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Topics - Eddie

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Here you go.

Been having some success gathering live bait the night before and storing overnight in an aerated trash can in da van.  This particular bait haul on the eve of the 16th was phenomenal.  The chum I've been making has oats and shrimp and cat food and whatevah' fishy kine goodness that makes some scent.  1st cast after chum, boom!  30 pieces, live smelt, all perfect candy bar size and 8 or so chovy sized as well.  By the time I got home they had made so much intestinal purge I was nervous they wouldn't make it through the night.  The top rim of the can was full of foam and crap all over the top edge.  Oh well, what can you do...hope they make it.

Awoke and was eager to check the bait stash and I was sorely bummed.  The water seemed black and I was imagining all my beautiful new friends floating on the bottom.  I didn't want to disturb the ones that made it so I didn't stir the pot but found a few lively so I bolted to the launch.

Arrived to meet my buddy Eddie(fishemotion) and gave him the potential bummah' news bout' da bait but to my surprise only 6 or 7 had died.  We had livees and it was might hopeful.  Quickly loaded the live ones into fresh salt water and was very happy.

Shoved off toward the yellow buoy to catch the outgoing.  The warmer water from the inside seems to trigger the bite along with the typical slowing tide.  Just drifting with live bait is a joy.  No success on the south side of hog.  Just kept my drift going to a mark I had in mind North of hog.  I rarely drift two livees but watching the stealth slayers in the Southern Hemisphere troll a few baits seems da way. 

Thought I had a hit and I think a fish hit my steelhead propeller bobber I put on one of my leaders.  Such a reminiscent hali strike but no damage to the bait.  Hmmm...drifting along...

Shout out to Allen for a new setup I've been drawn to.  A one line dropper loop 3 way rig with no metal.  Loop to loop at the mainline.  Loop to loop at the weight.  Tying a large loop in the top center and cutting it for my bait line.  The bait line is about 1.5ft to a trolling swivel and a quick snap.  I can now tie an assortment of leaders to attach to it for different size baits and a trolling setup if I choose.  So simple...

Suddenly, kayak style, a yakker approaches and asks if I'm Eddie and naturally I confess, "yes sir".  His name was Aaron and he heard I was fishin' in these parts and I had a buddy.  My other buddy Eddie was figuring out his own tour of the area with the livees we shared.  I gave Aaron some intel on the area as he was whipping a swimbait not expecting much and the tide was reaching the middle of the outgoing and I had to get to work by 2:40 on a Friday.  It was around 10 at the time. 

Messing around in the area, staying on my mark, slightly losing hope, the wind picked up.  In this area suddenly you can be tied up in eel grass in 4 fow so we reset and reset...

Here goes...
I was checking my half dead smelt on the setup I have not much confidence in but now it's got a special place in my arsenal.  Seigler SGN on a Shimano grappler slow pitch rod 6'6" pure noodle parabolic weightless nothing stick.  I bet this fish was following my bait as I lifted it to say "hi". I hope you are enjoying your tour of Tomales bay.  The second I turned around after the weight hit the bottom it went zzzzzz....zzz.zzzz.zzzzzzz.....down and down again until I pulled it out of the holder and enjoyed the weight and stickedness.  This rod was pure bendo and setting the hook seemed toyish but I did it any way.  Aaron is yelling "how does it feel?  I calmly reply "just right" cuz no deal is sealed for this type of fish or any fish until it's in the bag.

I lost a fat 16+#er in Richmond the Friday before to rusty gaffing skills.  That fish was redeemed inside Inverness on live bait that following Monday totaling 15#'s for two fish on a slow day for others.  Super blessed but I digress..

Where was I, oh yeah,  "just right"...I crank it up and I see the little knots of my loop to loop mainline...and behind it is this beast of a flatty that kinda made me take a breath of woah...

I like to work on my left side for all fish but I lost that fatty in Richmond on the right side.  This fish was on the right side so at least I had some practice..."losing fish?"  May it not be so...I don't live in the past so this is new and let's do this!

I grab the rod in the middle and lift.  Gaff in the right hand and kinda simultaneously she's  on the surface coming at me so perfectly I cannot miss.  Perfect gaffing on a 2 ft. handle up and the work has just begun.  Major self talk!  Clip!  Through gill, out mouth and clip!  Remove gaff and trust...

I'll say...Helicopter motorboat motor fireworks of absolute propeller flooding of flapping with my hand on the clip preparing to lose my arm and flip the yak with all the balancing ballast skills I knew how to muster that I had within me.  Stop!  I'm telling this fish for what seems to be minutes but prolly long seconds until it rests.  Major self talk moment...Spike the brain!  Took out my trusty not rusty ikijime spike and jammed both sides to lobotomize my new guest. 

When you brain spike a large fish in the water and you do it well, the body electrifies and stiffens while bending in a "be ready for more balancing oddities practice" type movement.  Then she went limp but I am no hali fool.  This fish dispatchment is not complete.

