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  • Mark Collett
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    Really nice pictures Rudy,
    And yes your boat does look like a little speck next to that power boat.With 4 guys in it I'm guessing it was about 18-20'.Your flag idea is definitely a good one.
    When I went down to Deep Creek today the waves were not as calm as your top picture.I'll start another thread with details.:think:

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  • Kardinal_84
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    A few more pics of the May 1 trip







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  • Kardinal_84
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    A few more pics....

    The team!


    One of my friends halibut


    Just a dot next to even a fairly small boat for these waters...I need to make sure and install a safety flag!


    A drift boat getting ready to launch

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  • Mark Collett
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    Tide Looks Good For This Saturday

    It's looking good for Saturday with a low tide of -0.7 feet at 12:45 pm.
    To fish an hour or so around slack tide sounds very do-able.:topjob:
    I know (I think I do) that an incoming tide doesn't really push you back upstream due to all the current in Cook Inlet but by taking a couple of rigs down it would be possible to put in one place and pull out at another.I'll look a little closer to see if that would work or not.
    I'm getting pumped and the wheels are turning in my head.:think:

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  • Dr.No
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    Originally posted by Kardinal_84 View Post
    WHOOP AND HOLLER!!!!! YEEE HAW!

    Oh...how am I going to "harvest" the fish? Well the fall back option is I am going to cut the line after a picture. I have underwater cameras and such so I can document it pretty well. Uh huh..yeah right...the primieval hunter instincts would kick in I am sure. So I do have a plan. I've caught a few halibut in small power boats and I've done some research. I thought I posted this before but the system is a telescoping harpoon with 15ft of rope tied off to a A0 bouy, some more lines and then a smaller float. I can attach another shrimp buoy to the line farily quickly. total lift 24 pounds. Hit the fish, let everything go. in theory it should be attached to the rod still. Tire it out, cut the gills, let it bleed out. If I can get it on board, great. Otherwise I will tow it in. Once again all theory. every aspect of it has worked for me in the past. I have never just put it all together from a kayak.

    I'd consider cutting the line like you said...except (1) I like to eat fish and (2) there's at least $20 worth of gear on there between the hook the spreader bar, the weight, the swivel....After initially trying to gaff the first big one I caught (it ripped the gaff out of my hand - luckily it floated back to the boat), I have since towed all (a total of 1) the big ones in. Since I use a 5hp, it's not a big deal, but it is very much like towing a sheet of plywood. I'm not sure how towing would work in a kayak, so I like your harpoon idea...These are from my best day using my boat...


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  • Kardinal_84
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    Okay. I am going to plan for a trip this Saturday. I'd say the probability if the weather allows is 75%.

    PM me if you are interested!

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  • Kardinal_84
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    Originally posted by Dr.No View Post
    What are you going to do if you hook say a 60lb halibut? I'm just curious (also fascinated by your set-up; I considered it at one time but ended up going with a 9ft zodiac style boat instead)....
    WHOOP AND HOLLER!!!!! YEEE HAW!

    Oh...how am I going to "harvest" the fish? Well the fall back option is I am going to cut the line after a picture. I have underwater cameras and such so I can document it pretty well. Uh huh..yeah right...the primieval hunter instincts would kick in I am sure. So I do have a plan. I've caught a few halibut in small power boats and I've done some research. I thought I posted this before but the system is a telescoping harpoon with 15ft of rope tied off to a A0 bouy, some more lines and then a smaller float. I can attach another shrimp buoy to the line farily quickly. total lift 24 pounds. Hit the fish, let everything go. in theory it should be attached to the rod still. Tire it out, cut the gills, let it bleed out. If I can get it on board, great. Otherwise I will tow it in. Once again all theory. every aspect of it has worked for me in the past. I have never just put it all together from a kayak.

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  • Dr.No
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    What are you going to do if you hook say a 60lb halibut? I'm just curious (also fascinated by your set-up; I considered it at one time but ended up going with a 9ft zodiac style boat instead)....

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  • Kardinal_84
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    Something like this maybe...

    or

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  • Kardinal_84
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    [QUOTE=AKS2000;937758]
    Originally posted by Kardinal_84 View Post
    ...I brought her along to save me when I got in trouble! Couldn’t get any of my “guy” friends to go. Hmmm…

    Rudy,

    I've been Kayak fishing in Whittier and Seward for the past 3 years, but I never had the chance (or the guts) to try out Cook Inlet alone.

