The Grind to Get On the Water #53

The Grind

Finally on the water after many months of work!

The Grind to get the GA on the water; for the last two months, has been long and arduous! I have been working almost seven days a week and between nine and ten hours a day trying to finish my boat when I just want go tuna fishing! Is that too much to ask? It has been quite the grind, and one that I would not willingly do again if I could prevent it! Instead of being fun, it turned into the grind, directly as a result, of pushing too hard to complete the build and get in a little fishing time this summer. Well guess what, it is looking like I missed the boat on the tuna for this season, they have moved way offshore, much to my chagrin!

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What a head scratcher! Wire colors, wire guage, correct fuse size… I can feel my hair on my head turning grey!

Wiring without End!

The GA was for the most part complete, but there were many small items that needed to be done in order to launch. Wiring was one of the items at the top of the list, and something that I had to learn as I was going along. I did not want a jumble of wire going hither and yawn, instead I wanted an organized electrical system which would not only be reliable, but would be easy to trace when and if something goes wrong.
It all started by ordering what I thought was enough wire, by measuring distances and then doubling the length. I made up a list of each planned circuit with the length of each run and the color of the wire to be used. Years ago, the wiring in boats was just cobbled together using what ever color and gauge of wire was available. The ABYC has has now set forth standards which create a level of safety in boat systems such as wiring, fuel systems etc. It is not mandatory for a home builder to comply with these standards, but on the flip side, it helps to maintain the value of your boat and also will make the sale much easier down the road.

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My friend Richard hooking up the sink plumbing

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A nice clean wake!

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My son Bennett taking a turn at the wheel

Since tinned wire is the standard for marine wiring, especially when your boat is to be used in salt water as mine is. Tinned wire is not as subject to corrosion as plain copper primary wire! Wire that is not tinned will start to corrode almost immediately cutting down on the wires conductive ability which could lead to failure or even a fire. Tinned wire is available at any good marine store, although I have found  some of stores have a pretty steep markup. I purchased most of my wire from GenuineDealz online at a much reduced rate. I also purchased about 90 percent of my connectors from them as well. Not only are they very competitive cost wise, they also offer free shipping!
The GrindMy basic system consists of two house batteries and one battery reserved for starting the outboard. The batteries run through a Blue Seas battery switch and are linked to a charging relay which will charge your starting battery first then charge the house batteries. I purchased the two units in a Add a Battery kit which came with directions and a drawing showing how to wire it for those of us who are electrically challenged. All of the circuits on the boat, and there are several, are run through a  Blue Sea fuse block. I put one fuse block in the front mechanical cabinet and one in the stern locker to handle the downriggers, autopilot, crab davit and washdown pump.
During the process of this, I installed my autopilot, VHF Radio, Multi-function Display and the Radar, each of which required some sort of power from the system. In addition to the electronics, there is a fresh water pump, overhead lights, charging receptacles for cell phones, deck lights and running and anchor lights. Each of these circuits required a specific color of wire and a fuse. This probably would have gone quickly but being new to DC wiring, I did quite a bit of head scratching in an attempt to get it right!

First Launch

As soon as the wiring was for the most part complete, my youngest son and I took the boat up to Detroit lake for testing. It sure was a good thing to finally see the boat on the water after a year and two months of building and fitting! Once at the lake, I tried all of the circuits and such to make sure everything worked. There were a few that didn’t work but overall, the trip was a lot of fun and really gave me a feel as to how the boat would handle while not putting anyone in danger.
The GrindOnce back home, I fixed the few minor electrical problems and then started working on finishing up the cabinets and just generally

Tying up a whole lot of loose ends.

The following week, a good friend came out from Kentucky for some fishing and camping on the new boat. The day after he arrived, I put him to work installing the sink, faucet and sink drain. Being a retired plumber, that was a snap for him and a blessing for me while I hooked up the pump which would supply the sink from the fresh water tank. The GrindOnce the sink was up and running, we loaded up our fishing gear and headed for Newport on the Oregon coast for a few days of R and R.

Newport Bound!

We arrived in Newport late afternoon and immediately checked in with the Port to secured a place to moor the boat. The wind had really picked up so we left the boat on the trailer the first night sleeping in the cuddy and planning to launch early the next day.

Next morning, the wind was still blowing pretty hard, but we went ahead and launched anyway, planning on crossing the bar if it was open. After a run out to see what conditions were like, we turned around and headed up the bay to do some crabbing. For the most part we had the bay to ourselves since it was a week day. Crabbing was slow, at least for us and had we been needing the crab to survive, we would have been fairly hungry that evening, but not starving…

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Ribeye, Crab and baked potato

The following day, things looked much better so we changed up our gear with the intention of running out for some tuna. We got up early, fueled up and headed out to the 125 line to look for some fish. After about a three hour boat ride, we got into some blue water, but no fish. We continued on out, but still did not find any fish, so after a few hours of searching we called it and headed in. Later that day I found out that people were going out around a hundred and five miles  while We were only out about fifty five miles. It would have been nice to catch some fish, but the main reason for the trip was to see how the boat would do both fuel wise and handling wise.

