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Crabfest 2013!

Crabfest will be held on Sunday but we plan on camping and crabbing all weekend. Bring your friends and family to this low key community event. More info to come as things get closer. Just know that its an event you will not want to miss! Also we will have a clinic series about crabbing from your kayak a few weeks before the actual event, here at Headwaters Kayak Shop in Lodi.

Make your reservations: http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_doran.htm

Primary Sponsors: Eddyline, Promar, and The Headwaters Kayak Shop
Supporting Sponsors: Stohlquist, a.bachar, Seattle Sport and more to come…

Date: January 27th, 2013
Location: Doran Beach, Bodega Bay, CA
Jetty day use area

Cost: FREE

Schedule of events:

7:30am (Sunrise) - Registration Begins
7:45am - Derby Begins
12:15pm- Potluck lunch and Crab Feed with donated crab from the event
12:30pm- Weigh-in Deadline
1:15pm - Awards Ceremony and Raffle


1st, 2nd, 3rd Place for biggest Dungeness Crab
Special Prize for biggest Rock Crab

Current Prizes Include: Eddyline Caribbean 12 Kayak, Stohlquist fisherman PFD, Assorted Promar Traps, Heavy Duty Promar Trap from ATD, Ravensblack 5 and 8 pound pyramid anchors, Seattle Sports gear, Grundens Tee's and much more to come....



Rules:

Maximum 4 Traps/Rings per person.
No overnight soaks.
Kayaks only. No Motors Allowed.
Must follow all DFG rules and regulations.

SAFTEY:

I appreciate the comments about Safety posted above. This is the upmost concern for us. Due to the nature of the event, it draws a fair number of first time ocean paddlers. Many of which do not have a self rescue. This is why we are taking precautions to make sure everyone is safe and has a great experience at Crabfest. (even if that means not getting on the water) I would like to address a few comments and explain Victor and I's plans for Safety at the event.

*First and most important thing: WE CAN NOT STOP YOU FROM DOING SOMETHING STUPID. What I mean by this is ultimately you are in control on wether you decide to hit the water or not, or wether you go out solo or not, or go around the jetty to the open ocean. Everyone has their own comfort level, but please don't paddle over your head. We want everyone to push themselves but please stick to the rules laid out on this post.

*Always three when at sea: This is a rule we teach in Sea Kayaking and I think its very applicable to fisherman as well. The buddy system is great, but when things hit the fan its nice to have that extra person to gather up loose gear and support the rescuer in any way they can. It's much easier and efficient when there are to rescuers instead of one. So pick two buddies you want to crab with and keep them within shouting distance at all times.

*Bring a Whistle: This is the easiest way to get someones attention if you hit the drink.

*VHF Radio: Make sure at least one person in your group has a VHF Radio. Keep the lines clear from chatter if something is going down.

*Stay close: Remember you are pulling pots and you don't want to have to paddle/ pedal a super long ways in rough sea's with traps on your deck. (Use good judgement) If you are a first timer, stay right inside the Jetty where we can see you from the beach. We can radio a rescue kayak over to you and in a matter of minute or two have you back on your yak.

*Safety boaters: There will be roughly a dozen or so rescue kayakers on the water during Crabfest. We will try our best to point them out before the tournament. When in doubt stick by one of these paddlers, because they are trained at rescues and will quickly fish you out of the water.

*Keep your deck clear: Don't bring an over abundance of stuff with you on the water. This makes the kayak harder to flip over and can also get you hung up while trying to get off or on the yak.

*DRESS FOR THE SWIM: This means dressing for the water not the weather. 3mm or heavier wet suit with insulating top and splash jacket, or dry top. Better yet a Dry suit/ paddling suit, with warm polypro, or wool layers under. (NEVER COTTON EVER) Having a dry suit does not mean you can wear your favorite jeans. This is a recipe for disaster if you swim. Warm booties, gloves and a cap can also make your time at sea much more comfortable.

*If you can, make it come to the Safety Clinic Saturday AM at 10:00AM. We will be going over buddy rescues in a controlled environment, so you will have the skills to save yourself and your buddies. (The best 3/ 4 hours you will have all weekend)

*Know when to call it: Know your personal comfort zone and don't be afraid to not hit the water, or paddle the bay instead of the ocean. This is not about pride, its about the safety of the group. One bad incident can mean a real bummer for the whole group. Plus the best part of Crabfest is the food, and friends anyways. So use your head and don't be afraid to ask Victor or myself about any questions or concerns you may have. WE are here to make sure every single person has a great time and comes in safe.

If you would like to voulenteer to be a Rescue Asset Please get in touch with Daniel Arbuckle. Phone[masked]

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  • Gail C

    We had a great time, learned a lot, met great people. Thanks Arbuckles, Victor Woolworth, and all the sponsors for organizing such a great annual event! We're ready for more!

    2 · February 1, 2013

  • Trudy B.

    Crabfest was Funtastic!

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Kathy B.

    Awesome!

    January 30, 2013

  • Mary H.

    It was great even with the wind. We were rookies who learned alot from others there. Thanks so much for making this happen.

    January 29, 2013

  • Daniel A.

    I had a great time at Crabfest. It's always great to see people push themselves, and try new things. A lot of people stayed off the water due to the high wind, and those that hit the water stayed in close for the most part. Glad everyone from the LPC played it safe and had a great time. We still caught a ton of crab only a 100+ years off shore.

