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Stealth / New Stealth Fusion
« on: September 05, 2021, 03:39:47 PM »
So I took the Stealth Fusion out to HMB on Sat 9/4.  Some observations -

If you have a fishfinder, it is trivial to set up with transponder, battery pack and screen all mounted without having to drill a hole in your kayak.  I used velcro for the screen, a dry bag for the batteries and a few scraps of wood with stainless bolts and lock nuts to hold in the transponder in the provided scupper.  People make this much harder and expensive than necessary. 

The live well works. 

It is a wet ride.  If you are moving, the Venturi effect keeps it all dry, but if you are just sitting there enjoying your coffee... well, you are sitting below water level. 

No coffee cup holder. 

Your reels will get wet due to where the holders are relative to your paddle motion. 

You can't eat and troll.  Your fishing style will be more jigging and drop shotting when bottom fishing.  I'll do salmon trolling to see how it is when the bite picks up. 

I added a screenshot of my paddles on Sat.  7.7 miles.  Nice upper body workout.  1.5 mph into the wind and tide.  I'm in reasonable shape (run 10k's etc...) and it wasn't hard, but I did make a note of the BS claims on YouTube about 3 mph into the wind without trying. 

Less gizmosity.  (yes, I declare that is a real word).  No seat, no pedal mechanism, all the junk just fits in the hatch.  You end up feeling like you are forgetting something. 

Would I buy again?  Yes.

General Talk / San Diego Yellow Tail
« on: May 09, 2021, 06:27:13 PM »
Of course this question was spurred on by my YouTube Feed, but curious if people have done the drive to go after yellow tail?  It seems like a great long weekend adventure.  And losing the 3mil wetsuit and going with a shorty will be nice too!

I've seen a few posts searching the forums and the odd YouTube vids but curious as to people's experiences. 



Recipes / Rockfish Sushi - yet again
« on: July 28, 2020, 08:24:17 AM »
Yes, we've covered this before but this time I have video...

Korean rockfish (Sebastes schlegelii) is regularly eaten raw in Korean and Japan.  No freezing, just cut and go.  I've not heard of thousands of Koreans pitching over from stomach pains.


Blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) is generally thought of as a no-go on the sushi side of things for us here in CA but I'm a bit adventurous.  I'm blessed with a -19F home freezer so I've been processing some of the better looking fillets and they make nice sushi / sashimi.  YMMV but freeze according to FDA requirements and enjoy!   

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Santa Cruz 7/20
« on: July 21, 2019, 10:11:11 AM »
Decided to try Santa Cruz this past Saturday and ended up meeting a fellow kayaker at the harbor.  After quick introductions we hit the water and enjoyed a very glassy cruise out to the red buoy.  We didn't hit anything big but there were a few rockfish around.  Around noon, the wind picked up and pretty much left the bay to the sailboats. 

Talking to the DFG warden at the docks who was checking ice boxes, he said he saw 4 nice salmon that day.  I had a handful of rockfish for tacos that night.

If you are newish to kayaking on the ocean, Santa Cruz is a good goto spot!  Longish but easy paddle/pedal. 

Safety First / Wetsuits and Winter
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:59:38 PM »
This is my first year with my kayak - a Hobie Quest 13.  I've been primarily on the Delta and a few lakes in the area and for the most part, other than dressing with appropriate external clothing (high performance outdoor wear), I've not considered a wet suit or dry suit.  The other day I launched on the Delta and the water temperature was 49F.  Per the various survival charts, that gives me about 30-60 min in the water max.  In the Delta by default I'm rarely more than 30-50 yds from a bank so I'm assuming with PFD I can reach the shore, but I was curious if you experienced kayakers don wet suits in the winter months. 



Introductions / New Guy From East Bay
« on: July 28, 2018, 03:27:41 PM »
Just picked up a new to me Hobie Quest 13.  I've been out a few times with it fishing and I'm really enjoying it. Looking forward to seeing you folks out on the water. 

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