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For Sale / Re: Fishing gear for sale
« on: July 26, 2021, 10:39:20 PM »
Hey Jeff, let me know if either of the Penn’s fall through. I’ll take em.

......Best Line IMHO is "you can't even grow a mustache!"

So speaks the sultan of stache!

Honestly……I watched random parts of the video and can’t tell who’s the problem. Lateral Vision had it right…..we just need to make fishing lame again.

For Sale / Re: 2005 Subaru Outback
« on: July 21, 2021, 03:50:08 PM »

Frankly my take on the used car market is it is nuts w prices going way over blue book

It’s completely outrageous right now.  One of my staff bought a new vehicle at the beginning of the pandemic and it’s actually gone up in value because supply chain issues and parts shortages have been limiting production levels.  I checked used prices on my 2004 model truck and they’re selling for right around the same price I bought it for (used in 2006), sometimes more.  With trucks, the replacement costs are ridiculous (right around $85k to replace mine with a new model) so the used market ballooned.  My 89 Toyota pickup all over the map from $6-15k now.  Boats too, little 16’ whalers all beat to hell with non-working 80’s era 2strokes going for +$10k.

I’d really hold onto that thing if he’s gonna start driving next year.   

General Fishing Tips / Re: Salmon trolling rod recommendation
« on: July 21, 2021, 12:47:25 PM »
Thanks guys!
Nobody mentioned Ugly Stik, Shimano, Daiwa, Okuma.. is there a reason?

……..doesn’t that tell you something?   :smt001

The build quality on your lamiglass isn’t the greatest because it’s sold at an entry level price point.  If you like the blank action, they likely have a higher quality rod using the same blank at a higher price point.  You get what you pay for and the price sacrifice is usually in the components and build quality.



General Talk / Re: Was that Kayak Jack…
« on: June 29, 2021, 12:51:46 PM »
Every kayaker in the cove got fed. Except the guy that looked at meiked I was insane and paddled away.

…….damn vegans.   :smt004

Kayak Sailing / Re: How to stiffen PVC pipe?
« on: June 20, 2021, 02:56:39 PM »
FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) tubes.  They make them in all sorts of o.d.’s, 1” shouldn’t be an issue.  They should be a lot more rigid than pvc. 

I found some in 20’ lengths from a aircraft supply, only problem was the tube is $75 but shipping was $400 lol. The supplier was in San Diego so if you’re down that way you can probably will call it. 

Or these…


Wanted To Buy / Re: WTB: Bluefin Setup
« on: June 18, 2021, 06:15:33 PM »
Trevala ML with Avet MX.   :smt044

Seen someone use this setup on 30# grade BFT and it was hilarious to watch. 

Good luck finding your setup Mark!

Sounds like the response to every “what rod should i buy” thread on ncka.  With the exception of the “just buy ugly stick cause you can slam them in a door and not break them” loyalists.

PS….rumors of jumpers spotted locally…..if you trust bayside lol.

General Talk / Re: How often do you change you main line?
« on: June 16, 2021, 04:00:00 PM »
Well, that sounds like a good time to do it after a breakoff  :smt044  Generally I spool my reels with a LOT of braid, and once or twice a season cut off about 50-75 feet, and I like to do a rod length of top shot that gets replaced after it gets short.  Since I rarely fish more than that depth, cutting off the used portion and keeping the rest until it gets low enough that I replace it is my usual plan.  I also have heard people re-spool from one reel to another to reverse the line, but i'd only do it in a pinch myself.

this is what i do, and i also flip the line as Al mentioned. Braid is kinda pricey and it effectively gives you another couple of years as long as you're not fishing crazy deep.
I wash it when I'm flipping it as well . I use an old braid spool with holes drilled in it. I soak the line in fresh water overnight, and then rinse it really well before putting it back on a reel.
4 years is prob maximum I'd go without replacing the line.
speaking of which, I gotta order some line!

I do flip my line too. I will try to cut probably 50ft.

Why not loosen the drag and actually fight the fish?

I have enough drag and loosen it wont be able to retrieved line and when it ran, takes couple of yards. It was actually towing me to save some line.

