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By Volkswatson
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So, launched at sunrise from coast guard station, and chatted with a group heading out in a 20’ center console. The captain wasn’t sure he wanted to even go out due to the wind (it was easily 10+ sustained).

Me being the eternal optimist hoped that it would lay down a bit as forecasted.

I paddled out to the end of the jetties and passed the center console. He was about 500 feet done the end. It was rough. Too rough.

I kept going, and made it out to the second buoy with a cheerful escort of about 8 porpoise. Many of the swells were easily over my head and an occasional rogue wave almost knocked me off multiple times. I managed to throw out a lure and drag it around while keeping my head on a swivel.

Now, I’ve never ever been seasick in my life, even on a charter in really bad conditions. But I think because I didn’t eat breakfast and the constant fear of flipping, I had some gnarly heartburn (still managed to not feed the fish).

I knew that I wouldn’t get much fishing done that day, as I was way too busy trying to stay upright. So back to the coast guard station I went with my tail between my legs. Got a glimpse of a sea turtle.

The center console pulled up behind me and the captain said, “man I saw you pass by and thought you must be crazy. I wasn’t going out there!”

So, hey not much fishing happened but I got some serious exercise in, and learned a lot about exactly what to watch out for when going BTB.
By OldTownYakBoi
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Cool report, pretty ballsy to be in a little kayak in the ship Channel; Actually not sure if ballsy are the right words... Glad you’re ok, My .02 cents is you’d be safer on the surf side of the jetties. Hope you get em next time


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By Volkswatson
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mwatson71 wrote:That was oddly satisfying to read and quite possibly my favorite report of the year.

Lol. Thanks. I was almost too ashamed to post, but thought y’all would get a kick out of my attempt.
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By Volkswatson
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OldTownYakBoi wrote:Cool report, pretty ballsy to be in a little kayak in the ship Channel; Actually not sure if ballsy are the right words... Glad you’re ok, My .02 cents is you’d be safer on the surf side of the jetties. Hope you get em next time


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I saw no tankers that day, and only a handful of boats. Traffic was a non issue. I’ve paddled next to a tanker in Port A, and it really wasn’t too bad as long as you are far enough away.

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