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General Talk / Re: Kayak Fishing Standards of Conduct & Etiquette
« on: February 27, 2023, 02:19:12 PM »
Guilty as charged  :smt044 as some on this forum will attest, first ocean launch, I flipped over and got tangled up in all the cords tied to a dozen accessories that I did not need on deck, lol.  Second launch flipped and broke the net that was sticking out of the rod holder  :smt044 :smt005 it was a steep learning curve, but eventually figured out some stuff...

I also backcountry ski, where avalanches are the main, obvious risk.  Fortunately for that community, there are certified avalanche courses one can (should) take where the basics are taught.  Certification is no guarantee of safety or good decision making but at least provides the tools to make better decisions and foundational knowledge for things like route finding, risk assessment, gear selection, partner rescue, etc.  I find some parallels with BC skiing and kayak fishing actually. Both involve some risk, have similar requirements of activity-appropriate gear, route finding skills, self-preservation, etc. and both have the human factor element; the desire for the objective (fresh powder, peak bagging vs big fish, etc) can cloud objective decision making.  For any type of code of conduct document in the backcountry world, Avy I training would be a pre-requisite, IMO so I was trying to make that connection.  Unfortunately, in the kayak world, there is no standardized agreed upon curriculum to teach some of the basic skills.   

Both in the backcountry where there is avalance risk, and in the ocean where there is a drowning risk, it is the responsibility of the individual to learn about the risks and how to safely mitigate some of those risks.  That's all I was trying to say....

Good on you Keith for doing the community a service and helping to spell out some of the basics everyone should come to understand, at some point. 

Not that I disagree with the sentiment of being self-reliant and personally responsible, but I think that a lot of people forget what it was like when they first started into this sport.  Practically everyone I have met on NCKA has told me some "I was a total idiot" one time story that they learned from.  We all laugh at them and share them around a camp fire, yada yada yada.  While I understand the hard line we tend to take towards newcomers to the sport, for their safety and others, I feel like it's also disingenuous to think that you are superior because you have more experience.  Was I ready the first time I flipped over in the ocean.  No.  But I sure as hell learned from it.  Then flipped over the next day again  :smt005

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: BAITSHARK Kayak Bait Bucket?
« on: February 27, 2023, 01:40:40 PM »
I have both the Stealth Bait Torpedo and the Baitshark.  I like the Baitshark a little bit more, but neither are perfect.  The issue with both is when moving from Point A to Point B under power and additionally, moving with delicate anchovies.

First the Stealth Bait Torpedo.  Pros: light weight, foldable, durable, easy to open and close Velcro top.  Cons: despite the torpedo-like shape there's quite a bit of drag, the wide vent holes at the fore and aft are nice for flow but allow too much water to flows through the tube when moving and delicate bait fish like anchovies will get crushed/suffocate while moving, there's no way to take the bait tube out of the water without the whole tube draining.  Best for drifting only adventures.  Maybe a friend has a live bait well with lots of bait fish, and you are just taking 3-4 at a time and drifting.  This tube wouldn't be a bad option. 

Baitshark: Pros: well made design that minimizes drag while moving.  The design is quite smart, actually.  When pulled, the front of the Baitshark lifts up and acts like a boogie board in the water, minimizing the drag at the front, and the back of the bait tube has a fin and just a small part of it actually sits in the water.  It's designed to minimize drag, overall.  It's not like there's zero drag, but it's one of the best designs around, possibly.  In a pinch, if you have to move fast, you can lift the whole thing out of the water and sit it up like a bucket and the water won't drain out.  The vent holes are not at the back/bottom, but around the sides.  It's large enough for a few fish and even the delicate anchovies are happy most of the day.  Cons: the door flap to get bait in and out is a little cluncky.  It doesn't fold down so it takes up some space.  The whole thing seems a little more delicate than the other options, but I have only had it for one year so we will see how long it lasts. 

Ideal design....I would love a mini-ama style live baitwell.  Something that hangs close off the side, has minimal drag, and is easy to open and close from the top, that is circulating water constantly. 

PS-Revo13 owner so I don't have the deck space for a live well plus kill bag...without some compromise.   

General Talk / Re: Kayak Fishing Standards of Conduct & Etiquette
« on: February 27, 2023, 10:46:58 AM »
very much agree with this..."Self-reliance/personal responsibility" should be numero uno I think...it's up to each individual to be responsible for their own safety, training, preparedness, etc.  Kayaker first mentality would require learning about equipment, route finding and navigation, tide/swell/current/wind (how to read charts, plan a day, etc), personal limits, OTW safety, etc.  Self-rescue and appropriate equipment is a must, but so is the knowledge to prevent (to the best of our ability) needing to use any of that equipment or self-rescue techniques.  A lot of that comes down to mental heuristics and making good choices, despite the hot salmon bite and "guarantees" of a 50 pound limit  :smt002

The biggest issue with rapid growth isn’t regulation, it’s loss of life and any discourse on standards or conduct, that doesn’t start with self-reliance, is doing your audience a disservice.  That’s where the, “kayaker first,” mentality comes from.  You have to know the environment and water conditions that you’re putting yourself into. You have to have the experience, tools and wherewithal to recognize an emergency situation.  You have to have the physical and mental strength to stay calm and rescue yourself if things turn south. A buddy is a great Plan B, but it shouldn’t be a primary source of rescue.  If you’re that dependent on your friend, you’re a liability. 

I’m in agreement with having a radio as well but one must also know that they are a tool in the box and not the be all end all.  They have broadcast limitations due to their power and line of sight capabilities.  It’s very possible that your calls for help are gonna go unheard, especially if you’re on a remote area of the coast.  Again, plan b.

