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General Fishing Tips / Re: Alameda Rock Wall advice
« on: April 12, 2024, 04:50:54 PM »
Sweet, good to go!

One or both of those days might work for me too - and I need to start getting some days on the bay. Need some fish tacos! Hopefully my nebulous schedule and the weather both cooperate!

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Alameda Rock Wall advice
« on: April 12, 2024, 04:22:53 PM »
Haha, also what Joe said! I don't really go out in more than 10 knot winds, and I will usually bail and head in if it starts picking up past that.

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General Fishing Tips / Re: Alameda Rock Wall advice
« on: April 12, 2024, 04:21:08 PM »
Hey, right on, and welcome to the kayak fishing madness!

Sounds like you are already pretty aware of the hazards at Alameda - the tides and winds can both get pretty crazy there.

Generally, you want to target the same types of areas you normally target for halibut.  You probably already know this, but there are several websites that let you view a bathymetric chart to help find structure/depth changes. There are lots of productive spots within a mile of the launch, and in pretty much every direction, so just look to target areas near structure and you should find fish if they are there.

If I have a plan for Alameda, I tend to watch the weather reports for a couple days ahead of my trip, to make sure that I'm not gonna have any strong winds. I've seen the wind blowing both towards the ramp and away from the ramp - good to keep an eye on that. For tides, I usually plan to fish generally with the, on the incoming or outgoing, then head back to the ramp as the tide changes direction. In other words, work with the tides. Alameda can get 3-4 knot currents, then throw in a head wind and it can be a real slog getting back. At least if you head north/towards the city there is always the bailout inside the break wall. If you head south, not so much.

I also recommend making sure you have proper safety gear: immersion protection, a VHF marine radio, PFD, etc. There are lota of threads here that discuss in great detail the best/worst/minimum safety gear - there is a sticky-ed thread that is a great read. The bay can be pretty unforgiving on a kayak, so it's best to be prepared.

All that said, Alameda is an easy launch at the ramp, has great views of the city, and can be a very productive spot for halibut, stripers, and all kinds of other stuff. Post a hook up for the day you are planning to go - that is a busy spot and most likely at least one person on the forum will be out there too.  Good luck and have fun!

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Heck yeah, congrats! Looks like a fun tourney!

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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 08, 2024, 06:46:04 AM »
Those aren't dd-mm-ss, they are dd-mm.mm

It is measured in tenths of minutes, not in seconds, if that makes any sense.  GPS is silly sometimes - many different users (ships, sailboats, airplanes, car navigation, etc) use different integers to depict the same position. Most common that I've seen are: dd.ddddd (Google maps and a lot of terrestrial users), dd-mm-ss (sail boats, some charts), dd-mm.mm (most commercial mariners, most navigation charts). There are also a few other systems with specific ideas that not many people use.  Most modern devices let you choose which system you are most used to, between the three that I exampled anyway.

"Should the last part of the latitude (39°25.53'N) be entered as 053 or 530? Or what?"

So what's the answer? The navionics app, for lat. has 2-digits in the first spinwheel, 2-digits in the second, and then there are three more spinwheels with 1-digit (0-9) in each. See my post above for the screenshot. Do I have to do a conversion from dd-mm-ss to dd-mm.mm before entering into Navionics? But then the number of digits in the interface is 7 instead of 6. So confused.

I finally got it figured out. The way-point map on the CDFW site...
https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish#287201301-20-fm-line

... lists two lat/long coordinate formats for each way-point:

lat_dd/long_dd (aka Decimal Degrees)
lat_ddm/long_ddm (aka Degrees Decimal Minutes)

Neither of which were the format I was basically familiar with (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds) and I had no idea there were other formats in use.

The Navionics App uses ddm, but it's confusing because they don't label it as such and they have 3 digits at the end of the number string on their coordinates-input screen, while the coordinates provided by CDFW only have 2. For example, for a CDFW-provided 6-digit ddm longitude of 39°12.19'N, Navionics has 7 characters to select (with only the 6 provided by CDFW), and then the question is what to do about that. The answer turns out to be just use a ZERO in the last position/selector.

