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General Talk / Re: Coastside Net Pen Build
« on: May 10, 2024, 02:22:52 PM »
I'm always amazed that even with a relatively short time in the pens the smolts are able to imprint on HMB and return as adults to try to spawn, with really nowhere to go.

-Allen

This has always amazed and baffled me, as well.  I also think about their return, thinking, "wtf... now what?!" right before that big sea lion hurls them through the air  :smt044

Right before a big old hook rakes them across the back ...

-Allen

2
General Talk / Re: boat on fence viral
« on: May 10, 2024, 01:08:49 PM »
Oh shit, that's our Etienne.  Too funny.

-Allen

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General Talk / Re: Coastside Net Pen Build
« on: May 10, 2024, 12:49:07 PM »
I'm always amazed that even with a relatively short time in the pens the smolts are able to imprint on HMB and return as adults to try to spawn, with really nowhere to go.

-Allen

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General Talk / Re: Mercury chart on 51 species of fish
« on: May 08, 2024, 11:07:47 AM »
What do the different color bands mean?  How do I interpret this data?

-Allen

The higher the "mean" the more mercury accumulated.   Of course this data is not "perfect"  due to the different sample size but it gives you the idea about mercury accumulated in these species.

I get that part, the more mercury accumulated.  At what color does it go from ok to bad?  And what is the units of measurement?

-Allen

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General Talk / Re: Mercury chart on 51 species of fish
« on: May 08, 2024, 10:25:21 AM »
What do the different color bands mean?  How do I interpret this data?

-Allen

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Descender Weight
« on: May 01, 2024, 08:37:46 PM »
Has anyone tested retrieving what might be a larger fish at slower retrieval from deeper water? I will try and report when the time arises.

I have not had issues with barotrauma at inshore  because most of my inshore fishing in a kayak is usually no more than 80 ft in places I frequent around the Monterey bay
According to this PDF from the DFG on barotrauma: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=36345

Myth: Reeling a fish in slowly prevents barotrauma.
Fact: Rockfish cannot acclimate to the pressure drop even when reeled in slowly.

Quote
Myth: You can tell by looking whether a fish will survive or die.

According to published results of a Sea Grant
study led by researchers at Cal State Long Beach:
The degree of barotrauma in a fish is not a reliable
predictor of its survival. The most significant
predictor of post-release survivorship is the time a
fish spends at the surface.


Descend them all please, regardless of what they look like.

-Allen

If a fish can go down on it's own, lets say quick release at the water line, does that also mean that it's being less subjugated to the stress of barotrauma?

The studies don't distinguish.  Descend them all for maximum benefit.  Also, how many times have you released a rockfish only to have it pop up 30 seconds later?  That 30 seconds could mean the difference between life and death.

-Allen

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Descender Weight
« on: May 01, 2024, 03:56:32 PM »
Has anyone tested retrieving what might be a larger fish at slower retrieval from deeper water? I will try and report when the time arises.

I have not had issues with barotrauma at inshore  because most of my inshore fishing in a kayak is usually no more than 80 ft in places I frequent around the Monterey bay
According to this PDF from the DFG on barotrauma: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=36345

Myth: Reeling a fish in slowly prevents barotrauma.
Fact: Rockfish cannot acclimate to the pressure drop even when reeled in slowly.

Quote
Myth: You can tell by looking whether a fish will survive or die.

According to published results of a Sea Grant
study led by researchers at Cal State Long Beach:
The degree of barotrauma in a fish is not a reliable
predictor of its survival. The most significant
predictor of post-release survivorship is the time a
fish spends at the surface.

Descend them all please, regardless of what they look like.

-Allen

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Descender Weight
« on: May 01, 2024, 01:07:38 PM »
I have not had issues with barotrauma at inshore  because most of my inshore fishing in a kayak is usually no more than 80 ft in places I frequent around the Monterey bay

You have had problems with inshore baraotrauma in less than 80 feet.  You just don't see it.  I'm going to keep beating this drum. All rockfish that are released should be descended whether or not you observe barotrauma.

