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Topic: A sticky for ocean newbie questions?  (Read 26917 times)

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bwodun

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Hey all.  I have a reservation on a party boat for this year's salmon opener on 4/2/16 out of Monterey and was thinking of maybe trying some rock fishing on the Friday before.  I mostly fish rivers on my Jackson Coosa and fish larger lakes from time to time.  I was thinking it would be OK on saltwater in good conditions with a PFD, radio and wetsuit.  Am I crazy?  I have access to an OK 14' Scupper Pro as a potential option as well, but it would add complexity to plan for the trip.  What do you guys think?
the coosa is a great boat for rivers and smaller bodies of water, but i would opt for the scupper pro for going out for rockfish. the coosa just wasn't designed for the ocean, (yes it can handle the calmest of days inshore, but things can change fast on the big blue)and the scupper was, as long as you don't exceed the weight limit for it, with just your weight, not including gear,  like my fat a#@  :smt044, cameron
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Well Stu, kayak fishing is a lifestyle, not a hobby, sometimes you have to look at the swell report and say "Hey bud let's party"

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This may have been asked already but you'll have to forgive me. I did not read all 7 pages of the replies. i thought this would be a good place to ask a few questions.

I am new to kayak fishing but not new to ocean fishing.

last time I went out at lovers point i wanted to fish the kelp. there were a few divers in the aria and i have heard that there are big fish that like to hide in the kelp. I tried but gave up, and moved on to try and find rocks, after i lost two sets of jigs and snapped one of my rods.

so... is it possible to fish the kelp and not get snagged? is it worth it?
do i need to avoid using certain setups?

thanks for any wisdom you are willing to share.


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I should have specified.
I was using weedless bass plastics with a 3oz weight on the bottom.


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Yes it is possible to not get snagged.... Yes fish hide in kelp (not necessary the big ones)  losing gear is part of the rock fish game but.... Stay couple feet off the bottom you should be able to fill it..and away from the main part of the seaweed bundle ( there should be a name for that) and you should be ok.... IF NOT ILL ALWAYS THINK YOU WERE  :smt002


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Pool noodles in the hull!  Great idea.


mireland62887

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From a newbie interested in fishing the salt, this list is great. Lots of stuff on here that makes perfect sense, but I'd never have thought of it.


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Lots of good info in this thread. Thanks for every ones input.


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I've been kayaking (on a irregular basis) for 6 years now and I wish I had read this when I started!


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Thanks so much for compiling this list fellas! Tons of useful information!


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Wow.  Great stuff.  Thanks everyone.


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Great information here. I'm putting a shopping list together as I read this. Thanks to all that contributed.


 

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