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Catching up! One of the guys I like to fish with!

The only problem encountered was loosing my GPS fix about fifteen to twenty miles from land. I wasn’t overly concerned, since I had a good compass bearing to get back to port. However, loosing GPS, meant that the mapping capabilities of the chart plotter were useless.
Once back in port, I received a call from a friend informing me of the unexpected death of a good friend, due of that we went ahead and cut our trip short by a few days.

We did get out of Depoe Bay for some productive lingcod action before heading for home.
Overall, the boat handled exceptionally regardless of the conditions which made the grind earlier in the week worth while. Running offshore, we were doing around 35 mph except when it was rough, which slowed me down to about 18 mph. The fuel burn was about 3.75 to 4.5 MPG depending upon how hard I was pushing it. I never did open the throttle all of the way up.

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Sleeping quarters, compact yet very comfortable!

Once home, I ordered and external GPS antenna which should solve my problem with the chart plotter. I am also going to add a Humminbird chart/plotter as a backup unit just to be safe. I have had real good luck with the Humminbird products, especially when fishing structure!

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Chilaxin

I will be ready when the tuna move back in closer to shore, in the meantime, I am going to try and get caught up with my honey do list which has for the most part been ignored for almost a year… Only later, after a week or two off will I consider going back to the grind!

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Are Wolves Welcome?We have been virtually wolf free for many years. Should wolves be allowed back into …2014/11/232014-11-23 16:29:38
CA residents, save your fishing rights!if you live in California you need to sign this petition to save your fishing …2014/11/172014-11-17 12:41:17
Isn’t Nature Wonderful?Isn’t nature wonderful, err at least until it turns deadly! I admit that I like …2014/11/102014-11-10 11:31:42
Deer Hunters Attacked By Five Bears Deer Hunters Attacked By Five bears 68-year-old Michael Snowden and 38-year-old Jeff Ostrin were hunting …2014/11/082014-11-08 23:15:37
Sea Lions Taking Large Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?)Sea Lions Taking Large Numbers Of Spring Chinook (45 Percent?) From Columbia River Mile 28 …2014/11/072014-11-07 18:59:18
#3 Brown BearImagine being face to face with the largest predator in the world, The Brown Bear …2014/10/302014-10-30 11:07:35
Gun ControlGun Control As a sportsman and as a gun owner, I find the recent gun …2014/10/29, 2014-10-29 13:12:52
Common Sense Survival Made Easy!  Common Sense Survival Last year while hunting for elk over in the Blue Mountains …2014/10/112014-10-11 12:28:56
Coastal Fishing ReportCoastal fishing: How many times have you waited for the weekend, counting off the days …2014/09/28, 2014-09-28 17:58:52
Craigs List Mail and Wire FraudA little over a week ago I was browsing through job postings on Craigs list …2014/09/26, 2014-09-26 13:55:06
BBQ Chinook Salmon GlazeThe ocean Coho season ended yesterday which means that their bigger relatives, the Chinook are …2014/09/20, 2014-09-20 18:28:02
Sweet Sour Salmon GlazeI used this Sweet Sour Salmon Glaze recipe last night on some fresh ocean caught …2014/09/17, 2014-09-17 08:47:37
Fish Hooked AdventuresI’m not real sure why you would go to the ER for this fish hooked …2014/09/072014-09-07 12:59:50
Depoe Bay HoochiesHeaded over to Depoe Bay last Saturday for some salmon fishing. We headed out at …2014/09/052014-09-05 11:21:50
A testimonial for your book, The Kokanee ObsessionDear Mr. Cannon, This is a testimonial to you and your book The Kokanee Obsession.  …2014/09/022014-09-02 12:53:51
Good Fishing Partners Are Hard To Find!Spent the last several days fishing Lake Merwin with my good friend Richard Kennedy. I …2014/07/132014-07-13 14:39:22
Navionics: Adding New Sonar Chart DetailsNavionics: Sonar Charts Here is your chance to help upgrade your favorite lake maps here …2014/06/292014-06-29 22:16:56
Smoking Heaven!1st load of smoking heaven! Just pulled a load of nice sized Kokanee out of …2014/06/242014-06-24 13:16:15
Kokanee Obsession will Soon be available for Download at Apple’s ITunes StoreMy book; The  Kokanee Obsession will Soon be available for Download at Apple’s ITunes Store …2014/06/232014-06-23 13:46:08
Why Can’t We ALL Just Get Along?Why Can’t We “ALL” Just Get Along? I kind of dropped off the map for …2014/06/232014-06-23 12:49:43
Upper Deschutes Salmon/Steelhead Reintroduction Program Showing Low Sockeye Return In 2013Work done to reintroduce salmon and steelhead to the upper reaches of central Oregon’s Deschutes …2013/10/042013-10-04 14:19:12
