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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Non-Yak Salmon Report
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:01:13 PM »
Oh, barbless shrimp flies ???


Safety First / Re: Rescue at Simply Fishing 2018
« on: September 25, 2018, 03:13:59 PM »
Similar thing happened at Albion.  Guy forgot to close his rear hatch on a Hobie.  He was quickly taking on water.  I gave him my pump and closed his hatch.  He pumped and pumped for 5-10 minutes and everything was all good then.  I highly recommend carrying a bilge pump.

It sounds like it was a well executed rescue.  Good to hear everyone plus the kayak made it back safely.  It can all happen real quickly.

I also rescued a girl at the Cove last month.  Be prepared!!!

Hobie Kayaks / Re: Huge news from Hobie?
« on: September 16, 2018, 02:08:09 PM »
It's only 3lbs heavier so no problem putting it on top of my truck.   Also Thule Hullivators are junk.  They trust and fall apart to easily.  I find it easier to not use any racks , but instead just bars or a lumber rack with it turned upside down and strapped down.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Harpoon/flying gaff for Halibut
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:05:12 PM »
A wiremans gaff attached to a buoy fits the strict definition of mousetrap gear. I stopped using it until I get clarification. I will use a kage on lingcod but I won’t carry a buoy with a wiremans gaff attached anymore.

Your mileage may vary.


Question: I wish to target large Pacific halibut from my kayak. I’ve researched several different methods for safely landing a large Pacific halibut from a kayak and have settled on a wireman’s gaff. A wireman’s gaff is a large 18/0 shark hook at the end of a 15-20 foot section of rope. The fish is gaffed with the shark hook and the other end of the rope is normally tied to a cleat – much like a flying gaff. From a kayak, this would be dangerous. Instead, I would tie the other end of the rope to an A1 buoy and throw the buoy overboard. The fish then fights the buoy, tires itself out, and then once tired it can be hauled in and dispatched safely.

My concern is that a hook on a rope attached to a buoy fits the description of “mousetrap gear” in the California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 28.65(f).

“Mousetrap gear prohibited: It is unlawful to use, assist in using, or to possess aboard any vessel, hook-and-line gear commonly termed ‘mouse traps’ constructed of a hook(s) or lure(s), attached to one end of a line that is attached to a float, or floats at the other end, and that when fished, is not attached directly to a person or vessel. Possession of such gear aboard a vessel shall be prima facie evidence that the gear is being used in violation of this regulation.”

Clearly, my intended use is not to fish with the wireman’s gaff as the line is too short to catch anything. The hook is never baited and it is never deployed without first being used to gaff a legally hook-and-line caught fish. Is the use of a wireman’s gaff in this way legal under the regulations? Do you think I would get a ticket if a wireman’s gaff attached to a buoy were in my possession? If it is not legal, is there a way to rig it to make it legal without tying a large agitated fish off to my kayak? (Doug K., Eureka)

Answer: Good question! I think the easiest way for you to make it clear that your device is a gaff and not mousetrap gear would be to rig it so that it couldn’t be used as mousetrap gear. For example, if the hook is tied to a floating rope (e.g. polypropylene) with no weights, it would look like a gaff, whereas if it were tied with clear fishing line it would look like mousetrap gear. If you do this, game wardens will know that your device is a gaff.

“‘Snag’ or ‘gaff’ hooks are hooks with or without handles used to take fish in such manner that the fish does not take the hook voluntarily in its mouth” (Fish and Game Code, section 48).

There is no law that would prohibit your described method of gaffing a Pacific halibut. Many divers use similar devices with floats that detach from their spear guns while spearing large game fish

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Harpoon/flying gaff for Halibut
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:00:31 PM »
So my two cents on fishing and landing halibut this season. I used my speargun on one and the fish made a 50 yard run and I no longer have a spear shaft. If you go that rout use a reel on the gun or have a detachable shaft to a 1 atmosphere float. The cheapest and best way is to make your own spear. Buy the Danielson tip and find a SS rod from a welder or scrap metal yard, drill and glue it into a broom handle or somthing similar. Again have the tip attached to a float. These fish can explode with energy when you think they are done so make sure nothing is attached to you or the boat and that what ever you use you are ok losing..... I’ve harpooned a fish and had it take the float under to the other side of the boat. We then had to gaff it and bring it on that side and that was just a 38 in fish.

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Speargun definitely isnt legal in CA unless your in the water.  A 38" halibut can be easily netted too if needed.  Ofcourse a halibut will explode if you stab it with a spear.  I would too.  I have pulled halibut up to 34" in my lap just to get a pic and release it.  I have lost 0 pacbuts once I get my wiremans gaff on them.
A wiremans gaff attached to a buoy fits the strict definition of mousetrap gear. I stopped using it until I get clarification. I will use a kage on lingcod but I won’t carry a buoy with a wiremans gaff attached anymore.