Aaron pulled up to get me some pics and we were in the moment.  I was trippin', he was trippin', then he went whippin' and left me trippin'...

I was determined to wire this beast for full ikijime commitment.  She was bent in my hatch for this procedure.  I say "she" by size, don't tell my wife, though I am pleased with her renaissance figure, but when I pulled the guts, I think this was a male via sperm seeming sacks.  I could be wrong though.

First attempt, in the hatch, bent, but long direction torso with my thicker wire, could only find about foot of depth but full response of electric nerve bundle irritation symptoms.  Oh no, I have to pull her out and dangle her in the water perpendicular to the yak to see a better route for the wire.  I pulled her out and flopped her over the edge and attempted another peaceful injection and she wasn't having it.  She practically resurrected her original hate for all things death though I was attempting a humane way to finish the job.  Finally, I laid her across my leg, down the yak, straight, on the clip, and used my 80lb stainless fishing wire I rigged for such an event and she took it.  All fins buzzed the pattern of wave that suggests rest and pure numb relief.  I took my beefy shears and snipped the gills from the roof of the mouth in one stroke.  Hung her in the water and let her pump out any remaining blood.  On a fish this size, I am reminded next time to cut the tail and break it so the artery at that end can also release.

Into the hatch, slimy and floppy as ever.  Each stroke of the yak had to be countered by the weight of the top of the fish on the left side of the hatch.  Still, I make it sound more dramatic than reality but I love to notice the difference in average big fish, and "proper," as they say in New Zealand, big fish.

As I'm wrapping up, Aaron lands a 26" on the swimbait right under his yak and I assisted in ikijiming that score for/with him.

My good buddy Eddie also had a stellar day...like the old days during the lockdown, oh did we fish!

See ya' on da wattah'!

 :smt007 :smt006

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Fishing Hog 5/17
« on: May 16, 2024, 05:45:26 PM »
1st cast with chum :smt007 :smt006

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Kinda mental but fun.
« on: May 08, 2024, 01:01:53 PM »
There's a park n' ride near the salon and people drop off junk "ish" stuff.  I was in the market for a galvanized garbage can to store some gardening supplies and was looking for a 6 gallon with a lid to hold my agricultural lime.  There was a new one there stuffed with sheets and some debris so I wrapped up the contents in a sheet and took the can with the lid.  31 gallons.  Kinda stoked. 

This is the mental kicker.  I found a new ultrasonic cleaner and I've decided to drop some seasoned lures in it with evaporust and I'm thinkin' it shines up my lures "reel" nice.  Stay tuned, 42,000 vibrations tuned... :smt006

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Go Shimano!
« on: March 21, 2024, 10:39:09 AM »
The engage mechanism in my thunnus 4000 spinning reel was not locking after the bait setting was disengaged.  I've gotten used to my tranx and avet but this little spinning reel has monstrous capabilities supposedly if a get a monstrous hookup opportunity someday.  The list they replaced for 37$. seems like they overhauled it and seems basically new.  They threw in a new spool as well.

4-6 weeks turnaround.  The only concern I had was not putting a reference note in the shipping envelope.  Trusted the USPS and did not pay for insurance.  I put the repair reference # on the outside of the envelope and possibly one other #.  Next time I will put all info. inside.

 Carbon Fiber Baby!  No fish gonna mess with these mamah' jammah's.. :smt005 :smt007 :smt006

General Talk / Sad…
« on: January 24, 2024, 11:04:31 AM »
I regret not going down to his shop for one more razzing by Keith…he’s chased me out of his shop with a broom for talking too much.  Timely with the pending demise of the sturgeon fishery…time is marching on…

Recipes / Got Crab?
« on: December 07, 2023, 11:40:06 PM »
Here we go.  Pressure canning tomorrow.

3 batch test

Big bag fresh picked
Small bag picked frozen
Bag underneath small bag, picked frozen in shell.

The picked frozen shell is lacking in texture.  Hopefully the canning process will revitalize.

Adding a bay leaf per jar for protein structure retention.  It worked with the herring I canned so may as well.

Stay tuned... :smt006

For Sale / Bradley Smoker 100$
« on: November 28, 2023, 07:45:56 AM »
Smoke something’ else for once!  Impress your friends and family with delicious fish and meats that you’ve mastered over the years.  Smoked crab anyone?  Pick up in San Rafael.

Comes with weather cover and is used for sure.


Craftsmen's Corner / Maker motivation. Greenland Paddle
« on: November 07, 2023, 08:57:47 AM »
This is my place for accountability, starting this project and completing it.  My buddy has a large chunk of cedar and cut me out a 2 by 8 rough.  He doesn't even have a kayak and is having a blast cutting his own for his grandkids.  This will be my extra paddle in the hatch. It has its merits in history and function.  Some of you wood guys could bust this out in a minute.  Paging Cowbro :smt005 :smt006. I'll do my best.  Stay tuned... :smt006

Launching from miiler point at 7.  Finding bait hopefully.  Paddling back at 12:30. 

