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General Talk / Re: Lost in the Fog
« on: July 08, 2024, 02:09:36 PM »
Harrowing situation to be in for you and your buddy both. Glad things worked out in the end. I wouldn't be out in the fog without a radio with no sense of direction. Did he not have a fishfinder with gps as well?

No fish finder. No compass. No Navionics or GPS app on his phone. And it's not like he's some noob -- been out at least a hundred times. Humans!


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I've never fished from a Sit-IN-Kayak, but I find the abbreviation SINK to be a major turn off...

My very first time going out on the ocean, on the Mendo Coast, a friend lent me his old SINK (while he had a SOT Hobie) and the wind and swell kicked in big time on the way home and my SINK took on some water and then SANK! With me in it, and soon out of it swimming for my life. Not a fun experience, let me tell you.

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General Talk / Lost in the Fog
« on: July 08, 2024, 01:18:43 PM »
I went out of Albion (about eight miles south of Mendocino) on Sunday morning with a buddy (very experienced) and only one of us made it back to the launch spot on the river. Rough day.

We launched about 7:45 -- such an awesome launch there when you catch the tide going out. You can drive right down to the river near the mouth and unload your boat right on water's edge and the current will float you out, under the bridge and into the beautiful bay. It's really sweet.

Just before launch I asked him to turn his radio to channel 69 so we could make sure things were working and it turned out that he didn't have a radio. Argh. And his wetsuit looked to be a thin, maybe 3mm Farmer John (not ideal for an extended swim out there). No kayaking jacket. At least he had a life vest, but I was not pleased.

Oh, and it was really foggy. Maybe 100 yards of visibility.

He'd been out there once before, going north out of the bay -- it was my first time going on the ocean there. He suggested we try it to the south where a friend of his had had a lot of luck, so we paddled out through the foggy mist and first dropped around the big rock that's furthest west, at the southern edge of the mouth of the bay. Spent a fair bit of time there, pulled in and released a couple of dinkers, and then made our way south.

Really slow bite, and then a strong current, going north, kicked in big time, and we turned around and went with it, leap frogging each other, staying in view of one another in the fog, and ended up back at that big rock where we'd started fishing, at the southern point of the opening of the bay and he fished the shore side and I was on the ocean side. Super slow bite and not much to show for it.

So after a couple of drifts I'm looking for him and can't see him so I paddle around it to where I last saw him and... gone! I paddle back around the rock and then, knowing he likes to fish shallow water, head toward more rocks and shore and look and look and nothing! Poof!

He'd been out at Van Damme for five hours the day before (Sat.) and he'd mentioned he was a bit tired from that, so I knew he wouldn't have paddled the half mile across the mouth of the bay, especially knowing he'd be fighting the strong current/wind on the way home. And he wouldn't have just left me like that, going that far north, without telling me. And he wouldn't have gone south again, against the now quite strong current. So WTH?

So after paddling all over the place and not finding any sight/sign of him, I'm really worried (if something bad happened) and pissed off (if he just took off like that without telling me, that he doesn't have a friggin' radio, and that he's wearing a thin-ass surfing Farmer John).

Just about then I see a kayak through the mist but it's a tandem. I paddle over and ask if they'd seen a guy in a green kayak and they say, yep, he said he was heading in and if they saw me, tell me. WTH?

Now I was pissed. He couldn't have told me himself, leading to me frantically paddling around for an hour searching for him?

So I paddle in. I was only out for about three hours. The tide was going in by this point, so I just cruise up the river to the launch spot and land and look around and... no buddy! No kayak. His truck is still there. No sign of him whatsoever.

I pack up and wait. Eventually I head over to the campsite office to see if anyone had seen him (or maybe they had a bar/restaurant there that I didn't know about and he's having a beer?), then look at the docks up there for a green kayak, check the campsites (maybe he bumped into an old friend?), and... zippo. Back to the beach, staring west, waiting for him to appear out of the mist.

And wait. A couple of hours go by. I decide that six hours on the water is the limit. Then I'm calling the coast guard. Maybe should have called in the coast guard already. I'm still struggling with that decision.

