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Wanted To Buy / Re: Wanted: old fishing gear for veterans
« on: June 10, 2021, 02:43:13 AM »
Sonoma County falls under SFVA Correct?  Have you tried hitting up your rec therapy folks for some support?   Also put the order in as soon as possible don't wait with GSA.  It will take a while for it to be processed. be as specific as possible.   Get all the technical data, if you want A given ROD and reel set up, be as specific as you need to be including line and tackle.  I know I worked for the VA for a number of years and know how fracked up purchasing is.    If you can get someone to buy on a credit card (line and hard tackle) and what you can get donated, then what come in later is your replacement stuff.

Great advice. Happy to report we have a few dollars we can use towards this and I was SHOCKED to see tackle on GSA. We are in the process of ordering stuff. That being said, those rods and reels will stay at our Vet Center while we will be able to give your donated rods to veterans to keep in many cases. And it means so much to see the support we have already seen from many of you. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you all!

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Wanted To Buy / Re: Wanted: old fishing gear for veterans
« on: June 10, 2021, 02:40:03 AM »
How do I get the gears to you?  I guess new gears are ok too right?  :smt003
Yes, new gear is just fine.
Either I have someone come to you or we meet up or we try the NCKA express. Where are you located?

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Wanted To Buy / Re: Wanted: old fishing gear for veterans
« on: June 08, 2021, 05:18:40 AM »
Thank you everyone who has donated so far. So far we have 4 ultra light rods (one with a reel), one surf/steelhead rod, and $100 to spend. You guys are awesome. Iím blown away by the response so far. To answer some FAQs here is some more information:

1-What all do I need? Everything you are willing to donate that will help my vets catch fish on the beach or at the lake.
2- Am I running a 501c3? No, this is part of the VA. We are federal. Long story short: if I can find fishing gear on a vendorized contractors website I can put in a request to buy it and maybe get it 6 months from now.
3-Do we need guides? Yes. I know a couple spots to bring people that donít involve climbing a jetty, but my shore-based angling on saltwater is pretty limited.

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General Talk / Re: NCKA Express- San Jose to Petaluma
« on: June 04, 2021, 09:48:42 PM »
This is something separate Iím buying for my kayak, but I will definitely take some trout gear for my veterans group. Where do you live? We can DM with all the details.

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General Talk / Re: NCKA Express- San Jose to Petaluma
« on: June 02, 2021, 05:21:01 PM »
Thank you all for helping with this! Let me PayPal or Venmo you all some gas money.

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Wanted To Buy / Re: Wanted: old fishing gear for veterans
« on: May 31, 2021, 04:50:14 AM »
Mike that's awesome.

my old gear is I think beyond repair - but I'd gladly make a $ donation - can you accept that?
I'll also sort through my old stuff, see if any of it is serviceable - but I wouldn't want to donate junk.

Thanks,
Brian.

Hey Brian, I won't say no to that! Let me think on the best way to do that. I can always accept PayPal and Venmo. I just want to make sure you're comfortable with the method of donation since it would be to my personal account if we went that method. Another way we could do it is make it a donation to VA voluntary services earmarked for my agency, the North Bay Vet Center. That would take more time, but be the most transparent way of doing it. Thank you again!

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Wanted To Buy / Re: Wanted: old fishing gear for veterans
« on: May 31, 2021, 04:46:50 AM »
What's your timeline for getting this stuff?  Is there a deadline?  As a fellow veteran, I certainly want to chip in, but I won't be able to sort gear and get things ready for pickup/delivery for another week.  Does that work for you?

Hey Tedski,

Yes that's totally fine. I am aiming to make this work to get a group together starting in June. I have the people ready, just need some gear. Ideally I'd love to take the group crab snaring and surf fishing in early June and get two trips out of it before Dungeness season ends on June 30th. Thank you for being willing to donate!

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Wanted To Buy / Wanted: old fishing gear for veterans
« on: May 28, 2021, 04:18:53 AM »
Hey everyone,

I run a mental health clinic in Sonoma County for veterans. I am in the process of starting a fishing group and am in need of rods, reels and tackle. We will be doing surf casting and fresh water fishing for bass and trout.

What I'd like from those willing is your old gear that is still serviceable or can be made serviceable with a little work. I'm not shy about greasing and oiling up old reels. Please reply with anything you can offer. My coworkers and I can come to you or you can bring it by our office. PM me for details and address.

Thank you all and I hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day. Please take a minute to think of the men and women who didn't make it home.

Semper Fi,

Mike Ergo aka the Free Range Ginger

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Wanted To Buy / Wanted: Malibu Kayak X-wing
« on: May 25, 2021, 03:55:58 AM »
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for the X-wing that goes to a Malibu kayak. It seems to be sold out everywhere I look including Amazon. Do any of y'all have one?

They look like this: https://coastalanglermag.com/malibu-x-wing-console/

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fish finder. What's good?
« on: May 14, 2021, 06:46:37 PM »
Thanks everyone. I appreciate the suggestions and help. I realized that I'm intimidated about installing one and putting a battery in the hull.

i'm in Santa Rosa.  I have ZERO anxiety when it comes to drilling holes in someone elses kayak.  jus sayin :)

with sweaty palms and beads of sweat on my brow, I got it done neatly on my Hobie.  it wasn't difficult.  easy almost, once you poked that first hole.
Yeah I bet. Iím comfortable with drilling now after installing some rod holders. Iím just nervous about a battery in the hull.


Currently getting sunburnt from a full moon

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fish finder. What's good?
« on: May 13, 2021, 03:38:32 AM »
Thanks everyone. I appreciate the suggestions and help. I realized that I'm intimidated about installing one and putting a battery in the hull.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: keeping fishing rods ON the kayak?
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:35:50 AM »

Am I Vet?  You had to ask?  I retired from the Guard in 2016. Me and Big Sarge were in the same Battalion together in Santa Rosa for a while.  34 years between Active and Guard.


I guess I could have just read your signature line to get the answer, but Iím a Marine, so Iím still working on basic reading and writing. Itís hard not to eat the crayons Iím writing with.

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General Fishing Tips / Crab pots
« on: May 10, 2021, 08:23:56 PM »
What kind of pots are you all using? I bourbon myself a small metal cheese wheel shaped one. Affixed a couple pieces of an old broom handle in two scupper holes to set it on so it stays aboard. Iím tempted to get the collapsible net ones so i can put out more than one trap each time.

Thoughts?

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Favorite rock fish lures
« on: May 10, 2021, 04:57:08 AM »
Zoom. Although Iíve fished with other folks who use other things and we all get good results. So I wouldnít say it outperforms anything else.

The nice thing about those is that you just put them on a big hook, and thatís it. When fishing, simply connect the eye of the hook to the angler clip at the end of your leader. Connect a 3 or 4oz torpedo sinker to your sliding sinker rig. Itís a very versatile setup.
When this rig drops, the sinker will hit the rocks first, giving you a few seconds to pull the rod up before the bait hits the bottom, which can reduce snagging.

Thanks. I have yet to use a torpedo sinker. I see they are the go-to for a lot of people. I'll look into why that is.

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For Sale / Re: Helix 5 Sonar g2
« on: May 09, 2021, 03:02:48 AM »
I'll PM you to see if we can work this out.

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