantastic shape, minus one small cigarette burn mark.  I believe they purchase their boats new and sell them for 30% less at the end of the season.  They have Outbacks, Revo's and Adventure Islands.  Maybe some other boats as well.  If you're interested, give them a call.  Its a first come first serve thing.  Good luck!

General Talk / Epic Whale encounter at Albion
« on: August 13, 2017, 08:45:46 PM »
Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to Albion until Saturday afternoon and missed all the fun.  But Sunday morning, I was up at at 5:30 gearing up for an epic day of fishing.  But lo and behold... all you drunk bastards were still passed out in your tents!  I waited by the water until about 7:30am and thank goodness, Will the Thrill comes paddling by and so I finally had a fishing buddy.  The water was pretty rough in the early am and we nixed our plans to head down the coast.  I saw something boil right off Will's bow and it tweaked me a little bit.  I was thinking a sea lion was below and possibly going for the stringers but the back of my mind was thinking shark!  We were looking at the bubbles, wondering wtf it was when a humpback spouted about 100 yards away.  He was tooling at a good pace and heading north.  We yelled and called it out on the radio, then that SOB made a 90 degree turn and came right for us!  It breached right next to Will about 15 feet away.  An epic experience and one I wont soon forget!  Here's the video.  The wide angle doesn't really do it justice but you can get a good look at it at the .57 mark. 

I had planned on spending a couple days on the lake but the heat scared me off.  Against my better judgement, I went anyway for an overnighter.  Its a beautiful lake with tons of camping, a cafe, and swimming pools.  Unfortunately, its hot as hell and a "no body contact" lake.  At 10pm it was still 91 degrees. 

I fished sunrise to noon with very little luck.  They had stocked the lake 2 days earlier and fishing was good by the dock, but no one seemed to be having much luck elsewhere.  I trolled live worms and Power Worms all the way to the river arm (about 1.5 miles from dock) with no luck.  My fish finder seems to lack the ability to find fish so I had to guess at what depth the fish were at.  Water temp was a whopping 78 degrees. 

I found a decent rock wall near the mouth of the river arm that hung over a deep hole, but most importantly it offered shade while I fished.  I hooked up one decent rainbow while trolling a spinner and live worm and a dodger, but nothing else worth mentioning. 

From what I understand, this is a great fishing lake and some friends of mine score some huge trout from there.  Unfortunately, I'm pretty green at kayak fishing so take this report with a grain of salt.  I did speak to several other fishermen on the lake and none were having any luck.  That made me feel a little better.  If I ever go back, its gonna be in the spring or fall... too damn hot!

General Talk / Scotty Laketroller downrigger question
« on: July 15, 2017, 01:25:55 PM »
I read somewhere on these forums that one of you had put braided line on your Laketroller and painted lines every 10 feet on it.  I'm curious what type of paint you used so that it didn't wash or peel off? 

General Talk / Lake Pillsbury with a Scotty Lake Troller
« on: June 15, 2017, 03:36:18 PM »
Heading to Pillsbury this weekend and looking forward to trying out the new Scotty Lake Troller downrigger I installed.  Haven't seen any fishing reports.  Anyone?

General Talk / Suggestions for photographing C&R for AOTY
« on: June 09, 2017, 02:16:15 PM »
Hi everyone.  Dumb question.  I'm mostly Catch and Release but I'm participating in this years AOTY for shits and giggles.  Anyone have suggestions how to photograph large fish to meet the AOTY rules but still allowing you to safely release?  Seems incredibly difficult in a kayak. 

General Talk / Fish Finder Guide
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:51:03 PM »
Anyone know of a good guide (other than the manual) on how to properly read your fish finder?  After GSXI, its obvious I need to get up to speed on my Lowrance Hook 4. 

General Talk / Giants home opener Monday - McCoveyCove
« on: April 06, 2017, 08:06:09 PM »
Well..since the rains muddied up the streams, its time to take a break from fishing.  If the weather is decent, some buddies and I are hitting McCovey Cove for the Giants home opener on Monday afternoon.  See ya there?

General Talk / Hobie Mirage Drive 180
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:11:22 PM »
Anyone here picked up the new Mirage Drive 180 yet?  I'm curious what they think?  I'm in the market to pick up a kayak for my wife and I'm considering shelling out the big bucks for a new Hobie Sport so that we could interchange the drives between the two when she's not with me.  But if anyone has any other suggestions for a decent, sea-worthy and light paddle kayak, then I'd consider buying that then picking up the drive separately.  They go for about $800.00 so even if a kayak cost $750.00 new, its would be a good $700 cheaper than a new sport.  Any suggestions?


Introductions / New from Sonoma County
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:24:29 PM »
Hello everyone.  Purchased a Hobie Outback this summer and I will probably spend most my time on the coast north of Jenner, Clearlake and the Delta.  Looking forward to some great fishing and crabbing!

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