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AOTY / 2018 AOTY Grand PRIZE - Hobie Compass!! Thank you Hobie!
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:20:33 PM »
WOW! Hobie Fishing has stepped up HUGE and is once again going to be the lead sponsor of the 2018 NCKA AOTY year long kayak fishing tournament!

This year's Grand Prize will be a brand new Hobie Compass fishing kayak! (Color TBD) This will go to the top placing competitor in the 2018 competition.

The Compass is Hobie's newest fishing kayak - a lean, mean, fishing machine that is its most affordable Mirage Drive driven kayak, with a MSRP of $1,949! It comes with several great features, including a super clean open deck, comfortable seating, integrated H-Track accessory mounts, huge tankwell and an integrated retractable rudder.

If you want a chance to win this magnificent fishing kayak, you better sign up for AOTY soon and get going! AOTY is as much a journey as it is a competition, and can be fulfilling for those who push themselves to win.

Link to sign up: http://aoty.norcalkayakanglers.com/ - Click sign up in the top right corner to set up an account, and make sure to also click the "Pay Now" button!

Please take a minute to thank Hobie on its social media sites, and share this post wherever you can! Let's make 2018 the biggest and baddest AOTY tourney EVER!

Hobie Fishing - https://www.facebook.com/hobiefishing/
Hobie - https://www.facebook.com/HobieCatCompany/


Northern California Dealers:
Kayak City - http://kayakcity.com/
California Canoe & Kayak - https://calkayak.com/
Kayak Connection - http://www.kayakconnection.com/
Pacific Outfitters - http://pacificoutfitters.com/
Wind Toys Water Sports Center - http://windtoys.net/
Headwaters Adventure Company - http://headwatersadventure.com/
Hills Flat Lumber - https://www.hillsflatlumber.com/

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What about Albion lots of parking easy lunch and even if it's not good outside there's always lots of fish caught right there in the cove
Probably a bit far for most of our participants and volunteers.  Closer to the bay area and/or sacramento the better.

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Fishing wise, TC offers the quickest access to good fishing and is a generally a protected launch.  Pebble Beach parking sucks and the vets would be lucky to catch anything close to the cove.
The hope is to get PBGC to help us out on the parking and maybe a golf cart shuttle, as well as waiving entry fees.  I doubt Brenda would be able to do anything for us from that standpoint, and don't think the trailer will roll down the hill. 

That's the most difficult part with venue - finding someone who will work to accommodate our equipment, cooking and attendees with minimal cost.  Half Moon Bay would be a perfect location overall if the fishing was a bit better.  If the salmon bite holds up this year like it did last we may end up there.  We'll see.

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Monterey bay kayaks ????
Boat support would be easier in Monterey.
Plus MBK might help with wet suits ect...
Definitely something we are considering as a backup plan.  But its a minimum 1.5 mile paddle to any even moderately decent fishing.  We also talked about coral street, and have to evaluate that as well from a logistics/parking standpoint.

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This would be our preferred weekend from a tide standpoint - generally calm tides/current and not as high as a 4'er.

But gotta see what we can work out with a venue.

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The beach area at Pebble Beach Golf Club is non-existent at high tide.  Caused by global warming I would guess.
If an event were to take place there, you would need perfect timing at low tide for both launch and re-entry.  Plus having good weather conditions.
We would schedule it around a proper tide.   We are planning for the event to be small enough for that not to be an issue (less than 10 participants + 10 guides + 3 staff).  Weatherwise, SWS is still one of the better options and less likely of a cancellation due to conditions. Our target for this event would be younger, stronger vets or active duty rather than older.  Also, its a better chance of actually catching some fish than places like HMB/SC, and a much shorter overall paddle distance.

We are also planning to have powerboat support for the event, most likely my 22' center console.

We would love to do TC but doubt we will get enough support from the property owners.

