Crabfest is the first event of the year for NCKA (Nor Cal Kayal Anglers Forum) anglers. This event is only open for memebers of NCKA. If you would like more information on future events visit norcalkayakanglers.com and become a member.
Crabfest has always had variable weather year to year and it was nice to arrive Friday to a sunny and non-windy day in Bodega Bay. It has been the event that brings NCKA together for the New Year. The first thing I noticed when we arrived on Friday was that anglers were already on the water searching for crab while families enjoyed their time on the beach. I knew this was going to be a great weekend.
Crabfest 2017 did not disappoint, the weather and crab decided to cooperate and gave us some of the best conditions Crabfest has ever seen. The day use area had a line of vehicles waiting for the gate to open with anglers waiting to register. The day started off with some wind, but soon turned out to be a beautiful winter day on the Sonoma Coast.
The Dungeness crab were in attendance this year with many anglers bringing in limits, while some still struggled to find one of legal size. There were over 40 crabs brought to the measuring station, with some red crab reaching the size of jumbo Dungeness crab.
Lunch time rolled around shortly after the check-in table closed and once again the potluck was brimming with good dishes to be shared by all. Some of the items that stood out to me were the ab chowder, fried striper and sturgeon, Crabfest pie, duck, oysters, crab, and bistek. There was so much food, and you could hear people talking about the spread. I didn’t get to eat much since I was getting ready for the awards, but next year I will make sure to check out everything and take a moment to grab some food.
This event has been free since day one and runs on the donations from sponsors. This year’s primary sponsor was Native Watercraft and they donated a Manta Ray Propel kayak to the raffle that was won by “Big Al”. There were demo kayaks from Native Watercraft available the day of the event and the day after provided by The Headwaters kayak shop. The Headwaters kayak shop was another primary sponsor this year, including Promar/Ahi USA. Both Promar and the Headwaters have been sponsors since the first Crabfest at Doran Beach in 2011. Crabfest 2017 marked the sixth year of this event. Supporting sponsors included Orion Coolers, YakAttack, Kala Brand Music, Kokatat, Hoo-Rag and 707 Embroidery Zone.
There were some big crabs this year and all the winning crabs measured in over 7 inches. There was a perch category this year, but none were entered.
Biggest Red Rock Crab-
The biggest Red Rock Crab went to Brian Turner, who has one this category before. His crab weighed in at 2.2 lbs and measured in at 7.11”. This crab was almost as big as the third place Dungeness crab.
3rd Place Dungeness Crab-
Third place went to Myong-Jae Kin whose crab weighed in at 2.51 lbs and measured in at 7.23 inches. Myong-Jae had several crabs that measured over 7 inches.
2nd Place Dungeness Crab-
Second place went to one of the most kind and positive person I know. Raydon Shippey took home 2nd place with his biggest crab weighing in at 2.55 lbs and measuring in at 7.31 inches.
1st Place Dungeness Crab-
Annie Nagel took home 1st place this year at Crabfest. Her biggest Dungeness crab measured in at 2.47 lbs and measured in at 7.40 inches. Annie continues to amaze all of us with her fishing skills. She caught the winning crab while still having time to fry up the sturgeon she caught just a week before. Congrats Annie on the win!
This year’s raffle raised over $3500 and all proceeds will be going to Diabetes Youth Families (www.dyf.org), an organization that supports families and children living with type 1 diabetes. The funds raised will help send some kids to camp for an experience they will never forget.
Each year, there is so much work that goes into putting this event together. My goal has always been to keep it free and family friendly. This weekend reminded me why I continue to do this event. Thank you to all of the NCKA family that make this event possible.
When Will the Feelfree Overdrive Pedal System Be Out?
So the questions keeps getting asked all over the internet, and I get at least 2-3 phone calls or emails a day on the subject, so I decided to do some investigative work for you guys.
I had a long talk with Jim Hager (President of Feelfree US) and he filled me in on whats been going on behind the scenes.
