Whenever someone asks where I bought something I like being able to tell them I made it. Lately I have been more interested in working with wood. Making furniture and things for around the house has a lot of appeal to me. To make this whale I started with a template I drew using some sketch paper. I had a piece of pine that used to be a shelve in my closet that has been sitting on the side of my hose for about eight months now. It was barely painted so I figured doing a rustic white whale would be a good way to go with it. I used spray adhesive to stick it to the wood.
I used a fine toothed jig saw and just followed the outline. I had some trouble with the tail so I had to do a little free handing. Then it was time to remove the paper using mineral spirits and sanding the edges and corners with a random orbital sander.
I gouged the wood with a flat head screwdriver and colored it in to form the eye, eyebrow, and flipper. I finished it with spray varnish to lock it all in. I stapled some braided fishing line doubled over its self and twisted to hang it from. The didn't turn out exactly how I wanted but that is OK. I plan on giving a few as gifts so these are good practice.
It is really fun and pretty simple making these fish. I even did a flounder.
I hope this inspires some of you to hit the shop and make some gifts for this holiday season.
I am glad this is my 200th blog post. What better way to celebrate this on Thanksgiving than share what I am thankful for... It has been a wild ride moving to California, finding a job, becoming foster parents, and then finding out my wife is pregnant with a boy.
Just a week or two until Fisher Alan arrives and I can not wait. I got the kayak ready.
Fisher I have not even met you yet, but I am thankful for you, and your mom putting p with you beating her up form the inside. I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving, because I know I will.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I know the car seat should be rear facing. I'll switch it up before we hit the beach. :D
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I woke up at five in the morning and quietly got ready as to not disturb my sleeping wife. I was excited to get on the water. The last time I fished was at the Cambria Slam Down in September. To say I was eager to catch a fish would have been an understatement. I am fairly certain with the upcoming birth of my son this will be one of my last fishing trips of the year. I was unloaded and on the water by sunrise.
I just can not get used to the crazy amount of fluctuation the water levels go through over the course of a year. The first time I fished Kaweah I caught fish in rocks that are now fifty yards or more out of the water! How the fish deal with this I will never know. It is handy seeing the structure first hand with the water low. These California reservoirs are so much different than the ponds and lakes I fished in Illinois. It is a whole new kind of fishing when there is no vegetation for the bass to hide in.
I my friend, Caleb, arrived at about 0730. I switched between a dropshot and jig for at least two hours before I even got a nibble. Caleb had a hit on his dropshotted Robo Worm on the second cast. The green and brown robo worm proved to be the hot bait.
There was not a cloud in the sky. The water was murky with sediment reducing visibility to about three feet.
I must say I did have a blast watching Caleb catching fish. He gave me two robo worms and I got hits right away. The problem is the little spotted bass go airborne and throw the hooks so easy. I lost one a few feet form the kayak and had one hit just as I was bringing the bait out of the water. The problem was I lost the two worms he gave me leaving him with one worm. I am not about to take the last bait just to loose it. Caleb ended up with five or six total. I got the skunk.
I figured if I wasn't catching fish at least I could try to add some karma points by cleaning up the place. I grabbed beer cans and bottles when convenient, as well as any fishing line or lure I could grab. I even found a anchor that appeared to have gotten tangled in a submerged tree when the water was much higher. I ended up with four soft plastic swimbaits, five light colored brush hawgs, three Senkos, a bee man, a Spro crankbait, and a whole lot of fishing line. So at least I did not paddle away empty handed.
The South branch of the Kings river is one of several central California rivers starting the the Sierra Nevada mountains. The river is fed water from Pine Flat reservoir. This body of water was very good to me my first year in California. I fished it two to three times a week, and have caught a lot of bass in it. The section I fish mostly is near the Navy Air Station Lemoore. One of the first fish I caught upon moving to California was a largemouth area on of the pillars of the route 198 bridge. This year my relationship with the river has been a little different. The fish seem to have gotten a little tighter lipped and the water has dropped over the course of the year. I have had quite a few people ask me why I haven't posted about the river or fished in it lately. I think the best way to tell you why would be to show you. Here is the south branch of the mighty Kings river as it was on Friday morning.
There has been no flow for some time, and when it started it turned out to be water flowing out from the weir below.
Now only puddles remain. The lack of snowfall in the mountains and rain in the lowlands has taken out my fishing hole. All I can do is hope and pray next year is wetter. Hopefully we can get some rain to help out these last puddles. Thanks for reading, Dan
I am surprised, honored, humbled to be nominated for the annual Kayak Angler's Choice Award for Blog of the year. I write this blog to share my love of fishing and to help myself grow as a writer and person. It is great to know people get as excited about the outdoors as I do, so thanks for reading.
My vote for best kayak forum is my local Central Coast Kayak Fishing Forum, one of my favorite launch spots Leffingwell Landing, and One f the best videos of kayak fishing I have ever seen shot by Kayak Kevin.
Enjoy the video and please make your vote count.
I can almost feel Lee's frustration as everyone else is hooking up. I can safely say it is my favorite kayak fishing video.
Good luck to the other folks in the running, and thanks for your support if you voted.
I often get asked about different kayaks by people interested in kayak fishing. Most of the fear about kayak fishing is tipping, or flipping over on the water. While I maintain the "tipy" feeling will go away with time; the shape of the hull will affect the movement of the kayak through the water. This week Joe Dowdy of Austin Kayak writes about kayak hull designs.
