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  New Sled...
Posted by: So.Cali - 11-14-2015 11:53 AM - Replies (7)

Picked up an old, late 70's 14' Valco. She ain't pretty, but she floats. I'll be spending some time on her to rig it up the way I want. I'm thinking maybe put the batteries in one of the forward seats for ballast and to keep them out of the way. If I go that route, I'll run a power line to the transom to make an easy connect for the trolling motor. I also want to run a separate battery for a fish finder and whatever other goodies I can think of.

I don't have a main power source yet, but I do have an old 4 horse Johnson that will suffice. It's a neat little boat, and will be fun to take to the Sierra's or hooping lobster in the bay.

P.S. I didn't bother with a pic... If you've seen one old Valco, you've seen em all.

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  Deer huntingn near Whitewater area
Posted by: Terri_O - 11-09-2015 03:11 PM - Replies (2)

So my buddy at work sent me this picture of this buck his friend got this weekend up near whitewater. All i know is they drive in as far as possible and hike for another 10 or so miles. Supposedly they got one there last week as well.

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  Girls who fish.... Darcizzle Offshore almost gets pulled over board
Posted by: Terri_O - 11-05-2015 11:16 AM - No Replies

Watch as Darcizzle hooks up to a big bull shark, gets out of position and is taken for a ride.

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  A true story (Ladies)
Posted by: Mikey - 11-05-2015 07:26 AM - Replies (1)

OK first off some guys may want to realize this too!

If you are considering dating someone who may be an elk hunter, there are a few things you may want to know.

First, elk season is only three weeks. No one is allowed to get married, die or give birth during this three-week time period. Selfish decisions like these will inevitably be lonely experiences. Long story short, do not expect an explanation or apology for any absences during hunting season. You signed up for this.

If they are really into hunting, good luck. There are all kinds of “seasons” and things to shoot. You will have to join them hunting or learn enjoy dating yourself every fall.

End of story.

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  Why is DFW planting fewer and smaller fish in 2015?
Posted by: Mikey - 11-02-2015 06:51 AM - No Replies

Why is DFW planting fewer and smaller
fish in 2015?
Funding for Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) trout hatcheries is managed in a fiscally conservative manner with ample and prudent financial reserves.
To operate within the allowed budget for trout production,
DFW mustreduce the poundage of fish produced to 1.6 million lbs
statewide for 2015. Meanwhile, the Fish Production and Distribution Program is seeking increased access to the prudent
financial reserve.
We will be out planting our broodstock as
we always have and we will be making adjustments as we move through the year.
As with private and government fish hatcheries nationwide, fish production costs have increased in several areas:
Increasing fish feed and fuel costs
Increased cost for pumping ground water (cost of water and cost of electricity)
Water quality monitoring and reporting required by the Clean Water Act
Invasive species monitoring and reporting
Careful analysis and avoidance of potential effects to threatened and endangered species as per California and Federal endangered species acts.
The production of sterile (triploid) trout and salmon for recreational fishing activities, as mandated
by California State Legislature
Maintenance and infrastructure costs for DFW’s aging hatcheries
By planting smaller fish DFW will accomplish fiscal savings and still provide good recreational fishing.
DFW is placing emphasis on put -and- grow fisheries. These fisheries rely on food naturally occurring in lakes that small fish can eat to grow to larger sizes in time.
Examples of this
include Lake Davis and Lake Crowley which provide excellent
Additionally, the kokanee and inland Chinook programs rely on this strategy of fish planting and also provide fine fisheries.
Due to unprecedented drought in California, DFW hatcheries
were forced to evacuate fish to avoid catastrophic loss of fish,
and fish were either relocated or planted early.
Consequentially, the disrupted growing schedule for fish at these hatcheries is impacted, making it difficult to achieve a ½ lb fish
by the time normal fish planting takes place. By producing
and releasing fish at ¼ lb fish per pound,recreational fish will still
be released at a catchable size while reducing
costs, and will align size and fish numbers more with
mandated legislation with regards to
heritage trout species (e.g. Lahontan cutthroat).

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  Holiday Meet and Greet
Posted by: Mikey - 11-02-2015 06:27 AM - Replies (1)

Holiday Meet and Greet ?

Whos in for a little meet drinks food ?

Talk about the 2015 season of fishing and hunting, put a few faces to names etc....

Let me know whos is interested and we will work a date and place to all meet and enjoy some stories!

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  Wahoo Marlin Sordy TRIP
Posted by: Mikey - 10-28-2015 06:14 AM - Replies (4)

that sounded amazing, however we left in the bright of the night ran about 30 miles down the line. weather was pretty dang nice, scoop of bait from dana had some of the best anchovies this year with a few small dines and 6 large ones.

