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I have the goal zero 1000 and use it to charge 2 20ah fishfinder batteries, vhf radios, phones, run a keurig for multiple cups of coffee a day. Longest trip with it has been 4 days and I ran it down to around 50%

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Rod Power Recommendations
« on: May 22, 2024, 07:35:37 AM »
There is a lot of personal preference involved in rod selection.

Length: Different people have different arm reach. Get a rod that is short enough to let you easily land a fish without high sticking the rod, but long enough to get around the front of the kayak if a fish goes from one side to the other.

Grip: split grip, full grip, trigger grip, cork, foam, graphite/carbon. What do you like? What fits in the rod holder you want to use or like? Personally I prefer full grip (split grips sit funny in rod holders) non trigger (again funny in rod holder) with a non cork grip (personal preference I dont like cork).

Power: freshwater power and saltwater power are very different. Something in a medium for salt would suit well for what you are talking about. Med/light for fresh.

Action: rods have different actions. Slow-fast. Slow bends all the way to the butt, extra fast bends at the tip. For trolling usually you want a slower action. For jigging a little faster. 

Material: fiberglass, graphite, carbon, blended. Generally speaking fiberglass is used more in slow action rods and trolling rods. Higher modulus (numerically speaking) graphite generally means a lighter rod which translates into more sensitivity.

All of that being said if I had to choose 1 rod for salt out of my arsenal to do a lot of stuff it would be a 7 Daiwa harrier X in medium power. For what you are describing in fresh I would grab an okuma sst either 7 or 76 light.

For a reel skip the round okuma and get the low profile okuma linecounter. The low profiles are more reliable. Spool it up with some 30lb braid and then whatever topshot you want.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Napa River
« on: May 21, 2024, 09:02:05 AM »
Just begging to be eaten!!

Thanks for the report. We were up there in Feb and they were already pushing 16 back then. There should be some real nice ones come fall.

Eddie on a board with a helper holding and somebody else measuring that thing would definitely go 40 inches at the lower lobe!

Good luck Eddie! Hope we can fish soon, its been too long.

Tips wise the fish should still be up on any flooded bushes/trees so flipping something weedless in there should get bit. Thats up in the arms. For the main body dragging a green pumpkin colored jig along points or deep cranking a Shad crankbait is a good bet.

The road to yorty is pretty beat up. Single lane lots of big potholes. On a weekend I would mostly avoid the main body, it gets really busy. On a weekday I would do the main body since there are less boats.

Sam and I had so much fun! Were already looking forward to next year!

We packed up the rig on Thursday morning and hit the road around noon. Easy drive up to the lake. We relaxed Thursday. Fished a little Friday. Fished Saturday. Fished a little Sunday and hit the road home around noon.

Great company, great food, great fun! 

Some highlights were everyone coming through when Sams downrigger weight and release went to the bottom of the lake. Julian, Troy, and Brian all came through to get us back up and running! Me falling out of my kayak and into into the lake while trying to help out a dead motorboat. Sam getting a hook past the barb directly into her thumb, but having some medical staff in the group resolved it quickly without drama (thanks Brie!). A great potluck with everyone. Brian being kind enough to Ken me try out his PA14 (tempting boat for sure!). A out of bald eagles beating up an osprey to steal his fish. The monster carp that were trained to be hand fed at the marina, and the big trout lurking a few feet below hoping for scraps. The goddamn hill that gets me every time ugh!

It was a great weekend. Weather was great. Fishing was great. Company was great. Thanks Kevin and Brian and everyone else that made it possible!

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Napa River
« on: May 08, 2024, 08:59:34 AM »
I was thinking of getting out there last week, but got busy doing other stuff. Now I wish I had gone! Nice fish and thanks for the report!


Sam and I are going to make some green chili shredded chicken and bring some tortilla shells etc for some shredded chicken tacos.


Ill bring something to throw in.

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 60s.

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 50 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 32 board, which is nice most of the time, but there are quite a few fish swimming out there that are longer than 32.

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

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