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For Sale / Re: Garmin echomap 64cv
« on: July 11, 2024, 12:29:02 PM »
I picked one of these up. I know nothing about sounders. What battery you all recommend? Nocqua 10ah? What's best?

I can run this unit on full brightness for 2 full fishing days on one charge with the Nocqua 10AH. Its been a great combo for me.

What's your average 2 day session? Mine doesn't last two 7 hour sessions. Maybe 1 1/2.

I'd say 6-8 hours per day. My battery usually dies early on day 3 of fishing campouts. I've never tracked actual run time so take my experience with a grain of salt. Battery age will also play a role in how long it will last. 

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For Sale / Re: Garmin echomap 64cv
« on: July 11, 2024, 09:21:52 AM »
I picked one of these up. I know nothing about sounders. What battery you all recommend? Nocqua 10ah? What's best?

I can run this unit on full brightness for 2 full fishing days on one charge with the Nocqua 10AH. Its been a great combo for me.

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General Talk / Re: Lost in the Fog
« on: July 08, 2024, 01:32:20 PM »
Yikes. Some serious lessons to be learned here for sure, and thank goodness it wasn't at the expense of anyone's well-being.

I always keep two VHFs with me (and a third in my bin of crap I keep in the truck), and I've lost count of the number of time's I've loaned out a spare to someone without one. When you fish in remote areas like the Norcal coast, having no service is almost standard, and the VHF can be a critical lifeline. Having some kind of navigation device also could have helped prevent this mis-hap, as you said. Even the most basic Garmin fish finders that cost $150 have the ability to generate tracks, which can help get back to where you started. When there is cell service and it's foggy, sometimes I like to use the "find my friends" app (in agreement with my partner(s)), so that you can check your phone and know exactly which direction your buddy is in.

Thanks for sharing your ordeal.

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For Sale / Re: Garmin echomap 64cv
« on: July 08, 2024, 10:15:45 AM »
Well I was thinking about it and then it went out of stock :|

I think you can even transfer data points with the brown/blue wires. Dang maybe next time.

I was just able to add it to my cart?

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For Sale / Re: Garmin echomap 64cv
« on: July 08, 2024, 08:23:28 AM »
I've had this unit for about 3 years and I have absolutely loved it. I think you have to select which map pack you want though and it looks like this deal is for ocean + great lakes maps only, so freshwater users beware that this one wont have depth contour maps for your lakes. I think you can still run quickdraw contours if you install a memory card, and you might even be able to purchase/download additional maps. Garmin Connect app for your smartphone is cool too because you can link your phone to the head unit and read texts on your head unit while your phone is stowed away. Then I can decide without looking at my actual phone while OTW whether I need to pull it out and reply, answer call, etc. its the little things! The Garmin UX is truly my favorite over Lowrance and Humminbird.

I had to modify the transducer mount/plate thing in my Revo to get this 'ducer to fit. Be prepared to get crafty if you have a hobie without the guardian transducer plate and want it to stow inside the transducer well. Dimensionally speaking it is doable, but just barely. Would probably be no issue for an Outback and that Guardian retractable transducer mount thing.

Maybe I'll pick up another...

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Hope this is the right location to post this. Ive been spending a couple months fishing the American River and can only seem to catch striper around 12-18, usually only a couple pounds. I have been using 4-6 keitechs and jerkbaits with moderate success, but Im wondering if I need to try a different method, or search in some other waters. Maybe I should try the Delta?

I am not a striper fisherman, but I have found found the "big baits catch big fish" montra to be resoundingly true.

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For Sale / Re: FS Stealth Fisha 500 $1k
« on: July 01, 2024, 03:48:41 PM »
I mean, you can one-arm carry your Outback up and down the Gerstle launch... Who needs a Stealth!? :smt002 Getting garage space back is a good feeling. I'm sure this thing will be sold by end of day today.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: July 01, 2024, 08:18:04 AM »
I think you should write a review on Amazon for that plastic welder.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: July 01, 2024, 08:05:45 AM »
Congratulations on a truly extraordinary achievement, Mr. X!!!

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Hobie Kayaks / Re: Mirage Revolution 11 - Rod Mount Systems?
« on: June 28, 2024, 04:17:59 PM »
I have a Revo 16, and not sure if it is the same, but on the 16, Scotty and/or Railblaze mounts fit nicely inside the side pockets.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention this too. Definitely a great place for two more scottys on each side that can hold anything--Rod holder, FF, downrigger. MooMoo has a good video on this from way back when, I think.

