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Messages - SpeedyStein

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For Sale / Re: BPS big sale
« on: June 17, 2024, 12:19:09 PM »
Oh bummer - that would be a pretty good deal!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Lucky portable wireless fish finder
« on: June 14, 2024, 01:44:26 PM »
Is that like the deeper ones? I think Garmin makes a castable one too. Seems like a cool idea, but a regular striker 4 is only like $120 or so. Many of us here use the Striker 4 - they work pretty well on a kayak.

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 14, 2024, 01:41:07 PM »
I'd be tempted to just make it out of aluminum tubing. Bend one long piece to the desired shape, get the next size larger pipe to sleeve the joint, and braze in place. Lightweight and will outlast the kayak.

That's a good idea. I might give it a try. Any advice on bending aluminum tubing?

You could get a pipe / tubing bender, but aluminum is pretty fragile. I've never bent 90 degree turns with aluminum tube, but I'm sure there is a method. Maybe just heat it with a propane torch? I've done that with some success before, it softens up pretty easily, and won't crack then. Could take some practice to get the bends just right though. 

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: thurs tbay
« on: June 13, 2024, 08:42:57 PM »
Wow, nice work!

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 08:39:04 PM »
I'd be tempted to just make it out of aluminum tubing. Bend one long piece to the desired shape, get the next size larger pipe to sleeve the joint, and braze in place. Lightweight and will outlast the kayak.

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Yeah, should be pretty nice weather this weekend.  I the trick to Richmond is just keep moving - trolling should serve you well.  Good luck out there!

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Plan sounds solid to me.  I like Ferry Point - one of my favorite spots for kayaking.  Fishing tends to be kinda slow for me there, but I am no halibut whisperer, so your results may vary.  I think the currents are easier to manage there than at Alameda.

Parking isn't bad there.  I park in the lot, and don't feel uncomfortable leaving my truck unattended for half a day or so. 

Bait is usually pretty easy to get along the pier.  I've caught smelt, shiners, and anchovies there. 

I've not ventured up to Red Rock yet, but it is definitely on my Bay Area bucket list.  I've heard there are some very productive spots there for stripers. 

Good luck!  I'm hoping to get on the water this weekend too - maybe might see you out there.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 12, 2024, 02:14:04 PM »
Nice collection!

I'm gonna get mine all cleaned up and ready to fish, and will share some pics then.

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: 1st WSB of 2024
« on: June 12, 2024, 12:13:31 AM »
Congrats!  Awesome report, as always, and very glad for your good health.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 12, 2024, 12:04:18 AM »
Right on, thanks for confirming the strategy.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 10, 2024, 10:39:31 PM »
Hey, quick question - what line are you guys running on these reels? Only gonna fish metal spools - thinking 30lb mono backing to 30 or 40lb braid on top. Pretty much gonna be for striper/halibut/bottom fishing, maybe an occasional sturgeon day here and there.

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Introductions / Re: ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS
« on: June 10, 2024, 08:05:11 PM »
New member here. Haven't been fishing in a couple years. Have no pics to upload as of late, only the love of fishing. Looking at kayaks, and thinking about where I'll be fishing at now 65 yrs.
I remember the first  party boat trip I took, at 15 yrs old, took A/C transit bus from East O to Berkeley marina for an 1/2 day trip on a boat called the "highliner", the skipper was a big dude named Lauren. I gave him the $15 bucks fare, showed him my fishing license, and off we went. The boat had a cap of 15 passengers, that there were 4. I thought we'd be heading to the beaches near Pacifica for striped bass and was disappointed when he said " tides aren't right for the stripes right now, but don't worry son, I,m going to put us on some fish". We went under the gate, the breakers crashing over the south tower as motored past, making the turn south to start a drift about 100 yards off seal rocks. I took my pole to the live bait well and the skipper hooked a live anchovy up through the nose and said "fish here" pointing to a spot on the rail where he could keep an eye on me. He said "it's a sandy bottom, if you feel anything, pull 8" from your reel, point your tip down, when your line goes tight, Haul back on 'em and set it hard". Not a minute later my heart stopped , my line had tightened, I gave it some slack, and set the hook. My pole bent way down, I thought I was snagged on the bottom, but the skipper yelled down " there's only sand down there, you have a halibut! I did everything I cou!d to lift the rod tip, but it held fast until the the shipper yelled down from the flying bridge " if you don't get that f===king fish up, I'm cutting it loose!==damned if I'm crashing my boat on the rocks over your fish. You gotta get that fish up now!".
I tightened the drag lifted hard and the fish came up, finally. It was 42lbs, just 4lbs short of state record at the time. I caught another that was 28lbs. The skipper asked if I wanted to come out on future trips and get paid $20 to clean the fish, and wash the boat after fishing.I went out every summer day that I could  until I turned 17.

Cool story, thanks for sharing! Welcome aboard!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 10, 2024, 07:57:33 PM »
Thanks for the pics guys! Those are some sweet setups! Lots of custom stuff out there for these old reels, some good upgrades to make them more capable. I will probably be looking at stainless sleeves, carbon drags, and maybe alloy spools for the ones I plan to use.

Waiting on the 209, should be here late this week. eBay pics looked pretty good, not collector quality but certainly plenty of life left.  Should make a good troller once I get it cleaned up a bit. Wasn't really my first choice, but it was a lefty available on eBay for a good price, so I jumped on it.

Hoping to find a decent lefty jigmaster, but I'm patient. Will jump on the first one I find, don't want to spend more than about $50-60 on one.


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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 09, 2024, 08:18:13 PM »
Safe travels! Quite an adventure - we are all looking forward to your story!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 09, 2024, 08:16:59 PM »
I knew someone else here would be a fan! And a lefty too!

I pulled the trigger on the 209 - it came in a lot of 3 reels for $35 shipped, so not out much if I don't like it.

I figure I could at least give be this one a shot for a while, and see what I think of the size/weight/dynamics. If I like it, I will keep looking for a jigmaster for a heavier rod setup.

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