Types of Kayak Hull
Before you add all the fun
accessories like seats, mounts, skirts, cleats, bungees, hatches, and other
goodies you've come to love about your kayak, you have the good ole hull. A
kayak’s hull is really its bare bones form and is usually dressed up before it
even leaves the factory. When you really take a deep look at them, you’ll
notice that no single hull looks the same. Often, they look similar, but kayak
hull designs vary drastically and there’s a reason behind it!
Though each and every brand has
its own unique style of kayak’s, hulls are actually shaped to fit specific
purposes. An evident example would be comparing a whitewater hill to a sea
kayak hull. A whitewater hull is commonly short, rounded on the sides, with a
curving bottom and a sea kayak hull is usually long, pointed, and with a
flattened bottom. It’s pretty easy to tell that these kayaks are meant for
different things and probably pretty easy to guess the reasons behind the
designs as well.
Hull Shapes Generally, there are four
common types of hull shape designs. These include rounded, v-shaped, flat and
pontoon hulls—though, it’s possible that you’ve heard them referred to as other
names in different places.
Rounded Hulls– These hulls have rounded edges (wonder
where they got their name from) giving the kayak a ‘torpedo’ shape that results
in increased speed because of less water resistance. These round shaped hulls make
for more steerable kayaks as well and commonly have more secondary
than primary stability (more about this soon enough).
V-Shaped Hulls –Differing from the rounded
hulls, these hulls have a pointed ‘V’ shape that allows the hull to better
slice through the water making them better at tracking in straight lines. These
hulls are generally fast and sometimes considered ‘tippy’ as they offer more
secondary than primary stability.
Flat Hulls- Flat hulls are pretty universal
because they have a variety of purposes ranging from play boats to fishing
kayaks. The reason is, based on other factors like length, width and curvature,
flat hulls combine stability and maneuverability. Flat hull also offer
great primary stability.
Pontoon Hulls (AKA Tunnel) –Stability is the key feature of
pontoon hulls. Kayaks with these types of hulls combine the primary stability
of a flat hull with the secondary stability of a rounded resulting in the the
greatest stability available. While these hulls generally lend themselves to
decent tracking they unfortunatelyaren't known for their speed.
Primary Versus Secondary
Stability Aside from the kayak’s basic
shape, the hulls vary in the ways that they curve or not. This curvature can be
in either the bottom or sides of the kayak, and is referred to the rock and
chine, respectfully. These curves can affect a wide variety of factors when it
comes to performance—the biggest factor being stability.
Basically, kayak stability is
broken down in two sections: primary and secondary. Primary stability is the
initial steadiness of the kayak on flat water. Secondary stability is the
kayak’s ability to stay stable when tipped on its side. Secondary stability is
extremely useful in bad water conditions. Often, kayaks that are extremely
stable in rough water feel unstable in flat water and vice versa. Kayak
manufacturers fiddle with a number of factors to find the right balance of
primary and secondary stability for each kayak’s intended purpose. For example,
a kayak built for coastal fishing is designed to take primary stability into
consideration for fishing, but also secondary stability for when water gets
Chine Chine basically means the way
the bottom of the kayak meets the sides. The shape of the chine determines
whether or not the kayak looks boxy or rounded. A hard chine means a more
angular meeting compared to a soft chine, which has a rounded meeting. Hard
chine hulls are known to track slightly better and offer more primary stability
because it can swiftly cut through water. However, it provides a flatter
surface for choppy waters to push against, making them more prone to tipping in
poor water conditions. Many people like to use hard chine hulls as play boats
because the sharp edges make it easier to perform tricks. Soft chine hulls, on
the other hand, are better at providing secondary stability and are generally
known to be faster. It is important to remember that soft and hard chines are
simply the extremes. There are an enormous number of multi-chine hull designs
that exist between the two polar ends of hard and soft.
Rocker Rocker is the curvature of the hull
from bow to stern. The term rocker comes from the fact that the more rocker a
hull has (more curvature), the more likely it is to rock from front (bow) to
back (stern). More rocker allows for greater maneuverability because
the bow and stern have to face less resistance as less of the boat is in the
water. For this same reason, hulls with more rocker are less effective at tracking
than hulls with less rocker. In fact, a kayak with a flat bottom or, in other
words, no rocker will track best as the bow and stern will have most resistance
in the water (of course preventing easy turning). Like a hull’s chine, kayaks
can have any amount of rocker and can even have rocker only in the bow but not
the stern or vice versa.
Is that it? Design symmetry, weight
positioning, hull materials, water entry line and other more specific features
are just a few of the other factors that manufacturers take into consideration
when designing a kayak. However, knowing the basics about hull shape should
help you make a more informed decision on which kayak will best suit your needs
About the Author: Joseph is an avid kayaker based out of the central Texas area. He has spent many a weekend and holiday on the Texas coast attending sea kayaking events or just having some fun with a kayak or paddleboard. He’s currently employed at Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK.com) and loves that he gets to spend time working with his favorite toys.
With all the hype over wide slow stable kayaks these days I still don't recommend cutting speed for stability like so many do. You will understand if you are ever trying to get up river to catch up to a friend in a skinnier kayak. Don't get me wrong, if a slow stable kayak is what it takes for you to enjoy the water then don't mind me. The best way to find out what you want it to research and try out different kayaks.