    If you wouldn't mind, I would like to join you on your next Kayak fishing adventure in Cook Inlet. I work on the slope so my schedule will be totally flexible when I am home.

    Thanks for sharing all your fishing and shrimping adventures.

    JT
    Ya, you bet. Let's do it. Typically I am a loner. Like the solitude, I fish differently than a lot of folks. But in this case, it is not only smart, it's almost required. I'd do it alone with an outrigger attached...maybe. But it'd be a lot more fun and SAFER if we had a few of us.

    I think with the season getting underway, it would be prudent to consider some type of flag on your kayak at least 3 or 4 ft long. I am going to think about the best way.

    Ok, let's keep in touch. If it really starts looking good, maybe we'll open a new thread and plan from there. Let me look at the tides. High or low its all doable. It's just how long and how well.

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  • AKS2000
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    [QUOTE=Kardinal_84;937565] ...I brought her along to save me when I got in trouble! Couldn’t get any of my “guy” friends to go. Hmmm…

    Rudy,

    I've been Kayak fishing in Whittier and Seward for the past 3 years, but I never had the chance (or the guts) to try out Cook Inlet alone.

    If you wouldn't mind, I would like to join you on your next Kayak fishing adventure in Cook Inlet. I work on the slope so my schedule will be totally flexible when I am home.

    Thanks for sharing all your fishing and shrimping adventures.

    JT

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  • Mark Collett
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    OK Buddy ,
    Your on,I'll keep an eye out for tides,weather,and such as well.We won't even mess around with 25 or 50 pounders,let's just go for broke and haul up a couple of 100's instead.Maybe a 50 lb King for good measure.I'm game...........

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  • Kardinal_84
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    Originally posted by Mark Collett View Post
    Hey Rudy,
    Glad you finally made it out in/on your kayak.Except for a little rock-n-rolling it didn't look too gnarly out there.:topjob:
    But out-fished by a girl,welcome to my reality too.......
    Are you gonna go again this coming weekend ? If you are ,give me a call.I am done doing the garage sale thing for a while.We did make a little over a $ 1000 so that made it a good weekend.Sunday was so nice ,I was wishin I was fishin all day.
    Once again,cool video.You may have 300 lbs on that little Mini-x but the picture's are great,thanks for sharing them with us all.......
    Mark
    Forecast looks good for next weekend. I may give it a go. If I do, I will sure let you know. If I do it myself, its going to have to be a little safer and I'll probably deploy my outrigger while drifting. No problems while fishing, but after seeing her land that ten pounder, its going to be a frenzy of explosive activity once you hook anything bigger than 25 pounds I bet. I think hooking one and getting it to the surface is going to be only half of the battle. For anything over 50 pounds, lots of work left even after the fish is dead.

    I have been eyeing up the lakes as well since they are starting to open up. I think I might wait for my light project on that one. But always seem to catch bigger rainbows in the spring time especially on stocked lakes where the breeding size rainbows have nowhere to go so they just circle the lake or are attracted to any little water flow coming into the lake.

    As far as getting outfished, she's the girl next door growing up and she has been beating me in everything including hockey since I was in Kindergarten...and I was actually pretty good at hockey in my HS days...sigh.....

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  • Mark Collett
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    Wish I Could'a Been There

    Hey Rudy,
    Glad you finally made it out in/on your kayak.Except for a little rock-n-rolling it didn't look too gnarly out there.:topjob:
    But out-fished by a girl,welcome to my reality too.......
    Are you gonna go again this coming weekend ? If you are ,give me a call.I am done doing the garage sale thing for a while.We did make a little over a $ 1000 so that made it a good weekend.Sunday was so nice ,I was wishin I was fishin all day.
    Once again,cool video.You may have 300 lbs on that little Mini-x but the picture's are great,thanks for sharing them with us all.......
    Mark

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  • dudemandude
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    Sweet! Looks like a blast! I am looking forward to taking my wife and I's kayak out of either deep creek or whiskey gulch. We have a Ocean Kayak pro tandem 2 angler edition! It was amazing how fast you were drifting!

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