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General Fishing Tips / Re: Kayak guide for Saltwater intro
« on: May 31, 2024, 08:18:22 AM »
Hello All,
I took the surf dynamics class @ Half Moon Bay Kayak after 3 trips to Bolinas and 3 yard sales.... one of which got me a big bump on the head and got tangled in my way too big even for most salmon net.... lost a downrigger weight and my new phone (even in its waterproof case).

The instructor (Chris) was very helpfull and by the end of the class I felt confortable launching and landing in 4 foot waves.  Landing is the hard part.... but with knowing how to use braces etc I was able to land every time at the class (except the first) which was before any instruction so Chris could see what are issues were.... of course I rolled it and then the training began.

Unfortunately I have not really tested it yet (over a year ago) in surf over 2 feet but at least I know what I can do to keep from rolling.   Weather I am able to do it will be another question.

For the $150 it was worth it just to learn the braces.


Hi Ron,
Have fun in Monterrey.
Yes lets try to make it happen.


Hi Ron,
No problem as I have been meaning to try to meet up with you to fish for Halibut..... I am considering Friday but need to check the weather and I think the high tide is pretty early in the morning..... whenever we get together we can check out the setup.... pretty simple as just a bunch of parts wired up for my camper shell with easy lift, lights, small inverter..... probably need to get a larger as I have not yet needed to charge my bixpy.   Currently I only have a very small inverter just to power my wife's cpap.

The battery is the biggest expense on my system.... Lifepo4 200 ah, then the solar controller then the panels.... so far works very well for me.... 4 days of camping so far with 2 100 watt panels with about 60 percent charge by the time we got home.... have 2 other solar panels for longer trips.


Hi David,
We need to go fishing..... you should check out the system I have for my truck..... 200 ah LIFEpo4 with lots of usb's solar and an inverter..... same thing as a jackery and the like just much bigger ..... to be able to charge you would also need an inverter and use your power supplies that come with the devices otherwise you need transformers for each unit and whatever its resident voltage is.... like the bixpy is 24 v so you would need a transformer to get from 12 to 30 volts or so to charge it.... not sure what the sharksheild voltage is..... but because it gets complicated it would be easier to use an inverter to get to 110v and use the supplied charger for each unit.  Most of my stuff is 12v except for the bixpy but my wifes cpap is 110 volt which is why I even have an inverter.

That is why the jackeries and the like are so popular.... it has the inverter build in along with lots of usb and 12 v as well.... they are pretty cool.


Hi everyone,
I had a fantastic time this weekend .... caught a few fish met a bunch of nice people.   I had a wedding to attend in Grass Valley (missed the derby out by 11) and it was great with great drinks and food..... All of my kids were there which was really cool.   They wanted me to go out with them when the party was over at 11 but my eyes were already closing on their own and the old man nod was taking hold..... had to pass.

Was a great event and I hope to join next year.  If I can nab one of the upper trailer sites I may try to get my wife to join.... she will hate the hill though.


anyone coming in on Thur and want to hook up for a fish?

I hope to be there somewhere around 7 am.


I am excited to get some kokes and see some folks.
See you all soon


Hi everyone,
I will be at campsite 6a for Thursday night and hope some one will have a spare parking place so I can stay Friday night as well..... out Saturday by about noon as I have to beat feet to Grass Valley for a wedding.   I am happy to pay for the parking if any is available as I sleep in my truck.

Look foreward to seeing fellow Ncka folks.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Descender Weight
« on: May 01, 2024, 08:13:08 AM »
That seems like a good idea.... I already have too much stuff on the kayak and keeping it simple for me is a good idea.


General Talk / Re: Anyone have advice for a trip to Ketchikan, Alaska?
« on: April 17, 2024, 03:25:49 PM »
what kind of fish is that?

General Fishing Tips / Re: How many of you have 2-rod stamp?
« on: April 17, 2024, 03:22:51 PM »
Hi All,
Just got the two rod this year.... most of the time I just use one rod but when kokanee fishing I have used two at different depth with potentially different lures to help me hone in on where and how they like it.  Not sure if I will do it again but ask me after this season.

In the past in the ocean (where you dont need the stamp(i think) I have tangled terribly multiple times when using two rods .  I think I really most times I can only handle one rod.


Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Hull Protection
« on: March 28, 2024, 11:06:44 AM »
Hi All,
Yep bonding to PE is a tough one..... Joe thanks for the tip with the peregard..... ordered as it looks like it may be a good as I can do.... I try to be carefull but with may tank of a yak but some of the launches I frequent the hull takes a beating.   My old town fully loaded seems to be in the 150 lb range maybe even more..... while I can lift 150 still (not sure how much longer) when it is shaped in a 12 foot  cigar with poles tackle etc it is a bit much.... glad to see some can keep their hulls in good shape but it is not happening for me.

Last month a car cut into my lane on the highway and I tried to manuever out of their way (nearly hit me) and my 2" harbor freight strap broke.... long story short my tail patch is pretty much gone now and also wore away some of the pe..... still water tight and will be repaired shortly.... was glad I had a very heavy thick yak at that time till I had to unload it at home.  I guess two years is too much to ask of a strap.... will be replaceing more frequently and checking more often.... lesson learned.

thanks again

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Hull Protection
« on: March 27, 2024, 01:52:28 PM »
Hi everyone,
I spent about 75 dollars on Jb Weld to do mine and it lasted almost a year..... it is all peeled off now and I am thinking of trying rustoleum truck bed using their activator....saw it some where on youtube..... probably will not hold up well either and may reinstall my kydex for the bow and just fill all the many many scratches with ptex.  At least it is not as pricey as jb and looks to be easier to install.

good thing my kayak is built thick.... Old town sportsman.... but boy is it heavy.

If anyone knows of a better way to protect the hull I would love to hear about it.   But for me the Jb is not the way....too $$$ and too tough to apply.


Cool. Glad to hear you got action.....hopefully Monday

Thanks for the report

Good luck ,,,,,I am heading up Monday thru Wed.....save a few for me.  I will check your report.


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