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General Fishing Tips / Re: Kill Bag Recommendations?
« on: May 15, 2024, 10:19:44 AM »
I don’t bring it on the kayak, but this is the one I’ve been using since 2021 for longer fish.

CE Smith - Tournament Fish Cooler Bag - Fish Bag Cooler for Fishing Accessories

Bag is 70 inches long and had no problem fitting a 60.75 inch fish, and can't imagine will ever get one much longer out here...

It’s held up pretty good but I am seeing a few seams pulling so might be time to upgrade.

Damage is probably my fault from putting two big fish (111 pounds worth) and a ton of ice in it multiple times…

It’s a good budget bag though…I leave 40 pounds of ice in Orion85, and kill bag inside truck.

If I get a fish I leave in water until ready to paddle in, paddle in as quick as I can, put fish in bag and dump the 40 pounds of ice on it and then drive to nearest gas station and top off with as much ice as I can fit in for drive home.

Hope that helps someone.




So cool to see all the pics and read all the reports and stories!!

I wish I could've made it but just wasn't possible.

Miss you all and hope to see you up there next year or out OTW somewhere else before then...

Thank you Eric for all your work and for keeping GS alive.





Fishing Pics / Re: A collection of White Sea Bass pics from NCKA
« on: March 07, 2024, 01:39:21 PM »
This thread Mooch started in 2010 hasn't seen any action since 2019....

Here's a vid I made of some 2023 ghosts...lot of it is low light, under the kelp canopy, and not so great viz....but thought some of you might still enjoy it.





ps...and a few random pics  :smt003

CA Regulations / Re: Upcoming meetings about new MPAs
« on: March 05, 2024, 12:52:47 PM »
Good stuff, Jim. One correction for the allwaters link is that the contents of the petitions won't actually be discussed at the March 19 Marine Resources Committee meeting in San Clemente, they will only be discussing the Department's process to review the petitions.
Marine protected area (MPA) regulation change petitions
Receive and discuss Department-proposed approach to the review and evaluation of
petitions for MPA regulation changes following the 2022 decadal management review of
the MPA network and management program.

The important discussion on the contents of the petitions will likely be on the agenda at the July 18 Marine Resources Committee meeting in Santa Rosa.

Thank you Rick!!

Hope you are doing well!




Pay It Forward / Re: Fundraiser / Raffle for Kiet Pham aka Bluegill
« on: March 04, 2024, 10:30:55 AM »
Stoked that Kiet was able to get the transplant, and hoping he is back on his feet soon!!

I donated a little just now, and screenshot attached for raffle.

Get well soon Kiet!!!



CA Regulations / Upcoming meetings about new MPAs
« on: March 04, 2024, 08:30:04 AM »
As Rick talks about in his post below, there are a lot of proposals to expand MPAs and decrease our fishing opportunities.


I know there are several threads related to this already, but wanted to try and make one in the public section so the info would be available to as wide an audience as possible…

In Santa Cruz, the Kelp Stalkers will be hosting a meeting for all on March 13th at 7pm at 251 Washinton Street, Santa Cruz with Fish and Game Commissioner Erika Zavaleta as KeyNote Speaker.


"Join us at 251 Washington Street, Santa Cruz, California to hear from Fish and Game Commissioner Erika Zavaleta. Our goal from this meeting is to unite and educate our community as to the best methods for pushing back against these proposed closures."

I encourage all who can to attend the 3/13 meeting…I believe it will be available via Zoom as well and I will post details here when I see them.

Here are some additional links and resources on the topic:

Link to the recent Fish & Game Commission recording pertaining to MPAs. I HIGHLY recommend listening to what Commissioner Zavaleta has to say starting at 5:12:35.


BHA has a petition going with a very articulate statement about the issue.


Here’s the schedule of meetings, agendas and links to videos of past meetings.


I hope some of the above info helps…I’m not an expert about this stuff and the process, but would like to try and help out where and when I can to preserve our access to our fisheries…



Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Spooky Season Ghost Story: PB WSB
« on: February 05, 2024, 04:36:43 PM »
Thanks for all the kind words guys. Hope you are all doing well.  :smt008

Great story!! What size and brand of gun are you using? Do Stripers have stones? Thanks.

I've been using a Pathos Laser Carbon 120 with a reel...I like it a lot.  :smt001

Yes, stripers have cool stones. Attached a few pics here.




Love that article....even as a diver I've learned so much from studying it....




Introductions / Re: Hello World
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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: Spooky Season Ghost Story: PB WSB
« on: October 30, 2023, 09:12:38 AM »
Thanks for the kind words guys.


Here’s a little collage of some of the meals we made with the meat, and the stones…I got a new shadowbox from Amadeo to better display all my stones and other ocean treasures.  :smt001




Holy crap!!

That was super scary....glad you are ok!!!



General Fishing Tips / Re: Kayak Crabbing with a 3 y/o
« on: October 27, 2023, 10:14:32 AM »
Sounds like a great adventure to me!

I had Valentina on my little BigYak at that age, and once I won the T15 up at GS4 we went out a fair amount together...she was 4 at that time.

This was probably our most memorable trip at that age, and of course the big one got away  :smt005 :smt009 :smt044


Hope you all have a safe, fun time and look forward to seeing pics and the report!




Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: NorCal Spearing Setup
« on: October 24, 2023, 06:55:03 AM »
Jesus. I didn’t even know stripers got that big on our coast. I’ve seen them like that back east but… and you shot those?

I guess you’ve made your case for that rail gun.

My daughter did a good job making them look big for the pic  :smt005


I had some luck with them back in 2016 but haven't since then...tbh though I switched focus to other species more recently....still fun to jump in the surf and look for them though....we are lucky to have such a cool fishery right off our shore.




Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Re: Bluefin Anyone?
« on: October 24, 2023, 06:49:45 AM »
One of the members of Coastside reported that he jumped in and speared one over the weekend.

That was Ryan G.

He's a member on here too, and played DOTY with us back in 2016/2017 as well.

First speared NorCal BFT...stoked for him!





Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: NorCal Spearing Setup
« on: October 23, 2023, 04:45:18 PM »
I'd say invest in a 70-90cm open muzzle Railgun like a Rob Allen or a Pathos, Meandros etc, set it up with a stock single flopper shaft, put a reel on it and never look back...

I resisted for awhile and tried the double flopper rock points on Billers and Riffes etc...but once I went over to the rail gun I've had a lot more success...

Few pics attached of Cen/NorCal fish taken with the setup described above...it will take down most anything you come across in our waters.

Red Triangle isn't selling gear anymore, but you should be able to get what you need from The Freedive Shop.


Good luck!




Ps…here’s an old vid I made of taking some fish with Pathos guns. RA works just as good. All pretty similar. Most of this was with a floatline instead of a reel, but I’ve been using a reel 99% of the time last few years…but floatline works fine also for up here.


Here’s some more recent footage of fish taken with similar set up and reel:


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