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Messages - TommyTwoFish

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SW swell 2ft @ 15 secs.

I don't know PP that well, but I would expect that you will want to watch your timing.  Even at just 2ft, those longer period swells have a lot energy.  But probably just a shore break that you can easily time.  Good luck!

For Sale / Free: Water Cooler
« on: May 11, 2022, 06:41:48 PM »
A little dirty, but otherwise fine.  Good for kids soccer games and mixing jungle juice (but not at  both at the same time).

~20 inches tall.

Will trade for a good fish story.

Pickup in Mountain View/Los Altos area.

(Is it obvious that I am cleaning my garage?)

For Sale / Re: For Sale: Dakine Fishbag/Backpack
« on: May 11, 2022, 05:49:09 PM »
It's yours.  We can coordinate view PMs.

For Sale / For Sale: Dakine Fishbag/Backpack
« on: May 11, 2022, 03:34:56 PM »
Never used.  Too be honest, I found it a little bulky for kayak.  Has backback straps and would be great for short hike to carry beers and cold lunch.


Pickup in Mountain View/Los Altos area.

For Sale / For Sale: suspenz kayak cart
« on: May 11, 2022, 03:31:16 PM »
Lightly used.  Not sure what exact model.  Top bar is ~17 inches across.


Pickup in Mountain View/Los Altos area.


I generally use Eddie's math for launching from a beach:  Swell should be more than 2x Period... nothing more than 3ft for me; and no wind over 10mph.  These days, I like my kayaking to be relaxing and comfortable.  :smt003

I am pretty much an exact match to these rules of thumb.  Kinda settled there after 3 years of trial and error.  At some of the launches even 3ft can be a bit big when coupled with those longer periods (12 sec+), and you need to make sure you have your timing right.

Rockaway can have a pretty significant rip current right at the preferred launch at the south end of the beach.  Often times you will see the surfers riding the rip out and then turning more towards the center of the beach to catch their waves.  I have never figured out what conditions/swell direction setup for that rip to be especially strong, but it is something watch out for.  Launching is, of course, easy with the rip, but you don't want to relax on the way in.  Did that once and end up getting dumped and spit back out amongst the the surfers.

For Sale / Re: Cannon Lake Troll Downrigger for Sale
« on: October 17, 2021, 01:11:57 PM »
All yours.  I will reply to your PM.

For Sale / * SOLD * Cannon Lake Troll Downrigger for Sale
« on: October 16, 2021, 02:06:12 PM »

Never used.  All mounting hardware included, but it is missing the rod holder that can be mounted behind.


Hoping against hope that someone picked up a lonely set of Hobie beach wheels and wants to return them. Left right in the grass in front of parking lot.  (Not the first time I have left something behind, but certainly the most expensive mistake.)

Totally happy to have had Nolan's help!  My boat-side handling was a not on point and didn't want to lose that beast. In retrospect I should have used more creative pedaling to get him back into a better position for my solo net tries.  I fish a big 9ft rod and in my excitement I think I forgot some of what has worked in the past.

I will say that the only other fish I have had that fought like this (insisting on sitting deep), I ended up taking for another drag to try and tire him out more.  Seemed to perk him up even more, and he ended up doing an arial and spitting the hook.  So I think that was in the back of my mind.

Boat-side I was at least smart enough to not get my net into the water when it wasn't right, but after I let a little slack into the line on one pass, that was it and I was super grateful for the help.

Fished with Nolan, Greg, and Brian out of Moss yesterday.  We launched at 6:30 to no wind and just a small swell. We fished the edge of the canyon straight out and then more northern finger for absolutely nothing.  Not even a bump.  There was sporadic bait on the FF, but no birds and only 2 whales that we saw cruising by.

After about 10 miles of paddling we were heading in, and I was getting tired, so I pulled up my down-rigger and put a 10oz torpedo in front of my triangular flasher and FBR with a big herring.  5 minutes later and BANG, fish on.  I can tell right away that it is big.  It is peeling drag and shaking.  I give him the pedal drag treatment and he does a few short runs and I can't really gain any line on him as the pedaling and its weight is right at my drag limit.  After about 10 minutes, the fish isn't doing any more runs, but is still very heavy.  I stop pedaling and start working on gaining some line.  When he gets near the boat, I see a big flash of purplish green and think that it is sea bass.  It still wants to sit really deep and is pretty active, twisting and turning near the boat and I get a better look and confirm that it is a Chinook, with a colorful (and big) back.

Trying not to panic, I work it to both side of the boat a couple of times, but it keeps pulling just a bit of line and heading down as I am trying to get the net into position.  Nolan is watching from nearby and has offered to net a couple of times and on the third ask, I swallow my pride and say yes, "please help"!  First pass by we don't quite line things up, but on the second pass, I  get the fish up and into his net.  It's a beast, furiously flopping, and I end up grabbing the far side of the hoop and we hoist it out of the water together with a holler.

37 inches, 25.5 lbs (bled but not gutted).

Safety First / Re: How big of a wave will flip my Hobie?
« on: April 21, 2021, 04:28:11 PM »
First couple of years I did all of my landings in my Outback with rudder up, drive out (and securely strapped down), and paddle only.  But on certain beaches and with short period swells I just can't paddle fast enough to reliably be out of the danger zone as the next wave is hitting.  Last year I started landing with rudder up, drive down, and paddle in hands for steering (and bracing, if required).  I will pedal like crazy to stay on the heels of a wave I am following in, and either bungie or quickly pull the (tethered) drive right as it is getting shallow.

So far so good, but I will probably have a different opinion after I bend my drive mast for the first time.

I also am pretty conservative about surf I do go out in.  I wouldn't go this pedal-down route if I thought there would still be a decent chance of being caught by the next wave.  If that were the case, I would go back to drive out and paddling in, hoping that my bracing would be good enough, but expecting to end up swimming.

General Talk / Re: lowrance power troubles
« on: March 19, 2021, 10:49:37 AM »
I had persistent power problems with my Lowrance elite a couple of years ago.

I ended up wrapping fishing line around the plug tying that to the mounting bracket, and then cinching down to apply some angular pressure at the connection.  It mostly worked, but I sent the head unit in for repair at the end of the season.  I had (more or less) reproduced the problem with a different battery & cable, so I felt like it was actually an issue the the power connection inside the head unit.

But, having had some power issue since, I really think it is all about corrosion on both sides of the connector.  I try my best to keep that connection dry, but I am still having to clean/scrub both sides pretty regularly.  This includes a good corrosion cleaner, and  getting into the female plug with steel bristle brush and/or a sharp fish hook.  (I am not sure that the fish hook is a good idea, but it seems to have helped.)

I kinda feel that the power connection isn't really up to the rigors of kayak fishing.  Or at least it requires someone who is going to be more careful with its care than I am willing to be.  Dielectric grease, plastic baggies for the connectors, plugs in the head unit on the way out, careful not to get it wet at the end of the day - damn it, I just want to fish!

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