12/14 - big bay, winter hali

go figure, i catch my first legal hali from the yak in winter.

i've been pounding away since i first started yak fishing (july 2013). new baits, new techniques, and new locations. i've had my fair share of epic bass days, but my 1st legal halibut never came during those hot months. i've been broken off more times than i care to count, and had my bait raked even more. i've caught many (and i mean MANY) a shorts, but, they were not all in vain. from each outing, i learned, and learned some more. i've found many productive spots, and know exactly what i'd be catching there too.

well, almost to the day, one year later (from my PB hali), i catch my first legal hali from the yak! 25"!

well short of my PB, but nonetheless, i'm stoked! these three all caught on a dropshotted super fluke.

La Jolla First Time - Rockfish!

Well, seems like I haven't posted since September. I haven't really had much time to fish, studying for the PE exam and all. But I have gotten out a couple times in between now, and September. Nothing really to brag about. Until earlier this week.

Weather's been really cooperative lately, and just needed to take advantage of the nice Fall weather. Decided it was time to take the yak out to La Jolla. I've read up so much on launching and landing from the surf. I've studied any any all material I could get my hands on for fishing the ocean, away from the safety of the bay. In preparation, I got myself some waders, PFD, and a VHF radio. Safety first, kids. The day before going out, I picked up some new tackle for the big blue. Our plan was to do a little rockfish fishing, and possibly dropping down some live fin bait for the bigger creatures. Also decided to purchase some irons for a little yo-yo action. Called up a friend and convinced him to accompany myself on my first ocean expedition. This was, in fact, also his first time out.

Morning of, we arrived at La Jolla shores around 6:15 a.m. to ideal first time conditions. Swell was less than 2 ft, with little to no wind. We loaded up everything, with some of the more expensive setups in my kayak hatch, and hit the launch. Launching was cake that day, my friend got some splash over, but everything went relatively smooth. We didn't have much direction, but I had an idea of where to go. Look for lobster traps, and send down the rigs!

About a 15 minute paddle, brought us out of the reserve, and near the canyon edge with lobster traps in sight. Probably in about 100'-150' of water. The night before I bought some squid, so we tied on some double dropper loops, and sent down some squid strips. First drop down, and what do you know, first rockfish for me!

We picked our way through some of the smaller guys, and kept the nicer models. Dropping down that far was definitely a pain using my bass gear, and especially harder for my friend, as he had a 2500 size spinner. Though, we made it work.

Here's a bendo shot of him!

I metered some good spots here and there, and we had pretty much constant action with the squid. I also bought some shrimp, and some larger grubs as well. Grubs definitely gave up bigger models of rockfish, and the shrimp helped us hook up to some nice sheephead! We filled up my one and only game clip with limits of rockfish with 5 nice sized sheephead, and called it a day.

Back at the launch, surf wasn't all too crazy, but has always made me weary reading about it and whatnot. My friend went first and almost tipped over, but was helped by another yakker. Myself, I waited it out until the sets were slower in between. Hauled ass to shore, and almost nearly pearled. But, made it in safely. Successful launching, fishing, and landing! 

Our haul!

For our first time out, with no experience whatsoever, I think we did pretty good! Went back to my buddies place and cleaned up the fish and cooked some up. Delicious! Can't wait to get out there again!

SD Bay - Labor Day Weekend

Ever on the hunt for my first legal halibut, I pre-rigged some leader lines for my Sealine after learning some new techniques from the boards as well as personal experience.

Reverse dropper loop type rig

Leader - 36" long, Ringed hook with octopus/mosquito trailer hook 6" below
Weight - 18" long, 2 oz torpedo

Weight line is looped through mainline via swivel, then mainline direct tied to leader line. This seems to allow the weight to move around without tangling and still allows the direct feel of the hook to the mainline. Using an octopus or mosquito trailer hook seems to be better in that it does not snag weeds as much, and it prevents the fish from swallowing the hook.

Many times before, I had tied too short of a trailer hook tag line, resulting in the following:

Raked baits and/or ripped baits. Actually, the 2nd picture happened because the mystery fish bit through my 20lb tag end line...

As far as baits go, I liked using lizard fish or the anchovies/smelt I caught in my bait location. However, these fish were fairly small, 6" or less, so I mostly caught Spotties and short hali's. Plus they were free, using my Sabiki rig, and I would catch incidental fish (5 bass at once, largest sand bass a the time, ray, etc.) However, I knew if I wanted to catch bigger fish, I needed bigger baits. Thus, to the bait barge I go! $10 for a kayak scoop isn't too bad, and if you tip, they sometimes give some intel on where's the hot bite.