Regarding YouTubers…..I’ll save my personal opinions but in a lot of cases they’ve earned the ire they receive.  Keeping it quiet is only one aspect of the ethics conversation that “community,” needs to have with itself.

 :smt003  :smt003  :happy1:

For Sale / Re: Avet sx on sale @ TD!
« on: November 30, 2022, 10:46:41 PM »
Trying really hard to not pull the trigger! I love Avet reels!  :smt044

Recipes / Re: Aging halibut
« on: November 04, 2022, 01:49:18 PM »
Well done!

Fishing Tournaments and Events / Re: NCKA Annual Spring Garage/Yard Sale?
« on: October 26, 2022, 10:09:08 PM »
Is this like a swap meet? I’m down. I should definitely part with a few things!

Holy crap. Post #3. Welcome to NCKA!

Recipes / Re: Wet brine for smoked salmon...is this normal?
« on: September 28, 2022, 09:40:09 AM »
What pmmpete said!
I also only use a wet brine. I did go through a trial and error process. Take notes. It’s important to just change one variable at a time, in this case, time in brine.

After this round, if you’re happy, great! Now you can tinker with the small stuff like heat (cayenne) or brush on items like maple glaze.

If too salty, reduce time in brine next time but keep everything the same - same size cuts, same time to form pellicle (use the sticky fingers test - you’ll get a sense of the right kind of sticky feeling on the fillets).

After you get the taste right, you can tinker with temps/time (next variables to tackle) and smoke time (additional variable). Definitely a process but once you find something you like, it is repeatable and oh so yummy. Good luck!

For Sale / Re: Lowrance Hook 2 5” starter set
« on: September 11, 2022, 01:32:00 PM »

Trying to sell. Do you guys think this is a fair price?

Safety First / Re: Ugh, flipped and downrigger ball was a mess
« on: September 07, 2022, 06:33:45 PM »
Yup always a knife on the pfd but damn scary to think about a heavy braid + seaweed + surf combo. Glad you’re ok.

Recipes / Re: What size salmon for smoking?
« on: September 07, 2022, 01:33:13 PM »
I have found that smoking fish is like a fine art that marries taste and science. Like other activities that require repetitive tinkering for perfection, I take copious notes and try to only alter one factor at a time but in reality I’m tinkering with a couple things here and there. After about 8 or 9 iterations, I’m pretty happy with my recipe. Like others have mentioned, the size of the salmon is less important than the size of the actual pieces being smoked. Try to keep this consistent as the size of the pieces will dictate how long you need to brine, the amount of smoke you use, and the time/temp that you cook. I use a 12 hour brine and a 3-step smoke process that exposes the fish from 120 degrees, 140 degrees, and 175 degrees. The 140 step is varied to achieve different levels of dryness. The foundation of my recipe and process is from here: https://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=107.0

Good luck!

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Is this fixable?
« on: August 31, 2022, 11:27:19 AM »
Definitely call some shops to inquire about warranty services. Honor is quite good and those seats are freakin expensive.

Sometimes they will even address the mistake and show contrition.
It would be better to own up to the mistake and show you are as human as anyone else.  At least to me that is still good content, they shouldn't dismiss it since it's not a prize because it is an experience.
If he had made the error, apologized, taken the video down and used the experience to change his ways moving forward ... all good.

I hadn't heard of this Youtuber before, so after reading this thread, I went to see his channel to see if the latest vid being spoken of today was on there.  I'm in no way defending his actions, but more just ensuring we are all looking at all pieces of the puzzle.  It appears he may have (albeit late) written an apology and made an attempt to right the wrong.  Does it excuse the actions? Of course not, but it might indicate that he wants to right the wrong to the best of his abilities. 

From his "Community" page on his channel
Hi everyone,

Two weeks ago, I posted a video of my first time salmon fishing in the ocean. In the video, I failed to identify a Coho/ Silver salmon, and mistook it for a King/ Chinook salmon. I uploaded the video and then, realizing my mistake, took it down, edited it, and re-uploaded it in hopes of still being able to share my first time catching a salmon.

I fear some people may have interpreted malicious intent from my actions, but I promise that although I made a grave mistake, doing so was never my intention. If I had known the salmon was a coho and not a king, I would have released it immediately. I understand that as a fisherman, it is my responsibility to be able to identify fish species and be informed on the legal policies regarding keeping them, and promise to do better in that regard. I will not make the same mistake again.

I want you all to know that I am still learning (a ton). My fishing and fishing practices are by no means perfect, but the more experience I get and the more I learn, the better my practices will become. I fish to immerse myself in nature and experience it not just as an observer, but as an interacting part of it. Nature is one of the most important aspects of my life and person, and I would never knowingly damage an ecosystem, in fact, I want to restore nature. In college, I am majoring in Environmental Biology to then go into conservation, which has been my lifelong passion.

I hope reading this can give you some context behind my actions, and I want all of you to know I am working and will continue working on becoming better informed and always implementing the best fishing practices I can.

To give back, I am signing up for an ongoing $10 monthly donation to SPAWN, an organization dedicated to protecting the native Coho salmon population in the Lagunitas Creek Water Shed -- from Mt. Tamalpais to Tomales Bay (link below).


I appreciate everyone's understanding and empathy,


Link to the post: https://www.youtube.com/post/UgkxldJRUtyrqGB3N6FYcm8gQ1q1v9u10_iR

Sigh. I guess it’s the dad in me. This is a really nice post and letter to the community. Ok Mr. Ilan, props to you. Respectable to address your mistake in this way. Fish on, hope you catch many more big ones  :smt006

General Talk / Salmon fishing in the multiverse
« on: August 25, 2022, 10:01:08 PM »
Salmon fishing video from another planet. Seriously, I have so many questions. The end is cool and it kinda all makes sense?

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