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I think the ones that get away keep us coming back more than the ones we catch.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: On the water knots for rigging.
« on: July 28, 2021, 05:40:33 PM »
Really tying rigs on the water for me = sea sickness unless they are quick.

This! I only tie palomar knots on the waterÖ

Agreed. Time on the water is precious, so if things are going according to plan I donít tie any knots and just use snaps to connect my pre-tied leaders.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: On the water knots for rigging.
« on: July 28, 2021, 04:24:52 PM »
For braid to mono, I think the SC knot may be the best option if you want some thing that is compact, easy to tie, and strong. Iím still figuring out the best way to finish it. Probably rizutto.

Thanks for the great reports, Eric. I think the Cove is calling to me.

General Fishing Tips / Re: navionics app
« on: July 25, 2021, 10:28:32 PM »
Pretty sure that's the one.

...the canoe technique is certainly transferable to a kayak paddle.  I visualize a canoe dig when I'm kayaking per stroke....there are certain blade fundamentals as well...

That video was interesting and I will be thinking more about my catch. While donning my jute thermals.

Dan at Headwaters has some great videos, happypaddlin is awesome, search Oscar Chalupsky demos/clinics and NORTHSEAKAYAK is amazing. Also KayakHipster is really good for just kayak stuff.

Thanks! I will check those out.

Iím going to have a ton of questions when mine shows up too. We (stealth paddlers) should do a stealth paddle day and compare notes!! I have all of the same questions.

I like that idea.  :smt006

On a side note KPD Iím pretty sure you passed me on your AI at Bolinas Friday. I was out past the other couple kayaks headed towards the green can when a red AI motored by.

That sounds like me! Not the nicest day out there, was it?

I carry a either a large Frabill Power Stow net or a Stowmaster folding net with an upgraded bag that's deeper than the original. Leash it and stick it under the rear bugees during launch.

Lots of great advice! I was already eyeing the Frabill Power Stow since it seems well made and is available in huge sizes. Do you have a preference between it and the Stowmaster?

I've heard three votes for the Werner Cyprus, so paddle choice might be easy.


Here is a quick video showing the rear storage and fish hatch:

I thought about watching that video. And then I thought about what type of content I want to reward on YouTube.

So far we have burlap undergarments and tips on how to paddle aÖ canoe? This isnít the thread I asked for, but maybe it is the one I needed.

For Sale / Re: Stealth Profisha 21' for sale $850
« on: July 25, 2021, 09:16:58 AM »
If you didnít buy a backrest yet I might have one for you

Gotta be sure I still have two but Iím going through stuff and will let you know

Oh, thank you!

Eddie, Iím working on San Mateo for a day or two next week and might be able to pick it up for you if that works with KPD.
Sounds great. I will send you a PM.

Eddie! Itís yours.

For Sale / Re: Stealth Profisha 21' for sale $850
« on: July 24, 2021, 11:28:23 PM »
Thanks, everyone. I am grateful to the NCKA community for helping me find this kayak and sharing the stoke.

Nice one Krishna!

You are my original Stealth inspiration, Paul. I hope you get out for salmon this year, but the surfing you've been doing with your kid sounds every bit as good.

I've written up my first impressions and a bunch of questions in a new thread: http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=96034.0

Thanks to the NCKA community I recently got to purchase a used Stealth Profisha 475. I took it out for the first time last weekend and I am finally getting around to writing up my impressions and questions. The first trip involved a surf launch, paddling 3 miles offshore (maybe 9 or 10 miles total paddling, a lot of it trolling), skunking on salmon and bringing home a consolation flatfish.


I could feel the speed and efficiency from the first paddle stroke. My other paddle kayak is a Scupper Pro (fast and skinny for a fishing kayak), and the 475 paddles beautifully compared to it.

I love how optimized it is for surf launches. You can put everything except for a large net inside the cavernous fish hatch and you are all ready to punch through the surf.

I love how minimalist it is: you don't even have a seat to rinse off when you get home. I think this is the ideal kayak for the quick fishing trip before work that involves a surf launch.

There is no deck space at all! Even to set down a lure or sinker. The lid of the fish hatch works for laying out a few baits, but of course things tend to fall off when you open the hatch.

The stability felt fine to me, but I imagine it would be a bit of an adjustment if you are coming from something like an Outback. I'll let you know once I find out how it feels in nasty conditions.

I was surprised how comfortable it was without a seat, pad, or back support. I think it helps if you make sure your knees are high enough, keep your back upright, and keep your core engaged. My back started to get tired after 4 hours, but I expect my body will get used to sitting longer. Of course it doesn't compare to an AI if you are going to be on the water for an 8 or 12 hour day.

When I got back to the beach I opened both drain plugs and turned it over, not sure what to expect. Out came... nothing at all. That is a nice change from my AI, which will take on more than a quart of water during a morning in rough conditions.


I noticed some hull slap when paddling into chop. Do the 525 and 575 experience less slap because they have less rocker, or are they about the same?

I had a hell of a time getting my paddle shoe out when I was trying to put my feet in the water to land a fish. I guess the straps help keep you from coming out when you are bracing in the surf. Do you use the foot straps?

I'd like to set up some type of forward rod holder. On the scupper pro it works pretty well to tuck the rod butt under one leg and brace the rod against the other foot, but the fish hatch on the Stealth makes that hard. Any forward rod holder setups you really like?

I'm puzzling over what type of net to carry for salmon. If it is windy I hate having a big net sticking up like a sail, and it always seems to be windy. Strapping any net to the rear deck is awkward, and this kayak is less than 22" wide at that point. My main options seem to be a net that is about 26" wide, a larger high-quality collapsible net that I can open with one hand, or embracing the pure Stealth spirit and just using a gaff. I'm currently leaning towards the gaff. Thoughts?

Any suggestions on where to get an insulated kill bag that will fit nicely inside the fish hatch? Or should I keep it minimalist and forego the bag?

Since there is no access to the inner hull, there is no way to add secondary flotation such as flotation bags or pool noodles. I guess this isn't a concern because the fish hatch and rear storage compartment provide independent flotation?

What kind of paddle should I get? And more importantly, what are good resources for improving my paddling technique?

Okuma CW-354DLX Left hand low profile line counter reel

This reel has been lovingly abused. The thumb bar has jammed, and the line counter stopped working. Both problems might be easy to fix. Or not.

This is a left-handed reel.

Yours for two trays of medium anchovies.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Salmon trolling rod recommendation
« on: July 21, 2021, 12:09:56 PM »
The Daiwa wilderness trolling rods work well. But they only sell for $20, which isnít going to pay for sponsorship and marketing.

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