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Topics - masterandahound

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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / FF Acting Up
« on: December 26, 2020, 03:03:57 PM »
I have Lowrance Elite 5 Chirp that has begun acting up lately and was that somebody could chime in with suggestions. Im convinced that it's the battery, and not the fishfinder, but I was hoping that folks might point out something that I may be overlooking.

Up until this fall, this fishfinder and battery have been perfect. However, on a trip in November, the fishfinder just turned off after only being on the water for just a few hours despite the battery being fully charged(according to the battery tender) before the trip. After the screen went black, I turned it back on and it worked for a few minutes before turning off again.

Next trip, the fishfinder worked for six hours without any issues. Next trip, the fishfinder again started turning off after just a few hours. I turn it on again, it works for a minute or two, and the the screen goes black again. I checked all of the connections and even replaced the battery connectors since one felt a little loose. Next trip, the fishfinder worked for the entire trip without any issues.

I went out last weekend and it again shut off after only about two hours on the water. I repeated the turn on, work for a little while, and turn off again pattern four or five times before giving up. Each time I restarted it, the following on time was a little less than the previous.

Each time I went out, the battery tender said that the battery was full prior to the trip. But it is an older battery - probably six or seven years old. I don't want to go spend money on a new battery if that's not the issue, but I'm 99% sure that's it.

Is there something that I'm overlooking?

Thanks !

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Tomales 8/28
« on: August 28, 2019, 09:28:48 PM »
Paddled against the tide up to Lawson's and made a series of drifts back towards Miller. Todays strong incoming tide was a beast to paddle against and the drift was pretty quick. Had a couple of munched baits and one brief hookup with a hali for me, but nothing made it to the kayak. Four trips and no butts for me at Tomales this year ... gotta figure out what I'm doing wrong. I saw a very large striper caught (close to 40") and most power boats had half to near limits. Didn't see many kayakers out there today.

Eventually though, even the blind squirrel finds a nut. Drifting in 25 fow north of the island, the rod in my hand gets slammed. I set the hook hard and the rod doesn't budge, almost like a snag. And then the initial run starts and I know that it's definitely not a halibut. Eventually the extended runs cease and this gives way to a cyclical give and take - it takes ten feet, I get ten feet back. Finally I see color and it's all silver - no stripes. My adrenaline goes into overdrive when I see that it's a WSB. Navigate around the other rod that's still in the rod holder, get the net ready, fish comes to the surface ... and it's in the net ! Flop it up onto the hawg trough .. wah wah ... measured 27.5". After a quick couple of photos, back he went. The DFW data collector back at Miller said that he would have squished it to get the extra half inch. I'm only half sure that he was joking.  :smt044 Sorry about the terrible photos - I'm going to blame it on a foggy cellphone cover but I'm pretty sure the adrenaline was the culprit. I don't remember ever being so excited about a sub legal fish. If nothing else, the Tomales skunk is off !

Big thanks to John, Adam, and Eddie for sharing their tips on Tomales  :smt006

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / RPT Tomales 7/31
« on: July 30, 2019, 03:08:09 PM »
Thinking of hitting Tomales tomorrow for Halibut. I've never fished there before so it might be more of a learning mission for me. Anybody else planning on hitting Tbay tomorrow ?

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Anybody have any tips they'd share for improving the landing rate when using barbless hooks ? I've always lost a few fish here and there in the past but all of the sudden, I'm losing more large fish than I ever have before. Specifically, I've been using a 3/O wide gap worm hook and a Senko so there's really not much weight (vs. a hard bait) for the fish to leverage and I try to keep solid tension at all times. Any tips would be really appreciated.

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Safety First / Be safe out there, everybody !
« on: October 29, 2018, 05:37:16 PM »
Just another reminder about safety on the water. All the best planning and safety preparations on our part makes up only half the equation. Hoping for a speedy recovery for this young kayaker.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/abc7news.com/amp/san-mateo-man-arrested-after-boat-crashes-into-teenager-in-kayak/4576483/

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General Fishing Tips / Doran Crabbing
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:33:38 PM »
I promised a few friends (very beginner fishermen) that I'd take them crabbing this weekend. We made a tentative plan to toss snares and a few hoops off the jetty at Doran tomorrow. I'm hearing that the jetty was pretty poor during the opener and I'm recalling how tough of a spot that it can be especially for beginners. I've yet to crab from a kayak myself but have all of the gear to do so, and I've heard that Doran(in the protection of the jetty) is a safe, low pressure spot to learn the ropes. I don't even care if it's a cooler full of reds, I'd just like my friends' first trip to result in a crab boil when we get back. That being said, I don't want to be the guy that gets in over their head either and gets into trouble. Is there a general swell/wind guideline for beginner crabbing conditions ? Just wanted to be able to supplement what they get off the jetty to make it worth the effort, if it's safe.

Otherwise, can anyone suggest a more beginner-friendly pier to get them set up at instead ? Laswon's maybe ?

