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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

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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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.


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.

Fish Talk / Is there a cliff notes of CDFW Fishing Regs?
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:38:13 AM »
Last I read through CDFW's fishing regulation book (15 years ago or so), I got the impression that you should at least complete one semester of law school before doing so. I've tried to take note of changes year to year since then, but I think I should just read it again.

Is it still written in a quasi-legalese style? Are there any good sites/books/apps that summarize the regs for us?

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Safety First / Practicing kayak recovery in pillar point harbor
« on: June 22, 2020, 05:24:05 PM »
New to kayak fishing and initially thought I would practice rolling and recovering my kayak in some lakes. However, Pillar Point is much closer to me than any accessible lake, and I'm thinking about practicing kayak recovery inside the harbor (taking off from HMB Kayak Co.).

Any issues with this plan? Any reason why practicing safety inside the harbor should be avoided? Also, what are some fish to target inside PP harbor? Thanks for the help!

Site Discussion / Using Tapatalk to view?
« on: June 18, 2020, 08:58:18 PM »
I use Tapatalk to browse forums I frequently visit when on my phone. I've noticed that it seems on NCKA, half the posts are empty. I can see a thread of posts, but only a few have content.

Anyone else experience this and have a fix?

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Wanted To Buy / WTB general fishing kayak gear
« on: June 18, 2020, 01:16:11 PM »
Ordered my first fishing kayak (2020 Hobie outback). Those new Hobies really know how to burn a hole in your wallet, so looking to buy used but functional gear to get me out on the water:
- PFD (XL) (ideally would like bright yello/orange fluorescent types)
- immersion gear
- Fish finder and transducer
- Battery and drybox
- Cart/wheels for transport
- Geartrac/Hrail mounts
- Net/Gaf/Kage
- Catch bag
- Pool floaties
- Orange safety flag
- Other useful odds and ends

If you're looking to dump gear to upgrade, or just have too much stuff, let me know. Located in Pacifica CA

Craftsmen's Corner / Adhesives in kayaks
« on: June 17, 2020, 04:15:59 PM »
Just got off the phone from purchasing my first kayak (2020 Hobie Outback in camo) and I'm pumped!

I'm a DIYer, and I already see doors opening for new creations... albeit, I'm new to the world of watertight, PVC, and pool floaties.

Generally speaking, what do people use for adhesives in kayaks for things like mounting battery boxes, etc? Do people generally try to use anchor points instead of adhesives?

I'm a big fan of Locktite PL glue, and use it for practically everything around the house from sticking and sealing things. Not sure if I should apply the same philosophy with a kayak, however.

Hobie Kayaks / 2012 AI?
« on: June 16, 2020, 10:41:41 AM »
Hey all,

Keep going back and forth on getting a new 2019-2020 Outback or going with the older (pre-2015) AI. New to kayak fishing and plan to be fishing mostly out of HMB/Pacifica/Bay.

Anywho, I plan on checking out an AI I found this craigslist ad... checking with the seller to see if it's an Adventure with the Island conversion kit, or an adventure island (not sure if there's a way to tell from the photo).

Are there any notable distinctions in the 2012 year in terms of features? E.g., did the 2013-2014 receive upgrades I should be aware of? Also wondering what are some key inspection points I should consider.


Safety First / Best way to bring big fish on kayak?
« on: June 11, 2020, 10:24:40 AM »
Looking for some tips here before going out on my first ocean trip.

How do NCKA members generally bring big fish onto their kayaks? Net, Gaff, Kage? I was considering going the Kage route (I've read the discussions regarding CDFW's interpretation), but having second thoughts as I'd like to keep bleeding minimal as to not attract sharks. Would net + brain bonk be the way to go to keep blood down?

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / What to wear?
« on: June 09, 2020, 12:06:44 PM »
Noobie here, still firing away questions as I can think of them (and THANKS to this great community for being so helpful)! Bought my first sit-on-top (Hobie Outback) and picking it up this weekend!

