Monday, April 17, 2017

The Guy With The Kite

I stood on the walk and watched this guy fly the kite for about a half an hour. I don't think I've ever seen anyone this good.

He took the kite up and down, around in circles, and straight up and straight down, but when he dipped the right wing into the wave, then brought it back up, absolutely amazing.

That about the best I can describe it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Arrived at the campground at about 1:00 pm on Thursday. It rained off and on all the way down, but held off long enough for us to get set up.

Space 33
 Took a couple quick shots around the campground so you could see what the place looked like. If you want to see the campground set up, go to Reserve and type in Half Moon Bay SB. It shows you the whole place.

Directly across
Across and to the left
Down the road to the right

and to the left
Keep in mind that even though it's sunshine and blue skies, the wind was blowing like crazy. Just look at the trees in the back of the picture.

I walked by this field of Ice Plant. Ice Plant was all over the place and if you could find a little spot that didn't have any wind, you could even smell them.

Ice Plant
The wind was blowing directly off the water at 15 to 20. It caused a lot of BIG waves. I contemplated fishing, but if you were a fish, would you be this close to shore? You'd get the crap beat out of you.

Down the shore to the right

Down the shore to the left
That was Thursday, this was Friday. Looked the same, just a different day.

Rough water
So Friday we went into town, had lunch, and picked up a couple of things at the local hardware store. They didn't give me any discounts so I'm not giving out any kudos.

Friday afternoon brought calmer water, but there was so much sand in the water I figured any fish there probably couldn't see a lure if I threw one at it.

So instead of fishing, I took sunset pictures. Enjoy.......

OK, so there's 7 of them. I got carried away.

Saturday morning brought out the surfers. The water was calmer and clearer, but still there were enough waves that fishing was out of the question AND it only lasted a couple hours and the wind was back.
Surfs Up.

See this? Been there, done that.
Although my surfing days were a while ago. Think Beach Boys. Think late 60's. That was when I was a surfer dude.

This morning brought the rain and wind again. So the weekend was pretty much a wash, har, har,
Here comes the rain. 
Although I did see one boy walk by with a fishing rod and a lure that looked like a big chartreuse and white Muskie lure, it looks like I'll have to stick to trout fishing.

Maybe it won't rain all week.....One can hope.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

It's All About The Timeline

I don't know about you, but when TV stations have beat a story to DEATH, they have to do something to keep it going, so they do a "timeline".

You, as a watcher of "what ever station you watch" (with the exception of Yuki who doesn't own a TV) know of what I speak.

So I thought, since I fished once again at North Shore Camanche yesterday I'd just do a timeline of what occurred and beat it to death. By the way, if you hadn't noticed, I have my computer back, better than ever. The wife re-installed Windows 10 and I only lost one thing. That was the total wins on a Solitaire game called Adelaide. I wanted to get to 1000 wins with no losses, but it tanked at 990 wins with no losses. Guess I'll just have to start over.

On to fishing:

  • 8:00 am arrived at the lake. 
  • 8:10 am had two rods in the water, one with rainbow Power Bait and the other with orange Power Eggs.
  • 8:15 am sucked down my cup of Starbucks Pike Place coffee. 
  • 8:45 am reeled in the rod with the orange Power Eggs. 
  • 8:50 am started casting Kastmasters on my little Okuma with 2# line. 
  • 9:15 am threw out the orange Power Eggs again and parked my butt in the red Coleman Camping chair. Think I need a new chair, this one is starting to fall apart. 
  • 10:00 am reeled in the orange Power Eggs and replaced it with rainbow Power Bait and a slathering (love that word) of Pro-Cure Anise flavor. I was desperate. 
  • 10:15 am reeled in the rod with rainbow Power Bait, re-baited and slathered some Pro-Cure Sweet Corn flavor on. Now I'm really desperate. 
  • 10:45 am reeled in the rod with the Anise flavor, reattached a #6 bait hook and put on three white fluorescent Power Eggs. 
  • You getting sick of this timeline thing yet??
  • Wasn't but a couple minutes and I had a fish one.      

Only fish of the day
I gave it to a couple guys next to me that drove all the way out there from the Bay Area to take a shot at Camanche. It weighted in at 1 lb. 10 ozs. Pretty much standard size.

  • 11:00 am put out both rods with white fluorescent Power Eggs, but the one above must have been a fish of opportunity because nothing else came along. 
  • 11:30 am, packed up, drove home, and watched the SF Giants game. 

So, I hope I bored you (not really) with the whole timeline thing. Promise I won't do this again.

Getting close to our first trip of the summer in the Freedom Express. I don't know how I did it, but the trip is scheduled for Easter weekend. We leave Thursday the 13th and come home on Easter Sunday the 16th. Don't forget (all of you that have kids, grand-kids, etc) to spoil them with candy and dyed eggs.

Oh, I might mention that we are going to Half Moon Bay State Beach right on the ocean. I plan to try a little ocean fishing since I've not dipped a rod in the ocean for many, many years. I've got another cool camping item to show you, but you'll have to wait until we get back.

