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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Small outboard motors.....again
« on: June 10, 2024, 09:29:52 PM »
Hi mickfish,

The fuel tank I have is a newish version from West Marine, which is sealed to prevent venting. There is no vent. This is per the new EPA regulations which require sealed tanks. Hence, why you need the fuel demand valve.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Small outboard motors.....again
« on: June 10, 2024, 05:25:07 PM »
Hi Tedski,

Heh, I actually got a new carb and installed it last weekend, so the float should be good. I'm really trying to debug the lowest-cost items before I tackle the fuel pump, which is more $$$. It's a 2018 Suzuki with less than 300 hours on it. I really hope it's not the fuel pump....

BTW, it's a royal PITA to remove/adjust the float on these small outboards. That's why I had to order a new carb....cuz I damaged the old one trying to remove the float hinge pin...

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Small outboard motors.....again
« on: June 10, 2024, 02:53:00 PM »
Hi everyone,

Over the past 6 years, I have turned into an amateur small outboard mechanic. I've cleaned and tuned carbs, replaced fuel filters/lines, to say nothing about oil/gear oil/filter changes.

I've been tinkering with my Suzuki and I think I have pretty much everything working, EXCEPT that it seems to be not getting enough fuel when running WOT. I am beginning to suspect it's either:
  • Fuel demand valve
  • Primer bulb
  • Quick disconnect on the fuel tank is not properly connected or leaking air

When running WOT, I can feel the primer bulb starting to go soft. Within 10-15 minutes, the outboards starts to stall out, and I can get it going again by pumping the primer bulb, which leads me to believe the issue is one of the 3 listed above. I'm pretty sure it's not the fuel pump, as then it would show issues even at idle. Does that make sense?

CA Regulations / Re: Is RF open?
« on: April 20, 2024, 07:40:37 AM »
So for us nearshore no joy....So May1 all of California season is open its not all broken up in different counties ?

In general, yes, on May 1, all of California is open to 20 fathom or less to rockfishing. But areas south of Point Lopez are already open since April 1st. Please check the regulations here:


CA Regulations / Re: Is RF open?
« on: April 20, 2024, 05:58:40 AM »
The way I read it, in the waters near me, Monterey Bay, we can fish 300 feet and deeper from now until April 30.  Anything shallower is still closed.  Come May 1st until September 30th , we can fish 120 feet and shallower only.  Then all October is only 300 and deeper, November is back to only 120 and shallower and December is back to only 300 and deeper.
Is this how others interpret this?

Yes, that is correct! You also need to have a descender on board.

General Fishing Tips / Re: How many of you have 2-rod stamp?
« on: April 17, 2024, 06:27:47 PM »
Lol! I guess I'm in the minority. When I'm out fishing, it's for the peace and quiet. Someone once called it water therapy or fishing Zen. Having two fish on just makes me too anxious and impatient. Catching for me is secondary. At least this is what I have been telling myself (skunked 3 out of 4 last trips).

General Fishing Tips / How many of you have 2-rod stamp?
« on: April 17, 2024, 02:41:18 PM »
Hi everyone,

Just out of curiosity, how many of us have the 2-rod stamp but hardly take advantage of it? I have a lifetime license along with the lifetime privilege package that includes the 2-rod stamp (wedding present from my wife) and I can probably count on one hand how many times I've actually used 2 rods since 2008. Even while trolling, I find 2 rods just too much to manage. I can see how it might benefit bait fishing (maybe catfish?), but since 99% of my trout fishing is lures or fly, I just don't use it.

Anyone else find the 2-rod stamp not useful?

Wanted To Buy / Re: WTB: Drift Boat (2-3 person)
« on: February 22, 2024, 12:08:32 PM »
I would check out Bill Kiene's forum....


