NorCal Kayak Anglers

ARW Halibut tournament June 17,2017 Registration OPEN

After a few months of planning the committee is ready to open up registration for the ARW Halibut Tournament. The tournament is schedule on Saturday June 17, 2017.

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 5, 2017 (Late registration will not be provided with an event shirt)

We are excited to put this event on for the NCKA family and look forward to raising money for PIF. We are still looking to secure additional prizes and raffles and we will update as it comes along. Registration for the event will be $25 dollars and will include, a goodie bag, ARW tournament T-shirt, and meal ticket. The rest of the money will go towards PIF.

First Prize will be awarded a custom made halibut trophy designed and crafted by Ariel_Sea.

There is also a limited time "PIF" T-shirt for the event that can be ordered through the registration process.
All questions or inquiries can be sent to

NOTE: Attached is the waiver for the tournament. Please print, sign, and submit it electronically. We will also have printed waivers on the day of the tournament for all participants; however, those who have completed their paperwork are free to start after the general safety announcement.

Event Sponsors
Adventure Sports- KayakCity
California Canoe and Kayak
Bay Tackle
Pacific Nalu
Norcal Fish Whisperers
Phu Quy bait and tackle
Khanh Customs
Depth Squad
Signco USA

Tournament Webpage


Tournament Rules

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Trinidad Rockfish Wars 7, August 26th

Hey Gang,

Well, I asked and you answered!  The date for TRW7 is set for August 26th.  We aren't taking signups yet but we wanted to make sure everyone got the date on their calendars early.  I'll bring your more details as I get them.

Hope to see you all there!


Ocean Kayak is donating a new 2017 Trident 15 as part of the first prize package for TRW7.  Pacific Outfitters is matching that which makes TWO new Trident 15 kayaks for the winning team! 

Here's the link to the Pacific Outfitters TRW post:

One F

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Rollins Lake Roundup- 5/6/17 Multispecies CPR

Hills Flat Lumber

Register Here!

Multi-species Catch Photo and Release (CPR) event.
Sponsored by Hills Flat Lumber in Colfax/ Grass Valley and Hobie (Demo Day).
Raffle will be a FULLY LOADED Hobie Revo13 - Dune.
Each registered angler will receive 1 Revo13 raffle ticket. Additional tickets are $20 each/ 6 for $100.
Must be present to win the raffle.
Raffle proceeds beneficiary TBD.
Entry also includes free BBQ and Demo Day.
Payout will be 100% - 50/30/20 after all expenses.

Saturday 5/6/17
Greenhorn Campground
Start 1/2 hour before sunrise
Wet shotgun start - you must stay within 100yards of the launch prior to start.
Wristbands available at the check-in table near the launch one hour prior to start.
Check-in closes at 2:30PM sharp.
Awards/ BBQ 3:30PM


• Human powered kayaks only.
• Artificial baits and lures only (scents OK)
• Catch & Release only.
• 1 Point Per Inch scoring rule will apply for all fish caught.
• One of each species may be submitted of your best 3 fish (trout, bass, panfish and catfish).
• The total points combined of your 3 separate species as presented on camera will be your score.
• The photographs resolution must be high enough so we can zoom in and ID the fish species and clearly see the size down to the quarter inch.
• All photo entries must be rounded down to the nearest quarter inch.
• The entire fish must be photographed laying straight on a measuring board with either the fishes top or bottom jaw touching the boards end (0”
mark). The mouth does NOT need to be closed. We will NOT measure your fish nor will ANY fish be allowed at the check-in table.
• All scoring photos must include the tourney wrist band with your name and the mornings indicator clearly showing.
• Each angler must fill out their own points sheet accurately and submit at the check-in table no later than 2:30PM tourney day.
• We will announce anglers to come up, verify there score sheets shortly after 2:30pm check-in cutoff. Do not leave the check-in area until notified to do so.
• You must be wearing your wrist band during score sheet verification.
• If you are not present to have your photos and score sheet verified, you will be disqualified.
• All CA DFW rules must be followed.
• You will be required to wear a PFD or life jacket while competing.
• Not following any of these rules will result in instant and complete disqualification. All ties and discrepancies will be decided by the
tournament director. Know these rules before competing!
• There is a competition for the most trash picked up by weight during the tournament, the prize for this will be announced during awards. Trash
collected will be brought to the check-in table for inspection and further dumping instructions.

• Cost $25(ends 4/28), $35 day of

I think with all this water and mountain snow, the lake should supply a great late pre-spawn bass, shallow trout and deep structure pan fish bite. When this lake is one, it's on and so much fun. 20 - 30 fish days are not uncommon.

Mark it in your calendars.

Mike Lavoie

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GS11 - Big Thank You to the Community. Much Love. Reports start on pg. 38

Registration is now CLOSED!

We WILL have a new kayak as part of the raffle.  Our own RacinRob has confirmed a Wilderness Systems boat again - thank you, Rob!!  Each participant gets an entry toward the Grand Prize kayak.

