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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Lake Sonoma 4/27
« on: April 29, 2024, 01:29:16 PM »
Wow the lake is full!

I took the stealth for an afternoon paddle at yorty creek. I even brought a fishing pole with me. The wind was ripping pretty well, which made fishing a little difficult. Steady 15mph with gusts to 30. I still averaged 4mph into the wind though!

The water was very high, most of the day use area was flooded. Water was pretty clear with temps in the low 60ís.

I was throwing small swimbaits at flooded trees and bushes. There were fish in all of them. Nothing big but a mix of lmb, smb, and crappie.

Now is really the time to be hitting those local lakes. They are full of water and the fish are biting!

AOTY / The return of the big measure board.
« on: April 27, 2024, 11:47:34 AM »
I started with a regular 30 inch board for my AOTY fish way back when.

I caught a few that exceeded the board so I moved on to a tri fold 36 incher. It was ok, but a little flimsy and a few decent fish flopping on it broke it.

At one point I made my own 50Ē board by cutting two 30 inch boards. That thing was pretty neat and I was fortunate enough to put 3 different 40+ inch fish on it (lingcod, halibut, and sturgeon). But hard use over the years took its toll and the plastic finally broke.

Then I started using a 32Ē board, which is nice most of the time, but there are quite a few fish swimming out there that are longer than 32Ē.

That leads me to my latest board. Itís a Ketch folding 48Ē metal board. Hopefully sometime soon it will be put to good use. Maybe a clear lake catfish hookup is in order or something hmmmÖ.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Clear Lake 4/25
« on: April 25, 2024, 04:27:19 PM »
A few weeks ago I was out on Clear Lake looking for crappie. All we found was crappy weather, and the fish werenít really biting.

Today I decided to try to make up the bad weather trip. Well guess what? I got rained on  :smt010 It was a little cold, a little windy, and a little rainy. You donít always get to pick the best days to fish, and the fish are already wet so they donít mind the rain.

I started off throwing a 2 inch keitech 1/16 head on a light powered rod 10lb braid to 6lb flouro. I didnít put that combo down all morning.

I got into the crappie pretty quickly and had a nice 14.75 AOTY upgrade pretty quickly. I sorted through a lot of other crappie, finally landing a great 15 incher!

I also landed a few bass, but nothing to get too excited about.

I even got a big ol catfish throwing the crappie lure around. 31.25 inch which was a really nice AOTY upgrade!

The fish are there. Sort of all over the place relating to structure. They were biting from about a foot of water all the way out to 15 feet of water. No real pattern to it.

AOTY / AOTY Catfish
« on: April 24, 2024, 06:43:55 AM »
In case anyone hasnít been paying attention there have been some huge catfish hitting the AOTY boards!

Corey entered a very nice 30Ē

JoeDubC then entered a 34.25Ē which is the 5th largest ever entered into AOTY!

Then tommcdo threw down with a 35.75Ē. The biggest ever entered into AOTY. Wow!

Great fish you guys! The catfish certainly seem to be on the chew right now and spring fishing is really going strong.

AOTY is still wide open, check the links in my signature for more info or click the AOTY link at the top of the page.

AOTY / Almost didnít get an AOTY fish in March.
« on: March 31, 2024, 07:43:32 PM »
Phew, down to the wire on Easter!! But a random catfish while bass fishing saved the day.

Throwing a 3 inch purple/black swimbait on a brush covered 10 ft flat on the local lake.

Buzzer beater!!!

Also caught some largemouth, smallmouth, and a crappie! 4 species in 1 day. Plus a bonus carp.

Keep grinding AOTY all, spring is here and the bite is heating up!!

AOTY / AOTY Feb 2024 wrap up.
« on: March 02, 2024, 03:13:24 PM »
AOTY February 2024 wrap up.

2 months down! We have been having a decent amount of rain and winter weather which has made fishing challenging. Despite that a few brave souls have gotten out and entered some fish!

We have 11 anglers who have entered a combined 9 different species of fish. Some of those are some pretty darn big too!

Great job to those who got out and entered some fish! Hopefully those of you who have yet to sign up will do so! It is still wide open right now with plenty of time to get involved!

If you are interested in taking part in Angler Of The Year click the links below or send me a message and I will activate your account.

It is a great way to get more involved with kayak fishing and learn to catch new species as well as make new friends and fishing partners.

AOTY / Electric motors are now allowed for AOTY.
« on: March 02, 2024, 02:47:19 PM »
The votes to include electric motors passed the votes to not include them by 1 whole vote!  :smt044

I knew it would be a little divisive, but I was surprised that there was only a 1 vote difference.

If you have an electric and want to play in AOTY you are welcome to.

AOTY / AOTY 2024 Prize
« on: February 07, 2024, 08:50:20 AM »
As graciously modeled by 2023 winner Poopsmith here https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=101563.15 there is a championship belt for the 2024 winner. It is currently sitting in a garage cabinet patiently waiting to see who gets to take it home.

Its way more challenging to take a picture of a reflective object than you would think BTW.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Clear Lake 1/27 RPT
« on: January 27, 2024, 08:35:42 PM »
Sam and I hit clear Lake for a little winter fishing on Saturday 1/27. The weather was really nice. Partly cloudy, light wind, and a tiny sprinkle of rain.

