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General Talk / This could be fun...
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:35:27 PM »

General Talk / Cherry Lake intel?
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:41:21 AM »
Hey guys,

Me and some friends are heading to Cherry Lake for some boat in camping over July 4th weekend. I'll have my 12 foot Gregor aluminum and a couple kayaks. I've never been there, but I understand you can camp just about anywhere around the lake as long as you're at least 100 feet from the high water mark. (Of course the goal is to find an existing camp spot rather than create a new one.)

Anyone have any tips on good camp spots? Or fishing techniques for summertime at Cherry Lake?

Thanks in advance!



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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Yeti Rambler - Quick Review...
« on: May 23, 2017, 07:59:49 AM »
My trusty old travel mug crapped out, so I bought a 20-oz Yeti Rambler.

The insulation is really f*cking good. Maybe too good. I poured my coffee over an hour and a half ago and it's still almost to hot to sip.

So... If that's what you're going for...

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Wanted To Buy / Wanted - Lowrance HDI Skimmer (83/200/455/800)
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:48:52 AM »
What's up NCKA?

Anyone out there happen to have an extra Lowrance HDI Skimmer transducer or a spare power cord that'll fit my Hook 5 head unit?

I'm in the process of rigging up my little 12' Gregor skiff. Motor (8-HP Tohatsu) is on the way. Trailer will probably be bought this weekend. Now I just need to get my electronics in order.

Thanks for looking!



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General Talk / Sunglasses - Costa vs. Maui Jim vs. ???
« on: January 23, 2017, 11:30:05 AM »
What's up, guys?

I'm in the market for a new pair of fishing shades. Any opinions on Costa Del Mar versus Maui Jim?

I've always liked Costa, but a lot of recent Costa reviews are saying the customer service has gone to sh*t and the grippy rubber nose and temple pads peel off or melt if you get sunscreen on them. That got me thinking about trying Maui Jim...

Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts before I drop  $200+ on a new pair of shades.

I'm also open to other brands, but I definitely prefer glass lenses over poly (less prone to scratching).



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General Fishing Tips / Sac guys - Best launch near Isleton?
« on: October 28, 2016, 02:54:36 PM »
Hey guys,

Can anyone recommend a good launch spot near Isleton? Ideally it'd be free and have a restroom, but I'm flexible.

I'm not too worried about paying to launch, but I'd rather avoid the hassle of filling out paperwork, etc, if possible...



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For Sale / FYI - Shimano Symetre on sale at Cabelas
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:33:43 AM »
The Shimano Symetre is a great little spinning reel, and right now they're on sale for ~$70 at Cabelas (down from ~$100).

If I weren't pinching pennies for my upcoming Thailand/India trip, I'd pick up a second 2500... I've had my other Symetre 2500 for about 14 years now without any issues whatsoever (including lots of use in salty/sandy conditions).

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General Fishing Tips / VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER!!!
« on: September 29, 2016, 12:32:26 PM »
Hey everyone,

I posted this in my Bolinas/HMB chrome hookup thread, but I feel it deserves repeating here for anyone who might not see it in that thread. I thought about posting it in the "safety first" section, but I think it might have a better chance of being seen here.

So here it is...


There's an active discussion on Coastside Fishing Club right now, and us kayak anglers are the topic. Several power boaters have expressed serious concern about how we aren't especially visible in low light and high swell conditions. They have requested that we be extra diligent with hi-vis flags and lights, especially in low low visibility conditions.

Of course we are all allowed to make our own safety choices, but it's in everyone's best interest to avoid accidents at ALL costs. From now on, my kayak will be sporting a hi-vis flag clipped to my spare rod, and early mornings I plan to wear TWO headlamps; one facing forward, one facing backward.

Some PB's have a bit of a "salty" attitude about kayakers in "their" ocean, but the vast majority are friendly guys who are just as stoked as we are.

I just ask that we all do our part.

Let's keep the lines of communication between kayakers and PBs open. And let's all try to understand the limitations of our crafts.

For example, large PB's and commies with gear out CANNOT make quick turns. We must give them PLENTY of room to maneuver.

That is all.



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General Fishing Tips / Caspar / Ft. Bragg area tips and intel?
« on: August 27, 2016, 12:32:36 PM »
What's up, guys?

I'm gonna be camping at Jughandle Farm over Labor Day weekend, and of course I'm bringing my kayak. I havent kayaked that area, so I could use some general intel about suggested launch spots, etc..

It looks like Caspar and Fort Bragg are both just a quick drive from the campground.

If the weather behaves, I'd like to head off shore and troll for a bit then head in and target rockfish.

Where would you go?



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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Question for NRS Chinook users...
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:04:18 AM »
What's up, guys?

Quick question for those of you with the newer (2013+?) version of the NRS Chinook PFD...

Does this loop work well for attaching your VHF radio? I like to keep it out and accessible (not in a pocket).

Of course I'll need to try it out myself, but I thought I'd ask here first.



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General Fishing Tips / PSA - Inspect and adjust your Mirage Drive!
« on: August 11, 2016, 12:39:46 PM »
I'm in the process of replacing the chains and idler cable on my V2 Mirage Drive (both were showing rust where the cable was exposed), and I discovered that it was all way out of adjustment. I hadn't thought much of it until my last trip when I noticed significant "slop" in the pedals and saw that the idler cable was quite loose.

With the new parts installed and correctly adjusted, the drive feels like new.

Anyway... Just a friendly reminder to inspect and adjust your equipment. The Mirage Drive is a pretty robust piece of gear, but it shouldn't be ignored like I did for way to long...

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General Fishing Tips / WSB time?
« on: July 25, 2016, 08:26:20 AM »
Apparently there are a bunch of squid boats working off Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz.

You know what that means!

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General Fishing Tips / Last minute Chabot advice for kids?
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:03:28 AM »
What's up, guys?

We're taking the nephews shore fishing at Chabot today. Any last minute advice to give them something to pull on? Trout has been slow, but their planting catfish. I'm thinking it'll be best to keep it simple... Small hook, split shot(s), and a worm. Seems like that has the best chance at a panfish, catfish, trout... Hell even a sucker fish or carp would give them something to tug on.

Any advice for a fail-safe method to put kids on fish at Chabot?

Thanks in advance!


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General Talk / Got a heavy duty rivet gun I can borrow?
« on: July 11, 2016, 08:02:41 AM »

Anyone out there have a heavy duty rivet gun I can borrow? I'm liking for the two-handed style, like the pic below.

I need to set some closed-end aluminum pop rivets in my Gregor aluminum boat, and I don't think my little "standard" rivet gun is up for the task.

I'm in Oakland.

Thanks in advance!



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