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Debbie R.

    Thank you Headwaters Kayak Shop, Promar, and all the other sponsors for a truly great day. This was our first time crabbing and we had a blast despite the wind and cold. What a great experience for the kids. We ended up winning a crab trap, a T-shirt, a measuring device, a hat....... Anyway, Thank you and we look forward to more kayaking adventures.

    2 · January 29, 2013

  • Cherie

    Meet some wonderful people, had a great rescue & safety class, and went kayaking in the ocean for crab!

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • Daniel A.

    I have been getting calls all day about wetsuit rentals. I dont rent wetsuits, but this company in Petaluma does. Petaluma sport and dive, on Bodega Rd. 7077630930. They are waiting for your call.

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Daniel A.

    Updated the rules about Safety. Please take the time to read. This is the ocean and conditions may be rougher than last year. Please come prepared to do open water recoveries. (Dress for the Swim)

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • David W.

    had to back out :( new job new hours too soon to make waves. will have to play next year.

    January 22, 2013

    • Daniel A.

      Sorry to miss you David.

      1 · January 22, 2013

  • Daniel A.

    Here is all the info on Crabfest as well as a waiver that is attached on the first page. http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=40973.0

    January 22, 2013

  • Daniel A.

    Primary Sponsors: Eddyline, Promar, and The Headwaters Kayak Shop
    Supporting Sponsors: Stohlquist, a.bachar, Seattle Sport and more to come…

    Date: January 27th, 2013
    Location: Doran Beach, Bodega Bay, CA
    Jetty day use area

    Cost: FREE

    Schedule of events:

    7:30am (Sunrise) - Registration Begins
    7:45am - Derby Begins
    12:15pm- Potluck lunch and Crab Feed with donated crab from the event
    12:30pm- Weigh-in Deadline
    1:15pm - Awards Ceremony and Raffle


    1st, 2nd, 3rd Place for biggest Dungeness Crab
    Special Prize for biggest Rock Crab

    Current Prizes Include: Eddyline Caribbean 12 Kayak, Stohlquist fisherman PFD, Assorted Promar Traps, Heavy Duty Promar Trap from ATD, Ravensblack 5 and 8 pound pyramid anchors, Seattle Sports gear, Grundens Tee's and much more to come....

    Rules:

    Maximum 4 Traps/Rings per person.
    No overnight soaks.
    Kayaks only. No Motors Allowed.
    Must follow all DFG rules and regulations.

    January 19, 2013

  • Randel (Soupy von W.

    An outdoorsy couple lived near Bodega Bay. One morning, the wife said she was going kayaking in the bay. The husband told her to be careful. When she didn’t return that night, he called the authorities, who searched the Bay. They next day, two state troopers appeared at his door. “We have some bad news for you, some good news, and some great news.” “What’s the bad news?” asked the husband, steeling himself. “Your wife drowned in the Bay.” “What’s the good news?” he asked. “When we pulled her up, there were a dozen king crabs and 8 Dungeness crabs clinging to her.” “What’s the great news?” “We’re pulling her up again tomorrow!”

    1 · January 14, 2013

  • Daniel A.

    Hey everyone. I just got off the phone will Jill from Sonoma County Parks and she wanted me to pass along some info about park rules. -No more than 8 people gathered at a single Campsite. (Basically no big parties that keep up other campers. -No Fires on the beach, and Crab cookers must be set up near BBQ's in Day Use are. -No easy ups or awnings. (She said to double check with park ranger when you check in to see if he will allow it.) The general rule is no because of past issues of easy ups blowing away. -No ore than 99 folks for the Crab Feed in the Day use are. So basically we have to cap the event because I think we are pushing close to that # already. Thanks for hearing this out and I look forward to another EPIC Crabfest!

    January 4, 2013

  • Tasha H.

    Hey Dan: I will gladly promote this event through Central Valley SUP'ers & my website...had a few inquiries from our paddlers. Hopefully they will go and meet the awesome folks in your group!!

    January 2, 2013

  • Shannon P.

    Hi Dan, how do we join the tournament? I don't seem to see any links.

    December 22, 2012

  • Cherie

    What is the wind and weather usually like? I have read a few comments online about the wind - does it get cold?

    October 16, 2012

  • Mary H.

    Is anyone staying at the Cove, Gull or Shell campground? Just trying to book a site big enough for our 5th wheel and thought I would check to see where others who couldn't get into Jetty were going.

    October 1, 2012

  • debbie

    thanks victor-i'll try that

    October 2, 2012

  • debbie

    does anyone know what campsites everyone will be at-looks like a big campground and would like to try and reserve a campsite close to everyone else

    October 1, 2012

    • David W.

      my crew got a space in Miwok. still a few spots there.

      October 1, 2012

  • Tyler

    Where does everyone camp ?

    September 30, 2012

  • David W.

    oh god we've created a monster. mentioned this to Shannon and within minutes she had the camp site rented and half of her equipment ordered online. I think she's been spending this morning figuring how to hook a dredge to a Kayak so she gets every bit of sea life out of that bay and into her tummy!

    1 · September 28, 2012

  • Lynn H.

    ~Will post this on Paddle Pushers Calendar too. Thanks for the invite Dan :)

    September 27, 2012

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