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Places to Launch and Camp / Re: Parking near Cowells in SC
« on: July 29, 2021, 10:52:03 AM »

    Year ago, someone else, who I believe was later banned from this board, posted that he launched off the rocks from near the only house on West Cliff on the ocean side.  Every time I've been by there I can't see how I could safely do it.  Maybe with a small light kayak and minimal gear.

Not sure who that was, but I did the "Getchells launch" exactly once with a partner in 2010 and we used ropes to lower the yaks down.
It was sketchy, especially with people filling in that tiny beach as the day progressed. Would not recommend, and it would only take one accident to have it posted no boat launching, if it hasn't been already. I've looked at it since and can't believe we got away with it.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: On the water knots for rigging.
« on: July 29, 2021, 10:45:05 AM »
FG, Uni, Palomar, No Knot Snell for top hook of salmon leader (easier to keep just under 5'' eye to bend), Figure 8 Knot for loops.
Love that no knot snell, not a knot but a knot still...just do it!... :smt006

That is a pretty great knot! I've been using traditional snells on my 2 hook rigs and they are kind of a pain. I'll try this!
My go-to's are palomar and uni or uni/uni, figure eight loops, and dropper loop if needed.

Introductions / Re: Newbie & shark question?
« on: July 27, 2021, 01:09:00 PM »
I was off Carpenteria.  I saw, what I imagine was the same shark, the next day from the shore (just the fin… cue the Jaws music….) along with “shark activity in the area” signs put up on the beach. After my experience I searched the local newspaper to find there 5 young Great Whites spotted by drone in the same area a month earlier.
I noticed it when it turned just off my right back side and cruzed by maybe 3 feet from me.

Ah yes! they are there for sure. We've got our own "shark park" here with regular sightings of smaller fish (6-10ft) this time of year.

Introductions / Re: Hello all, old man just getting into the sport
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:18:15 AM »
It's always the right time to get into kayaking!

Paddled my first kayak in about 1994 after seeing some sea kayaks camping in AK.
I got into kayak fishing when I was about 26, and changed over to open deck kayaks in about 2000. I'm 51 now and am still into it.

Fuzzy Tom hit the nail on the head, the biggest thing for me as I've aged is "training" during the off season. The kayak gets heavier and heavier each passing year dangit!

Introductions / Re: Newbie & shark question?
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:11:28 AM »
there a lot of folks on here that have been "scoped" by the gray fish. I've seen them probably  three times in the last 10 years.
Where were you fishing in the SB area? I grew up down that way and fished/dove quite a few spots between Gaviota and Ventura.

Introductions / Re: NovoFish & Rider
« on: July 22, 2021, 08:51:03 AM »
OGs on the scene!

General Talk / Re: Kayak Dogs
« on: July 20, 2021, 11:05:57 AM »
SFHarry, the last pic in the set says it all.

Good Boy Brodie!

General Talk / Re: Kayak Dogs
« on: July 19, 2021, 11:39:08 AM »
My dog won't even come close to the bathroom door if the shower is running! :smt005

no way would he ever get on a kayak :smt044

For Sale / Re: CLAIMED - Gaff owned by a special person
« on: July 15, 2021, 10:05:01 AM »
this is a great little window into SF bay fishing history, thanks to all for sharing their pieces here.

"buttah" and 'dabs go together nicely!

General Talk / Re: New halibut piece
« on: July 13, 2021, 12:22:41 PM »

Thanks guys! I appreciate the kind words.
I'll have another of a thresher shark coming soon. We lost a lot of mature trees in my neighborhood due to fire prep concerns following the CZU fire. Now I see two houses that I couldn't see before, so these pieces are toppers for my existing wood fence, mostly to keep headlights from beaming into my living room as neighbors pass by or park.

You mentioned displaying your work outside your studio. Where are you located. Beautiful work. Depending on your location I would like to see some of your work.

Dogwood, I'm just working from my home now.
I usually do our local Bonny Doon/ SC mountain art show but with the past year 's events I decided against it for 2021.  I will presumably be participating in the Open Studio tour next summer 2022.
for now I'll just be throwing stuff up on here as it becomes completed. I've got two more smaller pieces in the pipeline art least, and maybe 3.

General Talk / New halibut piece
« on: July 09, 2021, 11:17:59 AM »
Covid lockdown got me to produce some new big pieces. Some had viking themes of “gripping beasts” but this one was kinda like a fun trip back to the old days of pac nw style. She’s about 3.5 by 6 feet and will join a few other atop the fence outside my studio shed. who can spot the kayak fisherman in the design? :smt003

That is one big flatty! Great pics too.

congrats on a successful trip. Funny how often the "hail mary" bait or drift or whatever happens to produce.

I gotta get in on the berry appreciation pile.
While I’ve no problem slumming it with our himalayas  :smt005 , this year the stars were our native wild strawberries.
These little guys are the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever had. Some folks theorized that ashfrom the czu fire amped them up this year. I dunno about that, but they really took off as native groundcover and surprised us with the fruit production.
Anyway these came from a quick breakfast forage in our mini food forest.

General Talk / Re: Happy 4th to you NCKA
« on: July 06, 2021, 01:05:48 PM »

I hope you are all well, and that the Gopher Rockfish finally has the respect it deserves.


I successfully descended one yesterday! The little guy tried his best to puke and urinate on me.
gotta respect that...

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