Removal Of Unused Dam In Northern Idaho Reopens Prime Spawning Habitat For Listed SteelheadDutch Flat Dam, a 10-foot barrier built nearly a century ago to provide drinking water …2013/09/272013-09-27 21:28:53
Corps Plans Test Drawdown At South Santiam’s Foster Dam For Improving Chinook, Steelhead SurvivalThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to draw down the reservoir feeding west central …2013/09/272013-09-27 21:25:58
High Toxicity Levels In Resident Fish From Bonneville To McNary Prompts Fish Consumption WarningsOregon and Washington health officials this week issued fish consumption advisories for certain species from …2013/09/272013-09-27 21:21:01
Mysterious Photo of George Perry’s Legendary Largemouth Potentially Uncovered | OutdoorHubMysterious Photo of George Perry’s Legendary Largemouth Potentially Uncovered OutdoorHub Reporters Daniel Xu + | …2013/06/132013-06-13 15:13:28
Beaver Attack: Angler Killed by Rodent in Belarus | Field & StreamA fisherman on a trip with two friends to Lake Shestakov in Balarus bled to …2013/04/122013-04-12 18:42:30
Adrenaline rushMakes you want to run right out and buy a kayak… Like this:Like Loading...2013/04/112013-04-11 07:33:39
Multnomah County Proposes New Gun Restrictions – Oregon Firearms FederationMultnomah County Proposes New Gun Restrictions03.26.13Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury has proposed numerous new gun …2013/03/262013-03-26 19:23:11
PFMC Ocean Salmon Alternatives AvailableThe Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has just finalized and made available Preseason Report II …2013/03/202013-03-20 14:11:09
#1 Building an Offshore Boat To Target Tuna & Other Pelagic SpeciesI have always wanted to build a boat and after owning factory built boats and …2013/03/18, 2013-03-18 09:39:46
Ocean Salmon Recreational Season – Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Action Notice3/9/13 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management …2013/03/112013-03-11 11:06:21
PFMC Report Shows Potential For Good Ocean Fishing With Strong Fall Chinook Returns In Calif., NWVia Columbia Basin Bulletin Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 (PST) Fishing prospects this summer …2013/03/012013-03-01 21:40:27
Oregon Appeals Court Halts Implementation Of Lower Columbia Gill-Net Ban, Will Hear Legal ArgumentsOregon Appeals Court Halts Implementation Of Lower Columbia Gill-Net Ban, Will Hear Legal Arguments Posted …2013/02/272013-02-27 15:29:52
OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: 2013 PRE-SEASON PLANNINGThe 2013 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2013. …2013/02/262013-02-26 18:57:20
Massive Gun Ban Introduced – Oregon Firearms FederationTwo days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms …2013/02/232013-02-23 10:07:11
Northwest States Finding Plenty Of Boats Contaminated With Mussels At Inspection SitesNorthwest States Finding Plenty Of Boats Contaminated With Mussels At Inspection Sites Posted on Friday, …2013/02/222013-02-22 20:58:59
Comcast Drops all Gun Related AdvertizingLooks like it is time to look at the other entertainment options especially those that …2013/02/212013-02-21 09:33:38
Gun rights are under attack Via Hornady.comHornady.com Gun rights are under attack. We need to speak up and make our voices …2013/02/182013-02-18 14:53:22
Woman Shoots Gun For First Time To Save Dog From Mountain Lion « CBS DenverEVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado woman shot a gun for the first time in …2013/02/152013-02-15 15:03:46
Dear Dr. PhilDear Dr. Phil When I retired, I couldn’t wait to spend time bass fishing. I …2013/02/132013-02-13 19:00:54
Pacific NW Sportsman’s ShowIf you are looking for something to do today or tomorrow, check out the PNW …2013/02/092013-02-09 09:47:04
Low Spring Chinook Returns, Wild And Hatchery, Prompt Fishing Closures For Deschutes, Kalama, Lewis via Columbia Basin BulletinColumbia Basin Bulletin Posted on Friday, February 08, 2013 (PST) Fisheries managers have announced that …2013/02/092013-02-09 09:07:24
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Regulation ChangesColumbia Zone News: States set spring chinook, sturgeon seasons for Columbia and Willamette rivers Willamette …2013/02/042013-02-04 09:03:59
Pacific NW Sportsmen’s Show This Coming WeekI am headed up to the show this coming week to work the Kokanee Power …2013/02/032013-02-03 21:06:41
Rough Water Seamanship Part II: Boat Handling By David PascoeI felt that Part 1 was very informative, especially for those just starting out who …2013/01/282013-01-28 17:36:57
Columbia River Sturgeon And Smelt: Consistently Low Populations Lead To Severe Harvest Restrictions (Columbia Basin Bulletin)Via Columbia Basin Bulletin Columbia River Sturgeon And Smelt: Consistently Low Populations Lead To Severe …2013/01/262013-01-26 13:12:26
