Monthly Archives: February, 2021

Hobie ProAngler 14 – All the Accessories to upgrade your kayak

February 24th, 2021 Posted by Kayak Fishing 0 comments on “Hobie ProAngler 14 – All the Accessories to upgrade your kayak”

How to upgrade your Hobie Pro Angler 14 Kayak

Want to upgrade your Hobie Pro Angler 14?  For discerning anglers who demand it all – room, stability, performance, stealth, and comfort– the PA 14 stands alone. There’s a non-skid deck for standing—a huge advantage for sight fishing from a kayak—and veritable acres of H-Rail for mounting rod holders, electronics, and other important accessories. All this on a spacious 12, 14 or 17-foot platform, with no need for a gas tank.

The 12 and 14-foot models are available with Hobie’s unique MirageDrive 180 or the MirageDrive 360, both with Kick-Up Turbo Fins that provide efficient, worry-free, quiet propulsion.

In this video, Howie walks through his fully-rigged platform that’s capable of crossing over from saltwater to freshwater or inland salt in a snap. To view detailed installation videos of each accessory featured in this video, visit the Pro Angler Rigging Series playlist on Hobie’s YouTube channel or check out https://www.hobie.com/support/​ and look for your exact Pro Angler model.

Please reach out to Pure Watersports in Dana Point for any of the featured accessories listed below or to purchase a Hobie Pro Angler 14.  You can ask for a free test drive. Contact Pure Watersports at (949) 661-4947 or info@purewatersports.com.

Featured Accessories in this video:

72020252 HOBIE DECK PAD KIT PA14 – GREY/CHARCOAL

84500116 HOBIE H-BAR / PRO ANGLER

72020231 LOWRANCE HOOK REVEAL 7 TRIPLESHOT

72020145 FISHFINDER LITHIUM POWER KIT

84620151 1.5″ H-RAIL RAM BALL

72023055 1.5″ RAM FISH FINDER BASE

72020117 HOBIE VANTAGE SEAT ACCESSORY BAG

72020083 POWER POLE MICRO AND 8′ UL SPIKE

72020185 MICRO LITHIUM BATTERY PAK

72020176 POWER-POLE MOUNT KIT PRO ANGLER

72020072 HOBIE LIVEWELL XL

72020015 HOBIE ROD HOLDER LIVEWELL/H-CRATE

72020073 HOBIE TROLLEY KIT – TROLLEY READY

72020111 HOBIE FISH BAG/COOLER LARGE

71110001 BLACK NYLON PADEYE (x6)

8030251 SCREW 10-32 x 1″ FHMS (x12)

8080461 #10 FLAT WASHER (x12)

8050211 10-32 NYLOCK LOPRO (x12)

71709002 HOBIE RECTANGULAR HATCH BUCKET V2

72020098 HOBIE H-RAIL ROD HOLODER

72020099 HOBIE HD STRAP KIT (x2 required for securing a single rod holder)

72020014 HOBIE ROD HOLDER EXTENSION

84623004 HOBIE H-RAIL MINI BIN

72020088 HOBIE H-CRATE

72020097 H-CRATE SOFT COVER

72023078 RAM DUAL T-BOLT TRACK BASE FOR SPLINE POST

72023083 RAM® TOUGH-POLE™ 18” SINGLE PIPE WITH RAM® TRACK-NODE™/SPLINE POST

What I Learned During my Time as an Intern at Coastkeeper

February 20th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “What I Learned During my Time as an Intern at Coastkeeper”

By Hannah Del Barto

 

When I first landed my internship for the restoration program at Coastkeeper, my intention was to get lots of hands-on experience – helping at the Coastkeeper garden, building oyster beds, and doing beach clean ups.

Unfortunately, most of my internship was done remotely due to COVID-19. Instead, I spent most of my time attending meetings, watching live streams and webinars, and doing research. I still learned a lot as I:

Assisted with researching potential grant opportunities and oyster shell recycling legislation around the United States to further expand Coastkeeper’s oyster restoration projects
Researched ocean acidification
Created a flyer and edited a blog for our living shorelines project
Attended a virtual MPA Watch training
Researched laws and bills regarding beachfront property issues in Newport Beach

Learning to Fight Poseidon

Coastkeeper has been fighting against Poseidon’s Huntington Beach desalination plant proposal for years and the team taught me that the plant would have detrimental effects on our climate, economy and oceans. 