At this time it’s a bit of a good news bad news situation. Feelfree has been working incredibly hard to source the best quality parts for the drive. They are working with folks in the marine outboard industry and have found a couple vendors who are the best in the field. The main concern for Feelfree right now, is making sure the drive that hits the market is dialed in, and is the best quality they can possibly get. The last thing any of us want is have them rush to market with a drive only to be met with failures and warranties.
So the most accurate lead time I was able to pull out of Jim was early Summer 2017. I know I know, don’t kill the messenger! At I cast they were forecasting a spring delivery, but as with many new products, those time frames get pushed back as the product gets closer to launch. He did say that all the tooling was done, and production parts for the drives are rolling in daily. He also said that he was able to test the production drive and was blown away by the leaps and bounds that have been made since the prototype was tested in July. See that video here.
In my talk with Jim he seemed to have way more up his sleeve than he was leading on. Although he’s disappointed in the delay, he’s also very excited about the future. I get the feeling the Overdrive system is just the tip of the Ice Burg of what may be coming down the pipe for Feelfree, but only time will tell.
For now I will leave you with my interview with Feelfree’s head designer and mastermind behind the Overdrive Peter Murphy.
I had the chance to do a lot of fishing during the holidays out in the Walnut Grove area. Originally we were looking for bass, but stumbled onto a school of crappie and panfish. So, over the next few days I went out with an assortment of crappie jigs, kastmasters, and trout-worms to fool these cold weather fish. I ended up catching sunfish, crappie, spotted and largemouth bass, and even a real nice striper.
I used a few different techniques to catch these fish, I started with the kastmaster as my go to and did catch fish but it was slow fishing. Then I tried hair crappie jigs which also caught fish, but the best bait I found to be working was 1.5in Kalin’s curly-tail grub. I cycled through a few colors from pink to motor oil and they all seemed to work. I did notice that I’d have to change up now and then because they would stop biting on a particular color. Jigging or casting these baits worked well but the real killer was just a slow drift with the current about 2ft off the bottom. These fish couldn’t help themselves!
I also put a bit of effort into bass fishing between the ultra-lite fishing with some success. Everything had to be fished very slow but I was able to pick up bass on a Yamamoto Hula Grub with a flipping jig head. I suggest the flipping jig head over the football because it comes through weeds and brush well, if you are fishing mostly rock I’d go with the football head. This bait was crawled very slowly over the bottom with a foot or so lift between. When the bait gets stuck for a second on a limb or some grass that is the perfect time to lift it and let it sink on a tight line. Most of the bites were happening on this fall.
Lastly I was doing well on a small 3in swim bait from Gambler lures. I was fishing this on a 1/8 oz ball jig head and 6lb test. Letting the bait hit the bottom and doing a slow steady retrieve back to the kayak. I like this technique because it caught bass, large crappie and stripers. Even one sunfish took a wack at it and came to the boat. Any swim bait I’m sure will work in the 4in or less size and the best colors were natural shad colors.
Don’t let the cold put you off your fishing. Downsizing line, lures, rods and reels can make the difference in a day of cold weather fishing. Loosen those drags and tight lines!
after unpacking everything i took my quick disconnect and the fuse holder provided with the fish finder and tinned the ends
useing the silver soldier i prepped the wires by adding soldier to the wire tips (tinning)
i heated both of the wires to allow the soldier to become fluid and joined the two wires together and let cool
pro tip: apply heat shrink to the wires before soldiering- i then soldiered up the power cable to the other side of the quick connector in the same way
add ring terminals to the positive and negative wire and test fit on the battery.
i had a lowrance elite 4 hdi allready installed and needed to remove the power and transducer from that unit as well as the old ram mounting system
unscrew the 3 mounting screws on the lowrance transducer cover
this is what happens when you dont clean out your transducer correctly
remove the wireing from the old transducer
you can see here why a berley pro transducer mount is required
sorry its upside down ill fix later- full kit from berley pro- extremely well made!
attach total scan transducer to the mounting plate using supplied screws from lowrance kit
reinstall transducer mounting plate and traducer cover with original screws and screws from the berley pro kit.
