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    Re: Bodega first time Dungeness

    Don't forget to check the dates on your flairs, if they are outdated they will also nail you. Had a boat at SpudPoint for 14 years and will admit, they got me on the "Date" of the flairs, can't remember how much it cost, but was not cheap. Live at Tahoe now and have been checked several times, but have never been asked about my flairs, not sure why.Good LuckHercules

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    Re: Bodega first time Dungeness

    Quote Originally Posted by C U FISHING View Post
    He did ask if I had any flares ...
    Thx for your reply.

    I just checked "Required Boat Safety Equipment' that list "Flares" but not specifically "Flare Gun".


    Visual Distress Signals (Coastal Waters Only):
    All boats 16 feet or more in length must carry devices aboard at all times. Boaters must carry at least one of the following devices that are suitable for day or night use:
    • Hand red Flare, distress signals
    • Floating orange smoke distress signals (day)
    • Pistol projected parachute red flare distress signals
    • Hand-held rocket-propelled parachute red
    • Hand-held orange smoke distress signals (day only)
    • Distress signal for boats, red aerial pyrotechnic flare
    • Orange flag (day)
    • Electric distress light for boat (night)


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    Re: Bodega first time Dungeness

    He did ask if I had any flares which I do have an emergency kit that includes: flares sticks, a flare gun and flare bullets the size of a shotgun shells that I showed it to them. I don’t know if it is the law to have on board. He also asked to see a whistle which I also have. The only thing he didn’t ask but I assume because it was visible on the back on my passenger chair is throwable Floating cushion.

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    Re: Bodega first time Dungeness

    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalNative View Post
    How cool going solo. That's been my MO lately - solo fishing the ocean and bay.

    What all did the coast guard check for? I have everything but the flare gun and wondering what they'd have me do without it.
    They'll have you bend over and ....j/k .

    As far as going solo, why not post an open seat on the "hitch hiker" forum?

    This is the second time I read, "Flare Gun". I didn't check but is this a new requirement?


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    Re: Bodega first time Dungeness

    How cool going solo. That's been my MO lately - solo fishing the ocean and bay.

    What all did the coast guard check for? I have everything but the flare gun and wondering what they'd have me do without it.
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    Re: Bodega first time Dungeness

    Sorry to hear about the lost pot. As you must of gathered, go out a little further to get out of thieves reach.


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    Bodega first time Dungeness

    Well this was my first time Dungeness crabbing at Bodega Bay. Got to the campsite @ Doran on Friday evening by myself since wife started a new job and didn’t want to request for time off. Launched the boat solo @ 6 AM with many other boaters in the dark. Navigated out to deep water 150-180’, dropped 4 pots in a string and came back in to shallow 50-80’ with the fleet of pots. As I was about to drop my last pot Coast Guard aboard my boat to check my safety equipment. All was good but one very important thing that l knew and didn’t switched out the Fire Extinguisher which I have a new one in my gear backpack that I left in my truck since I was hurrying up to launch and park the truck . So they wrote me up and had to escort me in to the ramp. Good timing as my friends show up at the dock to hold the boat for me to retrieve my gear backpack. We pulled the deep 3 pots after 3 hours of soak for empty pots, the 4th one was MIA. Relocated them next to the shallow pots. Total of Dungeness was 20 and about 40 Rocks for Saturday and half day Sunday. Sunday morning pulled up around 10 and got back late to clean out campsite since I had to help tow a boat back to Westside Ramp. The crabbing was not great but enough for my friends & their wives enjoying eating at the campsite. Hope next year will be better since I booked again a year in advanced.

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