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I have to bail on the weekend, some family stuff came up. Have fun out there everyone!

General Fishing Tips / Re: How many of you have 2-rod stamp?
« on: April 17, 2024, 08:10:47 PM »
I run two rods on my pedal kayak while trolling for trout or kokanee. I'll also run two rods when I take the kiddo bank fishing for stocker trout, anything I can do to up the chance he can reel in a fish!

When all I had was a paddle kayak it was a different story, without the ability to keep moving while reeling in a fish it seemed like a recipe for lost gear.

Dark day #6 is where I'll be :smt007 :smt006

So we (being kayak fishing people) have 6-10 I think. Did anyone get 5?

I grabbed 5 a while back.

AOTY / Re: AOTY 2024 Prize
« on: February 07, 2024, 09:03:16 AM »
Motivation + 100

2024 let's goooo.

AOTY / Re: 2024 AOTY is open
« on: January 24, 2024, 08:04:53 PM »
Alrighty, let's see if I can keep up this year.

AOTY / Re: Electric Motors in AOTY
« on: January 23, 2024, 10:49:04 AM »
Since no prizes for the winners and free entries for everyone,   IMO we will get more participation and fishing reports + pictures if we allow all kinds of kayaks.

I agree, let's get as many folks participating as possible.

I'll still be sticking with coffee powered kayaks though, unless there's a special category for "motorized canoe but with a 4 y/o onboard as a handicap"

General Fishing Tips / Re: Filled my stocking with kokanee gear
« on: January 17, 2024, 06:57:14 PM »
I see a lot of trolling gear, but what about jigging for kokanee?!

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: BFS Trout Setups - worth the expense?
« on: January 17, 2024, 10:15:23 AM »
Enjoy Fishing Channel is posting new videos again if you want to see some crazy accurate casting in tight quarters. He's not using 1gram trout magnets or anything, but IMO that was never really the strength of BFS anyway.

Those super whippy fiberglass rods look like a lot of fun.

CA Regulations / Re: Nonlead Ammunition
« on: January 11, 2024, 08:14:55 PM »
Thanks albiec! I haven't tried the Norma yet, just the CCI and you're right I think I just need to adjust my expectations. It groups tight enough at those 30yd ranges. Do you have any preference between the CCI and the Norma?

CA Regulations / Re: Nonlead Ammunition
« on: January 11, 2024, 12:23:57 PM »
If anyone has any suggestions for reliable lead-free 22lr let me know! I'm close to giving up and just getting a PCP for small game (as if I could justify the cost).

Nice, glad you didn't skunk! I was out at Berryessa a couple times out of Capell last month and wasn't getting any hits from trout at slower speeds. Mine were caught in the top 20' between 3 and 3.5mph with speedy shiners. They were definitely spread out, so who knows, maybe it was less the speed of the lure and more that I was covering more water at higher speeds?

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: BFS Trout Setups - worth the expense?
« on: December 10, 2023, 09:01:41 PM »
Ernest is right, looks like a big money hole to throw into if I'm not really sure it's going to be worth while.  I do plan to do a bit more shore fishing for trout this winter though, so it was starting to appeal to me.

If I'm anywhere nearby I'd be happy to bring some bfs gear out both for you to try and for me to knock some of the dust off! Consider that zephyr and aliexpress rod as long term loaners.

I think if there's any advantage to stillwater BFS it's just that one can increase the rate of casting, but at the cost of some distance. Depending on how dialed your brakes/thumb are that might not actually work out after a mean birds nest though.

My preference is to bring my BFS gear for trout or smallmouth that are in tricky tight quarters where accurate casting and the ability to control the speed of the cast (or possibly bring things to a hard stop) are a huge benefit. Or in some cases where I would otherwise bring a fly rod but want to move a little faster.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: BFS Trout Setups - worth the expense?
« on: December 07, 2023, 07:15:55 PM »
I have a Shimano SLX BFS as well as a Kast King Zephyr. The SLX blows the Zephyr out of the water, tolerances, braking systems, castability, in every way it's better and easier to cast.

The SLX BFS is paired with a Major Craft New Finetail TREKKING & TRAVELER series FTX-B46/505UL which I quite like, though it's not as hilarious as a full fiberglass setup. The rod I ordered from https://north-one.jp/ and the reel from https://japanlureshop.com/

The Zephyr was easier to acquire since amazon had them at the time, it got paired with a random UL aliexpress rod (that is now broken).

A friend of mine went a slightly different route and is running an ifishband clamber reel with an ifishband trout magic rod, both are slightly more available and affordable. The reel felt quite nice, though I haven't checked in to see how it's holding up long term. Just casting into my pool it felt significantly better than the zephyr though, maybe even on par with the shimano (though I like the braking system on the shimano better). ifishband gear is most easily found here: https://baitfinesseempire.com/

Hopefully you don't have the desire for a round reel because woooof, those things get even more pricey!

As far as informational youtubers, I've found the most helpful one to be hobie-wan kenobi https://www.youtube.com/@HobieWanKenobi
He tends to keep things in real world terms, instead of testing things outside of their strengths (even if it CAN cast a trout magnet I wouldn't, that's what my UL spinning gear is for).

For local BFS fishing I'll sometimes watch https://www.youtube.com/@Angler216

I can't say I use the BFS rod from the kayak much though! It's usually in my pack next to my fly rod for silly hike in expeditions and explorations.

General Talk / Re: Happy Thanksgiving 2023
« on: November 23, 2023, 09:26:27 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving!!

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