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04/23/2017

There was a break in the weather on 4/19 so I headed out to the beach.  We did good with a bite almost every cast.  Got some doubles too, and some nice size redtails.  The sizes were all over the board.  I caught my 2nd walleye perch of my career.  

Now, the weather is acting up again for my upcoming weekend in 2 days.  Looks like I'll have to stick with freshwater, and hope that it's better by next week.




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04/22/2017


On the Oregon coast, you simply can't just go to the beach and start surf fishing because the swells can be pretty dangerous.  To be safe, it's best to check the surf report before heading out surf fishing.

The forecast for the next 1 week looks pretty dangerous for surf fishers.  I was hoping to go out this coming Tuesday, but that isn't happening with a rough surf.  Not only that, but the wind is forecast to be over 15 MPH.  

That's the whole theme for weather this year so far.  It's been just plain disruptive, and very irritating.  Where is that calm weather?  It's spring time, and they biting hot right now too!!  Aaarrrggghhhh!!!



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04/21/2017

PK's Youtube Channel

about

A channel dedicated to fresh & saltwater fishing in Oregon - including crabbing for dungenness and red rock crabs.  I do not claim to know everything about the outdoors, but the tips & techniques I show in my videos are self-taught - knowledge I've gained since I caught my first fish back in 1982.

My first video went live in June 2014 on my channel.  

positive side effect

Do I earn money from my channel?  Absolutely yes!!  It isn't very much, but it is an upward trend and I'm extremely excited about it.  My youtube channel has been one happy accident that I'm proud of.  Another positive effect is meeting new people.  I have met and made good friends with a lot of people who watch my channel.  At the same time, people share fishing spots with me, so this opens up new opportunities.  I'm very grateful to all of these people, because they help me grow.  These positive people (my subscribers) are the type of people I like to invest my time, energy, and effort into because we both help each other grow.  It's a wonderful synergy!

species

here are the species I tend to target most:  redtail surf perch, bass, rock fish, ling cod, trout, panfish, and crabs.

seasonal changes

Like in most places, fishing in Oregon follows the 4 seasons.  Therefore, the type of videos I upload usually follows the fishing season.  I usually target redtail surf perch year round because they can be caught year round.  The only problem is trying to get a calm day on the coast, which is rare here in Oregon!  Bass fishing here is usually best during spring and summer.  You can catch them in winter too here, but a stick of dynamite works best during the cold months.  I fish for trout year round too, but more so during January to late summer as this is when they stock the lakes and ponds.  Rock fish & ling cod are another fish I target if the swell is too high for surf fishing.  I fish for them in the bays, so swell isn't much of a concern sometimes.

Another specie I target a lot are crabs.  The best times that I find are from August to December (maybe late January too).  From February to July, I find crabbing to be pretty slow.

negative side effect

I sometime get internet trolls commenting on my channel.  This is expected, it's a normal thing in this digital age.  I simply don't engage with them though because engaging with negative people results in zero gain.  Also, I would have to be negative too in order to deal with the negative situation that they've created - and I would never want to be negative for the simple reason that it doesn't have any positive rewards.  I never invest my time, energy, and effort into dealing with negative people because they don't offer any value to my channel, and don't offer any value to my life.  So, to invest your time, energy, and effort into something that has no positive gain is pretty useless.

I will never come to comprehend the uncanny human desire where one likes to focus on other people's problems rather than their own ........................ and I don't think I ever will ................


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04/20/2017



Lynn and I headed over to Munsel for some trout fishing.  We did great.  Got our limit in a little over an hour.  We were trolling spoons - the bronze color seemed to work well that day.  

Lynn caught his limit of 5 on a bronze Z-Ray, and I did really well on a Thomas Cyclone & a silver Kastmaster.



