Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Years

Stay safe I'll see you in the new year!


Dan

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Day on the Ocean.

          My seventeen year old brother in law was coming down to California from upstate New York and my wife and I wanted to give him a trip he wouldn't forget. Getting him on the open ocean was the first thing that came to my mind. I had the safety gear and Jeff, a member of my local fishing forum www.centralcoastkayakfishing.com, hooked us up with a kayak and paddle. We were all set to go out with another member on the forum and his brother in law out of Leffingwell. Lucky/unlucky for us my brother in law's flight was delayed due to winter storms. He came in on the 24th so the plan changed. If you want to read the other guy's report, and I suggest you do, click here. We got him a one day licence rather easily on line and we were good to go out of Cayucos on Christmas day.
     
  Jesse, my brother in law, had some good experience kayak fishing out of a kayak on lake Champlain but had never surf launched. I kept all the gear in my kayak just in case he dumped, but he did great. The outgoing tide and the wind blowing from the beach made for an easy launch.  
He ad one wobble but made it past the surf zone like a champ. We got on the water and the wind picked up blowing at least fifteen knots straight out to the open sea from the beach. It made fishing very tough because before the bait dropped the twenty feet to the bottom we were blown ten to fifteen feet away. The only way to get good contact with the bottom was to wrap our legs in the kelp which was flimsy and looked like new growth. Normally the kelp is at least an inch to two thick, but this stuff was about half as thick as usual. The wind even blew hard enough to break the strands of kelp we had wrapped around our legs. It really limits the amount of area one can effectively fish with such strong wind.   
We managed several small cabezon and rockfish while being blown around the ocean like toy boats. I kept us inshore working our way north along the coast fishing the shallow kelp we could get a hold on and keep us in one place. I didn't know how much longer the wind would be blowing us out to sea so I was not willing to venture into deep water with my wife's baby brother in tow.  
Even the seagulls and cormorants chose not to fish in this wind. At about eleven thirty the tide stopped running out and remarkably the wind switched directions. We ventured out a little bit and started getting a lot of hits. I caught a baby octopus and cut it in half for bait. I gave one half to Jesse and told him this was going to get him bit. He wasn't too sure about the bait as he paddled off to a small kelp bed.  
He dropped the rig and as soon as it hit bottom his pole doubled over.
It was awesome seeing the excitement in his face as he pulled this ugly fish up form the bottom of the ocean. A seventeen inch cabezon. Right after he caught that fish the tide started running in the the wind started blowing in. We stopped feeling the bites and only managed a few more short fish. We decided to go by the buoy and check out the area around it for structure. 
As we got near the thousand pound sea lions they started changing the tone of their calls and looking at us. Right about the time I snapped this picture and decided to move back to the beach four of them jumped in the water and started swimming at us. That is when I realized I made a mistake. Won't be getting near sea lions again soon. We got the the beach and made successful beach landings. 
What a great way to spend a day. I am so glad I got to get my brother in law on the water, glad he got some fish, and most of all glad we made it back to my wife and son safely. I filleted the fish when we got home and we had panko crusted rock fish with lemon and pepper cooked in butter for supper; a wonderful Christmas dinner with family. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a merry Christmas.

Dan

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=51611.0

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lucid Fishing Grips.

Proof of Teddy Wozny kicking my butt at catching smallies on the Fox river.
           I have been meaning to write a review for Lucid Grips for a while now, but with all the the recent events in my life I just have not had the time. They are a great product, and have really saved my hands form a lot of pokes and cuts form the fish I catch along California's central coast. I met Teddy Wozny on a Chicago fishing forum and form the start he was a stand up kind of guy. I liked him and he wanted to learn about fishing so I helped him the best I could. I gave him honest feedback and tips about different species.
         





            I had no idea how quickly he would become an expert angler himself. He started hitting the local rivers often and landed giant tarpon off Grand  Cayman Island, the guy was totally hooked. A complete fishing fanatic, addicted with no hope or want for recovery. He started Lucid fishing with his father in law he had a plan to sell quality fishing grips that people he fished with could actually afford. I got the first prototype I really liked the quality and performance they offered.  There are several grips in the same price range but they just do not have the same feel as these had. A lot of the cheaper grips also tend to lack the swiveling head that is a necessity when trying to get a shark, northern pike or ling cod under control without ripping their lips off.The only thing I told him to change was the color of the handle. I still use my black prototype Lucid grips.










        Fishing for fish with teeth can get tricky in a kayak. Nets tangle in everything, gaffs are only legal in saltwater and only with fish you plan to keep, and cheap grips can hurt fish. There has been talk in the past about grips damaging fish. Nick "Brookfield Angler" Doumel wrote a pretty convincing article about the subject on his blog. The point is they are tools and if used correctly greatly reduce the chances of the fisherman or the fish getting hurt.



Teddy is my friend and gave me these grips,but I can say I would buy they if I didn't know him. They are a great product I do not leave home when I go on the ocean. They have saved my hands many cuts and pricks in the last couple of years using them. Teddy it is an honor to be your friend I stand behind you and your product.

Check out the sale, one 30lb grip and a dry bag for $55.24 just in time for Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Read Nick's post about Grips: http://www.brookfieldangler.com/2013/12/fishing-grips-are-they-really-that-bad.html

Check out Lucid Fishing .com: https://www.lucidfishing.com/

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I Got a Nine Pounder!

Introducing my son Fisher Alan Roloff
To answer your questions:

The name Fisher was his mother's idea, I just really liked it.
He was born on Friday the 13th.
He weighs nine pounds four ounces. That is 9-4 for you bass fishermen.
He was twenty-one and a half inches long.
He is our first born.
Mom is doing great.

So glad to get to finally meet my son. I look forward to seeing him grow up.
Look at those big hands and feet! 
 Thanks for reading

Dan

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Make Something

                Whenever someone asks where I bought something I like being able to tell them I made it. Lately I have been more interested in working with wood. Making furniture and things for around the house has a lot of appeal to me. To make this whale I started with a template I drew using some sketch paper. I had a piece of pine that used to be a shelve in my closet that has been sitting on the side of my hose for about eight months now. It was barely painted so I figured doing a rustic white whale would be a good way to go with it. I used spray adhesive to stick it to the wood.
I used a fine toothed jig saw and just followed the outline. I had some trouble with the tail so I had to do a little free handing. Then it was time to remove the paper using mineral spirits and sanding the edges and corners with a random orbital sander.
I gouged the wood with a flat head screwdriver and colored it in  to form the eye, eyebrow, and flipper. I finished it with spray varnish to lock it all in. I stapled some braided fishing line doubled over its self and twisted to hang it from. The didn't turn out exactly how I wanted but that is OK. I plan on giving a few as gifts so these are good practice.
It is really fun and pretty simple making these fish. I even did a flounder.

I hope this inspires some of you to hit the shop and make some gifts for this holiday season.

Thanks for reading,

Dan