Now that I got the yak, safety is on the brain. It looks like from preliminary research that theres largely three outfits people wear when out in the ocean on their kayak:
* Drysuit
* Wetsuit
* Bib and dry top

Hoping to be comfortable and dry. Do most people go with the drysuit? These things are expensive!
Are there any good wetsuits for kayak fishing?

Is there any particular model of drysuit / wetsuit that are ideal for occasional accidental immersion and comfortably that NCKA is particularly fond of? I'll be on the water mostly in the bay / HMB / Pacifica.

Thanks for the help.

Safety First / Thoughts on kayak color?
« on: June 06, 2020, 09:01:43 AM »
Thinking about getting my first kayak (looking at a Hobie Outback or revo, trying out both soon), and I'm starting to give a little more thought to color for safety.

I've read a few scattered threads on the subject on various forums, but color of the kayak typically wasn't the focal point.

I was originally interested in Camo so I could potentially use my kayak for duck hunting too, but realize that may be a bad idea if I'm going to use it 95% of the time in the ocean. I've also read a few topics that mentioned camo is an excellent color that stands out in the ocean, which I find a bit hard to believe. But I suppose if the water isn't an emerald green like a lake, maybe it does do well?

My main concerns are: boats seeing me, USCG seeing me, and (I know this probably will get a laugh) sharks seeing me.

From what I can tell from limited reseach, it seems like orange/yellow stands out quickest for boaters and USCG, and may also attract big fish (landlord?).

It seems like white may not be the best since it has potential to look like a white cap.

Any thoughts on how camo performs with regard to visibility in ocean and from the air? Would it be a reasonable safety measure to get camo but make sure you're sporting a bright yellow/orange PFD, hat, and flag?

I really like Hobie's Camo and Dune (white), but if it's at the expense of safety, I'll gladly turn another direction.

Wanted To Buy / WTB Hobie Outback 2015+ and beginner essential gear
« on: May 27, 2020, 12:23:40 PM »
New future kayaker looking to get out on the water. Located in Pacifica

Looking to hopefully get a 2015 or newer Hobie Outback and/or any essential stuff to get on the water:
- Radio
- Safety equipment
- Shark shield?

Very motivated to buy

Hobie Kayaks / Need help picking a Hobie for launching in Pacifica
« on: May 23, 2020, 11:08:18 AM »
Hey all, new to the forum... Looks like this is a really great community.

Some background, moved to Pacifica a few years ago and have been surf fishing pretty regularly,and I'm starting to get a bit jealous of seeing all the kayakers out here pulling up massive Lings, Halibut, salmon, and crab! Just seems way more productive than shore fishing (I usually get skunked).

I've never owned a kayak and have only rented one a couple times in my life... once in a lake and another just paddling around pillar point harbor. I'd love to launch out of Linda Mar since it's close to where I live.

I'm pretty fit so I don't think I'd have much of an issue with a kayak. I've set aside about $700 to take training courses (basics, ocean kayaking, self rescue) and will definitely do all that before buying a Hobie. Once purchased, I'd take it out on the lake a few times before hitting the ocean.

I think I'm pretty set on a Hobie because of the peddle propolsion. Can anyone recommend a model, year, and configuration for primarily fishing out of Pacifica beaches, such as Linda Mar, Rockaway, Sharp Park? Although I'm sure when I get into it, I'll be trying to go everywhere.

I've done some reading, and it looks like the flip up peddle propolsion would be key for this type of fishing, but it seems like it only works on the new 2020 models which take on more water in the front? I've also been told by a friend that he's heard the peddle propolsion mimics seals and attracts great whites... any truth to that?

I'm sure there's lots of nuances to choosing a Hobie, and I'm trying to get the quick lowdown on models/configurations I should be considering.

Thanks in advance! Hope to be an active part of this community!

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