Just read your build on the crate - that's super cool. I'm always looking for ways to make things easier for myself, and I'm def gonna steal your idea and add a rocket launcher or two to my crate.

I'm of similar mindset - keep a clear deck and one side rail fully open.  Makes it so much easier to land larger fish.

Shoot me a message if you have any questions! I'm still loving it after 3 years.

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Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 28, 2024, 04:13:38 PM »
I will be following him closely on the tracker and windy app, and will be trying to imagine what he is experiencing.  This guy is a hero, and regardless of if he ultimately makes it or what happens, he deserves an NCKA party, and Im happy to donate to make that happen.  Its incredible what he has accomplished.

Totally agree. I've been following along closely since he asked for initial advice, and this thread and the tracker. Its surreal to see that he's so close to finishing. It really is a remarkable accomplishment at this point, no matter what. Wishing Mr. X favorable conditions on the home stretch!

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Hobie Kayaks / Re: Mirage Revolution 11 - Rod Mount Systems?
« on: June 28, 2024, 03:48:26 PM »
I have a Revo 13, not 11, but you could employ similar configuration.

I used to run a rod holder via a scotty mount on the front-left deck, kinda next to where the drive well is (you can see in peeking out behind my fish finder in the pic below). But I learned after a couple years that having a clear deck is invaluable, and I have since constructed a crate that has two "rocket launcher" style rod holders secured to it.

Having one rod holder on each side, right behind the cockpit and facing slightly forward has been my favorite rod holder configuration of all time. I can troll (with or without a downrigger) effectively from that position, and keep my palm on the reel to feel any bites without holding the weight of the rod at all times. I can stick rods in there to rig up easily, even simultaneously while trolling another rod in the opposite holder. And keep the space in front of me clear.

I like not drilling holes in my kayaks so I opted for a modular crate build that has been treating me well, but you can definitely bolt a scotty mount back there in a similar position on the left and/or right deck just behind the cockpit. Scotty mounts (preferably the push button kind) are far superior to gear tracks in terms of hold and durability. Only took getting a rod holder ripped out of a gear track once for me to vow never to use them again.

Only pic I could find that kinda shows the rod holder situation, and you can see a rod in the one on my far side. I put a red circle where I would conisder bolting a scotty mount on each side if I didnt have my crate setup. Do use the thru bolt kit, not screws. Cheap insurance.

I know you were looking for ideas for the front of the kayak, but maybe this will be helpful too. If you are adamant on mounting somewhere in front of you, I still think thru-bolted Scottys are the way to go.

Edit--I just realized I made a post about the crate a few years ago. (https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=96572) There are some more detailed pix within, if you are the more industrious type. I move it between my outback and my revo 13, and it's nice to have something modular. Just make sure it's secured really well... mine has withstood takedowns from multiple 20+ pound salmon and many decent halibut.

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AOTY / Re: We should separate crappies from other sunfish
« on: June 20, 2024, 12:25:13 PM »
I feel like this is the same as complaining sand dabs aren't worth a lot of points because petrale sole dominate the flat fish category. Do we need a sand dab category too?

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General Talk / Re: Tarp / cover for storing kayak outside
« on: June 17, 2024, 03:48:13 PM »
Wow - such a great info. Thank you all!!! I went out this morning at paradise in Tiburon. I got a monster (well - for fish stories, at least). But I missed it twice with my net and on its third dive my leader broke. Doh!!!Ill be out there tomorrow and Sunday (and Monday) until I get a keeper!

Also, I was out at Paradise with a few NCKAers on Saturday too, if you made it out. Perhaps we crossed paths, as there were not a ton of kayakers out that day. Sorry about your lost monster. It will keep you coming back for more, for sure. 

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General Talk / Re: Tarp / cover for storing kayak outside
« on: June 17, 2024, 03:44:56 PM »
There aren't a ton of low cost options out there but I settled on this one for my revo:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B092J2W9H6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

It fully zips which is nice because I did not want spiders and bugs to get in. I feel that would be the case with one of the elastic ones.

My 3 month review is that it feels worth the price. Its water resistant, not water proof. I store it on Kayak cradles, zipper down, so any water that does penetrate has a chance to drip out. It's supposed to be UV resistant too, but we'll see if it stand the test of time. If have to drop $60 every couple years to replace it, I'm fine with that, so long as I get to keep my garage floor kayak-free  :smt001

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