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Nice pics. Any nibbles?

No nibbles!
Bummer. You might have to come down this way for your salmon this year.

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Nice pics. Any nibbles?

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I don't think there's anywhere in the East Bay to get live anchovies right now. You might be able to score some shiner perch from Bay Tackle or that spot that used to be Mikes Bait in Oakland.

Other than that, I'd say bring a sabiki rod and see what you can jig up. Trolling frozen herring is also a good bet, or tossing a swimbait.

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General Talk / Re: Whale poster link
« on: April 19, 2017, 06:22:29 AM »

But I wish they wouldn't have called orcas "killer whales"... They're actually in the dolphin family..

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Gratitude>Expectations
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:35:23 PM »
Well said. I went through a VERY similar thought process after losing a nice salmon on Saturday out at Moss Landing...

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General Talk / Re: Recnet Mtn. Lion activity
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:28:42 PM »
Supposedly a mountain lion nabbed someone's lap dog FROM THEIR BEDROOM in Pescadero the other day...

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Introductions / Re: New to the board and new-ish to kayak fishing
« on: April 17, 2017, 09:43:17 AM »
What's up, Jeff? Welcome to NCKA.

I'm not a guide, but I do a lot of salmon fishing from my kayak here in the Bay Area. I'm sure we'll cross paths out there at some point, and I'd be happy to share some pointers that have helped me over the years.

So you live in DC part of the time? What do you do out there?

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General Fishing Tips / Down rigger ball replacement
« on: April 12, 2017, 02:31:07 PM »
The DD6 really doesn't put up much of a fight once it's tripped. I wouldn't worry about that.

Also, I always keep pedaling forward while I fight salmon. I'd rather not have to avoid a planer that's also dragging behind the boat (if it gets tripped, it'll rise up toward the surface instead of staying down like a downrigger ball would).

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General Fishing Tips / Down rigger ball replacement
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:49:31 AM »
Downriggers can get kayakers in trouble.  Quickly. Replace the cable with braid and have a way to cut the line in an instant. There is a recent cautionary tale on NWKA about the dangers of kayaks and downriggers.


That could happen on a lake just as easily if there is any submerged object. stay safe.
Yes. Definitely switch to braid, definitely keep a safety knife handy (do this even if you don't run a downrigger), and definitely keep your downrigger's brake/drag loose enough to pay out line if you snag.

Also, I really recommend attaching your ball with a rubber bungee (made specifically for the purpose). This adds a "weak link", but it also acts as a shock absorber to keep from snapping your braid if you accidentally free-fall your ball and try to stop it. As a bonus, the bungee makes it a lot easier to lift your ball out of the water (no braid cuts...).

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General Fishing Tips / Down rigger ball replacement
« on: April 12, 2017, 07:38:51 AM »
The Double Deep Six works well down to about ~60-70 feet I'd say, but it's best suited for the 15-50 ft range. You can get a little deeper by running braid and avoiding baits/lures/flashers/dodgers that cause a lot of drag. I personally prefer mono for the stretch. You can probably get deeper than that, but it gets difficult to tell how deep you actually are since you get quite a bit of blowback with 120+ feet of line out.

The Double Deep Six (DD6) in the smaller size is pretty much standard for kayak trolling for salmon. They make a bigger one, but it produces a LOT of drag.

At my usual trolling speed of 2-3 mph, my line tends to hit the water at about a 30% angle. That makes it really easy to tell how deep you are. Just let out twice as many feet of line as the depth you'd like to fish.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: App for coordinates?
« on: April 11, 2017, 09:07:58 PM »
The Navionics app is great, but I'm not sure about the sharing part...

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General Talk / Re: First lingcod
« on: April 11, 2017, 03:36:19 PM »
Yeah...dead fish don't bleed. So cut the gills and let it soak for a few minutes (blood flows out easier in the water). Then place fish in burlap sack. And repeat with another fish until sack is full. The only fish that need bonking are halibut and tuna.
I don't bonk them to death, just one or two quick whacks to stun them so they don't thrash and spike me while I cut their gills. They bleed just fine.

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General Talk / Re: First lingcod
« on: April 11, 2017, 01:04:43 PM »
Cool. I'd be curious to try a taste test comparison between my current method and a full-on ikejime. I understand that lactic acid can have a negative effect on fish quality, but I'm really happy with the end results I'm getting.

I can see this being more important on sharks and tuna - both of which can have a strong taste if not handled properly.

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General Talk / First lingcod
« on: April 11, 2017, 12:54:04 PM »
Full on ikejime is a pretty time consuming endeavor. Are you just spiking their brains then bleeding at the gills? Or doing the whole deal (spiking brain, cutting spinal cord, cutting off tail and threading a wire, etc)?

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General Talk / Re: First lingcod
« on: April 11, 2017, 12:41:03 PM »
My routine is similar to dtizz.

1) Land fish
2) Bonk
3) Bleed (cut gills and swish around in the water until bleeding stops)
4) Place fish in cooler bag with ice (mine is the Inshore Kill Bag made by Sea Angler brand).
5) While pedaling in at the end of the day, I gut the fish and put them back in the bag. (If it's slow, I sometimes just gut them right after bleeding).

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