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04/12/2017

Oregon Dungeness Crabbing
(Bay crabbing)

 


Best time for crabbing on the Oregon coast

The best months for catching dungeness crabs along the Oregon coast is from August to November.  I have found that my catch increases greatly starting in mid August to early December.   After December, it dies down, and by March to July, it's almost dead (nothing scientific here, but I'm saying this from my own experience only).  You can still catch them in the spring time and summer, but it's going to be very slow.
  • Best months:  August, September, October, November, December (months that end in "r")
Best bait for crabs

Raw chicken works extremely well, and they are easy to get because they're sold in many places.  Fish carcass also works really well.  People tell me that fish carcass attracts a lot of seal and they will try to tear your pots apart to get to the fish.  I haven't had any problems with this problem at all.  I usually use black rock fish carcass, and ling cod carcass, and redtail perch.  They work extremely well, and it saves me money too from buying chicken.

Water depth

This varies a lot!.  I have set my pots in around 10 foot of water to about 30 foot and have gotten good results at both depths and in between.  There isn't one set depth that is the magic number.  I have even found many crabs on the beach while surfing - many times in about 1 foot of water.  Sandy bottom grounds is what I usually look for when setting my pots.  


pk
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04/12/2017


Set my new personal best yesterday:

    19" black rock fish - 3# and 8 oz



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04/12/2017


Had a good crabbing trip yesterday.  Well, "good" for this time of year when it's the slow times for crabbing on the Oregon coast.  Got 9 dungeness crabs & 8 red rock crabs.



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03/26/2017

Subscriber Surf Fishing
CANCELLED - ROUGH SURF

Update: 3/30/2017.  6:30 pm.  The surf info has not changed, and it's still at around 6 foot - that is a couple of feet above what I would call safe.  Unfortunately, I think this get-together this Saturday is looking less likely.  It would be bad if people showed up and only to be turned around due to rough waves.  Just to be on the safe side, I'm going to cancel this get-together.  I was really hoping to get out there because this is the only free Saturday I have left for the next 3 months!  

Update: 3/29/2017.  7:40 am.  The wind forecast has not died down, and the surf is still at an uncomfortable 6 foot-ish.  The wind isn't really an issue, 8-9 mph is fine.  But, it's the surf/swell is the concern here.  


Update: 3/27/2017.  4:22 pm.  the wind for Saturday looks good.  it's forecasted to be around 8 mph according to the weather channel.  surf/swell is around 6 feet.  these are not ideal conditions, but it's looking fishable, let's hope it gets better!


Lost Creek State Park (south of Newport)
Saturday,  April 1
Starts @ 8:30 AM

As of right now, the wind & surf looks fishable.  But I'll keep monitoring to see.  Be sure to check this website for updates/cancellation.  Check back on Friday evening 3/31.



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03/09/2017

Subscriber surf fishing get-together

CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH SURF


UPDATE 2:   5:34 pm.  I am monitoring the swell info, and it looks like the surf will be too rough to for this event to be safe.  so, I'm going to err on the side of caution and cancelling this get-together.  I'm going to see about moving the event to APRIL 1 - at the same location.  will give an update about this soon.

UPDATE 1:   3:00 PM looks like the wind is decent for tomorrow, but the surf will a concern. 6+ foot swells is borderline unfishable.  there is also a 50% chance of rain, so be sure to bring your rain gear.  we'll know more when we meet tomorrow morning if the surf will be an issue.  see everyone there at Bob Straub State Park @ 8:30 AM.


When:  Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where:  Bob Straub State Park, Pacific City
Time:  8:30 am - 11:30 am

This is a great way for you to get in some practice for our upcoming surf fishing tournament in May.  I try to organize as many get-togethers as I can, but the problem is, my weekends are on week days.  So, this makes it hard because most people have their weekends on a normal weekend.  

But I got time off on 3/25, so I want to do a get-together.  This is highly weather dependent!  Hopefully,  mother nature cooperates that day, and all will be smooth and calm.  I hope to see all of you guys there!



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03/03/2017


Decided to fish with a bucktail jig last Wednesday - results were great!  1 oz spro bucktail I got off amazon.  species caught:  2 lingcod (17" & 18"), 1 copper, 1 quillback, 2 black rock fish, 1 greenling (17").








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03/01/2017


People have been asking me about the waders I use for surf fishing.  here it is:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Mens-Spring-Run-mm-Felt-gram-Waders-Regular/722709.uts?searchPath=%2Fbrowse.cmd%3FcategoryId%3D734095080%26CQ_search%3Dcabela%252527s%2Bwaders




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02/24/2017
sometims I get strange posts like this on my channel....  does anyone follow what the user is saying?  with posts like these, who needs bots?



