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