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  1. Maast

    Getting a HF ham or marine SSB radio for the boat, and who is listening anyway?

    A discussion on another forum about mobile HF radio sets got me thinking; There have been dozens of times where I've been in a cove or a bowl and been blocked from transmitting or receiving anything on my marine VHF because marine VHF is basically line-of-sight. If I'd gotten in trouble in...
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    Dang, wanted to go out this weekend.. How long is Whittier boating viable?

    Dang, really wanted to go out this weekend and get some bottom fishing in but the weather precluded it: 400 AM AKDT SAT OCT 2 2010 ...GALE WARNING TODAY AND SUNDAY... .TODAY...SE WIND 45 KT DIMINISHING TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS 8 FT SUBSIDING TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN...
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    Venting deep caught bottom fish with excellent survival rates

    It might be old news but I just found this article: http://www.sschapterpsa.com/ramblings/Venting.htm and I thought I'd pass it along. Originally published in Saltwater Angler STEP #1; Use a small hollow device like a hypodermic syringe or sharpened basketball inflation needle for a venting...
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    Whats the lifespan of a commercial steel boat?

    I watch all 3 of the fishing shows: Deadliest Catch, Swords - Life on the Line, and Lobstermen. (I didnt even know the last two existed until the Tivo recommended them) Two of the shows are traps on the bottom, and one show is a longliner for swordfish. It seems they all beat the snot out...
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    Whittier parking lot just keeps getting worse. We should band together and buy it!

    Just kidding, but man I'm tired of that [email protected] potholed mess they call a parking lot. Its getting downright hazardous to tow your boat past the little bridge. The guy who owns it isnt doing anything to maintain it. All it needs is a bit of work with a bulldozer and a grader and it'd be...
  6. Maast

    Whittier report 9-18-10

    Launched friday evening, overnighted in Shotgun cove and the wind was blowing pretty good, even tucked deep into the cove like we were. Woke up to cloudless blue skies, flat calm water, and low 60s temps. Perfect. Checked out Eaglek bay, drifted, jigged and soaked bait and only one decent...
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    Boating trip checklists

    A couple others here had mentioned having checklists for their boating/fishing trips and I thought since I keep forgetting things I'd made these up and post them in the garage, truck, and boat, take a look and see if I'm missing anything. Safety gear is always in the boat and ready so its not...
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    West Marine RU260 inflatable dinghy on sale for $750 next week. Down from $930 ish

    Was at West Marine today getting stuff to refurbish an old dinghy I'd aquired, I had about 300 bucks worth of liquid rubber, cleaning stuff, and topcoat in my basket when I got to talking to the sales lady and she mentioned that their 8.5 foot flat slat-bottom 260 dinghy was going on sale next...
  9. Maast

    Reconditioning/coating badly sun-degraded inflatable dinghy fabric.

    I'm probably picking up a cheap and dirty quicksilver inflatable dinghy, its been parked tilted up on the back of a boat for several years and is the fabric is badly faded and sun-eaten. The price is right, but I'd like to coat the tubes in something to spruce it up a bit, maybe power wash it...
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    How come I never hear anybody mention Eaglek Bay to the north?

    I was looking through the charts planning the next trip and it occured to me that I never hear anybody say anything about Eaglek Bay (the next big bay eastward from esther passage), is there something wrong with it? Full of yucky glacial water? How's the fishing? Any neat bottom or visible...
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    De-stinking a bilge

    In spite of my bilge rinsing after each trip I must have gotten some fish yuck in my bilge and it was starting to stinkm and I mean gag-a-maggot kind of stink. I tried plugging the drain hole and filling it up with just water and then draining but that didnt do anything, and I didnt want to...
  12. Maast

    Trolling rod lengths, long or short?

    I've got 8 foot medium heavy rods for my downplaners and 7 foot medium heavy rods for my downriggers. I had a young lady a couple weeks ago who caught a nice king on the 8' downplaner rod, it tripped the deep6 downplaner but she just didnt have enough arm strength to do the...
  13. Maast

    Becoming a saltwater charter guide

    I've been going out every weekend with a full load of friends and coworkers (4 people actively fishing and sometimes a couple of kids) and I've noticed I dont actually do much fishing - I'm too busy driving the boat. I'm cool with that - I get a heck of a kick watching and helping people catch...
  14. Maast

    Best spinning saltwater reel for $40 or less

    Digging through the old threads, I've found several "best reel" threads, but no "best cheap reels". My guests, many who've never been saltwater fishing have been beating up my good Quantum Boca reels. I just found a dent in the spool of one. I want to replace them with "best value" reels...
  15. Maast

    300 HP DIESEL outboard lust

    Thought this was cool and I'd pass it on. I stumbled across these guys www.megoutboard.com who are in the pre-production stage of a line of turbo diesel outboards in the 175, 225 and 300HP ranges. Their 3.0L (300hp) weighs 723lbs and their 2.3L tested out at on a 22 foot CC Glassmaster @...
  16. Maast

    Filleting salmon while still out on the PWS salt

    I know this is a stupid question and I should already know the answer; What do you have to retain after you fillet out your salmon while your still on the boat out on the salt in PWS. Anything? Nothing? Damifino. I read through the regs several times, the only reference I found was on the...
  17. Maast

    Salmon life cycle egg development in salt water

    I've got an odd question, when do female salmon develop their eggs? I've been catching a lot of female kings around knight island, when cleaning them I've noticed that the hens have the egg compartments full of eggs, but the eggs are small, like caviar sized eggs, about half to a third of the...
  18. Maast

    What would you do: Handling a following big wave in a 26 foot tin pilothouse.

    Situation; yesterday evening returning from Knight island - 3 foot following seas on my starboard quarter with the occasional 4-5 footer in there for fun. We're chugging along fairly comfortably at an average of 23mph. Little bumpy but not uncomfortable - occasional jolt. I'm going about...
  19. Maast

    Anybody know where I can find 3/8ish smoked Lexan/Plexiglass around Anchorage?

    I'm wanting to put in a interior access hatch on the rode locker so I can rake it from inside the cuddy vs having to put on my life vest & go outside to the bow and open the locker. Lexan/plexi because I want to see if the rode is piling up from the captains chair. It gets downright exciting...
  20. Maast

    The Burgee costs 18.78 a flag, please send the money via paypal

    BTW BTW Heres roughly what they're going to look like

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