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For Trade / FREE: 2 Kayak Backrests
« on: October 01, 2017, 10:56:03 AM »
Hey all,

I was given these two backrests by a friend who thought that I might be able to use them but I don't foresee ever doing so. Can anybody else use them ? They appear to have come off of one of the no frills tandems perhaps ? Shoot me a DM if interested. Pickup in Napa or NCKA Express.

Best,
Chris

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Napa River Skunk 8/18
« on: August 19, 2017, 09:03:33 AM »
I knew that it was still too early but I had a few hours to kill and gave it a go. As soon as I stepped in the water at the launch, I knew that it was going to be a tough bite with water temps in the mid 70's (73-76 all day) and pretty murky from the recent large tides. Saw very little on the sonar - most of which were hugging the bottom in deep water. Worked between the bridges for nada. If nothing else, it was a good scouting trip to see how the dredging and high flows over the winter reshaped some holes.

For folks that ever launch at Kennedy Park, the high winter flows have filled back in much of what was dredged out around the launch last year. I launched at 0.5 and it required doing a short mud walk to get out.  :smt012

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For Sale / Penn Conventional Reels
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:40:48 AM »
Hey all,

These reels belonged to my grandpa and I've been holding onto, but not using, these reels for ages now.

Currently available ...

2 - Penn Long Beach 60
1 - Penn 309
1 - Penn Senator 4/0. Needs new end nut.
1 - Penn Senator 114H

With the exception of the 309, all show some salt residue on the chrome but otherwise function well. The 309 is like new though. I have them pricedpretty high on CL because I don't really need to sell them, but they aren't getting used so hopefully somebody else can actually put them to use. Best reasonable offer to the NCKA family.

Don't hesitate to send me a message with any questions.

Thanks, all !  :smt006

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Fish Talk / REPORT: Berryessa - Oak Shores Intel ?
« on: May 17, 2017, 07:03:19 PM »
Some friends are having a grill n' chill get together on Saturday at Oak Shores and I'll be bringing the kayaks along  for everyone to paddle around on. I also have a friend who really wants to get out and go after some fish while we're there. He's a novice so we won't be trolling for kokes or anything too technical. Honestly, I haven't fished for bass in years and admittedly most of my bass experience is on farm ponds and agricultural reservoirs. My plan was to get there early and the head for the islands ( Big/Little) and see what's home. Spinnerbaits ? Crankbaits ? Any suggestions or Intel would be awesome !

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General Fishing Tips / Crab Snaring from Shore
« on: November 19, 2016, 07:32:02 PM »
Looking for some advice on snaring crabs from shore. I have a few crab rings kicking around which I've used on piers and jetties but I'm just not comfortable enough with my deepwater re-entry skills yet to head out on the big blue, especially with a kayak loaded with crab pots. But, I still would like to give crabbing a shot.

I know that this weekends swell may push the crabs out deeper, but I have next week off and was hoping to pick up a couple of crab snares and give it a go. Having never used a snare for crabs, is there any advice out there on places to try ? Any locations better earlier in the season ? Baker ? Bolinas ? Doran ? Tomales ? Any tips or advice would be helpful.

Thanks !

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With striper season right around the corner, I just wanted to post that the Kennedy Park Boat Launch on the Napa River will be closed until October 15th. The city is making improvements to the dock and dredging the launch, the latter being desperately needed. If you have wheels or a buddy, there's a beach launch just south of the launch parking lot (the very first access point along the paved path under the oak trees). The timing of the closure stinks but it'll be nice to be able to use the ramp at low tide again soon.

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General Talk / Sports Chalet Closing
« on: April 16, 2016, 01:13:59 PM »
Acfording to a statement online, Sports Chalet is closing all stores. All online sales have already stopped and stores will remain open for another few weeks to clear inventory. May be a good time to take advantage of some deals ?

The company's statement can be read here ... http://www.sportchalet.com/

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General Fishing Tips / What's in your bass tackle box ?
« on: February 26, 2016, 10:28:16 AM »
A quick question for the bass fishermen in the group ...

I used to fish for bass a lot when I was in high school/college  - mostly nearby farm ponds in the spring and summer. Usually a few reaction baits like RatLTraps and swimbaits, and a few spinnerbaits or Beetle Spins were all that you needed to be successful. I literally haven't fished for bass in fifteen years and have recently been thinking that I'd like take advantage of the local lakes like Berryessa or Clear Lake again. Needless to say, I need to greatly update/replace my bass tackle to do so.

So, say a person had a hundred dollars to spend. What would be your go-to baits to put together a spring-fall bass tackle box ? Any input would be really helpful.

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General Fishing Tips / So.Co. Perch Intel ?
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:17:40 PM »
Anyone have any recent intel on perch along the Sonoma County coast ? I've got one day off, tomorrow, and plan to give it a go. Last time I checked, the surf looked challenging for tbe day but I'm going to make the best of it anyways. Thinking either the golf course end of Doran or the south end of Salmon Creek. Any info would be supremely appreciated. Thanks, all !   :smt001

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