2013 Halibut Quota Set and Public Meeting AnnouncementThe International Pacific Halibut Commission set the quotas for Pacific halibut for 2013 at their …2013/01/262013-01-26 12:59:44
I had a dream last night…I was fishing offshore for tuna, out on big blue. The rest of the crew …2013/01/242013-01-24 08:21:51
A testimonial for your book (The Kokanee Obsession)Dear Mr. Cannon, This is a testimonial to you and your book.  I hope you’ll …2013/01/24, , 2013-01-24 07:51:13
Fish Caught Near Fukushima over 2,500 Times Normal Radiation Levels – OutdoorHub.comFish Caught Near Fukushima over 2,500 Times Normal Radiation Levelsby Outdoor Hub Reporters on January …2013/01/232013-01-23 05:55:07
Rough Water Seamanship Part I: Boat HandlingVery often novice boaters head out on nice, calm sunny days only to find that …2013/01/152013-01-15 20:59:50
Read John Noveske’s last Facebook postThis is the last post John Noveske made on his Facebook page before he was …2013/01/112013-01-11 12:24:03
Prominent rifle manufacturer killed in mysterious car crash days after posting psych drug link to school shootersConspiracy? Or is there more to this than meets the eye… (NaturalNews) What you are …2013/01/112013-01-11 12:22:07
The Weapons and Violence Conundrum: Let’s Approach the Problem with FactsThis is a very good article which probably will not see daylight in the mainstream …2013/01/082013-01-08 08:07:04
Feinstein’s New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)–author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of …2013/01/052013-01-05 09:29:43
Gill-netters challenge Oregon’s plans to bump them off Columbia River’s main stem | OregonLive.comScott Learn, The Oregonian By Scott Learn, The Oregonian on January 04, 2013 at 4:06 …2013/01/042013-01-04 20:40:48
Old AbeOld Abe I don’t much recall old Abe’s last name, but I do remember standing …2013/01/04, , , 2013-01-04 15:54:37
Brownells Sells Over Three Years’ Worth of AR Magazines in Under 72 Hours – OutdoorHub.comBrownells Sells Over Three Years’ Worth of AR Magazines in Under 72 Hours by Outdoor …2013/01/042013-01-04 10:24:38
States Approve White Sturgeon Fishery In Bonneville Pool Jan. 1-Feb. 10 Or Until 1,150 FishStates Approve White Sturgeon Fishery In Bonneville Pool Jan. 1-Feb. 10 Or Until 1,150 Fish …2012/12/262012-12-26 12:17:51
Reports: UK Retailer Starting to Lift Age Ban on Outdoors Magazines, PETA Attempts US Ban – OutdoorHub.comIn the beginning of October, one of the United Kingdom’s largest retailers of books and …2012/11/202012-11-20 09:50:22
British Retailer Bans Sale of Sportsmen’s Magazines to Minors – OutdoorHub.comHounded by animal rights activists, one of the United Kingdom’s largest retailers of books and …2012/10/172012-10-17 08:37:48
Vance Staplin landing a Sac KingNice little video shot by Vance’s brother. Dang I sure love the singing of line …2012/08/212012-08-21 16:16:01
The Best Lake Trout Fishery in the World?I have spent many days chasing trophy lake trout from the high mountain lakes of …2012/08/212012-08-21 12:51:01
Survey: Many Science Teachers, Including In PNW, Release Aquatic Invasive Species Into EnvironmentSurvey: Many Science Teachers, Including In PNW, Release Aquatic Invasive Species Into Environment Posted on …2012/08/152012-08-15 22:15:59
WDFW Kills Wolf After Non-Lethal Efforts Fail To Break Predation Pattern; 8 Confirmed Packs In StateWDFW Kills Wolf After Non-Lethal Efforts Fail To Break Predation Pattern; 8 Confirmed Packs In …2012/08/142012-08-14 06:00:41
When That Supermarket Labels Salmon ‘Wild’ Is It Really? Or Is It Hatchery-Wild ‘Hybrid’?When That Supermarket Labels Salmon ‘Wild’ Is It Really? Or Is It Hatchery-Wild ‘Hybrid’? Posted …2012/08/132012-08-13 06:00:41
Kitzhaber Proposes Transition Plan To Move Non-Tribal Gill-Nets From Mainstem To Off Channel AreasKitzhaber Proposes Transition Plan To Move Non-Tribal Gill-Nets From Mainstem To Off Channel Areas Posted …2012/08/112012-08-11 22:04:12
Replacing an Axle on an Alumaweld/Rogue TrailerLast spring, coming down from the lake I heard this terrible squealing every time I …2012/08/032012-08-03 09:19:53
A Brief Preview of my latest book Project: ShooterThe Southern Oregon spring sunshine beat down upon the mountain valley leaving waves of blurry …2012/08/01, 2012-08-01 18:57:13
The Good, The Bad and The UglyThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I was browsing through my blog the other …2012/08/012012-08-01 13:24:59
Kayak Fisherman’s Great White Shark Encounter in CaliforniaWe need some more of these off the coast of Oregon to take down our …2012/07/312012-07-31 12:43:54
Canadian Guide Puts Brit Angler on Gigantic 1,000lb, 100-Year-Old Sturgeon | Field & StreamThe white sturgeon is the largest freshwater gamefish in North America, and a nearly 13-foot-long …2012/07/282012-07-28 15:58:31
