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Eddie and I have been discussing heading to Fort Ross for some time.  Finally, we have a good weather forecast and plan to chase some lings and rockfish on Monday.  Other members are welcome to join.  We plan to arrive around 7 AM.

I have attached parking and weather information.

Paul

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My wife and I plan to camp and fish at Russian Gulch during the Independence Day weekend, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
I hope the weather gets better and we can fish all three days.
Other anglers are welcome, and I will have my radio set on Ch 69. 

Paul

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I will be chasing the squid again tomorrow with several friends.  Other people are welcome to join. 
Plan to arrive at the Coast Guard Pier around 7 a.m.

Paul

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Tbay 6/17/24 RPT
« on: June 18, 2024, 05:23:19 AM »
I arrived at Miller Boat Ramp before 6 a.m. The wind was still blowing, but as I was preparing to launch, it calmed down. I used sabiki to catch some smelts, perch, and sardines. Drifted/trolled from the yellow buoy to Hog Island all morning without a bite.  Finally, I got my first bite at 1 p.m. and landed 32" halibut.  The second was around 2 p.m., which was 30" halibut.  I got lucky and got my limit.

Paul

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I have a slow-pitch jigging setup but have never learned it properly. I thought it would be great to have a get-together to share techniques. 
We will select a location later based on participants and weather. If you want to volunteer to give a 10- 15-minute seminar, please let me know.
If you are interested in joining, you can respond to this post.

Paul

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I have not fulfilled my wife's order of squid after three trips.
This time, I will only pursue squids. To avoid temptation, I won't take any halibut or rockfish gear.
Plan to arrive around 7 AM at the Coast Guard Pier.  Other members are welcome to join.

Paul

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My wife wants some squids, and I will make another trip to Monterey tomorrow.  I got only 8 squids last time.  I hope I will get more this time.
Plan to arrive at Coast Guard Pier around 7 AM.  Welcome other layers.

Paul

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For Sale / FS - Hobie Kayak Sail Kit, TRAX 2 PLUG-IN CART
« on: May 05, 2024, 03:45:08 PM »
I have the following items for sale; you can get details from the links.
NCKA members get a 10% discount.

SOLD 2018 Hobie Oasis Kayak $2,500: https://sacramento.craigslist.org/spo/d/west-sacramento-2018-hobie-oasis-tandem/7744037243.html

HOBIE Kayak Sail Kit RED/SILVER $270: https://sacramento.craigslist.org/spo/d/west-sacramento-hobie-kayak-sail-kit/7744039993.html

Hobie TRAX 2 PLUG-IN Beach CART - $150 (This is the smaller version beach cart): https://sacramento.craigslist.org/spo/d/west-sacramento-hobie-trax-plug-in/7744041424.html

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Paul

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Video Instruction:

https://youtu.be/47RUy96kEgo?si=nJlccYhL6QrQPgcg

20FA & 50FA GPX Download Site: https://paul95255.wixsite.com/non-motorized-vessel/20fa-gpx-download

CDFW 20-Fathom Boundary Line off California: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish#287201301-20-fm-line

Instruction
1. Download and save GPX files to a Micro SD Card or SD Card, depending on your fish finder. Not all fish finders have an SD card reader.
2. Turn off your fish finder and insert the Micro SD Card.
3. Turn on the fish finder.
4. Open the folder/files from your fish finder menu.
5. Import the trails.
6. Select the imported trails to change the name, color, and line type. Make sure to choose the "Display" option of this trail.

Paul

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Since the Fish and Game Commission adopted the new recreational groundfish regulation on March 26, 2024, we anticipated that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) would review it within a couple of weeks, but it is taking much longer. I am starting to get worried that we might not be able to go nearshore rockfishing on May 1st.  I checked the OAL website, https://oal.ca.gov/proposed-regulations/,  this morning to check on the status, but it only shows as "Proposed Regulations Under Review"  I will be checking with OAL, CDFW, and FGC for any updates.  If we don't get a positive update, we might have to take more active actions to expedite the review process.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
Some of the actions we can consider are:

  • Seek support for California State elected officers
  • Letter and email writing to OAL, Kenneth Pogue (Director of OAL) & Amy Tong (Secretary, Government Operations Agency)


Paul

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The 2024 groundfish seasons are expected to be reviewed and approved by the Office of Administrative Law and take effect in state waters in early April. The Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff have worked diligently to expedite the adoption of state regulations to allow boat-based anglers to get on the water beginning in April. Until the 2024 regulations are approved, the 2023 regulations remain in effect.

Once the regulations become effective, CDFW’s Summary of Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations web page https://wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Regulations/Groundfish-Summary?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery will be updated with 2024 regulations. Before fishing, anglers should refer to this web page for the season openings and other regulatory information. 

Paul

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Fish and Game Commission adopted the proposed in-season groundfish regulation change during the teleconference meeting on March 26, 2024
 
This is only a partial victory, and we will continue to seek an exception for the Non-Motorized Vessels to provide us equal access time as power boaters.  Thank you to all workgroup members and other supporters.

​You can watch the meeting video recording: https://cal-span.org/meeting/cfg_20240326/

This change must go through the California and Federal administration process and is expected to be effective in early April 2024.  Make sure you verify that the season is officially open prior to going fishing in Apri.

1. Season structure (See Table 1 for the summary)

In the Northern, Mendocino, San Francisco, and the Central-North of 36° N latitude GMAs, the season structure is proposed as:
• closed January through March;
• open seaward of the 50-fathom boundary line for shelf rockfish, slope rockfish, and lingcod in April, October, and December; and
• open shoreward of the newly-established 20-fathom boundary line in May through September, and November.

