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General Fishing Tips / Re: Advice for keeping dungeness fresh
« on: November 27, 2023, 10:59:05 AM »

Thanks for the update.  I didn’t get a chance to post and say that I do this all the time because by the time I get home, rinse off all my gear, and put it away, I’m usually too tired to cook crab.   The only difference is that I use a plug in fish tank bubbler so I don’t have to worry about batteries. 

I have a power outlet in the back of my truck, so I use it on the drive home as well.   I transport my catch in a cooler full of sea water with the bubbler chugging away.  Been doing this for many years.  It may be overkill, but it keeps the dungies super lively.   Your experience with how lively and aggressive they are when you finally get around to picking them up is the same as mine.   I got pinched so many times that I eventually bought and use a pair of crab tongs that I got from Amazon. 


That sounds like a great system for keeping them fresh. Do you cool the water at all? How well does it work when it is warm out?

Simply change the heading from "News" to "Please submit a story to top this"
I loved that, now removed, picture of those beasts on the kayak.

Site Discussion / Re: Anyone having issue accessing NCKA
« on: November 13, 2023, 09:04:08 PM »
Yes, a few times I got an error message. When I checked back the next day it was OK.

Way to go Eddie. Entertaining report as always. Thanks.
Thanks John.  I hope to 50fathom with ya’ at the appointed time.  Trailblazah’! :smt006

Tomorrow 7am  :smt002

Way to go Eddie. Entertaining report as always. Thanks.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Outriggers for pulling crab pots?
« on: October 18, 2023, 07:35:38 PM »
No need for outriggers. When I first started crabbing from a kayak I was amazed at how easy it was to pull up my pots. That was on a 28" wide kayak. On your PA you could probably stand up and pull them  :smt002

First time I went out I practiced by dropping and retrieving them in the Half Moon Bay (Pillar Point) harbor. There is a nice how to somewhere on the forum. Try to search for it or maybe someone has the link handy.


 Currently searching for a retirement location around 30 minutes from a kayak fishing spot from the Sonoma coast to the Southern Oregon coast.


you and me both!

Had considered Brookings area, but Sonoma/Mendo would be great too

Hi Bob

We should search together.  My search included Brookings too.
Consider making a road trip to check out Brookings, Crescent City, Eureka, and Fortuna over the Veteran's Day weekend.


Take a look at Coos Bay. My wife grew up there and we bought a house there a couple of years ago. The bay has tons of crabs and clams and there is a great ocean launch at Sunset Bay state park. There are also salmon that come into some of the little lakes in the area, but I haven't learned that fishery yet. Plus, since 101 comes away from the coast there are some spectacular beaches and cliffs off the beaten path. If you haven't already, join and explore NWKA to learn more about Oregon kayak fishing.

I'm really sorry to hear you lost your gear. That must be so frustrating to lose it so close to the launch. I leave my pots attached to their ropes and use buoys that are big enough to float the traps if they go overboard. It really doesn't take that much to float a hoop net even with a few pounds of added weight. I can easily stack 3 hoop nets even with the floats. I sometimes attach the floats to the top trap with a carabiner so they can't fall off. Thanks for sharing and reminding us to be careful.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Report Tomales 9/22
« on: September 24, 2023, 10:16:06 AM »
And the award for the most suspenseful report goes to.... Eddie!
 Thanks squeezing us in between haircuts  :smt044

General Talk / Re: Devils Slide impressive driftwood structure
« on: September 14, 2023, 11:50:14 AM »
Interesting building but I'm not a fan of what looks like a homeless encampment on the coast. Keep it natural.

General Talk / Re: Kayaker found 6 miles off coast
« on: September 12, 2023, 04:05:41 PM »
I'm really happy this had a happy ending but what was that guy thinking heading that far offshore without a buddy and an inability to get back in his kayak under the expected conditions. Based on the pictures in the news item, it looked like it was a nice day. Lucky he had cell service. Another reminder to practice self recovery under appropriate conditions.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Hoop net replacement
« on: September 08, 2023, 11:25:21 AM »
I used to make my own rings using macrame and it's not too bad if you have patience. Make the knots closer together as you reach the bottom so the size of the net tube matches the bottom ring. Here's a video I found online that goes over the basics. 

I used a tar coated twine so it was easier to tie knots the wouldn't slip off the bottom. It's not sticky or messy, just holds a know better. Nylon or other string that sinks is best.


General Talk / Re: New Zealand trip
« on: September 04, 2023, 07:40:18 PM »
What a coincidence, I'm going to New Zealand with my wife and 2 sons (21 and 23) for 2 weeks this winter so I'm very interested in what people have to say.

CA Regulations / Re: RF Reg. Petition - Rockfish Nearshore Draft Petition
« on: September 01, 2023, 12:58:47 PM »
Thank you for completing the survey and showing your support.  I wish we get around 300 supports and at least 50 people showing up for the San Jose FGC meeting.

Where is the survey? I'm happy to support this but I must have missed the link.

Another point to consider: We have a thorough network of MPAs, which were controversial and removed some of the best fishing areas as no-take zones. So in theory these relatively non-migratory species are already protected from an extinction threat. So a closure of all areas is completely unnecessary. The MPAs should guarantee that we will always have stocks of fish and bag limits can be adjusted up and down but not eliminated.

This is a really good point. Do they even take this into consideration? I doubt it since they also don't seem to take into account the actual range of quillbacks.

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