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  1. craigdritchie

    Fishing Around Palm Springs, CA?

    Hi Mike, If you drive down to the coast pretty well every harbor has party boats that go out into the ocean for bottom fish, including halibut. It's relatively inexpensive and good fun, and if nothing else, you'll eat well afterwards. Most of them do full-day or half-day trips. You can also find charter boats set up for more serious fishing ... most of it is trolling offshore for yellowtails, various sharks and yellowfin tuna. It's definitely pricey, but you'll remember the experience for the rest of your life. Nothing else on earth can peel line off your reel like a freaked out tuna. Trust me on this, your forearms will hurt for a week. I've never tried it myself, but you do see guys casting off the harbor walls, mainly with bait for bottom fish. I guess they must do okay, because they're always there. It's been a couple of years since I was in that part of the world so I don't have any specific recommendations for you ... do a quick Google search and you should find lots of info though. The harbor at Dana Point or Huntington Beach would be a good starting point. It's a bit of a drive from Palm Springs, probably 2 hours each way, maybe a bit less. Like everything else down there, it depends on the traffic. As far as freshwater fishing goes, no, there aren't many options. There's probably some trout fishing in the state park, but with something like 18 million people living in the region, my guess is that guys who have it figured out likely keep very quiet. Most of the good bass lakes are north of LA, so you would be looking at a much longer drive to get to those. Enjoy the trip. Southern California is absolutely gorgeous.
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    Vintage Rod Building

    Boron wasn't just lighter, it was a lot more sensitive than the graphite of the day. Unfortunately, it was also more brittle, and had this nasty habit of shattering when put under a good load, particularly in cold weather. You're right, more R&D would have figured it out, but Fenwick decided it just wasn't worth the investment given Boron's substantially higher cost and much, much lower sales volumes. I got a couple of Fenwick Boron-X rods shortly after they first came out. First one blew up in my hands spectacularly while I was fighting a fish, leaving me holding a cork handle and a stump that didn't even reach to the first guide. Second one split when I set the hook on a rock. Fenwick did replace them both under warranty, and and I subsequently swapped them for graphites.
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    Absolutely not. They can jaw all they want, but it's just hot air.
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    denny's dam

    That is one sweet looking coho. Nice fish man.
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    Uncut Angling does it again

    I love this guy. So many TV fishing shows have become nothing but repetitive crap ... it's so nice to see a guy do something different and entertaining. Loved it!
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    Sea-doo Fish Pro

    I have to admit, I was intrigued when I saw the press release for this last week. I've not driven this, or even seen one in the flesh, but I did try fishing from a couple of PWCs from different manufacturers a few years ago and none of them worked very well at all. The seat arrangement was awkward enough, but the biggest problems were engine noise spooking fish in shallow water, and the fact none of them were particularly maneuverable at low speeds. Given the cost, they simply couldn't hold a candle to a tinnie with a small engine and an electric. Perhaps this Sea-Doo is different ... all the manufacturers have made major strides in the last couple of years. Just look at how far fishing kayaks have come. I'll save judgement until I have a chance to try it first-hand.
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    Never met the man, but I did enjoy his videos. If there's any consolation, at least he died doing what he loved. I hope his friends and family can find peace.
  8. How did you pay the taxes? If you paid by cheque, direct deposit, bank draft or credit card, your bank will have a record of it. They may charge you a few bucks to dig it out, but it beats the alternative.
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    Vancouver area fishing advice

    Detailed PM sent.
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    Salmon in the river...

    You get a few salmon wander upstream in July and August every summer. That first good thunderstorm where it rains enough to raise the water level is all it takes. If it gets really hot again, they'll most likely croak. If not, they'll be spawning by Labour Day. For what it's worth, no it's not too early to hit the piers and yes, there have been a handful of fish caught at night off and on over the past couple of weeks. Go explore, you might be surprised. By the time you read about it on the internet, the best fishing is over and done.
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    Used boat shopping.

