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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Reel recommendations needed
« on: May 03, 2021, 07:17:32 AM »
Two reels I really love for basic Kayak salt water fishing:
TR100 or 200G Shimano. This is a no frills reel, you can buy it cheap, switch out the drags to some smoothies, and a contact Alan Tani for one of 3/0 handles and you will have something that gets it done, without breaking the bank.

Reel number 2: The Abu Garcia 5500 or 6500 series, go with Abu's power handle and grease the drags. you can do battle with a lot of fish out here.  Caution, if it doesn't say "made in Sweden" on it, just walk away and keep looking till you find one that does.  The Chinese made ones do not hold a candle to the Swedes IMHO.

I suck at casting conventional reels, and prefer spinning reels for casting.  That said I switched all of my Abu 55o1's and 6501's to single paddle power handles.  All of my old Penn's are switched to a power handle of some sort. My go to salt water rig (Shimano TR100G/Trevela M/L rod has an Alan Tani 3/0 handle on it, looks goofy, but hell I love it).  Does it slow your retrieve down, slightly, but for me it is a whole lot more comfortable, and easier to grab when your hands are wet and or slimly. 

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Truck Bed Extenders?
« on: May 03, 2021, 07:08:04 AM »
I bought one off amazon a while back and ended up selling it a week later.  The issue is with small truck low to the ground, the thing would catch every speed bump (My 95 Tacoma sits low as it s stock, the extender only made it worse).  The one I bought was straight, no upward bend in it.   Avoid them if you can, I think even on full size trucks they would be an issue.

Kevin, have you been following rogerdodger on NWKA with those thrusters on his rudder?  He seems to make decent speed with decent battery life using them on a Hobie Outback - and it looks to be cheaper than a Bixpy jet.

Hey Tink, Don't know him, but I do know the guy from South Africa.  I reached out to him for some info on how he has it set up.  He is using two rudders, a stern for the Bixby, and the standard non retractable.  I have been eyeing the Bixpy pretty hard. I have the finds set aside for it, but Getting the Ministry of Kayak Financing to approve of said transaction maybe a harder sell.  The Bixpy comes in at 9 pounds with battery, lighter than the Torqueedo, it also comes in at half the cost of it as well.  Damn Germans are proud of their stuff.

General Fishing Tips / Re: keeping fishing rods ON the kayak?
« on: May 03, 2021, 06:54:07 AM »
I modified my PFD so it now is my favorite rod-holder for the rod that I am using.  I have two different models of PFDs and have used them for years for when I catch a fish, trolling (the rod is out of the way when paddling) or anytime I want my hands free. As you can see from the pic I also have various other items attached to keep them close at hand.

I usually fish once or twice a week from a kayak or from my surfboard (waveski) and have been flipped in the surf.  Havn't had a problem losing things or getting tangled or getting back on the board. Keep safe and don't try it if you feel it's not safe.   It's been effective for me for bass, halibut and WSB for many years.

The rod holder is a 12"  piece of 1 !/2" PVC inserted into a pocket and strapped to an attachment tab - and I drilled a hole in the pvc, put a small bolt thru the pvc and through the foam on the PFD.  You can see in the pic that I used a large washer and a flat surfboard fin box nut to tighten it up and keep it all in place.

I love it but it's not for everyone.

I have an old Army issued pack that has some MOLLE straps on it. I am slowly working my way to getting some of my gear to have MOLLE pouches so I can strap them in. Your PFD rod holder has given me an idea.