Jumping Mako Shark Caught on a Fly!!!Warning, there is some graphic language, but there is also some awesome footage!   Like …2012/07/252012-07-25 16:47:27
My hook Tying RantIn the last couple of years, there have been a rash of new small business …2012/07/122012-07-12 06:00:14
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any better, Humminbird comes out with new …2012/07/112012-07-11 09:31:24
Blade Bait or Jigging Spoon? BOTH!Mack’s Lure, of Wenatchee WA, proudly introduces the Sonic BaitFish (SBF), a revolutionary patent pending …2012/06/252012-06-25 10:15:07
Wickiup 2012I just returned from Wickiup Reservoir in Central Oregon. I have not had time to …2012/06/192012-06-19 10:06:01
Heading to Central Oregon’s High Lakes for a Week of Premier Kokanee FishngI am headed East for some of Oregon’s best kokanee fishing. I am not planning …2012/06/09, 2012-06-09 07:21:33
Another Live interview with Duane Inglin this weekend on ESPN 710 AM SeattleI will be speaking with Duane Inglin this Saturday (tomorrow) about the kokanee fishing here …2012/06/082012-06-08 17:19:24
For First Time, More Stellar Sea Lions (ESA-Listed) Than California Sea Lions In Lower ColumbiaFrom bad to worse! We have had a serious California Sea Lion problem for several …2012/06/042012-06-04 06:00:23
Judge Denies Injunction Halting Sea Lion Lethal Removal; Harm Tilts Toward ESA Salmonid StocksDo I hear a big Yee Haw! Some may call me red neck, the rest …2012/06/012012-06-01 16:22:12
Lake ChelanHi gang, Chelan is starting, the fish averaged 15” with a lot of them hitting …2012/05/282012-05-28 08:52:16
HiatusI have decided to take a two-week break from writing my fishing and hunting blog. …2012/05/242012-05-24 12:49:30
Contrast and KokaneeThere is much to be said for contrast in your presentations to our favorite fickle …2012/05/172012-05-17 06:00:27
Kokanee Derby TacticsMany are intimidated by the thought of trying their hand at derby fishing. I can …2012/05/142012-05-14 09:53:59
Outdoor GPS TVI will be talking with Cody Herman this Saturday about the kokanee situation around the …2012/05/102012-05-10 17:50:03
The Kokanee Bite is On!Well, the word on the street is that the kokanee bite is well underway with …2012/05/102012-05-10 17:34:09
Live interview with Duane Inglin this weekend on ESPN 710 AM SeattleI will be doing a live interview this weekend with Duane Inglin on 710 ESPN …2012/05/032012-05-03 08:48:01
NW Outdoor RadioI will be appearing (voice only) on John Kruse’s NW Outdoor Radio Show in a …2012/05/032012-05-03 08:31:34
American Lake & the Wounded Veterans Fishing Program Sat. 4-28There is nothing that I appreciate more than our men and women who give up …2012/05/032012-05-03 06:00:28
Vance Staplin Kokanee and Trout Seminar at Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview WAMy friend Vance Staplin of Vance’s Tackle and Rainbow Plastics fame will be in Longview …2012/05/022012-05-02 21:33:39
A day of Infamy in Kokanee/Trout Derby HistoryThere has been much debate in recent years about whether or not to allow jigging …2012/04/292012-04-29 22:21:29
Kokanee Kid Fishing and a few of his offeringsYou may have heard about our fabled Kokanee Kid and his record catches. Well, the …2012/04/252012-04-25 23:03:46
3 Steps to Rejuvenate Old Plastic BaitsHere is an excellent tip from one of California’s top guides. I wish I had …2012/04/242012-04-24 10:44:11
Spring Kokanee MagicLast spring, one of the things that worked real well for me was taking the …2012/04/19, 2012-04-19 22:20:38
Double Trouble Salmon SpinnerNot too long ago I previewed Victoria’s Tackle Secrets X-15 spinner. Well it seems that …2012/04/162012-04-16 19:58:38
Green Peter Derby Kokanee is Coming Up Fast!Green Peter Kokanee Derby I am not sure how many of you have fished a …2012/04/122012-04-12 20:38:39
I got a job and it still hurts!Yeah, I know having a job is a big deal especially in these jobless times …2012/04/082012-04-08 19:32:24
A Kokanee Fishing Rod is BornGraphite fishing rod blanks are made of carbon fiber composites produced by the chemical industry …2012/03/292012-03-29 10:10:06
Sea Lion Removal begins Anew at Bonneville DamOn Thursday U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg denied a request that sea lion …2012/03/262012-03-26 14:13:32
Preview of GVF Lures SpinnersFor those of you who know me, it will come as no shock that I …2012/03/19, 2012-03-19 06:00:03
More new Kokanee tackle coming for 2012!I recently received some real cool spinners from GVF Lures of Garden Valley California. These …2012/03/16, 2012-03-16 09:06:29
Montana Holds Back Support For Lake Trout Netting On Flathead Lake; Wants More Public ReviewThe following article published in the Columbia Basin Bulletin brings to front some very controversial …2012/03/15, 2012-03-15 06:00:51