It was towing you cause you’re drag is buttoned down too tight…..and your line snapped.  If you back the drag off a bit, the drag and rod will do what they’re supposed to do, the fish will tire after a couple runs and come up. Just my .02

General Talk / Re: How often do you change you main line?
« on: June 16, 2021, 03:19:21 PM »
Why not loosen the drag and actually fight the fish? 

General Fishing Tips / Re: Mooching questions
« on: June 15, 2021, 02:17:43 PM »
I can’t speak for the rest of the state but locally, two things really killed mooching (on the larger fishing front).  The mandated use of circle hooks was widely unpopular amongst the greater sportfishing fleet. Party boats host peeps of all skill levels and not all are able to adapt to the concept of holding still and not setting the hook. Also, the disappearance of massive congregations of baitfish.  Mooching was usually best when large schools of anchovy were allowed to cluster up and hang out together for a couple weeks.  Fish were able to really school up and hang with the bait.  I think the inshore conditions are not really hospitable for these larger schools to build up anymore.  I’ve also heard, especially in Monterey, that the seiners fishing forage fish were pretty adept at locating the bigger bait schools and seining them or breaking the schools up before they really have a chance to stack up into xxl size schools. 

Since the bait gets scattered, trolling is an effective way of covering water and finding the fish.  You can still mooch them when you find the bait, it’s just a bit harder to get on a ball with feeding fish.  If you’re in a hot bite in a general location, and find bait, mooching would be a fun and effective way to target them. 

General Fishing Tips / Re: Mooching questions
« on: June 15, 2021, 12:03:22 PM »
So salmon newbie question here: when we talk about mooching for salmon, are we referring to the method of drop down and reel back up through the bait ball, or is it more just drifting bait at the depth of the bait ball? Or none of the above?

There’s no hard and fast rules my man.  On some bites you can get picked up by setting the rod in a holder and letting the swell give your bait a little action.  Other bites you may have more success working the bait a little more, with some light rod sweeps.  I’ve had the most success with subtle twitch and reel presentations, working my bait in a 5-7’ range of water in a bait ball.  The famed and much missed Mooch, used to do what he would call the trooch (most commonly known by others as motor mooching). He’d get his bait to depth and take a couple strokes of the paddle every now and then to get some action on his bait.  Covered lots of water and he was pretty successful with it. 

Try one and if you get no bites, switch to another presentation.  In the Monterey and SF areas we’re usually fishing with 500 boats driving circles around us, it might be best to watch what everyone else is doing…..then do something different. 

General Fishing Tips / Re: Mooching questions
« on: June 15, 2021, 08:18:18 AM »
I’m glad to hear people are mooching again, this was by far the funnest way to fish salmon.  You don’t need a mooching reel, line counter  or a level wind, your avet will work fine. People used to use a lot of level wind baitcasters back in the day but they were really the only option for a reel that size.  The smallest conventional reels regularly available were 501 Penns and then we started seeing 220 newells in local shops  around the late 90’s but those still weren’t all that common.  To get your bait in the zone, thumb the spool and put your reel in freespool, the start pulling line off one foot at a time, counting each pull. 

Salmon have a “soft mouth” and hooks can get pulled pretty easily (I think it’s more a result of wonky hookups due to their drive by and slashing at baits over having soft mouths however).  The long noodly, or parabolic, rods help to absorb some of the shock and keep fish pinned without pulling hooks when they run or headshake.  I’d say you don’t really need an 8’ rod on the yak, you can probably find a moderate parabolic action 7’ rod and it’ll be easier to handle fish when it’s time to land them. 

My .02

General Talk / Re: Kayak SF to Hawaii
« on: June 08, 2021, 07:55:33 PM »
Thanks indeed.  We need a running tedski’s tales of the sea thread. 

General Talk / Re: Kayak SF to Hawaii
« on: June 08, 2021, 01:25:35 PM »
Great information, thanks for sharing. 

Ever since hearing about the sinking of the Erik down in Baja and then reading up on the fish n fool rogue wave incident I’ve always wondered what happens out there. 

The Erik was a Mexican fishing vessel with a passenger crew of mostly American anglers onboard and they didn’t get assistance for 10-12 hours.  With a foreign vessel like that I’m sure the Mexican Navy takes the lead but does the USCG coordinate with them if there’s enough “American” presence on board? What if it was a US Flagged vessel in Mexican waters?

General Talk / Re: hilarious
« on: June 07, 2021, 09:32:51 PM »

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