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02/20/2017

Powerbait Worms
 
I get ask a lot about where I buy my 7" Powerbait worms.  walmart.com is the place, and it's the cheapest online that I've found.

I use the green pumpkin in 7".  They are $3.66 a pack.  I usually buy 10 packs at a time, so shipping is free ($35 minimum order to qualify for free 2-day shipping).



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02/18/2017

Knot strength chart

I got this chart from another website (bdoutdoors.com).  It shows the knot strength of various knots.  I always use the uni knot (fish n fool knot) because it's the strongest knot.  I find it very easy to tie, and have done it for so long that I get pretty fast at it.

When joining 2 lines together, I simply use the double uni.  

It rarely  breaks on me.  The only times that it will break is when you snag up, and when you do, it's a chore trying to break the line loose.  It's just that strong of a knot.

If you don't know it, then I recommend practicing that uni knot and see for yourself.



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02/15/2017

Crabbing is still hot

Got 13 yesterday in Coos Bay.  All hard shells but 1.  Also got 4 good size reds.  We set our pots in about 15-25 foot and left them down for about 1.5 hours.  After 3 pick ups, I got my limit and jetted.  Fishing was also really good.  Got a personal best 24" ling cod - 3 total.  Also got a personal best black rock fish.  Didn't bring a scale, but he went 18" on the dot.

My friend Tom lost a a giant fish.  Stripped his drag and kept on running, until finally his knot broke.  Heart breaking - but there was a lesson to learn from it.  

The problem with all fishing trips is that you always start with the unknowns.  You simply use past experience to prepare yourself with the right gear and tackle and hope that they cover every situation.  Then an unexpected situation happens like yesterday where Tom caught a huge fish that keeps stripping line - even after tightening down the drag to almost all the way - and continues to strip the line.........  and eventually breaks off.

This is my first year where I fished for ling cods, and didn't expect much at all.  But this trip definitely was a good learning experience for the both of us.

I'm already gearing up for next week --  pending the weather.



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02/10/2017


I found an old newspaper that featured an article on me.  I thought I had lost it, but surprisingly found it after digging through some old files.  

the article was about the 400# halibut I caught in Prince William Sound in Petersburg, Alaska back in 1993.  It happened during a time before the Gopro, and this is the only pick I have plus a color version which I keep on my PC.  I regret throwing away the negatives.  But I kept the paper in a "safer" spot now.

I really do miss Alaska a lot.  One of these days, I'll have to return there.

My how time flies..........



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02/08/2017

surf fishing terminal gear


remember to always check the surf condition online before you head out for surf fishing on the Oregon coast!

so let's talk about this because I get a lot of questions about it.  let me be clear that nothing is scientific, nor is anything  set in stone.  we all fish differently, and this is what I recommend - anything here can be changed to fit your needs.

line
no magic formula here.  braid works best due to its near-zero stretch property - thus making it ultra sensitive.  another good thing is that it casts pretty dam far compared to mono (which has spool memory).  size: 15# to 30# will do fine.  I recommend 20# due to the rough surf that is found on the Oregon coast.  

hooks
again, this varies.  I've read people who use a #6 and even down to a #8.  I use a #2 baitholder which I find to be optimal --> it keeps the small fish off your line as they can't fit it in their mouth.  I occassionally still catch the silver perch, but it's far in between.  so obviously, if you want to catch smaller surf perch, just use a smaller hook like a #6 or #8 (bigger number = smaller hook size).  "baitholder" style hooks works best because it has 2 barbs on the shank to help hold the bait intact.

bait
for me, gulp sandworms all the way (2" camo color).  the sandworms are by far the best bait for surf fishing.  they simply work, and they are durable.  I dry them out for about 3-4 hours (depending on weather) and put them in a jar, or back in the packet.  this way, the dry sandworm will stay on your hook a lot longer.  again, dry out your sandworm so become more rubbery and thus will stay on your hook longer.  see pic below.

leader
I use 15# or 20# mono leader by either Maxima or Pline.

weights
I use a 2oz disc sinker (pic below).  they roll much less that a bank, pyramid, tear drop, and other round shape sinkers.

rig
I use a 2-hook rig, or sometime people tell me it's a over-and-under rig.  whatever you want to call it, the rig is extremely effective.  the weight is at the bottom of the 2 hooks.  the leader is about 2 feet below the last hooks, where the hooks are spaced about 18" apart.



