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For Sale / Estate Sale 4-23-2021 Fairfax
« on: April 23, 2021, 11:26:11 AM »
There is an estate sale today with lots of fishing, and hunting gear mostly older. 63 Bothin Road Fairfax, Marin County. Not my sale just happened by.

General Talk / Martinez Flounder
« on: January 31, 2021, 08:14:29 AM »
Does any one have tips for kayaking for flounder in the Martinez area. I’m setup with rigging, and bait. Just need to know about the kayak setup. Should I anchor, drift, or tie to a piling?



Wanted To Buy / WTB 2019, 2020 Outback
« on: January 13, 2021, 12:13:09 PM »
My son is looking to buy a used 2019, or 2020 Outback. If something isn't available he will just purchase a new 2021 since there are plenty in stock now.

General Talk / Crab Theft
« on: December 14, 2020, 06:52:56 PM »
Interesting video about catching a crab thief:

Safety First / Bolinas Rescue
« on: August 11, 2020, 07:55:10 AM »
Surfer rescues father and son...father not wearing life vest.


General Talk / Apex Kayak
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:28:27 AM »
Interesting kayak from the founder of Jackson Kayaks. I like the method they use to do away with scupper holes. 40 pounds, $8,000.00.


For Sale / Yakima Kayak Rack
« on: May 09, 2020, 03:05:24 PM »
Yakima round bar rack with Q-Towers, EvenKeel mounts, BoatLoader side extender, and foam block. These are not compatible with my newer SUV, so I need to see them go. The bars were 60” but I cut them down to 53”. You will need to go to the Yakima website and make sure that the bars are long enough, and vehicle specific clips (has Q116 clips) are available, they will need to be purchased to mount the rack. $Free must be picked up in the Berkeley area.

General Talk / Coastside Forum Down?
« on: April 22, 2020, 05:41:04 PM »
Just wondering if others subscribed to the Coastside Fishing forum have not seen any new posts since yesterday evening?

General Talk / Full Fishing Closure?
« on: April 03, 2020, 06:56:15 AM »
I was reading on Coastside that the Fish and Game Commission will be considering a full closure in the near future. Apparently they are getting complaints about people potentially driving long distances for the trout opener. I have attached the letter from Coastside to the Commission.

 Coastal Conservation Association – California 13015 Abing Ave San Diego, CA 92129
VIA EMAIL: fgc@fgc.ca.gov
Mr. Eric Sklar, President
California Fish and Game Commission 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320 Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: Potential Closure of Recreational Fishing in California Dear President Sklar:
Coastside Fishing Club
P.O. Box 5501 San Mateo, CA 94402
April 2, 2020
American Sportfishing Association
1001 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA 22314
 The Coastside Fishing Club and Coastal Conservation Association-California are the largest recreational fishing organizations in California. We focus on marine fisheries, but our members also take advantage of freshwater fishing opportunities in California. The American Sportfishing Association is the nation’s recreational fishing industry trade association. California’s two million recreational fishermen contribute $5.2 billion to the California’s economy, supporting 37,000 jobs.
We have learned that the Commission has been asked by the Department to consider emergency regulations to close recreational fishing in California. Any restrictions should be narrowly tailored as the least restrictive tool to address a genuine public safety issue. The duration should be limited. In no event should the Commission consider a statewide closure. That would be an action without parallel. Unlike the State of Washington, where Gov. Inslee ordered the temporary statewide closure of recreational fishing, Gov. Newsom has encouraged citizens to safely participate in recreational activities.
There is no hint in California of blanket restrictions on hiking, rock climbing, cycling, swimming in the state’s waters or any other recreational activities. There is nothing inherently unsafe in those forms of recreation, which can be practiced consistent with Gov. Newsom’s executive orders. The same is true for recreational fishing, which is often practiced individually or with r. Eric Sklar April 2, 2020 Page 2 of 2
close family members in the same household. Recreational fishing and the safety measures articulated by Gov. Newsom are not in conflict.
We understand the need for physical distancing, a requirement that isn’t limited to recreational fishing. We see no recreational activity targeted for blanket prohibitions. Why fishing? California State Parks, for example, has been working with county health agencies to tailor park access restrictions based on local circumstances. As capable as Fish and Game Commissioners may be, local health officials are more qualified to design access requirements and restrictions on recreational fisheries.
Even without action by the Commission, local agencies have taken aggressive steps to restrict recreational fishing. Launch ramps have closed. Commercial passenger fishing vessels are tied up. Beach and pier access is restricted. However, some recreational fishing opportunities remain and can be enjoyed safely. Before undertaking any further regulatory activity, the Commission must consider whether local agencies are doing an adequate job of protecting the health and safety of Californians. If deficiencies are found and publicly identified, then the Commission (or Department) should work with those agencies to adopt measures short of blanket sport fishing closures.
Recreation is important for the mental and physical health of Californians. Moreover, for some anglers in these troubling times, sport caught fish are a matter of subsistence. The Commission should not unnecessarily interfere with otherwise safe forms of recreation, especially one that simultaneously serves as a food source. Some recreational activities are inherently dangerous in current circumstances, like basketball where equipment is shared among the many
participants. Fishing isn’t basketball. So long as otherwise applicable physical distancing rules are followed, fishing is no different than other forms of recreation not under scrutiny. Let local agencies deal with local circumstances.
Respectfully submitted,
Coastside Fishing Club Coastal Conservation American Sportfishing Association – California Association
cc: Gov. Newsom, Wade Crowfoot, Chuck Bonham, Craig Shuman, Kevin Shaffer, Fish and Game Commission

