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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by delta916 View Post
    I cringe when I see someone in a small boat, alone and not wearing a PFD

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    can it be done? sure, but safety is the key! i was in half moon bay the weekend of the fourth and it was a near windless day and i saw a guy out there in an inflatable raft with a small outboard looking for salmon. like others have said on this thread, SAFETY IS KEY. don't be afraid to scrap a trip if forecasts call for a calm day, but when you get to the launch and find out it's a different story. in early summer, i launched out of benicia and headed for san pablo bay for some shark and striper fishing but once we crossed the carquinez, we hit white caps and rough wind. we knew that best scenario would be a rough sea sick day at anchor in SPB, and at worst a dangerous trip back to the dock, so we turned around and headed east and away from the swells. the trip was a bust, but at least we were safe and the boat was in one piece.

    i have a fairly small boat (16.5') but we have been able to take it to some pretty rough spots. we've launched it into SPB, ive even experienced swells near the mothball fleet that were taller than me at times. we have even launched out of Bodega to drop crab pots, but we pick our days wisely and are not afraid to call it if it gets too rough, or if the forecast is wrong. not to mention, the delta can turn into the ocean at times as well, especially the lower sac river area and west delta, and these are my home fishing grounds. when i go into rough water (for my boat) im not too cool for the life jacket. get a good one that isn't too puffy or restrictive so you don't mind having it on. it also pays to have a good VHF radio. a handheld made by cobra can be had for about 100 bucks. buddy boating is a great play, especially if you are new to an area, and even bringing an experienced person with you on your boat is also a great idea. when i got my first boat, there were plenty of guys right here on the sniffer that were more than happy to help come along and show me the ropes. bring at least another person with you when you go, someone who knows how to drive a boat and is strong enough to help rescue you if you happen to go overboard. get on the hitchhikers section and offer to take a fellow sniffer aboard free of charge who has experience and they can show you how to fish a particular area you are interested in. good luck and be safe!

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret1972 View Post
    It’s not just the size... the style too. Even going out in San Pablo bay I usually regret it due to the wet ride once there is any chop. My boat is wide open, low sides, and shallow draft. Great in the river and lakes though!
    I think you just answered your own question. ............ See you on the river.

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    It’s not just the size... the style too. Even going out in San Pablo bay I usually regret it due to the wet ride once there is any chop. My boat is wide open, low sides, and shallow draft. Great in the river and lakes though!

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    I went out often on my 19ft past the gates where its very rough. I always stayed under 10Kts of wind and swell height less than 1/2 the period.
    It’s better to be fishing and thinking about God then to be in church thinking about fishing.

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    A veteran - Whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the "United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is an Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    I went out often on my 19ft past the gates where its very rough. I always stayed under 10Kts of wind and swell height less than 1/2 the period.

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    Yes,and yes. Pick your days. I've caught salmon at the bouys before. If its rough launch in tomalas bay,and stay in there. There is no salmon.but halibut and sharks. The entrance to the bay is dangerous.people get killed there almost every year. If you decide to go into or leave tomalas,study the way the waves are acting, and time it right like a surfer.

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    Lots of small boats at Bodega and Half moon bay. Just watch the weather.
    Here they come!

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    Re: ocean salmon in a small boat?

    Yes, it can be done reasonably safely, but it's all about the weather. Discipline about scrapping a trip if it's not a flat day, and heading in, if the weather starts to pick up is the hard part. Also realize safe weather in your boat may be very different from other bigger boats.

    A buddy boat is the best safety option. Makes the day much more enjoyable knowing help is next to you if something goes wrong.

    As for Bodega, yes you can find fish close to the harbor, just be aware of the MLPA area off the head. There are also fish off the beach out of Tomales. Typically later in the year is better, but can be around anytime. Nice thing about Tomales is you can still fish the bay if the weather is up.

    Just my 2 cents.

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