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Pay It Forward / Paralyzed Pup needs our help!
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:12:00 PM »
NCKA loves it's dogs!!!..... so I'm posting this for Mochi -- the cute four-legged member of Don's family.  Don's screen name is "Elusive" and he's humbly rescued more NCKA'ers in trouble on the water than anyone here I know.  I'm hoping NCKA's dog lovers can show some love back....


Recipes / Yummy Crab Pasta
« on: November 03, 2014, 12:22:02 PM »
-  Boil some spaghetti or angel hair pasta.  And while boiling.....

-  Sautee some chopped garlic in a couple tablespoons of butter.
-  Add the crab butter and broth from the inside of two big steamed or boiled Dungeness crabs
-  Add a dash of cognac or port
-  Add some herbs (I used some dried basil an oregano)
-  Add some chopped mushrooms (I used wild chanterelles)
-  Stir in some heavy cream and simmer to reduce and thicken
-  Toss in some crab meat

Combine the drained noodles and sauce.... and ENJOY!!!!

Craftsmen's Corner / DIY Crab Gauges
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:32:32 AM »
I make my own crab gauges.  They're easier to use, they float, and are heck of a lot cheaper than store bought gauges.  I bought a small sheet of plastic for less than a dollar at Tap Plastics which is enough to make half-a-dozen gauges to use at spares or share with your buddies.  Be sure to check and double check measurements with a good ruler or caliper.  A sharp utility knife, straight edge, and cutting board are the only tools I used.

I made two different styles.  The gauge in the middle is probably easier for rookies to use.  You simply flip it over to the type of crab you're measuring.

It's been almost exactly one year since NCKA lost brother Joel "Mooch" Lotilla after a hard fought 3 year battle with breast cancer.

This year, the disease hit me even closer to home with my wife Mercy being diagnosed with breast cancer in April.  Fortunately, her tumor was caught early during her annual mammogram.  In June, she went through a 12 hour operation for a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  Thankfully, the operation was successful.  And overall, Mercy's recovery is going well despite some complications and the never-ending schedule of doctor visits.  Mercy has been a real trooper and I'm so proud of how she's battling the disease and keeping a positive attitude through it all.

Needless to say, it was a rough summer for me, and this is why I've been laying low and not getting out much.

I registered for the Komen Race for the Cure this Sunday, September 28th because I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.  I'm doing it for my wife Mercy ... and in memory of our friend Joel.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts.  Here's the link to the my donation page:


Recipes / RockFish Chicarones /Cracklings!
« on: May 24, 2014, 03:58:13 PM »
I took the scaled fish skins off the fillets, cut them into strips, sprinkled salt on them, and deep fried them to tasty crunchy goodness.  You should try it.  You'll like it!

Mel Cotton's in San Jose has been a good NCKA supporter for many years by offering us a 10%.  Come out and support them at their annual Spring Fishing Expo tomorrow and Sunday.  Lots going on and lots of good deals too.

I'll be there both days on behalf of Hobie.  Stop by and say hi!


Here's my review of the LifeProof FRE Waterproof Case for my Samsung Galaxy S4 Phone

Manufacturer's Claims:

- Fully Submersible to 6.6 ft (2 meters)
- Totally Sealed from Dirt & Dust
- Completely Closed to Snow & Ice
- Survives Drops from Up to 6.6 ft

Testing period: 4 months

First Impressions:   Very nice packaging.  The stylist case is barely bigger than the phone itself and it weighs almost nothing at all.  Most cases come with an opaque back, but the FRE model has a clear back which is nice especially if you like the phone's original color and design.  Included in the box is one weatherproof headphone adapter and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

Initial Concerns:  Looking at the two halves of the case and the thin yellow o-ring that rims the case, I couldn't help but have doubts that it's enough to keep out water.  Also of concern to me, was the hinged charger port door, and rubber plug for headphone jack port.  Only time with tell how durable these would be since both will be opened and closed at least several times a day.

Shock Proof:   During the first week, I accidentally dropped the phone on concrete from about 5 feet.  It landed on edged and skidded across the airport tarmac.  I'm sure my phone would sustained significant damage and probably a cracked screen without good protection.  My phone has been dropped several other times since but you can't tell by looking at the case.

