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From CDFW Email:

Due to the increased use of hoop nets during the Dungeness crab season and recent interest in modified hoop net designs, the California Fish and Game Commission will consider taking emergency action at its upcoming meeting on October 13, 2022. The proposed regulation changes, which would amend subsection 29.80(b), Title 14, California Code of Regulations, are intended to clarify hoop net requirements, add consistency, and to minimize the risk of marine life entanglement with hoop nets. If approved, the regulations would take effect in time for the recreational Dungeness crab season start date of November 5, 2022 and are not expected to impact the ongoing use of hoop nets in the recreational lobster fishery.
Proposed Hoop Net Regulation Change Webinar on October 6, 2022
The following hoop net regulation changes are addressed by this emergency action:
Clarify that the hoop net service interval requirement of two hours applies statewide
Add that non-metallic soft mesh must be used in hoop net types A and B
Amend requirements of type B hoop nets to restrict the number of rings from three to two (not including the bait ring), adding that the rigid support arms must be "straight", and prohibit any additional openings
Add that the use of a surface buoy and buoy marking requirements apply statewide to include hoop nets used north of Point Arguello and that only one operator's GO ID # is required to be legibly marked on the surface buoy (would not include hoop nets used from shore)
If you are interested or have questions, please join us on October 6, 2022 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm to discuss the background and purpose of these proposed hoop net regulation changes.

Fish Talk / Crab Traps for Rock Crabs legal again?
« on: July 25, 2022, 10:34:05 AM »
Anyone know for sure if the restriction on crab traps has been lifted? The way I read the last restriction (https://wildlife.ca.gov/News/cdfw-restricts-the-use-of-crab-traps-for-the-recreational-crab-fishery-to-minimize-risk-of-whale-entanglements), it ended with the Dungeness crab season, but it would be great to get a confirmation. Since the Dungeness season is over, I would only be looking to trap rock crabs with them.

Planning on hitting Bodega Bay on the holiday, conditions look like they will be really good. Taking the family so we will probably get there pretty late (around 10) and probably leave a little early (maybe 3). We got a big green Crescent Crew that I use, it will be on a tiny orange Honda Fit. Stop by and say "Hi" if you see me, I would love to meet some of you. Mostly planning on trying for crab and maybe some bait fish.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / HMB 12/18 report
« on: December 20, 2021, 04:11:18 PM »
Pretty small report, first time at HMB. Followed advice I read on the forums and launched from near HMB kayak rentals. Tried some fishing (just for bait sized fish) and hoop nets in the outer harbor, but seemed pretty quiet. Decided to try out in the real bay. The swell was listed as pretty small that day, but it sure felt pretty rolly to me. I didn't paddle far from the "jaws" and dropped the net a few times. One time I pulled up a small red fish that I am still trying to ID (threw it back and all the pictures I got were pretty bad). Had a few bites on the fishing pole, but no hook ups. Started feeling pretty sea sick and so paddled back. My first "Skunk" trip, but it was mostly just a scouting mission. Talked to another kayaker on my way back in and he mentioned that crabbing was pretty slow that day, he didn't catch any either.

General Talk / How to find the current of a river?
« on: December 13, 2021, 03:18:01 PM »
I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but as a new kayaker I am not clear about this information. How do I know if a river is going to be easy to kayak? I can find the CFS for many rivers, but how does that translate to how strong the current is going to be? My very basic understanding is that current is going to be CFS/area of the river, so depending on how big the river is a large CFS may or may not be a strong current. Is there any measurement that takes this information into account? Plus I know a lot of rivers here are tidal influenced. I'm hoping for somewhere I could look at a number and be able to say "today is a good day to kayak the Sacrament up and down river, I will go today". Could anyone help walk me through this process? For ocean fishing I am looking at wind, swell and tides. What information should I be looking at for rivers? Please point me to this information if it is on the website already, I do try to research before asking questions.

Wanted To Buy / WTB: small kids fishing poles (2)
« on: December 07, 2021, 01:26:06 PM »
I was a goofball and left my two sons' fishing poles at the creek. No sign of them. I'll probably end up purchasing new, but thought I would check, if anyone's kids have grown out of the children's fishing rods I would love to purchase.

CA Regulations / Question regarding crab hoop nets in SMCAs
« on: December 03, 2021, 09:03:34 AM »
Here is a silly question, but I have been unable to find an answer:
Some SMCAs (Bodega head SMCA, Russian River SMCA, etc.) allow dungeness crab traps. I know CDFW regulates crab traps and crab hoop nets differently. Are crab hoop nets allowed in these areas?
I would assume "yes", but I know for fishing regulations you can't really assume anything.