Saturday I went out early. OTW by 5:00 AM, and it was hot and muggy already. Got a nice scoop of dines and drifted along North Island side during the incoming tide. Caught some bass, but nothing big. Some raked baits (again with a too short trailer tag end at the time), but that was it. Water was kinda grassy in some areas so it made drifting pretty hard.

Time was around 11:00 AM by then and I had nothing to show for. Went across the way towards SI Pier and marked some fish on my fish finder. Some nice activity along 45'-52', right at the channel drop off. Looks like there's some structure or a decent hole in that area and dropped my Sealine down, as well as dropping in my swimbait.

Hooked up to a short halibut, and I knew if there's one, there's bound to be more! Paddled back to the area and slid right in. My big pole goes bendo! I'm reeling it in then, slack line...Picture 2 above is the resultant. Fish bit right through the 20 lb line at the trailer tag end. Re-rigged quite hastily with another of my pre-rigged leaders and sent another dine down. Again, I get slammed! And again, it comes off. But this time, in my haste, I did not tie a good knot to the swivel and lost that rig. I sulked around for a bit, cussing at myself for tying a bad knot, and wasting my 2 good chances of a legal halibut. Salavaged that area by catching a keeper Sandy which I brought home for dinner for the gf.

After deciding to call it a day (was around 1:30 PM by this time and I'd been on the water for nearly 9 hours) I started paddling back towards the launch. Decided one last cast with my swimbait rod and let her fly. Paddled a bit to get into position and began my retrieve. Tug, tug, hmm, somethings on already! Set the hook and it took off! Peeled a bunch of line, and was pulling strong! Drag was quite buttoned down, but my Calcutta's drags were smooth! I gained some line, then it'd pull more line out. This went on for nearly 15 minutes. My bicep was burning, but I needed to know what was on the other end. Boats were passing by as I held on for dear life, trying to gain more line. It took one last run, and seemed to just sit in one place. I paddled over, and kept trying to reel in more line. Then one last tug, and POP! Bleh, looks like 12lb topshot of flouro wasn't enough to hold. Broke off at the lead head.

All in all, a pretty eventful day and learned a lot.

That night, I retied a bunch more leaders, extending the trailer tag end to 6", to ENSURE no more raked baits. Debated tying on higher pound test on the bass rig, but all I had was 20lb fluoro (seemed a bit too heavy for the bay), so I left it at 12lb.

Went out the next morning, and hit the water at 6:30 AM.  Paddled over to the bait barge and got a kayak scoop of dines. Did my usual incoming tide drift along North Island side, and remembered I still had on my less than 6" trailer hook tag end, so, picture 1 above shows my raked bait. Retied on my other pre-made leaders and shot over to the other side. Had a few hits here and there, all came back raked STILL, even with a longer trailer hook tag end.

Marked some nice fish at around the channel edges and got some hits on the swimbait! Nabbed a couple sculpin early on. Whats the legal size on these? I hear they're good eating!

Also pulled in a nice sandy that went into the fish bag. Then, got a tug on a short halibut. Nice, they're around. Paddled back into position and slid right into my spot. Hooked up onto my swimbait and pulled in a bigger sandy! Quickly put her onto my game clip as my big pole was clicking off! Then, noticed something going down on the fish finder?? Turned around to find that my game clip was not securely fastened to the rope...welp, there goes one fish. But, pulled in one hefty Sand Bass! My biggest thus far! Had a couple more good hits, all sandies, and that was it. Couple more tugs, but no hookups. Seems that the sand bass are moving in, and big ones too!

The aftermath!

Another shot. Big one was nearly 21" and fat!

Still learning the areas, and the rigs. But I'd say it was a pretty successful day. Filleted the sandies and made some delicious fish tacos! Will be taking a break from kayak fishing, as I'm going back home for a friends wedding. But will be back on the hunt soon enough! 

8/22 SD Bay - Fishing with PJ

Took out my friend Patrick to do a little kayak fishing in San Diego bay after seeing the awesome morning tide swing.

Low tide:  4:41 AM -0.3 ft
High tide:  10:56 Am 5.5 ft

Still have my old kayak, so he was going to borrow that while I fished my Trident. He arrived at my place at 0440, and we loaded up and set out to Shelter Island Launch. On the water by 0600 after rigging up.

Beautiful morning in SD Bay!

