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  1. jim isbell

    Refunds due to Covid

    If you have paid in full for a long range (or one day for that matter) on a Sport boat--and you flunk the Covid screen, what then? Do they keep your money or some of you money? I asked one landing--they wouldn't really answer me.
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    Fisherman without license

    If you get stopped on the water by DFW--and some guy on your boat does NOT have a license, what is YOUR liability--as boat owner?
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    software for MPA's

    Looking for MPA downloads, so far problem is they want you to have an I-phone, which I don't or they want a monthly fee for the "free" download. Question, is there a good recommendation on the most economical way to go, thanks.
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    Safety on the Water

    I see the thread for the tragedy on the Conception was pulled, probably a good idea, but wanted to mention just one thing that might help many of us, if not all concerning the subject of having a "roving" person or maybe two persons (4 hours each) to see the boat through the night, as opposed to...
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    Marine Protection Areas (MPA's)

    What is the current thinking on the best way to stay clear of any and all MPA's? Talking chart plotter downloads, or phone app's that are current and as fail safe as one can get. I still end up on boats, or surf fishing in areas that may/may not be "safe" to fish, and I still hear debates...
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    Boat US confusion

    Like most people I know, I renew by boat tow and insurance every year; fact is, it is normally done automatically, I don't even see it. But this year I ended up-for some reason, with three bills: one for towing, one for insurance and one for "membership"; that "membership is only 10 bucks...
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    Hydraulic Steering kits

    Installing myself a Hydraulic System for my boat--19 foot, fairly heavy hull with 115 Yamaha outboard. Right now, steers like a beast with manual. Do any of you guys have a preference as to brand? Sea Star, or other; I have looked on line and found ZERO as regards pros/cons of different kinds...
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    Looking for a reference: Boat, trailer, engine mechanics shop

    In the SOCAL area, where is the best place to go for a trailer boat, where they do good work on the trailer, the engine, and the boat?
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    For Sale Boat Seat--reclining

    Seat (see photos below) came off a Campion; I hear they are the same seats found on some Bayliners. Along with the seat, is the roller that allows the seat to be used, or reclined. Excellent condition, looking for $150 or best offer. I'm in North Orange County and more than anything, looking...
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    Line test: how high is too high?

    Putting aside leaders, at what point is your main line so high in test pounds--it no longer does anything except reduce line capacity on your reel? For example, I have heard (don't know if true) that if you tied 50 pound test to a tree, the average guy is not capable of pulling so hard (with...
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    Does anyone remember this recent posting?

    My memory is for sh...., but maybe a week or two past, some guy talked about one of the best boats he has ever fished, and had a GREAT photo spread of the boat and crew at work--one shot was showing that even taking on bait was the best effort he ever saw by a crew. Lots of details about this...
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    Drag poundage

    I may get the dumb guy of the year award, but I am going to ask anyway--I've won that award before, so be it. OK, I have a reel that is rated to put our 22 pounds of drag--that's a LOT, in my mind. I have a scale, that is supposed to be pretty accurate. I tie the line on to the scale, scale...
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    Remember when?

    If memory serves (it often doesn't) there was a posting on here, by a guy who caught---if I remember correctly a very, very large BFT, maybe just over 300 pounds. He did it stand up, and the story had one photo of him on the fish, not using his arms, but leaning back, almost full squat and as I...
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    Bait Tanks

    With a fairly small boat, I wondered if I would be better off with a fully plumbed bait tank, OR one of the self contained models that do NOT allow water exchange, but comes with a aerator and a bubbler, the first to add oxygen, the second to expel CO2. Obviously, the coolers/bait tanks are...
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    Bait Tanks

    With a fairly small boat, I wondered if I would be better off with a fully plumbed bait tank, OR one of the self contained models that do NOT allow water exchange, but comes with a aerator and a bubbler, the first to add oxygen, the second to expel CO2. Obviously, the coolers/bait tanks are...
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    Tying the Circle Hook

    Have you ever notice that on some days, every bite with a circle hook leads to a lost fish? And yet, on other days, it seems everything sticks? At least fore me, it was proven it was the way I was tying the circle hook. Years ago, with a "Guide", I lost--or never hooked, every single Tarpon I...
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    Scopolamine, tablet form

    For many years (40 plus) I have used Scopolamine tablets, nothing has ever worked this good, for me. It is the difference between being sick and not feelings any motion sickness. BUT NOW, the one company who made it, Hope Pharma, quite making it. NOW, you can only get "the patch"--behind the...
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    Weight Distribution hitches

    Wondering about WD hitches--anyone have experience? I see several makes, they all of course advertise to be "the best". Has anyone experienced a hitch that handles all of the following: allows trailer to back up works with surge brakes straight forward assembly Also, wondering if existing...
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    Sailfish 19.8 Center Console/Yamaha 115 4 stroke-197 HRS/Heavy Duty Aluminum Trailer $15000. OBO

    Removing add temporarily, boat going in for service at the anaheim boat house Hull and Engine, 2003 · Large fish or dry goods locker up front (A 40 inch Yellow Tail will fit in there) · ALL hatches waterproofed —gaskets new and tight, seam line sealed. This is a dry bilge. · Twin marine...
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    C Dory Boat

    I have read good things about this boat--but can't really sort out how good they might be for fishing. I'm talking about rail space to mount rod holders, things like that. And room for a bait tank, etc. I have a chance to buy one (22 foot model), but it is out of state; anyone know where I can...
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    Crowley Lake incident and warning to boaters, Saturday 4 June