using the Hobie through hull kit run the wire from under the kayak through the kayak
run all 3 wires from inside of hull using the Hobie 3 wire through hull kit and install ram mount with yak attack 1.5 ball
the lowrance 7ti mounts easy on the ram mounting arm
hook up the battery and connect connectors to fish finder and turn on
this unit is very popular for kayak fisherman!
the lowrance 7ti is a fairly easy install with the kit i have assembled here and i hope this helps you in your future fish finder installs. i will follow this up with a review on the system after i have a month or 2 of using the unit and have first hand knowledge of how it works. thanks for taking the time to read my install guide and if you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Facebook or Instagram Facebook – James Snyder https://www.facebook.com/james.snyder.739?fref=ts Insta- Yakin_James
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On December 11th and 12th I got the chance to head out to Village West Marina in Stockton. I originally went out to catch bass and striper but they didn’t want to cooperate, so I went in the marina and started looking for crappie or anything else that would bite. I started seing clouds of fish on my fishfinder and proceeded to drop my lure right on their heads. They didn’t seem to like the crappie jigs or my little trout worms so I started jigging my kastmaster and immediately hooked up with a nice bluegill. I couldn’t keep them off it!
Average to large sunfish on a golden kastmaster
I was using a 1/16 oz kastmaster to tempt the feisty fish in about 10ft of water. I started with a gold color, witch they ate, but I switched to a silver and chartreuse and started catching a lot more fish. Jigging it up and down worked really well, but I also found that if I got a bite and missed it, to just drift with it and the slow flutter drove them crazy. The average size of these fish were between 6 and 8in with some of the bigger ones pushing 11. There are no shortage of these fish in the marinas.
These little fish are a ton of fun when everything else has stopped feeding from the cold. So pick up some small shiny lures and hang on, Bluegill put a awesome bend into an ultralight rod and when you are fishing little baits like this you never know what you might hook into. Hope this puts some fun into your winter, Happy Fishing!
Here on Kauai summer is in full swing, the mantra lucky we live Hawaii resonates with us everyday we wake up to the trade wind breezes and greet the sunrise over the vast Pacific Ocean. We live in a waterman’s paradise. This August we “the Seasoljahs”, a dedicated group of ocean users committed to sustainable and ethical ocean recreation and harvest. Held our annual sustainable fishing tournament inviting paddlers and peddlers of all types of human powered vessels to participate in this community event which was held as a fundraiser for a little girl left behind after a devastating tragedy left her an orphan.
Entry’s were coming in from outrigger canoe paddlers, kayakers, hardcore kayak fisherman, shoreline fishermen on borrowed kayaks to women and kids! With five prize divisions, awards in three places, and two bonus divisions everyone had a chance to take home some great prizes, and everyone went home with a raffle prize! We were very humbled by the many local, and international sponsors and 50+ participants, some even shipping kayaks from off island.
The weekend was upon us as final tournament preparations were under way. We gathered up our gear and headed out to camp at one of our favorite beaches. The setting moon, shooting stars, and sound of the waves made for a great night sleep. Until about 4:00 am when we started prepping our boats for launch. On the water at first light is one of the best feelings,just you and the vast ocean with the expectation to be ready for the unexpected as anything can happen in the middle of the pacific. Word was coming over the radio that some impressive fish were coming up including two Ono by the legendary unkle Bobby on a monofilament leader and a wall mart lure! More ono’s were coming up along with a mixed bag of uku, tunas, and jacks. Word of a big Ono maybe the tournament winner getting taken by sharks at the kayak and a double tuna hookup with both getting hit by sharks was just a few of the many trials and tribulations along the way.
At the weigh in, it was like Christmas in August with good food, big fish great prizes, stories,and onlookers. Prizes were awarded to 15 anglers and good times and tight lines were had by all. Aloha
This July Nick Cohoons and I had the privilege to fly out to Orlando Forida and attend the 2016 Icast fishing show. This was definitely the year of the pedal drive with almost every major manufacturer bringing a pedal option to market. In a field stacked with innovative designs the one that really set itself apart was the new Feelfree Overdrive system. Several factors made this system stand out: the ability to upgrade an existing kayak model with a pedal drive, the adjustability of the seat to dial in the ergonomics, and the addition of the Motorhead unit, which allows you to switch the drive from pedal driven to motor driven seamlessly. A lot of engineering went into this system and the result is a truly unique design that allows anglers to get into the sport and upgrade as they go.
