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Messages - Jon The Fisherman

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Napa Area?
« on: September 26, 2008, 09:02:21 AM »
I'd like to help out but only have room for one yak. Congrats on the new ride!

Looks like Andy found the Garden of Weeden!  :smt118

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Mon sept 8th ARW
« on: September 07, 2008, 10:45:38 PM »
I'll try to make it out. I may be a little late, but I'll have the radio on. Anything I can bring?

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: ARW sun 24.
« on: August 24, 2008, 09:27:02 PM »
I know the guy in the Pelican is Yakattack. I didn't get the screen names of the others.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: ARW sun 24.
« on: August 24, 2008, 08:07:54 PM »
Thanks again for the bait Sharky! I'll bring some cold one's next time to repay the favor. We both lost em at the boat. :smt013 Let them get a bit longer and we'll pull em up next time! Cheers!

Today was a rare beautiful day in Alameda! No wind, smallish tides and temperate weather. A great day to do some learning.  As a relative "newbie", I try to learn something new everytime out. Today was no exception. The first thing I learned is that NCKA members are great folks that are really nice to fish with! Thanks for the baits and good times! :smt006 The second thing I learned is that a live bait is king. After drifting with Popsicles I was lucky enough to get some live smelt to play with, (Thanks!) It wasn't five minutes after pinning one on that I learned my next lesson, always carry a gaff.(kunz here I come, just need to think of a witty slogan for my "git 'em stick") I was hooked into a great big butt that came up too easy, it wasn't tired and I was excited so I tried to pull it into my lap. The estimated 30" butt didn't like the fresh air and decided he was going back down after severing my leader with his razor teeth. Needless to say I was crushed! :smt010 Seemed as though the others did great catching a couple of nice keeper butts. Yakattack got a ray that gave him a nice sleigh ride! Sharky had one come unglued too and a shaker before I left the fishing grounds. This is when my next lesson was learned, if the tide is in your face try to avoid it. After a mean paddle home on the bay side of the wall I arrived at the launch at the same time as the other guys I was fishing with, even though they left after me. How could this be? The took the inside route with no current, smart guys!!! Next time I'm going to do the same. Well, all in all, a remarkable day with lots of fish caught by us and the pb'ers around us! There here, now go get em!

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: ARW sun 24
« on: August 24, 2008, 01:53:45 AM »
Hey Sharky. Just got off work with the itch to fish and ARW sounds likely. Should be launching around 7, mabye I'll see you out there, I'll be monitoring 69. I've got a red Malibu, I'll be on the lookout. Tight lines! -Jon

General Fishing Tips / Re: best knot to tie mono and braid together?
« on: June 30, 2008, 12:25:27 AM »
An easy one to remember is the "9 to 5" :busy. An uni to uni where you wrap the braid nine times and then the mono five times. I have never had one pull out. Another plus to this knot is that it lays flat so it passes through the guides with ease allowing for easy casting. When I fish I use a six foot leader of 25# fluorocarbon, with my lighter gear I'll downsize to 15-20# fluoro.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Anchor buoy line winder. Check this out!
« on: June 19, 2008, 02:00:11 AM »
I was looking around the Bass Pro Shops site and found this $5 anchor buoy that has a built in winder! Ordered one to test out, I mean at that price what is there to lose. Looks like you mount the base somewhere and wind the anchor right on in. What do you think guys is this going to be a winner?

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Mel's Reef
« on: June 17, 2008, 01:06:49 PM »
It's off Alcatraz. It's got a wind bouy at the east point. Go get em'.

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Kayaks / Re: My new X-13
« on: June 09, 2008, 08:27:54 PM »
Congrats! :smt001 I just got my X-13 too. :smt003 What color did you get? I went for the red. Seems like it's going to be a sweet boat on the water! Already put the 4in hatch in the tankwell, great for rear access. I'm thinking about putting another in the front livewell. I'm a little hessitant because I can envision a seal leak and a wet boat. I'd be interested in any mod's you're thinking about. I posted a wiki entry, check it out!

General Fishing Tips / Re: Landing and Releasing small sharks
« on: June 09, 2008, 08:12:23 PM »
Another thing to watch out for is the stink. I've grapped a couple that even orange hand cleaner wouldn't rid me of the stink.  They also have rough skin and if they roll can scrape up your arms, feels like indian burn. Glove would probably be best and a snare might be overkill. IMHO. Teeth are almost nothing, but don't stick a finger in could be painfull. :smt013 The big um's are a good fight! Go get em!

General Fishing Tips / Re: Economy cars that can haul a yak
« on: June 09, 2008, 07:23:58 PM »
I have an '07 Honda Civic with Yakima rails and their Hullraiser J-racks.  The rack alone is a little noisy when driving down the freeway, not a whistle but a loud blowing sound. Loading my X-13 onto the racks is simple and the is adaquete padding for the hull and sidewalls.  When strapped down I noticed a little flex on the yak, however when I took it off after the hour ride home it was good as new. I've never had to have it up for more than an hour since I've only had it three days. So far so good. My kayak is just as long as my car and it's no worries. it doesn't even shimmy at 65mph.  My gas mileage suffered a little when it was on the racks but nothing crazy. Might mean an extra stop at the pump if I was going to San Diego.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Anchors away!
« on: June 06, 2008, 02:01:11 AM »
Alright this is a question for all of the five-star generals. What is the best type of anchor? Might be a redundant question, but I haven't found an answer after scouring the boards. I plan on using the anchor for Delta Sturgeon as well as anchoring in SF Bay for monster Sevengills and Leopards. I won't be doing much river drifting (yet :smt002) so I think the pyramid style is out. Now the real question: 3# Folding Grappling, 2# Bruce/Claw, or an 8# Mushroom anchor? I think the Mushroom style won't grab enough to keep me still.  I do plan on using a short length of chain to help set my anchor. Also, what type/diameter anchor rope do you use, and any feed back about a bungee snubber to lessen the effects of chop. Thanks in advance for the feedback! :thumright:

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