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General Fishing Tips / Lake Maps
« on: January 10, 2022, 11:45:32 AM »
Is there a good online site for viewing Lake Maps?  I'm unable to find a box of fishing maps I've purchased at tackle shops in the past, and want to do some better planning for upcoming trips.  Places like Lake Berryessa, New Melones, Don Pedro etc want to do some research before heading out there.  Free or Paid as long as it's worth paying for.

CA Regulations / New Subspecies Bag Limits for 2022
« on: January 05, 2022, 03:43:14 PM »

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces multiple changes to recreational rockfish sub-bag limits which are expected to take effect Jan. 6, 2022. The emergency regulations were adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission in mid-December to align with federal regulations for these species. Changes to the sub-bag limits within the 10-fish daily Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling (RCG) complex bag and possession limit include:

    A decrease to the statewide sub-bag limit for vermilion rockfish (Sebastes miniatus) from five fish to four fish
    A new statewide sub-bag limit for quillback rockfish (S. maliger) of one fish
    A new statewide sub-bag limit for copper rockfish (S. caurinus) of one fish

General Talk / Happy Birthday! FishMaster1!!!
« on: December 22, 2021, 08:51:32 AM »
Happy birthday Brother!  You got socks older than you!  :smt044

General Fishing Tips / King Tides are coming - Any plans?
« on: November 18, 2021, 12:09:14 PM »

King Tides dates are: December 4 and 5, 2021 and January 1, 2, and 3, 2022!

Good time to go clamming, poke poling, tide pool exploration with the family, etc.  Anyone have plans? 

General Fishing Tips / Ice bath for your crab?
« on: November 15, 2021, 03:59:45 PM »
I'm not sure where I read it, but probably on here somewhere, that after boiling your crabs, that it's good to do an ice bath for them and cool them down right away.  I did this for the opener, after boiling my crabs for >10 mins in some salt and OldBay seasoning, I tossed them back into a cooler with 50/50 ice and water and sloshed them around.  You could hear them creaking as they hit the ice bath, and I feel like they were way easier to crack open than I remember.  Re-heating them in the boiling water to eat, and thought they were some of the best crab I've had (probably say that every opener).  Just curious if others do this as well?

I've been wanting to try towing a trailer with my old 4Runner, and have been eying some on Outdoorsy.com but they all seem to require a 7-pin connector with a brake controller.  My 4-Runner has an old style 4-Pin connector, which I installed myself to replace the stock one years ago.  I'm now trying to figure out if there is an adapter I can use with the 4-pin, that also drives a brake controller with a 7-pin connector?  Or do I really just need to update the whole controller and add a brake controller to that?  Have also seen some BlueTooth Brake controllers, but i'm having a hard time understanding how that would work as well.  Help appreciated!

General Talk / Electric Bikes
« on: October 27, 2021, 12:49:44 PM »
Having ditched standard TV and basically only watching YouTube these days, I was intrigured by a few Fisherman's Life videos where he took off on an E-Bike and went camping with ultralight gear.  It made me start thinking about how having a E-Bike could be very useful in extending range for shore fishing, something that his channel has inspired me to do more of during the winter months when RF season is closed to boating. 

I really know nothing more about these things than their basic design and specs.  I wanted to know if anyone out there has experience with them, things to look out for when purchasing, options that you love, etc.  Being a big guy, i'll need a decent motor, suspension and good brakes.  Been looking at this one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097DMCYD8/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=20b395c061c8972f61cf67971b1fb1c2&hsa_cr_id=4085040530001&pd_rd_plhdr=t&pd_rd_r=8223fd7e-9950-422e-ad33-6154bd57a0c5&pd_rd_w=7KX5n&pd_rd_wg=wzdnw&ref_=sbx_be_s_sparkle_mcd_asin_0_img

I'm thinking that the EBike might be a ton of fun on beaches for perch fishing, and be able to ride a decent ways with minimal effort to fish away from busy places.  Or in places like Davenport where there are long stretches of trails between parking spots, and maybe some good trails that are not as often frequented.  I've seen a couple videos of people riding on sand after deflating tires, but it looks like soft sand might be a bit more difficult than riding the edge of the sea line.  It would also be fun to set off in some of the bigger parks and fish the shoreline, covering a lot of ground, and maybe even try some ultra-light camping during the summer when it's warm. 

Anyway, curious if people are into E-Bikes, have recommendations on places to test ride them, other uses for them, etc.  It seems like a fun way to get out and explore. 

General Talk / OTW Water filtration
« on: October 26, 2021, 10:57:26 AM »
I was curious if anyone has experience with some of the water filtration products that are out there and has any recommendations on water filtration systems. I was intrigued by watching a YouTube video of a guy fishing in the wilderness and had a sort of water filtration bag that could be filled and then directly drank from, filtering the water as you drink it.  I know there are other pumps and straws, and other methods, but curious what people consider a good filtration system they can depend on for camping/backpacking etc. Would be nice to do some boat in camping and not have to bring a bunch of water to drink and cook with.

