Saturday, December 6, 2014

300,000!

I log in after not even looking at the blog for a while and....

Crazy!

I have had a hard time writing lately seeing as I have only fished six times this year,

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cambria Slam Down III

     Things have been busy and I fell out of the habit of writing. The worst part is the ideas kept coming but I wasn't doing anything with them. My wife took something like 412 photos at the most recent Cambria Slam Down, so I figured posting some of the wife's pictures would be a good start to getting back into a routine. If anyone reading recognizes someone, or themselves, please let me know if you want a copy of the picture.
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The whole crew
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Ryan heading in. 
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The Rainbow Armada
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Lots of action shots
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Sideways landing don't often end dry...
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But someone landing on top of you is a lot more dangerous
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Luckily nobody got hurt...that I heard of anyway.
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Ricardo of Fisheye Channel had a dry landing.
Rainbow Armada 

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There is plenty more to come from CSDIII(even if it was almost a month ago)...

Thank for reading, 

Dan

For more info on the Cambria Slam Down check out http://centralcoastkayakfishing.com/

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Navy Shadow Box.

           I have been kicking around the idea of building a shadow box to display some of the uniform items, awards, and other keepsakes I have collected over my eight years in the service using a Navy dress blue uniform as the background. I bought some yellow pine for the project on Thursday but was hesitant about what I wanted to do. Saturday I got a bug in me around 9 PM and by 9:30 the box was in clamps so the glue could cure.Saturday night and made the door, attached it, and stained and finished it sunday night. I didn't use a forstner drill bit and had a big chunk of wood knocked out by one of the dowels so I sanded the round-over a bit over all the corners. The walnut stain gave it a dirty old wood look I like for some strange reason and after two coats of spray shellac the wood was sealed. All I need is to get the glass cut for it and a hook to secure the door.  Not bad for something I whipped up in a few hours. Let me know what you think. 


Thanks for reading, 

Dan

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Building a Block-Tower Fail

I have been meaning to put up a How To on building a sweet block tower, but I just can't keep one up long enough to get any good pictures.


I promise to keep trying.

Thanks for checking in,

Dan

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


           Long time no post. Lots of school, work, taking care of an eight month old, and not a lot of fishing, I got tagged by Ed of FSA Custom rods and figured I would join in. I can't wait to see their videos, and I will post them. Funny thing is when I tagged Brookfield Angler I called him Nick Droumel instead of Doumel. Sorry Nick. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Dan

Donate here: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kayak Fishing Off Montana De Oro.

         It was a busy week, but I got the paper due Sunday night on Friday and from reading the surf report I knew it was going to be an awesome day. My buddy Willy informed me he was going to fish from Spooner's Cove in Montan De Oro State Park with his father. Just to be there at 0600 I had to pack the truck the night before and head out at 0345. Along the way I ran into another member from www.Centralcoastkayakfishing.com and pulling up the the parking lot we could see the surf was mellow and it was going to be calm seas for us. I got on the water before Willy and his dad so I turned on the fishfinder and set up my rig. In about twenty feet of water I saw a fer rocks and a mark so I dropped down and caught a short lingcod. I let it go and shorty after Willy and his dad made it my way. As we were working our way out to the deeper reefs my fish finder died, so I sm not sure what structure, or depth I was fishing, but most of the botom felt rocky and the fish were biting.

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I was using a jigging iron with a soft plastic bait as a teaser, this little gopher could not resist the iron.

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This China rock fish was beautifully mottled 

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This kelp rock fish liked my poliminner

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Even with half its tail missing 

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I got my first double involving a lingcod 

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Caught a twenty inch cabezon 

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The vermilion seem to like the Poliminner as well 

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I ended up with a nice stringer 

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Willy making his landing

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      It was nice getting out of the sweltering valley and feeling the cool coastal breeze. I wound up catching four ling cod, three cabezon, one red vermilion, one kelp rock fish, one treefish, seven gophers rockfish, and one China rock fish. I can't ask for much more. The other nice thing is I only lost one jig and used three soft plastic baits total. That is not a bad rate if you ask me. 

