Feb 212015

It’s the middle of winter here and the excitement level is not exactly at a fever pitch right now but things are happening. If you are a regular visitor to this blog or the watermanatwork.com website, you know that there are a lot of photos and videos and not a lot of text. Unfortunately, the big photos and video do not work well with four inch mobile phones, so we are designing the watermanatwork.com website to work perfectly on mobile devices. This takes a lot of mind-numbing computer coding where a single character out of place causes big problems, so it’s taking a little time.

watermanatwork.com mobile website

Not much going on here this time of year; the weather is usually rain and 40°F and there’s not much snow in the mountains, so we are parked in front of the computer working on the new mobile website. Once we get the new mobile website finished, we can get back to the photos and videos that need to be edited and uploaded. Even if it seems like nothing is happening, there is, it just takes a little time before you can see the results.

Feb 042015

Since fishing kayaks are fairly expensive, you may want to know how long a kayak is going to last. Even if you don’t keep the kayak yourself for five or ten years, it’s important to know how durable a kayak is as far as resale value goes if you choose to sell it.

When I got my Hobie Quest fishing kayak in 2005, I had already been kayak fishing for a few years so I knew what I wanted in a kayak. I started fishing out of the Quest on the Pacific Ocean and later, on the rivers and lakes of the Pacific Northwest. When conditions permitted, I would go kayak fishing whenever I could, often two or three times a week. When I go fishing, whether the fish are biting or not, I like to fish all day; on the water before sunrise and in as it gets dark, so the kayak has seen more than average use. I like to find the not easily accessed and more remote areas, so it’s only a small part of the time where I am launching from a ramp or beach.

Click HERE for the Hobie Quest review after ten years of fishing

We did a video review of how the Hobie Quest has held up under ten years of solid fishing use in some of the more rugged conditions a kayak fisherman is likely to find. Click HERE or on the photo above to check out the video.

The watermanatwork.com editing team is hard at work and there will be more videos up on the website shortly, so keep checking in.

Jan 182015

It looks like the maintenance on our servers is complete and we are back in business. Seems a little slow to me, but hopefully they will get things dialed in.

Thanks for your patience.

Jan 132015

The watermanatwork.com website servers will be down for maintenance on January 17, 2014 at 6:00PM PST. This maintenance will take about twelve hours and both the watermanatwork.com website and this blog will be offline.

Sorry for the downtime, but you know, computers.

Jan 082015

Have you ever said to yourself; “Gee, I sure wish I knew an easy and inexpensive way to cure salmon eggs”? Well, it’s your lucky day! We have just uploaded step by step instructions on how to cure salmon eggs. You’ll find out how to cure salmon eggs using the time tested “3-2-1 Cure”; a simple and effective egg cure used by generations of Pacfic Northwest salmon fishermen. Click HERE or on the photo below to go to the Curing Salmon Eggs web page.

Click HERE to go to the Curing Salmon Eggs web page

If you don’t want to read the easy directions and look at the photos on the web page, there is also a Curing Salmon Eggs video.

Stay tuned for more good stuff from WatermanAtWork!

Dec 312014

All of us here at WatermanAtWork want to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015. 2014 was a great year on the water and in the woods here in the Pacific Northwest, we are hoping for more of the same in 2015.

Happy New Year!!!

Dec 252014

Just to prove that anything and everything can be controversial in today’s world, Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi has been arrested for distributing 3D printer files of her “vagina kayak”.

Artist Megumi Igarashi's controversial vagina kayak

Human genitalia are taboo subjects in Japanese society, but Igarashi has taken it upon herself to change that. Why she picked a kayak to do that is something only she knows. One thing for sure, this has got to be the most unusual and unexpected ways of using a poor, unsuspecting kayak.

What’s next?

Dec 202014

2014 was a great year for salmon fishing from the kayak and the proof is on the watermanatwork.com website. The 2014 Kayak Fishing for Salmon on the Columbia River highlight video has been uploaded to the watermanatwork.com PacNW Kayak Fishing Video collection. There is a lot of great coho and chinook salmon kayak fishing action from the 2014 Fall/Winter salmon fishing season in the Columbia River Gorge.

Click HERE to check out the 2014 Kayak Fishing for Salmon on the Columbia River video

Click HERE or on the photo above to check out the video.

Dec 092014

2014 has been a fantastic year for salmon fishing, especially coho salmon fishing, here in the Columbia River Gorge but I think that the show is just about over. The good news is the coho salmon are still biting and if you know where to go, you can catch plenty of them, the bad news is that most of the fish are pretty dark and not good to eat, so you are pretty much fishing for fun. You might get lucky and catch a more silvery fresh fish, but they are few and far between. Can’t really complain, we are still catching salmon in December instead of sitting at home on the couch. If you love to fish, you’ll get out there whenever you can.

We headed out to one of the local favorite late season fishing holes to try our luck on a cool, gray December day. It’s been raining, so everything is wet and there’s plenty of mud but it’s cold enough in the mountains to freeze the lower elevation rain into ice and snow. The river level has dropped quite a bit from the raging waters we’ve had for most of November that killed a lot of the late season salmon and steelhead fishing on the upper river. We tried casting spinners and a couple plugs, but the fish had no interest in them. We started using coon shrimp and started catching fish immediately. Most of the fish were pretty dark, about five to ten pounds.

Late run coho salmon

We could have kept a few of the fish that weren’t so dark, but the freezer is full of salmon so there is no reason to keep fish that are probably going to be dead in a week.

This time of year, if you know where to go, you can catch just as many fish from the bank as you can from a boat. This is a good thing because the kayak is already in the garage for the winter. These places are not easy to get to and you have to be careful. The banks and rocks are wet and slippery. One misstep and you are going for a swim in a very cold river. Then, you get to hike a mile or so back to your vehicle.

Bank fishing for late season salmon

We had a good day of fishing. Caught eight coho salmon, threw them all back. We lost a few more and had a few strikes without a hookup, a pretty fun day of fishing in December. With the salmon run coming to an end and nasty weather in the forecast, this could be the last salmon caught in 2014.

Last salmon of the season?

If the weather permits, we might try and get out tomorrow for one last day of fishing, but the weather is 50-50 at best. We’ll have to see how it goes.

We are working on the 2014 Kayak Fishing for Salmon video and will try to have it up on the watermanatwork.com website as soon as possible. We’ve got a lot of work lined up for the winter hibernation, there’s going to be a lot of new stuff on the website, so keep checking in.