    I don't think there's any issue with that provided the buyer clearly states that the boat was a hurricane write-off. Where it gets greasy is when someone cleans it up, makes it look like an undamaged boat, and doesn't say boo. I know one story involving a 23-foot center console that went down in a hurricane and spent three months laying on the bottom of a bay, completely submerged in salt water. Someone fished it out, cleaned it up and once the sand and seaweed got washed out it didn't have a scratch on it otherwise. A bit of Armourall spruced up the upholstery, and a new outboard made it look like a brand new boat. Problem was, all the electrical wiring, steering components, pumps, T-top frame and other metal fittings corroded from the salt water. Apparently you could pull the cleats off with your hand, and a zillion little hairline cracks in the hull let water soak through to the aluminum stringers. The boat might have looked new, but it was a death trap. Just last week there was a story in the papers about some guy who bought a big cruiser in Florida, brought it home and had it sink on him in Lake Michigan. Bad enough the boat went down, but he's now facing an environmental salvage fee of over $100,000. Like I said, buyer beware ...
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    Used boat shopping.

    I would be extremely careful with buying any used boats from the southern US right now, especially considering how many of them were written off last year between the three hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Nate) and four major tropical storms that all made landfall in the US. There are many people patching up these trashed boats and re-selling them. Shiny new gelcoat and some Armourall on the seats does nothing to repair hull cracks or splintered stringers. Seriously ... buyer beware. You don't want to get stuck with a hurricane boat, and US insurers wrote off well over 100,000 of them last fall alone. Before you lay out any cash, have the boat looked over by a certified marine mechanic.
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    NF - Mercury 115HP with Command Thrust or 150 HP

    Whether to go 115 or 150 depends on what you're trying to achieve and what kind of hull you're screwing this thing onto. Things to consider: The 150 weighs nearly 100 pounds more that the 115 (455 pounds versus 359 lbs). Sure it has more power, but that much more weight on the transom means actual performance gains might not amount to much. The 150 costs more to buy than the 115. The 150 will cost more to operate than the 115. Both engines are inline fours, but the 150 uses a 3.0L block where the 115 is a 2.1L. The bigger block will use more fuel. The 150 has a much bigger alternator than the 115 (60 amps, vs 35 amps) so if you run a lot of electronics or spend most of your time moving a slow troll, that could be very important. For what it's worth Merc's Command Thrust is designed to deliver more grunt for heavier, bulkier pontoon boats ... on a fishing boat that glides through the water pretty effortlessly, the extra traction is hardly noticeable (okay, it really isn't noticeable ... at all). The big benefit is that the larger diameter gear case spins a bigger prop (same props as the 150) so you have more selection to pick from. Seriously? I'd go talk to your dealer. Terry is absolutely right, the hull you're putting this engine on makes more difference than anything else.
  14. Last weekend was a busy one for thieves, evidently. Please keep your eyes out for these items and call OPP if you come across them. Yamaha Portable Outboards At some point over the weekend five brand new Yamaha portable outboards went missing from Pirate Cove Marina. Models and serial numbers are: F2.5SMHB #6EG1010675 F2.5SMHB #6EG1011633 F4SMHA #6EC1012914 F8SMHB #6FWK1009248 F15LMHA #6AGK1053480 Lund 14' Tinnie and Merc 25 Stolen from Village Marina in Honey Harbour was a 14-foot Lund tinnie registration of ON3824730, with a 25 HP Merc, serial number of OR685588. It was on a silver Easy Loader trailer, serial number of 1AEAAKMB7FA014142 with Ontario licence plate L1298Z. Here's a photo: It's a good bet some or all of these items will wind up on Kijiji before long. Please call the OPP if you run into any of this stuff, I'm sure the dealers would love to get the stuff back. Cheers
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    BRP buys Alumacraft boats

    Old news. https://plus.ibinews.com/2018/06/28/alumacraft_sold/ Also over the last couple of weeks: Polaris buys Bennington, Rinker, Hurricane and Godfrey ( http://www.polaris.com/en-us/company/article/polaris-industries-signs-definitive-agreement-to-acquire-boat-holdings-llc ) ..... Winnebago buys Chris-Craft ( https://www.tradeonlytoday.com/industry-news/winnebago-buys-chris-craft ) and C-Map merges with Navico (parent company of Lowrance ... https://plus.ibinews.com/2018/07/02/navico_and_c-map_announce_merger/ ). Lots of consolidation and new players in the boat industry!