As much as I knew where I'd catch fish, and knowing we'd get into a good bite at those places, I
wanted to try out some new places with the nice inflow of water. A bit worried that we weren't going to find the fish, I was immediately hooked onto a nice spottie on my first cast. 2nd cast, same thing. Nice, now just to get Patrick into some fish as well.

I explained to him the main technique of long lining to catch our fish, mainly because of the deeper depths at which we will be fishing, and after I told him how, it was on! Fish after fish was being brought aboard. We both were using scent, me Unibutter and him Procure Shrimp. It seemed the bass were on the chew for some Procure as when my bite slowed down, I switched to Procure scent, and BAM it was back on.

Bendo shot!

Nice Spottie!

I also drifted my ever so lucky Sabiki rod for some bait, but the small lizzies were hard to come by today. As we're drifting, I get slammed HARD on my Sabiki rod. This thing is pulling major drag on my 8lb outfit, but my standby Symetre held up to the test. Pulled her up after a short tussle and surpirse surprise! The Sabiki does it again! My personal best Sand Bass!  She looked about 20". GF keeps asking for some fish to actually eat, so in the ice bag she went.

We drifted a bit more, heading towards Tidelands Park, and again my Sabaiki rod gets slammed! This time, its making some hard runs and feels stuck at times. I'm thinking, this is some sort of flatfish, be it my legal hali or a ray. Hoping its a hali, I prepare myself. I bring it to color and...its a ray! Oh well. I try to release her, but she's flapping around wildly, and then SNAP! The last hook that was onto her broke. Turns out, 3 hooks on my Sabiki setup were broken! RIP my good friend, you caught me many a interesting fish!

- 5 bass at once
- halibut
- PB Sand bass
- ray

Twas a good day out on the water, and even better with company. Until the next fishing adventure...

sd bay - 8/18 Sabiki Surprise!

on the hunt again for my elusive legal on the yak. started a little later than i wanted too and otw by 7.

outgoing tide, minimal wind at first. caught my usual bait (lizard fish) on the sabiki and drifted with a sliding egg sinker rig.

hooked up on a sculpin first drop, and resent my sabiki down for more bait. sabiki rod was bending as i was playing with my swimbait rod and reeled in a hali!

sabiki does it again! (previously, caught 5 bass at once)

closer inspection showed he ate a lizard that was hooked on the sabiki!

drifted around for a couple bass, and another halibut. then my drift rod gets slammed! thinking this is it, finally my legal hali, i prepare myself. he's making some nice runs and then comes to color.

big angel shark!

fun fight, but not my target. sent her back on her way after having to untangle the mess. retied and sent some more lizzies on the drift. caught a couple more bass, AND bigger lizards all on smaller live lizards. got slammed one more time, but popped off. looks like a bad knot on my part...

ended the day with 2 shorts, a bunch of bass, and an angel shark. all caught on live/dead lizard fish!

MB 8/12: w/ the new yak

Welp, had my Pelican Castaway 116 for about 2 months now. It was a great starter kayak, and got me to places I couldn't from shore. It's allowed me to catch many fish as well. But, as my confidence grew, and my yearning for new waters, I knew I had to upgrade to a better kayak. Posted up my wants on BigWatersEdge (SoCal kayak fishing forum), and someone from OEX Mission Bay messaged me with a used demo OK Trident 15 that he was willing to sell! Went and tried it out the very next day!

This kayak was big! At 15' 7.5", this thing was nearly 6' longer than my Castaway! I feared that it would be too long for what I needed, but once I was out on the water on this thing, my mind changed. Plus, in the long run, you can't add length. This kayak was much more stable than my previous. It also seemed much easier to paddle, going much faster. It also held its drift much better. However, being that it was a longer boat, it was much harder to turn on a dime. After testing it out for some time, I had made up my mind. Time to take this baby home!

Here she is, on my truck. No racks, but this will do...

Couldn't wait to try her out, so after work I set out in Mission Bay for a little fishing session. To note, being that it's a longer boat, it was a little difficult loading and unloading by myself. But, I'm sure with more practice, I'll get a better system down.  

Made my way near Ski Beach launch and paddled out. Outgoing tide with some chop from wind, and some jetskiers out, this was the perfect conditions to test its stability and handling capabilities. Didn't have anything really installed on it yet, so stopped at some places that looked fishy. The best thing I noted about this boat is that it holds its drift really well. Even with wind and chop and my relative light weight (its rated to hold 500-550lbs), I held my drift perfectly. This allowed me to be in the right spot at all times.  First cast rewarded me with a nice spottie!

