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  • Birthday 08/10/1978

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  1. I get the sentiment. But visibility isn't really the problem. While we think of kayaks as being pretty small, they're actually quite large. Much larger than a swimmer or water skier. Kayaks are just small compared to other boats. Back in the 70's, various states and cities started passing laws mandating that bicyclists use those bright orange flags. The idea behind that was it would make them more visible and thus safer. But most of those laws are gone now, because all it did was give motorists a reason to deny responsibility and pass the blame on to the victims. It didn't do anything to reduce the number of actual accidents and protect the bikers. Besides, boaters run into other boats pretty often. It's not that kayaks get hit more often. The opposite is actually true. It's that they're so much smaller and more vulnerable when a collision does occur.
  2. I believe we should be required to have a separate boat operators license or a certificate on our driver's license for boats, because it's not at all like driving a car, so being able to operate one does no good for operating another. And you should be required to pass a written test, at the very least. Even better would be a course you have to take. Don't make it expensive or cumbersome. Just make sure that everyone at least has exposure to the rules of the water before they go out. I know accidents will still happen and people still won't follow the rules, as we can look to the roads of an example of that. But I believe it would be only a minor inconvenience that would pay for itself in lives and reduced property damage. We'd all like to believe that common sense would prevail in these situations. But common sense ain't too common, as they say. And some people need to be told that just because you're not looking at something, doesn't mean nothing's there.
  3. That's happened to me several times. And a couple of times, I'm pretty sure it was on purpose. Sometimes those guys in the big bass boats don't like us kayakers fishing "their spots".
  4. With most electronics, their rate of failure over time follows the bathtub curve. That means most electronics that make it past the initial 25% of their expected lifespan, are highly likely to make it past 75% of their expected lifespan. Most electronics either fail early or late in their expected lifecycle, with very few failing in the middle periods. And lithium batteries, with their BMS circuits, are a lot like electronics in this regard. So if you get a year or two out of a lithium battery without problems, you'll likely get 7 or 8 years, or even more, barring abuse or neglect. Of course, likely isn't a guarantee or even a warranty.
  5. Think of it like this. If there's only one bar in the town, then everybody in town will go to the same bar. But if there are thousands of bars in the town, and thousands of people, then there are going to be a lot of empty bars, because most people will want to go to one of the best bars where everyone else is. So if you're looking for the most people, you either go to the best bars, or somewhere that doesn't have many bars to choose from. It's the same with structure and cover. It's not that a tree buried amongst 100 other trees won't have a bass. It's just less likely to than a single tree all by itself. And it's a lot easier to find the single tree, all by itself, than it is to find the handful of trees amongst the hundreds that might hold bass.
  6. If size and weight are a concern, then lithium is your best bet. You probably won't find them at Walmart, and you'll pay a bit more up front. But they should last around 10 years or so, so I imagine you'd pay about the same or less in the long run, depending on which lithium battery you buy. One of the advantages to lithium, besides weighing about 1/3rd as much as a similarly sized lead acid, is that you can drain them to 10-20% of their max charge without doing significant damage. Lead acid batteries don't like to be drained more than 50%. So you can either run a lithium battery almost twice as long, or get a battery that's almost 1/2 the capacity and size, and use it the same amount. They're not great for starter batteries, but for deep cycle, they're really tough to beat these days. You can find some 100AH lithium batteries online for around $200-300.
  7. Catfish are definitely the better eating fish. Though if the pond is muddy, that could cause the catfish to taste muddy. So I rarely eat the catfish I catch around here, for that reason. Some people like bass. Some do not. To me, bass are definitely edible, but they're not the best choice. It's not that bass taste bad. It's just that they're not particularly great. I'd choose to eat bass above a lot of freshwater fish, but not crappie, catfish, tilapia, walleye, etc. I've never had bream, so I can't compare. But I have heard they taste good but have a ton of bones, which sounds like you can confirm. Either way, with bass you don't have to worry about the bones, so long as you fillet them right. So I'd say it's worth a try next time you catch one. You might like it. And if you don't, well you'll learn something.
  8. Probably not with your budget. At least not easily. To be able to fish while standing while using the trolling motor, you almost need a motor capable of running a pre-programmed path (or spot lock, if that's what you want). Some have remote controls, but it's hard to operate one with your hands while fishing. Others have foot controls, but with the limited space on the deck of a kayak, and the need to keep your balance, they're pretty difficult to use. Now I will do this from time to time in mine. I just have a regular trolling motor on the stern. But it's one of those, point it in a direction, stand, fish, and about the time I retrieve the lure, I have to make corrections. So it's a lot of work. Especially if you hook a fish. So I'll be constantly bending over to adjust my foot pedals or speed controller. Though, I must say that it's also always really windy here. So that ups the level of difficulty significantly. Other people in other parts of the world might find this a bit easier. It sounds to me like you'd be better off with a small jon boat and building a fishing deck onto that. It would probably be beyond your budget, but if you find a good deal on a used one, it might not be too terribly beyond your budget. Especially if you're willing to do a lot of the work yourself.
