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Topic: Newbee from San Jose  (Read 1199 times)

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I've always loved fishing but have not given it serious time and effort just because of ... life.  Now that I'm in my upper 50's, want to feed my passion while I still can. 

- Have a reasonable amount of fishing gears, mostly inexpensive but functional.

- Recently bought a van and converted into a camper van. Traveled w my wife up and down the coast for a few weeks.  It was difficult visiting all the beaches and didn't get my line wet.

- Finally bought my fishing license again last month.  Have not fished for several years.

- Most recently, bought a used Necky Spike kayak.  In the process of converting it to a fishing kayak (tackle box, rod holders, maybe a fish finder in the future)

Read about Breakwater Cove, Lovers Point, Stillwater Cove. Would like to start some "easy" kayak fishing trips either in the Delta or Monterey / Santa Cruz areas.  Perhaps it's safer to go out on a lake first?  Apparently very limited number of lakes in Santa Clara allow kayaking.  Appreciate any pointers. Thanks.



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Take an ocean kayak safety course before venturing out.

Get comfortable on the salt before adding fishing into the mix.

Don't be that guy that can't self rescue.

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Welcome Bez,
I fished Lexington and Stevens Creek all last summer.  Nice lakes close to home with no power boats.  I caught bass, trout, catfish and crappie there.  Calero has bigger bass, have to watch out for the jet skis and boats.


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Welcome to NCKA Bez  :smt006
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Welcome Bez.  I second what CdM said.

I fished Lexington and Stevens Creek all last summer.  I caught bass, trout, catfish and crappie there.

I'm surprised to hear that either lake still has a trout population.  I didn't think either had been planted in a very long time.  Maybe we can hook up.  I'd love to learn a few things.



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Take an ocean kayak safety course before venturing out.


Great advise.  Can you recommend a good place I can take this course at? 

Thanks everyone for the welcome & tips


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I'm surprised to hear that either lake still has a trout population.  I didn't think either had been planted in a very long time.  Maybe we can hook up.  I'd love to learn a few things.
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I had some luck catching a few trout with the good old gold Kastmaster in both lakes.  Mostly bass and crappie.  The lakes open to kayaks on April 15th I think.  I was surprised how many fish showed up on my fish finder at Stevens Creek.  Though it didn't help me catch any more.


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For fishing in and around Santa Cruz, I'd recommend that you contact Bushy, as he guides there. You can learn a lot from that guy.
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For fishing in and around Santa Cruz, I'd recommend this protein powder for building muscle and contact Bushy, as he guides there. You can learn a lot from that guy.

Hi Bez, I'm originally from San Jose too.  :smt001
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Take an ocean kayak safety course before venturing out.


Great advise.  Can you recommend a good place I can take this course at? 

Thanks everyone for the welcome & tips



http://www.montereybaykayaks.com/monterey-classes.html
You will also be able to demo their yaks in the process. I believe they offer an NCKA discount as well.

I strongly recommend a course of this type. Always remember safety first. You want to feel safe and comfortable in the water before you start fishing from a yak.

HMB Kayaks also provides classes but am not familiar with them.

Good luck and be safe

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« Last Edit: December 16, 2016, 05:19:06 AM by Cabeza de Martillo »
Pronounced in Spanish  ka·be·za de mar·t·yo
Translates to Hammerhead in English for my Gringo amigos.
....and yes that's me with a 6ft. green moray in the avatar.

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"Give your son a fish and you'll feed him for a day.
Teach him how to spearfish and he'll feed you for a lifetime" - Cabeza de Martillo

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For fishing in and around Santa Cruz, I'd recommend that you contact Bushy, as he guides there. You can learn a lot from that guy.

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