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I keep my spare batteries in a Ziploc bag in a pocket on my PFD. Friday I got wet and a little water got into the bag. Not a lot, just enough to get the batteries moist but not submerged. I had 3 GoPro brand batteries and 3 mibote brand batteries. All 3 GoPro batteries started leaking and smelled like acetic acid. Interestingly, all 3 mibote batteries were fine. I rinsed them in fresh water and blew them dry with air. I can't say for sure that all batteries had the same exposure but 3 of each makes me think there is something different between brands. Any battery experts know what might be different?

For Sale / Free rod stand
« on: March 13, 2021, 11:04:18 AM »
Free Kastking rod stand. About 30" tall. Pickup in Walnut Creek. Too big to ship.

I have been using a Humminbird Helix 5 CHIRP DI GPS G2 for a few years and really like it. I recently had to send it in for service (too many dunks) so I hooked up a Raymarine Dragonfly 5 that came with my last kayak purchase. Glad I held onto it as a backup. After I got my Humminbird back I hooked them both up at the same time to see how they compare on the water. As an aside, Humminbird service was great. They sent me what looks like a brand new unit for a flat repair fee of $92. Last weekend I got out on the water with both units hooked up. After a few odd looks from PBers eyeing dual ff on a kayak, I turned them both on. The sonar images were virtually identical, both DI and CHIRP. I went from 6-30 ft over eelgrass, rocks and sand. Interestingly, the Humminbird was mounted on the Hobie guardian plate and the Raymarine was mounted in the hull using duct sealing putty. Previously, when I switched from thru hull to the plate mount with the Humminbird I didn't notice any difference, but that was not side by side. So, sonar wise they were equivalent.

As far as ease of use the Humminbird was much easier for what I wanted to do. Specifically:

The Humminbird display was brighter and easier to see in the sun.

To mark a waypoint on the Humminbird I just hit one button. On the Raymarine it is necessary to hit a button and make some additional selections.

The Raymarine does not display labels on the waypoints and Humminbird does. This is important for me when I'm tracking pots etc. I couldn't believe this wasn't an option so I confirmed online.

The Raymarine allows you to use more characters to label your waypoints, but since they aren't displayed on the map this is of limited use.

The Raymarine has a lag when you move the cursor on the map which makes it frustrating to select a waypoint to start navigation. The Hummibird has no delay.

The SD card slot cover on the Raymarine is shaped such that you can't really seal it with tape. That may increase the likelihood of water damage.

Overall, I was very happy to switch back to my Humminbird.

Hope this helps anyone shopping for a new ff.


For Sale / FREE GoPro Hero 3 accessories
« on: February 10, 2021, 04:49:41 PM »
Anyone still rocking a Hero 3? Since mine is at the bottom of the ocean, let me know if you want some accessories. Extra batteries, cases and a touchscreen back. Preferably pickup in Walnut Creek, but I could mail if nobody local wants them.


Gearing Up and Rigging Up / dielectric grease in card reader slot?
« on: November 14, 2020, 12:28:29 PM »
Water got into the card reader slot on my ff and now it is corroded. Remarkably it still works. I'm thinking about putting some dielectric grease in there to stop further corrosion, but I'm not sure if that is a good idea. Has anyone tried that?

I did see the Inkeeper suggest putting grease in the slot in this thread but I'm wondering if anyone has actually done it.

I might try putting some grease in a microSD card holder that I put into my computer as a test to see if works in general.

FYI I had the slot covered with electrical tape but some water still got in there. I should have opened it to check periodically.

General Fishing Tips / how to prevent split swim baits
« on: October 22, 2020, 07:54:24 PM »
I have been using Big Hammer 7in swimbaits on 4 oz jig heads with good success. However, they tend to split where they insert into the thick part of the jig head. Does anyone have suggestions on how to prevent that? Alternatively, does anyone know where to buy thicker swimbaits? Someone gave me a really nice thick one one time, but I have no idea where they got it. thanks

Hobie Kayaks / Help: Mirage drive 180 broken pedal
« on: October 11, 2020, 09:36:06 AM »
I was out on my 2019 Outback yesterday and the pedal broke off where it attached to the crank arm. This is a major bummer because it is only a 2019 and it has shaken my confidence in the reliability of the drive. Looking at it I can see it sheared off right where it attaches to the crank arm on the side opposite the pedal (see pics). I suppose I will have to replace the whole crank arm-pedal assembly since it is of pressed in there. I have 2 questions for the group:

1) Does anyone have suggestions on a temporary fix to get this on the water next weekend? I anticipate it will take awhile to get a replacement. It looks like the part that broke only has to hold the pedal shaft in the crank arm so I was thinking of tapping a hole into the pedal shaft and inserting a screw that would hold it in place. Obviously, I would not go far on this fix.

2) Anyone else have this problem? Is this a known weakness or did I just get a bad pedal-crank arm?