Handy coordinate format converter:
http://www.csgnetwork.com/gpscoordconv.html

Issue solved.

Glad you got it sorted out. It's all about using the same units on both sides. 

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CA Regulations / Re: Navionics: 20fm waypoints/line setup
« on: April 07, 2024, 08:19:08 PM »

I have what will no doubt be a stupid question that I've now spent an hour trying to find an answer for but have to wave the white flag and ask for help from you fine people. See further down in the thread.

So I'm seriously confused on how to input lat/long coordinates in Navionics. For example, Noyo River, the coordinates are in this screenshot. And then the Navionics app seems to have a different format (dd° mm' sss instead of dd° mm' ss.

Please take a lot at these screenshots and point me in the right direction, thx.

Should the last part of the latitude (39°25.53'N) be entered as 053 or 530? Or what?

Those aren't dd-mm-ss, they are dd-mm.mm

It is measured in tenths of minutes, not in seconds, if that makes any sense.  GPS is silly sometimes - many different users (ships, sailboats, airplanes, car navigation, etc) use different integers to depict the same position. Most common that I've seen are: dd.ddddd (Google maps and a lot of terrestrial users), dd-mm-ss (sail boats, some charts), dd-mm.mm (most commercial mariners, most navigation charts). There are also a few other systems with specific ideas that not many people use.  Most modern devices let you choose which system you are most used to, between the three that I exampled anyway.

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... if no plate or VIN might be easiest to tell them it was custom made.

Any idea what happens in that case. Coincidentally, I'm building a trailer for my Hobie AI, and it should be done any day now (I've been saying for a couple of months, but this time I mean it!)

I don't know exactly. Probably not all that different than a lost title application, honestly. They will probably issue you some sort of VIN, for the documentation. With the lost title, they seemed pretty adamant that I get in contact with the previous owner. 

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General Talk / Re: California Boater Card
« on: April 05, 2024, 04:05:25 PM »
Note: You do not need this card for a motorized kayak.

"California law requires a person to be 16 years of age or older and in possession of his/her California Boater Card to legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including personal watercraft (PWCs)."

My Trolling motor is 36lb thrust. Nowhere near 15HP.

While I don't think non-motorzied kayaks need a boater card, I read this a little differently.  That specific paragraph I read as someone under 16 cannot take a boat of more than 15hp out unsupervised, regardless of boater card status.  Kids 12-15 can operate a boat under the supervision of an adult with the boater card, while 16+ need the boater card to operate a boat.

Seems like ALL motorized vessels require an operator with the boater card, except in a few circumstances. Rental boat, someone with mariner certs, etc. I emailed and asked if I needed one for my 10hp tinny, and they said I did, so I got one.  The answer I got: "All operators of motorized vessels, documented and undocumented, will need to have a California Boater Card to operate on state waterways."

By documented they mean a vessel federally registered with USCG, and undocumented is a state registered vessel with CF numbers.

I did not ask specifically about kayaks, but I would be very surprised if an officer gave someone a hard time about a kayak with a trolling motor.

Most of the questions on the test were about operating boats under the influence and safe operating speeds. Basically, seemed like the nature of it was to reduce collisions and groundings.

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General Talk / Re: California Boater Card
« on: April 05, 2024, 04:04:05 PM »
Note: You do not need this card for a motorized kayak.

"California law requires a person to be 16 years of age or older and in possession of his/her California Boater Card to legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including personal watercraft (PWCs)."

My Trolling motor is 36lb thrust. Nowhere near 15HP.

While I don't think non-motorzied kayaks need a boater card, I read this a little differently.  That specific paragraph I read as someone under 16 cannot take a boat of more than 15hp out unsupervised, regardless of boater card status.  Kids 12-15 can operate a boat under the supervision of an adult with the boater card, while 16+ need the boater card to operate a boat.