General Talk / Surf Zone Class
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:15:23 PM »
I posted a poll in the Safety First section to see if there is any interest in a surf zone class. Thought I would post a link here in case anyone else is interested that has not noticed it there. Looks like there is just about enough interest to schedule a class.


Safety First / Update: Surf Zone Class?
« on: October 16, 2019, 07:02:27 AM »
Checking to see if there is any interest in having a surf zone class specifically for kayak fishers. I have had interest expressed in having a peddle drive in place class by group members but not sure if anyone would be willing to teach it. Typically they want your kayak stripped down bare without any thing extra to get in the way. If enough people want to do a drive in place class I will see if I can find someone.

The three listed locations are where surf zone classes are normally taught. Once a class date is set it will be dependent on the surf conditions for the day, and can be canceled if the weather is unfavorable.


It looks like there is enough interest to have a full day class in the North Bay Area, most likely Bolinas in January or February. Bolinas is a great place because you have the lagoon area for some basic skills learning, and then we can paddle over to the surf area.

Following is a response from Sou Saephan the program director for CCK. I have attended three kayak classes taught by Sou, and can highly recommend him. He is also a member of NCKA, and fishes from a Hobie. 

Hello Mark,

This is a great idea. I would love to run a class but before we do that I like people in the class to learn how to paddle properly. Especially..Forward, Reverse, Sweep, Rudder, & Bracing. If people are bringing their own gear (Hobie Pedal Drive might be a challenge, but I think we can work with it).

I like to find a day with good waves, Under 3' preferred. Bolinas & HMB are two good places to learn. Especially Bolinas as we don't have to paddle far.

Schedule: 1st 1/2 of the day is learning the proper strokes and 2nd 1/2 is learning surf how to work the surf zone. It'll be a long day. If everyone uses their own gear I think I think $109/person is minimum w/ full class. 

Sou Saephan
Program Director
California Canoe & Kayak
Oakland, CA 94607
510 893-7833
All California Canoe & Kayak’s EVENTS are subject to last-minute cancellation due to weather and safety conditions. FULL CREDIT OR REFUND will be made if California Canoe & Kayak School is forced to cancel a class or trip for ANY REASON. In such cases, our liability extends to the cost of the class or trip only, not travel and accommodations.

Following is a little write up on my surf zone class experience:


Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Lowrance Training Videos
« on: September 30, 2019, 06:39:04 AM »
After being disappointed with every video I have watched on how to use a Lowrance FF I finally found some good ones. The following videos are great:


General Talk / Umbrella Sail
« on: April 28, 2019, 04:06:12 PM »
I was at ARW today and noticed someone using the new Wilderness Systems Umbrella Sail :smt044. They were scooting along pretty good.

Safety First / Paddling Safety Survey
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:27:46 AM »

General Talk / Kayak Insurance ?
« on: November 20, 2018, 08:47:06 AM »
After I received the MMSI number for my radio I started getting offers for insurance from BoatUS. I figured what the heck, might as well get a quote. I wasn't sure if they would even cover a kayak but it turns out the they do offer different packages. I ended up getting a policy that covers about $900,000.00 liability, $100,000.00 uninsured boater, coverage for the kayak, and $250.00 towing coverage (Coast Guard does not tow). I also opted for the fishing package that covers about $4500 in gear. The premium per year is $152.00.

Just wanted to let people know that coverage is available from BoatUs(under written by Gieco). You might be able to get a rider through your homeowner or renters insurance as well.   

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