Looking over the display boat the first thing I noticed is the boat itself. It was a standard desert camo Lure 11.5 with a rudder. In 2015 when Feelfree switched over to the new Sonar Pod, the intent was always to be able to upgrade to a pedal drive in the future. While every other manufacturer went the route of all new platforms for their pedal drives, Feelfree designed their system to work around their incredibly successful Lure line of kayaks. This means those of you who already have a Lure 11.5 or 13.5 with a Sonar Pod will be able to buy the Overdrive kit and drop it right in. It also means you are starting off with a proven paddle kayak and not sacrificing performance when floating rivers, skinny water fishing, or in heavy weeds. I think the direction Feelfree took with the Overdrive System puts them into a unique position in the market, and paints a picture that they want to support their existing customers base, and not just profit from selling them another boat.
I had a few very candid conversations with head engineer Peter Murphy about the project. He explained to me a few of the major hurdles he had to overcome in order to pull this off.
One of the hurdles that he had to deal with was the ability to adjust the paddler to the pedals and to ensure that the ergonomics were ideal for pedaling, and paddling. They did this with a bracket that clicks into the notch where the rear of the gravity seat usually clips into. This bracket attaches easily to the seat and allows you to click the seat forward and backward in order to get the proper reach for the pedals. They also take advantage of the Feelfree Gravity Seat which allows for height adjustment to dial in the ergonomics and helps you get your hips in the most comfortable position for pedaling. This was something I struggled with in other pedal yaks. I always found myself compensating for my height by slouching in the seat. With the Feelfree you will be able to completely dial yourself in to the boat by adjusting the seat up and down and forward and back.
The most progressive thing about the Feelfree Overdrive System and the largest piece of engineering was the Motorhead unit. This electric drive unit plugs into the pedal system and turns the existing pedal drive into an electric trolling motor. The Motorhead clicks into the drive the same way a battery would click into a cordless drill. When in pedal mode the drive sits in the first click, when moved into the second click the drive disengages the pedals and takes over propelling the kayak, making it a seamless transition from pedal to power. It will come with a wired in remote control that allows you to adjust your speed and control forward and reverse. At Icast they had this setup on one of the boat’s tracks with a Rail Blazer electronics holder, which looked clean and worked well. Final details about price and what all will be included in the kit is to be announced, and we will update our info when we get that. One thing we know for sure is that it works well. Jim Hager from Feelfree Kayaks sent us this video clip and says his GPS clocked him at 6 MPH on the water.
The last hurdle the engineers had to deal with was converting a foot controlled rudder to a hand controlled rudder. They did this by using the optional rudder that has been the standard upgrade on the Lure for years. They added a lever that attaches to the gunnel of the boat and clamps on to the rudder cable. Although I could tell it was 3D printed and prototyped, it was simple and effective in how if functioned. Most importantly it allowed for the standard foot controls to work when paddling. Here is my interview with Peter Murphy, the head engineer of the Overdrive project.
Other unique features: -Pitch adjustment on the prop, which allows you to dial in the amount of grip the prop has depending on your leg strength or endurance. -Transducer Mount on the front of the drive. -Storage box that will slide into the pedal drive where the motor goes if you are doing pedal power only. (they didn’t have this to show, but told us that it would be standard in the pedal drive kit)
At an Icast where pedal powered kayaks were all the rage, I feel like the Feelfree Overdrive stood alone as the most innovative. I know thousands of Lure 11.5 and 13.5 owners are going to be so stoked to be able to keep the boat they love, but now have the ability to pedal, paddle, or motor it. We are excited to see what this new drive means for the future of Feelfree and pedal kayaks as a whole. It sure is an exciting time to be a part of the kayak fishing industry!
