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ANGLER OF THE YEAR / Re: Orange Chicken AOTY 2017
« Last post by Orange Chicken on Yesterday at 09:44 AM »
Surfperch 12.5" X 13ppi = 162.5points. Caught 12/10/2017
ANGLER OF THE YEAR / Re: Orange Chicken AOTY 2017
« Last post by Orange Chicken on Yesterday at 09:42 AM »
Cabezon upgrade 22.5" x 8ppi = 180points. Caught 12/9/17
ANGLER OF THE YEAR / Re: Dogpound AOTY 2017
« Last post by Dogpound on December 10, 2017, 08:49 PM »
Largemouth Bass 12.25" x 8.5PPI = 104.125 from Cachuma
ANGLER OF THE YEAR / 2018 Angler of the Year ~ Sign-Ups
« Last post by RHYAK on December 09, 2017, 10:46 PM »
Gonna be using I Angler for the 2018 AOTY, Sould make it a little more fun and guys can do it right from there phone if they choose lets make this one fun for everyone.

Gonna try and get some prizes for quarterly raffles using the same system as the whole year.
Regulations including MLPA / Abalone Closed for good
« Last post by RHYAK on December 09, 2017, 12:23 PM »
Well if this follows what the rest of the state has done we will never be able to pick abalone in California again

California Recreational Abalone Fishery to be Closed in 2018
abalone and urchins
Red abalone and urchins
CDFW photo by A. Maguire
The California Fish and Game Commission yesterday voted to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery due to ongoing environmental conditions that have significantly impacted the abalone resource. The closure affects next year's recreational abalone season, which was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018.
The Commission's 4-0 decision (Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin was absent) upholds the policies of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan, which was adopted by the Commission in December 2005. Over the past several years, the Commission has taken several actions to reduce take and shorten the season to protect abalone from the unprecedented environmental conditions.
The Commission directed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to work with stakeholders to deliver a new fishery management plan that includes guidance on navigating these unprecedented conditions. The Commission also directed CDFW to consider how the new fishery management plan can inform the potential re-opening of some fishing opportunity for the 2019 season.
More information about California's recreational abalone fisheries can be found on the CDFW website.
Gear Talk / Re: Lowrance Hook 5 turning off unexpectedly
« Last post by adamr on December 05, 2017, 10:28 AM »
Hm, thats interesting. The first 4 or 5 times i used it (without the in-line fuse) it ran all day, no problem. So I suspected that it was not the cause. If I rewire it though, which I may have to do, I will be sure to include it.
Gear Talk / Re: Lowrance Hook 5 turning off unexpectedly
« Last post by H2joe on December 05, 2017, 09:56 AM »
I have two Lowrance 4s (elite and mark).  One will work without that in-line fuse you are showing, the other will not.  Both will work with the in-line fuse and it is a good idea to use it because you will only need to replace a fuse (not head unit) if you have a surge or electrical problem.
Gear Talk / Re: Lowrance Hook 5 turning off unexpectedly
« Last post by adamr on December 05, 2017, 09:13 AM »
Thanks for all of the input. Sorry for not responding right away, i thought I had my email notifications set on so I thought no one had responded.

Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to dive into it further, but I intend to this weekend. I will run it and check battery voltage when the FF shuts off. I will also check the connections and consider rewiring it if there's any signs of corrosion.

One thing that I am recalling now is that when I wired the battery I forgot to incorporate the surge protector (at least i think thats what it is, attached is an image of the part I'm taking about) that comes with the FF....could this be the issue?
ANGLER OF THE YEAR / Re: Dippin-Tip' AOTY 2017
« Last post by Dippin-tip' on December 02, 2017, 03:09 PM »

16 X 10 = 160
Regulations including MLPA / Re: California Outdoors DFW Q and A
« Last post by RHYAK on November 30, 2017, 05:06 PM »
My specific questions have to do with the Alameda rock wall located behind Encinal High School in Alameda (Alameda County). Is a California fishing license required at the Alameda rock wall? I've heard some say that it is considered a public pier and would not require a license. 
Also, how many poles (lines) are you allowed to have per angler at the rock wall? Some have said one because Alameda is part of the San Francisco Bay. Others have said that the Alameda rock wall is a jetty, so therefore two poles are allowed. I want to make sure that I'm following all Department of Fish and Wildlife laws when I want to bring new friends into the sport. (Luan T.)
Answer: We appreciate the efforts of experienced fishers to teach their friends and younger generations about fishing and help them gain an appreciation for the outdoors. Public piers are excellent places to take beginners who may be apprehensive about trying to go fishing for the first time. No license is needed when fishing off the Alameda rock wall as it is considered a public pier. In fact, no fishing license is needed when fishing recreationally from any public pier in California.
A public pier is defined in the sport fishing regulations as a publicly owned, man-made structure that has the following characteristics: is connected, above the mean high tide, to the main coastline or to the land mass of a named and charted natural island; has unrestricted free access for the general public; and has been built or currently functions for the primary purpose of allowing angling access to ocean waters (California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 1.88). 
Additionally, publicly owned jetties or breakwaters that are connected to land, as described above, that have free unrestricted access for the general public and whose purpose it is to form the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor are public piers. Jetties, breakwaters, promenades, sea walls, moles, docks, linings, barriers and other structures that are not the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor, are not public piers.
The Alameda rock wall falls under the public pier definition. You may use a total of two fishing appliances off the rock wall. That means you may use two fishing poles - or lines - or one rod/line and one net, or two nets.
Even though a license is not required on a public pier, all other regulations (including minimum size, bag limits and seasons) apply. Good luck and have fun fishing with your friends!
Question: I'm from Bakersfield and I see in the regulations that there is a portion of the Kern River that is open to fishing year-round. Does this also include streams that flow into the Kern River? Also, if you are practicing catch-and-release, can you fish for trout when the season is closed? (Cody G.)
Answer: Cody, you are correct in that the portion of the Kern River from Lake Isabella north to the Johnsondale Bridge is open to trout fishing year-round. However, the other waters in that part of Tulare County, including the streams that flow into the Kern River, fall under the general regulations for the Sierra Sport Fishing District and are only open the last Saturday in April through Nov. 15. If you have specific questions about particular streams, you can always check the Trout, Salmon and Special Regulations portion of the 2017-18 Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations, which will list individual waters, such as the Kern River, that have special fishing regulations. If the specific stream you are curious about is not listed, then that stream falls under the general regulations of that particular sport fishing district.
Please be aware that the Kern River above the Johnsondale Bridge is a special regulation water that is open to trout fishing the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 with restricted limits and minimum size requirements, and only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.
In regard to your other question, you cannot fish for trout in any fashion when the season is closed to trout fishing. The portions of the Kern River that close to trout fishing are also closed to fishing for all other fish species with the exception of fishing for amphibians, freshwater clams, crayfish and lampreys. When fishing for these other species, however, no hook-and-line methods are allowed during the closed trout season. See the California Code of Regulations Title 14, sections 7.00 and 7.50 for more information about fishing in these waters. 
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