Seems like ALL motorized vessels require an operator with the boater card, except in a few circumstances. Rental boat, someone with mariner certs, etc. I emailed and asked if I needed one for my 10hp tinny, and they said I did, so I got one.  The answer I got: "All operators of motorized vessels, documented and undocumented, will need to have a California Boater Card to operate on state waterways."

By documented they mean a vessel federally registered with USCG, and undocumented is a state registered vessel with CF numbers.

I did not ask specifically about kayaks, but I would be very surprised if an officer gave someone a hard time about a kayak with a trolling motor.

Most of the questions on the rest were about operating boats under the influence and safe operating speeds. Basically, seemed like the nature of it was to reduce collisions and groundings.

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I've got a trailer that came "free" with my HobieCat, with no license or registration.  Prior owner said he had tried contacting prior owner but was never able too.  Would anyone have advice on how to remedy this, I'm not even sure I can read numbers off the trailer or not (will check next time I visit it).

Had this same issue with my boat trailer. The previous owner did not have any documentation on the trailer, and told me it was "registered with the boat" which I knew was false. It did have a plate and VIN placard tho.

DMV had me go through the lost title process. Apparently it hadn't been registered since the '90s.  I am pretty sure I am the 3rd owner, 1986 model boat, engine, and trailer.

DMV had me mail a lost title form to the previous owner, who filled in his info and signed, then sent it back to me so I could take it to the DMV.  They never checked the VIN on the trailer, but I needed to grab it from the placard so I could put it on the forms.

Not a difficult or expensive process, but definitely a bit of back and forth. Doing this again, I would go right off the bat with the lost title form. Honestly, I probably would just tell DMV that I didn't have an address or contact info for the previous owner also, just to save some time mailing stuff back and forth. But, to keep it all above board, I mailed it back and forth anyway, just for a signature. All in, I think I was less than $75 for the trailer reg with lost title, and a couple weeks of wait time.

You're situation might be a little different without a plate though - if no plate or VIN might be easiest to tell them it was custom made.

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General Talk / Re: California Boater Card
« on: April 05, 2024, 09:37:05 AM »
Just got mine in the mail last week :)

Now I need to get a boat 🤔

Nice! I just mailed my test in, should get mine any day now.

Totally didn't realize I needed this until I saw something on the DMV website, but glad it was never an issue.  I do run a pretty low profile tho - 13' tinny with a 10hp Honda, not exactly an attention getter, haha.


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Yep, CA requires some extra stuff.

I went through this with a harbor freight utility trailer, in 2020. Assembled the trailer, went to DMV, waited 2 hours for them to tell me it needed a VIN inspection, but because COVID, they couldn't inspect then and there. Had to go to third party to get inspected, which cost me an additional $40. Then, take that document back to DMV, where they took my ~$50 and gave me a plate.

BTW, the plate doesn't expire, but the reg does. It's only like $10 every 5 years, so not really a big deal, but make sure you don't miss the reminder slip they mail out. 

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CA Regulations / Re: New App for CDFW
« on: April 03, 2024, 06:23:45 PM »
Just downloaded it yesterday. Pretty cool. Hoping they add a location feature to the app too, like their website. Seems like an easy addition, use the phone location to display current regs for that spot.

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General Talk / Re: Sunglasses that I highly recommend
« on: April 02, 2024, 07:42:49 AM »
I was a little nervous at my DMV license renewal though with the "put your hand over one eye" moment.

The way people drive around here, I wouldn't worry about the DMV at all, haha.

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General Talk / Re: Sunglasses that I highly recommend
« on: April 01, 2024, 02:48:08 PM »
Why would anybody doubt ZZ Top ……. :walk: :sunny: :glasses2: :glasses9:

Seriously! My fav kayak fishing sunglasses are basic black polarized gas station glasses. $9, blocks the sun, and if they fall in the water, no big deal. As a bonus the arms pair well with both a ball cap and my wide brim sun hat.

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