I’ve learned that our current water recycling system in Orange County produces twice as much water as Poseidon’s proposed plant for a fraction of the cost. Not only would the plant produce less water, but it would make water very expensive for consumers and would be the most energy intensive way to produce fresh water. The most damaging effect is that the pipes for the plant would suck up tons of marine life that play an important role in the ecosystem. 

Listening to the countless community members speak up about their opposing views towards the desalination plant really moved me. The fact that all of these people took time out of their day to speak out against something that they passionately believe is wrong, in hopes to make change, is quite inspiring. 

My take-away from this is that there is a great power in the voice of people who come together. I now understand that I have a say in the environmental decisions that my city makes. 

Learning in the Field

Although I was a little bummed that I couldn’t do all the hands-on work that I initially expected to be a part of the majority of my internship, I was able to get in-person field work approved just in time to participate in Coastkeeper’s annual eelgrass surveys! 

During this time, I worked as a boat hand – assisting with cleaning supplies, handing the divers their gear when they were in the water, collecting bags of eelgrass into buckets, taking photos, and looking out for incoming boats, kayakers, paddleboarders, etc. – all while the divers were under water. 

Reading a report on the results of a scientific experiment is one thing, but actually watching the data being taken and helping the scientists with whatever they needed was a super cool experience. Now I can say that I understand how a marine restoration project goes down! 

A Lifelong Inspiration for Conservation

The main highlight of my internship has been learning about the roles that oysters and eelgrass play in the ecosystem, our water quality, and shoreline stability. It is a subject that I have never really considered and did not have any prior knowledge about.

I have discovered a secret passion for restoration, conservation, and volunteer work thanks to Coastkeeper.

Although this internship was for marine restoration and my field of study is public health, I have learned that the two subjects are directly related. After exploring how the conditions of our environment affects the health of humans, I realized that I want to go back to school to pursue a Masters of Environmental Health at San Diego State University. 

This internship prepared me for a better career in the future because it opened up my eyes to so many possibilities and opportunities to better the environment, which has always been a priority and life-long goal of mine.

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Health Benefits of Kayaking at Pure Watersports

February 11th, 2021 Posted by Kayak Fishing 0 comments on “Health Benefits of Kayaking at Pure Watersports”

There are so many health benefits of kayaking that you would struggle to find a topic that did not apply to this activity. It is a great way to get outdoors and get your exercise in while still being within close reach of home or any destination. There are many sports that can be done while on the water such as kayaking. This sport has been around for thousands of years so you know it is good for you.

Water sports provide a lot of fun to people who enjoy them. Many people prefer to take a day trip on a kayak into the lake or river to enjoy a lazy afternoon or evening on a water sport. Some prefer to kayak from ashore, some sit on their deck and enjoy the water up close, and some are out at the lake or the river in a motorized boat to experience the water first hand. Whatever your preference, there is a water sport perfect for you. There are so many to choose from you will be amazed.

Kayaking provides an excellent way to build body strength and improve cardiovascular fitness. The resistance offered by the water is great for your heart and lungs. The resistance you get when you go up against the resistance in the water is similar to that which you get in a running position. Kayaking can be very good for the muscles in your legs as well as your abdominal muscles.

Kayaking also offers great flexibility to your muscles. You do not have to spend hours in the water trying to keep the same position because as soon as you get out of the water the positions do not have to be the same. This allows you to enjoy the water and at the same time get some much-needed flexibility. Kayaks have been known to loosen muscles and this can be very therapeutic for those who suffer from a variety of muscle-related ailments.

Kayaks also offer extreme resistance in the form of wind resistance. As you turn in the water, the resistance increases as the bow wave gathers behind you. This is a natural effect of turning in the water. Kayaking is a great exercise because you can obtain cardiovascular benefits from working hard while out in the water. It is also a form of relaxation and you will find yourself laughing and having fun when you are paddling in the ocean.

These are only a few of the health benefits of kayaking but it should be enough to convince anyone to try this sport. You can purchase quality kayaks that will provide you with all of these benefits. Make sure that you do a lot of research so that you purchase one that fits your lifestyle and needs. The last thing you want to do is buy a kayak that is too big or small for you. You will want to do plenty of testing before making a purchase so that you will have a great kayak that is going to serve you for many years to come.