Then, with 45 minutes on the clock, I get a text from an unknown number: "Hey, it's me. I'm at Van Damme."

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Van Damme is five miles north of Albion.

He's fine. Major relief.

I drive up there and pick him up and bring him and his 13" black-and-yellow rf back to his truck in Albion.

So here's what happened on his end.

When he had last seen me we were fishing around that rock off the southern end of the bay. BUT, he didn't realize it was the same rock where we'd started fishing. He didn't know it was the southern side of the bay. With the fog, you couldn't see more than 100 yards, so you couldn't see the bay (or the shore, for that matter). We'd been working our way north, leap-frogging one another, and he likes fishing near the rocks, so he made his way to the next rock to the north that must be out there in the fog, assuming I would catch up with him shortly. Then after paddling for a bit he bumped into that tandem kayak and they yacked it up for a bit, with that strong current pushing him the half mile right across the bay without him even realizing it. When he told them he was heading in, there turned out to be a misunderstanding there: he didn't mean to imply he was going in right away. And in his mind, Albion was further north anyway.

Oh, no reception for his phone.

So some rocks appear (unknowingly off the northern point of the bay) and he fishes there for a good hour waiting for me, pissed off, not realizing where the hell he is. Then he heads north a bit further, finds some more rocks, fishes, and keeps expecting to see Albion Bay. But, of course, that's not gonna happen. Eventually it dawns on him that he must have totally f-'d things up and missed the bay in the fog, so decides to aim for Van Damme to the north, which he knew he couldn't miss if he stuck close to shore.

Luckily the wind and swell never kicked up big time, as can happen unexpectedly around here. If that had happened... the ending here could have been very different. He eventually made it to shore safely and borrowed someone's phone to text me.

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If you're reading this and do not have a friggin' VHF marine radio, please get one NOW. And some kind of functional GPS device.

~James

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I've had good service from Larry's Reel repair in Vacaville.  Email him to check his availability.  Usually one week turn around.  He has worked on 8 of my reels over the past two years.  Service and repairs.  Very reasonable rates.

https://larrysreelrepair.com/

Thanks for this -- I'm sending him an Okuma Cold Water that's been acting up, with the Shimano JDM going to Delaware Valley Tackle.

James

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Call that Delaware Valley Tackle reel repair guy.  DVT for short.

He has fixed reels other guys left medium-feeling w respect to smoothness.  I asked him once and he told me he can handle JDM reels.  Shimano and Daiwa.

Looks like a great place, thanks! I'll try them tomorrow after the holiday.

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I bought a second-hand Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500HG on ebay last year (shipped from Japan) -- awesome reel! Well, at least the few times I got to use it and then a couple of weeks ago it crapped out on me on my first drop of the day. Argh. Took it apart and didn't find anything obvious and put it back together and it's still not right -- very rough and jerky on the wind.

Shipped it off to the Shimano service center in Southern California and they shipped it right back, untouched, with a note saying they don't service foreign market reels.

Advice?

Thanks,

James

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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 10:21:21 PM »
Those aren't dd-mm-ss, they are dd-mm.mm

It is measured in tenths of minutes, not in seconds, if that makes any sense.  GPS is silly sometimes - many different users (ships, sailboats, airplanes, car navigation, etc) use different integers to depict the same position. Most common that I've seen are: dd.ddddd (Google maps and a lot of terrestrial users), dd-mm-ss (sail boats, some charts), dd-mm.mm (most commercial mariners, most navigation charts). There are also a few other systems with specific ideas that not many people use.  Most modern devices let you choose which system you are most used to, between the three that I exampled anyway.

"Should the last part of the latitude (39°25.53'N) be entered as 053 or 530? Or what?"

So what's the answer? The navionics app, for lat. has 2-digits in the first spinwheel, 2-digits in the second, and then there are three more spinwheels with 1-digit (0-9) in each. See my post above for the screenshot. Do I have to do a conversion from dd-mm-ss to dd-mm.mm before entering into Navionics? But then the number of digits in the interface is 7 instead of 6. So confused.

