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Messages - SpeedyStein

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Nice work Eddie!

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Introductions / Re: New retired guy with a Hobie
« on: May 17, 2024, 02:25:10 PM »
Welcome! 

No tips from me for how to fish near Grass Valley, but I know a bunch of folks on the board here fish Bullards Bar with some regularity.  If you look through the hookups/reports section, you can find some good info. There are some older reports from Rollins too, and maybe Scotts Flat.

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Good luck Eddie!

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I talked with my cousin in Port Townsend about it yesterday and first thing he talked about was bears. He knows people who do the race Lot of places along the way where you haul out are wild and full of nasty bears

Reminded me of a place in cal I crude-camped with a friend we had blankets fishing poles and a rifle which I was hugging all night long

Every morning we woke up with bear prints all around us some right next to our heads

Canadian bears are a different story

Another good reason to find a partner to sail alongside.  I would be down to do this one day, but definitely not without company nearby.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Kill Bag Recommendations?
« on: May 16, 2024, 10:44:57 AM »
In order to keep fish as fresh as possible my normal routine was to keep fish live on the clip, bleed them when heading in, and right onto ice after landing.

Since I was flipped out of my kayak last week at Shelter Cove ( https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=101746.225 ) when a sea lion grabbed my fish I have decided to change my method. The only place for a kill bag is in the back, and that means that I have to give up on carrying a crate. Not having the crate eliminates 4 rod holders which is another issue.

Thanks for the link. This looks a little too large, and I'm not sure if upright or flat will work best.

The recommended kill bags in this thread are no longer available so looking for current recommendations. My kayak is an Eddyline Caribbean 14.

I just bought a kill bag, also had to sacrifice my crate. I went with an affordable bag from Amazon. Works like a charm, and big enough for a few nice sized fish. Holds ice for much longer than I expected it to.  So far very happy with this one:

Buffalo Gear Insulated Fish... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R3X1R1T?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

For sure - I feel you on making a bag fit into the dimensions of the kayak.  I will post a pic later, but I basically lay it flat, longwise in my rear well.  It hangs over on both front and back, but meh. 

The only place for a kill bag is in the back, and that means that I have to give up on carrying a crate.

I'm curious why is the bow not an option?  That's where I run my kill bag and it's nice and convenient.  That way all fish handling happens in front of my chair.  I keep 2 clips.  One to dangle during bleeding and then transfer to the clip in the kill bag so I don't accidentally knock a fish overboard from the kill bag.  Ice goes in the kill bag while rigging up on shore and stays without water until the first fish.  Then I add water to the bag with ice and fish.

The Eddyline is pretty narrow, and is difficult for me to go from sitting flat to a kneeling position. I can spin side  saddle pretty easy to reach in the back but can't reach far enough forward. Plus I have my FF center mounted, and the forward rod holders stick into the area as well. I may put the kayak on the garage floor and practice getting to the front to see if it might be doable.

I just don't have a large enough flat spot forward of the pedal drive to place anything other than a small bag.  The bag I linked would hang over the bow.  Short kayak problems, I huess, hahaha.

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Sounds like a cool adventure. Are you already accepted/entered?

I bet there is a forum for that race somewhere on the internet. I suggest finding that forum, and maybe engage with some other folks on similar vessels, who would be willing to travel with you. That way, you could assist each other in case of trouble.

I agree, a spare drive would be bulky and probably redundant, but would 100% bring a spare rudder, cables, and handle. Losing steering would be a real pain on that long of a journey. EPIRB is mandatory per the website.  Register your EPIRB, and include both you and a loved one's contact info in the registration. Maybe invest in a satellite device for comms - Iridium or InMarSat are what commercial ships use, but I think Spot and Garmin make some more affordable options. Just being able to send a text message would be a huge advantage in both assuring your loved ones you are safe, and in the event of catastrophe, relaying your specific situation to the rescue coordination team.

I would carry two VHF radios, and an extra PFD. Do you have a solution for charging stuff like lights and radios? Some sort of solar solution would be a good idea there. Or, get lights and radios that work on AA batteries, and carry a whole bunch of batteries.

I would also carry about double the food and water you think you need in between port visits/supply stops. Better to have more than you need, than need what you don't have.

Be safe out there - this won't be an easy voyage, but at least it seems like plenty of others will be doing it, which would definitely help me feel better if I was going.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Kill Bag Recommendations?
« on: May 15, 2024, 07:11:18 AM »
In order to keep fish as fresh as possible my normal routine was to keep fish live on the clip, bleed them when heading in, and right onto ice after landing.

Since I was flipped out of my kayak last week at Shelter Cove ( https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=101746.225 ) when a sea lion grabbed my fish I have decided to change my method. The only place for a kill bag is in the back, and that means that I have to give up on carrying a crate. Not having the crate eliminates 4 rod holders which is another issue.

The recommended kill bags in this thread are no longer available so looking for current recommendations. My kayak is an Eddyline Caribbean 14.

I just bought a kill bag, also had to sacrifice my crate. I went with an affordable bag from Amazon. Works like a charm, and big enough for a few nice sized fish. Holds ice for much longer than I expected it to.  So far very happy with this one:

Buffalo Gear Insulated Fish... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R3X1R1T?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

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Wish I had time to join you tomorrow.  I gotta do school drop off and pickup tomorrow, so my window is just enough to get a decent day in Alameda.  Good luck, hope you find em!

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Fishing Tournaments and Events / Re: Upper Letts Lake 4/14/2024
« on: May 13, 2024, 02:13:02 PM »
Sounds like a fun adventure!  My schedule is too all-over the place to get away for a whole day or two, but at some point in the next few years I will definitely be doing some stuff like this. 

New Nitto Ridge Grapplers handled the roads with no issues!

I've got RGs on my F150 - great tires.  I have probably 25k miles on them, but not much off-road.  Honestly, hardly any wear yet.  Great traction on everything I've encountered, and reasonably quiet on pavement. 

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General Talk / Re: boat on fence viral
« on: May 10, 2024, 03:12:34 PM »
This is hilarious! I mean, they asked for it ...

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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Kinda mental but fun.
« on: May 08, 2024, 09:32:40 PM »
Nice! I've been thinking about getting one of those for other stuff, now one more use for it... Very tempting ...

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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Kinda mental but fun.
« on: May 08, 2024, 06:19:05 PM »
Does that thing actually remove rust? That's awesome!

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General Talk / Re: Mercury chart on 51 species of fish
« on: May 08, 2024, 09:43:13 AM »
Very interesting. I wonder where the samples were taken, and what impact that has on the results? 

I've kinda always thought that migratory fish probably vary greatly in their mercury levels. I think it depends on how old they are, where they've been, and what they've eaten - but I've not seen a lot of information about that.

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Napa River
« on: May 08, 2024, 09:06:57 AM »
Nice work, thanks for the report! Crazy how strong stripers are - I think they punch above their weight class for sure.

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Recipes / Re: Roasted Trout with Fennel and French Green Lentils
« on: May 07, 2024, 05:11:37 PM »
Oooh, that sounds yummy!

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