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DOTY / New Updated DOTY Site is now live
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:03:43 PM »
I've been working on upgrading the DOTY/AOTY sites ever since they went down last fall.  After a successful upgrade of the NWKA AOTY site, I finally upgraded the DOTY site today (we had a snow day here in Portland).

I'm about 95% done with the upgrade, but everything should be functional at this point.

Because it is a new system, your old passwords are no longer valid.  I migrated over all of your registration info, but you'll have to reset your passwords via the "Forgot your password?" link on the sign in page.   Assuming you remember which email you registered with and it was a valid email address, you should receive a password reset email from me "bsteves@northwestkayakanglers.com"

If you have problems, feel free to email me directly about it and I'll get you sorted out.


General Talk / 10 year anniversary
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:49:53 AM »
I don't check in often enough to NCKA since moving to Portland, OR awhile ago.  When I did check in today though I noticed that I just missed my 10 year membership anniversary to NCKA a few days ago.   I looked around and couldn't find the "Congratulations NCKA for 10 Awesome Years" post. If anyone has the link to it, let me know. 

In the meantime, I'll just say it again..

Congratulations for 10 amazing years of kayak angling community in Northern California!

Fishing Tournaments and Events / Known AOTY scoring bug..
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:50:33 AM »
I thought I announced this once already, but I guess the info hasn't gotten around to everyone because Allen and I occasionally get the "My AOTY score isn't adding up PM".

There's a known bug with the AOTY program that started when we went to the "your best 10 species" format.    The calculations are pretty complicated and I'm currently doing them all with database queries which evidently has its limits.  For while everything ran great until someone discovered the bug...

Turns out that when someone has points for two different top species catches that are identical, the program only counts the first.   For example, if you had a 30 inch salmon at 5 pts/in for 150 pts and a 20 inch rainbow trout at 7.5 pts/inch for 150 pts the program would only count one of those towards your total score and your score would show up as being 150 pts shy of what it should be.

I have tried to fix this and short of rewriting the entire scoring program or changing the rules back to where you had no choice of which 10 species to catch, I think we'll have to live with it for awhile.    Initially, this problem would occur once or twice a year, lately it's been almost once a week  (between the NWKA and NCKA AOTY programs).   

I'm going to revisit the reprogramming option, but for now here is a solution that seems to work....

Simply change your catch length a tiny bit on those catches that are showing up as ties.    I suggest adding or subtracting 0.01 inches from one or both of your tied catches.   For example, using the salmon and trout from above, I would simply change the ling to 30.01 inches thus giving you 150.05 pts for the ling which no longer ties the 150 pt trout.   If at the end of the year the added fractions of a point here or there makes a real difference in your overall ranking the judges will take them into consideration.

Anyway, if you have any problems making the edits please let me know and I'll be happy to help you out.


Fishing Tournaments and Events / AOTY 2010 Entry Deadline
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:11:48 PM »
3. Fish caught prior to January 1, 2010 are ineligible. Fish caught prior to payment of entry fees are also ineligible.
11. Entries must be posted within 2 weeks of being caught and photographed. No "hoarding"  of entries.

Strictly speaking, if you look at rules 3 and 11 above, you have until 11:59 pm Jan 14th 2011 to enter an AOTY fish you caught on or before 11:59 pm Dec 31st 2010.  

However, rule #11 is intended to prevent "sand bagging" i.e. hording points so that others have the false sense of your actual points status.   With the Dec 31st catch deadline in place I can't think of any strategic advantage of holding out on your entry posting until after Jan 1st.  

Please be sure to post all of your AOTY entries by 11:59 pm Jan 1st.  Thank you.

If for some reason you have a valid reason this would be difficult for you let me know and I'll take that into consideration.  

If for some reason you don't have a valid reason to post on Jan 14th other than there is nothing in the rules that say you can't. So be it.. I will however let everyone know what an ass you are for making us all wait that much longer for the official results.