Cancel Sausalito
Tide seems ideal.  Launching from Dunphy.  Hopefully launch by 7.  Find bait and get to the grounds I've never fished.  After Monterey I feel adventurous.  The only technical part will be getting across the depths to the shallower bar.  It's about a 2mi. distance from the launch.  Hopefully catch a ride to the grounds and a ride back to the landing.  Come one come all...no guarantees.  Off da wattah' by 1. :smt006

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Monterey 10/16
« on: October 15, 2023, 02:41:24 PM »
Wife has me on an errand to the area and fishing is the serendipity.  Are these conditions doable?  If it was up here, say Bo or HMB, it would be.  Help... :smt006

General Talk / Phew...
« on: October 05, 2023, 09:40:25 PM »
Good stuff!  That was a good test for my habits.  Welcome back and happy happy happy!  See ya' on da wattah'.  Tomorrow HMB, fo reels... :smt006

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Report Tomales 9/22
« on: September 23, 2023, 10:51:01 AM »
Launched at 7.  At yellow buoy skunking on bait.  Suddenly a small surface flippin’ field of friends fluttered by.  I dropped my six hook size ten sabiki and pulled up a loaded christmas tree light seeming of anchovies.  Flashing and glistening goodness.  I felt mega stoked cuz bait was slim for many.  Stay tuned.  Gotta do a haircut. :smt006

Drifted while throwing a swimbait.  My hooks were too big for the chovy size so I dismantled a hard lure to get the perfect hook.  Throwing all along the first channel weedbed drifting north.  Around 10:30, boom! Mid to north hog. Weight then dropped, dang, I missed it, then waited but 2 seconds and the tap came back and the weight stuck.  Stoked!  Reeling slow, reach for my net, pressure on, then….no pressure,  no weight, no fish…sigh….ripped swimbait just below the hook.  Haircut break.

Drifted to a mark about .5mi. North and started to work a ledge.  Nothing.  Check my warrior chovy and was gonna switch him out cuz time was limited.  He was lively enough, blind, rehooked yet lively.  I encouraged him and sent him back down.  Rod tip does that thing.  You know, like a cat messing with an insect.  Finally the rod tip stays down and I’m oh so anxious.  I haven’t landed one for a while and I already missed one.  I take my time, strip out some line.  Pretend to forget about it.  Then, I begin to reel up slowly and it tears off!  Boom I’m thinking he set his own hook.  Start bringing it up, one click tight on avet, get the net, reeling reeling... pop off…mega sigh again. 

Wind picks up.  One chovy left.  Hmmm, maybe I found em’.  Head back to mark following my previous trail.  Haircut break.  Stay tuned…

I do the almost exact route, 18-24 fow on a shelf and not 10 minutes later I’m hooked up again.  Felt the head clicks, put in freespool and let him be.  After an infinite wait I started to crank and zzzzzzzzz.  I felt confident in this round.  Net at the ready, yet still botchable.  Ok, color, not tiny not monstrous.  Keep an eye on weight, drag towards whilst scooping up and woohoo!  Lip grippers, game clip, remove net, brain spike, wire, bleed, hatched with wet burlap!  So so happy!  It’s been a while as you may suspect.  Nothing big plenty o’ fun!

27” 5.5lbs. Fully dressed.

Bonus nature report:
Otters 5 in a group, paddled over stingrays.

Recipes / Mackerel 1st attempt
« on: September 19, 2023, 10:57:59 AM »
Here we go.  Never had it.  Left it whole on ice all night.   I knew it was urgent to process by now.  I cut off the head and pulled the guts out with it.  Filleted, skinned and removed all blood line.  Meat still red and appearing gamey.  Was gonna pop it in the fridge but hadn’t eaten yet so here comes protein breakfast.  Marinate in sesame oil, shoyu, salt pepper and mirin. All splashes maybe 1 Tbls of each, s & p, couple cranks,  5 minutes.  Avocado oil and cast iron.  Lay in fillets, flip after I minute, leave on more 1 minute then pull.  I just say, broke my mout' onolicious kine, not fishy at all and I bet my bride would mack it.  Pun intended?  Yes, I was contemplating rice but fuggedabouddit.  Coulda topped with fresh green onion if I had it.  Wish I caught more now.  Was gonna mack it all down but saved a portion for da wifey for a taste test.  great bag of scaps fo da crab jar...Bon appetit’! :smt006

General Talk / Sad for Maui
« on: August 10, 2023, 09:13:24 AM »
That's all...praying for good stories to be born of it amidst this chaos and sudden destruction. :smt009 :smt010

Recipes / Butter Poached Halibut
« on: July 23, 2023, 05:03:52 PM »
Weighed out 22oz. of fillets.  Caught on Thursday. 

2 cubes of butter melted on low heat
Hoping to maintain 140’

Fresh basil 1/4 cup slivered
1/2 yellow onion larger 1/2 slices
Olive oil 1/4 cup
Garlic powder

Simmer 20 minutes

Serve ovah rice

1st time butter poaching, stay tuned…


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