The gear will have purple ink, and this year we'll have zip hoodies instead of pullovers.  The raffle will benefit PIF and HOW, and most of the other Gimme Shelter traditions are part of this year's plan as usual.  We'll have Gyotaku fish printing where kids 15 and under will print for free and possibly win a cash prize.  We'll have a potluck and raffle awards ceremony at the campground pavilion as it's been the last few years, and KayakJack and his volunteer army will bring back the awesome Taco Shack.  We'll have a safety meeting down at the ramp where my laptop might fly or my vehicle may instantly become disabled!  We'll have a fishing tournament where I've added a species - starry flounder, just to keep it interesting.  We'll hopefully have great diving and pre-fishing water and beautiful sunny days to enjoy the Lost Coast and each other in the world class setting of Shelter Cove.

I've added to the application and qualification sheet, and I appreciate everyone being patient about complying with what still amount to very basic paperwork requirements. 

Registration fees have remained unchanged since GS4.  Shirt prices are the same as last year, but I'm only offering a zip hoodie this year - they're more pricey at $50.  They'll be cool.  Also, I learned from the hat production last year.  The hats will be high quality and are $25.

The bottom line for this event is celebrating the NCKA community.  Prizes and commercialism have been identified as secondary priorities.  I plan to make the event everything that it's been leading up to this point, and my goal is always to enjoy it immensely at the same time.  I look forward to spending time with my NCKA family.  :smt001

Discussion can continue at whatever pace is desired.  I'll likely get revved up now and then over the coming months and do some pic dumps and video archive revivals of past GS's and Shelter Cove stuff from over the years.  Please feel free to do the same. 

Part of what has become my GS Scheme is to tone down the buildup, and that way hopefully only those who really want some GS will be the ones to attend.

Thanks - please post questions on this thread, and I'll keep it checked and updated.

Probably won't maintain an updated roster this year, so be sure to get in touch with me if you don't get a welcome email.  Anyone ever not gotten a welcome email?  Check your junk mail folder, Disney!  :smt005

I will post the roster soon.

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NCKA/HAC Hawg Trough Store: check first post for details

NCKA Hawg Troughs now available at $20 each. Limited quantities. First come, first served.

110 troughs sold, 0 troughs available

All proceeds go toward funding fishing trips for kids with cancer, one of Mooch's wishes.

aypal is not an option. Cash or personal check only. Requests can be sent to me at:

Howard Joe
4720 Ridpath Street
Fremont, CA 94538

Please include your username, email address, and/or phone number, in case I have any questions regarding your request. If I can't get in touch with you, I will return your payment.

Three ways to get your trough:

1.   NCKA Express (anyone traveling in your direction)
2.   Pick up from me.
3.   If you’re REALLY in a hurry for it, pay $9.00 for shipping.

Logos shown below. Measurement numbers are in black.

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[KFM] Mooch Lives IN MEMORIUM - Joel "Mooch” Lotilla

Kayak Fishing Magazine honors Joel's Life and Legacy.


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NCKA Sticker Store: 2x3.75, 5x5, & 12x12 vinyls available. Check first post.

New vinyl stickers are available.

Vinyl 2 x 3.75 in. ling-Mooch Strong stickers are available for $3.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl 12 x 12 in. oversize ling stickers (same design as the vinyl 5x5 image) are now available for $20.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl 5 x 5 in. ling stickers are available for $5.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl Ling

Vinyl 4 x 6 in. OG vinyl stickers (white on black) are available for $5.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl OG

If you see the sticker listed, the sticker is available.

Free shipping

All proceeds go toward funding a fishing trip for kids, to honor one of Mooch's wishes.

Paypal is not an option. Cash or personal check only. Requests can be sent to me at:

Howard Joe
4720 Ridpath Street
Fremont, CA 94538

Or catch me at an event.

Please include your username, email address, and/or phone number, in case I have any questions regarding your request. If I can't get in touch with you, I will return your payment.

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Hunting the Elusive Grey Ghost - The Art and Science

About the White Seabass
The white seabass (Atractoscion, nobilis) is not a bass but a member of the croaker family and is related to the California corbina. White seabass (WSB) occur from Juneau, Alaska south to Baja California. They are usually found in areas of rocky bottom and around kelp beds. White seabass are present in California waters all year long. They spawn in kelp beds in the spring and summer. In the fall they form large schools and feed on spawning squid. In the winter they head off-shore following the squid and other baitfish. They can swim 300 miles in 2-3 months. White seabass feed on anchovies, pilchards, herring, and other fish, as well as on crustaceans and squid. The average weight of a 28-inch fish is 7 1/2 pounds. The all-tackle record is 83 pounds, 10 ounces.

The white seabass is a fish that has been much sought after commercially and by anglers. Its dense flesh is white and tender and highly valued, but it spoils quickly without proper care. White seabass landings have fluctuated considerably over the past century, with the commercial take ranging from a high of 3.4 million pounds in 1959 to a low of 58,000 pounds in 1997. The white seabass are making a tremendous comeback after years of pollution and gill netting took their toll. United Anglers assisted in getting legislation passed which now prohibits gill nets within three miles of the coastline. The Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute operates the white seabass hatchery at Carlsbad.  The researchers and volunteers have raised, tagged and released approximately 413,000 juvenile seabass into the waters of Southern California since 1986.

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