Once we arrived to the grounds the water temp was sitting right at 70.5 we did find 71.8 at the highest, so lots of life for about 2 hours 10:30 to about 12:30 then it al settled down again.

trolled 3 Marauders and a wahoo bomb the larger Black and Purple got a quick strike and cable was cut. re-rigged and kept trolling. Radio was quite for the most part. Thats when we saw 3 or 4 of those elusive creatures about 500 yards off breeze through by a paddy we trolled a huge circle and tossed bait for nada.

Saw 2 small makos, lots of whales good amounts of bait but no swordy or marlin. Well thats the story and thats how you go for wahoo or bust.

All the warmer water we found was ocean side area 230 feet of water to 400 ft as well most of the life.

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  anything down ???
Posted by: Mikey - 10-26-2015 06:49 AM - No Replies

So any luck this past weekend?

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  Well how did the weekend go ????
Posted by: Mikey - 10-26-2015 06:48 AM - Replies (2)

So any luck this past weekend?

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Lightbulb Boat Wake Damage Liability
Posted by: Here Fishy Fishy - 10-23-2015 08:08 AM - Replies (1)

Boat Wake Damage Liability

Whether you're in a no-wake zone or not, you are responsible for any injury or damage caused by
your wake.

By Raúl J. Chacón Jr. and John C. Scarborough, Jr.

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Let's face it, pretty much all powerboats create a wake. Especially on inland waters, where primarily small craft operate, wakes can be dangerous. Common courtesy toward other boaters demands that we control our wakes. However, the consequences of failing to do so go far beyond rude gestures and horn blasts. Because here's the one thing you really have to know about wakes: under the law, damage caused by your wake is treated exactly the same way as damage caused by a physical, fiberglass-crunching collision.

Imagine the following scene: After a long no-wake zone and an even longer wait for a drawbridge to open, a motoryacht is just passing through the opening. In a stroke of luck, a behind-schedule, in-a-hurry sportfish arrives at the drawbridge already open for the yacht ahead. After clearing the drawbridge, both vessels pick up speed, creating significant wakes.

Ahead of the yacht, just outside the channel, a fisherman is poling a small jon boat on the flats, searching for redfish. Perhaps the operators of both the yacht and the sportfish do not realize how their wakes can combine into a veritable tsunami, or they are just more interested in making it back to the dock than in reducing speed. Regardless, the combined wake of the yacht and sportfish violently rolls the jon boat, causing serious injuries to its passengers. The passengers sue both vessels and their owners for their injuries as well as pain and suffering. It's important to remember that the incident took place outside of any no-wake zone, so neither captain was likely overly concerned about their wakes nor realized the extent of their liability.

Here's an interesting point: Nowhere in the Inland Rules of Navigation will you find any mention of a duty for recreational vessels to control their wakes. Still, our two hypothetical vessels are not saved by the lack of an explicit rule.

Courts applying the General Maritime Law are entitled to interpret the rules of the road to reflect their understanding of the norms of maritime navigation. That means the rules are not necessarily what they say, but what courts think they mean. Courts have used at least two of the navigational rules to hold operators liable for the damage caused by their wakes.

First, courts have ruled that when a vessel's wake collides with another vessel and causes damage, Rule (6) of the Inland Rules applies. This rule provides that each vessel "shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision." The courts read the word "collision" to include both a collision with a vessel's hull and a collision with its wake. Applied to our motor yacht and sportfish, both failed to proceed at a safe enough speed to prevent their wake from colliding with the jon boat, so they are presumed negligent. The only defense available is for the operators to prove conclusively that their wakes did not cause the injuries to the jon boat passengers, an impossible burden.

Second, courts have used the catch-all rule, Rule 2(b) of the Inland rules, to hold operators liable for their wake. Rule 2(b) provides that "due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances ... which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger." As courts read this rule, an operator of a vessel is required to do anything and everything to prevent a collision (including a collision with a vessel's wake). Applied to our motor yacht and sportfish, no defense to liability exists. Neither took any action to prevent a collision between their wakes and the jon boat. Both are equally responsible for all the damage to the jon boat and its passengers.

If you haven't already figured it out, this narrative is based on a true story that resulted in an unhappy ending for those aboard the motoryacht, the sportfish, and the jon boat. If that does not scare you enough, remember that if the owner was operating the vessel, the injured person can come after the owner for any damages in excess of the value of the vessel, and prosecutors can bring criminal charges. The moral of the story is: Watch your wake!End of story marker

Raúl J. Chacón Jr. is the managing partner at The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP in Miami, Florida. His practice focuses on Admiralty/Maritime law, Products Liability, Property & Casualty, Insurance Defense and Commercial Litigation.

— Published: October 2015

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