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General Fishing Tips / Trolling Rudder?
« on: June 24, 2024, 07:56:27 PM »
Anyone use a trolling rudder? I assume this goes in front of a dodger? Looks handy to keep spinning bait/lure from twisting your line by forcing the swivel to spin.


Ugly stick, and penn 501. The narrow jigmaster is all you need.  Easy to clean, service, and upgrade if wanted. I have been fishing my jigmasters,and surfmasters since the late 80's. I have killed many yellowtail, and tuna,with them. So it is plenty for anything that swims in our neighborhood. You will probably have to ebay it because they don't make them anymore .make sure it has an aluminum spool.

Wish I could find a lefty jigmaster... been looking for a few months now.

Eric's advice is spot on. I would add that you don't really need a lever drag for halibut - those seem to be more for bait and wait for big stuff like sturgeon, or trolling big baits for tuna. Star drag works great for trolling, ball bouncing, jigging, and drifting.  Clicker is also best suited for bait and wait - can use it for trolling too, but don't need it.

I have an 8ft light medium ugly stick tiger. Great rod for the bay and inshore stuff. Sensitive tip and lots of backbone. I have a Piscifun Alijoz 300 on mine - I like low profile reels for in the bay. I also have a variety of round baitcaster and conventional reels. Sometimes you gotta try a few things to find what works best for you and your methods.

I would also add that you will 100% lose some gear while fishing from a kayak. I've lost rod combos, nets, etc. It happens fast. I don't really fish with any combos that cost more than about $200 because of this.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Rigging for rockfish
« on: June 21, 2024, 10:39:26 PM »
I'm a firm believer that when the bite it tough to downsize your presentation. I usually start with the big bait big fish mentality but if nothing is happening downsizing your presentation usually produces results. Good luck!


This is what I'm coming around to also.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Rigging for rockfish
« on: June 21, 2024, 08:24:26 PM »
I can tell you I lost the biggest lingcod I have ever hooked while fishing on a black shrimp fly with a tip of squid.

Interesting.  I've never had a lingcod take a shrimp fly, but I don't fish them that often anymore. We used to use them a lot when I was a kid - two shrimp flies and a big lead lead head jig with a grub.  Lings would usually take the grub, or hitchhike with a rockfish on a fly.  I did catch a nice cabezon a couple years ago on a green and yellow shrimp fly.

Do you jig them up and down a lot, or more just let the swell provide the action for you?

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Rigging for rockfish
« on: June 21, 2024, 07:24:45 PM »
Kinda off subject, but I will bring it back around, I promise.

Last night I watched Cal Kellogg's video on trolling flies for trout.  He seems to believe, and he catches a lot of trout, so I'm probably gonna try them at some point. He had theories on color and size, and he even has a jointed fly. His theory was that smaller flies were more "finesse" than larger flies, and are more likely to get bit when the bite is slow.

I wonder if his theory on fly size translates to rockfish too? I've only tried basically the normal size shrimp flies for rockfish, but I wonder if some a little bigger or smaller might encourage bigger/different species of fish to bite?

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Rigging for rockfish
« on: June 21, 2024, 05:34:20 PM »
Those turned out pretty good! Hope they catch you some fish!

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Rigging for rockfish
« on: June 21, 2024, 03:52:21 PM »
Nice writeup! I use both of your methods, depending on what bait and method I intend to use. 

I've never trolled a Hi-Lo rig - I usually opt for a sliding sinker or 3-way spreader bar for trolling. I don't often use shrimp flies, and when I do I usually only use one as a teaser above a jig or big swimbait.

I also tend to limit myself to 2 rods, each with different setups to switch between and find what the fish want that day.

I bought a bunch of the gulp baits a while ago, haven't used them yet. I keep forgetting to bring them, haha.

Nice work!

AOTY / Re: We should separate crappies from other sunfish
« on: June 20, 2024, 06:34:15 PM »
I kinda agree with Al - I don't think panfish should be touted as a "trophy" fish.

Likely unpopular opinion - I don't think that surfperch are really a "trophy" fish either.

Take or leave them both, I could go either way.  On one hand, the contest is partly about finding trophy fish.  On the other hand, it is also about showing mastery of our local waters, and both panfish and surfperch a big part of our local waters. 

I think it comes down to how you view the competition.  Is a big fish contest or a fishing diversity contest?

For Sale / Re: BPS big sale
« on: June 17, 2024, 12:19:09 PM »
Oh bummer - that would be a pretty good deal!

General Fishing Tips / Re: Lucky portable wireless fish finder
« on: June 14, 2024, 01:44:26 PM »
Is that like the deeper ones? I think Garmin makes a castable one too. Seems like a cool idea, but a regular striker 4 is only like $120 or so. Many of us here use the Striker 4 - they work pretty well on a kayak.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 14, 2024, 01:41:07 PM »
I'd be tempted to just make it out of aluminum tubing. Bend one long piece to the desired shape, get the next size larger pipe to sleeve the joint, and braze in place. Lightweight and will outlast the kayak.

That's a good idea. I might give it a try. Any advice on bending aluminum tubing?

You could get a pipe / tubing bender, but aluminum is pretty fragile. I've never bent 90 degree turns with aluminum tube, but I'm sure there is a method. Maybe just heat it with a propane torch? I've done that with some success before, it softens up pretty easily, and won't crack then. Could take some practice to get the bends just right though. 

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: thurs tbay
« on: June 13, 2024, 08:42:57 PM »
Wow, nice work!

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