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About gnelson651

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  • About Me:
    57 year old male
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, bluegrass music-play mandolin
  • What I do for a living:
    Self-employed Residential Property Inspector
  1. Whatever I have in my hand when I catch a fish! Frankly, rod/reel combos don't mean much to me. I fish freshwater striper and I use what I think I need for the action at the time. I prefer medium rods around 6-7 feet in length. I use a conventional reel for trolling, a spinning reel for bottom slip rigs and a baitcaster for cranks, jigging and swimbaits. I use low to medium priced rigs in case I lose equipment from dropping or rolling the kayak. That way my investiment is low. If I break a rod or reel, I review used equipment online or look for sales. I catch fish and have rarely broken off except if the fish tangles me in brush or rocks. I save the expensive gear for ultralight fishing trout from shore at a small lake or stream. Price in ultralights does make a difference. A good ultralight rod should parabola (curve) with the fishing line. That requires enough rod guides to produce a good curve. And that requires a good high priced rod.
  2. OK Scrambler XT at Lake Mead.
  3. Just to expand on my prior post. I prepack as much as I can into crate, milkcrate and duffle bag that I leave in the garage ready to go. Here is a breakdown of what I can pack. I also keep my paddle, lifejacket, soft cartop, stakeout pole and kayak seat in a laundry basket in the same spot in the garage. The fishfinder, ff battery, camera and clothing (shoes, waders, belts) are in a duffle bag I keep in my closet because of the heat in the garage (I live in Las Vegas). I just grab and go. I guess I'm lucky in that I can park right up to the shoreline to unload. However, last time I was out I had to park away from shore so I loaded up the kayak and drug it across the sand to shore for launching. I also have a kayak cart if I have to walk any distance.
  4. Its important to develop a systematic approach and do it everytime you go out. You might want to start off using a check list until you get comfortable with it. Water time is precious and the more you do before you get to the launch site, the quicker you will get on the water. Personally I like to load the car the night before. I also pretie all rods I plan to use (so I don't have to do it at the launch site). I review what I want to take, pack it in crates and set it up next to the car. At this point I check to be sure I have everything I need for a successful trip. I then load the kayak on the cartop, load everytihng in reverse order I want to pull out and park in the garage. The next morning I load the ice chest, check the kayak tie downs and head out. Once I'm at the launch site, I unload the kayak off the cartop, pull crates and set up everything. Again I do this is a systematic way. The same is true once I return and get ready to head home.
  5. Wilson was a scoccer ball. Hence the name "Wilson." Don't forget that Chuck had an appointment with Dr. Spalding to look at his bad tooth before he was a cast away. I divide up my equipment according to the speces I plan to fish, put the divided tackle in a plastic storage box and haul it in the trunk of my car.I have boxes for trout, LM bass and striper, the primary species around here. I'll pick out rods/reels I plan to use, load up the yak and head out on the water. Then when I get to my destination I pull out the proper box, load the milkcart and yak and then paddle on.
  6. I have that same stake out pole I bought a few weeks ago but haven't tried it yet. I found it on sale for about 20% off. Its well made but may be a shy short at 4'3" of usable area. However, the areas I fish where I need a stake out pole are shallow enough that it will work fine for my purposes I prefer to use an anchor trolley to position my yak so I decided not to premanently attach it to the side of the yak. I took an old strap and bolted a loop to use as an attach point for the trolley.
  7. I use my Wheeleze to load the OK Scambler on the top of my Ford Focus. I strap the Wheeleze upside down on the trunk and use the wheels to push the yak on the carrier. I use a soft carrier and once the kayak is on the carrier its easy to push/pull to center the yak and tie it down. I understand you can use the Wheeleze on a van/SUV also, its all in how you set it up.
  8. I bought the NRS Chinook on sale online and talked to the sales rep before buying. He highly recommended it, said he used it and the price was decent. I like the features that are built in to it for the kayak angler. The high back makes it comfortable using the OK Comfort Plus seat. The many zippered pockets hold small tackle boxes, hooks and other small accessories. Also the tippet pocket works just as well for leader material using 110YD spooled line. If you fly fish, there is a removable fly patch to hang your flies. If you decide on something else, look for something with pockets to keep the small stuff handy. It beats reaching behind you, seaching your milk crate for these things. I ordered the orange/grey model for better visibility while on the water. The boaters around here (Lake Mead) like to run and gun up to a striper boil not paying attention to their surroundings.
  9. Actually the temp reading of the transducer measures the hull bilge temp, not water temp. I live in the hot desert and have my transducer mounted inside the hull. The water temp on the ff was higher than the water. I was out not to long ago when we had a high of 75*F and the water temp was still in the 50's. After about an hour my readings showed 83*F which was 20+ degrees higher than the water. Read your ff manual. They explain that hull mounting results in reading the hull bilge temperature. Eagle Cuda 350S/MAP Guide: "However, the shoot-thru-hull installation does have its drawbacks.....if your Skimmer transducer has a built in temp sensor, it will only show the temperature of the bilge, not the water surface temp."
  10. When I get home from a day on the lake, I just spray down the kayak with water, wipe her with a microfibler cloth and put her away. Lake Mead has an evasive species of Quagga Mussels and wiping down the boat is a good idea, especially when fishing other waters like the small mountain lakes in the northern part of the state. Ever so often, II"ll wash the yak with water and laundry soap then use WD-40 to wipe down the top and sides. **NHANgler **I hear that WD-40 can be used as fish attractant so I may have a 12 foot fish magnet
  11. Actually i was replying to the OP. So you didn't come off as the "best way." I'm sure the OP appreciates the different techniques developed by each angler posting here. But it was though experimentation and thinking out of the box that lead to that advice. I was just trying to make a point that there are more ways to catch fish then reading something in a book or on a forum. I live in Nevada and have found that certain colors and combination of lures work best here. That does not mean that it will work somewhere else given the differences in topography, weather and water conditons. Don't be afraid to try different techniques or make up your own technique by using your intution and experience to combine different tips & tricks to find something that works for you. The most important element in fishing a lure is confidence in that lure of technique. If you have no confidence in what your using, you will get skunked.
  12. Use whatever works. If they are biting then you're good, if not, change it up. There is no right or wrong way to fish a casting bubble. Everyone has his/her own technique and favorite flies. On which flies to use, start by matching the hatch and you should hook up. Then try something else to see if that works. There are times I'm killing it and then start to change it up just to see if the fish will follow. Sometimes it doesn't work, other times I'm still catching fish and have another quiver in my (fishing) bag for those slow days. Smallies anglers like using a bobber with a cappie jig attached on a 4'-5' leader when river fishing. Don't be afraid to experiment and see what the fish are telling you. I've read many fishing books and its seems that the most successful anglers make up their own method of fishing, coming up with a winning combination and then everyone else starts to copy.
  13. [quote name="The Riddler" url="/t/832520/alabama-rig-a-yak-umbrella-rig-substitute/15#post_8957222 Hey its "River Monsters" deva vu with a man eating striper!
  14. I'll keep my flame suit nearby