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General Talk / Re: Trawling
« on: February 04, 2023, 11:55:14 PM »
Not sure what the regulations are in that area, or which vessel do it, but generally, trawling is done with a large cone shaped net dragged behind a fishing vessel, with two large "doors" on either side of the net to hold it open.  Some bottom trawl nets have gear that keeps the net a certain distance above the bottom to keep it from snagging on rocks and reefs, but generally the process is the same. 

This method is used a lot, all over the world.  In the Bering Sea, the fishing vessels are very large, and haul in 300' long nets with thousands of pounds of fish in each haul, then pump the fish directly to processing vessels.  These vessels clean and filet the fish, flash freeze, and package for deep freezing.  Sometimes they also bread and flash fry for products like fish patties and fish sticks.  McDonald's Filet O' Fish is prepared in this method, from pollock caught in the Bering Sea.  Most of the product from the processor vessels is ready for market.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Mono/Floro to braid knots
« on: February 04, 2023, 01:20:00 PM »
Haven't run topshot before - how much does everyone use for halibut in the bay?  What about for rockfish?  I have 40lb braid on the reel, thinking about 20 or 30 lb mono.  Just not sure how much I should use.  Thanks!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Finally new rockfish regs!
« on: February 03, 2023, 06:53:12 PM »
Good move wrt both blacks and verms, IMHO. And it's interesting that there is no sub-limit on canaries, as only recently we couldn't keep any...

I've been seeing a lot more canaries this year, especially smaller ones.  Good sign the closure might have done something. 

Agree with the verm limit, and also stoked at the possibility of up to 10 cabs. 

Not the worst reg. changes we've had over the years.

Just anecdotal, but when canaries were no-take, I used to catch them all the time. Almost as soon as take was allowed, I didnt see many. Im guessing they might be more susceptible to fishing pressure than some other types of RF.

Any cab-fishing advice? I think they are excellent eating, but I rarely catch any...
SMC has cabzilla city. You wont have problem catching them until you get sick of them..

Cabs are one my fave - can't really get sick of those!

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AOTY / Re: AOTY 2023 Participant list
« on: February 02, 2023, 08:52:55 AM »
Back on track,

Willfo, tpowell707, and speedystein you guys are all set. We are up to 103 competitors.

Right on, thanks!

Cool, thanks, now if I could only figure out how to catch some fish.

Right?  I haven't fished proper freshwater in a while - gotta figure out trout and bass again, haha.

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AOTY / Re: AOTY 2023 Participant list
« on: February 01, 2023, 09:16:30 PM »
Jumping in the ring this year. Looking forward to the challenge! Let's go!

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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: electric motor suggestions
« on: January 30, 2023, 04:42:57 PM »
We have been using Bixpy for over three years using several installation methods, including a Mirage drive insert, side mount, and rudder mount.

Paul

Hey Paul, what is your preferred installation, and on which hull?  I have a non-Hobie tandem I've been thinking of motorizing, definitely interested to hear from someone who has tried different methods.  I figure side mount is probably easiest to rig - sort out a bracket and clamp on the motor and off to the races.  But if rudder mount or through the drive hole is better for fishing, maybe I should focus/plan on that instead?

My video explains pros and cons of different options

Paul

Good info there, thanks for posting that! I was thinking about a rudder mount, but hadn't considered the debris\snag hazard. I think that confirms that if I motorized my big tandem party barge, will go with a side nount. Thanks again!

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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: electric motor suggestions
« on: January 30, 2023, 10:28:22 AM »
We have been using Bixpy for over three years using several installation methods, including a Mirage drive insert, side mount, and rudder mount.

Paul

Hey Paul, what is your preferred installation, and on which hull?  I have a non-Hobie tandem I've been thinking of motorizing, definitely interested to hear from someone who has tried different methods.  I figure side mount is probably easiest to rig - sort out a bracket and clamp on the motor and off to the races.  But if rudder mount or through the drive hole is better for fishing, maybe I should focus/plan on that instead? 

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Hobie Kayaks / Re: Fake Hobie mirage drive chains...
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:03:54 PM »
Yeah, the bungee itself held up fine, but my common fin shaft broke in between the fins. Not sure if that is related to the bungee or not. I do know that I stretched the bungee very tight before knotting it - there isn't much stretch left.

When my cable snapped, I saw that it the outer coating had cracked and then the cable itself had rusted through.  I contributed the failure more to that than to stress, but was probably both factors.

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Hobie Kayaks / Re: Fake Hobie mirage drive chains...
« on: January 29, 2023, 12:30:29 PM »
Looks legit.  Did you break a cable? There has got to be a DIY for this. Those are fairly simple parts. I bet the chain is the same dimensions as a bicycle chain, width and link length.

I've broken a few cables/shafts on mine - I think my next pedal kayak is going to have a propeller style drive.  Seems much simpler, and I bet easier on my damaged knees.

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Rattle traps and swimbaits work pretty well. Lighter bucktails, like 1/2 oz, work well - gotta have a trailer tho. Umbrella rigs are almost like cheating, haha. Troll shallow with these - if there are fish there, you will find em with any of those.

I have not launched there specifically, but generally the current in SP Bay and SF Bay can be pretty strong. I try to time my trips to work with the current.

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An SUV is tempting because I could still use it to commute if I end up having to do so again.  Toyota and Acura are two of my favorite manufacturers I am surprised I didn't think to look at them before so will do some searching on them now.

Was just reading about Suburbans having bad transmissions, anyone have first hand experience with that as an issue?  They also seem to be some of the lowest priced options in the used market.  Are Tahoe's better/same?

