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General Talk / Re: Rockfish Descenders
« on: April 03, 2023, 08:21:50 PM »
This gives me some ideas too

I like this one quite a bit! Now my fish grips can run triple duty as a fish gripper, a kickstand for my cart and now a descender.

Introductions / Re: Roseville - new to this
« on: March 14, 2023, 03:03:08 PM »
Nice! Welcome to NCKA.

I might hit the green trails at Hollister OHV on Saturday.

I wonder if my KDX still starts... it's been a while.

I'll run it by the wifey, see if we can make a weekend of it.

Was out there today, can confirm the muddy low-vis water. My buddy caught one trout after we gave up on trolling and hunkered down in some reeds away from the shore-folk.

11 fish caught for the derby, my buddy placed 9th.

Hobie Kayaks / Re: Railblaza C-Tug-R for PA?
« on: January 03, 2023, 05:39:43 PM »
yeah the c-tugs do not play well at all with old town sportsmans. I have that WS heavy duty balloon tire cart now for the sportsman and it works well.

It can break down pretty small, the wheels and wheel axles are just some quick clips, but the main frame takes a touch longer with four wingnuts and a very snug fit. the c-tug breaks down much faster.

I don't think it'd be an issue with a hobie, but the bigger diameter balloon tires do run into clearance issues for some. Navarre makes a riser kit, or you can just run the cart wider and not have the kayak sit at the deepest part of the hull channels.

*Edit - photo added*

WS is much bigger than the C-Tug. I tank-well it and strapped on some rod holders.

Hobie Kayaks / Re: Railblaza C-Tug-R for PA?
« on: January 03, 2023, 02:43:13 PM »
I've used it extensively with a tarpon 140, so not too heavy.

It also did one trip (with the aid of some pvc and zipties) carting around my old town sportsman 120, ballpark around 140 with drive and my radar array of rods and tackle.

one pet peeve with the cart, the wheel/axle interface is plastic on plastic and will very likely squeak.

Hobie Kayaks / Re: Railblaza C-Tug-R for PA?
« on: January 03, 2023, 11:38:16 AM »
I have a c-tug with sand wheels if you want to give it a try. It's a different approach than balloon tires, but it should still give some extra surface area to ride above sand.

I'm not sure how well it interfaces with a hobie with the stock pads, but they have released a new C-Tug R which has a bunch of promo photos featuring hobie.

Build quality has been good, I like how quickly it breaks down and how easily it can be stored in the hull.

c-tug r: https://www.railblaza.com/products/c-tug-r-with-kiwi-wheel/

General Talk / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2022, 12:15:42 PM »
Merry Xmas everyone!

Wanted To Buy / Re: Old Town Salty PDL 120
« on: December 02, 2022, 08:23:34 PM »
It's a bit of a drive but I saw a craigslist ad saying Clavey Paddlesports in Petaluma has a salty in stock.


+1 for more focus on conservation of native species, which striped bass are not.

Changes wouldn't require any shift in my own actions, I'm not keeping striper that big anyway. Too much heavy metal accumulation.

General Talk / Re: Always thought a clear kayak would be cool.
« on: July 26, 2022, 10:01:18 AM »
I think I'm gonna stick with rotomolded, thanks.

I've only been able to get to San Pablo once and caught one while trolling with a dodger + hoochie tipped with worm. It was going over a shallow point north of the boat ramp right near shore.
The whole while I was eyeballing successful shore fishermen who were all soaking powerbait. Eventually the wind picked up and I anchored up south of the ramp and let some mouse tails (dipped in garlic spike it) soak for a bit.

Within 10 min I had a bite, then as I was explaining how I rigged the mouse tail to a buddy I got bit again.

All of this is to agree with chillee about scent outperforming flash at San Pablo, from my one experience anyway. Maybe tipping hoochies or spinners with something super garlic stinky would help?

This is roughly the route I took, showing the "ramp" and where the waterline actually was (estimated anyway).

As far as I could tell the ramp also puts in to a roped off swimming area? I didn't investigate too closely since it was very busy by the time I got back.

@NowhereMan I'll definitely be going out there again, it's such a big lake that there's a lot to explore and figure out. I'm curious to try launching out of Markley next time and get into some deeper water right near the dam.

Reporting back!

The day was beautiful, Berryessa is a zoo on the weekend, the water was in the high 60's and I managed to catch two rainbows on opposite ends of the day.

Oak Shores is a neat little area to launch out of, I appreciate the electric kiosk since I so rarely carry cash anymore. What I had assumed via google maps to be a ramp was more of a walk way, but it was easy enough to find a shallow beach to launch from. My PVC kayak cart has been holding it's own.

I need to spend a bit more time learning what are good settings for my fish finder, as I think I had the gain far too high to be useful.

Paddling and trolling is it's own adventure, but I do think I'm figuring out a workable approach. When using a diver or a weight I'll just loosen my drag until it can start taking line in a controlled manner while I paddle. One rod I've been running a clip on line counter, the other I just tied brightly colored braid onto the main line as markers at 50ft, 75ft and 100ft. Between that and my laminated trolling cheat sheet I can have a rough idea of where things are.

First rainbow came at 9am (ish) on a green kokabow dodger and pink hoochie, roughly 10 or 15ft down and south of the big island. Obviously I then left fish to continue exploring the east side of the big island and didn't catch anything else until the very end of the day.

Wake boaters, speedy bass boats and parasail boats definitely made for an exciting paddle. I swear one of those parasailers was so high that an airplane had to change course to avoid it.

Eventually I figured it was time to head home, so I pulled my lines out of the water and made my way back to the place I had launched. About 100ft from shore I was hit with the desire to have one last cast, so I made my way to an uninhabited point (the parking lot had filled up and the day use area was super busy by now) and started casting into a fishy looking area. The wind had picked up slightly and I think this helped. Casting around a little pins minnow I figured I might be able to hook a bass for some last minute excitement, so imagine my surprise when I got a bite and it turned out to be an 18" rainbow.

I had a good time and am feeling a bit more confident figuring out where to look for fish in lakes. Trolling too, is starting to make a bit more sense to me and I hope to get out and keep trying soon. I think maybe Folsom next, since it's so close to home.

Photo time -

Look at all these "fish"

my favorite craigslist find to date.

faux baitfish that did the trick.

9am front and 4pm back

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