I like the fact that I can also sit sideways on this kayak, and still feel quite stable. Paddled around and fished a bit more for 6 spotties and a barracuda. Not bad for 1.5 hours, but my main goal was to feel out my new ride. All in all, I'm extremely satisfied with my new purchase. Put in a new paddle, and some minor upgrades (bait tank/fish finder) and I'll be set with my new kayak!

SD Bay - 8/11 - Interesting Catch(es)!

Been doing some kayak fishing in SD Bay over the weekend. Saturday wasn't too bad, but today I had a very interesting catch!

Launched out of SI around 6:30 AM, incoming tide, little to no wind at first,  Temp was about mid 60s. Right off the bat, stuck a nice sandie long lining a 3" BH 1/2oz leadhead. To note, while fishing 30'-50' water, I noticed long lining the plastics or drifting with it catches more fish.

Pulled out my sabiki rig to make some bait. Got a nice lizard fish and pinned him on, and let him drift on my big pole while i threw the bh. About 15 minutes into my drift, the lizard gets slammed! Quickly reeled in my other line and started fighting the other fish. This thing was pulling hard on my sealine 20, spooled with 20lb mono, and my pole was full bendo! Next thing I know, *POP*. Gaahhh...Reeled in and found no hooks at the other end. Bad knot? Sawed through? Whatever it was, I was heartbroken.

Caught more lizards to drift while I picked away at the spotties.

Was using white or chartreuse colored swimbaits in the deeper areas, and those seemed to work really well. Then my big pole screams again! But then stops. Reeled in my line only to find a half eaten lizard fish. Blast...

Paddled to my bait spot and dropped in my sabiki. Let that drift as I picked away again at the spotties. Then my sabiki rig doubles over! The heck? Started reeling it in and found quite the resistance. Once I brought it to color, I saw an interesting sight!

Haha, couple bass on the same rig? Pulled it all the way up and found actually 5 bass!

What an crazy catch! Also to note, I caught quite a few bass on the sabiki as well before this. But 5? Too funny.

Ended the day around 12:30 PM with 20+ bass (stopped counting as that wasn't my primary target), more than I could count lizard fish, and 2 missed strikes. I'll get 'em next time!


MB/SD Bay - Weekend Report

It may not seem like it, as the amount of posts I write up does not reflect all the times I've gone out. But I've been fishing a good amount. I'm just too lazy to write reports. Or perhaps, too busy fishing! Mostly the bays, in my new kayak, but I've hit the surf a few times as well. I've stalked the beans out in S. Mission Beach two weekends ago, taking me down 50 yards and back "crouch-walking" following a couple beans spotted in the skinny, all for a lot of weird looks that day. 

I think its the crowds that really pull me towards NOT fishing the surf during summer. Just way too many people either standing/swimming/splashing/playing right in some nice holes. It's not like the bays are any better, too. Considering all the jet skiers/weekend-warrior-boaters constantly pushing wakes everywhere in quote-unquote "Non-wake Areas".  Oh well, I digress...

So I took a break from fishing all week last week. Taking a break gives me some time to really think about new tactics or new things I want to try. I realized that as a new owner of a kayak, I really wanted a bait-drifting outfit. So, all of that week was used for researching new gear. 

It just so happened that Turners was having a special on the Daiwa Sealine X reels! They're selling for $74.98, originally priced at $124.99 (sale goes until the 8th, I believe). I've heard nothing but good things about this reel, and it seems most kayakers use this reel as an entry level reel. Its rugged, gets the job done, and is fairly cheap in that if you take a dunk and lose it, it doesn't hurt your wallet (as much). Sold it for me! I actually bought 2 of the Sealines. X-20 SHA and the X-40 HA, geared 6.1:1 and 4.9:1 respectively. That 40's gonna be used in the future, for the bigger fellas! I also picked up a Sabre Classic 7' rated 12-30lbs, which was mis-priced at Big 5, so I got it for less than $40! Sweet!  Spooled my X-20 with 50lb spectra backing and 20lb Big Game mono, I set out to try my new outfit.

I hit SD Bay early morning Saturday, launching out of Tidelands. I had picked up some smelt to use for live bait the night before at the Korean market, and rigged it up on a reverse dropper loop. I knew where I could potentially pick off on bass, but my thoughts were on bigger fish. So, I drifted around the bridge pilings closer to the deep channels, while casting out a grunion big hammer. 