Your mileage may vary.
I'll take my chances as the game warden has seen it multiple times as well as I am confident that my explanation of its use would  sound better than stabbing a fish with a harpoon that could injure and kill the fish without even landing it like what happened to me when I used Matt's harpoon last year chase I didn't bring my wiremans gaff.  I put a hole in the fish's stomach, but the tip didn't stick, the halibut exploded, broke the line (my fault for not having the drag loose) and get away. 

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Harpoon/flying gaff for Halibut
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:39:13 PM »
All this isn't necessary including the harpoon.  But what do I know.  I have only landed twice as many Pacific halibut by kayak than all NCKA members who have landed one combined.  Not to mention I have caught 3 Pacific halibut in a day more than once.  I find it easy to land them using a wiremans gaff connected to a bouy.  The key is not lifting there heads out of the water.  First, I pull the halibut to the side of the yak then put the gaff hook through the mouth.  Most of the time they just sit there.  Next, I'll pull the hook completely through and tie a knot.  They may begin to move then, but now it wont get off the rope.  Third, I get my knife out and cut the gills and then stab it multiple times between the eyes.  Fourth, I pull the guts out through the gills.  Finally after all that and maybe some wood shampoo too, I put in on the bow with the wiremans gaff still attached and out of the way so that if the halibut moves again, I can get if off the kayak quickly until its calm again.  I have only had one maybe 2 halibut that have thrashed any after doing all this.  I have also heard that if you stab them at the curved spot on the lateral line that it will paralyze it.  Again, harpoons are overkill unless its maybe 70lbs +. Also it's not necessary to hog tie it.  I pull the guts to not only help in dispatching it, but also to eliminate the worms that live in the gut and will travel to the meat over time if not removed promptly.  Take it or leave it, but I have been catching Pacific halibut for over 6 years now.

General Fishing Tips / Re: How do you catch anchovies?
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:37:38 AM »
Be careful jigging up anchovies after you have a salmon or two on board. As silly as is sounds, you could get cited for using restricted gear.

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Nothing silly about it since I have caught several salmon on sabiki and sand dab rigs.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Good mono line for Salmon?
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:11:10 PM »
No topshot here.  I reccomend 30-40lb Maxima or Sufix.  No flourocarbon for salmon.

Hobie Kayaks / Re: Huge news from Hobie?
« on: August 24, 2018, 10:35:18 PM »
103 lb fully rigged?! Pass....

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We all want lower weight and not just our yak.   It doesn’t seem to be something that keeps people away though. Look at 3 waters paddle yaks. Easily over 100. The trend is to go wide and flat with manufacturers because standing is the current fad.  Does anyone on the ocean stand in there yak?   Hope we all have good chiropractors.  At least our community helps one another and we aren’t power lifting our yaks alone on a regular basis

It only weighs 4lbs more than the Outback they have been making for the last few years.  Sure, I wished it weighed like 50-60lbs, but I dont find it difficult to car top or carry at all.  I'm 6'5", so I have to lift it higher than yall shorter folks.  I car top mine on my Nissan Titan with no help and no handles since they broke off a long time ago.  Get in shape if you cant power lift 100lbs.  Geez. I only weigh like 190lbs, so it's not like I'm built like a tank.  Get a trailer if weight is an issue.  I'm considering a trailer just because I can show up to the l as unch and be in the water in a third the time since all the gear can be already setup to go when you arrive.

Fishing Pics / Re: 40 Inch Club: NorCal Lings, Butts, Salmon, Stripers
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:28:55 PM »
41.5" lingcod

For Sale / Re: cooler bags
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:44:04 PM »
I would love to have 1 or 2, but I'm in Humboldt and am not sure when I can get down there.

Fishing Pics / Re: A collection of Salmon pics from NCKA.org
« on: July 31, 2018, 06:31:30 PM »
24-27lb no more no less

It pays to get out early.  Nice job. This shows you dont need live bait.  If I didn't have to cook my dogs breakfast, I would have been on the water early.  T

Safety First / Re: Not smart bordering on dumb.
« on: July 01, 2018, 03:01:34 PM »
I dont see anything bad about it except for the fact that they didn't bring and an extra 5 gallons of gas.  Heck, I have been 9 miles offshore in my kayak.  Along as you have your life vests and other safety gear like a radio and compass, I dont see anything wrong with it.  On a flat day, I would go 20 miles if I knew I had enough gas.

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