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Fishing - General / Kayaking out of Humboldt Bay - 6/12 and 6/13/2011
« Last post by Abking on June 15, 2011, 12:03:03 am »
Saturday I heard on Humboldt Tuna Club of fish being caught in shallower water off Humboldt Bay, and I saw that Sunday was to be flat and calm again, but the family plan was to go to the river, and we have to get an early start for that...  I woke at 6 and checked the forecast and Eel River buoy - flat, calm...  Over the next 45 minutes I geared up and got myself out to the South Jetty parking lot with my salmon gear, immersion gear, and the old Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT - it was light enough to launch off the rocks.  I found a good spot to hop down the boulders with the gear, got to work and was paddling in 15 minutes.  I worked hard at 7:45AM to paddle out against the last of the incoming tide which was to be high at 10:08 - a tricky spot, as I had to be leaving by slack tide around 10AM in order to get home for the family day.  For 20-30 minutes or so I kept a strong pace as I paddled out of the Humboldt Bay Jaws against the tide - I saw dolphins along the way and birds up in the distance signifying bait right at the bay opening.  Once I got there and cleared the bar I baited up and trolled out toward the bell buoy - it's red here versus the green bell buoy at Shelter Cove.  I had about 45 minutes to troll, and I could see so many powerboats in the distance and hear them on the radio as they felt out the bite for the morning.  The word was lots of silvers and shaker kings.  I would be happy with a bite!  I got a few good tacks in with a nice chovie behind a dodger giving me a chance at a king, but it wasn't to be on this mission.  I wrapped my opportunity up and drifted a nice herring along the jetty on my way back to the truck.  Pulled the yak and gear off the water and jammed home to pull off a successful river day with the family.  Good Times, but I wish I'd have had more time to paddle out further on such a calm day.  Later that day I monitored the buoy reports and it was one of those days where the wind never came up past 5 knots or so all the way through the evening.

Monday looked like it would produce more calmness, as the 9AM forecast said "variable winds to 5 knots".  So I bailed work early, hooked up with Matanaska, and we were to launch at King Salmon at 2:30 to drift out along the jetties for the 4:08 low tide - that would allow for an offshore trolling journey with the return being any time as the tide would be coming in from 4:08 until an hour after dark.  Well, that variable winds forecast was BS, because we arrived at the launch at 1:45 to see whitecaps at the bar - from 2 MILES away!  We decided to launch anyway as we both had a pass and we figured to be able to fish along the jetties anyway.  We ended up paddling over 5 miles on the GPS and it was basically wind-torture.  We had choves and herring nicely presented along a quarter mile of the south jetty for a while for no bites before retreating across to behind the inner corner of the north jetty for a bit where we drifted more beautiful bait along 60-15' bottom all the way back to launch.  For NO bites all afternoon long!  We were glad to get out for the paddle though, and we'll be ready to get out again soon.   :)

I'll try to post some pics..
Fishing - General / Re: Lost Coast Kayak Angling Videos - June 2011
« Last post by baymud mo on June 13, 2011, 03:34:25 pm »
thanks for the video, i was at the D. gate on the sat. the 4th and kept two nice blacks and a ling before i was blown off the water. keep up the good work.
 mo, native kayak 11' manta ray
Fishing - General / Lost Coast Kayak Angling Videos - June 2011
« Last post by Abking on June 13, 2011, 12:45:58 am »
I've slowed down on what has become a very regular record of video production over the past 3.5 years.  Part of the reason is some recent malfunctioning of Windows Movie Maker...  I've also been lacking super special footage, but I did manage to get some nice scenes with the old standby:  rockfish and lingcod!  W/ an exciting launch thrown in.   ;D

Title inspired by this site.   :)  Enjoy!
Suggest a Feature / Re: Logging In
« Last post by Abking on June 12, 2011, 07:49:20 pm »
I haven't had that problem, Adrien.  The problem I get is opening a thread and all it shows for the first 10-15 seconds is the top part of the screen - then the rest fills in eventually.  Hopefully the little bugs will get worked out.  Looking forward to seeing this board grow.
Suggest a Feature / Logging In
« Last post by AdrienP on June 10, 2011, 09:08:18 am »
Howdy folks,,, I'm just wondering if it is me/my computer or if there is something with this forum, but I have to log in each time I come to the forum even though I have it selected to keep me on "forever".  I do not have this problem over at NCKA.  Not the biggest deal in the world, and not too bothersome,,, but just wondering about it.  Other than that, it's a kick ass site and happy to see that it's a bit more true Nor Cal centric, than NCKA,,, now we just need to have more people posting here.

Fishing - Report / Re: Trinidad - 6-4
« Last post by AdrienP on June 06, 2011, 02:15:21 pm »
Thanks Eric.  The 4.7 is pretty good so far,,, but kinda has got me scratching my head on where/how to mount up some more flush mount tubes.  I'm probably gonna just mount some PVC tubes to my small crate and call it good,,, but the downside to that is I just got the ice box for the stern well,,, so there goes the crate sometimes.

Looks like you guys killed it out on the cape.  Those chinas sure are pretty.  A buddy pulled one in up here on Saturday as well.

Good times OTW!!!
Fishing - Report / Re: Trinidad - 6-4
« Last post by Abking on June 06, 2011, 01:20:20 pm »
Nice haul - those are quality blacks.  I like your boat.   :)
Fishing - Report / Trinidad - 6-4
« Last post by AdrienP on June 06, 2011, 11:46:57 am »
Weather and fishing were much better this past Saturday,,, then they were on the opener.  Spent about 6 hours on the water and ended up with 8 blacks and 3 legal crabs.  Added that to a couple of limits of razor clams,,, and ended up with a group of very happy and full friends during our Sunday afternoon sea food feast!

General Discussion / Re: SoCal kayaking (non fishing)
« Last post by Abking on June 03, 2011, 12:38:25 pm »
That's good stuff, Dave.  Thanks for sharing it here - doesn't have to be Lost Coast!

Get your oldest in touch with some folks from NCKA in SJ and they'll get her all dialed in.  The SF Bay is no place to cut your teeth in this sport.
General Discussion / Re: SoCal kayaking (non fishing)
« Last post by DaveTheSynthGuy on June 02, 2011, 05:53:09 pm »
Oldest of the two wants to go again before she leaves.  Wants to go kayaking up in the bay area, too.  Gotta find a place to rent a kayak near San Jose.
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