Waterproof Testing:  Lifeproof's guidelines for their "pre-installation water test" as suggested in their owners manual reads... "[1] Snap case front and back together.  [2] Close charge port door and headphone jack plug.  [3] Submerge in water for 30 minutes.  [4] Remove, dry, and look inside for moisture."

I did my first waterproof testing after 4 months of use!   Test one ... was the empty case held down with a rock in a 5 gallon bucket water for 30 minutes.  Half hour later, I pulled it out and believe-it-or-not, the inside of the case was dry as a bone. Test two ... was the case tied to the end of 6 feet of fishing line with a lead weight.  I lowered it down off the the dock at my local marina and jigged it up and down and left it submerged for at least 15 minutes.  Again to my surprise, the inside was bone dry!

Sight, Sound, Clarity, and Touch Sensitivity: The clear plastic screen cover, after 4 months, is still like new without any scratches.  I'm not sure what kind of plastic Lifeproof uses, but it's clear, tough, and very scratch resistant.  The camera lens cover must be optical grade because I can't tell the pics are shot through a case.  The touch screen sensitivity is unaffected by the screen cover.  The only thing negative thing I've noticed about the screen is that far right edge where the alphabet appears for your list of contacts is sometimes tough to use with fat fingers or your thumb.  I sometimes have to use my little pinkie, but not a big deal. Sound quality is very good.  In the beginning, I asked callers if they could hear me okay through the new case, and no one noticed any difference.  I'm slightly hard of hearing and even I have no complaints.  There's no notable tinny or muffled noise   that one might expect with sound through a barrier.

The Bottom Line:   This LifeProof case has, so far, met and exceeded my expectations for a good waterproof case.  That says a lot about something I use and depend on everyday, especially for someone like me who works and plays in harsh elements.

General Fishing Tips / Handline Reels
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:48:46 PM »
We've had NCKA'ers like Tailwalk and EricB land nice halibut and lingcod on handline reels.

I've been wanting to give it a try.  It seems like the ultimate challenge of fishing skill.  I'd like to see us have some kayak fishing hook-ups and derbies around handlines.

Anyone else interested???

Here are 3 that I own but really haven't used: 

2013 Kayak Fishing Seminars
Presented by:  John "Bird" Keane (Hobie Fishing Team Member) and other guest experts.

Free Monthly Seminars 7 PM Start Time

California Canoe and Kayak Rancho Cordova, CA
11349 Folsom Blvd., Ste C
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone (916) 851-3600

(Please check here for changes to dates and agendas)

April Halibut Fishing in San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast April 18

-April is usually the start of halibut fishing in SF Bay, and along the Pacific Coast of
central and northern California. Halibut are a premier gamefish and table fare. Seminar to cover
basic methods of drifting, jigging, and trolling gear and methods for targeting halibut, including
kayak rigging, weather and tide factors, and safety considerations. Come on out and learn about
this exciting kayak fishing opportunity and meet other local kayak anglers.

May Rockfish and Ocean Salmon May 9

-Rockfish season opens in early May. Following the April ocean salmon opener, May
usually kicks off the ocean kayak fishing season. Major kayak tournaments targeting rockfish
and salmon are held at Shelter Cove (May 18th), Trinidad (July xx), and Albion (August 10th).
This seminar will focus on methods for targeting lingcod and rockfish, along with trolling and
mooching methods for targeting ocean salmon. at Shelter Cove on weekend of May 18th with
salmon and rockfish are targets. Focus on basic rockfish, lingcod fishing. Primer on ocean

June Introduction to Kayak Fishing June 13

-Kayak fishing 101 focusing on safety, basic tackle, and rigging.

July Kayak Fishing for White Sea Bass July 18

-Arguably the most sought after gamefish from a kayak on the central/north coast. The
recent WSB fishery from Monterey to HMB provides a great opportunity to catch 50lb+ WSB.
Focus on strategies, gear, rigging, safety.

August River Salmon August 15

-River salmon season on the American and others usually opens on 8/15. Seminar to focus
on methods, safety, kayak rigging.

September Hobie Kayak Maintenance September 19

-Focus on maintenance and service of Hobie Mirage drives and rudders.

October Autumn Kayak Fishing for Big Sierra Trout October 10

-Fall is the time for catching big Sierra trout. Focus on methods for trolling big plugs for
big brown trout and mackinaw.