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Hi all,

We plan to host our first saltwater event in the month of July 2018.  Venue is pending. If you know of anyone that may be willing to host us, let me know.  We are currently working with Pebble Beach Golf Club to see if they may allow us to host an event there.  Alternative idea might be HMBKC but a bit concerned about the boat traffic through the jaws.  We will also be looking for a shop to help provide wetsuit rentals for our vets.

For any saltwater event, we are looking for a 1 to 1 guide to participant ratio, so we will be definitely asking for community help as guides.

Feel free to post here if you have any good ideas.

Thanks,
Ben

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Hi All,

The NorCal HOW team has planned our next event to be hosted at Kelsey Bass Ranch over the weekend of June 28-July 1. We plan to try and accommodate approximately 20 vets + family members that weekend.  Most of the vets will likely fish on Saturday, but a few may choose to camp and fish with us.

We will be needing some volunteers to take veterans out on the water as well as some to help with shore duty tasks such as prepping and cooking food, ensuring vets are rigged up safely with PFDs and rods, etc.  Some vets may need fishing help, and we could definitely use a few people on the water guiding the vets to fish.

Food schedule:
Friday night potluck/chinese food dinner
Saturday - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided
Sunday - Breakfast provided.

Volunteers are welcome to show up starting on Thursday night and stay until Sunday evening.

Target fish species are Largemouth Bass, with the chance for other species such as Bluegill and Catfish. Please be aware that Kelsey Bass Ranch is a catch & release lake for bass, but other species may be kept if preferred.  We generally can cull a few of the smaller bass if we want to but generally do not.  The weather should be good, and hopefully the fishing will be great!

Rules:
1. No Alcohol is allowed at HOW events.
2. Please wear proper attire as it is possible that you will get wet. Preference is for base layer of non-cotton clothing such as polyester, nylon, or synthetic wool, with a top layer of something water resistant.
3. We expect the temperatures to be warm, but temperatures in the valley can be variable in October.  So be prepared for anything.
4. Please bring your own tents and camping gear - if you have extra gear that some vets may be able to use for the weekend if they choose to camp, let us know.

If you would like to attend this event as a volunteer or participant, please contact us by email at Communications.NorCal@heroesonthewater.org.

If you think you can help join us, please post in this thread.  If you know of any veterans or active duty military that may want to attend, contact Raydon.  We'll also post up the event details on our FB page at www.facebook.com/NorCalHOW.  Please follow this thread for updates on what we need from you guys as to timing of showing up, cleaning up, etc.

Thanks,
Ben

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Hello All, 

The NorCal HOW team has gathered and decided that our second event for 2018 will be hosted at Lake Camanche, North Shore on SATURDAY, May 12, 2018.  We plan to try and accommodate approximately 20 vets that day. We will be needing some volunteers to take veterans out on the water as well as some to help with shore duty tasks such as carrying kayaks, prepping and cooking food, ensuring vets are rigged up safely with PFDs and rods, etc.

We are still deciding on the exact location of the launch, we will update when we get more info.

Few rules:
1. No Alcohol allowed at HOW Events
2. If you choose to bring your own kayak, it will be subject to inspection by the lake employees. They can be strict.  Kayaks must be clean and dry, no water at all and no damp seats!  We usually could use a few folks willing to take vets out on our tandems or your own, in addition to guiding.
3. Please take pictures of the vets, but ask them if they're OK with it first.  Some are not willing to have their picture taken, but those that are usually really appreciate the pictures.

If you think you can help join us, please post in this thread.  If you know of any veterans or active duty military that may want to attend, contact Raydon.  We'll also post up the event details on our FB page at www.facebook.com/NorCalHOW.  Please follow this thread for updates on what we need from you guys as to timing of showing up, cleaning up, etc.

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Hello All, 

The NorCal HOW team has gathered and decided that our second event for 2018 will be hosted at Steele Canyon Resort/Lake Berryessa on FRIDAY, April 20, 2018.  We plan to try and accommodate approximately 20 vets that day. We will be needing some volunteers to take veterans out on the water as well as some to help with shore duty tasks such as carrying kayaks, prepping and cooking food, ensuring vets are rigged up safely with PFDs and rods, etc.