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01/31/2017

crabbing report

great trip to coos bay.  we kept 20 total dungeness crabs, and 5 reds - really big reds too!!  we set down our crab pots around 9:30 and picked up the first round at around 11:30.  we only managed 8 the first time, but got another 12 on the second pickup.  also got a nice 19" ling cod, which was too small to keep (22" minimum here in Oregon).



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01/27/2017

the Oregon coast is dangerous!!!!!

I have gotten TWO reports from my youtube subscribers about how they got knocked down by a sneaker wave within the last 3 weeks.  I also heard of a news story of a family (father & daughter?) who got caught  when a sneaker wave pulled them out to sea.  

folks, I cannot emphasize enough how dangerous it is to be on the Oregon beach during a storm.  you might be thinking that there's no wind, and the surf looks calm so it must be safe to venture near the water or go surf fishing.  

the problem here lies in storms that are very far off shore (thousands of miles) and they create some serious wave.  if you just think about the sheer size of the ocean, these waves travel thousands of miles before they reach land.  these swells are big and extremely dangerous - they pack a lot of energy and there's nothing that's going to stop them until they reach land.

even if it seems like a calm day, these swells will hit land days after a storm has passed.  

the best thing to do is to check the surf/swell condition before you head out to the beach in Oregon.  there are many websites out there that give current and future surf reports.  there are also apps for your mobile phone.

just google for "oregon swell info" or "oregon surf report" to find these websites that have swell forecasts.

generally, I look for swells that are in the 2-5 foot range.  from my experience, 5 foot or under is relatively safe, and has enough wave action to stir up the sand crabs for the redtails to feed on.  if they are 6-7 foot, that is a little too dangerous and uncomfortable.  if you do head out, always go with a partner so you can help keep an eye out for each other.



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01/26/2017

swell info websites

I always check the swell/surf forecast before I head out surf fishing.  as you may or may not know, the Oregon coast is extremely dangerous!  the surf is unpredictable and the condition changes very rapidly, many times without any warning.  

you always want to check the surf info weeks ahead to the day before your trip in order for you to stay safe.  if possible, always bring a partner.

there are many websites and apps that I use to check the surf info.  here they are:

1)  magic seaweed - my favorite 
2)  solspot 
3)  swellinfo.com 

in addition, there are a shit ton of other apps you can download.  I surf fish a lot, and I always monitor the surf condition hourly.  I have these sites, and a few more, bookmarked and I check them about 1 week ahead of time, and then check them hourly each day until the day of my trip - the forecast do change.

I usually check at least 3 websites and compare them.  if one is saying 20 foot swells and another is saying 5 foot swells, then I would continue to check/verify it with another different website.

when it comes to your personal safety, always have the right knowledge so you can make the right decision to be safe.  research and common sense should be used.  when in doubt, don't go out!

why?  because we need everyone to stay alive and help make America great again ............ oh shit... wait... what???


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01/25/2017

surf fishing report

rating: 1 - I cried typing that number ....but it's still better than any   day at work
weather:    cloudy ~ 42 degrees
surf: medium, 5-7 foot swells - wasn't too bad.  stayed on the beach for a while to observe what the waves were doing, to see if there are any large surges, none to be found so we began fishing (it's best to watch the waves for about 10-15 minutes initially to get an idea of how rough it is)
wind: calm
tide: outgoing high tide
notes:  a slow day of surf fishing!  wow.  managed 1 redtail in about 2 hours of fishing.  we went to seal rock and holy cow, what the hell happened to that beach????  seriously, a big contrast since I fished it last May.  there are rocks everywhere now!  it's almost dangerous to fish on the beach anymore.  I think one of these days I will have to return during low tide to see what other structure have emerged from all the storm we've had recently.  


