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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 08:39:04 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.

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Yeah, should be pretty nice weather this weekend.  I the trick to Richmond is just keep moving - trolling should serve you well.  Good luck out there!

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Plan sounds solid to me.  I like Ferry Point - one of my favorite spots for kayaking.  Fishing tends to be kinda slow for me there, but I am no halibut whisperer, so your results may vary.  I think the currents are easier to manage there than at Alameda.

Parking isn't bad there.  I park in the lot, and don't feel uncomfortable leaving my truck unattended for half a day or so. 

Bait is usually pretty easy to get along the pier.  I've caught smelt, shiners, and anchovies there. 

I've not ventured up to Red Rock yet, but it is definitely on my Bay Area bucket list.  I've heard there are some very productive spots there for stripers. 

Good luck!  I'm hoping to get on the water this weekend too - maybe might see you out there.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 12, 2024, 02:14:04 PM »
Nice collection!

I'm gonna get mine all cleaned up and ready to fish, and will share some pics then.

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: 1st WSB of 2024
« on: June 12, 2024, 12:13:31 AM »
Congrats!  Awesome report, as always, and very glad for your good health.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 12, 2024, 12:04:18 AM »
Right on, thanks for confirming the strategy.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 10, 2024, 10:39:31 PM »
Hey, quick question - what line are you guys running on these reels? Only gonna fish metal spools - thinking 30lb mono backing to 30 or 40lb braid on top. Pretty much gonna be for striper/halibut/bottom fishing, maybe an occasional sturgeon day here and there.

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Introductions / Re: ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS
« on: June 10, 2024, 08:05:11 PM »
New member here. Haven't been fishing in a couple years. Have no pics to upload as of late, only the love of fishing. Looking at kayaks, and thinking about where I'll be fishing at now 65 yrs.
I remember the first  party boat trip I took, at 15 yrs old, took A/C transit bus from East O to Berkeley marina for an 1/2 day trip on a boat called the "highliner", the skipper was a big dude named Lauren. I gave him the $15 bucks fare, showed him my fishing license, and off we went. The boat had a cap of 15 passengers, that there were 4. I thought we'd be heading to the beaches near Pacifica for striped bass and was disappointed when he said " tides aren't right for the stripes right now, but don't worry son, I,m going to put us on some fish". We went under the gate, the breakers crashing over the south tower as motored past, making the turn south to start a drift about 100 yards off seal rocks. I took my pole to the live bait well and the skipper hooked a live anchovy up through the nose and said "fish here" pointing to a spot on the rail where he could keep an eye on me. He said "it's a sandy bottom, if you feel anything, pull 8" from your reel, point your tip down, when your line goes tight, Haul back on 'em and set it hard". Not a minute later my heart stopped , my line had tightened, I gave it some slack, and set the hook. My pole bent way down, I thought I was snagged on the bottom, but the skipper yelled down " there's only sand down there, you have a halibut! I did everything I cou!d to lift the rod tip, but it held fast until the the shipper yelled down from the flying bridge " if you don't get that f===king fish up, I'm cutting it loose!==damned if I'm crashing my boat on the rocks over your fish. You gotta get that fish up now!".
I tightened the drag lifted hard and the fish came up, finally. It was 42lbs, just 4lbs short of state record at the time. I caught another that was 28lbs. The skipper asked if I wanted to come out on future trips and get paid $20 to clean the fish, and wash the boat after fishing.I went out every summer day that I could  until I turned 17.

Cool story, thanks for sharing! Welcome aboard!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 10, 2024, 07:57:33 PM »
Thanks for the pics guys! Those are some sweet setups! Lots of custom stuff out there for these old reels, some good upgrades to make them more capable. I will probably be looking at stainless sleeves, carbon drags, and maybe alloy spools for the ones I plan to use.

Waiting on the 209, should be here late this week. eBay pics looked pretty good, not collector quality but certainly plenty of life left.  Should make a good troller once I get it cleaned up a bit. Wasn't really my first choice, but it was a lefty available on eBay for a good price, so I jumped on it.

Hoping to find a decent lefty jigmaster, but I'm patient. Will jump on the first one I find, don't want to spend more than about $50-60 on one.


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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 09, 2024, 08:18:13 PM »
Safe travels! Quite an adventure - we are all looking forward to your story!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 09, 2024, 08:16:59 PM »
I knew someone else here would be a fan! And a lefty too!

I pulled the trigger on the 209 - it came in a lot of 3 reels for $35 shipped, so not out much if I don't like it.

I figure I could at least give be this one a shot for a while, and see what I think of the size/weight/dynamics. If I like it, I will keep looking for a jigmaster for a heavier rod setup.

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General Fishing Tips / Vintage Penn 209 for rockfish?
« on: June 09, 2024, 02:45:28 PM »
Bottom line up front: should I buy a left handed vintage Penn 209 for inshore use?

The long version:
I've been on a bit of a retro kick lately, and acquired some vintage Penn backwards (right handed) reels. I've cleaned them up, and a couple a pretty nice. I really dig the old school aesthetic, and I like the durable feeling and seemingly infinite serviceability. A huge capacity makes it even more appealing for me.

Only problem is that all the reels I have are right handed, and I fish left handed. I know, I know, I need to grow up and learn the other way. It would really open up a lot more reel options. Like, all of the reel options, haha.

Old Penns are really hard to find in left hand models. And if looking for a specific model, I guess set the eBay alert and prepare to wait.

I really want to find a Jigmaster. Don't really care about the age, color, etc. Just want the larger drag washers and higher gear ratio, but seems like all the other left handers out there are onto the same thing, haha. I actually also like that it is open face, keeps things simpler.

All that said, I found a relatively clean Penn 209 left hand level wind for an acceptable price on eBay. Should I grab that one, or hold out for a Jigmaster? Or, if anyone has any old left handed Penn reels, and they wish it was a right handed model, I would happily trade.

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General Talk / Re: kayak trailer. bunks or crossbars?
« on: June 08, 2024, 03:25:04 PM »
Flat bed? You can store a kayak flat, upright on the ground, so why not carry it on a trailer the same way?

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General Talk / Re: Where to catch livees? - Shoreline Park
« on: June 08, 2024, 01:15:42 PM »
Really depends on which species you are looking for. I've caught smelt and sardines in open water dragging a sabiki around on the way to the halibut hunting spot. Near structure like piers or jetties is still typically most productive. I caught a ton of smelt among the old Berkeley pier during my last outing a couple weeks ago.

Near a pier you are more likely to catch various perch species - keep in mind that shiner perch are the only ones legal to keep and use as bait right now in SF Bay.

I could probably saddle up to the pier at the Marin Rod and Gun Club.

That would probably work well.

You could make up some chum like in the following video toss it around the pier, and then use a sabiki to catch a few.

https://youtu.be/aaP8hdZw0YU?feature=shared

A little chum goes a long way sometimes, especially if you are the pier and trying to collect bait before getting on the kayak. Cool video, kind a jealous of that setup, haha.

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General Talk / Re: Where to catch livees? - Shoreline Park
« on: June 08, 2024, 01:48:54 AM »
Really depends on which species you are looking for. I've caught smelt and sardines in open water dragging a sabiki around on the way to the halibut hunting spot. Near structure like piers or jetties is still typically most productive. I caught a ton of smelt among the old Berkeley pier during my last outing a couple weeks ago.

Near a pier you are more likely to catch various perch species - keep in mind that shiner perch are the only ones legal to keep and use as bait right now in SF Bay.


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