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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: 1st WSB of 2024
« on: June 12, 2024, 02:50:19 PM »
Thanks again for the kind words guys.  :smt001

Oh Dang and you even took the otoliths out! You going to polish them and count how old the fish is? I used to do that in college, a long time ago...

I like the otoliths for sure…never tried to actually age them though…maybe one day!

 :smt006

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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / Re: 1st WSB of 2024
« on: June 12, 2024, 05:56:10 AM »
Thanks for the kind words guys.  :smt008

Added on a little clip some of you might like of when I first got my hands on her, and right when I swam her back onto shore:

https://youtu.be/MhGtuQceQZE?si=_e3ArLKo0oy_SkZ8

Hell yeah dude! Hey, what does TLDR mean?

TooLongDidn’tRead  :smt005

Absolutely loved: “ when I showed fuzz…” so nice to have friends who love you AND beat you up a bit! Congrats, Jim, thanks for sharing.

He also asked me who cut the fish up since it looked too clean for me to have done it  :smt011 :smt005

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim


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Kayak Diving and Spearfishing / 1st WSB of 2024
« on: June 11, 2024, 04:29:58 PM »
TLDR: After some health shit I finally shot another WSB.
 
It was a pretty tough winter for me in a lot of ways...
 
Back in September I started having a recurrence of my arrythmia problems...this time it wasn't A-Fib, but rather V-tach which can apparently be much more dangerous.
 
Stanford recommended I get an Insertable Cardiac Monitor, and start on an anti-arrythmia med called Tikosyn.
 
I was fine with the monitor but very hesitant about the meds...didn't want to risk not being able to do the things I love doing like diving and kayaking and running and hiking etc...
 
Got the monitor implanted in November, and in December checked into Stanford for 5 days to start on the meds while they monitored me to make sure I could tolerate them...super boring and uneventful hospital stay and I felt fine lol.
 
After that I got back in the water and into the gym and running etc as much as I could...was very pleased that I seemed to be able to do all the things while taking the med, no bad side effects, and the monitor was also working well and alerting the docs to any weirdness or dangerous arrythmias.
 
By spring time I had run a 10k, had been diving a fair amount and getting some local flatfish etc, and was feeling reasonably confident that I was up for a solo WSB mission....so I started making plans to get after one as soon as I thought there might be a chance of finding a fish...the internet and some friends let me know that there were fish being taken so figured it was worth trying....
 
First two attempts were just a lot of driving and hiking and diving and lurking in pretty bad viz for no fish seen and long rides home with melting ice in the cooler and the killbag still rolled up.
 
Third trip down started off with more of the same....5 hours or so in and no sightings...was working my way along a kelp edge when finally a dark shape appeared from the murky haze...I took aim and pulled the trigger and it took off.
 
I felt pretty confident it was a good shot so put decent pressure on and prevented her from heading out deeper...after following the line around for a bit she popped out into open water and I was able to gently bring her into view and get my hands in her throat.
 
Shot had gone in right above pec fin and out under opposite side of throat. Perfect holding shot, and when I showed fuzz he asked me who had shot the fish since it was too good of shot placement to be me   :smt012 :smt010 :smt044
 
Bled her and admired her in the water on the long swim back in. Once back on shore I loaded her and my dive gear into the backpack and hiked her out. Hike was hard, but heart behaved and even though it got up to 188 bpm it slowed down fine once back to the truck.
 
Fish taped out to 55 inches and right about 45 pounds. Not very heavy for the length but still a beautiful fish.
 
I took her straight to my inlaws house and cut her up and we spent the weekend feasting on the deliciousness.
 
Very grateful that despite all the cardiac BS these past two years I have still been able to get out there and hunt underwater, and occasionally bring home a tasty fish.
 
Here's a bunch of pics.
 
:smt006
 
Sincerely,
 
Jim

Ps. Didn’t get the shot on film but here’s a little clip of what it looked like when I got my hands on her, and when I first got back to shore:

https://youtu.be/MhGtuQceQZE?si=_e3ArLKo0oy_SkZ8

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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
 https://a.co/d/8cAiGgX

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.

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim

5
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.

 :smt008

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim

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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.

 :smt006

https://youtu.be/umKB-F-uSQg?si=M9xmAQhkzE717HHv

Sincerely,

Jim

ps...and a few random pics  :smt003

7
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.
Quote
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!

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim

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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!!!

Sincerely,

Jim

9
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.

https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=101669.0

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.

https://www.allwaters.org/events

"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.

https://cal-span.org/meeting/cfg_20240214/

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

https://www.backcountryhunters.org/take_action#/396

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

https://fgc.ca.gov/Meetings/2024

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…

Sincerely,

Jim

10
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.

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim


11
Love that article....even as a diver I've learned so much from studying it....

 :smt007

Sincerely,

Jim

12
Introductions / Re: Hello World
« on: November 03, 2023, 01:58:02 PM »
Welcome!!

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim

13
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.

 :smt008

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

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim

14
Holy crap!!

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

Sincerely,

Jim

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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

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=26842.0

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

 :smt006

Sincerely,

Jim

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