A look at my new outfit in action!

I'm immediately into some action. With the clicker on, "zzZZZzzzZ", I'm getting hits on my new rig! Too bad they were all bass, and not that big either. With that new rig, it felt like pulling in nothing! Too funny.  Had my steady pickings for a bit, and had some bigger strikes that didn't stay connected. Ended the day around lunch time with about 15 spotties, 2 mackerel (looking for live bait on my sabiki), and a lizard. Not bad, but not overly great.
Your usual bass out in SD Bay.

Couldn't sleep that night, so it was another early morning start. But this time decided to hit Mission Bay. Was out on the water by 6:00 AM and headed out to the bait barge for some live bait. Saw some top water action so threw the big hammer (grunion) to see what was chasing. Got smashed early on, and what do you know, a new species for me! Juvenile White Sea Bass! Sweet. I let her go, in hopes of it growing up one day, so that I may pull in a big one from my kayak!

Nice colors!

Made my way to the bait barge and picked up a kayak scoop. That early in the morning, all they had were LARGE baits. I mean, 8-inch-plus. I knew I wasn't going to get anything with these baits in the bay, but what the hell. Used up all my smelt the day before, and wanted to use my drift rig again. Shelled out the $10 for a kayak scoop and I was on my way.

Made a few stops here and there, and my clicker kept going off. Not in a good way though, damn these weeds in MBay!! Made bottom drifting extremely hard that day, as it would catch on the lead almost every time. Oh well, lesson learned, might try a new type of bottom rig in MBay. Caught most of my fish on the big hammer again. The average Spottie's were about 1.5 lbs, and a small calico in the mix. Ended the day with about 10 spotties, 1 calico, and 1 halibut. Caught that halibut on the big hammer as well. Well, hopefully next time I can put my new outfit to the test on some bigger fish!

Until next time, we'll just have to wait. Looks like the weather is cooling down into the weekend. Might be taking another break, hopefully I won't be needing any more gear....

Mission Bay - 7/24 Afternoon

Boy, haven't really had the time to fish in quite some time so decided to hit up my favorite go-to spot in Mission Bay:  East of Ingraham St. Bridge. It's a well known spot to many, but often times most people are unsure as to where to go and head. My from experience, which is very little, I've found that there are some lanes you'll want to drift, starting from the bridge, and then towards fiesta island. In these lanes, you'll catch your fish. Depending on the day and tides, this has given me some successful results. Not to say that there are times where they're hard to find, but when you do, you'll get into a steady bite.

Yesterday, was almost like that. I found my lane and picked off 2 back to back. Then another here and there. But it was hard going. The wind was up, and it was quite choppy, making it hard to really stay in the right lanes the whole drift down. Ended my first sesh back with 5 spotties and a couple more missed hits. But can't complain. Nice to be back on the water...

Central Coast Roadtrip: 7/3 - 7/7

it was a long holiday weekend back in my old college town of San Luis Obispo. for the 6 years that i was there, it seems i did absolutely nothing! each time i go back, i find something new to do, or some new place to go. my list grows of things i did, and more things are being added to my list of things to do. just off the top of my head:

things i've done:

  1. surf fish pismo beach, avila beach, MDO (PB perch caught here), morro bay, cayucos
  2. 4-wheel drive Oceano Dunes
  3. freshwater fishing at lake lopez and santa margarita lake
  4. poke pole fishing at MDO
  5. shore rockfishing at MDO and Shell Beach

things to do:

  1. catch a fish while poke pole fishing
  2. catch a fish while shore rockfishing
  3. poke pole fish at morro bay jetty
  4. shore rockfish at cayucos and san simeon
  5. fish cal poly ponds
  6. fish lake nacimiento
  7. fish morro bay

this report is of items 4 and 5 of the things i've done...

poke pole and shore rockfish fishing. yessir, picking up rockfish from shore and some MFE (monkey face eels). i heard of this type of fishing just recently, saw some videos and was super excited to try it out! with some help and tips from [b]jscrib[/b] and [b]cphwt[/b], i was certain we'd catch something! so, decided to hit up MDO for some shore rockfish fishing.

the path to hazards canyon in MDO

as you can see, there were so many pockets of kelp with deeper water nearby. we threw 4" and 3" big hammers for nothing! all morning. every place we tried looked super fishy! but alas, we were skunked. decided to move on to another place hoping to get bit. decided to hit up spooners cove just up the road.
looks way fishy!