Headwaters Kayak (Dan) and I have teamed up yet again in 2015 for another Yellowstone fishing expedition!! My crew and I can’t say enough “THANK YOU’S” to Dan for how much he has helped out with our trips! He has Sponsored us with everything from fish finders to Go pro’s and of course geared our team up with the best fishing kayaks on the market!!!
As Always – Thank you Headwaters Kayak!
Every year my brother and I, with some family, try and find a remote place in the USA to get away for a while, away from people and find some extraordinary fishing and wildlife. We normally stick to forest service wilderness areas but for the last 5 years we have been going back to Yellowstone. This will be our 6th year in the backcountry of this wonderful natural resource.
Years 1-3 we hiked in from the Bridger-Teton wilderness (90 mile ish round trip)and crossed the southern border of Yellowstone to fish the Yellowstone River for its native cutthroat trout. Years 4, 5 and now 6, we have teamed up with Dan and Headwaters kayak to Kayak across the lake, fishing the entire time, drop kayaks at the other side and hike into the backcountry fishing the river. Then we turn around and make our way back fishing as we go.
I have done a couple of write ups that Dan has posted that talk about how we fish, what gear we use and the techniques we deploy to catch Lake trout and Cutthroats. Take a look at the fishing blog for past discussions.
This year I would like to focus on “Camping from Kayaks”. I would consider myself quite versed in hiking/camping gear…………………… and will leave the advice on kayaks where it belongs, with the crew of Headwaters!
Camping From a Kayak
2014 Yellowstone Lake – Fist Night Camping
I am, well, I was, primarily a backpacker, so I spent a lot of time and money on my gear to save weight and space so that I could take 10-12 day trips without being resupplied. That same gear has traversed well into being able to camp from a kayak.
I take a lot of precautions placing my gear in the kayak. My backpack goes in the front of my YAK, is tied down and a waterproof covering is placed over it so it doesn’t get waterlogged. This works great on the Big Tuna since it has a lot of open space on the front but is different for each YAK layout. Other than making sure my gear is tied and/or placed inside the YAK the only thing I really do different that when I am hiking is waterproof a bit more. I waterproof anyway due to the weather we always encounter but I take a little more precaution with some of my core gear placing it in safe a location. My boots and other items not being used and not stored in my backpack are placed in a heavy-duty sea to summit waterproof bag and put in the main storage compartment.
Something to note, the gear that I will be sharing with you, I have accumulated over the course of quite a few years of trial and error. The gear I carry is light, effective and does not come at a cheap price. I have done many hours’ research as well as field-testing on the trails but everyone is different. For example, I love my boots, I do not get blisters and I will not wear anything else (For now) because of their stability and because I DO NOT GET BLISTERS!!!!! Everyone’s feet are different and just because some magazine says certain boots are the best thing since sliced bread that doesn’t mean your feet will like them! An ultra-lighter would tell you to buy trail shoes (Upgraded Tennis shoes). With the weather I encounter I would never wear trail shoes but to each their own.
Disclaimer : I am not an ultra light hiker, a section hiker, thru hiker or a “go bag the next peak” hiker. I find places to go fishing that will be difficult for others to get to so that I can be as far away from the grid as possible, enjoy the wilderness and catch fish at the same time.
Core Gear: “They Say” – not really sure who they are but, they say to start with your backpack, sleeping bag and tent. On just these 3 items I have spent over $1000.00!
My Pack – 2014 Gregory Boltoro 75.
An ultra-lighter would tell me that I am crazy to have a pack that weighs in at about 6lbs. I like its stability, how it forms to my shape and the options it has in terms of storage.
The new 2015 Boltoro 75 is sweet and weighs a lb less! Maybe next year I have already spent enough on other upgrades/necessities
Sleeping Bag – Marmot Helium
Temp rating at 15 degrees
850 goose fill down and
Weighs in at just over 2 lbs.
I like this bag, our trips are normally at high elevations so it can get quite cold even in the summer. “Quality Down” – don’t leave home without it.
