Less go bass fishing
General Information: This is a fishing trip. We will head up to the rocks and station there to catch bass. May be boring for those that do not fish. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNERS TRIP. A wind breaker and a cap are recommended. Bring snack food and bottled water or other drinks for hydration.
About us: We are just a group of people, not instructors neither professionals meeting for fun. Nothing strenuous, no long distance paddle. Great if you are beginner, seasonal kayaker or have never done it before.
ORGANIZERS: Paloma & Dean
WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014
MEET WHERE: Millerton Lake, Madera side. Go through gate and follow road around lake until near the end of it. Take dirt road on left going east at Valley Oak campground. This is a little dirt road (very driveable right now) that goes to the left across from the horse staging area toward the lake just before reaching the campground area. Stay to the right mostly on it to reach the water. Stay back from the water about 20-30 feet.
WHAT TIME: 8:00 a.m.
PADDLING DISTANCE: 5 miles total
DIFFICULTY: Easy. We will be paddling in a slow relaxing pace, stopping frequently to try to catch fish.
WHO CAN PADDLE: Any level of kayakers. It is an easy paddle with frequent stops, but you must know how to get back into your kayak to come with us on this trip because when we fish we may not be so close to each other.
WHO IS NOT INVITED: Fast kayakers that are impatient won’t enjoy this trip. Beginners are not welcome because we will be busy and cannot take care of them.
BASIC EQUIPMENT: kayak, paddle, whistle, pfd or life jacket and kayak hatches or air bags. Having a whistle and a life jacket is mandatory by law. According to the rangers you may get a fine if you don't have one. NOTE: if your kayak doesn’t have flotation devices like hatches and buckheads (dry compartments) then, you MUST HAVE AIR BAGS. NEW RULE: If you don’t have a whistle, pfd, kayak hatches or air bags, you won’t be able to paddle with us until you have all that.
FEES: Millerton Lake Park Fees: Day pass per car is $10 and Annual pass is $150 (1 year from the day that you buy it, not calendar year)
HOW TO DRESS: Synthetic clothing is recommended, wet suit better. Dress in layers, it is easier to remove a layer than need the warmth and don't have it. If you don’t have kayak clothes gym pants and shirts are great because they dry very fast and they are not heavy when wet. Rain jacket and pants are also good. Please follow the link to read more about it http://www.meetup.com/Fresno-Kayak-Club/files/
WHAT TO BRING: Two extra change of clothes one to carry around in your kayak and the other to leave in the car and change after we are done. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a snack or lunch (in your kayak).
LUNCH: Bring your lunch and water in your kayak we are going to have a lunch break.
· We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the lake - Madera Side of the Lake.
· We will paddle towards Sky Harbor 3 miles
· Have snack or lunch
· Paddle back
ONCE THE ORGANIZERS SAY WE CAN START PADDLING THESE ARE THE RULES:
• Everybody helps and looks over everybody.
• I know there is no need to say this one but it is for the new people to know and feel comfortable. If we have somebody new please make an effort to learn their name and make them feel welcome.
• Nobody goes away and if you need to go back, leave the group or just go somewhere else while you are paddling you MUST tell one of the organizers your plan.
• If you are too tired and need to stop it is ok, as long as you don’t go behind the back leader. The back leader is going to wait for you, take your time.
• If you need assistance tell one of the organizers.
• If you are too tired to paddle back we have extra ropes and can pull you back.
• In case that you tip over and don’t know what to do, please just relax, wait for assistance and follow instructions. If you pay attention to the mini safety meeting, you will know what is expected for you to do and what to expect from the person that is going to assist you in getting back into/on your kayak.
NOTE: For safety and organization, no last minute show-ups please. We are going to close reservations on Saturday at 9 pm.
REMINDER: You are signing up for a social outing, not a guided tour. None of the organizers are experts or professional guides. No kayaker can expect to receive a professional level of intervention on our events. You are expected to understand the risk inherent in any outdoor activity be prepared to mitigate them on your own behalf. Your RSVP is your agreement that you are participating at your own risk and hold harmless all members of the group including the organizers.
-- HEAVY RAIN WILL CANCEL THIS TRIP –-
NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES WILL BAN YOU FROM THE TRIPS THAT PALOMA & DEAN ORGANIZE