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Safety First / Re: Thoughts on kayak color?
« on: Today at 06:37:19 PM »
Get yellow. Sharks love it, so other fish must too.

Actually, I'm a fan of Hobie red. IMHO, it looks way better than the their sickly mango/yellow color, and it seems at least as visible to me.

Nice report!

I didn't realize there are king salmon in Oroville.  I'd thought they stocked coho there...

Places to Launch and Camp / Re: Launching at the SC harbor.
« on: June 04, 2020, 04:25:54 PM »
   I "forgot" to pay for launch after parking on Atlantic early last year.  As soon as I got my kayak back up to the car, the parking attendant was on it. Probably watching with binocs from the office.   A $58 reminded to remember.   
     I wrote the Coastal Commission SC office complaining that the then yearly increasing parking fees were in effect discouraging public access.  It replied that they don't normally concern themselves with parking fees, but they had checked and there was a $6 launch only option.   But the pay kiosk says nothing about it,  and I haven't taken the effort to drive to the harbor office side a 6 am to see if I could find someone to buy a launch pass from.  I still think my point was valid, but while I care, I don't care that much;  it's a lot easier to load and unload in the lot, and I content myself with the belief that the harbor bears some liability if my car gets whacked when I've pay to park in their lot, though it might be another not-worth-it run-around collecting.
     Is there always an attendant on the office (East) side early in the a.m., or would I need to try to buy a $6 pass from the office the night before?

This was a lot easier before they put in the self-pay kiosks, as you could just pay the attendant when you landed. Good luck finding anybody to pay early. It seems that paying $6 may not be a realistic option after all...

Places to Launch and Camp / Re: Launching at the SC harbor.
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:59:54 PM »
Here it is:


It says, "Please note that if you do not require parking for a vehicle, you may purchase a hand launch pass for $6.00 from the harbor office or a harbor attendant present in launching areas."

So, you can just pay $6 to launch if you don't park in the lot. If you arrive early, it's easy to find free parking nearby.

Places to Launch and Camp / Re: Launching at the SC harbor.
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:12:19 PM »
You do need to pay the launching fee $13 at one of the kiosk

It's been a while since I launched from the "A" or "F" dock, but I thought the $13 fee was for launch and parking. If you park on the street, it is and/or used to be cheaper (like $6 or $7, as I recall).

Not that I recommend it, but it has been known to happen that a person parks on the street, launches a kayak at the "A" dock and "forgets" to pay.

Recipes / Re: Smoked Fish!
« on: June 03, 2020, 06:32:03 PM »
... I miss Texas style BBQ ...

Me too. I went to grad school in West Texas many years ago, and I've never been able to fin anything in CA that compares, BBQ-wise.

Sounds like fun.

Hopefully, you don't get any of these kinds of bees:


Interesting. Those look very similar to the Hobie/Lowrance connectors that keep giving me issues (sometimes it's corrosion, sometimes the pins pull out or get bent in a way that gives a bad connection).

Maybe I just need to buy a 5 pack and replace them periodically...

They do look kind of cheesy, but I've never had any trouble with pins breaking or corrosion, and I don't think I've used dielectric grease on them. I guess the rear hatch of my Hobie is pretty well protected.

The connectors on my Garmin FF have thin pins, and I've had issues with those, in spite of constant rinsing and dielectric grease.

I use these connectors, which you can see on the outside of the box:


The fuses are inside the box and all connections stay dry, but I still used waterproof heat-shrink on connectors. Iíve never had an issue with corrosion on these.

On the other hand, these things suck, corrosion-wise:


I'm huge a fan of LiFePO4, as I've had one (7Ah) for a long, long time and it's withstood a ton of use and abuse. Not the Dakota brand, but it's the same thing.

I built a simple battery box that includes 2 power outlets (with fuses) and a port for a solar charger. The box cost a few dollars at Walmart and would be perfect if the metal rods in the hinges were stainless...

For my part, I commit to posting better, more complete and classic fish reports. (which means I will have to kayak fish more often and I know that is a good thing for me.)

Glad to hear that, Uncle B. And, lots of great advice (fishing and otherwise) in that post!

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Shark Shield mystery disharge
« on: June 02, 2020, 06:36:08 PM »
Thanks for the info. I've definitely got some buildup on the charging prongs, and it does seem to take longer than it should to charge.

In any case, I think my battery might be starting to give out, as I only get about 4.5 hours out of a full charge.

Great all the way around, but the pictures are especially great!

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Sketchiest DIY Gaff you'll ever see
« on: June 01, 2020, 01:08:38 PM »
Totally thinking the same thing. Might be easiest to just turn a piece of SS all thread into a Hawaiian spear gaff / kill spear

What's the status on this can of worms?


General Talk / Re: Hovie Revo 16 Maiden Voyage
« on: May 31, 2020, 11:41:59 AM »
That Hovie Rebo looks like it's infinitely long...

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