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01/11/2017


rating: 4 - a bad day fishing is still better than any   day at work
weather:   mostly cloudy ~ 35 degrees
surf: medium, 6-7 foot swells - a little too uncomfortable
wind: about 7-10 mph, then calm in the afternoon
tide: outgoooooooing high tide
notes:  a slow day of fishing, bite was far in between.  definitely on the small side today.  kept only 5, lost about 4.  I caught a live sand shrimp from the surf, and it made me realize why the gulp sandworms work so well:  because they resemble a local food that these fish are feeding on.  it was a good discovery for me because all these times, I couldn't understand why they work so well.  now I know.  the shrimp is opague, not quite green like the gulp sandworms.  you can see it in the pic below.  what's funny is that I caught the shrimp on a 1/4 oz rooster tail.



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01/11/2017

surf fishing report

I got a report from a friend.  they went friday and nailed the surf perch in late afternoon.  they got nearly 30 for 3 people, threw a lot back and they lost count.  it was late in the afternoon and they couldn't keep the fish off their line.

as you can see, any month is a good month for redtails - you just have to find a calm surf and calm wind.  if you live in the willamette like me, then you must make sure the roads over the mountain pass isn't icy/snow either.


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01/10/2017
can this year start off any crazier for me?  we've had a lot of snow here in the willamette valley.  school was closed on the first day back.  tonight, there is suppose to be more snow.  tomorrow is my last day off and I was really looking forward to hitting the surf again.  but now, it's not looking likely.  why does bad weather always happen on my day off???  argh!!!!

I went today and was turned around by high surf.  I was going to hit the jetty, but the swells came far into the bay so I left back home with my tail between my legs.  

it's already the 10th and I have yet to catch a fish in this new year.

...... angry surf, howling wind, icy roads...  we got everything here in oregon!  this is a fisherman's worst nightmare.

well .... I'm hoping that tonight's snow will be light enough that it won't impact the road to the coast.  the wind is suppose to be calmer and the surf coming in around 4-5 feet, which is fishable.  hoping mother nature plays nice tomorrow........


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01/09/2017

NEW fishing tournament script 
coming soon .............

one thing I learned from last year's tournament was that my fishing tournament script sucks ass!!!!   so, I'm scrapping the old script and will make a new one.  the main issue with the old script was that people had trouble registering; not all of them, but enough for me to rethink my approach.

I'm going to remove the registration requirement, and the tournament owner can just add people when they meet them at the tournament, thus bypassing registration.  given that only about 10 - 13 people show up at these tournaments, it wouldn't be hard or time consuming to enter names manually.

one big issue with the registration in the old script was that there is a gate keeper on the registration page so it would reject all emails - unless the user gives me their email first so I can enter it in the database.  it was just a way to keep out spam bots.  basically:  IF `email`= FALSE, POOP `error code`.  

the new script will not have that registration requirement.  however, the gate keeper will always be on the registration page - and I don't ever plan to remove it from everylist.  and if you do want to register for an everylist account, you must contact me first so I can add your email.  

I'm still doing the script template for now, just trying to build a simpler (muuuuuuch simpler GUI) and hope to have it all coded by ......  february?  

stat tuned.


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01/06/2017

 

2017 has started out a little slow for me.  it's about 1 week into the new year, and I haven't been fishing at all.  I got my license and shellfish permit but have yet to get my line wet.  I did have opportunities to go, but it was too icy (last night it got to 17 degrees!).  the snow from the last storm is still on the ground, and we are expecting more snow tomorrow morning.  my problem is that it's dangerous to go over the mountain pass on my way to the coast, especially when it's snowing and then it freezes at night.  

so, mother is in control and she tells me when I can or cannot go.  I don't think I'm alone.  

it's safe to say fishing has a really slow start this year.  I think to keep the videos going, I will try to do some .... (yawn) .... reel & tackle reviews.

for surf fishing this year, (as I've said before), I'm going to have 2 tournaments.  the date isn't set yet, but the places I will hold them will be ona beach state park and siletz bay.  I've fished ona before, and did ok there.  but I've yet to fish the siletz bay; and people tell me it's a good spot.  last year, we average about 10 people per tournament, which is not too bad.  I hope that that we will have a better turn out this year.  I can't wait to see all the new faces!

for next week, I'm going to try my luck at bass fishing.  it's winter now so I have very little hope, but I'm going to try.  I never caught a bass in the winter, so this will be a first.  they will be holding in deep water and are very sluggish.  people tell me a stick of dynamite works best this time of year so I'll have to try that.

anyways, stay tuned.