Tent – Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
I split the weight with my brother and use a 2 person tent on our trips. They say this is a 3 person tent but I do not know who those three people were. My brother and I are both over 6ft and weight in 230 – 260 lbs. We fit in this one just fine with a couple of inches left over
2 Entry points– Nice for two people having their own entry point
2 vestibules – IMPORTANT for keeping gear dry and close at hand.
This is a new tent so I will have to see how it holds up over time
ALWAYS use the company-designed footprint. This will save from getting holes in the bottom as well as stop water from pooling underneath your tent. It is well worth the extra cost.
I have to wonder why God created Mosquitoes.Mosquitoes can easily turn a wonderful trip into a miserable one. I am not a big fan of the nasty buggers, I have run into them across the globe and I do everything possible to keep them away from me!
I used to say that the only thing that will keep the bugs away from me is 100% Deet. I really do not like Deet but I like it better that being bit all this time so I have primarily used it, especially when the bugs are bad. I am trying something new this year, Permethrin treated clothed and ultrathin time released 34.6%deet lotion. I have tested it in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains with good results but the bugs were not bad. I will report back on how they do with the Yellowstone Biting Buzzards!
Permethrin has also been proven to repel ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, midges and is approved by the EPA. That being said, I would like to note that I initially purchased the spray bottle and sprayed my own clothing. I do not think it was very effective so I did some more reading and the studies have shown that when manufactures “Bind” Permethrin to the clothing it is very effective.
Pants – Railriders Eco Mesh with Insect Shield
I am really starting to like these pants. They have a zippered leg section that opens exposing a mesh lining to let the air in to keep you cool. AND KEEPS THE BUGS OFF!!! I saw a mosquito try and land on my leg and it got close and then took off
Pants for the Kayaking portion – REI Sahara
They zip off into shorts. I wear the shorts portion on the water and zip the legs back on when I hit land if the bugs are around are around.
I have a really old pair (7 years?) that the bugs cannot bite through and they only weight in at 12-14 ounces. The newer ones are not made quiet as well and the bugs can bite through them so until they fail I use these. When they fall apart I will figure something else out.
Shirt – Railriders Journeyman with insect shield
I don’t really like hiking with long sleeves but I hate the bugs even worse so I have moved to a long sleeve shirt that rolls up and buttons if needed
Its great on the water as well, rail riders were founded by a guy who sails and his gear was to stay cool and help keep the sun off you.
Underarm and torso mesh lining to keep you cool
Back cape vent for additional breathability
I like this shirt!!!!
Underwear – Exofficio Give-N-GO
Treated with Aegis Microbe Shield to eliminate odor causing bacteria
Their gimmick is “500 miles of trail, 7 days, one pair of underwear”
These are awesome and well worth the cost
For the Rain – It always rains on us, the only variable is how much and how long. It has rained, hailed and snowed on us on our summer trips.
Arcteryx Theta AR gore-text shell
My favorite piece of gear
Boots – Asolo TPS 520 GV – Yes they are heavy and they took me about 20-30 miles of walking/hiking to break in but I like them!
Full grain leather
Waterproof with Gore-tex
About 4lbs a pair – yes they are heavy but they are stable and can handle the hiking I do.
They are leather so I treat them with repellant each time I go out. It really sucks if you get a heavy pair of leather boots waterlogged.
Shoes For Kayaking –I use two different pairs
Merrell lightweight shoes that double as shoes when I have to do water crossings in the backcountry. They work good when I have to take my boots off and cross a stream as well as when it is not too cold on the kayak. I do not remember the name of them but they are similar to the Bare Access 4
When it is cold I use Kokatat Nomad Paddling Boots
Kind of a pain to get on and off but they work!
The Rest of My Gear:
I am attaching a spreadsheet (well i tried to attach it but i couldn’t figure it out so i cut and pasted most of it) where I list and weigh all the gear that I carry. Please take a look and feel free to post questions and I will do my best to answer in a timely manner. I will be in Yellowstone from July 22 – August 2ndso if you post then I will answer when I return.