    Four of us took my 20 foot skiff to Crowley and fished both Saturday and Sunday--the 4th and 5th of June. We had an experienced Crowley angler with us, who acted as guide and we took a number of nice brown trout, maybe 2 pounds (10 fish total over two days) and one larger Rainbow, closer to 3...
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    CA Towing Limits

    CALIFORNIA Every trailer and semitrailer manufactured after 1940 with a GVW of 6,000 lbs. or more and operated at a speed of 20 mph or more must be equipped with brakes; trailers and semitrailers built after 1966 and with a GVW of 3,000 lbs. or more must have brakes on at least 2 wheels; every...
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    Navigating MPA's via I-phone or I-pad

    I came across what is supposed to be a very good app for Mac that shows where the MPA's are, of course it only works for Mac. Fine, what about one of the new I-Pads or I-phones to use with the app? Talked THREE times with the Apple people on their "on line chat". I want to use an I-pad or...
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    Best tow from East Coast

    Can anyone recommend a tow service for a trailer boat from east to west coast. Not looking for a bargain basement or the most expensive--trying get the best deal on a reputable service--and can anyone just off the cuff estimate what a 20 foot heavy built trailer boat tow that far would run? Thanks
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    Best tow from East Coast

    Can anyone recommend a tow service for a trailer boat from east to west coast. Not looking for a bargain basement or the most expensive--trying get the best deal on a reputable service--and can anyone just off the cuff estimate what a 20 foot heavy built trailer boat tow that far would run? Thanks
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    2016 Trout Stocking--for you and me

    This week's Western Oudoor News, contained this, see below: "Western Outdoor News went to the DFW Statewide Fisheries Branch with a brief Q & A, and here’s what we found": WON: (Western Outdoor News) "Will all of the state hatcheries be up on-line and in full production this season to fulfill...
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    Surf fishing derbies

    I went on line and searched "surf fishing derbies" and "tournaments" and so forth--only ONE came up that was a verified surf fishing derby, and that one--in Washington. Does anyone know of a good source to find out BEFORE they happen. Just went on WON--and there was yet another "last weekend's...
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    CA fishing licenses 2016

    Has anyone heard if the 2016 license will be like LAST year, that is, the same, or higher cost, and once again a cut to our legally mandated and specifically allocated trout quota? Will they shaft us--again?
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    Hand held, waterproof GPS with MLPA's

    Looked like crazy, everywhere I could think of and could not find a simple recommendation for "best hand held, waterproof GPS/chartplotter with built in or capability to receive CA MLPA boundaries" I have been TOLD the "new units" have a lot of that--who knows?
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    Report--local surf fishing today

    As mentioned, I went to the surf today, fished the few hours before high tide--nada. I did hook one fish, but it popped off, felt small. I did not go to Dockweiler as planned, but near Sunset Beach. I fished a sliding sinker rig, 6 pound clear mono leader, motor oil grub and lug worm later...
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    MLPA's to landmarks/street signs

    On the CA DFW website, the MPA's are given in JPEG and PDF file--the first is the lat/long coordinates and the second is a rough map of the area. Let's say you want to go to Pizmo beach and surf fish--so you go to the central ca DFW website and you see MANY different MPA's listed. You click...
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    Rogue Waves

    Just saw an old telecast about rogue waves, how they can be "five times bigger" than the forecast for the day. During the years I have boated, I HAVE seen a few waves that seemed to come out of nowhere--but I have never seen anything like that--or for that matter, heard anything like that from...
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    Gun Permits to carry

    In light of the terrible shootings of late--and so many more over the years, the subject of gun control is now, and of course--always coming up. What bothers me about it is this: I--and most of you, as law abiding people, really can't have a gun, not really. Mine is home, taken apart and...
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    Aftermarket boat ad on's that pay for themselves when you sell

    You know how certain things in a home "come back" in the sale--like the cost of a nice kitchen tend to come back when you sell the house? For boats, what ad on items come back?--I would assume there are three categories: one, things that you loose money on--you put them on cause you like/want...
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    What's going on local (150, 105, Horshoe"green buoy")

    Have not been out in a few weeks, any local news? I heard (not substantiated) that the dines have moved north--anyone out there with any info?
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    Details matter, even in this bite

    Went Yellowtail fishing twice, the last two weeks. Bite spotty, but caught 3 BIG YT the first time, and 5 also big the next time. But the first SIX fish were caught by my friend, me zippo. Neither he nor I could sort out why--we both had 50 pound PP--Green colored, both had same hooks (Mutu...
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    SOCAL launch ramps

    We all know the weekends right now are a zoo at the ramp. But re. the smaller ramps/far away ramps, is there a concern about driving all the way down to say--Dana Point, or Oceanside and finding the parking lot full--so unable to launch?
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    IGFA Rules

    Just wondering......do most guys like the idea of fighting a fish, start to finish on their own? As most of us know, the IGFA will not recognize any kind of record fish if you pass the rod to anyone else. They also dictate, I believe, that the rod can't touch the rail--if I recall correctly...
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    WTB Boat Rails

    For 19.8 Sailfish CC Boat. Very low rails make for dangerous offshore condition, looking for suitable rails to bring up the height to a safe level. Perfect example of correct rails is current 18 Foot boat for sale "Team Baja Terminator", see image attached. I have contacted two fabricators...