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01/04/2017

crabbing off a dock

ODFW re-opened the crabbing season, so I went over to Coos Bay on 12/30 to see if I could get some crabs off the docks.  I had 2 days left before my license expires so I had better try and get the most out of it.  I bought a conical trap from amazon and was curious about how good it would be in catching dungeness crabs.  When I got the trap, I was a little bummed out because it was extremely light and shallow, and I didn't expect the trap to perform well at all.  I thought about sending it back, but decided to try it out first to see if it's any good.

Surprisingly, it worked really well and exceeded my expectations.  The important thing here if you're buying this conical trap is that you have to weigh it down with extra weight.  In this video, I tied a 5# dumb bell to the bottom of the pot to help it anchor down in one spot.  It helped a lot and my pot didn't move at all.




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12/26/2016

surf fishing report


rating: 2 for me, 8 for my fishing buddy, Tom
weather:   mostly cloudy ~ 35 degrees
wind: calm, about 8 mph in the afternoon
tide: outgooing high tide
notes:  Tom did great, his catch was consistent - he caught 10 total, some silvers and some dinks.  I got 3 silvers, 1 small redtail, and 2 keeper redtail.  I had to cancel our original trip to Coos Bay due to ice on the road, so we hit the surf instead.  Winter is great time for redtail,  sometimes (most of the time!) mother nature won't cooperate with you.  Even though the surf was calm today, it surge pretty high onto the shore.  However, most of the fish Tom caught were very close to shore; maybe only about 30-40 feet from his position.  This is usually true for redtail, they are all over the surf that it's hard to say where the best spot to cast is.  People always ask me, "where do you cast?"  There isn't a specific spot that you target, they are just all over the surf.  I really don't know how else to explain that.  A few times they take it about 20 feet (TWENTY!) from me!  I never thought that they'd be so close, but they are.  They swim around in the surf looking for sand crabs.  And sand crabs are usually found where the surf line is, which is pretty shallow waters.


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12/25/2016

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and getting stuffed, or drunk.  I think someone slipped some booze into the eggnog again...... 

It was a great year in terms of fishing.  I held several surf fishing competition and enjoyed meeting new people.  Looking forward to next year to make things bigger and better and brighter than this year.

One thing I would like to do next year is catch either a salmon or steelhead in Oregon.  It has been about 13 years since I left Alaska, where I salmon fished all the time.  It's been a long break and I need to get back into it.  Hoping next year will be it.

Xmas day surf fishing report::::  I did went fishing today to celebrate Christmas, because that's what fishing addicts do, but I got 1 TINY redtail.  ONE!  I actually forgot my bait at home!! Can you believe that??? ME!  PERCH KING - forgets BAIT!!!  WOW... not only is my hair going but my mind along with it!  I felt embarrassed texting one of my friend about it, and luckily he had some and best of all he was 3 minutes away from where I was fishing.  But, I managed to get only 1 redtail after that ordeal.  

rating: 0 ...(as in ZERO)
weather:  super nice - 40 degrees and sunny
surf: ~ 6 foot swells.  ....... uh..... 6 foot or higher gets too hairy
note: wind was calm, surf was quite uncomfortable where it surge too high onto the beach, which didn't allow me to go too deep.  warm and sunny, just no fish :(


Anyways, tight lines and happy holidays to all!!!





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12/22/2016
ODFW has reopened the crabbing season!

that is great news!  you know what,  I got 10 days left before my 2016 crabbing license expires, so I'm hoping to get in at least 2 more trips.  I never crabbed this late in the season, but we will see how I do.


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12/20/2016

2017 surf fishing tournament
 
I'm pretty excited about hosting another surf fishing tournament, so I'm gonna make a short post about it right now.  2016 will be done in 11 days.  it was a good year, we had some great surf fishing tournament.  many people caught their first surf perch so that was really cool.  even cooler was meeting people, people from all walks of life; from young to old and beginners to veterans - what an experience it was for me!!  

the 2017 surf fishing tournament will happen again next year.  I have not set a date yet, nor chose a place.  there will be TWO tournaments.  I'm thinking of Memorial day weekend, 4th of July weekend, or labor day weekend.  the final decision will rest soley on my work schedule so stay tuned.  

