Recent content by Solandri A

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    Sonar Interpretation

    It's been about 15 years since I ran the calcs to convince myself. I won't go through all the details (because of my reply to Pirate). In a nutshell: A 600 W fishfinder has a sound source level of about 155 dB. At 10 meters depth (30 feet), the loss due to spreading of the sound wave is -20...
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    7/12 on the Gail Force

    I don't defend the atrocious handling of a protected species. However: If that's the definition of "take", how do you measure a fish to determine if it's legal to keep? Jump in the water with a tape measure?
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    Sonar Interpretation

    Tuna don't show up on fish finders, or if they do it's as a very faint signal. The sound from a sonar bounces off of density changes. Muscle and organs are almost the same density as water, so the water-to-muscle transition doesn't bounce sound back. You get some bounce off of bone, but if...
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    Update on BFT bag limit/closure....

    Commercial flash freezing is done with liquid nitrogen. Basically it needs to freeze the food before the ice crystals have a chance to align, which means freezing in a matter of seconds. Slower than that and the ice crystals align, causing it to increase in volume (why ice floats in water)...
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    Update on BFT bag limit/closure....

    1) Nearly all raw fish has been frozen - to kill any parasites. 2) "Frozen" doesn't always mean the same thing. Slow freezing like in your home freezer degrades the meat. The slowly advancing frost line bursts the cells, and when it's thawed you end up with mushy meat. Most commercial...
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    Picking the right day's

    There's also the NOAA buoys. A forecast is a guess, but a buoy will give you actual measurements of what the conditions are really like right now. Here's buoy 46253, which is just about at the 150 spot. http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46253 Most buoys report wave/swell...
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    Flat Fall Jigs.....do they work?

    The problem with reports like this is that if 70%-80% of the guys on the boat were using flat falls and they only caught 30%-40% of the fish, that means they don't work. To really know if they work, you need to know both how many fish were caught with them, and how many of the people were using...
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    SENTRI card good for the 3/4 boats out of SD?

    SENTRI is a joint program between Mexico and the U.S. Both countries' immigration services do a background check on you before approving you for SENTRI, and it expedites travel into both countries. The Canada-US equivalent is NEXUS (which I had). The card that only allows you to get back into...
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    Light tackle for CA Yellowtail. Discussion and Suggestions.

    Also, line that diameter is probably getting really close to the manufacturing tolerance between the spool and frame on heavier saltwater reels. If you backlash, some line can end up squeezing through the gap at the rim of the spool and wrapping around the spool's axle. The reel will be out of...
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    Newport report 7/5/15

    Each mature female yellowtail (3+ years old, about 5-10 pounds) lays 1-2 million eggs each year. This is a species with extremely high mortality at the larval and juvenile stages. A few extra rats taken by rod and reel aren't going to make the slightest difference...
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    Do you use a swivel when throwing surface jigs and poppers with a spinning reel?

    It's not that simple. On a conventional reel, the line is always in the same state of twist (hopefully untwisted), and you don't need a swivel. With a spinning reel, the line on the spool is in a different state of twist than the line that's cast out. So if it's untwisted on the spool (most...
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    just a stupid observation??

    People procrastinate. They know the motor needs to be rebuilt or replaced, but the expense is kinda daunting and it's not like the engine doesn't run at all, so they put it off and put it off. Then one day they decide to sell the boat and they realize, oh [email protected] they're finally gonna have to get...
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    worms in tuna

    If you were planning to eat it raw (or as ceviche), here are the FDA guidelines for killing parasites in fish. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM252393.pdf Basically, keep frozen for 7 days at -4 F (most home refrigerator/freezers can do this). If your freezer can hit...
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    Sunday BFT

    Most smartphones have a full GPS. Some only have assisted GPS, which needs to contact a cell phone tower to get a fix. But most have a full GPS as a fallback when there is no cell tower within range. It's just slower and sucks up battery faster. Install a boating and navigation app, and test...
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    DP 6/28

    The water temp chart at tempbreak.com is a time composite. If you click the second drop-down menu, it'll let you see the hourly temperature readings. The ones showing 70 degree water around Dana Point are from 10pm on 6/26. The water temp has plummeted the last two days, but the composite...