Wanted To Buy / WTB VHF Charger for SH HX150
« on: September 30, 2021, 11:54:29 AM »
For the life of me I cannot find my charger for the Standard Horizon VHF HX150.  https://www.standardhorizon.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=85&encProdID=3211805A90B55C7DE1A0CCA94A38DBB8&DivisionID=3&isArchived=1

Anyone happen to have one go missing or die on them and no longer need the charger?

Have tried and tried to catch a halibut in Monterey, and have really enjoyed fishing there the last four outings, but still haven't gotten a halibut.  With crabbing coming up soon and the cooler weather, days are running short to get a butt.  Think I'll give SC a shot on Saturday, and try trolling for them.  Weather so far looking pretty good far for this weekend, and decent tides.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / SC Wharf Sunday 9/12
« on: September 13, 2021, 10:44:51 AM »
Decided to do some relaxing fishing off the wharf yesterday with my dog and see if the anchovies were bigger than previous weeks so I could stock up on them for bait.  Got there around 9:30a and the Iron Man race was in full swing. The huge schools of anchovies seemed to be reduced to a few smaller schools, or maybe they moved farther away from the pier.  As I pulled up a family was slaying a bunch of mackerel, pulling in 2-3 at a time.  Setup a sabiki and dropped it over the side, and dang near lost my rod when a school of macks came by and had 4 of them hooked.  Casting out as far as I could I was able to catch some smaller bait sized smelt which I wanted to try out my Hawaiian slide bait rigging with. This method uses a detachable sliding sinker so you can cast out and then send down bait on a leader.  Only got one scratched bait, but they looked like halibut teeth marks to me.  Heard of a few halibut caught on the Cowells side.  The bait fishing died off at the slack tide, but once it got moving again the smelt were being picked up by dozens, but didn't see any more macks after noon.  Still got a few of them which I brined for bait to use this weekend.

Kayaks / SOT's for the bigger guys
« on: September 08, 2021, 11:41:05 AM »
I've not given up on my X-Factor just yet, but was tempted to start looking for a replacement and am not really finding a lot of options that are comparable still to this day to the X-Factor.  The weight, length, width, and capacity seem to be unmatched by other kayak manufacturers.  Although I've lost now around 80lbs, I still feel more comfortable with a max capacity that is at least 100lbs more than me, as I've had that much gear and fish onboard at one time, and the feeling of the kayak was very unstable and not fun at all.

So I'm looking for recommendations on new and old SOT's that would fit the specs:
1) 13ft or longer standard SOT
2) Standard Seat (not a fan of raised seats)
3) ~ 400lb capacity rating
4) Total weight as close to 70LBS or less

I was very tempted to go for FT's T160I, although a little ways off from the weight, that's always been a favorite of mine.
The Eddyline Caribbean 14 is very tempting, although I need to loose another 50lbs to make the capacity difference be 100lbs. 
The Stealth Profisha 525 and 555 looks great on specs, but I'm a bit hesitant as it just doesn't look like much in the way of rigging/storage or comfort.

Any others out there that are worth checking out? 

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / X-Factor seat scuppers are cracking
« on: September 07, 2021, 03:14:23 PM »
Last few times I've been out in my X-Factor I was concerned about a few gallons of water getting inside the hull.  This past weekend however at MBK it was a LOT more water than my previous trips, around 15gal or so.  After the first couple times I tried filling it with water and didn't see any leaks below the water line.  Figured it was my front hatch taking on water from waves crashing over the bow.  But this past weekend, there weren't any.  I did however keep dragging my bait bucket out of the water into my lap to grab bait.  This time when I got home I noticed these cracks in the seat scupper area.  :smt009  They look minor, but i'm worried they might indicate a larger issue, maybe plastic went brittle on me after loosing my garage to house my kayaks in. Could use some advice on ways to possibly repair the area.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / MBK Friday 9/3
« on: September 04, 2021, 11:31:09 AM »
Launched from MBK with a friend, and immediately was able to score some live anchovies, smelt and even a sardine for bait right off the beach and into the moorings.  Debated where to go after that, but saw no one out by the red can, and one of the squid boats was coming into the docks to offload.  Decided to head out for halibut again off the hotel.  Got into about 80fow and drifted my first smelt and got a take down with scratched bait right off the bat, but didn't stick.  Kept sending the now dead smelt down and had a bit of brown rockfish eager to take it a few times.  Swapped out to another live smelt and this time got an underling.  Sending out anchovies resulted in more browns, and at one point a nice little octopus. 

Ran out of live bait and started using squid and caught a few more baby blues and blacks and some larger browns. Conditions were very nice even when the wind picked up at noon, we came in close to shore and slow trolled whole squid on the way back in.  Started to catch some nice sized Ocean Whitefish, which I've never caught in Monterey before, but do remember catching them on the Islander trip.  Three nice sized ones were released, and kept one nice sized one to try out for dinner.  Turned out very good with ginger, green onions, rice wine vinegar and hot sesame oil steamed in foil on the BBQ. No butts, no squid, but there are lots of baitfish out there. 

Landed back at MBK around 2:30pm, and after landing noticed that I could barely pull my kayak up the beach.  Probably about 15 gallons of water inside the hull of my X-Factor I had to pump out just to get it up out of the water.  :smt009  Found the issue while loading up my kayak, the seat scuppers are cracked. More on that in a later post.

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