TIPS FOR KAYAK FISHING GET A FISHING LICENSE. One-day ($15.12), two-day ($23.50) and annual ($47.91) fishing licenses can be purchased at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing. KNOW THE RULES AND REGULATIONS. ere are size and number of catch regulations that must be followed as well as set dates for each species’ fishing season. Game wardens can and will check your haul. And remember: Don’t fish in protected waters! A complete list of the official Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations with up-to-date information can be found on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife site: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Regulations/Fishing-Map/Central. www.ediblemontereybay.com 45 CHECK THE WEATHER. Learn to read tide charts and swell and weather reports. DO NOT go out on the ocean to fish in bad swells, big waves or winds over 15 mph. Check the radar all the way up until launch. SAFETY FIRST. You are required to wear a life vest at all times. Bring a waterproof VHF radio to contact the Coast Guard in case of an emergency. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. You might start at daybreak, but that sun gets strong while you’re out there. Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wear a wetsuit or other waterproof clothing. Surf booties are a must. BE PREPARED. You can easily be on the water for five to six hours or longer should anything go wrong. e ocean will tire and dry you out. Bring plenty of water and snacks. e author with a rockfish AVOID SEASICKNESS. If you are prone to motion sickness, then make sure to use a nausea patch or take some Dramamine 30 minutes before you get in the water. Just remember that anti-nausea medication can make you drowsy. RESPECT THE MARINE MAMMALS. ere is a hefty fine (up to $11,000) for touching or feeding any of the amazing marine mammals you see on the water. (And sea otters will bite.) Respect their space. GO EARLY. Around sunrise is best for the biting, and since the winds tend to pick up in the afternoon, you have a better chance of calm seas in the morning. CHOOSE YOUR BAIT. Buy frozen squid from the grocery store or catch live bait (anchovies, mackerel) while out on the water. Live bait is best, and the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish. CONSULT THE EXPERTS. ere are lots of great online resources and forums like www.norcalkayakanglers.com or www.centralcoastkayakfishing. com. If you prefer to talk with someone in person, visit your local fishing store where you can pick up a current list of rules and regulations and ask for tips and help. Once you’re out on the water, make friends with fellow kayak fishers. Channel 69 on the VHF is for kayakers. BE PATIENT. It’s normal to come up empty handed. Fish are smart and a challenging opponent, especially when you’re on a kayak. Just remember that this is a pastime, not a hunt.
edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016
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