Few rules:
1. No Alcohol allowed at HOW Events
2. Please take pictures of the vets, but ask them if they're OK with it first.  Some are not willing to have their picture taken, but those that are usually really appreciate the pictures.

If you think you can help join us, please post in this thread.  If you know of any veterans or active duty military that may want to attend, contact Raydon.  We'll also post up the event details on our FB page at www.facebook.com/NorCalHOW.  Please follow this thread for updates on what we need from you guys as to timing of showing up, cleaning up, etc.

-bmb

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Hello All, 

The NorCal HOW team has gathered and decided that our second event for 2018 will be hosted at San Pablo Reservoir on SATURDAY, March 31, 2018.  We plan to try and accommodate approximately 20 vets that day. We will be needing some volunteers to take veterans out on the water as well as some to help with shore duty tasks such as carrying kayaks, prepping and cooking food, ensuring vets are rigged up safely with PFDs and rods, etc.

Few rules:
1. No Alcohol allowed at HOW Events
2. If you choose to bring your own kayak, it will be subject to inspection by the lake employees. They can be strict.  Kayaks must be clean and dry, no water at all and no damp seats!  We usually could use a few folks willing to take vets out on our tandems or your own, in addition to guiding.
3. No SUPs allowed on EBMUD lakes. I am not sure whether the Hobie branded inflatable pool toys are subject to the SUP ban or not.
4. Its technically a no water contact lake so just be aware of that. They haven't been too strict on us before though.
5. Please take pictures of the vets, but ask them if they're OK with it first.  Some are not willing to have their picture taken, but those that are usually really appreciate the pictures.

If you think you can help join us, please post in this thread.  If you know of any veterans or active duty military that may want to attend, contact Raydon.  We'll also post up the event details on our FB page at www.facebook.com/NorCalHOW.  Please follow this thread for updates on what we need from you guys as to timing of showing up, cleaning up, etc.

2016 News Report from the SJ Merc:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/05/01/peterson-wounded-veterans-find-freedom-on-bay-area-water/
Pictures from the Merc:
http://photos.mercurynews.com/2016/04/29/heroes-on-the-water/#1

-bmb

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AOTY / Re: AOTY sign up open!!!!
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:19:06 AM »
It would be nice if we can get 100 people signed up by March 1st.  Currently it's at 68.

On another note, Live2Fish has a verified perch entry that isn't showing up on the leaderboard list that needs to be fixed.
Thats because we show him as paid on January 29.  I'll get Pat to verify the date paid and fix it - I don't have access to that.  Probably just fat fingered the date somehow.

Thanks for alerting us!
Done. He paid 1/27 but probably we activated him 1/29.  its a manual process so sometimes the dates matter and sometimes they don't.

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AOTY / Re: AOTY sign up open!!!!
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:14:36 AM »
It would be nice if we can get 100 people signed up by March 1st.  Currently it's at 68.

On another note, Live2Fish has a verified perch entry that isn't showing up on the leaderboard list that needs to be fixed.
Thats because we show him as paid on January 29.  I'll get Pat to verify the date paid and fix it - I don't have access to that.  Probably just fat fingered the date somehow.

Thanks for alerting us!

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I got a couple of good strikes trolling a rapala but spent to much time fumbling with the paddle and then trying to reach the rod and they got off.

Hey Mark! Congrats on your success yesterday.  You'll get better.  In the future, don't worry about reaching for the rod if you get a fish on.  Just keep paddling until you're ready to go for it.  By keeping motion, you'll keep tension on the fish.  Take your time with it!

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: through-hull mounting for totalscan transducer
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:57:08 PM »
the only benefit of the totalscan would be the sidescan. I don't think that would work very well for you thru hull, unfortunately.   Arm is probably your best option if you really wanted to do it on an older TI.

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