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Offline the_squid

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« on: April 22, 2021, 02:45:47 pm »
I went fishing last weekend on a local lake.  Didnít catch much.  One small trout.  Not a keeper.  I tried trolling flatfish, plugs and spoons. 

The fish were on my sounder showing at about 20 metres...  lots of them.  Not many were any shallower, but I donít have downriggers to get to them in my little lake boat. 

I have one of these:

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Stryker 380.  I use a 15hp, 6hp or an electric trolling motor depending on where I go.

The plan this weekend is to try a much shallower lake.

What did you do last weekend?  Any outdoor activities that interest you?  Has COVID spurred you to take something outdoorsy up, or has it hindered your outdoor activities?
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2021, 04:05:37 pm »
Hindered.

That said, we found a new conservation area and took Easy.

He's starting to talk and probably appreciate that he lives in a concrete jungle.   So he looked at the open fields and said "it's so great !"

I know a guy who sent his kid to a camp where they take you up north and you camp it rough.  I think I'll try to get Easy to do that.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2021, 10:33:00 am »
I consume alcohol on a chair. That's my outdoor activity of choice.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2021, 02:27:01 pm »
I think it's illegal now to walk outside my door.

Either way, i'm thinking of buying a fishing kayak.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2021, 02:30:46 pm »
I think it's illegal now to walk outside my door.

Either way, i'm thinking of buying a fishing kayak.
Not if you're drunk. Your insides are disinfected!
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2021, 08:17:41 pm »

Either way, i'm thinking of buying a fishing kayak.

Nice!  I have one being delivered mid-May.  I sold my canoe and decided to get a kayak.

I ordered the Perception Outlaw 11.5.  Looks very stable and easy to use.  Cost a grand.  If I like it a lot and I want to upgrade, Iíll get a Hobie, which are significantly more expensive. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2021, 10:30:03 am »
I recall the time I was rowing my little 6' dinghy home one evening when half a dozen orca popped up all around me. I have a better sense of what an amuse-bouche, a fancy hors d'oeuvre, feels like.  Kayaks bring to mind something crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle.

Seriously though best be careful to make no noise if you do find yourself in a similar situation if there's a seal or sealion around. They may hear you and try to climb aboard to get away from the orca. I've seen that happen, to me and other boats.   
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2021, 04:41:25 pm »
Anyone else play golf?


Iím sure everyone here would enjoy hearing that I finally fixed my slice.  It was all in my grip.  Seriously...  the bloody ball goes fairly straight now!  I do pull it to the left more now....   but itís manageable.

Hereís what really helped.   This dude has great advice!

https://youtu.be/wPyRs5Y5HRY



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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2021, 02:06:24 pm »
Anyone else play golf?


Iím sure everyone here would enjoy hearing that I finally fixed my slice.  It was all in my grip.  Seriously...  the bloody ball goes fairly straight now!  I do pull it to the left more now....   but itís manageable.

Hereís what really helped.   This dude has great advice!

https://youtu.be/wPyRs5Y5HRY

Good video. I used to be a terrible slicer and my biggest issue was not keeping my left elbow straight. Now I am more likely to pull hook with a strong grip. I'll have to try his more systematic approach.
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2021, 08:44:41 pm »
Fishing kayak was delivered and I had a chance to give it a test run yesterday evening.  Itís the Perception Outlaw 11.5.

Some initial thoughts:
    Transport:
    • Fits in the back of a pickup...  sticks out a ways, but not bad.  Only need one ratchet strap to hold it down. 
    • On a roof rack, itís not quite as stable as I thought it would be as it has a centre ridge on the hull that is deeper than the ridges on the sides, so it balances on that centre ridge.  Stable enough despite that though.   Take extra care securing it if youíre taking it on a highway at speed.  Maybe I will seat it on some foam under the hull beside the centre ridge.
    On the water:
    • Slow - but this was expected as it is a very wide platform. 
    • Very stable.  I will wait until warmer weather and water to stand up in it...   but itís very stable.
    • Tracks better than I thought it would.  Not too bad in the wind, despite a very upright and elevated seating position
    • Only operated by a kayak paddle.  Fancier ($$$) units will have a pedal propulsion system.

    Overall, Iím happy with it so far.  Iíll be taking it out fishing on a little lake this weekend to put it through its paces.  Iíll be meeting a buddy at the lake who is bringing his Hobie fishing kayak.  Maybe weíll do an exchange at the lake for a comparison of boats. 


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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2021, 06:38:35 am »
Is waldo just marking every single one of your comments and posts as "dumb" without any regard for the content? lol
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2021, 11:19:15 am »
lol waldo, my man....you crack me up.
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2021, 11:39:19 am »
Waldo is banned from this thread...   let the butthurtiní begin!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2021, 05:07:52 pm »
Squid i never knew you could stand up in a kayak.

I've only ever been in a kayak once.  It was fun and much easier than rowing a canoe, and of course lighter to carry.  But also I got more wet from drips off the paddles as I paddled.  Is this normal?

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2021, 06:21:45 pm »
Squid i never knew you could stand up in a kayak.

I've only ever been in a kayak once.  It was fun and much easier than rowing a canoe, and of course lighter to carry.  But also I got more wet from drips off the paddles as I paddled.  Is this normal?

The fishing kayaks are heavier, wider but more stable than a normal kayak. Also you sit upright on top, rather than sinking into one, and you can stand on many of them.  If you just want to cruise around calm waters, get a normal sit on top kayak. Multi-day trips, get a long touring kayak.   There are so many varieties and materials these days.

With drips, I think the ones where you sit low, like a touring kayak, you get less water coming off the paddles. But, tbh, this is the 1st kayak Iíve owned.  This one is very drippy. Goretex pants on non-hot days for sure.  I think Kimmy has mentioned kayaking...  she may know more about them.
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