arrived at spooners cove and saw a few kayakers fishing the kelp beds just outside the cove, with a bunch of shore fisherman along the rocks. but again, no bites! i guess today just wasn't our day...packed it up and headed home.

my buddy fishing a rocky point.

next day we decided to try something a little bit different. some cliff fishing! went over to shell beach in pismo to fish the cliffs for some rock fish again. saw a couple other people fishing some nearby spots.

shot of our spot.

i wish i had taken a shot looking down, because we were literally on a cliff with at least a 50 foot drop into the abyss! crazy scary! we soaked some squid and smelt for 1 bite, and moved around for a bit. but again, no hookups. we left the salt stinking of skunk and decided to try to wash it off by fishing the fresh. off to santa margarita lake we go!

everyplace looked fishy as well! had a muck on the top near shore, so we frogged it up a bit. got 1 blow up on the frog, but that was it. threw the whole tacklebox trying to find the pattern, then my buddy got hooked up on a crawdad. he farmed it right near shore, but at least we knew the pattern now. i too hooked but lost it as well near shore. my buddy once again farmed another one near shore, and with that we called it a day. 2 days full of skunk! man, my confidence in my fishing ability plummeted. i contemplated not fishing anymore that weekend, but my buddy was pumped to fish even more! fishing karma he said, me, i was skeptical.

santa margarita lake. most fish bit right at the edge of the weed lines.

the next day we decided to hit up the fresh again, since the salt just took too much work. maybe next time i told myself. off to lake lopez for us! rented a skiff for the remaining 3 hours of the marina store hours. last time i was here, all i had caught was 1 smallie. my buddy had picked up 3 crappie, but that was it. this time though, we got some local intel, so we hit up those spots first.

first couple places we hit up, we saw some busting shad but no big fishes. motored around a bit, trying to find the pattern of the day. it was until we found some stickups under water, that my buddy struck first!

our first catches of the trip! 

with that, i tie on a white grub as well, and i hook into my first fish of the trip!

we decided to beach the boat and work that shoreline where we were getting bit. good thing, because we got into a really good bite!

mine and my buddies smallie!

even the gf was catching!

FINALLY! it felt good to finally rinse off the skunk. couple full days of fishing and no fish; then 20+ crappie, 10+ lmb, and 2 smallies later. i guess fishing karma?! twas a good day, and we brought home a couple crappie to boot. this trip turned out to be all for not!

next couple days were spent doing some sight seeing and other activities with the gf, but i'd also done some scouting for my next trip back! heheh....things to do...

avila bay, port san luis pier.

cayucos bluffs.

lower cal poly pond.

bonus pic, firestone!

can't wait to go back to the central coast! hanapa'a!

got me a kayak!

I do 90% of my fishing from shore. I've walked miles and miles of sand and rock, just to get to my spots and do some fishing. It's always a treat to fish from someones boat, or rent a skiff to do some "new" fishing, and hitting new spots that are just not possible to reach while shore fishing. That's why I've been in the market for a boat for quite a while. However, without a true "garage" or storage space, it's been extremely difficult to justify buying a boat at this time. So, I've been tossing around the idea of owning a kayak or a tube.

Both a kayak and a tube have their pros and cons. While one may take less effort in getting somewhere, another may allow for tighter space fishing. It wasn't until I saw a deal on craiglist for a kayak selling for less than $300 that I took the plunge and purchased my first kayak!

I spent a great deal of time (and some extra money), to outfit my new kayak with a few upgrades. (Will update with photos) I've added an anchor trolley, to help with boat positioning on windy or strong current days, I've built and added a crate rode holder, I've also bought a new seat, with higher back support, and I've also put in a fancy fish finder. I've got to say, this is probably the most complete fishing tool, aside from an actual fishing boat, that I've used! Comfortable, with all the storage you'd need, it gets me to the fish, and allows me to catch those fish! Here are some of my catches of my recent outings with my new kayak.

Some LMB in our local lakes!

SD Bay and Mission Bay! Hali/Corvina/grumps!

I'm extremely happy with my purchase! I've read some poor reviews on the Pelican Castway 116 DLX, but with all the upgrades I've done (homemade btw), I couldn't be any happier. So far I've logged more than 30+ SBB, a couple halis (I think I caught a legal as well, reminder bring put a tape measure sticker on the yak), a couple corvina, mackerel, and few LMB in just a few outings.

Owning a kayak has opened a whole new world of fishing possibilities for me, and I can't wait to explore further!