  9. The best description I've heard, and I don't know who said it first, was something along the lines of "I only know what a bite doesn't feel like, so I assume everything else is a bite". And I'm envious of all of you spring fishers. This is the time of year I fish the least. The wind gusts typically stays up around 30mph from March to June around here, unless a cold front just passed through. There will be a couple of nice days each spring, but you've got to get lucky with one falling on a weekend or have a very understanding boss (like in the fairy tales from my childhood).
  10. If I was running 70 mph, I'd do it buck naked, standing up, with my hair literally on fire. I fish from a kayak, so if you see me doing 70 in that thing, I have clearly lost my mind and you just need to stay off the water until the authorities arrive.
  11. Adding a trolling motor to a kayak isn't too hard. It's certainly in the DIY realm, and many of us have done it. But it will be a bit of work and might cost you more than you'd think going into it. There are lots of hidden costs you don't often consider when first pricing it out. But the plus side to doing it that way is you can buy the kayak now, and then start fishing right away. And then in a few months or years, you can add the motor later, spreading out the costs. The experience will also tell you a bit about what you want out of the motor, such as control vs. speed. Also, stability in a kayak comes with some tradeoffs. The more stable a kayak is, the slow it will be through the water, generally speaking. And kayaks typically aren't stabile like a boat. In other words, you typically have to force them over into their secondary stability point, which almost feels like it's on edge, and keep it there to keep it stable. And that's a bit awkward at first, trying to almost tip it over to keep it from tipping over, but you get used to it. And no matter how stable the kayak is, it's still a small platform, so your own stability will mater. If you lean over too much, it's hard to take a step to regain your stability sometimes. All things you get used to in time. I'm only pointing this out in case you test out a kayak and get scared about how unstable it feels the first time you try to stand up in one. They feel a lot worse at first. But once you get the balance and muscle memory down, they're not too bad. But if maximum stability is your desire, then you'll want a big kayak (especially wide, but also long), which also means a heavy kayak. And then transportation becomes something to think about. Which might add to the costs. So what I'm saying is, there are lots of great kayaks out there on the market right now. If you can find a place that does demos, try some out to get a feel for what you like and don't like. For $2k, you're going to have to make some compromises, so figure out where you're willing to compromise. But also, for $2k, you should be able to get a kayak that you're really happy with. It might not be perfect or ideal, but it can still be great.
  12. Look up Will Prowse's YouTube channel, DIY Solar. He tears down and reviews tons of LiFePo4 batteries. Between all of the brands he's reviewed, you'll surely find something that's decent and at a decent price. He's more geared towards solar powered backup batteries, but it's the same batteries we use for trolling motors and such. So all of his information transfers over nicely. As the idea of "cheap Chinese" LiFePo4 batteries... well they're all Chinese. China is the only one making the cells for these batteries. Technically, there are a few US companies that make lithium battery cells, but they specialize in custom installs for industrial applications. So a regular deep cycle would be a one-off custom job for them, which would be insanely expensive! The brands that say "Made in the USA" are actually just assembled in the US with Chinese parts. However, the US made brands probably have better quality control and customer support, so you're not paying more for nothing. There is an advantage to them. Whether it's worth the extra money for quality control and customer service, is up to you. Lots of people are happy with their cheap, Chinese brand LiFePo4 batteries. Lots of people are happy with their USA assembled LiFePo4 batteries. It's up to you which direction you want to go. But if you do go with the Chinese assembled ones, do your research. Some brands have been known to reuse old cells and resell them as new batteries. And some brands are made better than others. They're definitely not all made in the same factory from the same parts and rebranded with different labels (though many are). So a bit of research on your part is well worth the time. And if you can't find any information on the brand, there are plenty of others out there that do have information available, so go with one of them.
  13. You can make a tourniquet out of a t-shirt and stick. No reason to buy something like that. Especially, since you should almost never use one. Doctors typically recommend against their use because they usually do more damage than good. People often wind up getting things amputated because of the tourniquet, not because of the injury. In most cases, proper pressure applied directly to the wound will be sufficient to stop the bleeding. I'm not saying never use a tourniquet, because there are rare times when it can save a person's life. But it should only be used in exceedingly rare circumstances, as a last resort. And in a fishing/boating environment, I can't imagine too many scenarios where one of those would ever pop up.
  14. I've got a good carp recipe if anyone is interested. Take a carp, whole, and season it with salt, pepper, and oregano. Then bast the skin in a 50/50 mixture of olive oil and butter. Use some twine to sandwich it between two cedar planks, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes. Put on a spit and rotate constantly over an open fire for 18 minutes. Cut the twine, toss the carp, and serve the cedar planks with horseradish sauce. Good for nothing fish...
  15. Whatever line you want. We all have our own preferences, and most of them are going to be different. And for each of us, there can be a definite right and wrong answer. It's just that we're all a little different and fish differently, so what's right for us might be wrong for someone else. Like if it were me, the answer would be simple. I'd use the same line I use for just about everything else. 30# Sufix 832 braid. But you're not me. So that might be a bad idea for you.
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