In the Central-South of 36° N latitude and Southern GMAs, the season structure is proposed as:
• closed January through March;
• open in all depths April through June;
• open shoreward of the 50-fathom boundary line July through September; and
• open seaward of the 50-fathom boundary line for shelf rockfish, slope rockfish, and lingcod October through December.​

Downloadable Files

20-Fathom Boundary Line off California: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish#287201301-20-fm-line


2. Descending Devices: No person shall take or possess any federal groundfish as defined in Section 1.91 and all greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos from any boat or other floating device in ocean waters without having a descending device in possession and available for immediate use to assist in releasing rockfish to the depth of capture.

​Three major descending devices are currently available for purchase, and I want to share what I know of them.  Some people use homemade ones, too.

SFD™ (Shelton Fish Descender™)

It is low-cost and simple to use

I attached a large snap swivel to attach the weight

User instruction: https://www.sheltonproducts.com/SFD.html

Purchasing options:
https://www.sheltonproducts.com/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C7UJYB2/?coliid=ID1N08HIMJUZ6&colid=2IP2SHYUKL6Z5&psc=1&ref_=list_c_wl_lv_ov_lig_dp_it
eBay

 

SeaQualizer Descending Device

More advanced options to preset release depth (Shallow - 30'-50'-70', Standard - 50'-100'-150', Deep - 100'-200'-300')
Recommend the Shallow model

User instruction: https://seaqualizer.com/technology/

Purchasing options:
https://seaqualizer.com/product/seaqualizer-descending-device/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R2BLV3Z/?coliid=I1YJYBRWPNZKC2&colid=2IP2SHYUKL6Z5&psc=1&ref_=list_c_wl_lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Fishsaverpro Descender

User instruction: https://fishsaverpro.com/how-to-use-guide/

Purchasing options:
https://fishsaverpro.myshopify.com/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083NN7Z2K/?coliid=IDRPRRN6CQ87Y&colid=2IP2SHYUKL6Z5&psc=1&ref_=list_c_wl_lv_ov_lig_dp_it

​3. Quillback no take – 0 Bag limit

Quillback Identification Flyer: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=197176&inline

 4. Vermilion limit reduction to 2-sub bag limit in all areas except Northern Groundfish Management Area, which has a 4-sub bag limit.

​Visit the Non-Motorized Vessel Petition Website for additional information: https://paul95255.wixsite.com/non-motorized-vessel

Full Revised Proposed Regulatory Language - March 22, 2024: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=221409&inline

Staff Summary for March 26, 2024, FGC Meeting-Recreational Fishing Regulations for Federal Groundfish: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=221407&inline

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This revised regulation will be adopted at the FGC meeting on March 26, 2024.


1.   Season structure (See Table 1 for the summary)
        a.   In the Northern, Mendocino, San Francisco, and the Central-North of 36° N latitude GMAs, the season structure is proposed as:
                • closed January through March;
                • open seaward of the 50-fathom boundary line for shelf rockfish, slope rockfish, and lingcod in April, October, and December; and
                • open shoreward of the newly-established 20-fathom boundary line in May through September, and November.

     b.   In the Central-South of 36° N latitude and Southern GMAs, the season structure is proposed as:
                • closed January through March;
                • open in all depths April through June;
                • open shoreward of the 50-fathom boundary line July through September; and
                • open seaward of the 50-fathom boundary line for shelf rockfish, slope rockfish, and lingcod October through December.

2.   Descending Devices: No person shall take or possess any federal groundfish as defined in Section 1.91 and all greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos from any boat or other floating device in ocean waters without having a descending device in possession and available for immediate use to assist in releasing rockfish to the depth of capture.

3.   Quillback no take – 0 Bag limit
Quillback Identification Flyer: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=197176&inline

4.   Vermillion limit reduction to 2-sub bag limit in all areas except Northern Groundfish Management Area, which has a 4-sub bag limit.

Full Revised Proposed Regulatory Language - March 22, 2024: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=221409&inline

Staff Summary for March 26, 2024, FGC Meeting-Recreational Fishing Regulations for Federal Groundfish: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=221407&inline

March 26, 2024 California Fish and Game Commission meeting revised agenda: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=220116&inline

Visit the Non-Motorized Vessel Petition Website for additional information: https://paul95255.wixsite.com/non-motorized-vessel


Paul

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The new application allows residents and nonresidents to display California sport fishing licenses and validations on their mobile phones and other mobile devices in lieu of a physical license.

You can download the "CDFW License" app from your App Store and install it.  It took me about 5 minutes to install, verify, and link to see my license information.

For additional information, visit CDFW site: https://wildlife.ca.gov/LicenseApp?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#603364102-what-is-the-cdfw-license-app

Paul

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CA Regulations / 2024 Rockfish 20-Fathom Boundary Line
« on: March 18, 2024, 09:08:50 PM »
Download the CSV file from: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish#287201301-20-fm-line

Or GPX file converted by Alain S. (AlsHobieOutback) from: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1AVB0Tvp3kXbomgo186fdGnpUPvrpSZM&usp=sharing  or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TZt-w5_0oV1Wg3jd2sOBgwDfTGEUJvEx/view?usp=sharing

CDFW revised the draft version based on the comments they received.

Upload to your fish finder and prepare for the anticipated May 1 nearshore opening date.

Paul

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