100% certain:

1)  there will be a $10 fee per person
2)  prizes will be given out (only 1 prize per person)
3)  1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes and the biggest fish prize as well, plus random drawings

it won't happen for a while, so if you're new to surf fishing, it's time to get out your fishing gear and start practicing!  you have about 6 to 7 months before the tournament starts.

stay tuned to this website or my youtube channel.


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12/18/2016

surf fishing report 



rating: 10+ (best trip ever!)
weather:   sunny ~ 35 degrees
wind: calm
tide: incoming high tide
notes:  gulp sandworm was the ticket - as usual.  it's undeniable that this is the best bait for redtail surf perch.  I also switched to a rooster tail and did really well.  many doubles - back to back multiple times even.  the surf was dead calm and the wind was nowhere to be found.



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12/16/2016

best & cheapest braid line?

I found that the Spectra braid line brand on amazon to be the best braid line you can buy.  it is less than HALF the price of powerpro & spiderwire, but offers the same reliability.  this is mainly due to the fact that technology nowadays is so good that the quality gap has pretty much disappeared.  this probably applies across all industry nowadays.  

one good thing about the spectra is that they offer many different line color to choose from.

also, a slight negative is that the shipping can take a little longer if you don't have amazon prime.  I highly recommend signing up for prime as it will save you a lot of money over the long run.  if you have an academic email (.edu), then it's half off too.  

spectra braid line: 6# - 100# test is about $12 (300 yard), other colors are around that price too
powerpro braid: price fluctuate depending on line size & color - range: $21 - $27
spiderwire braid:  price fluctuate depending on line size & color, but usually around $25 for 300 yard spool.



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12/12/2016

perch crack is on sale!!!!!!!!


@ walmart.com - I've never seen it this cheap before.  $4.99 per pack - 24 count!! (remember to dry these out partially to get more mileage out of them).  I don't know how long they will last, but I decided to pick up 5 packs to stock up.  you can never have enough of these - by far the best bait for redtail perch.



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12/12/2016
the surf forecast for newport looks phenomenal for the rest of this week!  it is definitely fishable, especially with some decent weather coming up.  "fishable" to me are when the swells are 8 feet or less, anything above that gets too dangerous.  even if it rains, it's not really a factor for me because rain isn't a big issue when it comes to surf fishing.  the wind is suppose to be calm (under 10 mph) all the way through sunday!  it has been almost 1 month since I caught my last redtail.  I need to end this redtail drought this weekend!

of course, these are computer prediction and so it can and probably will change.  but it looks good for now.



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12/10/2016

redtail surf perch size chart
 
started june 10, 2016
(updated from time to time)

during last summer, 2016, I took some length and weight records from some of the redtails I caught.  my goal is to make a rough size chart to show length-to-weight for the redtails.  I googled for such a chart because I wanted to know how much a redtail weighs at a given length.  it doesn't have to be accurate, but just a rough size chart.

having found none, I decided to make one.  

I know that many people, me included, tend to over guess the weight of a given redtail, and this chart should act as a rough guide for figuring out how big your catch is.

nothing is scientific here - because it's kind of like making a weight chart of all people who are 6 foot tall.  we are all different, and so are fish.  this chart is just for me to make a mental note of how big a perch is when I catch them.  a 12" perch is going to be roughly 1#.  that is a decent size perch, by the way; and makes for a good fillet.

the females also weigh a little different than the males, especially ones that carry many fry in their belly.  but I don't know if the fry should count towards the total weight, but I don't think I have a choice since it would be incredibly inhumane (and stupid) to squeeze out the fry before weighing them.  but females of all species are naturally big anyways due to their child bearing role.

