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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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Mark L

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Hi All,

I have been Foraging throughout the bay for many years. I fished the local lakes since I was about 8 years old and my father started taking me on party boats for salmon when I was 12. Over the years I have been on party boats many times for salmon, potluck, and rock fish. After one terrifying rock fish trip I now have the feeling of being trapped whenever I am on a party boat. I  still go salmon fishing but will never go rock fishing(on a party boat) again. I have been doing some  bay and ocean fishing  from shore and have caught plenty of perch, stripers, and a few rock fish.

I am thinking about getting a kayak for fishing in the bay and along the coast but want to keep the weight down because I have limited storage area (garage wall or down a lot of exterior stairs to a basement) and will need to do the carrying by myself.

I spend a lot of time foraging for mushrooms and plants. I collect plenty of chanterelles, morels, porcini, etc. along the coast and the Sierras.

I will be doing a lot of reading on this forum, and taking a few classes before making the decision to jump into this activity. 
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Welcome to the community, Mark.  Sounds like you're bringing a sensible attitude, and that's a good call.  If you go too light and short you likely won't be on a yak that does very well on the ocean or bay.

Best of luck - take your time and do your research.

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Welcome, Mark.

Be sure to check out Eddyline kayaks. Very light weight "Carbonlite" material. A Caribbean 12 is like 45lbs and the 14 is a little over 50lbs. If you have the space I'd go with a 14.

There are some other mfg out there with light-weight boats, as well, and I'm sure others will chime in. I have 2 Caribbean 14s and love them.

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Welcome to the forum. If you have enough clearance above the garage door, all it takes is a couple pulleys and you can hang the kayak overhead
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While I've never seen one, Hurricane Kayaks has a line of lightweights, they look good, I think we have a hurricane rep in the group.

Cool intro, you've found a great spot to join in and spread your knowledge


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Viking makes a few lightweight options as well. They're available at Headwaters Kayak in Lodi.

The owner, Dan is a great guy. They also offer demos on the water at Lodi Lake. Nothing beats trying before you buy.

Best of luck on your new adventures.


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If you want to try a Caribbean 14 I'm in Alameda and you can give it a try in the lagoon in front of our place. I can show you how I store and transport it.
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Welcome Mark

Be Safe

Have fun!!


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Welcome to NCKA Mark  :smt006
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Welcome!  Sounds like there's an interesting story about the party boat... care to share (No need to name names though)?  There're quite a few foragers on the board too.
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Welcome aboard! The Hobie PA u will want to stear clear of... Lol

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While I've never seen one, Hurricane Kayaks has a line of lightweights....

I used to have a hurricane SOT kayak. The model I had was not really designed for fishing, but that didn't stop me from fishing off of it. It was OK on saltwater and great on lakes---very lightweight.
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