November Kayak Fishing for Dungeness Crab November 4

-Crab season opens 11/6. Focus on basics for crabbing gear, rigging, safety. Chuck to
give presentation.

December Winter Bass fishing from a Kayak December 5

-Winter is a great time for targeting largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on
California lakes from your kayak. Days are peaceful as the summer recreational crowds are
gone and there are great opportunities to catch quality bass. This seminar will discuss the basics
for kayak fishing for winter Bass on our local lakes such as Berryessa, Bullards Bar, Folsom,
and Clear Lake. Topics covered will include kayak rigging, clothing and safety; tackle options,
and methods for targeting winter bass will also be discussed. There will be a full line up of
Hobie Fishing Boats and other brands. Come on out and learn about this great winter fishing
opportunity and meet other local kayak anglers.

Kayak Sailing / ALAMEDA ISLAND FISH-N-SAIL : Sunday April 7, 2013
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:48:51 PM »
Sponsored by Hobie and CCK's Hobie Island Club
Location:  Alameda Crown Memorial Beach
Date:  Sunday, April 7, 2013

The event is a good opportunity for NCKA's (31+) Hobie Adventure Island and Tandem Island owners to meet and sail with other local Island owners.  Fishermen can launch and fish early and later meet on the beach with the other Bay Area Hobie Island owners for a potluck lunch, Hobie schwagg give-away, prize raffle (courtesy of California Canoe & Kayak), and a Island sailing clinic.  After taking a few group photos on the beach, the whole group will launch and sail together just as the wind usually begins to pick up.  New and experienced sailors welcome!

7AM:     Let's go fishing!  Halibut are starting to show up in the area.

11 AM:  Meet on the beach for a potluck lunch, give-aways, waivers, and a basic Hobie Island sailing clinic.

12 NOON:  Take photos on beach and.... Let's go sailing!

*  The event is free.  There is a $5 parking fee and $1 sailing craft launching fee if park kiosk is attended (but it rarely is).
*  Bring your required PFD and VHF Radio if you have one. We'll be on channel 69.
*  Please bring your beach chair and your favorite potluck goodies to share.

To RSVP please post here or PM me.


I'm very proud to welcome John "Bird" Keane to the Hobie Fishing Team.  He'll be the local Hobie Pro-staff member for California Canoe and Kayak (CCK) in the Sacramento area.  John's first seminar is coming up later this month.  I'll be there to soak in Bird's AOTY winning tips.  Great timing for this seminar.  Here's the official announcement:

Monday January 21st ~ Kayak Fishing for Winter Bass on Northern California Lakes

Hobie Kayak Fishing Team Pro John Keane will be presenting. Winter is a great time for targeting largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass on California lakes from your kayak. Days are peaceful as the summer recreational crowds are gone and there are great opportunities to catch quality bass. This seminar will discuss the basics for kayak fishing for winter Bass on our local lakes such as Berryessa, Bullards Bar, Folsom, and Clear Lake. Topics covered will include kayak rigging, clothing and safety; tackle options, and methods for targeting winter bass will also be discussed. There will be a full line up of Hobie Fishing Boats and other brands. Come on out and learn about this great winter fishing opportunity and meet other local kayak anglers.

I hear that CCK will be providing refreshments.  We'll likely bring some of our own too!!! :smt003

General Talk / My dog gone pro
« on: August 20, 2012, 07:16:56 PM »
It's not quite big money Hollywood yet, but "Aki", my little German Shorthair Pointer just went professional as a 4-legged kayak model , and is featured in the new 2012-2013 Hobie catalog modeling the Kona.  I'm just her lowly kayak pilot and booking agent.  :smt004

For Sale / Like New Hobie Tandem Island with trampolines and trailer!
« on: August 17, 2012, 05:43:24 PM »
I just got word from California Canoe & Kayak just received a pristine papaya colored 2012 Hobie Tandem Island ($5249 retail) on consignment.  Included is a set of factory trampolines, Hobie trailer (already licensed), saddles, and straps ($2,047 total retail).  The original owner only used the boat 5 times and it barely has a scratch.  It's practically new.

The ready-to-tow package is selling for $5500 and will come with a full new boat warranty.  If you're in the market for a loaded Tandem Island this is sweet deal.  Call Keith at CCK (510) 893-7833 and tell him I sent you.

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