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WT posted 03-20-2010 11:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
I want to run my 170 Montauk from San Francisco Bay to the Farallon Islands to spot some Great Whites this season.

If there is interest from other CW members, let's set a tentative date.

Warren

placerville posted 03-21-2010 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for placerville  Send Email to placerville     
Hey Warren,
I want to see a great white.
If we get a few boats out there, we have a better chance of spotting one.

Is the Farallons part of the rockfish closure this year?
We can make it a combo rockfish/white shark trip. No diving for me.
Matt

elaelap posted 03-21-2010 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
I'm on, pards. What a super mini-rendezvous this could make with half-a-dozen NorCal BWs all heading out together. Thanks for a great idea, WT; let's do it!

Tony

WT posted 03-21-2010 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
http://www.ecophotoexplorers.com/GreatWhite_Farallon.asp

http://www.greatwhiteadventures.com/farallon_details.html

According to the links above, the best time to go is late September through November.

If I where to go alone I would probably have followed a party dive boat out to the Farallons. I suppose we can still follow a party boat out.

If no one else wants to go, we can leave out of Bodega Bay and either head back to Bodega Bay afterwards or towards the Golden Gate Bridge and inland to Petaluma.

This could be a great photo trip.

Warren

elaelap posted 03-21-2010 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for elaelap  Send Email to elaelap     
Yikes, WT. Bodega Bay down to the Farallons and then back against the wind and waves? I think your original idea is better. Launch and return from San Francisco or Sausalito.

Tony

WT posted 03-21-2010 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
If you pick your days it should be alright.

From the Berkeley ramp to the Southeast Farallon it's about 40 miles. From Bodega Bay's Westside ramp it's about 45 miles to the Southeast Farallon.

Leave around 6 AM get to the Farallons around 8 AM, cruise around/fish until 11 AM and get back to the ramp around 1 PM.

I can visualize catching a monster Ling Cod and getting it to my boat when a Great White lunges at it, just like in Jaws. :-O

Warren

Fishmore posted 03-21-2010 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishmore  Send Email to Fishmore     
Warren,

Rockfishing is not open until June 13th.

Link to what is/is not open

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mapregs3.asp

Remember there are new areas closed to all fishing. Like around Bodega head and around any of the Farralon Islands and around Duxbury.

See the maps here: (Red area No Fishing/Blue and yellow special regulation areas).

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/images/nccmpas/nccmpas.jpg

Be careful where you go if you have fish in the boat. For example coming from North of Bodega back to the bay.

WT posted 03-21-2010 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Fishmore, thanks for the heads up. I have inputted the GPS coordinates for the State Marine Reserves north of Bodega Bay but have not done it for the Farallons yet.

My understanding is that I may have fish on board while traveling through the State Marine Reserves, I just can not stop my boat or fish in the SMRs. I initial thought was that I had to go around and not enter the SMR waters north of Bodega Bay.

Warren

kidishi posted 03-21-2010 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for kidishi  Send Email to kidishi     
This sounds like it could be a lot of fun! With a support group we should have a blast! I am in. We can talk more at the rendezvous in May!

caleb

WT posted 03-22-2010 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Here's another option. We could leave out of Half Moon Bay/Pillar Point ramp. It's only 33 miles uphill to the Southeast Farallons and might be an easy downhill ride back home.

Lots of options and we have lots of time until October-November.

Warren

lizard posted 03-22-2010 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for lizard  Send Email to lizard     
Merde! I still have not made a west coast Rendevous and another one is already in the planning. Warren- I would love to do the run with you all. Again, I have to be on the right coast AND trailer our newer to us Outrage up there. But I have a local CW'er in So Cal who would also like to do the run.

I have no experience in the waters like Bodega Bay that Tony posts from.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-22-2010 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I've had my Montauk to the Farallones a few times.

It's not a place to go with just one small boat.

It's not a place where you can schedule a date. There are
maybe 20 days a year when the conditions are really right to
go.

I'd leave from Half Moon Bay, NOT SF or Sausalito. The
Sausalito has the the two mile no wake zone, and then the
snotty stuff out the gate. SF just has the snotty stuff
out the gate. HMB ends up being faster.

I think the Farallones to Blowdega Bay would be across the
swells and wind, not into.

The MPAs allow transit with fish and gear on board. Just
don't deploy any fishing gear. Here's what the regs say:

(8) Transit or Drifting. Vessels shall be allowed to transit
through marine protected areas and marine managed areas with
catch onboard. Fishing gear shall not be deployed in the
water while transiting through a state marine reserve. Fishing

gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species
identified as allowed for take in subsection 632(b), shall be
stowed and not in use while transiting through a state marine
recreational management area, state marine park or state
marine conservation area.


Chuck

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-22-2010 10:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
What you need to do is watch the conditions, and on about Wed.
make a "maybe this weekend" call, and after the 3 pm forecast
comes out the day before, make a "meet up and we might go"
call, and make the final call at the launch ramp. And maybe
abort underway.


Chuck

WT posted 03-23-2010 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I agree with Chuck.

Half Moon Bay would be the easiest trip.

We can plan for every Saturday starting the end of September until we get a good day.

Meet at the Pillar Point parking lot at 5:30 am.

Warren

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-23-2010 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
One more consideration is fuel. It's about 28 nm one way from
HMB to SE Farallon. Plan accordingly (BTW, if anybody needs
any plastic jerry cans, I've got a couple I'd like to sell
cheap).


Chuck

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