Item (as packed, w/ stuff sack)
Tent – Big Agnes Copper UL 3
Sleeping pad – Therma rest Xlite
Sleeping bag – Marmot helium
Pillow – sea to summit aeros large
Back Pack – gregory baltoro 75
Head lamp – black diamond re-chargeable
Bug Net Net – head
Evernew Titanium non-stick 900ml pan
Stove – Snow Peak titanium auto light
Sea to summit – ultra sil sink 10 liter
Spoon – MSR folding Spoon
First Aid Kit – held in zip lock container – I am still working on the complete First AID pack but am almost there – 6oz total weight
– Bandaids large waterproof for heel (6)
– Bandaids regular size (6)
– Bandaids H & knuckle version (6)
– Bandaids – butterfly (6)
– Non stick Gauze pads 2X3 (3)
– Pair of steril gloves
– alcohol pads (4)
– Medical Tape
– anti bacterial hand wipes (2)
– Tylenol (20)
– lip balm – vasaline lip therapy
– Safety Pins (4)
– Diarrhea Meds – immodium (12)
– Needle and Thread
– 1 ounce container of zinc oxide
– Qtips (18)
Delorme in reach SOS/GPS Tracker
Map and Plastic cover
Fire Starting Kit
– Zip Lock Bag
– Bic Lighter
– Waterproof Matches (8)
– Military grade trioxane tabs(2)
Bug spray – ultrathon (2 tubes)
550 Cord – 50ft
Water bladder – 3 liter platypus for pack
Water Bottle – naglene 1 liter
Water purifier – platypus gravity
Water Carried in Liters(3)
Fishing Gear – Hiking portion
Fly Reel with floating line
Fishing Kit – Flys
Fly pole – 5 wt orvis access
leaders and stuff
Waterproof Camera – Fuji XP 70
Go Pro Hero 3+
Go Pro Extended Battery pack
Go Pro head harness
water proof case
non water prrof backing for sound
Hand Wipes (2 per day minimum)
Dental Floss – not much
Toilet Paper – 1/2 roll
toilet wet wipes – (20) wipes
Towel – sea to summit small
Socks – thorlos trail hikink socks
– 1st pair
– 2nd pair
– 3rd pair
– 4th pair – Worn
– Rail rider Journeyman with Insect Shield
– 2nd Shirt – noit sure which one yet
– RailRiders eco mesh with bugs away
– 2nd REI sahara
Underwear – Exofficio Give -N-Go
– 2nd pair
– 3rd pair
water shoes – merrill
Jacket (Gore-Tex) – arcteryx
Gaiters (Gore Tex)
Pants (Gore-Tex) – Arcteryx
Food 2015 = 9 nights/10 days
I am still working on my food list
Conclusion Kayak camping provides some pretty increadible experiences and i hope this write up helps those that want to get out for multiple night
I was long overdue for a little delta water therapy, so when the newest member of the Headwaters Kayak staff, Matt Guthrie, invited me out fishing I jumped at the oppurtunity. Our plan was to check out Paradise Point Marina, to scout for the upcoming Western Kayak Bass Series tournament.
Matt with his topwater bluegill.
Matt and I arrived pre-dawn to hopefully catch a few fish on topwater. We launched our yaks and paddled out to the first spot. Instantly Matt had a fish on. I worked my way around to the opposite side of the point that Matt was fishing and flung out my crease fly, a low profile topwater popper. On my second cast, I got a swirl and fish on! A little 9-inch male. Nothing quite like catching fish on top.The next whoop came from Matt,who had hooked about a 9-inch bluegill on his Zara Spook! We took a couple photos and then back to business. As I fished my way down the tule island, I saw a decent bass jump. I got into position and cast out my fly. Strip, Strip, fish on! this time it was a nice 13+ inch female. Perfect contender for our upcoming tournament.
A nice 13.25 inch bass caught on top with a crease fly.
After that the topwater bite died off. We switched to subsurface, with me throwing a wooly bugger and Matt fishing a Senko. Right after I switched, I hooked up with a fat 14+ inch bass. What a blast on a fly rod!
My best fish of the day.
I finished the day with a 9.5 inch bluegill. Matt had to one up me on his last cast, with a piggish 18 incher.