General Fishing Tips / Re: keeping fishing rods ON the kayak?
« on: May 03, 2021, 06:50:53 AM »
Here is another way I secure things.  The 550 lanyard:

General Fishing Tips / Re: keeping fishing rods ON the kayak?
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:32:43 PM »
Years ago someone posted how they cut pool noodles. For simple sake I will try describe it.  Take the section of pool noodle you using (for this I will say it is one foot long.  Take a sharpie and start at the top and slowly spin the pool noodle , lower the marker at the same time till you get to the bottom.  You should get a 360 degree circle over 12 inches. Kind of like a screw. Take a knife or razor and follow the line. Don't cut all the way through, just to the center.   You should be able to open the pool noodle section like a Pillsbury biscuit container.  Now take your razor, and bevel the top and the bottom (something I do, you can omit).   Now work the top on to the rod you want, and keep rolling it on till it is fully on.  No need for zip ties.  Again this came from another NCKA member years ago.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Rub me baby
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:24:47 PM »
I am sure my fish killing friend Big Jim will back me on the importance of "File" (sounds like Filet) in your fish rub if you going for a Cajun type seasoning.  I add some to blackening recipe, and sprinkle some on fish I am going to grill.  Just a pinch not to much.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fishing guide
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:21:14 PM »
I will endorse Eric, he is Johnny on the salmon spot!

General Talk / Re: STOLEN KAYAK
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:19:18 PM »
Brother sorry to hear about your friends yak!  That sucks.  Lets hope they get chomp from the Landlord to make up for their stupidity.

Stealth / Re: ...pulled the trigger
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:17:03 PM »
I'm starting to think about a new or newer yak, for those that like them want to sell me on the stealth?  I have a paddle yak and was thinking pedal for the next one as hands free sounds nice, but I don't really mind paddling most of the time...

Depends on you and your style of fishing.  I really wanted something that was a Kayak, not a bass boat with a paddle.  IMHO if you can't lift it, it is not a kayak anymore.  The Blue Sky Boat Works 360 Angler weighs in 170 lbs without anything. Put that on the roof of your car if you dare.  My 55 comes in at around 50-56lbs with FF and seat, and I think that is heavy.   More so when GF's rec touring yak weigh in at 40 lbs. If I had the skill set to land fish on that skinny 23 inch wide yak I would switch. But I don't have that skill set.

There are advantages to peddling, no argument there.  They are great till they break, than your another slug paddler.

Stealth / Re: Rigging pics
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:03:26 PM »
How the hatch screws lined up worked perfectly with the ram ball that I had.  I tweaked the eye to fit on some other existing screws.  The little access hatch inside the hull has a plastic bung.  I found it to be useless for inserting the FF cables.  the next best thing I came up with was a Prosecco wine bottle cork.  I drilled a hole through the center slightly larger than the cable, then I cut an access slot in the side of the cork. I then worked the cable through it. I zip tied it tight, and trimmed excess cork to make it fit. 

Stealth / Re: Rigging pics
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:58:52 PM »
How I rigged my 555

Stealth / Re: New Fusion 480: roto-molded plastic boat is on the way
« on: April 30, 2021, 01:54:46 PM »
The big for me was the fixed rudder, I am in the process of converting to a rear retractable. This has also got me thinking about adding a Bixpy. Yeah I said it.  There are days when I am out in the sound and I am never going to overcome the current.  Or when I am going for flounder near the Nisqually delta and can't stay on point for crap. It won't make it a speed demon, but it will keep me where I want to be or  allow me to troll and keep my hands free.

General Talk / Re: Smoked Brisket Advice...
« on: April 30, 2021, 11:36:23 AM »
I can't give you a lot of info, but what I can give you comes from Kev's school of Combat BBQ:

In foreign country that doesn't have supermarkets like you are used, any cut of meat works.

Incoming fire has the right of way.

Keep the flames and smoke low, don't let the bad guys think they scored a hit!

Don't smoke pork during Ramadan, (for some reason the locals get really upset) (No I didn't smoke pork during Ramadan, I may be dumb, but I am not stupid).

Don't smoke/grill/BBQ in a dust storm.

Never BBQ near the helipad, your grill will blow away or those bastard pilots will take your stuff and fly away.

Fuel, what ever you can get is good enough.

Don't BBQ near the ammo bunker or fuel depot.

Keep your rifle handy, you may need to fend off a wild Hyena. (don't laugh, we had the damn things)

Take picture of your self and the troops with the Sauce from the BBQ company that sent you free stuff!

Always BBQ on the day the Mess section is really making something awful (that is almost every day), you will never get any complaints!

I hope those are useful to you, or at least entertaining.

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