Stay tuned.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Mark Update

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I'm having some computer problems.

Remember a while back I mentioned that I've been engrossed in this whole Genealogy thing? Well, I ran into a small problem a couple days ago.

Seems my computer decided to dump all my research. That would be a 29 tab Excel spreadsheet I've been amassing for the last three months.

Needless to say I came close to using a hammer on this computer BECAUSE that was all it dumped.

It could have looked like this

So now I'm in the process of rebuilding all my backup. My wife is also re-installing Windows 10 because my computer is just plain screwed up. I have no idea what that will bring. Fortunately we have all out files on an external drive so I should be OK. Don't want to lose my score on a Solitaire game called Adelaide. I'm currently at 976 wins with zero, none, 0 loses. That would really piss me off.
So, never fear, I am going fishing. It looks like Saturday because it was raining again this morning and then the wind (from the North which is usually high) is supposed to start blowing this afternoon and all day tomorrow to the tune of 25 to 30 mph. Makes for crappy fishing so I'll wait for Saturday and cruise out somewhere.

Lake would have looked like this

Thanks for being patient.

Stay tuned.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ever Feel Left Out ??

Yesterday morning I did the neighborly thing. I picked up my next door neighbor after having minor surgery and gave him a ride home because his wife doesn't drive.

I got him at 8:15 am, home at 8:20 am (the surgery center was just around the corner) and was out to North Shore Lake Camanche by 9:00 am.

My friend Rubin was there and already had one in the cooler. I set up next to him with two rods of rainbow Power Bait (he caught his on chartreuse) and drank my Starbucks coffee. Made sure I didn't drop it this time.

Then around 10:00 Rubin caught his second one. Remember now, I'm fishing right next to him.

Rubin's second
Then he caught his third. I'm still sitting right next to him.

Rubin's third
While all this is happening, the two guys that were out here last time I fished North Shore were behind us pulling them in one after the other.

I tried adding garlic and sweet corn to the Power Bait, I tried silver, pink, green/silver, Firetiger, and even gold Kastmasters. I even tried Crappie Jigs. WHAT THE HELL !!!

Not a bite. At Noon I went home.

Now, a little info on the Crappie Jig. This is a set up that Bill Trussell sent me, seems like a year ago or maybe even longer. Jigs, hooks, and some some stuff called Crappie Nibbles. Since I've been lax in trying out this rig, the nibbles dried out and to get them on a hook, I needed a drill and small bit. So I''ll have to get some fresher ones and give it another try. Going to do some warm water fishing this summer. See if I can scare up a Crappie or two.

Last week Yuki and I went to South Shore in search of Crappie. There was nothing to report so I didn't report. The previous pigs that fished there left a bunch of empty beer bottles and one unopened bottle of Corona. If they were going to leave one, the least they could have done was leave it on ice. A slice of lime would have been nice too.  

Stay tuned.   

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It Was Not About The Fishing

My first 30 years of employment were spent in warehousing. That would have been 18 to 48 years old. Young enough to think I was bulletproof and/or indestructible.

Now that I'm old, I'm finding out what the payment is for that period of my life. Part of that payment is little, if any, back muscles. But before I get into the explanation of the title of this post, I wanted to show you what it looked like at La Casa Kautz on Sunday the 5th.
Some hail, some corn snow.

Across the street
By the way, they finally sold the house on the left. Be vacant since Nancy passed away on December 24, 2015.
Down to the left.

Our back yard. Note no pine needles.

Front view.
During one of the recent storms and I can't remember which one because they seem to all run together, our fence blew down. Took out one full section including the post and demolished the gate.

Now, this is for all you folks out there that don't know how to build a fence. The post on the side of the gate was a fairly new post. That means someone recently (in the last 17 years. the house was build in 1999) replaced that post. They did what most unknowing people do and that is to dig out the old concrete and instead of putting the new post in correctly, just filled the hole in with concrete.

After digging around the concrete and wiggling it loose, I had to use a chain and my truck to pull it out of the ground. No way were we (myself and Dan across the street) going to get that approximately 300 pound chunk of concrete out.

To replace the post, I put in a 12" tube and back filled the dirt. then put the post in and filled the tube with 200 lbs. (4 - 50# bags) of redi-mix concrete making sure the post was level front to back and side to side. Once the concrete set, about 24 hours, it took me the last 4 days to replace the rails and put on the boards.

Here is the part where people go wrong. Put the top rail (2x4) across from post to post "flat". Put a second 2x4 across, under the top rail, but up and down. This will prevent the top rail from bowing from the weight of the front boards. The bottom rail goes the same up and down as the 2x4 under the top rail giving you and even space to attach the front boards. It should be somewhere between 12" and 18" off the ground not smack on the ground as it is with the rest of my fence. All to be replace at some future date. 

The finished product
I wanted to show you the gate because I've done gates in the past and this one is really slick. You can get it at Home Depot for about $60. It comes with all the hardware and expands from about 3 ft to about 6 feet. Mine was 45 inches. Put this together and add 2x4 top and bottom, attach the cross wire for stability and you're ready for boards.

