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General Fishing Tips / Re: South Lake Tahoe fishing.
« on: July 30, 2021, 03:16:33 PM »
Question,Öare these launches still accessible?

Assuming so, would the not-sandwheels hobie scupper cart be able to get a loaded outback down the short trail to the lake? Or is it too sandy etc?

Iím headed up in later August & trying to plan a day.

General Talk / Re: Kayak w trolling motor registration
« on: July 15, 2021, 01:44:37 PM »
Just installed my new Bixpy J-2 on my outback. After reading through this thread, Iím going to take the risk and not register at this point in time. Iíll get around to it - maybe,Ö.but after 3 trips, only person who said anything was an over zealous park attendant at Pardee (those gate folks are something else up there sometimes). Iíll plead dum,Öwhich isnt too far off the mark.

Also,Öthank you search function.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Truck Bed Extenders?
« on: June 18, 2021, 12:36:31 PM »
Im using a tbone on my truck. it works great for me, but I do have a question/curiosity about how yíall fair at large and long boat ramps, especially with the super low water levels lately. Iím starting to seriously consider a small trailer i can just dunk n run.

I struggle hard sometimes with loading after a long day at these ramps. Ive heard folks park perpendicular to the ramp and load their boats into the bed of the truck. But when I've tried, its been a harrowing fight against gravity as the boat tends to slide off the extension.

How do you all load up at boat ramps, with truck bed extenders?

Ocean Kayaks / Re: Old Town Sportsman Autopilot experiences?
« on: June 04, 2021, 08:12:18 AM »
The weight,....youíll have to get real good at weight management for load-in/out. The spot lock is very attractive, as is simply chillin & steering with feet,...perfect trolling rig. Split Milt guy on youtube (sturgeon video above), heís got a buncha vids using it.

But the part none of the popular video editing youtubers show is the setup/launch & the tear down/landing. I have an Outback, no motor, not much extra stuff on it, and it is a improvisational struggle at every ramp/launch because of the low water situation.

Good job getting out and shakin down, with fish! Thanks for the report!

My strategy for jetski lakes is early weekday only. Helps that my weekends are mon/tues too. Always gonna be pleasure craft out there, but density is far less early week.

Ive been running my deck like this, using YakAttack mounts. When downrigging, Ill adjust the rod holder angle, but still remains nicely outta the way.

Working nicely for me in the freshwater, trolling for trout, kings and kokes.

General Talk / Re: Lake Berryessa Traffic Jam
« on: May 13, 2021, 11:39:56 AM »
Reminds me of the one time I went to Amador a month or so ago, on a Tuesday. All the boats, all the shore anglers, and even a dumbfuck trump 2024 mini boat parade the day I was there.

Suppose it could be worse? Ha!

Kayaks / Re: Outback or PA
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:38:22 PM »

Another vote for Outback.  New or used doesnt matter as long as they are in good condition and 2019 or newer. 

I have an older (2010) outback and love it, can't imagine needing more boat, bigger seems more of a curse than a blessing in this case.  Curious though to know why 2019 or newer, what happened in '19?   

The newer hull/deck design is a such a big improvement. Except for the rudder IMO

The deck layout, with all the built on rails, is what got me - makes ot super easy to customize without a whole buncha DIY futzin and drillin. The rudder isnít terrible, but yea.  Iím going to upgrade to a metal rudder of some sort after this season. Iíve been yearing the helloutta mine - been fishing more than ever ďthanksĒ to covid.

Kayaks / Re: Outback or PA
« on: May 09, 2021, 03:03:57 PM »
Another for Outback. Got mine this year and it has been a pleasure to fish. I decided on an OB because deck/rail layout, weight and price,...in that order. Iíve been able to set it up perfectly for my fishing needs and it is super easy to maneuver confidently. I do not fish the salt, but quite happy how it performs in large wind chop and deals with power boat wake. Youíre gonna have fun with whichever you choose!

General Talk / Re: Spanish Flat (berry) boat launch?
« on: April 18, 2021, 09:01:09 PM »
Ok cool. Thanks for the info.

General Talk / Spanish Flat (berry) boat launch?
« on: April 17, 2021, 10:37:57 AM »
Iím trying to figure out (a) is spanish flat open for boat launch and (b) what fees are there if open?

YouTube has Pope super crowded lately and wanna try a new launch. Have been launching Caples and Putah lately.

Thanks for the intel! And props on limit.

How was the launch situation with the lake level so low? Iím planning a trip up there this week, camping at Collins for 2 nights and spending a day at bullards.

So how did it go Fishgr? I was there Sunday. Limited in about 3 hours. All fish came only about 200-500 yards past the buoy line off the end of the ramp. It was nice not to paddle back to Willow Creek and then fight the wind all the way back.

Went well! Wound up making a day trip up there last Saturday on a whim. Did not limit, but got 7 of em, and a skinny long spotted bass. Having never fished for kokes before, I used the day to learn a few different setups, on downrigger and dropper rigs. Had a blast just cruising up and down the Willow Creek arm, catching most of them on figure 8s around the boat ramp. Mostly small lil fish up to 12Ē,...which will be going in the smoker momentarily.

Thanks again for the intel - definitely helped my day!

Thanks again for the intel!

Yea,...I pretty much use the same gear for all freshwater trolling. I use a cheap ugly stick, pair of cheap okuma and a cal kellog leadcore for rods, paired with cheap, but decent reels. Catch more fish than my freezer is big.

The gear stuff can get absolutely crazy and expensive super fast!

Never caught a koke before,...hopin theyíre as tasty as folks say!

Iíd love to do that,....but my knees are terrible and my gut too large. My balance is great once up. Problem is when i go to sit back down,....ohhhhh boy.

Thanks for the intel! And props on limit.

How was the launch situation with the lake level so low? Iím planning a trip up there this week, camping at Collins for 2 nights and spending a day at bullards.

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