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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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2,125
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
Went out recently (posted a report about it).

Caught some fish at Catalina Island (wish we were in SD/Mexico instead because of the massive tuna gang bang down there).

One thing I'm glad about from this last trip is that my RP knots held out. Of course they were only bass and barracuda, but it's a good start. Best test was probably when I would backlash my surface irons and they stayed on.
 
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
When you're not fishing or boating, you spend a lot of time prepping and tying knots.

As I wait for my next trip out, here's a couple of things I added to my stuff bag.

The first is a new hat from Warbaits. It's a brand that I've fished for quite a few years now. I like the military theme of the brand and what the owner is all about. It's a massive plus that he's also a SD guy.
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This is one of two line tying devices (they come in a pair) I purchased from Boat Outfitters. I tend to use them for tying heavier line so I can get better torque.
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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2,125
California
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
I've been out of it for a while, due to a combination of bad fishing weather (on days I can go out) and looking after my dog (Harvey), whom we recently had to put down. I made a separate thread about him on Personal News so I won't belabor the point here as it makes me too sad.

I've only gone inshore the past few times because I wanted to bring my dog along (he wasn't strong enough to be offshore for too long). The fishing has been Meh since Dana Point has lost most of its kelp. I can still find suspended bass but it's not as fun as trying to fish kelp lanes and stringers. San Onofre has also lost most of its kelp. If anything, I've just been practicing fishing with live sardines to gain experience feeling the bite that way.

I jealously watched all the fishing reports of wide open yellowfin (and some bluefin) down south. The last time I went, I had a buddy boat but our radios couldn't connect. He killed it next to a sport boat and I wasted gas looking for fish.

I'm thinking of going out next week just to shake the blues, although the fish are too far right now. Reports show that the pelagics are quite west now (just south of San Clemente Island) and I'm not down to go that far out, especially on my boat.

I'm gonna see if Catalina will give out some yellowtail action, which is honestly my favorite fish to fight anyway. Gotta shake off some of the blues.
 

Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
2,058
2,125
California
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
I got the idea to buy some snaps for bass fishing, since I like changing my lures a lot in order to find the right pattern.

I saw these on Amazon and got the smallest ones. They looked a little flimsy, but they held up well during my first trial today.

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Caught with Snap On
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
2,058
2,125
California
Name
Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
I posted a recent fishing report about catching limits of yellowtail and calling in several boats at the 277 Bank.

It allowed me to dust off my fish cleaning skills and practice filleting. I only took 7 yellowtail but, in retrospect, I should have fully limited at 10 (I released a whole bunch). That's because everyone becomes your best friend when you have fresh fish!

Here's the relatively best fillet of the bunch.
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Obligatory boat shot in my favorite lane at Dana. I like it because it provides more wind protection and almost no one uses it because they don't like the tight backup space. Perfect for me.
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I also ordered a 9 inch Tapering Flex Bubba Knife. My knife from RWBlades is great but it's not for filleting. I have an older Rapala that still worked decently here, but it's seen better days. Hence, I wanted to start over.
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
It's been a minute since I last posted on this thread. Life happens, especially with this whole COVID-19 and quarantine deal.

I've gone on a few local trips on my boat and one local trip on a buddy's boat. Nothing crazy and definitely nothing truly offshore.

As with any start of the fishing season, I look over my rig to ensure everything is in tip top shape. To my dismay, when I connected my trailer to my truck, the lights didn't work. I had noticed a few weeks before that the back left taillight had non-working diodes.

I researched the replacement process and bought the lights. However, I also learned that I should diagnose other things first, especially the simplest things that might be causing an issue. For the record, since I knew some diodes were already busted, I knew I had to replace the whole thing anyway. What I wasn't prepared for was for ALL the lights to stop working.

After some YouTube videos, I set out to test my hitch connector. It came out intermittently working on the tester, so I knew the issue was on my tow vehicle and not the trailer itself. I made a thread about it and was glad that I found the issue on the same day. I bought a few things off Amazon to help me diagnose and fix the issue. I was also quite happy to save the hundreds of dollars a few pros quoted me.

Here's pics of tools I used in the process.

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And of course, a few inshore fish pics to keep things fresh. Some of these were keepers (measured) but the pics don't do it justice.

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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
We've got an offshore trip planned next week (first one this year on my boat) and I'm buffing my "what if" tools.

Ordered some things via Amazon and still thinking of getting a few more things. I also made a thread here asking about a spare prop for my Yamaha F150XB. You never know.

Propeller Wrench
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Spare Engine Stop Lanyard
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Assorted Wrench Set for the Boat
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Allen Wrenches
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Spare Spark Plugs
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Zip Ties for Random Uses
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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2,125
California
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Shewillbemine
Boat
Chips N Guac
Excited to see all this tuna activity down south! Planning a weekday trip with some buds and we're all salivating. Hope to put up a successful fish report in a few days.
 

One_Leg

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1967 Cobia Cuddy Cabin/Evinrude Looper
Your fillets look pretty good.

You should watch some yellowtail filleting videos. You will not waste as much flesh if you do it the right way. You cannot fillet YT like most other fish due to their bumpy spine.
 
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
Your fillets look pretty good.