I have read, and was told, of people catching redtails in the 5# and even SIX pound range!  now that is a redtail!  it's sort of like catching a 2# bluegill - big, to say the least!  my PB is only about 2.1#, and that was huge to me, I can't image a redtail doubling that!  or even a 6 pounder.  the biggest on my chart was a 13" female I caught in newport; she weighed  1.6#.  I thought that was pretty damn big already.

but I think I will see about making a chart that is logarithmic so we can see how much weight is increased per added length (inch).  this way you can extrapolate the weight based on length.  

anyways, ........... this chart is a work in progress.  just like my life!



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12/10/2016
not a whole lot to report lately .............  went over to newport for some jetty fishing.  unfortunately, I got skunked but enjoyed the day nonetheless.  Tom got one ling cod but it was under sized ~ 15" about.  he lost a really nice one too on the jetty.  weather was nice in the morning, but got pretty ugly around noon when the torrential rain and wind arrived.

overall a pretty slow day, but fun just hanging out in the outdoor with friends.  I'm already planning for next week.



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12/05/2016, +1 likes
I got a sweet new reel that I'm reviewing soon.  the daiwa ss tournament 700 spinning reel.  it was actually released about 30 (THIRTY!) years ago?  at least that's what I've read.  

stay tuned for the full review.



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12/05/2016
I really need to go fishing!!  I have't caught a fish in over a week!  motherf.......r that is a long as time!  I'm getting restless and jittery.  my hands are shaking ... and I think I'm losing more hair follicles.  I have a couple of reels in front of me and I'm spinning them, ... and staring at them with much fervor.  I'm hoping that by spinning the reels, it will satisfy my fishing crave.   I was washing dishes today and even thought about filling up my sink with water and cast a lure in there!

sometimes I hear the fish calling me ... their voices carrying over with the  cold wind blowing from the coast.  they're saying "pk.... come and catch us.  hurry!  we're all fed up and we're big and fat!  like your wife!"

man!  what must I do?....  my hands are even trembling as I write this.  I think I have the perch syndrome.  and I thik a few bottles of heineken will solve it ... just for now though.


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12/05/2016

it's not the gear, stupid

I get a lot of people telling me I'm using the "wrong" type of gear for a certain type of fishing - because "it's too big, and doesn't match".  it really shows their ignorance, don't you think?  I mean, would you criticize a person towing a motorcycle with a Ford F-250 truck?  that ford truck is pretty big, and a motorcycle is relatively small.  so, should the driver use a smaller vehicle to tow that motorcycle?

furthermore, why would you even criticize people when they're doing things differently from you?   it makes me wonder if these people go into a restaurant and yell at everyone who is eating a different food than they are.  

life is all about personal choice and having variety.  it's about finding what works for you and having fun using it.  different folks, different strokes.  simple as that.


for the most part, fishing is a sport about skills & technique.  I get a lot of people asking me on my youtube channel about what equipment is best to use for a specific specie.  the answer varies a lot because we all have different skill levels, techniques, physical limitations, knowledge, and budget.

like a great painter can make great paintings with any paint brush, a skilled fisherman can catch fish with any type of gear.  your skills and technique is what produce success - although tackle manufacturers would like to condition you that their gear will make you a better fisherman.  

the most important aspect any beginning fisherman should focus and invest a lot of time in is learning new skills and techniques.  one critical point is learning to tie a proper knot because it will help with 2 things:  1) reduce down time because you are quick at it, and 2) makes your knot stronger.  and believe me, your line will snap a lot due to snags and having learned a knot well gives you less downtime because you tie it that much faster.  other skills include learning how to cast, and learning to cast accurately.  just some other skills beginners need to learn (not complete, obviously):  to understand how structure relates to fish, where to cast in a current when fishing in a river (eddy's), how weather affects fish, types of rigs to use for different waters, different presentation, and so on.  I mean, the list is huge.  presentation is another big one.  for presentation, I mean how are you working the bait?  for surf fishing, I cast out, pause for 10 seconds, and reel in for a few seconds, pause again, and repeat.  and I noticed that they usually (80%?) take it on the pause.  that's presentation; you simply want to present your bait with varying speed and motion so as to imitate it being alive.

simply put, focus on improving your skills and knowledge about fishing.  ignore those who are too adamant about what gear you should use.  because YOU are doing the fishing and catching fish and having fun.  ignore the negative people and focus on enjoying and improving your own life.

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