Washington Kokanee Power fades back into Non-ExistenceI have been rooting for Washington to have the opportunity to experience a kokanee fishing …2012/03/122012-03-12 06:00:25
Downrigger SetbackOne thing that is constantly up for debate is the setback to your dodger from …2012/03/082012-03-08 06:00:34
Shasta Tackle’s new Sling Blade Preview  If you like spinner blades with the foil look, you will love these! One …2012/03/052012-03-05 06:00:48
New Shasta Tackle’s Teaser GrubsNew Shasta Tackle’s Teaser Grubs By Kent Cannon A few years ago, I was trying …2012/03/012012-03-01 21:30:57
Got Those Kokanee Blues!Like many of you I attended the NW Sportsman’s show in Portland a few weeks …2012/02/272012-02-27 06:00:24
British Columbia Pilot Project To Test Raising Farmed Salmon In Land-Based TanksGreat article on how to solve the impact of farmed fish on our wild stocks! …2012/02/23, 2012-02-23 06:00:49
Platypus Super 100 Line Review By Kent CannonA little over one year ago, I was contacted by an distributor friend from up …2012/02/20, , 2012-02-20 06:00:59
My Fishing and Hunting Bucket ListI have been blessed with a life based in the outdoors. I have hunted and/or …2012/02/16, , 2012-02-16 06:00:25
Tackle Preview: “WannaFish a Lure” hoochies and spinnersTackle Preview WannaFish a Lure by Kent Cannon Here are a few tackle items worth …2012/02/132012-02-13 06:00:54
Tackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee by Kent CannonTackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee By: Kent Cannon I was introduced to these neat …2012/02/092012-02-09 06:00:25
The Kokanee ObsessionIf you are looking for a primer on everything kokanee, Kent Cannon’s excellent book titled …2012/02/082012-02-08 08:17:22
The 2012 PDX Sportsmen’s Showby: Kent Cannon Every year, one of the must attend events is the “Pacific Northwest …2012/02/062012-02-06 06:00:21
My Change of VenueI have been holding off on announcing this, at least until I had some personal …2012/02/03, 2012-02-03 15:26:11
Extreme Fish Porn: 30-Pound Steelhead Edition!Extreme Fish Porn: 30-Pound Steelhead Edition! by JD on February 2, 2012 OMG! OMG! OMG! …2012/02/032012-02-03 12:49:02
Tackle Review; Victoria’s Tackle X-15 by Kent Cannon NW Outdoor WriterI received this group from a fishing buddy from down South. Randy Bergquist (who is …2012/02/022012-02-02 06:00:10
New Tackle for 2012 From Anglers MarketI just received a passel of cool looking kokanee tackle to try out in the …2012/01/30, 2012-01-30 06:00:41
My Summer Kokanee Seminar ScheduleI am now booking my seminar schedule for the spring and summer kokanee classes. If …2012/01/27, 2012-01-27 11:22:44
My Mack’s HatDuring the course of the year, I end up with lots of logo gear. I …2012/01/262012-01-26 06:00:06
Columbia River Gill nets and their effect on the fisheryI have reviewed articles for years on the effect of the commercial gill net fishery …2012/01/23, 2012-01-23 06:00:34
Save Our Columbia Fishing; Action AlertPlease take action now to increase sportfishing seasons and catch, protect wild fish, and help …2012/01/202012-01-20 13:45:51
20-Pound Steelhead from the Chetco RiverBy Tony Sepulveda I’ve spent the last week on the Smith and Chetco Rivers. The …2012/01/192012-01-19 06:00:24
Tackle Review: Shasta Tackle’s Flasher ReleaseThis month’s hot tackle review is Shasta Tackle’s “Shasta Flasher Release.” This is a unique …2012/01/16, 2012-01-16 14:53:15
Heading Up to the Portland Boat Show!I am heading up to the Portland Boat show this Friday! I have literally been …2012/01/122012-01-12 12:33:25
Kokanee Power of WashingtonFor those of you who have been waiting on the fence, Kokanee Power of Washington …2012/01/112012-01-11 09:20:23
My Favorite Fishing and Hunting Sites and Shows      When I am not fishing or hunting, I am usually doing research, …2012/01/092012-01-09 14:30:04
Downrigger Weights, Gadgets and Gizmo’sA few years ago, I noticed at a kokanee derby that some of the guys …2012/01/042012-01-04 11:56:41
Home Made Dodger RetainerEarly last year, I ended up partnering with a fellow (Kokonuts AKA Richard Kennedy) that …2012/01/03, 2012-01-03 10:18:59
Sep’s Profishing Strikemaster Dodger ReviewWhen testing new tackle, I like to take it out and use it over the …2011/12/292011-12-29 20:36:21
Teen seriously injured after shooting self on hunting tripPARMA, Idaho – A 13-year-old teen has been hospitalized after shooting himself in the shoulder …2011/12/242011-12-24 14:38:16
Tie Talk: Unique Fly Tying Materials | Field & Streamby Tim Romano Jay Zimmerman, our resident tying guru dishes on one of his favorite …2011/12/232011-12-23 16:13:14
Senator Suzanne Bonamici resigned her Oregon Senate seatAs you know, Senator Suzanne Bonamici resigned her Oregon Senate seat to seek the Congressional …2011/12/222011-12-22 15:47:34
