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For Sale / Re: Shark Shield Freedom 7
« on: May 11, 2021, 01:33:54 PM »

For Sale / Re: Shark Shield Freedom 7
« on: May 05, 2021, 05:39:03 PM »
Price drop to $330

For Sale / SOLD Shark Shield Freedom 7
« on: May 04, 2021, 12:50:42 PM »
Bought new six months ago, used about four times. No box, works great. $380 obo. Located in Pacifica CA

Awesome, i'll be at HMB tomorrow too (pillar point). Mine went out on its maiden voyage a couple weeks ago and this will be my third outing... hoping to get to the green can (I think about a mile south of the harbor). Let me know if you want to meet up or want some eyes while you practice self rescue.

Safety First / Re: Wind gusts
« on: July 11, 2020, 02:09:16 PM »
Ended up going out with the plan of being cautious (first hint of big gusts, coming back in). Had my eye on the turning hour according to Windy (11AM) with the plan to be close to the harbor by then. I stayed out until 11:30, and it seemed to be getting a little more windy, but overall, it was not bad at all... an occasional 15mph gust every couple minutes it seemed. It was a nice beautiful morning out in PP, but the only fish biting for me were small croaker (hooked about six). Loads of fun for me... these were my first hookup while kayak fishing! I only went about half a mile out between the jaws and the green buoy... taking it easy as I learn.

To me, it seems the GFS forecast was more accurate predicting the conditions today for pillar point than ECMWF (I think the default for windy.com). Definitely going to get in the habit of looking up several different forecasts in the future.

Safety First / Wind gusts
« on: July 10, 2020, 09:42:18 PM »
New to kayak fishing, and looking at the forecast tomorrow (using windy.com) and see wind at about 8 kt, but wind gusts at 19 kt around 11am at the spot I'm planning tomorrow (pillar point).

I've read alot about weather conditions and wind, with wind being less than 15 kt usually being regarded as ideal. But what about gusts? Is the wind speed usually regarded as the speed to base your decision off of, or should I be looking at gusts more closely?

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For Sale / Re: Teardrop for sale
« on: July 09, 2020, 07:23:13 PM »
Very cool trailer, OP

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New to kayak fishing (awesome sport!) and well, ocean fishing in general. My prior experience in the big blue consists of going on charter boats and renting a rod and buying the boat's tackle setup for the day.

I'm finding that going from charter boats with helpful deckhands to trying to figure rigging setups yourself for certain species while on a kayak is quite a leap. Wondering if there's any websites out there (ideally with an emphasis on bay area waters) that can serve as a primer for rigging up for certain species. Right now, I've just been using rock fish dropper rigs with a piece of squid on the hook, hoping for anything really.

Looking for something like... what I should have on my pole for lingcod on sunny days, halibut on overcast days in a little rougher water, etc.


Introductions / Re: Looking for a fishing buddy in the East Bay.
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:54:13 AM »
Welcome, asolor. I'm also a newbie, located in Pacifica. Hit me up if you ever want to go out around the area...

General Talk / Re: Kayak angler magazine
« on: July 06, 2020, 09:44:22 AM »
Had no idea there was a magazine... just subscribed.

Safety First / Re: Practicing kayak recovery in pillar point harbor
« on: July 05, 2020, 03:11:14 PM »
Happy to say I had a great 4th of July weekend -- my 2020 Outback went on it's maiden voyage and practiced self-rescue in Pillar Point (and even got some fishing in)!

I convinced my fiance to come to join me. She wasn't too thrilled with the idea initially, so she bartered with me. Deal ended up being I get her a $140 inflatable Craigslist special yak and tow her around the harbor in exchange for a set of eyes in self-rescue. So, in effect, I became the most expensive tug-boat yak out in the water for the weekend.

But it was all worth it. I rolled off my kayak, re-entered, flipped, re-entered, rinse and repeat. All in all, I didn't think it was so bad inside the harbor... I'm sure it's a different ballpark in swells. My go-to for righting the Outback usually consisted of me grabbing the pedal fins to hoist myself, then grabbing the side of the yak and rolling. I learned a LOT when re-entering. I know what gear gets in the way on the geartrack now, and will reposition accordingly. Once the clip/sheath on my PFD knife got caught in the Hobie chair, and that was a hassle getting un-hooked... but another lesson.

Overall, I think kayak fishing is AWESOME. I can't wait for the next weekend to get out there and past PP's jaws to hook up with some real fish.

Here's the opening scene of the Maiden Voyage for the Outback, and what we've now dubbed the lil-Outback (I just finished putting a Hobie decal on the inflatable before this post  :smt044).

General Talk / Re: Marvin Lau Rest In Peace our friend
« on: July 05, 2020, 02:56:13 PM »
Marvin, I've never met you, but it's evident you were a great soul and loved by many. May you rest in peace.

General Talk / Re: Harpoons
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:04:46 PM »
New to kayak fishing and picked up a gaff. Is it particularly difficult to gaff a halibut? I've seen quite a few threads where people prefer a kage.

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Hobie Kayaks / Re: Hobie Outback Foam Blocks?
« on: June 29, 2020, 09:33:11 PM »
Awesome thanks!

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Hobie Kayaks / Hobie Outback Foam Blocks?
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:55:58 PM »
Picked up a new 2020 Outback and rigging it up for its first outing. Following guidance from NCKA, I was planning on putting some pool floaties in the hull for safety, but then I noticed this:

At least in the new Outbacks, they put in a couple foam blocks underneath the seat. Hard to tell how long they are. Just wondering if these are sufficient as a substitute for pool floaties, or if I should add some pool floaties anyway.

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