You should watch some yellowtail filleting videos. You will not waste as much flesh if you do it the right way. You cannot fillet YT like most other fish due to their bumpy spine.
Good advice, thanks!
 

Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
Going out again this week and so pumped because of all the great fish reports and the success we had earlier this month.

As far as preparation is concerned, I got into a few things.

I felt the power of a mere 34 lb yellowfin this month and I was concerned at how the tinier Colt Sniper would hold up, especially if I tried to muscle in the fish.

So I decided to upgrade the split rings and hooks on my Snipers. Hogan's sold me some Owner Ultra Split Rings and corresponding treble hooks.

Holy crap--I can't get these split rings open! A quick search told me that using standard split ring pliers doesn't work because the Ultras are too thick and too strong. I immediately put in an order for HPA pliers.

They arrived in only a few days from Tuna Fish Tackle. Magnificent customer service and speed.


The Ultra Split Rings that I couldn't get to work using TWO standard split ring pliers were easily opened by this tool.
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We discovered the hot color for the Colt Sniper this month, and every trip my friends have taken so far has been successful using this color. I bought some backups.
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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Shewillbemine
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Chips N Guac
Well well well. Sergio from Platero Custom Rods came through with my first custom setup.

I mentioned in another post that I wanted a popping setup, and I used a Pringles Cheese Can as the muse (because "once you pop, you can't stop").

I'll try to get better pics once he puts them up on IG as I can't take as good a picture as he can.

I love that he got the logo on there :D00000IMG_00000_BURST20200802120420362_COVER.jpg
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MYNomad

Heading South
Dec 12, 2007
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Rick
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Yes
But if I'm getting radar, I don't REALLY need a radio with AIS do I...?
If you were to have only one, it should be radar, but if you have radar, adding AIS (even receive only AIS) helps immensely with collision avoidance. Here is how: Radar, in its most basic application, just gives a static picture of other vessels around you, but it doesn't tell you anything about risk of collision. Most radars allow you to add an echo trail, and that helps, but not much. Good radars have ARPA or MARPA, which basically tracks other vessels and calculates a TCPA and CPA (time to closest point of approach, and closest point of approach), and you can set collision avoidance alarms to warn you if you are within say 30 minutes of being within say 1nm of another vessel. It actually takes a fair amount of work to monitor, especially if you are nearshore with lots of traffic and have to set the targets individually. Conversely, AIS gives you an instant readout of each AIS equipped vessel, and the exact same ability to set alarms. Moreover, you can (or at least should) be able to overlay AIS on your radar, so you can see every AIS target's radar blip. Blips without corresponding AIS icons (ie, the other boats out there without an AIS transmitter) are easy to spot and keep an eye on with ARPA / MARPA.

The farther offshore you go, the more useful the radar AIS combo becomes (inshore has just too much traffic). So, I guess I should say, if you intend to use the boat within about 5 miles of shore, you probably won't get much out of AIS that radar won't give you. But if you are routinely crossing the catalina channel, or beyond, I believe you will find it worthwhile.
 
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Shewillbemine

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Chips N Guac
If you were to have only one, it should be radar, but if you have radar, adding AIS (even receive only AIS) helps immensely with collision avoidance. Here is how: Radar, in its most basic application, just gives a static picture of other vessels around you, but it doesn't tell you anything about risk of collision. Most radars allow you to add an echo trail, and that helps, but not much. Good radars have ARPA or MARPA, which basically tracks other vessels and calculates a TCPA and CPA (time to closest point of approach, and closest point of approach), and you can set collision avoidance alarms to warn you if you are within say 30 minutes of being within say 1nm of another vessel. It actually takes a fair amount of work to monitor, especially if you are nearshore with lots of traffic and have to set the targets individually. Conversely, AIS gives you an instant readout of each AIS equipped vessel, and the exact same ability to set alarms. Moreover, you can (or at least should) be able to overlay AIS on your radar, so you can see every AIS target's radar blip. Blips without corresponding AIS icons (ie, the other boats out there without an AIS transmitter) are easy to spot and keep an eye on with ARPA / MARPA.

The farther offshore you go, the more useful the radar AIS combo becomes (inshore has just too much traffic). So, I guess I should say, if you intend to use the boat within about 5 miles of shore, you probably won't get much out of AIS that radar won't give you. But if you are routinely crossing the catalina channel, or beyond, I believe you will find it worthwhile.
Thanks! I have definitely seen the benefits of AIS as my radio is equipped with it. I don't have a radar setup at this point, and I'm a little hard pressed to do so especially since I have a soft top (I know it can be done, but I'd be more comfortable with the durability of a hard top). My next boat will likely be a pilothouse, so that will have radar.

I never got the NMEA 2000 straightened out to project my AIS configuration onto my Garmins. That would be a lot nicer, and maybe I'll ask help from some pros once it's the off-season.
 

knot keely

I've posted enough I should edit this section
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Well well well. Sergio from Platero Custom Rods came through with my first custom setup.

I mentioned in another post that I wanted a popping setup, and I used a Pringles Cheese Can as the muse (because "once you pop, you can't stop").

I'll try to get better pics once he puts them up on IG as I can't take as good a picture as he can.

I love that he got the logo on there :DView attachment 1179167
Isn’t your boat named “Chips n Guac”?

I think you have a snack food problem.
 
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