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Messages - avesfinch

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How many years ago was that picture taken?  If there were bass then, they could still be there now?  But chances are so slim at NPS, it'd be better to fish for bass in El Estero

the winning fish weighed a grand total of 4 ounces (measuring 4-5 inches) haha.  imagine that...

catfish and crayfish were also caught. 

does anyone know what species of carp this is?

They said its mostly catfish, but this is a family fun event where even rods/tackle are provided for $8
Saturday 6/10 at 9 AM

However, one would need base access.

On a side note, let me know if you also want to paddle together when rockfishing along Cannery Row or Del Monte beach in Monterey,  I can show you some good spots.

Yay. So then traps are good to go for the rest of the season?   Does CDFW ever revoke the trap rights at a future reevaluation/reassessment?  I see a lot of crab snarers at Taraval on Ocean Beach. I wonder if that surf is doable on kayak/paddle board even on the calmest day. Otherwise may try to hit up China/Baker Beach towards the end of January when the waves are less if there are any takers. 

i dont spearfish but live in monterey and when the season for rockfish opens (next summer 23), we can try out some spots. i have a paddle board. email me! alexq316@gmail.com

Introductions / Re: Monterey/SF Paddleboard Fishing
« on: September 24, 2022, 09:54:05 PM »
Welcome to NCKA, avesfinch.

Inflatables are risky business in the ocean and with spiny fish, IMO.

I've caught many fish from my Costco foam SUP's.  Quite a few halibut, lots of steelhead, a few salmon, almost a striper - had my thumb in its mouth!  SUP fishing is a total blast, but I'd say there's no substitute for a kayak, in terms of range, gear storage, fish capacity, safety in changing conditions...etc.

Best of luck~   :smt001

The ocean in Monterey is quite calm, even the tourist rental companies rent out paddle boards around Lovers Point and the beaches around the harbor.   Where did you catch all the striper, salmon and halibut off your paddleboard?

Introductions / Re: Monterey/SF Paddleboard Fishing
« on: September 24, 2022, 09:50:45 PM »
Welcome, finch dude.

I see that youve been to the SC harbor and Lexington Reservoir, which are 2 places that I frequent.

I doubt that halibut fishing is ever actually consistent anywhere, but outside the SC harbor, within easy SUP range, they are caught on a regular basis. Salmon from a SUP would be very impressive.

I would try again launching from Santa Cruz Harbor for Dungeness later in the year, but I've crabbed off the SC pier and didn't catch much so not sure if there are really crab in SC.     Can you fish at Lexington Resevoir? Or how is the fishing at Calero Resevoir  nearby?

Introductions / Re: Monterey/SF Paddleboard Fishing
« on: September 24, 2022, 09:38:35 PM »
WTTM! Sounds interesting - tho it brings questions, I bring a lot of stuff: where do my lures/bait/net get stored? And my fish clips, etc.

Honestly the recent shark attacks in Pacific Grove have got me thinking about how much I want to paddleboard fish after work at dusk

Is it a superstition or do sharks more actively feed at dawn and dusk? Id get a shark shield for the SUP/Paddler.

Encounters with white sharks do seem to have increased, but so does the quantity and frequency of people on/in the water. Also warmer water is reported to increase numbers and a robust pinniped population probably draws them.

Well most fish (sharks included) are more active at dawn/dusk right?   But the shark attacks seemed to happen on clear days around high noon (also when there are most people out) when visibility is great and sharks can see up to the surface I guess. Also cause when I'm fishing from the paddleboard I'm just sitting in one spot (like a sitting duck) strapped to the kelp so its an easy target haha. Good thing is Coast Guard is right there in Monterey. But Monterey is generally calmer and less windier than the Bay or Baker Beach which is the only other ocean area I've taken the paddleboard
For gear, I've strapped a milk crate to the paddle board and can store stuff and a rod holder pretty well, also helps to carry stuff to/from the car on land. 

General Talk / Re: Buoy locations in Monterey area
« on: August 31, 2022, 09:47:36 PM »
I have coordinates for a bunch of buoys and dive sites on my Google Maps, message me

Introductions / Monterey/SF Paddleboard Fishing
« on: August 31, 2022, 09:43:15 PM »
I have been paddleboarding to many of the navegable bodies of water in the SF Bay on an inflatable paddle board. Here are my 50+ trilingual (Spanish and Chinese) reviews on paddling.com  https://disqus.com/by/paddling-ff803a832bfbe06f99aa9c32ece4e158/

I also have a Intex inflatable kayak (100 dollars) that made it out the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Fort Baker (more on that later).  And now that I've paddled most everywhere, I have been extending this hobby with crabbing off the paddleboard in Baker Beach and fishing for Rockfish by Coast Guard Pier in Monterey.   Recently paddleboard fishing in Monterey myself I've only caught rockfish and spider and kelp crab but if I had someone to go with, I'd like to learn more about how to fish from the kayak/board for halibut, perch or salmon.  Honestly the recent shark attacks in Pacific Grove have got me thinking about how much I want to paddleboard fish after work at dusk, but with a buddy I'd feel better.  I have a lot of creative ideas and if you live in Monterey (or SF on weekends) and want to kayak/paddleboard for fish/crab, lemme know. 

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