General Fishing Tips / First king tide in California
« on: December 01, 2021, 02:57:42 PM »
First time experiencing a King tide here in California. Any recommendations on beaches or locations to check out for tide pools or fun things to see with the tide low? Especially if anyone has tips for places to take kids.

Other Kayaks / Crescent Crew Review
« on: November 30, 2021, 01:27:35 PM »
I will say upfront that this is my first kayak I have owned, so I have very little to compare the kayak to. That being said, I love this kayak!
The Crescent Crew is a tandem kayak built by Crescent kayaks. They are available at a few places in Northern California. I am aware of them being sold at Lodi Paddlesports (formally Headwaters), Headwaters Kayaks in Redding, and Napa Valley Paddle. Napa Valley Paddle also does rentals, so you cant give it a test paddle if you are interested in purchasing.
This is a large sit on top kayak capable of taking the whole family, but also performs well solo. I have taken my wife and 2 children (ages 4 and 6) on trips on the Cosumnes River, Tomales Bay, and a few other locations. I have also taken the kayak out duck hunting with my hunting partner and there was plenty of room for decoys, shotguns, and blind material.
As with many tandem kayaks, the chairs are removable and you can place one chair in the center of the kayak for solo paddle trips. I have taken the kayak solo into Bodega bay. I have not tried the kayak on fast moving water, I would expect it not to perform very well.
Out of the box this is a very feature slim kayak. This is probably a turn off for many people, but I felt like all my money was going towards a solid foundation and not potentially cheap features that I may or may not use. There are upgrade kits available for things like Yakattack rails and seat risers. This is also a fully enclosed hull kayak (expect for a small drain hole). I have seen some people modify the kayak by cutting a hole in the top and adding a hatch, but that is not something I expect to be doing. So this may also disappoint some kayakers. I appreciate the reduced risk of a hull leak, but something to keep in mind when looking at kayaks. This is also a paddle only kayak, with no holes in the bottom for pedals or a fish finder. The company claims this is to keep the paddle performance at peak, which I guess is true? One of my favorite things about this kayak is that it is designed and manufactured in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Now that we are past the design of the boat, lets talk about performance. Since I can't compare this to any other kayak, take this with a grain of salt. The kayak is stable enough to stand in, but still agile enough to lean into turns. I feel like they hit a sweet spot between stability and agility. My kids probably wish it was more stable, because it does move, but I have never felt like we were going to tip, even with the kids leaning into the water. I hope to be able to stand and flyfish or use a thrownet, I have not tried these activities yet, but I expect they would be possible. The Crew does well in the surf, the front of the kayak has a bit of a "bulbous nose" that does seem to cut well into oncoming waves. Two adults can take it crabbing or bay fishing easily, even through the surf. The small sloughs and lazy rivers around here are also fun and easy to navigate, although there has been a few times where we couldn't turn around after going up a small channel. Wind hits this kayak pretty bad, and it can be difficult to handle if the wind picks up too high, but I imagine that is true for most kayaks. If going solo there is room enough in the front to lay down (and strap down) poles and other fishing equipment. With two people it is a bit harder to find the room, but it is still possible. In solo the rear of the kayak is so big that I find it difficult to reach the farthest cargo areas, but there is lots of room to lay and strapdown equipment in that direction as well. I run with a softshell cooler and it fits nicely in the cargo area in the back. The kayak weighs in at 79 lbs when empty. So this is a heavy kayak, but I am able to load it myself and transport it to most locations with a cart (or dragging in the sand).
Hope this helps anyone looking to purchase a tandem kayak, I have really enjoyed my Crescent Crew!

First report (and first time fishing from my kayak!). Got out on the water about 10:30 am. Launched from the beach near the Jetty. I took a hoop net and a fishing rod. I stayed close to shore and Jetty and dropped my hoop net. I kept the net down for about 15 minutes per drop. First drop got an undersized dungeness and a rock crab with no claws. Tried about 5 more times, 15 minutes each, but didn't get a legal crab. I would fish between the drops and managed to catch 4 Jacksmelt. I know that is probably pretty silly for most of you, but these are the first fish I caught on a kayak, so I was pretty excited. Real busy on the Jetty and didn't seem like many were catching crabs. My wife took the kayak out next (while I stayed on shore with the kids) and she was able to get one legal crab. We made crab cakes and smoked the jacksmelt (yes they have lots of worms, yes they were pretty good).

Introductions / Hello from Davis, California
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:23:08 AM »
I just started looking into kayak fishing this year! I don't have a kayak yet, but I am on the waiting list for a Crescent Crew. I am really excited to take it out in the bays and lakes around here. Honestly, I am most excited to go out and do some crab and dabbing. I am also really excited to take it out duck hunting. Any duck hunters on here?

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