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General Fishing Tips / Re: Petrale Sole
« on: July 10, 2024, 07:16:56 AM »
We targeted them, and dabs at Albion a couple of years ago, and did pretty well using squid on 4 smaller hooks. I think we were over sand in 140'-160' of water. We were catching lings, and rockfish so we switched gear to big swim baits, and started catching big lings, and rock fish. We did much better there than over the reefs. I'm guessing that they were out feeding on the dabs.

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General Talk / Type of Hawk
« on: July 05, 2024, 05:12:43 PM »
I see these birds flying around the area where I live in Albany and think they are Red Tailed Hawks. Iím I correct?

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General Talk / Re: Another Great Way to go Camping
« on: July 02, 2024, 11:20:05 AM »
Rancho Seco lake is the old cooling pond for the nuclear reactors. Hard to believe, but when it was operational it was a popular place to swim because the water was so warm, and the bass grew huge too.

Thanks for the video.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: July 01, 2024, 10:23:33 AM »
Congratulations!! now get some rest.

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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Icom VHF is kaput
« on: June 24, 2024, 12:20:42 PM »
I like the Standard Horizon HX 890. You should take the kaput one in with you to WM and see if it is close enough to the warranty coverage that maybe they will cover it.

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I like the Takota 500 A line counter reel paired with a medium Trevala rod. Around $350-400 for the setup. I use it in the bay for halibut, and in the ocean for rock fish. Using the line counter along with the FF you can reduce snagging to almost zero. You just watch the depth on the FF and adjust accordingly. I run my bait or jig 8-10í above the FF depth. Last time at Shelter Cove I fished 2 days caught plenty of fish, and I donít remember getting any snags.

I have 3 of the Takota 500s, and 2 of the 400s, and havenít had any issues with the line counters other than occasional fogging. Also, last time at Shelter Cove one of them spent about 15 minutes under water. When I returned home I took it apart and it was spotless clean inside.

 I have a couple of high end slow pitch setups Accurate reels, and Temple Reef rods, and Iím so addicted to the line counters that I put after market clip on ones on those.

Good luck with your research.



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I would love to do that sometime. You will have enough to last awhile. Good Job!

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Hey Paul great catches, I would of been happy to bring home some fresh sardines. The last time I was there I only caught 2 sardines.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 17, 2024, 06:02:10 AM »
Seymour Narrows is gonna be tough, heading straight into the wind, something Hobie adventure island not good at.  A jib could come in handy.

He is heading into the wind, but the winds look to be very light for the next several days. Hopefully, he can use the current to his advantage.

If there are light headwinds, can he peddle, and maybe catch a few of the wind only vessels?

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:55:38 AM »
Looks like Mr.X has spent some of the night on Patos Island. Right now there are light oncoming winds.

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General Talk / Re: Coastside Net Pen Build
« on: June 12, 2024, 06:09:23 PM »
The take down is this Saturday at 8:00am. Same as the build light breakfast, and then hamburgers when done. A total of 750,000 smolts were delivered, and are now out in the ocean. The take down goes a little faster than the build.

Hope to see some fellow kayakers there

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Introductions / Re: ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS
« on: June 10, 2024, 07:03:06 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.

Nice intro. I grew up in Oakland, and fished the boats out of Emeryville, and Berkeley mostly for salmon with my dad. Fished a lot at Lafayette, and San Pablo Reservoirs for trout, bluegill, and crappie. Iím a couple of years older, and most of the peddle drive kayaks are too heavy for me to move around on my own. I think the Hobie Revo 13 is about the lightest that you can fish pretty much anywhere. I ended up with an Eddyline Caribbean 14. It only weighs 50lbs so I can get it around pretty easily. I have been having a great time fishing from the kayak.

I took classes at CCK before pulling the trigger to make sure I was up for it. Decided to go for it, and now have the knowledge leaned in the classes. Hope to see you on the water.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 10, 2024, 04:01:09 PM »
Looks like he made it to the first checkpoint. The cutoff time 1700 so he should be good to start the next leg of the race.

Bravo Mr. X

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General Talk / Re: Where to catch livees? - Shoreline Park
« on: June 08, 2024, 10:08:40 AM »
You could make up some chum like in the following video toss it around the pier, and then use a sabiki to catch a few.

https://youtu.be/aaP8hdZw0YU?feature=shared

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Any good YouTubeís on this? I always thought that if you get the jig in the rock fish or lings face they will reaction bite. Didnít know there was so much technique involved.

Thanks again for the 50 fathom line fish finder install Paul.

Check out Johnny Jigs: https://www.youtube.com/@JohnnyJigsTV

Everything you could ever want to know, and they have all the gear too.

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