baldwin

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    fishing, camping, kayaking...
  • What I do for a living:
    Teacher: marine biology, finfish aquaculture, genetics & biotechnology
  1. I don't sharpen while out on the water, but I do at home. I also switch out stock hooks and split rings of most lures, and always when they get rusty.
  2. They also swim in daytime. Those things make an excellent ride for an eelskin.
  3. Yes, you can, but it's very difficult and dangerous. The water in your waders doesn't decrease your buoyancy, but does restrict your movements and adds a lot of drag. This makes swimming very energy-intensive and clumsy, especially in current. I've done this many times when trapped out on a rock on incoming tides, due to miscalculation. Avoid it if you can.
  4. I did not swap out the bearings. Did you do that to increase the spool speed or decrease it? I have no intention of making that reel any faster at this time.
  5. That's funny. It also took me over 10, maybe 15 years of kayaking before I learned to push with the top hand, but it was thinking about how I cast a surf rod that made me try it. You've all got some really good points on here. Including about how keeping it simple has changed so much. Most of the yak fishing I've ever done, until the last few years, was out of a sit-in (Wilderness Systems Pungo, 12'), no electonics or crate, no anchor trolley or other gizmos. Just a PFD, rod and reel, boga and a few lures. I've very recently added fishfinder/GPS and anchor trolley, as much for safety as for efficiency. But I still try to keep it as simple as possible.
  6. I also switched from improved clinch knot to Palomar for attaching TA clips, but still use improved clinch to tie lures directly. A modified improved clinch/loop knot for flies, to give them freedom to swing in the current.
  7. Uni to uni has always been my top for connecting two lines, other than a loop to loop connection for fly leaders. I've recently tried FG knots for connecting braid to leader on my conventional reels. They pass through the guides with no problem (I use a long leader with a few wraps around the spool and the plug hanging about 3 or 4' from the rod tip) and have stood up to weeks of casting up to 3.5oz. plugs.
  8. A well-known Connecticut guide and another very successful fisherman I know both swear by it. I have one in my garage, keep thinking about trying it. Maybe soon.
  9. If I spin the spool gently by hand, without mags it spins for 6 seconds. With 2 mags and similar spinning it spun for 3 seconds. With 3 mags it spun for 2.
  10. Every article I read said the aluminum spool has a black finish (anodizing?) this one is a brownish-gray. I magged it with two 1/4x1/4" magnets, still have to thumb it pretty good through the entire cast to keep from backlashing. I may add another magnet or two to start with, or order an aluminum spool if this one is not. I'll actually order another spool and put line on it so I can switch it out instead of go home if I get a nasty squirrel nest in my line.
  11. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are both concerned about them. I am, too. We may have large numbers of small fish, but what if whatever has happened with the larger fish happens when these guys should be here as larger fish, too?
  12. I have kayak fished for 30 years, but most of my fishing time in those years is with surfcasting. I do, though, feel about as comfortable on the water as on land most days, can handle most situations I run into, and know which ones to avoid. Most of my fishing in the yak has been for stripers, bluefish and largemouth, but in recent years I’ve picked up yak fishing for albies, fluke and blackfish. The addiction progresses. I love to teach kids to fish. It gives them a healthy outlet in these busy and stressful times, and helps keep them out of trouble. It can also provide incentive to keep their grades up and help them actually look forward to going to school if you do it right. I know it helps me to look forward to going to teach each day.
  13. Thank you for responding here, with lots of good advice. I'm not new at kayak fishing or teaching. I've been kayak fishing for close to 30 years in fresh and salt water (mostly salt), teaching for over 20, and teaching fishing and running a school fishing club (usually with power boats) for 20 years. I've been on wilderness canoe trips lasting a week at a time. But I know that there are ways that trained instructors teach paddling and safety than I may do. We started out with the kids taking an online safety certification course, to make sure they know some basics before hitting the water. Each of them has already passed a CT boating safety course as part of their freshman tech class. We then went over some of the basic mechanics of paddling on shore, before they got into the boats. We then did a little paddling close to shore, using our mooring field as an obstacle course. Some got it pretty quickly, some are gonna need more practice than others. That's ok. We have some excellent and well-known local kayak fishermen who will be coming in and working with us. We're definitely taking baby steps. The cold months will be spent learning a lot while off the water, and we probably won't get much fishing in before next spring, other than maybe a little casting time at the end of the day's lessons. It certainly would help to have an instructor specifically trained in kayaking, we'll do the best we can with that. But, either way, they'll be much better off than learning on their own. And I'm going to get them hooked up with as many quality resources as I can get for them. There really is a lot they can learn from so many people.
  14. Great advice. I'll check into that and see when I can do it (and if it's affordable). Better to do it right.
  15. I'm in the process of starting a kayak fishing team at the high school at which I teach. I'm wondering about which resources you would recommend for teaching new kayakers and kayak fishers for kayaking safety, techniques ( maneuvering, dealing with wind, currents, etc) and kayak fishing. Online resources, books, etc., any are appreciated.