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Great-Grandfather's Flies: Part II

          One of the few things I have of my great-grandfather's is his metal tackle box. There was the assortment of spoons you'd expect in a mid-western tackle box of the time, but my great-grandfather also fly fished. There were a few other strange flies, but I am not sure if they are flies or ice fishing lures.  What do you think?

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This could be a weighted fly or an ice fishing jig/spoon.

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Still shiny after all these years.

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Looks like a good Cheetos imitation to me.

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Whether they are flies or ice fishing lures I bet they were for pan fish. Shell-crackers love Cheetos.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Read Part I Here: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2014/07/my-great-grandfathers-flies-part-1.html

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Quarter of a Million!

P8030561          When I started this Blog on the 1st of November 2011 I was growing sick of the drama on fishing forums and wanted somewhere I could share my love of fishing while not getting over shadowed by the high school poitics that always seems to infest fishing forums.  I wanted to call the blog the Practical Fisherman, but then I saw that was a book, webpage, and the title of a few videos, I so tried again. I figured I am not so practical and liked in honor of the InFishermen brand dubbed my new blog the Unpractical Fishermen...After I published it I got a funny feeling and looked it up and saw unpractical is not really a word. So I started the Impractable Fishermen...And realized I spelled it wrong , so I became The Impractical Fishermen. One thing this adventure has done for me is improve my writing and typing skills, but most of all it has allowed me to meet some excelent people who share the same love I do for the outdoors. I want to tank my blogging buddys (too many to list, and you know who you are), my family, and most of all my loving wife.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

Monday, July 14, 2014

We Got Some Water

A week ago Sunday the Kings finally got some rain. I just wish we got some before the bed dried up. There may be a few bass in there still...I hope. looks to be about two feet deep in the deep holes. Hopefully the fishing recovers soon.

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Thanks for reading (and all your kind thoughts),

Dan

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Great Grandfather's Flies: Part 1

        A few years ago I acquired my father's Grandfather's tackle box.  He also had a bamboo fly rod and old automatic fly reel my dad still has somewhere in storage. What is interesting is the flies he had. There was a lot of soft plastic flies in there. I had the idea in my head flies are feathers tied to hooks. There are plenty of guys out there who would agree with this and shun other material let alone--gasp--live bait. But I know from reading Hemingway live grasshoppers and crickets were common fly fishing baits so the idea of plastic flies make a little more sense to me now. If you have more information on what they are or where they might be from please let me know in the comments.

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These hoppers look pretty close to the real thing. 

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I can see a crappie or blue gill sucking this guy up. 

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Black Winged Ant

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White Winged ant With Red Head

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With the size of the hook, I'd say this guy was for bass. 

          I don't have many of these treasures in my possession. I never got to meet my great grandfather so this is all I have of him. These lures give me a greater appreciation for fly fishing and make me want to learn more about it. There are purists out there younger than these lures who claim they are not flies and using them is not fly fishing. I say if it is on a fly rod it is fly fishing. If it makes you mad hearing that I suggest you get off the internet, grab your gear, go fishing, and come back when you are calmed down. 

Thanks for reading,

Dan 
Read Part II Here: http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2014/07/my-great-grandfathers-flies-part-ii.html

Read about the other stuff in the tackle box here:  http://www.theimpracticalfishermen.com/2012/11/my-great-grandfathers-tackle-box.html

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Fishing Days in California

If you have not bought a fishing licence or can not afford one you can still fish in California for free. Please follow regulations, have fun, clean up after yourselves, take a kid, and consider buying a licence in the future.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Kings Puddle is Drying up in Lemoore

Stopped by after work and there is even less water than I thought there would be. It seems like it is really starting to pick up.

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 I wonder when the main puddle under the Jackson Ave. bridge will finally dry up.

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Thanks for reading,

 Dan