I finally got it figured out. The way-point map on the CDFW site...
https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish#287201301-20-fm-line

... lists two lat/long coordinate formats for each way-point:

lat_dd/long_dd (aka Decimal Degrees)
lat_ddm/long_ddm (aka Degrees Decimal Minutes)

Neither of which were the format I was basically familiar with (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds) and I had no idea there were other formats in use.

The Navionics App uses ddm, but it's confusing because they don't label it as such and they have 3 digits at the end of the number string on their coordinates-input screen, while the coordinates provided by CDFW only have 2. For example, for a CDFW-provided 6-digit ddm longitude of 39°12.19'N, Navionics has 7 characters to select (with only the 6 provided by CDFW), and then the question is what to do about that. The answer turns out to be just use a ZERO in the last position/selector.

Handy coordinate format converter:
http://www.csgnetwork.com/gpscoordconv.html

Issue solved.


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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 08:34:25 PM »
Those aren't dd-mm-ss, they are dd-mm.mm

It is measured in tenths of minutes, not in seconds, if that makes any sense.  GPS is silly sometimes - many different users (ships, sailboats, airplanes, car navigation, etc) use different integers to depict the same position. Most common that I've seen are: dd.ddddd (Google maps and a lot of terrestrial users), dd-mm-ss (sail boats, some charts), dd-mm.mm (most commercial mariners, most navigation charts). There are also a few other systems with specific ideas that not many people use.  Most modern devices let you choose which system you are most used to, between the three that I exampled anyway.

"Should the last part of the latitude (39°25.53'N) be entered as 053 or 530? Or what?"

So what's the answer? The navionics app, for lat. has 2-digits in the first spinwheel, 2-digits in the second, and then there are three more spinwheels with 1-digit (0-9) in each. See my post above for the screenshot. Do I have to do a conversion from dd-mm-ss to dd-mm.mm before entering into Navionics? But then the number of digits in the interface is 7 instead of 6. So confused.

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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 08:12:03 PM »
The fish legal app has the 20 f and 50 f line. I believe I paid 5 bucks for the paid version (free doesn’t have it)

Just got it, thx! Does the trick.

Still, would be good to have it in Navionics so I don't have to switch apps to see how close I am to the line when I'm using Navionics to check out the bottom contours.




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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 07:53:58 PM »

I have what will no doubt be a stupid question that I've now spent an hour trying to find an answer for but have to wave the white flag and ask for help from you fine people. See further down in the thread.

So I'm seriously confused on how to input lat/long coordinates in Navionics. For example, Noyo River, the coordinates are in this screenshot. And then the Navionics app seems to have a different format (dd° mm' sss instead of dd° mm' ss.

Please take a lot at these screenshots and point me in the right direction, thx.

Should the last part of the latitude (39°25.53'N) be entered as 053 or 530? Or what?


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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 07:00:02 PM »
Paul added a download link here: https://paul95255.wixsite.com/non-motorized-vessel

I downloaded the 20 fathom line to my computer, then transferred to an unused micro card. With my ff I ejected the Navionics micro card, and installed the micro card with 20 fathom line. Uploaded the file, and done. Thanks Paul.

Oh, wow, great info from Paul!

But I don't see anything there about a 20fa link for Navionics. All I see for Navionics is the "50fa GPX file". I use the Navionics app on my iphone -- no idea what you're talking about re. a Navionics micro card. I don't use a fish finder. Could you clarify?

Thanks,

James

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CA Regulations / Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 04:19:49 PM »
UPDATE 4: Please don't bother reading any of my posts below about setting up 20ftm waypoints manually -- now that some of our very helpful posters have come up with a file that can be imported into Navionics (can only confirm on iPhone) to do it all automatically, that's obviously the way to go. Thanks to 123engineering and AlsHobieOutback!