 

California State University, Long Beach tags a record of 53 great white sharks off the California Coast

February 10th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “California State University, Long Beach tags a record of 53 great white sharks off the California Coast”

LONG BEACH一In 2020 the California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab tagged a record number of 53 great white sharks off the coast of Southern California.
The lab worked closely with lifeguards up and down the coast to tag the sharks and record information they are hoping will assist in predicting the shark’s behaviors later down the line.
Shark Lab Director Dr. Chris Lowe and his team have been observing the juveniles in the Northeast Pacific great white shark population, which encompasses as far north as Alaska and as far south as Mexico, who utilize the Southern California coast as a nursery.
Great white sharks are born off the California coast and average between 4 to 5 feet in length, the sharks are considered adults when the males reach 11 to 12 feet in length and the females reach about 12 feet, which can take over a decade.
These juveniles spend their time hanging out around the Southern California and Mexico shoreline right past the surf break.
Lowe’s hypothesis is that the sharks feel safe in the shallows and have an abundant food source from the rays that hang off the coast.
With the sharks right off the surf break, it often puts them closer to people, which can be dangerous for both.
“We now work with all the lifeguards in California because when white sharks show up at their beach, they are responsible for keeping the public safe… So, we give them information [and] they work with us,” said Lowe.
One of the new ways Lowe and his team tag sharks in conjunction with lifeguards is by using jet skis. A grad student climbs on the back of a lifeguard jet ski, rides up next to the shark, and darts them in the back with the transmitter.
Lowe’s team will use drones or helicopters to spot the shark and determine coordinates as well as size, they also have an underwater camera they use to determine gender and other visual markers on the shark.
“We have a variety of techniques depending on the beach, depending on what the lifeguards have regarding boats or jet skis,” said Lowe. “You know we are working along surf-ridden beaches we have to be careful of people, and it is a dangerous place to be operating that’s why it is so important that we work closely with the lifeguards.”
Lowe is hoping that by learning more about the great white shark population scientists will be able to predict their behavior in the future and create a safer environment on the beaches for sharks and for people.
Lowe said it takes consecutive years of research to determine which beaches and conditions appeal to the sharks to make them hang out on certain parts of the coast.
“Normally shark season starts in April and goes to November, climate change has definitely affected that pattern,” said Lowe. “We see more sharks sticking around during winter because for the last eight years or so our winters have been milder.”
The team also spends a great deal of time educating the public about marine life and is hoping to reopen their Shark Shacks, informational booths set up by students, once COVID restrictions lift over the summer. To learn more, see the CSULB Shark Lab website: https://www.csulb.edu/shark-lab.

https://www.fishrapnews.com/features/california-state-university-long-beach-tags-a-record-of-53-great-white-sharks-off-the-california-coast/

The Most Trash our Education Coordinator has ever seen…

February 9th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “The Most Trash our Education Coordinator has ever seen…”

By Cristina Robinson

As the Education Coordinator at OC Coastkeeper, I have learned so much about how to be a better steward of my local watershed and environment, and love practicing what we preach to our students.

Before COVID, our education staff (myself & Dyana Peña) would be busy throughout the school year taking students on field trips to wonderful habitats and places throughout our various watersheds in Orange County. As much as I enjoyed our field trips, I couldn’t help but notice all the litter at every location.

I’m also a Tidepool Educator for Laguna Ocean Foundation and am constantly seeing trash in and around our tidepools that are in designated Marine Protected Areas. Though I didn’t want to be more active on social media, I decided to use my platform to educate others regarding plastic pollution, plastic alternatives, and zero waste options.

In the fall of 2019, I created the website www.plasticmenot.com to showcase all these resources, as well as an Instagram account to educate my followers on a more frequent basis.

In mid-October of 2020, my fellow litter-picking California State University, Long Beach marine biology alumni buddy, Janine Rodriguez, and I teamed up to start a trash project where we created stickers encouraging people to protect our planet from pollution and to include friends and family in cleanups.

We sell each sticker for $1 and pick up one pound of trash for every sticker sold, and then post a dedicated cleanup to the buyer on our respective social media accounts. Thus far, we have 903 pounds of trash to remove and have already removed 465 pounds! Learn how to order our stickers by checking out my Instagram or Janine’s @_trashygurl account.

