A couple of things were discussed at the KNFT, 2014-08-26, related to this trip.
1. Safety equipment:
a. Who is carrying what? We can list safety gear here on the forum, with a printed sheet handed to the vehicle drivers at the Malachite meeting point.
2. VHF radios.
a. Having on VHF radio per fishing group will make sure that id we find fish, we can let the others know what we see.
b. It also will let us know if somebody is in trouble, or we see some potentially soft spots in the sand.
c. We may also have a group that will show up on Saturday to join up. VHF on the right frequency will allow them to contact the main group.
a. Friday night we eat out of a can, or cook fresh fish. Bring food! Don’t rely on catching fish to be your only option for dinner. I will bring a stove and an iron skillet, along with oil. I’ll ask somebody else to bring seasonings. Campfires are allowed right now (no burn ban), and we plan to have a fire pit for the evening.
b. Saturday night will be a group meal. Nothing is locked yet. The last couple of years MK and Skip have worked hard on this one, and brought way too much food. Let us see if we can keep it simple, yet enjoy a decent meal together. Suggestions are appreciated.
4. Rod weights
a. I use 8wts most of the time, but at least one of the group wants to through 8”+ streamers in the hopes of a monster, using a 10wt.
5. Fly lines
a. Leave the floating lines at home. In the surf, you’ll wear them more than you’ll cast them. The waves take a floating line wherever it want to.
b. Intermediate lines seem to be a preferred favorite for most
c. I, once again, seem to be the odd man out. I prefer full sink lines for the surf.
a. Conventional wisdom is to let your tire pressure down to be able to move on the sand. I’ll bring a small DC compressor, but hope to never have to use it.
b. 2 cans of “Fix-a-flat” will be part of my safety gear. I’d suggest that other drivers do the same.
7. Meet point and travel time
a. Meet-up at Malachite at 2014-09-12-1100 (Friday, the 12th of September, 2014 at 11:00am)
b. Transload and get ready to travel no later than 1130. Low tide is at about 1130, so travelling down the beach will be good for a few hours, allowing us to get to about MM 30+ before the tide takes the beach.
i. With the VHF radios we may be able to stage our travels with the lead group finding any trouble spots.