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General Talk / Re: Radio-controlled Whatever
« on: Today at 07:35:10 AM »
I am a big fan of my DJI Mini 2. A big upgrade on the Mini 1 I think, and a great way to get in the air for not much money. I bought both of my Minis on DJI's official Ebay channel with the Fly More combo. Put them in Nanuk cases that come with custom foam inserts. They are good since they are under 250 grams and thus don't need to be registered (as long as you don't add anything that bumps it up to 250 or more, e.g. strobe lights).

I was happy that I learned to fly on a tiny, cheap toy drone, to get the muscle memory and "reversed" controls when it's flying towards you, etc. Then when you use a proper drone, it seems like cheating it's so stable and easy, with auto takeoff and landing, GPS controlled positioning, etc. Mini 2 doesn't have outward collision detection (just sensing the ground below when landing), but I don't feel like I need it.

If you want my toy drone for real, real cheap, or my Mini 1 for cheap, let's talk. Happy to have one or both go to a good home.

Also, on flight times, there is a maximum flight time, and then real world will be a little shorter depending on wind, altitude, how you are flying it. And you usually set a return to home warning for 20% left of battery so you make sure to get back with a good buffer.

And you can have a fixed home point (where it took off) or a moving home point (where you are now). That said, flying one from a kayak seems like too much messing around to me, since I'm usually trying to paddle, fish, crab, etc. (and the sinking it in water part).

I'm not a regs expert, but I'd say if you are fishing and catching rockfish, you need to change gear and/or location.

"Take" is not just keeping fish, it's "hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill fish... or attempting to do so"

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Wheeleez on sale at REI
« on: November 19, 2023, 10:26:31 AM »
Yep, the wheels kinda don't want to turn, which is pretty disappointing. Surprised that there are still bearings in there for how poorly the wheels rotate.

When you took them apart, did you just back off the four nuts and it all comes apart? Wondering what I can do to try to get things turning more easy. Any tips welcome.

(It's bad enough dragging a kayak up the hill at the end of the day. Not looking to lose much energy to friction in the wheels too.)

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Wheeleez on sale at REI
« on: October 29, 2023, 06:01:45 AM »
Thanks - that's a great deal. I've been wanting a pair for a while, so I pulled the trigger. Had a little REI dividend waiting so they were about $100 with ship to store. Nice!

General Fishing Tips / Re: Kayak Crabbing with a 3 y/o
« on: October 25, 2023, 08:02:31 AM »
Sounds like you aren't too interested in hearing what folks have to say, but I would just ask where the little one is going to sit. I have a 15' paddle kayak and it's pretty full on a crab trip, both heading out with gear and then pulling rings/traps and sorting out lots of angry pinching animals.

Wanted To Buy / Re: looking for surf rod
« on: October 21, 2023, 11:33:41 AM »
It's not your job to be as confused as Nigel...

Wanted To Buy / Re: looking for surf rod
« on: October 19, 2023, 11:20:57 AM »
I did try those crab snares with squid one time, and apparently it was easy for a crab to take the whole thing out because I came back with nothing after only a couple casts. The whole jacksmelt worked well - maybe fill it with chicken breast or something? Douse it in crab attractant maybe too.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Outriggers for pulling crab pots?
« on: October 19, 2023, 11:14:21 AM »
Easy to pull pots from a kayak, thought it's more fun from 25' than it is from 100' (never done the latter). I usually put my legs in the water when doing anything that feels tippy. I pull from the left and pay the buoy and line over the other side - I don't see any reason not too, though I'm never crabbing in rough seas. PAs are so big it would take a lot to tip it, but it can always happen; always prepare to go in the water and have a plan and practice. Reaching behind the seat is one time things can feel tippy (in addition to waves or missing a paddle stroke) and I always put my legs in the water for that motion.

By far the worst time is coming and going with lots of gear on the kayak (e.g. four rings). Feels good when you get it all in the water and working and the kayak uncluttered. Just like fishing in the ocean, the less stuff on the kayak, the better.

I'm usually jealous of pedal kayaks, but when crabbing I'm happy to have lots of room in front of me (Viking Profish Reload) to deal with the traps and crabs. Feels like the pedals would get in the way, though I've never tried it.

Wanted To Buy / Re: looking for surf rod
« on: October 19, 2023, 08:20:19 AM »
"I also am on the hunt for the best snare for casting, any recommendations there?"

Haven't had much time to use it but had some good results in a short session a while back with snares from Sea Forager. I'm sure you can get the same from lots of places and probably cheaper, but I was happy to buy from them. I crammed jack smelt in and it worked well. Seemed way more effective than big round ones I inherited somehow. Smaller and easier to cast, and the small size probably means lots more loops of line all around the snare vs. a big round one... easy to get caught up in for a crab I'd think.


Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: thurs tbay
« on: October 12, 2023, 06:38:36 PM »
Every day on Tomales is a good day. Catching something is just a bonus.

Thanks for the report!

Fishing Pics / Re: A Lake Almanor Whopper!
« on: September 30, 2023, 01:40:30 PM »
Had to look twice to realize it was a trout - just assumed it was a northern pike or lingcod.

What a beast!


How does stopping me from fishing this whole season (haven't been out yet) help the quillback?

There are plenty of other fish near shore besides rockfish and lings.  The flatfish are better eating imo which includes sand sole, rock sole, California halibut, sand dabs and starry flounder.  There are a few kinds of perch, striper and White Sea bass too.  If I lived near the Bay Area, I would be targeting White Sea bass cause they rarely show up north.  Also there is sturgeon until they tighten the regs some more on those as well.  Also it’s thresher shark season which is plenty of meat for your catch and a blast to catch as well.  It will only improve your catch rate in general if you adapt and learn to target other fish.  Rockfish and lings are some of the easiest to catch fish which makes it not much of a sport or challenge.

I asked lots of reasonable questions (I think) about why a full near-shore closure of all fishing helps the quillback and possible approaches to limit impact on the species. I appreciate your guidance towards other fish (could tell me to go to the Owens River to catch some trout! surfperch love MOTR grubs!) but I was asking why a single species demands a full shutdown and how we could reasonably address that. I know you are a better saltwater fisherman than me but the above is not an answer. But a copper is not a smaller rockfish! (I said I don't keep them anyway.) For example, why is it different from other zero-catch species that don't shut the entire (shortened) season down.

I said I'm happy to roll with normal reg changes, just would appreciate some information (data) behind this one.

Who knows about catching quillbacks? What depth of water? Is it common? How do we make this situation better? Mandatory use of descenders? Better handling of fish and fish ID? No take on it just like other no-take species?

I fish usually in 20-50' of water, really near shore, and don't recall ever catching one. If I ever have, it quickly went back into the water (or never left the water) anyway. I don't keep any of the smaller rockfish (chinas, coppers, gophers, etc.) and typically have an okay lingcod and a couple cabs on my stringer. Maybe a vermillion or nice black.

How does stopping me from fishing this whole season (haven't been out yet) help the quillback?

(I typically take the reg changes in stride, but really wondering about this one and curious how full end of nearshore fishing is required for the one species.)

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