You can also try calling his fly shop in Sacramento or The Fly Shop in Redding.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Fishing in the Rain?
« on: February 19, 2024, 09:44:16 AM »
We went out for a drive Saturday morning to Tracy area to check out the blossoms. They are about another week for peak bloom, but there were a few early bloomers. Simply amazing, we truly are blessed! If this was in Japan or China, there would be thousands of visitors. Here in CA, it was only us. I couldn't even get my teenage sons to get out of the car.  :smt009

Oh yeah, the kayak fishing part. I decided to make the most out of the short weather window and went to Quarry Lakes on Sunday, since it was close and all I wanted was to get out. It was a beautiful morning, sunny and still. Around 1pm, someone turned on the fan and I headed in. Skunked but happy I was able to get on the water.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Fishing in the Rain?
« on: February 13, 2024, 10:11:46 PM »
Thanks for the response AlsHobieOutback! Much appreciated. My main goal is to get the wife into some beautiful almond blossoms, the kayak fishing is a just side bonus. Happy wife, happy life.

Happy Valentine's day everyone!

General Fishing Tips / Fishing in the Rain?
« on: February 12, 2024, 12:40:07 PM »
Hi everyone,

It's been awhile since I've gone fishing and I finally have time off this coming weekend. Trying to combine an almond blossom cruise with the wife on Sunday with a fishing trip on Saturday. How do the Valley Lakes fish after a rain? I only have experience with Del Valle (terrible after a rain) and San Pablo (okay for worm and PowerBait). No clue on Camanche, Don Pedro, New Melones, etc....

CA Regulations / Re: Nonlead Ammunition
« on: January 13, 2024, 09:58:58 AM »
Thanks albiec! I haven't tried the Norma yet, just the CCI and you're right I think I just need to adjust my expectations. It groups tight enough at those 30yd ranges. Do you have any preference between the CCI and the Norma?

I don't have any preference between the two, just use whatever is available on the shelf and sight in your rifle.

Lately, I've been experimenting with handloaded 38spl cartridges with Barnes or Cutting Edge 140grain bullets in a 357mag 18" barrel singleshot rifle on varmints (ground squirrels) to see what works and what doesn't. I've been practicing to get 1" groups at 40 yards, but I also don't want to depend on headshots. If I'm off and it ends up a body shot, I would still like to keep some meat. It's not quite there yet, and it might never, but it's fun to experiment during the winter.

I may end up going down .22 Hornet, but I really like the simplicity of straight-wall cartridges. The next step would be 327, but then I'd have to order a custom barrel.

CA Regulations / Re: Nonlead Ammunition
« on: January 13, 2024, 09:45:30 AM »
If anyone has any suggestions for reliable lead-free 22lr let me know! I'm close to giving up and just getting a PCP for small game (as if I could justify the cost).

I dont believe Lead-free applies to rimfire caliber ammo... but I could be wrong....

Lead-free applies to rimfire. The only exception to lead-free are airguns, aka pellet rifles. And the lead-free only applies to hunting. You can use lead at the range or target shooting.

CA Regulations / Re: Nonlead Ammunition
« on: January 11, 2024, 08:04:48 PM »
Hi canadianjerkey,

Not sure what you mean by reliable, but I have used Norma Eco-speed and CCI Copper-22. You do have to keep the shots closer, as they don't group well at 100yards. Most of my shots are 30yards or less anyway. I only use lead-free 22lr with a singleshot rifle, it forces me to conserve and really focus on one-shot, one-kill.

Actually, almost all of my hunting is with single-shots....

General Fishing Tips / Re: Which line/test for rock fishing?
« on: July 19, 2023, 08:56:16 PM »
Have you tried to break off braid? There are instances where you will get hung up and need to break off. 50lbs braid is strong stuff and you need gloves to break it off. I once had to break off 40lbs braid rockfishing at the Farallones and I decided that 30lbs braid is good enough for me. I will also NEVER use a leader stronger than 20lbs, only because I want the leader to break before the mainline.

To each their own, this is just what I go by.

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