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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Homebuild Rods
« on: September 26, 2021, 01:56:15 PM »
I always knew you were a Hippie!

……….know thy enemy; learn their habits, understand their traits, master them. 

Gollywhomper, I use Diamond II (D2).  It was recommended by builders much better than I, never had a reason to change.  Get the syringes, way helpful for measuring out exact ratios.


Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Homebuild Rods
« on: September 24, 2021, 03:44:52 PM »
I'm rather pissed.....I just posted an update on my current build and poof....disappeared.  I'll give it one more shot.

Been back and forth between here and San Diego all summer.  Pounding on calicos and sand bass has been an excellent change of pace.  Offered to build my buddy a swimbait/inshore rod since I've been vacationing on his couch for free and I can't stand having him share a rail with me while plunking a factory stick thats just black on black  :smt001

My buddy is more of a utilitarian; hates flashy shit and said to fucking keep it simple. Just a clean factory stye wrap with a cork handle, brown with orange and yellow colors.  I don't follow directions all that well. 

Here's his rod in progress......its a full on 1970's, California, living out of a brown van that has orange and yellow stripes around it, with interior shag carpeting on the walls and watching the sun setting over the ocean while smoking a doobie wrap.

North Fork Composites 808.  Split cork handle with burnt accent rings.  Fuji reverse trigger seat, excellent for jigging/palming a reel, the more I use them the more I like them.  Fuji K Series guides.

Introductions / Re: Huh? Where's the water?
« on: September 24, 2021, 02:54:28 PM »
My aspiration is to start building rods after I construct my workshop(part of the remodel). Any guidance would be much appreciated.

Several of us build rods, you can post up here when you're ready to get started........or just shoot me a message if you have any specific questions.  Of course, before I answer any questions I will demand that you take all ugly sticks you own and ceremoniously beat them with a sledgehammer until they're dust  :smt003 

For Sale / Re: A pile of dirt bikes in Fremont, $1000 with a catch
« on: September 13, 2021, 12:13:23 PM »
Hi guys,

Just throwing this out there, sorry for the rambling, vague post…

Due to an unfortunate situation I have two dirt bikes and about three more in pieces, along with a bunch of parts, a couple trailer hitch bike racks, etc etc that I need gone ASAP.  Like this week.

We are just trying to recoup cleanup costs and will let the whole lot go for like $1000 obo.

I think we have pink slips.

There are two catches.  You’d have to take it all.  And it’s all located in a backyard deck, down a long flight of stairs!!

I’ll post pics in a bit but the complete bikes are a ktm and a honda, which were my brothers pride and joy which I know are worth quite a bit individually but I’m in a bind with no time to spare.

Let me know if you’re interested but please understand what I’ve written.

Hmmm, I’ll take it.  Well, pending pics and more details.


Allen, gimme a shout if you need a hand or some help hauling it all…..I have a big truck  :smt001

General Talk / Re: PWC Jetski angling
« on: September 10, 2021, 03:57:46 PM »

Which I am fine with.

lol, and so begins the first “damn maniacs on their jet skis in the ocean” thread in ncka.

General Talk / Re: PWC Jetski angling
« on: September 09, 2021, 10:37:24 AM »
PWC’s are very under-represented in the discussions surrounding mpa’s and nms’s.  Maybe all they need is a voice…..perhaps an established Intellectual Property Attorney with a penchant for writing nasty letters to grubby halibut fisherman that decline discounts on rental skiffs.

Seriously, I think they get steamrolled in every conversation cause everyone hates the d-bags that get loose at the local lakes.  I think they’re a valuable tool for legit watermen. If memory serves me…..during MPA meetings they were thought to create too much noise pollution and act as a threat to sea birds.  Aka….rich coastal property owners didn’t want them buzzing around their ocean.  I remember seeing dive reports from skis in SoCal, if they allow them in nms’s down there, no reason they shouldn’t let people have them here. 

General Talk / Re: PWC Jetski angling
« on: September 08, 2021, 10:40:26 AM »
They’ve enforced the pwc ban in Monterey, it pretty much stopped all tow-in surfing at ghost tree.  I think they get some exemption to run skis during high swell in hmb. 

IIRC the pwc bans in the sanctuary were heavily support by the marine bird watchers.  And nobody else had any love for them.  I’m sure you can slip under the radar fishing but if it got popular enough they’d get pressure to start enforcing.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Recommended lures to target Lings
« on: September 05, 2021, 07:07:20 PM »
I’m of the lings will eat anything school of thought. Important thing remember  is to stay in the zone when drifting for them. I’ve caught them all over the water column, including at the surface, but more often then not you gotta be right on the bottom to draw them in.  The tapping of a sinker or jig will generate noise.  An erratic flashy iron jig will grab their attention.    A trap rigged bait that is struggling around the zone will get em in a frenzy. 

