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Places to Launch and Camp / Checked out Capitola wharf and beach
« on: May 03, 2024, 07:58:56 AM »
You can't get to the beach at the base of the wharf right now because of the fencing that's there for the wharf repair work. Anyone know another place to launch in Capitola?

General Talk / Breakers in the SC harbor
« on: March 17, 2024, 10:34:25 AM »
Was checking out the webcams and surf reports today and noticed some waves breaking inside the end of the harbor. Maybe it needs a good dredging. Also saw someone launching their red sailing kayak and enjoyed a moment of excitement as it exited the harbor along with a smaller paddle yak and had to climb a wave or two.

This was around 10:30. Anybody recognize their boat?

CA Regulations / Here is an actual link to the 2024 ocean regs
« on: March 05, 2024, 09:53:47 AM »

All over the place today and thinking someone put crystal meth in my coffee

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Squid source near Scotts Valley
« on: March 04, 2024, 09:36:15 AM »
Since moving over the winter, I'm not sure where to get a decent deal on squid and it's time to quit bitching and get to fishing. San Jose had a nice price per box at Bass Pro, but it would be nice to skip that drive if possible.

Anyone know where to stock up on squidcicles in Scotts Valley?

My understanding is that you can't even fish in an area covered by the nearshore rockfish closure. So that would mean you can't go for halibut out of Santa Cruz harbor as I understand it.

Where are people allowed to go for halibut this winter in the ocean with the new regs? Past 50 fathoms?

General Talk / Moving to Scotts Valley and checking out da trout
« on: November 12, 2023, 12:24:05 PM »
Hope everyone is doing well heading into the holiday season.

In a few weeks, we're moving just east of the Henry Cowell forest. Didn't find a keeper house in time to transition before school and whatnot needed to be sorted, so we're renting until something meets our specs. Haven't even been there yet, but it looks good on the map.

Moving in just in time for the winter trout/steelhead season, and it looks like we'll be within easy walking distance to Eagle Creek, Powder Mill Creek, and the San Lorenzo River. It's been all salt for me over the last several years. In another life, I used to catch brook trout in remote forest streams running through Pennsylvania, so hopefully I remember how to catch a trout. Looks like report card, barbless, catch and release, and only on Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday.

Anyone know if there are other rules and regs to be aware of in that area? Other considerations. Will be arriving just in time for the winter season.

General Talk / Deep Water Spots for Kayaks
« on: August 24, 2023, 08:56:07 AM »
Anyone have a launch spot and a plan they want to share for getting past the 5o fathom line? Planning deep water rockfish meetups?

Trying not to let my mind sink into a depression coming from the realization that it could be 7 months or more of nonrockfish/lingcod life.

CA Regulations / Halibut limit decrease
« on: May 31, 2023, 09:07:26 AM »
Saw this on Yahoo. Haven't found anything on the Cali fish and game site yet. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/emergency-california-halibut-regulations-river-091517407.html

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Penn Baymaster 180 handle lock screw
« on: January 18, 2023, 10:16:00 AM »
Just got a Penn Baymaster 180 on eBay and noticed the little handle lock screw is missing. Anyone know the best place for a cheap so-and-so to get the screw?

General Talk / Is SpongeBob OK?
« on: January 06, 2023, 07:54:58 AM »
Wonder if SpongeBob Buoy was out there in the storm. They put Bob in a slightly different place last year, and I found a really productive spot I could visually navigate to based on relative position versus the buoy and kelp beds. Not sure if that's gonna be the same kind of spot this year.

With the new groundfish regs, I'm looking at Moss Landing as a possibility for when the central management area closes shallow water in October. With the big canyon there, it looks like one could get out to 300 feet in less than a mile and try for rockfish and lings. I've read plenty about the potentially gnarly launch so this is only something I'm considering for a very flat day with favorable tides.

Looking at this handy dandy marine map: http://fishing-app.gpsnauticalcharts.com/i-boating-fishing-web-app/fishing-marine-charts-navigation.html?title=SANTA+CRUZ+SMALL+CRAFT+HARBOR+boating+app#13.07/36.7944/-121.7877

Does that sound like a feasible plan? Are there rockfish and lings in the deep canyon there? Anybody try this?

Never been out of Moss Landing, but it's been on my list and hopefully 2023 is the year.

General Fishing Tips / Southern swells and salmon 9/11-9/13
« on: September 07, 2022, 11:36:23 AM »
Looking at this coming Sunday, since it's the weekend and no work, and possibly taking off next Tuesday (9/13) because the swells look better for a Half Moon Bay salmon attempt. Magicseaweed says swells are 2.5 feet at 13 seconds for Sunday @ Dunes beach, and that seems like a possible "swells go south, fish shut their mouth" situation. Santa Cruz and Capitola have some decent southern swell in the forecast as well.

Do south swells shut down the salmon bite?

Trying to sort out a plan as it'll be a month since my last kayak outing due to a bunch of family stuff and BS.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Stubborn rod tip on old fiberglass
« on: September 04, 2022, 12:28:00 AM »
Because I suffer from low IQ, my favorite old boat pole with chrome style eyelets needs a new tip and a rewrapping with new guides. Spooled up one of my old Penn 85 Seaboys with braid in the middle of last year, had fun with it, and by early this year there were serious grooves in the eyelets and tip. Noticed it when snagged one day. Pulled and the line broke right at the rod tip, rather than the sacrificial leader breaking, which was odd. The groove cut it. Checked it out and found the problem. 30-lb mono is holding up even with the grooves, but the rod needs love. The action and length and handle are perfect and this rod is the Pacific to me.  I got the guides and, after drinks one night, tried to start the job by heating the tip with a lighter. Unlike the more modern rods Iíve fixed up, the heat doesnít seem to want to loosen the tip.

So who has tips for removing a stubborn rod tip? The rod came to me when I was a kid, sat with my dadís stuff for maybe 20+ years, made the move to Cali with me, and is the absolute favorite of my old fiberglass boat poles that are older than almost everyone on NCKA. The black paint has mostly come off, leaving semi clear old fiberglass. As the original wrappings have come loose, some eyelets were rewrapped with waxed dental floss, which holds nicely, and maybe an ill-informed dab of crazy glue due to a lack of confidence in the job. Trying to figure out if I can get the old stick back to gloriousness. The action, the bend, the handle are as perfect for rockfish, lings, and Cali halis as a stick can be.

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