A 9.25 inch bluegill. A personal best for me.
The trip was a great start to the season. Looking forward to this years Western Kayak Bass Series. For more info on the tournament series, give us a call at the shop at 209-224-8367.
Well we are at it again, kicking off another year of kayak tournaments. We always start the year with Crabfest, a crabbing tournament hosted at Doran Beach. This years tournament could not have come soon enough. The Central Valley has been pretty dreary as of late, with most days being cloudy and cold. This type of weather doesn’t exactly get me excited about fishing, so I have been spending more time with the family as of late, leading to some major fishing withdrawals. Thankfully, Dan graciously let me go early on Friday, so I could spend all weekend at Crabfest.
I arrived about 9:00pm and spent a little time with a few folks I knew getting the crabbing report and telling tall tales. Evidently there had been some big tides earlier in the week that had pushed the crabs around and catch was down as a result, but I hit the hay hopeful for full pots over the weekend.
They ended up being too small to keep, but still cool to see.
The next morning I awoke early, excited to get on the water and start some crabbing. I got my gear together and rigged up while I waited for the day use area gate to open. Right as I got parked, I saw Victor, the host and tournament director for Crabfest. I went over and greeted him and chatted a bit about the weekends itinerary. I think the nicest thing about all of these tournaments isn’t the fishing, but getting to see all of the familiar faces and catching up with friends. It’s a good thing I enjoyed the comradery so much because the crabbing was slow. I soaked one pot most of the day for one rock crab. Other people I talked to had similar results, but that as they say is fishing. The other bonus of the day was the weather was gorgeous! Sunny, warm, and no wind. The finale for the day was the potluck at Glen’s campsite, good company and good food.
Victor, the tournament director, making a crabby face.
The morning of the tournament I woke up to The Headwaters van rocking from side in the wind. Not a good omen. I drove over to the entrance gate for the day use area to get in line. I got out of the van. Freezing! I got into the day use area and started setting up for registration. Normally we put up a couple of easy ups, but those would quickly blow over in the roughly 25 knot wind that was blowing. We decided to set up shop in The Headwaters van and Dan’s Sprinter van.
Too windy to go out.
Even though getting out crabbing was not looking likely, we still did registration. We encouraged people to not go out on the water because it was not safe, but to register for the event because just by registering their name would be entered to win a 2015 Eddyline Caribbean 12 kayak, no crab submission necessary. We spent the rest of the morning telling fish stories and hoping the wind would die off.
Brr! Dan and I trying to keep warm in the Sprinter, handing out raffle tickets.
The wind finally laid down just in time for the end of the tournament and the beginning of the potluck, which is an event in itself.
Plenty of people attended and we had lots of goodies to raffle off. Proceeds benefited Diabetic Youth Families.
Huge thanks to Eddyline for donating an Eddyline Caribbean for the event.
First time kayaking with a friend who has her own kayak and was very helpful.
Very easy to learn and the employees in the group were eager to help and share information.
I found the pace a bit fast and wished I'd had more time to float and listen and view nature. When we reached the turn around point I was given some plant tips by a gentleman who kayaks with his cute dog (sorry I do not recall his name).
As we made our way back I stopped to take pictures of a few bits of fall color. As the weather had been warm, there was very little of the vibrant colors I was hoping for. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the trip and everyone was so helpful. Especially the employee who I had to ask to get me out of the vest because my hands were jelly, just like my legs. Thanks for being so understanding with this newbie!
Going forward, I will rent on my own so I can take my time, listen and look at nature and wildlife at my own pace.
Dan once again has great employees which shows he cares about kayaking and involving people who never have tried it before. The guided tour was great and Taylor did a great job.
It was a bit tough for me not having paddled in years. But, we made it and it was pretty! Bottled water at the halfway point was a must! And a snack!
Definantly doing this again next year!!!! All ten of us had a blast. Well just make sure that we do it when the weather is warmer next time instead of in October....lol
I dont think that you could ever get tired of enjoying the moon shining on the riveras your cruzin thru.
Absolutely loved it!!!