Maiden at PV, Shoe 12-12

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Kman, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. Kman

    Kman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Kurt
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    Robalo R180 Trailer Trash
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    Well I went and did it. I picked up a new (to me) boat. It's a 2013 Robalo R180/F115 with 102 hours that until today has never seen saltwater. Save for the last few years, I’ve owned boats nonstop since 1976. Since we’re gonna be in Calif a few more years. I figured what the hell.

    After adding 2 grp 29 batteries and an all new dual battery setup, 12 rod holders, performing the 100 hour service, rewiring the back half of the boat, installing an ICOM 506 w/AIS and installing a light to tell me when the bilge was running, I was ready for the maiden. I picked up Steve (Ssrmr2) at his house. I've been whoring on his Whaler lately, so it was time for me to return the favor.

    We launched from Davies and headed for PV. There was a fair north wind blowing up some chop in the harbor, but the 3000+# 18 footer pushed through it with ease and the very tall gunnels kept us dry.

    The meter lit up on our first stop, and it wasn't long before I caught the new Trailer Trash's first fish--a 4# calico. We bounced around from rock to rock up past Rocky Point where there was a fair NW wind starting to blow. We didn't stay there long as, while we were metering fish, they would not bite despite there being a decent current and 63 deg water.

    We rock hopped our way back and ended up at the shoe, where we hit several rocks for not much. Then we hit a special spot that added 3 or 4 sandies to the count.

    As soon as we entered Alimitos channel, Steve grabbed a bucket and the boat brush and went to town on the deck. Nice when your guest spent some time as a deckhand on the RR III. Thank you Steve. Putting the boat back on the trailer was a snap. It self centers and easily motors up to the winch.

    Totals: 20 bass to 4#. 5 or so Johnny bass and a goat (that was kept for dinner). Current was uphill, downhill and in depending where you were. Wind was not a factor. Temps only ranged a couple degrees, from 61-63 degrees all day. All fish were caught on Kman Special leadheads and swimbaits. We had a few very short cuda chase our Snipers, but none connected. We caught several of our bass suspended in the column today. Casting out, letting it drop, then slow grinding in was not productive today. Fishing was very slow today, but I didn't care one bit as the weather was awesome and everything about the boat was working perfectly.

    The boat was everything I'd hoped it would be. After owning a Bayrunner for over ten years, and whoring on smaller boats, I'm getting to an age where it's no fun coming home all beat up and wind burned. This Robalo is smooth riding, and the windshield on that BIG HONKING potty console keeps the wind off you. The Yammy 115 won't win any speed contests, but we managed 36-38 MPH at 5600 RPM. The Yammy ran like a sewing machine...

    The plan is to set her up with a 12" MFD with CHIRP and 3D structure scan, AIS, Radar, AP, GPS enabled trolling motor and a 1-scoop bait tank under the bench seat. The hard part is choosing which MFD to get. That new Furuno sure looks good, but damn, they just came out this year and I don’t want to be their beta tester.

    No neener neeners as this boat probably gets 4 or so MPG. I did not fill her up, as I want to use up all the Utah ethanol free unknown age gas, then start corroding the tank properly with our local swill.

    Once again, we didn't sink the boat or get arrested or towed. It was a great day on the water with a good friend.

    In the coming weeks and months, I will be looking for new faces to fish with. Prefer experienced, reliable fishermen who can meet at my home in Diamond Bar, share expenses, yada yada. PM me if interested.

    Some pics. I don't seem able to place them in text when typing in Windows.

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  2. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    So glad you are stoked on your new boat! Glad all went smooth!!
     
  3. RockyGizmo

    RockyGizmo Member

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    Great fishing trip and ‘new’ boat report... nice pics too.
    Seemed like you both knew what you were doing... that really helps.

    I’ve been fishing with rookie relatives lately; nothing like a sculpin swishing by your ear because it was whipped into the boat by an excited teenager (who did learn how to handle and release them).

    Looking forward to hearing about more of your most excellent fishing trips.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  4. Cheech

    Cheech Member

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    Congrats on the new ride and a successful maiden run. It feels good to get through that first long 'must do' list and get a few hours on the water. Take a look at the Simrad MDF packages. There is plenty of chatter here on the boat forums too. And thanks for posting the report.
     
  5. USMCfish

    USMCfish USMC-FISH

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    NICE SLED Congrats!
     
  6. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    Nice boat. Wireing job looks clean. You can come over and re-wire mine next.
     
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  7. RedBoatBob

    RedBoatBob Member

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    The new boat is badass! Excellent choice....
     
  8. John S.

    John S. Well-Known "Member"

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    Really nice boat. You did a great job on the wiring and overall set up. Nice Calicos. Great boat to fly fish off of. Like the front.

    John
     
  9. ssrmr2

    ssrmr2 Member

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    thanks again for kurt for the invite to go fishing/deck. weather was perfect.
     
  10. the SLIDER

    the SLIDER https://multimediabylj.com

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    She looks clean Kman. What are you going to name her?

    Congratulations!
     
  11. finsane

    finsane I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    New adventures on a new ride, look forward to reading about them.
     
  12. Kman

    Kman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Kurt
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    Thanks. I used to rewire boats for side money back in the day. Robalo didn’t make the job easy. My boat was wired (and plumbed) as a bare hull, then the liner was installed, making access after the fact a real ball buster. No thought seems to have been given to ever servicing the busses, circuit breakers, etc, that are now behind bulkheads or panels. I became quite adept at using a telescoping pointer with a mirror attached to see what the hell they did. This setup could NEVER have been troubleshooted on the water.

    Yamaha recommends #4 battery cable minimum for runs under 10’. I was disappointed (but not surprised) to find #6 (SAE no less), un tinned, (relatively) thickly stranded wire. I can only imagine the voltage drop when the starter was engaged. I guess it was CG approved, but it wasn’t up to my standards, so it all went in the trash and I installed my standard dual battery setup using tried and true marine components and wire that are now visible and can be troubleshot.

    Here is sample wire. The top one is the factory wire.

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  13. BornFisher

    BornFisher Well-Known "Member"

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    Bill Fisher
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    Congrats Kurt! Way to shake it down and that first fish is an indication of what`s coming!!
     
  14. Kman

    Kman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Though she looks showroom new, I gotta stick with Trailer Trash since I’ve owned boats by that name since the early 1980s. I plan to justify the name with on-the-water behavior ;)
     
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  15. watersdeep

    watersdeep I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Your stoke is a bit infectious. keep it up!
     
  16. mark johnsen

    mark johnsen Ichthus

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    Congrats on the new ride! Looks awesome! Nice goat too....
     
  17. beerman1

    beerman1 Member

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    I've been waiting for this thread...Congrads on the new boat Kurt. She's a beauty. I'll see ya out there.
     
  18. Ricola77

    Ricola77 Fish On

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    Congrats on the new boat Kman and thank you for sharing
     
  19. Azarkon

    Azarkon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Been waiting for this post since you got the boat. Congratulations on the successful first trip.

    I think you might want to consider adding a top. I have a similar boat and always thought the top gave me decent sun protection in the summer, while still allowing enough wind through to not feel hot. It also allows for a radar.

    Have fun searching for electronics. Lots of choices. I ultimately went with the Garmin 51M-TH with a 10 inch. The screen is a little small but it does the job, can look down to 700 feet in calm current, 400 or so in rough, which is easily enough for what we fish in California.
     
  20. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    Sweet sled there Kman.
    I have been following your quest and this is quite a treat.
     

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