The downloadable files can be found here:
https://paul95255.wixsite.com/non-motorized-vessel

The step-by-step that worked for Navionics on my iphone:

  • Saved file to documents folder
  • Went to documents folder, found file and clicked Share icon
  • In Share dropdown, found Boating/Navionics app and clicked that
  • Went to Boating/Navionics icon on my homescreen and opened the app
  • It displayed a message asking if I wanted to accept the import (or something like that)
  • Confirm
  • Go to main Navionics menu
  • Click on Tracks
  • You should see it listed there
  • Click it and voila, you should see the yellow 20ftm line on your map

UPDATE 3: Issue solved (see my post down below if this solution is of any interest)

UPDATE 2: I clearly don't know that the hell I'm doing, as now I see my 20fa boundary lines differ from those on this page:
https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish#287201301-20-fm-line

I have what will no doubt be a stupid question that I've now spent an hour trying to find an answer for but have to wave the white flag and ask for help from you fine people. See further down in the thread.

UPDATE: My post below concerns using the Navionics app on my iphone -- I don't use a fish finder.

Navionics: How to set up a 20fm waypoints and boundary line

This post is about how to set things up manually -- if someone knows a way to upload a file or whatever and make it happen more magically, please let us know.

If anyone needs help manually setting up a 20fm boundary line in Navionics so you can see where you are in the ocean related to that line, I'd be happy to lend a hand (just PM me).

Paul/123engineering put up a very helpful post (see below) that got me started, but there are quite a few more steps and it can be a bit tricky if you've never set up markers and routes using Navionics.

I'm not sure of the need for this amongst you lot, so not sure about putting in the time writing up a step-by-step, but if you need help I'm only a phone call away. Lemme know.

Here's the original thread/post:
https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=101427.0

I will be reviewing 20F line at my favorite RF destinations, Fort Ross and Russian Gulch.
If any of you guys have comments about these locations, please let me know.
I can compile comments together, and we can submit them together.

Based on my preliminary review, RG looks good, but RF will require some modification.

1.   Add CDFW waypoints near your favorite destination to Navionics/Google Earth/Fish Finder. (you only need 2 to 3 waypoints to cover a location) https://youtu.be/_0NAVJndyto?si=fNRtQMqDW2Mofb0B
2.   Create a Route Manually by selecting added waypoints and save
3.   You can view Route and see if your rockfishing spots are covered.

Paul

Jigging it,

James

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For Sale / Re: Shimano Jigging Rod: Talavera Type Slow J
« on: March 29, 2024, 09:33:20 AM »
Got a guy coming over to check it out at 2pm today. Will update this post after.

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For Sale / SOLD: Shimano Jigging Rod: Talavera Type Slow J
« on: March 28, 2024, 06:01:35 PM »
UPDATE: SOLD

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I bought this rod last year and used it ONCE for rockfish/lingcod and then the season ended abruptly and that was that and I realized that I prefer a stiffer rod so moving it out. I'm in Fort Bragg and you're welcome to come by to check it out.

$120 new -- $60 firm.

Like-new condition -- zero issues.

Shimano engineered the Talavera Type Slow J series of jigging rods for enhanced performance when targeting anything from bottom fish to pelagics with a slow-jigging presentation. Designed to fish with a slower and more methodical tempo, the parabolic shape of Talavera Type Slow J rods enable the blank to load and unload to provide the eloquent presentation desired when targeting trophy fish with a slow-pitch jig. The Talavera Type Slow J series of jigging rods feature powers from Light to Medium Heavy that provide anglers with the confidence to land their next big fish.

https://www.fishermansworld.net/shimano-talavera-type-slow-j-conventional-rods.html

Shimano Talavera Type Slow J Jigging Rod
TTSJC66M
Length: 6'6"
PowerPro Line Max 40#
Max Jig Wt: 250g (8.8oz)
Power: Medium
Action: Moderate Fast

Cheers,

James

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General Talk / Fatality in Mendo -- Russian Gulch
« on: September 26, 2023, 08:30:32 PM »
Don't know exactly what happened to the dad here, but just a tough reminder of the importance of wearing the right clothing/wetsuit/life-jacket/safety-gear.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/man-dies-after-kayak-capsizes-in-mendocino-county-lifeguard-and-son-pull-h/

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