I really don't want something as heavy as 5-6K pounds, more around 3K, but dont want to worry about being underpowered either. 

Appreciate the suggestions everyone!  I've been thinking about this for far too long and want to do more extended trips.

I think you should pin down what trailer you want, and then look at the next size larger for specs.  Use 15% of the total weight of the trailer for tongue weight - this counts against your total tow vehicle payload.  Add a 25-30% margin for trailer weight to determine vehicles with appropriate tow ratings.  Then look at the length of your trailer.  Longer trailers should be towed with longer vehicles. There are several online calculators for that.

So, for my situation, I knew I wanted to tow a 28' trailer. Average weight there for lightweight trailers is in the 8000lb range, so around 1200lbs tongue weight.  So, right off the bat, that eliminated basically all of the SUVs, and most half ton trucks. Many large SUVs might fit the weight limit, but not the payload limit.  I found that certain equipment packages on the F150 and Silverados put me in the envelope, so I looked at those. My truck, as equipped, has a 1900lb payload rating and 13,000lb tow rating - both well within the specs for the size trailer I wanted to tow.

Keep in mind though, I have 3 kids, two dogs, and a gear obsession. So, that payload number creeps up real quick. Most vehicles assume 150lbs for the driver and a full tank of gas - anything else in the vehicle counts against payload. So, with the other 50lbs of me, my wife, kids, dogs, and random gear, we are VERY close to the 1900lb payload capacity of the truck.

Also consider gearing - low gears always tow easier. SUVs, especially front wheel biased SUVs, are gonna have really high gears to meet mileage benchmarks, which makes them less than ideal for towing. I would avoid front wheel biased SUVs for towing anything other than light weight utility trailers, ie kayaks.

Suburbans and Tahoes have the same engines/transmissions. The Tahoe is just the short version, suburban the longer. Older Suburban models can be found in 3/4 ton config - those are a different beast entirely. The engines are generally LS series V8s, as good as American has ever made, but the rest of the vehicle tends to have little problems. The transmissions are hit and miss.

Toyotas are great, but for towing, you probably want a Tundra, Sequoia, or Land Cruiser - those are all pretty pricey relative to American equivalents.

Dodge/Ram - meh. I'm not a fan, haha.

I went with Ford because the 3.5l Ecoboost hit the power/mileage venn diagram for me. Older trucks have a 6 speed, newer ones have a 10 speed, and they are both rock solid. I should also note that in newer models, Ford is the only American with a low range transfer case available in standard 4x4 models (without off-road package). Important for if you ever get a boat and are trying to trailer on a steep, slimy ramp.

Also - nothing wrong with commuting in a truck :). They often get the same or better mileage as similarly capable SUVs. With the stock size tires, I averaged 23mpg with mine. My FIL with the 2.7l Ecoboost gets 26 with his. Both are better than my Honda Pilot...

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Well I got some news at work that I could be out of a job by the end of the year or even sooner.  In that case I don't think I will be buying anything but used at this point.  Going to plan on selling my VW GTI to cover the cost of a better tow vehicle, so I'm looking for around 10K.  I've not owned a truck prior, so it's tempting to get one, but a v8 SUV should fit my needs as well I think.

That's a bummer, sorry to hear about your job. I'm also at a transition point this summer - might have to move for work - but I know I am being reassigned regardless.

If you aren't towing more than about 6000lbs, an Expedition or Tahoe/Suburban would probably work well. Keep in mind, tow rating is only one part of the equation - payload rating and wheelbase both play important parts in towing, especially with long/tall/heavy RVs. 

Good luck in your search, and I hope your work situation turns out well for you.

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Wanted To Buy / Re: Garmin Striker 4 Transducer
« on: January 24, 2023, 07:51:25 PM »
Anyone have a spare Garmin transducer, that works with the Striker 4, laying around? I got another kayak and would love to be able to use my current ff on both.

I have the same dillema... Wanted to order a second transducer and realized that they are almost as much as the unit itself.  Oof. 

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Wife bought a brand new Tacoma in 2021.
HATED IT!
It wanted to be a truck but can't do anything a real truck can do.
Talked her into getting rid of it and got a 2001 F250 7.3 diesel extended cab 4x4.
Tows the toy hauler with the RZR loaded inside no problem and overall gets just as good mileage as the Tacoma did.
Could not be happier.

This is why I bought a Ford also - Tacoma and F150 are about the same price, but the F150 has more power, WAY more usable capability, and gets better MPG.

Love the old 7.3s.  Grew up around those, great trucks.  Tow anything, haul anything, get reasonable mileage, go WAY more places offroad (even without giant tires and excessive lift kit) than most people give them credit to go.  Reliable like nothing else, and maintenance is pretty easy.  Everything is rebuildable.  I actually really wanted a 1999-2002 7.3 crew cab, but those are getting hard to find and they fetch a significant price for a clean one.  Cost less to buy my Ecoboost F150, haha.

Meh, a fleet vehicle needs to work, down time is money lost. Anyone who buys an electric truckdoesnt really need a truck.so plenty of time to charge it at the local station on a mall run or Whole Foods trip. 

Totally agree on who the Lightning was made for.


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I have not been hearing good stuff about the Lightnings towing capabilities.

I think most complaints are with the range - extra load kills the battery life. 

I'm still wondering why Ford chose the luxo-level supercrew configuration for the first interation of the electric F150?  Where are the electric fleet vehicles?  Those make more sense to me - the parts delivery or jobsite services trucks that literally go across town to deliver or fix something, then get plugged in for the rest of the day. 

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