One side note, once you've put the gate together, you can't adjust it so make it good the first time. I tried to adjust it and had to take it all apart and start over.

The gate. 
Which brings me to this post. The payment for the last week was little or no back muscles so I decided (with a little encouragement from my wife) to go out to North Shore Camanche and sit in the sun. If I wasn't home, I couldn't do anything, right?

Got to the lake at 8:00, had two lines in the water, one with rainbow Power Bait and the other with orange Power Eggs. I did stop at Starbucks and got a cup of coffee, but proceeded to drop it as I took it out of the truck. Yes it went all over the place, but outside the truck.

I sat for 4 hours (for the most part) in the red Coleman camping chair and relaxed my back. Took a few photos of the lake just to show you what the lake looks like at 51 degrees at 8:00 am. That also me sitting with only a tee shirt on. It was that warm.When I left it was 74 degrees. Almost had to fire up my A/C in the truck.

The lake was down about 5 feet.
The outer peninsula is starting to show.
Just before 9:00 I got the one and only hit. It was the Rainbow in the picture below. About 2 pounds and a hold over because of the Copepod slime. The guys next to me were keeping fish and because this one was bleeding, I gave it to them.

2# or so.
Then I went back to sitting until Noon and called it a day. Now to show you why I'm so stupid some times, I came home and mowed and edged the front lawn. It's no wonder I hurt all the time. How stupid is that ????

Don't know if I'll be out again this week. I'm back to the gutters tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fishing Was So Exciting I Forgot To Post

Yuki and I decided to run out to New Melones Reservoir on Monday. First we tried the Highway 49 bridge. A little contrast in water amounts.


I first fished the road. It was only about a foot deep out as far as I could cast so we moved out to a point. The water was deeper, but there weren't any fish to be found. Then the wind picked up and blowing across that cold water into our face, it became miserable to fish. Since Tuttletown was close we decided to go over there.  

Tuttletown bottom launch ramp 2/18/2015
The road to the bottom launch ramp was blocked off probably because some idiot would drive down there and run his car/truck into the lake. We parked at the middle ramp, but the hike down to water would have way too hard for a couple of Geezers.

Lower launch ramp is down there somewhere
So we went to the Mexican Restaurant and had lunch.

We're going to try Middle Bar Bridge the next time. The Mokelumne River has slowed down considerably.

Stay tuned.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Genealogy And Other Family Stuff

My wife decided that I needed a hobby other than fishing. This was caused by the constant rain and a good case of the "shack nasties" I tried wood burning, but just couldn't get into it. So for Christmas she gave me a 6 month subscription to

The last 10 years of my working life, finding people was what I did, so Genealogy was a natural choice. I also picked up and Family

Those of you familiar with the LDS (Morman's) Church know that Genealogy is a BIG part of what they do.

I'm sure Emily (aka River Damsel) can relate to Genealogy. Did I mention that my Grandmother's name was Emily?

Anyway, after all that, I've had my nose buried in my computer since. I've also made contact with a cousin I haven't seen since her mother passed away in 1961. I also found out I have a cousin that is a published author (just like Moi).

But it's not just that. After collecting any and all paperwork from the previously mentioned Cousin and what paperwork was all the family papers my sister had when she died, I've come up with so much information it's almost taken on a life of it's own. Kind of like a blog.   

I won't go into a lot of what I've found, but I did find a picture of my Grandfather, Grandmother, and all eleven Aunts and Uncles circa 1932 or so. I also found a picture of my Mother, Father, and yours truly at the age of about 3 or 4.

It's mind boggling what you find and if you're not careful, you find your nose still stuck to the computer late into the night.  

So what I'm trying to say is that I'm following all your blogs, but maybe not until the next day or so because I got lost in the "family" that day.

Thanks for being patient. Fishing this week. Probably New Melones because it's filling FAST. Really good news.

Stay tuned. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Why Have A Camera When You Have A Blog Photographer

Since the wife was home today after working a gazillion hours yesterday, I got up early, and headed out to the lake at 7:15. When I left the house it was 27 degrees. When I arrived at the lake it was 37 degrees. Amazing what a couple hundred feet in elevation will do for the temperature.

I'll just let you look at the pictures.

The next 15 pictures is why I don't need a camera as long as I have a Yuki.

2 lb. 7 oz. football
And after all that, I missed the first one. It hit, jumped three times and I almost got it to shore when the hook came out. It was on a silver Kastmaster. The only hit on any Kastmaster today.

The other two (one was 2 pounds 2 ounces and the other was 2 pounds 7 ounces) came on rainbow Power Bait. Smaller one was a hold over because it had Copepod slime on it and the bigger one was probably stocked yesterday.

Yuki got one bite on white Power Eggs but missed it. In the last photo, you can see a green grassy area in the water. Last Wednesday I was sitting below that spot. Water was up another 10 inches or so. On the other hand it makes it a little difficult fishing "around" floating twigs, tree limbs, and in a couple cases the tree itself.

That's it for today. I'm sure I'll be back out next week since we're not expecting any rain YEH!!!!!!!
Never thought I'd ever say that.

Stay tuned.