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General Talk / Salmon numbers are up?
« on: November 27, 2023, 01:38:50 PM »
Saw this today at the gas station newspaper. Does anyone have more info on returns in general? This is for Mokelumne River


https://www.ebmud.com/about-us/news/press-releases/salmon-return-mokelumne-river-record-numbers

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General Talk / Peace and lead
« on: November 24, 2023, 07:55:46 PM »
Iíve enjoyed fishing ever since I got my kayak. There was never a time where I was too busy to get otw. I had quiet a good work life balance. Sometimes during the day I would go down to the garage to tweak my fishing gear, or play with my recent toy - rod, reel, lures. Itís like being a kid, except without adult supervision.

Well. It was bound to happen at work that I eventually got a manager that, letís not say anything, but just that I was working non stop. And so from august till now Iíve been mostly MIA here. Around that time I decided to get a Lee Production pot for lead melting. I was getting low on 3oz. sinkers and decided to make my own. The melter arrived, but I was so busy that I didnít even have time to try it. I know many of the folks here donít think thereís anything unusual about it, but thatís exactly the point of this post. It was an anomaly. Or an omen, whatever you want to call it, that as someone who really enjoys fishing and playing with anything fishing, that lead melter was sitting at the corner of the garage for months.

Last week things at work finally calmed down. Like from 9ft swell one day to lake conditions the next. I was so relieved. And I knew right away what Iíll do on the morning of thanksgiving. I would melt lead.

And so, my wife took the kids out early, and the sun rose in all its glory, and there was a perfect breeze just enough to blow the lead smell away, and I let my mind dive into the simple existence of a man with his toys in his garage, melting lead, and doing the repetitive casting operation. I loved every single moment of it. And I felt I found myself again after so many stressful months at work.

I donít know if thereís a point to this story. My feeling is that many of the old timers in this community have probably been in a similar situation many times before. But for someone like me, who always had time for hobbies and enjoy the little good moments in between, I found the last months very unusual.

Before I forget, let me attach some pics. And if anyone has similar stories they want to share, then Iíd love to hear from you

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General Talk / Halibut this weekend
« on: October 19, 2023, 12:01:08 PM »
I havenít been out in a looooooong time!
Just super busy with work and fam.
Was bummed to see 5ft+ swell everywhere on the coast up and down from SF. Wind looks good though.

Does anyone think swell is really going to be that high? if you could go fishing for ocean Halibut this weekend, where would you go?

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General Talk / What happened to fishermanís life?
« on: September 13, 2023, 07:32:57 PM »
Am I the only one wondering what happened to Matt from Fishermanís Life? He didnít post in a few months. I hope heís ok.

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General Fishing Tips / Fog today
« on: July 15, 2023, 09:36:47 AM »
Stumbled upon this neat website that shows live fog coverage in the Bay Area. They also have a cool 2hr and 24hr loop, which allows you to see the movement of fog during the day. So interesting!

https://fog.today/

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General Talk / Kayak cleaner
« on: June 25, 2023, 08:31:26 AM »
I have some stains on my kayak that I want to clean, and was trying acetone and paint brush thinner to remove them, but it didnít help. Was wondering if folks have any recommendations.

The stains by the mirage drive are probably from my diving boots. I donít think the other stains are from fish.

Thanks

7
General Talk / Kokatat in the wash
« on: June 13, 2023, 08:29:52 PM »
Did anyone wash their Kokatat semi drysuit in a washing machine? Is there any damage or wear as a result?

As per Kokatat :
When washing, always follow sewn-in care instructions. With dry suits and dry tops Kokatat recommends using cold water, delicate cycle, gentle liquid soap, with no bleach or harsh chemicals, and high water volume, in a front loading machine. Rinse well (which may mean running it through a second time, inside out with no soap OR use a cold shower). Line dry.

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / LIVE : Monterey
« on: June 09, 2023, 06:29:59 AM »
It was the earliest wake-up and longest drive. But we just launched. Wind and swell nonexistent. Squiddy doo first. Wish us luck

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General Fishing Tips / Whales
« on: June 06, 2023, 09:11:43 AM »
The whales are here. We saw them from Mori point yesterday. At least 3. Working with the birds on anchovies probably.

I was reflecting on how, this time last year, we would be gathering at the parking lot, dreaming of landing a fat salmon  :smt010


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General Talk / Plus 6
« on: May 26, 2023, 09:43:35 AM »
For my Friday coffee I drove to LM and was surprised to see the entire parking lot (not just where the surfers park) totally reconfigured, and resurfaced. All black and white and lots of space. My initial instinct was - wow, so spacious, but less parking spaces.. Then an old man who works in a nearby store told me a computer redesigned the lot and it has 6 more parking spots.


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General Talk / Mori superbloom
« on: May 15, 2023, 04:33:11 PM »
Albert was at Mori point and told me about the bloom.

I couldn't resist.

Here are some pics.
You can download the full resolution version from my Google Drive while they last (I will delete them soon).
Double click on a file for preview.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HR58jUTQ080FSLL7LQDz5hV-tVj6Eb6K?usp=sharing

Enjoy

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General Fishing Tips / Linda Mar pics
« on: May 10, 2023, 11:44:05 AM »
One cannot post too many photos of Linda Mar. itís too beautiful.
Dedicated to y'all good fellas who were stuck in the office today  :smt009

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General Talk / The Dry suit vs. wet suit argument
« on: May 01, 2023, 02:04:55 PM »
In the winter, and more generally when NCKA members donít have better things to do (such as chasing salmon) it is customary to argue about things that are a matter of personal preference, such as politics or the eternal argument of wet suits vs dry suits.

So.. I have a Kokatat dry suit (neoprene gasket at neck) and an NRS a farmer John, and I only like using the Kokatat when the risk is low. For example, crabbing in LM in December: youíre pretty close to shore, and there are many anglers around. But, since a wetsuit can tear in the middle of a trip, there are very few other occasions that I use it. And since itís pretty cold here on the coast, I was looking for some solution to keep me warm, but with the same safety of a wetsuit.

I decided to get the Kokatat Tempest pants, and wear them over my farmer John. This way my legs would stay dry and warm. It doesnít have a relief zipper, but I can always pull the pants down for that. The pants are $450 and can be used as waders, which is pretty cool.

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General Talk / MSW killed by Surfline
« on: April 30, 2023, 01:37:59 PM »
MSW was bought by Surfline and shortly after ďintegratedĒ (disappeared). No more long range forecasts Ö goodbye clean ad-free non-cluttered interface.

Any suggestions for swell, period, and surf height forecasts?




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General Talk / Kayak alarm
« on: April 26, 2023, 12:02:30 PM »
I sometimes park the car with the kayak outside so I donít wake up the kids when I go fishing early. But am always concerned someone would steal it.

Leveraging our home alarm system (made by Ring) I now have a contact sensor on the kayak. itís identical to those on our doors and windows. If anyone removes the kayak from the car, the two parts of the sensor would separate, triggering the home siren and logging the event in the app. If someone wanted my Revo so bad that they would steal the car and the kayak together, well, my car has its own alarm.

I think Iím going to sleep good.

P.S.
I still need to figure how to install the sensor on the kayak

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