My personal preference is for the iron jig, they get down fast and no fussing with bait. Break one off and you can tie one right back on and get back down.  They’re just more efficient and get bit by larger model
Rockies as well.  Not a fan of swimbaits. 

Stealth / Re: Stealth rods fit or not?
« on: September 04, 2021, 10:04:41 AM »
What would be the purpose of counter sinking? Seems to me that counter sinking is just weakening your attachment point on a hull that is intentionally as thin as possible. That sounds like a really bad idea to me.

I'm scuuurrred  :smt010 :smt009 :smt010
Apparently a straight bit can cause cracks in the gel coat that eventually extend? Maybe I’ll try one with a small pilot, slow bit style then go up to needed size.  Some boat guys gently put in reverse to remove gel coat. The actual meat of the screw bite is the fiberglass. I certainly could be wrong yet drilling fiberglass is my latest obsession. Don’t be scuuuuured, I’m scuuuured nuf as it is...hope I don’t have to study gel coat repair too quickly and oh, is there any touch up paint or should I hit the nail polish section? :smt005 :smt006

If the glass is thin, it’s likely the gel coat is a thin coat as well. Just use an awl or punch to pit the surface and run it in reverse to remove the gel, then drill.  Try to not put too much pressure on the drill when pushing through, otherwise you’ll get more splintering on the opposite side. 

I’ve found that thicker gel coat finish is more susceptible to spider cracking.  Would not be worth the time effort and materials to try to repair them.  You’d have to sand out the area around the spider-cracked hole, color match and mix gel coat, then spray/brush on, coat with pva so it cures, block sand it it couple times and then buff it out.  That’s a rabbit hole you don’t wanna go down lol.

General Talk / Re: way off topic ...
« on: August 30, 2021, 11:13:17 AM »
Are they legit donuts…..I’d hate to go through the hiring process only to be delivered up cardboard box full of stale plastic wrapped coffee cakes. 

For Sale / Re: whaler center console for sale
« on: August 15, 2021, 09:27:24 AM »
Thanks for lookin out, I’m all good on parts for now……if you can figure out a way to buy me some time to finish it, that’d be awesome  :smt001

General Talk / Re: Penn Baitcasters vs Daiwa Lexa
« on: August 12, 2021, 11:15:23 PM »
Penn got bought out by the pure fishing group, they own a number of other well known fishing brands.  Their internationals and Torque series reels are still built in the US.

Since Pure fishing owns abu garcia they were able to rebadge the abu revo low profile reels under the penn banner.  I’m not sure what the squall equivalent was but the fathoms are revo toro beasts with corrosion inhibiting coatings that make em better for salt.  Made in the same factory in Korea.

I have 300 and 400 fathoms, only had em out on a couple dozen trips but I like em so far.  Used primarily for casting bass swimbaits in the 2-16oz range but I’ve had them out on 1/2 day trips down south and rockfish trips up here.  They’ve handled well, feel good in the palm and bomb casts a freakin mile.  Wouldn’t hesitate to use the 400 on larger model fish.  Time will tell how they hold up. Not sure how it compares to a Lexa, the short time I owned a lexa I wasnt into the ergonomics of it, kind of long and the bearings were kinda loud, performed fine just not my cup of tea. 

For Sale / Re: whaler center console for sale
« on: August 04, 2021, 10:29:30 AM »
That was me…….but I built my own console. 
Your neighbors must love it when you start sanding  :smt044

I’m sure they love the dusting and sweet sweet sounds of pneumatic sanders and angle grinders as much as I love having a full on Banda concert between 4pm and 2 am every weekend in the spring summer and fall…..and sometimes on random weeknights.  It’s a symbiotic relationship that im sure nobody else can live with  :smt001

For Sale / Re: whaler center console for sale
« on: August 04, 2021, 10:23:40 AM »
I dont remember who was rebuilding their Boston whaler ?

Anyways, not mine. just posting up



That was me…….but I built my own console. 

Any other talk of arima vs whaler ride comfort…..lets not kid ourselves, they both suck………but arima’s are cuter.

Love the lines you have on that! Will you be putting a windscreen on it as well? Will be a really nice setup, big open deck is something i wish i had.

No Venturi screen or plexiglass shields.  Original plan was for a removable pilot house that I can put on/takeoff when moving between the delta and bay/ocean.  Plans have changed though, the whaler may be getting finished as is and heading to San Diego.

Kayak Fly Fishing / Re: First Time Out - Lake Chabot
« on: August 03, 2021, 01:30:06 PM »

Maybe we'll even convince Art to stop bothering the bass for a weekend.

As attractive as the red hot bluegill bite at lake chabot sounds…..:it’s gonna take something a bit more to drag me away from the pursuit of  swamp donkeys.

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