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Places to Launch and Camp / Re: Parking near Cowells in SC
« on: July 28, 2021, 03:00:20 PM »
   If you have help, or are really strong and can lift your kayak over your head (I watched in wonder as someone who once posted on this board did it with a Prowler 15, then came back up and took mine down the same way - and back up with both!), you could use the stairs at the sewer pipe concrete structure at the far west end of Mitchell's cove.  It has a turn or two in it, with handrails that you have to lift your yak high enough to get around the turn.  A couple of flights of stairs.  And you need to check the tides, because the beach below can disappear.   
    Year ago, someone else, who I believe was later banned from this board, posted that he launched off the rocks from near the only house on West Cliff on the ocean side.  Every time I've been by there I can't see how I could safely do it.  Maybe with a small light kayak and minimal gear.

Kayak Sailing / Re: Is this a kayak*?
« on: July 27, 2021, 10:10:52 PM »
I just clicked on the website mentioned in the text - it's a hoot to read.

Kayak Sailing / Is this a kayak*?
« on: July 27, 2021, 09:54:00 PM »
From the Race Results section of the August 2021 Latitude 38 sailing/cruising magazine (Google " 'Lectronic Latitude").
In non-covid years, this race is from Washington to Alaska (this year, it was entirely in Washington since Canada is closed), and the rules permit anything but power boats (sail, row, pole, paddle, peddle, or combo).  This kayak*(?) won.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Stinky Wetsuit
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:44:39 PM »
I just chuck all my kayaking duds into the front-loading (no agitator) washing machine with regular liquid washing soap and also some fabric freshener from the dollar store - on gentle or perm press light cycle, cold water.  Sometimes I can still detect the faint smell of fish even after that.   The machine wash doesn't seem to affect the neoprene  or fleece stuff, maybe the old Goretex splash jacket a little, but it 's so old I'll take the chance.   Really smelly pits get a rubbing of baking soda slurry.  Zip up all zippers so they don't saw through everything they touch.  Probably done it nearly a hundred times

Introductions / Re: Hello all, old man just getting into the sport
« on: July 27, 2021, 06:43:55 AM »
Welcome, from a 78 year young man who started at 62.   Yeah, I've had to make some adjustments over the years, such as not staying out longer than 4-5 hrs and doing really heavy lifting.  But it's more about staying in decent shape in the off-season and on the days during the season when I'm not on the water. I'm no fitness fanatic, but I stay active, in fact, it's hard for me not to be active.

No Commercial Numbers on the boat? 

Well, my salmon dreams were dashed, but were fun while they lasted.  I hooked a bunch of "live bait"sized rock fish as I trolled, especially on the way in, to the east of the Mile Buoy, where there was a big patch of light red tide.  Tons of bait fish, and some squid, inside Lighthouse Pt to Pleasure Pt., and closer to the harbor the water was clearer. I trolled  deep on the west side of town, DoubleDeep Six diver, mostly with a white glow hootchie, for a while with a small dodger, also a anchovy rotator, and a WM Apex.   I think I need a downrigger on my old-school Prowler 15 paddle kayak, though just where to attach it is the biggest question. I guess I'll try using the search feature. With divers, I'm just guessing at the depth. At least 4 passerbys at the ramp when I landed mentioned the big salmon kayakers were getting, I suppose they were trying to be helpful, but I resisted replying that it ain't that easy (except for NWM - gaffing a salmon just to increase the degree of difficulty!).

Fantastic catch!  Fun reading.  My 36" 'but about a month ago was 20 lbs, yours 8' longer and 40 lbs, pays to get the really big ones.   

General Fishing Tips / Re: Couldn't resist
« on: July 04, 2021, 07:42:45 PM »
Nice. And nice colors!

General Talk / Re: Shark_bait is on Americas got talent
« on: June 30, 2021, 12:47:20 PM »
From handstands on a kayak to AGT! Way to go Shark Bait!

Kayak Sailing / Re: How to stiffen PVC pipe?
« on: June 20, 2021, 11:28:37 AM »
I have an idea.  Not necessarily a good idea.  Glue or screw a bicycle tire valve into the end cap on the PVC tubing, and pump it up to about 150 PSI.

I didn't realize you had two masts on your kayak*, but if so maybe you have a ...

General Fishing Tips / Re: Captiola Launch Saturday 6/19
« on: June 18, 2021, 05:23:25 PM »
There were a bunch of small power boats about 1/2 mile off of The Hook (41st Ave) this morning, I'm guessing in about 50 FOW.  You might have a problem finding a spot of sand to land on that isn't covered with humans after this hot week in the valleys.Good luck.  And please post a report

Isn't it a requirement that all shark sighting posts have to include whether or not a shark shield was in use?

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Oil can fix...
« on: June 08, 2021, 09:20:43 PM »
     I had a large and wide, but fairly shallow (1-2") oil can dent in the bottom of mine and just put it on the ground, top up, and filled it with cold water, and the dent came out.  I had to put towels and noodles under the sides so it wouldn't roll to the side.   I figured that if it didn't work, it wouldn't harm anything to have tried, and the inside would be nice and clean once I got the water out.   
     I got the dent by cinching too hard on a  hot day, and since then, especially at the rear rack, I position the scuppers on top of the rollers before strapping it down. 

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