It’s All About FlashGang Trolls, otherwise known as Pop Gear; were designed to flash in the light imitating …2011/12/212011-12-21 14:57:34
Imnaha Wolf Pack Kills Yearling Heifer; ODFW Says Pack In ‘Pattern Of Chronic Depredation’Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed this week that another cow was killed by …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:28:33
Oregon Attorney General Issues Modified Ballot Title Proposing Non-Tribal Gillnet BanA proposed Oregon ballot initiative that would ban the use of non-Indian gillnets in the …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:25:42
Washington Gears Up To Stop Non-Native Northern Pike From Invading Columbia Basin Salmon CountryConcerned about the spread of northern pike in Washington waters, the Washington Department of Fish …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:23:19
Record 2012 Returns Predicted For Sockeye, 462,000; Upper Columbia Summer Chinook, 92,100Early forecasts by fishery officials predict strong Columbia-Snake river salmon returns almost across the board …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:20:59
Columbia River Fishery Managers Predict Strong Spring, Summer, Fall Chinook Returns For 2012Columbia River Fishery Managers Predict Strong Spring, Summer, Fall Chinook Returns For 2012 Posted on …2011/12/162011-12-16 20:18:48
Need a 2nd Hook on Spoon in a Hurry?This is how to quickly create a double hook setup without having to learn to …2011/12/152011-12-15 12:22:03
Stainless Steel or Braid for Your DownriggerOver the last few years there has been much debate over the pro’s and con’s …2011/12/13, 2011-12-13 05:03:31
Is it a Kokanee or a Chinook???Telling the difference between Kokanee and Chinook or Coho One of the recurring questions that …2011/12/122011-12-12 10:37:09
Oregon Elections Division Certifies Two Proposed Non-Indian Gill-Net Ban Initiative TitlesThe Oregon Elections Division on Thursday released two “certified” initiative titles for proposals that would, …2011/12/112011-12-11 11:36:44
It seems that USA Today didn’t like the results of their last Poll…PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS! LET THE POWERS THAT BE KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! TAKES 10 SECONDS …2011/12/112011-12-11 10:02:03
NOAA Releases New Scientific Integrity Policy To Protect Findings From Being ‘Suppressed, Distorted,NOAA Releases New Scientific Integrity Policy To Protect Findings From Being ‘Suppressed, Distorted, Posted on …2011/12/102011-12-10 18:07:56
Adjusting the Shasta Tackle Ultra ReleaseThe Shasta Tackle Ultra Release is proving to be one of the better Kokanee downrigger …2011/12/082011-12-08 19:52:09
Spoon Mod’s The Rest of the Story…It seems that the more complicated that you make something, the more chance it will …2011/12/062011-12-06 23:02:37
Adding a Dbl Hook Set to a SpoonI started in on a project that has been brewing in my mind for about …2011/12/062011-12-06 09:35:53
Still Bait Fishing for KokaneeStill fishing bait for kokanee is done in much the same fashion as jigging only …2011/12/032011-12-03 12:08:18
Spot and Stalk. Really?I just got done chilling on the couch, waiting for the turkey that is roasting …2011/11/24, , 2011-11-24 18:54:06
Kokanee Power WashingtonWhile working the Portland Sportsman’s Show last February, I had the privilege of talking to …2011/11/232011-11-23 18:50:07
Lake Sammamish UpdateLast week I wrote about the once populous kokanee in Lake Sammamish disappearing or at …2011/11/232011-11-23 18:46:27
Oregon Angling Rule ChangesThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the process of collecting and reviewing …2011/11/232011-11-23 17:37:20
A Texas kid’s first Bow and Arrow setLife as a child growing up in Texas …. Around age 10 my dad got …2011/11/112011-11-11 18:40:31
Idaho Woman Makes Defensive Wolf KillI did not write this article, it was written by Alannah Allbrett regarding a wolf attack …2011/11/082011-11-08 17:27:37
For First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries ProgramsFor First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries Programs Posted on Friday, November …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:25:20
First Of Four Steelhead Stocking Efforts In Boise River Begins Next WeekFirst Of Four Steelhead Stocking Efforts In Boise River Begins Next Week Posted on Friday, …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:23:27
BPA Funds Help Estuary Partnership Open Tidal Wetlands For Salmon HabitatBPA Funds Help Estuary Partnership Open Tidal Wetlands For Salmon Habitat Posted on Friday, November …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:22:20
ODFW Recommends $2.5 Million In BPA Funding For Seven Willamette Basin MOA ProjectsODFW Recommends $2.5 Million In BPA Funding For Seven Willamette Basin MOA Projects Posted on …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:19:39