Fishing Tournaments and Events / Recent AOTY issues
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:03:47 AM »
I just found out about a problem with AOTY this morning, it's not allowing people to enter new fish.   I looked into it and would you believe it's Twitter's fault. I use the Twitter API to populate the Twitter and Facebook feeds from AOTY.  Anyway, they changed the terms of service on my and I need to reconfigure some things to get it to work again.  Until then the Twitter failure is causing a general upload error.   

I'll post back here when I get it fixed.


I personally don't use twitter much, probably because I don't have a smartphone.  However, I imagine there are a few of you who do.  With that in mind, I've set up a twitter account for NCKA's AOTY and I tweaked the AOTY site so that every time a new fish gets posted a tweet gets instantly sent out.

So if you use twitter here's what you need to know...


There's also a twitter link at the bottom of the AOTY page.


General Talk / New Ocean Kayak Nalu Paddleboard
« on: June 25, 2009, 12:17:45 PM »
With all of Mooch's SUP posts lately and the fun where having discussing the OK Torque and it's trolling motor, I thought I would mention the other new "boat" from Ocean Kayak.

It's a rotomolded SUP board that you can also sit down on and paddle like a kayak.  Carlise is making a hybrid paddle to use with it that converts from SUP paddle to kayak paddle.

Here's the press release..

Ferndale, WA (June 18, 2009) Ocean Kayak, a pioneer in paddlesports industry for over 35
years, today introduced the Nalu, the brand’s first-ever paddleboard. A hybrid paddleboard that
can be paddled from both standing and seated positions the Nalu offers versatility, performance
and fun at an affordable price.
One of the industries only rotomolded polyethylene paddleboards the Ocean Kayak Nalu is
durable, stable and excels in mild surf. Extremely user friendly, the Nalu features dedicated
areas for sitting and/or standing and is the first paddleboard on the market that will accommodate
a backrest.
“We feel the Nalu hits a sweet spot in the paddleboard market by offering peak performance at a
price that breaks down barriers of entry into the sport,” said Sara Knies, Senior Brand Manager
for Johnson Outdoors. “The added versatility of paddling while standing or seated is a great
benefit to the consumer as well and a great selling point for our dealers,” concludes Knies.
Eleven feet long and thirty-one inches wide, the Nalu includes molded-in fins for outstanding
tracking, two self-draining scuppers, a storage bungee, ergonomic carry handles and can be
complimented with the new Carlisle Taboo hybrid paddle. This unique paddle allows the user to
convert the paddle from a stand up paddle to a 230cm kayak paddle depending on whether
they’re paddling the Nalu from a standing or seated position.
The Nalu will be available this summer at authorized Ocean Kayak dealers throughout the
United States and Canada. For more information about the Nalu and the Ocean Kayak brand
please visit www.oceankayak.com.

General Talk / Hybrid fishing SUP/Yak for Mooch
« on: February 25, 2009, 10:00:02 AM »
I saw these at a recent sportsman's show here in Portland.  You can even mount rod holders on this thing.

General Talk / I need to go fishing...missing California a bit
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:40:49 AM »
This is the view of the local ocean conditions here in Oregon.   Light winds and 3 ft waves.  Just about perfect and very rare this time of year. 

Here's the kicker.. lingcod and rockfish are open year round in Oregon.

So I post a hookup on NWKA (Northwest Kayak Anglers, a NCKA sister site I help run).  We have over 400 members now and I think they're all hibernating for the winter because no one responded that they could go. I have a deal with my wife about not going out on the ocean by myself.  So here I am at work on my lunch hour...  :smt011 when I should be catching lingcod on the coast.


General Talk / Happy Birthday Bill
« on: January 02, 2009, 11:07:01 AM »
 :occasion13: :occasion1: :occasion18: :occasion15: :occasion16:

Thanks again for all that you do for us.  Hope you get to see more time on the water this year.


For Sale / Interesting Woodcut Print
« on: December 22, 2008, 10:39:50 AM »
I'm down in California for the x-mas and spent yesterday in San Francisco.  We stopped at a fancy gift store called Gump's in Union Square and my wife noticed an artist's prints on display.  They are Japanese style wood prints by an American artist named Tom Killion and his subject is often the California landscapes.  When I got home I looked him up and found his gallery page.


