Wicked Dan

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  1. First of all I would like to say that whatever advice that Jeff270 posted should be taken as a kayak fishing LAW....Read all his advice again and you will be above the most. As far as fishing in crazy conditions....only experience in conditions that you wouldn't think about going out in will make you more comfortable in your next trip out..... but always be prepared with all the right gear that will make it a safe trip. Here is a short, poor quality video from a trip that I just got back from in Panama. The conditions for the week were equal to this or worse. have trust in your kayak and balance , through experience and you won't even worry about the conditions. Plus, add on fighting a small tuna or any fish for 15 minutes in conditions like this and you will get the rush like nothing else. Danny V
  2. I think it's time for you to leave the site !! There isn't one catching report that make you happy.....Just stick to the lounge and don't even read the fishing reports thread....every one upsets you. There is nothing better for me than reading reports that guys are catching.......You want the ocean and bays to be only yours and have all the fish to yourself. DV
  3. The end of June through November is usually the rainy season there.....not that the fishing is any worse but the lodge doesn't stay open for those months....Anytime from January through late June is the better months, but they book the dates pretty quick, so book early if interested . Danny V
  4. I just found out that I had a cancellation for a kayak trip to Panama....The dates are , leaving from JFK on June 4th and returning, June 11th.. I have been one this trip 4 previous times and the fishing, and everything else is great !! The total price for the trip is around 2 grand for everything but flight and tips...They supply Hobie Outbacks and they also have a Pro Angler... It is for 5 full days of fishing....We arrive in Panama City (PTY) late morning on June 4th...stay one night in Panama City and get picked up the following morning for a 5 hour van ride and then get on a boat for a 90 minute ride to a kayak camp set up along the coast.... If interested, you can check out Panama kayak adventure....to see pictures of the remote lodge and everything else. There will be no surf launches...a boat picks us up on the beach with the kayaks already loaded and then a short boat ride to the fishing grounds....usually less than a 10 minute ride....You can expect to catch tuna, rooster fish, cubera snapper, mahi and about 20 other species.....Even if you are not a kayak fisherman, you will be able to fish from the boat after we all get in the water. Right now we have 3 guys and looking for a 4th. Thanks Danny V
  5. All I ever bring with me is a waterproof Simms waist pouch....It clasps in the back and it is right in my lap. If it doesn't fit in that pouch...I don't need it...Phone, rag, and any extra lures I might need for the day. Keep it simple !! Danny V
  6. Not sure what you consider "heavy"...but at 62 years old, my Revo's are around 80 lbs. each. Not sure if I had anything heavier, I would be able to lift them over my head and put them on top of my Outback....especially after two spine surgeries a few years back... Putting one on is pretty easy, but a couple of 2x4's with carpet attached to them is my way of putting two kayaks on. Not sure if I would be able to lift them onto anything higher than my Outback.
  7. It looks like they moved the south side camera so that you can see more of Turtle Cove and the road coming down. If you look, you can still see the 2 pill boxes that were there that they moved. I wonder if they are going to place them somewhere in the area and keep them ??
  8. I did very well a couple of weeks ago. before this cold snap...haven't been there since the 18th.....great numbers and a few real good ones.
  9. I must confess that after being a member here on SOL for many, many years.....I have never looked at the "Tackle Collectors" section. I am pretty much a "Kayak only" fisherman and my bag of lures consists ,mostly of jig heads, small plastics and a few different diving plugs in the spring. But seeing "Russ Anderson's" name come up as I was scrolling to the NJ Fishing section.....I had to stop and read all about a friend that I have know for close to 15 years from the very early days of the Jamaica Bay Kayak fishing tournaments. Not only did Russ have a great influence on me with his knowledge of Jamaica Bay, but getting to fish with him and have a chance to sit with him at the campsite at the tournaments and hear his stories.....was always a treat for everyone around the coolers !! His plugs are not only AMAZING, but every single one of them are of museum quality and meant to be displayed in a glass case to be admired by all . Wishing nothing but the best for you Russ and hopefully the next time I see you on the bay....while you are doing a "little" 10 mile trip and I am still trying to catch a bass........you will stop by and have a cold one with me to talk about the "old days" !!! Danny V
  10. I have made 4 trips with my kayak so far in the past 3 weeks......twice in Red Bank in the Navesink and twice in the Shrewsbury river. Wound up with about 3 dozen keepers each trip. 4 drop lines with chicken legs and added a few snappers along the way. Always a great time ! Danny V
  11. The first time I went to Christmas Island (1200 mile south of Hawaii) on a kayak fishing trip, we ate out at a "restaurant", which was just a hut on the side of a dirt road one night. We brought some of the fish caught that day, and they had a bunch of Mantis shrimp that the local fisherman caught that day. They cooked them a couple different ways and from what I remember they were very good . It was interesting watching how they would find a small hole in the very shallow water and dig for them and poke sticks in the hole to draw them out. Danny V
  12. We didn't keep anything that was that big, because we didn't have access to any ice.....so we just kept the smaller ones that was enough for lunch and dinner...but, yes.....even the smaller ones had to be "clubbed" after being gaffed......but everyone landed was an adventure !! LOL
  13. We estimated that one to be close to 100 lbs. The temps were in the mid 50's most days for the two trips to Alaska I have been on....both trips were late August and early September..guessing the water temps were about the same.
  14. I just watched this video, which was about 10 minutes long before I edited it down to just over a minute. This was from a kayak fishing trip in Alaska in Sept. of 2011.....We were taken on a boat out of Ketchikan and the guide had a camp set up about 3 hours south of Ketchikan. All the tents and large cooking tent was set up for us when we got there and it was an amazing 6 days of catching, drinking and eating. This was the largest halibut of close to 100 landed in the week along with plenty of ling cod, salmon and every other species around. I didn't catch this one but I was taking the video...sorry for the upside down camera work for a few seconds, but trying to not get in the way and trying to paddle with the camera in my mouth......well, you understand !! LOL My friends laughing after the halibut was in the kayak is worth watching the video.......all the large halibut were released and we usually only kept one or two small fish each day that would just be enough for dinner.
  15. Not in NY or the sound......but plenty of times in NJ......Keep it simple, a few drop lines, a scoop net and a small anchor off the bow..... Always a fun time !! Danny V