Thanks, John

General Talk / Ghost crabbing real? and Anyone lost a crab pot at Tomales?
« on: September 21, 2020, 11:36:08 AM »
I caught a Danielson-type crab put in Tomales when I was trolling for halibut (gotta love that 40# braid). It had about 25 ft of rope in 40 feet of water, oops. Based on algae growth and number of lost halibut rigs on it it was in the water for awhile but not years. Interestingly, there was nothing in the trap. I found another lost pot (no float on that one) at Doran last year and the same story, nothing inside. That got me thinking about the concerns over ghost crabbing by lost traps. It seems like, at least for Danielson-type traps, this may not be that big of a concern because crabs eventually push the doors open and escape. I wondering has anyone ever recovered a lost pot with anything in it?

The GO ID on the float was 1003516758 and the trap was blue. Float also had some propeller scars on it so it was probably just underwater at some time. Long shot I know, but if anyone wants to claim it let me know.

Places to Launch and Camp / parking a trailer at SWS
« on: March 09, 2020, 12:50:49 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone has experience parking a kayak trailer at SWS. Since my trailer is small I can put it in a parking space next to the car, but I'm wondering if I'll get hassled since parking is an issue there and access is gate controlled.

Hobie Kayaks / New Outback in surf
« on: December 26, 2019, 03:20:40 PM »
I'm wondering if the new Outback design launched in 2019 handles significantly better in the surf than the older hull design. I'm trying to decide between buying an older model or splurging for a newer one and i don't have a good idea about this area.

The swell is too big in the ocean for me, so I'm planning to go crabbing at Tomales tomorrow. Launching from either Nick's cove or Lawsons. Thinking to arrive about 8. I haven't launched a kayak at Lawsons before, but based on reports it seems like you can go crabbing close to the launch which is an advantage if the wind picks up. Anyone want to join me?


General Fishing Tips / Disappointing braid breaking strength
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:40:07 PM »
I was tying and pulling on some of my braid line and it seemed to break too easily so I decided to test it with my scale. I tied double surgeons loops on each end put one end on a screwdriver held in my vice and the other on my scale. Then I pulled slowly looking at the weight on the scale until the line snapped. The result was surprisingly low so I bought a different brand of higher test braid from Amazon and tried that. Again, disappointing. I then tried some mono lines that were in my garage for a couple of years and it were mostly right on.

The results:
Brand and test: breaking weight lb (multiple tests)

Braid lines

KastKing Superpower 40#: 20, 24, 22

Magreel Suburb 65#: 30, 31, 33, 34

Mono lines, all Berkeley Trilene

15#: 17

20#: 25, 19

30#: 27, 30

50#: 39, 44, 40

Since knots make the weakest point, I did a few tests by just wrapping the line around rather than tying proper knots. That only increased breaking strength a small amount.

I know those are cheaper braid brands, but they both broke at only about half the rated strength. When I look at the reviews on Amazon for all braid lines I notice that there are some complaints that the lines break too easily. I wonder if this is optimistic rating that can only be demonstrated under perfect laboratory conditions or what. If you have to get braid rated twice the strength to get what you want, then you lose the advantage of having a thinner line.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Wilderness cart with Outback?
« on: September 28, 2019, 09:29:23 AM »
I am looking to get a beach cart and I'm thinking about the Wilderness heavy duty beach cart (link below) because it looks like it is easier to load a loaded kayak onto and I can use it with my other kayaks unlike a Hobie plug in. I am wondering if anyone has used this cart with and Outback. I am concerned that when you move the rails close enough to match the bottom protrusion on the Outback hull it will be tippy.


Gearing Up and Rigging Up / trailer advice wanted
« on: July 31, 2019, 06:06:32 PM »
I never thought I would say this, but I am considering getting a trailer. I recently got an outback and its too big and bulky to maneuver onto J racks on my car roof when it is just my wife and me. After looking through the archives a bit I think the most economical and flexible option is to buy a utility trailer from Harbor Freight and build a box for storage and load the kayaks on bars above that. My question is which trailer. I am considering either their version rated for 1,195 pounds
or the one rated for 1,720 pounds
I plan to carry my gear in addition to two kayaks and sometimes camping stuff, but the total weight would be nowhere near even the lower capacity. I am considering the higher capacity trailer because, lets face it, these are cheap trailers and maybe the heavier duty one will last longer. However, I wonder if the stiffer springs would make it too bouncy when it has a very light load. They both have 12 inch diameter wheels, but the higher capacity one has slightly wider tires. The lower capacity one is about 100 pounds lighter which would be an advantage when moving it into storage. It is also $100 less. I would appreciate any insight about which trailer to get or suggestions for other trailers or options.

General Fishing Tips / underwater view of fish hitting swimbaits
« on: July 16, 2019, 10:12:24 AM »
Came across this on YouTube. Interesting to see how fish react to swimbaits.

I Dropped my Camera 100 FEET DEEP into the Ocean for Rockfish.. THIS is What I Saw!

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