Report Shows Global Warming Causing Huge, Fast Tree Species Migration In WestReport Shows Global Warming Causing Huge, Fast Tree Species Migration In West Posted on Friday, …2011/11/052011-11-05 12:04:51
Northern Pikeminnow Reward Program Snags 155,000 Fish; Top Angler Earns $66,478Northern Pikeminnow Reward Program Snags 155,000 Fish; Top Angler Earns $66,478 Posted on Friday, November …2011/11/052011-11-05 11:30:55
Judge Upholds Restrictions, Buffer Zones For Pesticides Used Near West Coast Salmon HabitatJudge Upholds Restrictions, Buffer Zones For Pesticides Used Near West Coast Salmon Habitat Posted on …2011/11/052011-11-05 11:29:08
Adult Chinook Transported Above Condit Dam Before Blast ‘Highly Successful’ With SpawningAdult Chinook Transported Above Condit Dam Before Blast ‘Highly Successful’ With Spawning Posted on Friday, …2011/11/052011-11-05 11:24:34
Wake Up Guys! I Think “We” Northwest Fishermen Have a Major ProblemIn an article I posted earlier on this blog by Outdoor News Inc., “MN: Wolf-delisting …2011/11/032011-11-03 11:57:50
MN: Wolf-delisting legislation piles up in Congress – Outdoor News, Inc: NewsWashington – Whether or not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes gray wolves from …2011/11/032011-11-03 10:46:58
Trolling Rednecks – pete.com – StumbleUponTrolling Rednecks – pete.com – StumbleUpon. Like this:Like Loading...2011/11/032011-11-03 08:34:32
My dad taught me cashflow with a soda machineby robfitz · October 28, 2011 After a brief, failed experiment paying me to do …2011/11/022011-11-02 17:42:43
Rubber Band Trick for fishing the Tide WaterEvery once in a while, a great idea comes down the pike that really works. …2011/11/022011-11-02 10:59:41
Model 998 Humminbird Fish Finder ReviewEarlier in the year, I decided it was time to upgrade my fish finder to …2011/11/012011-11-01 13:37:01
Don’t Be That Guy!I rolled into one of our local lakes with one of my kids and a …2011/11/012011-11-01 08:48:20
Condit Dam Breaching in Slow MotionThis is way cool! That noise you just heard was the start of the Condit …2011/10/312011-10-31 17:06:32
Working on Multiple Writing Projects Without Loosing Touch with QualityHave you ever had a good idea while driving down the road or sitting in …2011/10/31, 2011-10-31 14:28:50
50 Things Successful People Have in Common…August 18, 2008 50 Things Successful People Have in Common… Self-help books are an amazing …2011/10/302011-10-30 15:52:28
Portage Bear Attack while duck huntingPortage Bear Attack (while duck hunting) Good Morning, Let me tell you I am very …2011/10/282011-10-28 20:09:10
Forest Service Issues Preferred Alternative On Fire Retardant For Water AreasForest Service Issues Preferred Alternative On Fire Retardant For Water Areas Posted on Friday, October …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:07:43
ODFW Says New Wolf Pack In Northeast Oregon; 23 Wolves Now Known Minimum NumberODFW Says New Wolf Pack In Northeast Oregon; 23 Wolves Now Known Minimum Number Posted …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:05:08
Researchers Plot Path, Timing Of Japan Tsunami Debris Mass Headed For Oregon, Washington, HawaiiResearchers Plot Path, Timing Of Japan Tsunami Debris Mass Headed For Oregon, Washington, Hawaii Posted …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:03:33
Alaska Dept. Of Fish And Game Monitoring Reported Evidence Of Virus Exposure In B.C. Sockeye SalmonAlaska Dept. Of Fish And Game Monitoring Reported Evidence Of Virus Exposure In B.C. Sockeye …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:02:32
NOAA’s Sea Lion Task Force Again Discusses Lethal Removal Below Bonneville DamNOAA’s Sea Lion Task Force Again Discusses Lethal Removal Below Bonneville Dam Posted on Friday, …2011/10/282011-10-28 17:00:08
Blast Drains Condit Dam’s Reservoir On White Salmon River; Dam Structure Removal Set For Spring 2012Blast Drains Condit Dam’s Reservoir On White Salmon River; Dam Structure Removal Set For Spring …2011/10/282011-10-28 16:58:36
The Story of Rupert Mills by Outdoor Writer Kent CannonThe Story of Rupert Mills Rupert Mills was a slight man, but for every ounce …2011/10/28, , 2011-10-28 15:06:25
Fish Tasting Radioactive Lately? This Plate Can Help | Field & StreamJust in time for the holidays, German designer Nils Ferber has unveiled a dinner plate …2011/10/282011-10-28 11:05:47
No more cigars as we know them? That means no cigars out on the water…The Kokanee Obsession I usually don’t like to politicize my site, but the FDA is …2011/10/262011-10-26 18:38:02
New for 2012, the latest and greatest kokanee tackle is coming!!I have been busy speaking with the kokanee tackle producers about what new things are …2011/10/262011-10-26 16:00:10

About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!
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