We fished around rattlesnake. Water temp was 51 with a green tinge and maybe 2 feet of visibility.

The fishing was pretty decent especially with the amount of pressure in the area we fished. We caught a couple of bass and a couple of crappie. The crappie were roaming open water and the bass were tight on rocky structure.

Biggest bass that I got was 20.5 inches/7.5lbs. Sams biggest was 17.5 inches. Biggest crappie was 14 inches.

Lots of water in the lake. Itís only going to get better as the days start getting longer!

AOTY / 2024 AOTY is open
« on: January 23, 2024, 07:41:24 PM »
Thanks to the hard work of bsteves the 2024 AOTY website is up and open for business!

If you are getting an error when attempting to load the AOTY site is might be due to a conflict between the http and https address. The http address works, but for some reason the https address is having issues. If you are using safari or edge you can simply delete the s from https and it should work. If you are using chrome you have to go into your browser settings and deselect "always use secure connections" as well as "use secure DNS" If you are using other browsers then IDK, I'm not a computer person, I just enjoy fishing.

If you competed last year I have activated your account.

If you have never competed before reply here or send me a message and we will get you set up. It is a fun way to track your fishing progress and see how your luck (and skill) stack up against other kayak anglers.

Have fun in 2024 everyone.

AOTY / Electric Motors in AOTY
« on: January 22, 2024, 04:04:31 PM »
For 2024 as a test run should we try electric power in AOTY?

Entries have been down since we went away from a paid platform to a free platform, and I would like to get more people involved. Iím hoping that opening it up to electric power might expand upon the amount of people who would/could compete.

I know that there are some people who hate the idea of power in AOTY, and some who want to do AOTY but canít because of having a powered kayak.

A lot of  major kayak tourneys and series have gone electric power. Hell even Hobie has announced that they are allowing power in the Hobie bass open series. They have been anti power forever. Times sure seem to be changing.

My vote is to let powered kayaks play. I hope it gets more people involved.

The powered kayak isnít going to get you out of bed at in the middle of the night to drive crazy miles and hours to chase fish. It isnít going to find the fish for you. It isnít going to make the fish bite. Chasing down 10 quality fish is a huge commitment and anyone who does so deserves recognition, powered kayak or not.

Please if you are interested in AOTY let me know what you think.

AOTY / 2023 AOTY Results!!
« on: January 17, 2024, 06:42:04 PM »

A big congratulations to Poopsmith for winning AOTY in 2023. He had 10 fish entered for a total of 1655.25 points!! Way to go  :smt007

TOP 10

1 Poopsmith - 1655.25 - anchor fish 37" 185 pt lingcod
2 tommcdo - 1549.625 - anchor fish 15.75" 189 pt crappie
3 JoeDubC - 1476.125 - anchor fish 23.25" 186 pt rockfish
4 Pasha - 1227.375 - anchor fish 25.75" 191.8125 pt rainbow trout
5 Jewli0n - 1151.75 - anchor fish 15" 180 pt crappie
6 Corey - 1139.125 - anchor fish 15.75" 189 pt crappie
7 ThreemoneyJ - 1112.0 -anchor fish 15" 180 pt crappie
8 The Kraken - 962.25 - anchor fish 23.5" 182.125 rainbow trout
9 deepseadrew - 957.125 - anchor fish 23.25" rockfish
10 calhafi - 955.5 - anchor fish 31" california halibut


deepseadrew 23.25in and JoeDubC 23.25in

Tpowell707 20.75in

California Halibut
Loebs 39in

Abking 37.5in

Pasha 25.75in

Smallmouth/Spotted bass
Ghost 18.5in

Largemouth Bass
The Kraken 19.5in

Striped Bass
tommcdo 31in

Jewli0n 15.75in

Surf Perch
Poopsmith 11.75in

Poopsmith 20in

Corey 15.75in and tommcdo 15.75in

The Kraken 32.75in

AlsHobieOutback 15.75in and Poopsmith 15.75in

JoeDubC 23in

Pacific Halibut
MarkL 43.75in

Brown Trout
Seachumm 23.5 in

Great effort by everyone who entered fish!

AOTY / Ideas for AOTY
« on: January 12, 2024, 02:46:47 PM »

The train got off the tracks a little bit and that was my fault. I changed the title so that people who want information for 2024 AOTY won't go down the panfish debate rabbit hole  :smt003


There will be an AOTY 2024. Please hold off on entering 2024 fish until the 2023 fish are archived.

Per the rules there is a 2 week grace period for fish entries so theoretically there may still be 2023 fish to be entered.

Updates and information will be posted soon. Thanks for your patience.

Sam and I are going to look for herring in the kayaks tomorrow morning. Wind and tide look pretty good.

Camo outback and yellow outback probably throwing tacos and spitballs. If itís a pancake itís probably not us  :smt044

Also bringing sabikis. Iíll bring some extra gear if anyone wants to try it out.

Dunphy park around 730 am. Going to wander around looking for birds and such. Probably make our way toward spinnaker or maybe over toward Belvedere. Radio 69.

AOTY / AOTY please enter any 2023 fish.
« on: December 31, 2023, 06:18:01 PM »
Itís New Yearís Eve. If you guys have any fish still to enter please get them entered soon. There are still a few fishing hours left to get some more entries!!

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