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Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Couldn’t resist gulp eels
« on: June 06, 2024, 01:52:15 PM »
Those look promising - let us know how it goes!

General Fishing Tips / Re: Alameda Rock Wall advice
« on: June 05, 2024, 03:46:51 PM »
I try to work with the tide - ride it out one way, then after the swing, ride it back in. Keeping a sharp eye on the wind forecast before you go out and then on real conditions in real time is also very important.

Alameda gets some pretty strong currents sometimes, but that is the case pretty much everywhere in the bay.

The currents alone aren't too bad to paddle/pedal against, but if you combine that with a head wind it can be rough. That's where inside the Rockwall or Ballena bay can really be a lifesaver there - a bailout in both directions.

Just know that the wind changes direction and picks up very quickly there - it can go from flat calm to really windy and choppy very fast.

Of course, I always recommend making sure your safety gear is fully up to task - wetsuit/drysuit, PFD, VHF radio, sound signal - at a very minimum.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: looking for seat bottom suggestions...
« on: June 04, 2024, 06:10:33 PM »
Nice! Is that your original seat bottom?  I've got an older Perception that I might do something similar with.  If I can keep my butt dry and comfy for a longer time, that one will probably end up being my crabbing setup.  It's got a long more space for crab rings/traps than my pedal kayak.

Did you use 3/4" PVC, or larger?  Not sure 3/4" PVC would hold me for long, I am about 220lbs. 

Yep, been there before.

I've forgotten my wetsuit, PFD, and even fishing rods.  Sucks when you have an hour plus drive to get to your spot, and there are no places nearby to purchase or rent the missing item. Even worse when you are on a short time leash for the day, and forgetting an essential piece of gear ruins the whole day.

Sweet new ride - just remember that the more sophisticated your rig, the more things to remember to bring along!

Edit - forgot to add the fish finder, or more commonly it's battery, to the list of forgotten items.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: looking for seat bottom suggestions...
« on: June 03, 2024, 08:52:35 PM »
Why not try one of those boat cushions that powerboaters use to qualify as a PFD - they're a couple inches thick and comfy. I bet they'd match up with your backrest pretty nicely and should get you above the slop. No assembly required. Good luck!


I use the cheap west marine ones on my dinghy, and they def soak up water. They are comfy tho. We wrap them in plastic grocery bags when it's wet out, and no more water soaking up through.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: looking for seat bottom suggestions...
« on: June 03, 2024, 12:41:16 PM »
Maybe try some nylon strapping? 2" nylon strap is cheap, would be easy to attach, and is super durable.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: tbay friday
« on: June 01, 2024, 07:00:43 PM »
Nice work!

Good luck everyone, wish I could be there today!

General Fishing Tips / Re: AI Weather Forecasts/Evaluation
« on: May 31, 2024, 07:09:01 AM »
I asked it what time zone it was using, and it told me it defaults to the user's time zone. The issue wasn't really that the time was wrong, but the entire date. Doesn't matter what time zone you are in, Friday is not 01 June, haha.

Aside from the date, the product seemed accurate. I gave it specific sources to draw from, and it did a decent job of averaging them and displaying the information I needed. 

General Fishing Tips / AI Weather Forecasts/Evaluation
« on: May 30, 2024, 04:43:16 PM »
I played around with Google Gemini today, and it seems pretty capable of pulling weather forecasts from various places at once, and then evaluating based on criteria I provide.  Could be helpful tool to help figure out where weather is best for fishing on any given day.  Took a little back and forth to refine my ask and the results I wanted.  Biggest concern I found was that it consistently got the date wrong - it tried telling me multiple times that today was the 31st of May, and that tomorrow is Friday June 01.  I corrected it, and still it persisted, haha.  Results were drawn from NWS, and seemed to align with information in the forecast on NWS site, no issues there.   

Anyone else using AI for this yet?

Congrats Eddie!  Awesome story and great fish!

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Napa River
« on: May 21, 2024, 10:35:51 AM »
Just begging to be eaten!!

Right?  Was waiting for a blowup, haha.

General Talk / Re: Sunday funday
« on: May 20, 2024, 09:14:25 PM »
Very cool, looks like a fun chill day!

Nice work Eddie!

Introductions / Re: New retired guy with a Hobie
« on: May 17, 2024, 02:25:10 PM »

No tips from me for how to fish near Grass Valley, but I know a bunch of folks on the board here fish Bullards Bar with some regularity.  If you look through the hookups/reports section, you can find some good info. There are some older reports from Rollins too, and maybe Scotts Flat.

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