Since we launched this project, I’ve been trying to do cleanups every weekend or so to chip away at our 903 pounds we have committed to remove with the support we received.

A Trashy Adventure at the Santa Ana River Mouth

During the last weekend of January, I had planned my weekly cleanup to be at the beach since I knew we would have intensified trash along our coast from the big rainstorm we had a couple of days prior. However, I was not expecting to witness or remove the amount of trash I found on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2021.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, my friend Brittney, her two children, and her sister joined me for a beach cleanup as they had been the last few weekends. I had them meet me in the neighborhood across the street from the Frog House (for free parking), as I knew there would be a lot of trash to be found since we were at the end of the Santa Ana River Mouth (SARM).

This is where the Santa Ana River Watershed drains. It is this the largest watershed in Orange County and it travels across San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange County.

We walked over to the Newport City side of the beach and picked up almost 50 pounds of trash within 30 minutes, just from what was around the jetties. While we were picking up trash in the rocks, we saw across from us what looked like a trash island and were horrified!

We then quickly weighed our first trash haul, emptied our bucket and bags of trash by compiling everything into a convenient tub we found, left this at my car, then walked over the Pacific Coast Highway bridge where we discovered a trash goldmine. The trash island was more of a trash peninsula, and quite frankly brought me to tears.

I have never seen so much trash congregated in one area before – ever. There were huge furniture items, shoes galore, so many facemasks, tons of food and beverage containers, toys, endless pieces of Styrofoam and plastic, and so much more. I posted videos on my social media story asking for help to join me in removing more the next day.

 

We refilled our bucket and bags as much as we could and made a pile of shoes we hoped to return to the next day. With no trash cans to be seen in near sight and my car on the other side of the river mouth, we luckily found a nearby abandoned shopping cart to push all the trash back to my car. After weighing all the trash hauls from Saturday, we were amazed that the five of us had removed 127.65 pounds of trash!

On Jan. 31, I came back to the SARM, but this time I parked my car in the Huntington State Beach parking lot since it was closer to the trash peninsula. My call for help was heard and some wonderful friends joined me in removing even more trash.

After a quick surf session and grabbing a balloon and some plastic pieces on the way to my car, Brittney and her kids joined me again in picking up trash starting in the parking lot. Dyana and her boyfriend, Chris, then joined us and once all our bags and buckets were full, we consolidated the trash and left it at my car to weigh later.

We then made our way to the trash peninsula where my friends Kaysha and Kelsey had started cleaning up the debris. They had been filling up their buckets, walking them to the nearest trash can (which wasn’t that near), and returning to do it all over again.

On this day, we tackled some huge heavy items (including the shoe pile from Saturday). Thanks to Dyana’s quick thinking, we got maintenance to help haul the heavy trash items.

 

Dyana’s sister and parents had also removed 30 pounds of trash to help us on the Talbert channel side of Huntington State Beach. Kaysha and Kelsey kept track of their weight of trash removed for the day, so that night we compiled our data (I had to triple check mine because I was in disbelief), but altogether we removed 397.69 pounds of trash! My personal weight of trash picked up for the entire weekend was 377.47 pounds.

I am simultaneously so proud of these efforts, but so sad that this much trash was there to begin with, and that still so much trash remains.

How You Can Help Keep our Coast Classy, not TrashyPlease use this as a call to action to help in preventing this trash from draining to our coast by not littering, reducing your plastic and Styrofoam use, and doing neighborhood cleanups whenever you can.

At OC Coastkeeper, we are currently providing ‘Cleanup Kits’ that include a trash bag with two sets of gloves per household (adult & children sizes) and have these available outside our office door every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. We would also like to distribute these cleanup kits throughout Orange County, so please let us know where they are needed.

We are organizing Emergency Cleanups in areas with extreme litter accumulation before and after rain events. If you are experienced in cleanups and interested in joining our Emergency Cleanup Volunteer List, please fill out our quick Google Form. Feel free to let us know of any areas that need an emergency cleanup near you!

 

My friends that joined Sunday’s cleanup also keep track of all the trash they remove for their own amazing cleanup efforts. You can check out Kaysha Kenney’s Instagram and Kelsey Nannini’s Instagram to follow along with their conservation efforts.

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