-Allen

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Descender Weight
« on: May 01, 2024, 07:25:38 AM »
My DIY descending device. I had some heavy stainless wire leftover from another project. Copied the rough shape of the Shelton device. Will probably find some heavy duty carabiners for the top and bottom to make hooking it up easier.

I'm on the fence about a handline or just a stiff rod to lower it down. Would be nice to have a reel to crank it back up, but I mostly fish less than 100ft, so a few pounds of lead on a handline a couple times per trip isn't a big deal either. Probably easier than pulling hoop nets full of crab, haha. Will think on it for a bit.

I just snell a thin wire barbless hook on backwards on the line above a weight.

-Allen

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Descender Weight
« on: April 30, 2024, 07:03:07 PM »
I pulled up this 28" yelloweye from 120 ft. I had to keep adding weights to the descender. It took over four pounds of lead to finally descend her. Since then, I pack a 5 lb lead ball with me and it works 100% of the time.

Barotrauma varies with each individual fish. Some come up bloated, others seem to swim back down on their own. Yelloweye seem to suffer barotrauma the most frequently, even when reeled up from 90-100 ft. Reeling them up slowly will not make a difference. Rockfish have a physoclistous swim bladder. The gas exchange occurs via the bloodstream.

Pack a 5 lb lead ball with you, and you'll be set. Pack less at your own/the fish's risk.

This.  And, descend all rockfish you are releasing, whether it appears like it needs to or not.  Itís best for ALL fish.

-Allen

11
For Sale / Re: Kayak City Current Kayak deals!
« on: April 30, 2024, 06:10:42 PM »
You all know we don't allow overt advertising here.  Just because they have a sale doesn't mean it's not advertising.  I tried to explain that to Kayak City.  I did say if they were offering special deals to NCKA, they would be welcome. Be part of the community and you will be part of the community.  But in terms of general advertising, we don't really allow that here, and that's how the community has wanted it from the beginning.  If you offer up something to us, we'll welcome you with open arms, no problem.  If you're just advertising for your own sake, well, please rethink that.

-Allen

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Looks like the selection committee has picked the team members. From California we have: Allen Sansano, Annie Nagel, and Elsa Flores. Looking forward to these 3 taking the top spots for Team USA. Full Team USA here:

https://usangling.org/kayak-saltwater-pan-am-2024/

Iím privileged and honored to be teaming up with Annie and Elsa and the rest of the team.  Letís do this!  If you feel so inclined to support the cause, representing America at international kayak fishing tournaments, consider donating here,  https://usangling.org/saltwater-kayak-fishing/

-Allen

13
Safety First / Re: Morel danger - RIP pmmpete
« on: April 25, 2024, 04:25:33 PM »
It seems like common knowledge in the mushroom community to cook morels 20-30 minutes.  You can wet saute, and it's almost impossible to overcook mushroom.  Their cell structure doesn't go mushy.

I find it concerning that many recipes on the web give directions to cook morels for as little as 5 minute.  That's no good IMO.

-Allen

14
CA Regulations / Re: Is RF open?
« on: April 23, 2024, 07:28:43 AM »
While I realize we need a descending device, at what depth do you need to use it for the fish to survive?

All depths, all fish, no matter what the appearance.

Even fish caught in <10 fathoms have a higher survival rate of descended vs surface releasesed.

For instane, CDFG uses a 21% mortality rate of Quillback caught in <10 fathoms and released at the surface.  When a descender is used, the mortality rate is 9%.  They make no distinction on the physical appearance of the rockfish.

-Allen

15
For Sale / Re: Rods and Reels for sale
« on: April 19, 2024, 12:40:57 PM »
I want to see a picture of Sonny's rod rack.  How does one store like 600 rods and reels?!?   :smt044

-Allen

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