Looking at his list of new paintings I came across this one.  I'm guessing many of you might recognize it.
http://www.tomkillion.com/newprints.html  (Second from the bottom).

Title: Greenwood Cove, Mendocino Coast
Image Size: 11x14.5 inches
Printing History: Edition of 175 plus 11 a.p.s completed March 2004. Multi-block reduction print.
Price: $250.00

General Talk / Putting a Trident 15 through it's paces.
« on: November 25, 2008, 11:07:25 AM »
A friend of mine up here in Portland, Jason Self, is a kayaking guide and an avid kayak angler.  He recently started a blog about kayak angling up here in the Portland area and posted some incredible footage of what can be done with a large SOT kayak.  He actually prefers to fish out of his more traditional kayak most of the time, but after a little goading on NWKA we got him to show us a few tricks.

Here's his blog.

And here are a few embedded youtube videos from the post.

A 180 bow rudder (in case you ever need to turn around in one stroke)

Rolling the T15 with thigh straps.  It's a bit unorthodox but it get's the job done.


General Talk / Happy SysAdmin Day Bill!
« on: July 25, 2008, 02:38:48 PM »
Friday July 25th is SysAdmin Appreciation Day.

Thanks Bill for keeping this and several other kayak fishing sites running. 
We'd probably just be just a Yahoo! group without you.



Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Abu Revo Toro
« on: July 21, 2008, 11:21:54 AM »
There was a lot of buzz on this and other sites last year about the new Abu Revo's particularly the Abu Revo Inshore.  I was looking around this weekend and came across a TackleTour.com review of a new larger Abu Revo called the Abu Revo Toro.   It comes in two sizes which are basically Revo Inshores with that are larger with much more line capacity.

Inshore, Toro 50, Toro 60

TackleTour also has a bunch of reviews from the recent ICAST show in Vegas.  Lots of cool stuff coming out.


Fishing Tournaments and Events / Yak Sherpa Auction
« on: July 16, 2008, 10:02:10 PM »
I've been talking to BrianG and we figure together we can handle bringing an extra eight kayaks from the beach to the parking lot at the top of the hill this year.  BrianG has been training for triathlons and I, well, I've been chasing after my 2 year old son so we're both in pretty decent shape both mentally and physically. 

Anyway, we're going to auction off those 8 yak sherpa trips.  The winners of the auction would carry their own rods and fish stringers (they'll want to weigh in their fish in after all) up the hill, we'll do the rest.   Of course, your kayak will have to be free of excess water, sand, yourselves, etc..just your kayak and basic gear please.  We'll pick up your kayak from the beach and bring it to the top of the hill (the parking lot on the west side of Hwy 1) for you.

Oh and we aren't going to be carting kayaks down in the morning (BrianG could never be awake in time for that and we both have a tournament to fish).  We'll begin bringing kayaks up the hill shortly after we've weighed in our own fish which means as late as 30 mins after the weigh in deadline.

As for bidding, we'll do this here on this thread based on when you post your bid and how much you are bidding.  Note that you can get bumped out of your spot by someone willing to pay more. That just means you'll have to re-bid more. Bidding closes the Tuesday before Elk.

Bidding starts at $20 per yak sherpa trip with increases in increments by $5

For example.. let's say the first eight bids in order of post time look like this...

$20 Joe
$20 Fred
$20 Adam
$20 Tom
$20 John
$20 Andy
$20 Joel
$20 Rich

then if Bob bids $25, Rich get's bumped and now the list is

$25 Bob
$20 Joe
$20 Fred
$20 Adam
$20 Tom
$20 John
$20 Andy
$20 Joel

more bids happen and eventually have something maybe like this.

$40 Bob
$35 Eugene
$35 Joe
$35 Fred
$30 Omar
$30 John
$30 Andy
$30 Joel

We're not looking to get rich off this scheme and our plan is to use our proceeds to buy our tickets for the Coastside raffle.


The Two Brians - Bsteves and BrianG
"Yak Sherpas"

Current winning Bids:

Bill   $20
Stuart $20
Kevin $20

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