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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 04:05 PM
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I've been spending a bunch of time mapping out all the bays and anchorages on the islands.

Attached is a file if you want to check some of them out on Google Earth. Planning to make this my next video project.






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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 06:05 PM


GE is poor for boating in channel islands (or boating anywhere). Try Navionics or Coastal Explorer.



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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 06:14 PM


I export way points from GE to Navonics and other apps. GE is fantastic for scoping out new locations.

When you are on the water it's good to see both a chart view and a satellite view.





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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 06:42 PM


There is a surf spot a few miles East of this anchorage.

Notice also the hiking path to explore further.





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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 08:49 PM


Beautiful photos and great info, thank you.



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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 06:46 AM


Painted Cave on Santa Cruz island. Incredible
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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 08:04 AM
Great GE Photos


My wife and I are avid deep-water rockfish fishermen. I use GE to find locations where I believe rockfish may hang out. Usually on drop offs into much deeper waters. I enter these GE waypoints into my fishfinders.

With the closing of rockfishing here in CA (Jan-Feb) I use GE to hunt for fish in Mexican waters as close to the USA as possible. I'll motor to the saved waypoint from GE and "spot lock" my trolling motor (electronic anchor) over the potential rockfish hole. I look for spots 450-550' on top of the drop-off. Being anchored over the hole, I only need 1 lb or less of weight to get to the bottom. Great workout. We usually catch limits of fish (10 each). At that depth you never know what the deep may hold in fish, i.e., lingcod, halibut, Humbolt squid, sanddabs, sablefish, black gill as well as many others in the 35 or so species of great eating rockfish in the area. While heading out I look for tuna, dorado, swordfish and yellowtail.

Thanks, JZ on identifying using GE for finding your special spots whether it is surfing, exploring or our case fishing. Goat sure makes ignorant jabs at you ever time you post anything. Sure is getting old with his childish antics.



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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 05:06 PM


Sweet fish Lobsterman. Appreciate the note, great story.





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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 05:16 PM


Another very nice bay, this one on San Miguel.















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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 05:19 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AguaDulce  
Painted Cave on Santa Cruz island. Incredible


Some say it is the largest sea cave in the world. A boat with a 100+ foot mast can fit into the first camber of the cave. It becomes pitch black inside and the only thing you can see are the whites of the sea lions' eyes.




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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 05:57 PM


You got some lucky kids JZ! If they don't fully realize it yet, they will!



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[*] posted on 1-11-2022 at 07:53 AM
San Miguel


now that island can be a booger of a place weather wise. You learn to pick your days wisely going there. I lived several years in SB and knew lots of urchin divers and tenders back in the day. Did a few trips with them too.

t is not the Cortez. There is where the Radons and Wilsons developed their flat bottom, flush decked, make the scuppers bigger please boats.

The Channel Islands National Park is proof of the restorative nature of Nature.

For entertainemnt keep an eye on the Santa Barbara Channel weather buoys.
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[*] posted on 1-11-2022 at 08:31 AM


I've backpacked and camped at San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz. Coincidentally, the time on Santa Cruz, one of the original ranchers (she was a girl then), was on our boat and stayed on the island to commemorate her father who is buried there. She gave us a tour of the ranch property and told us all about how they lived there. There is a resident ranger there - were invited for popcorn and a film one night at his residence. He also led a hike 6 mi. on the other side of the island to see the largest pinniped populations on the west coast. Learned about the island foxes and saw plenty. There are hiking trails for miles and miles. Also, on the beach at Santa Rosa, you can see pygmy mammoth bone sticking out of the cliffs there. Great indigenous history, which is displayed on the beaches - redwood logs washed ashore from northern California which were used for the canoes, midden piles 15 ft. high - we were told that they were covered with sand to protect them. Good snorkling at the dock on San Miguel. They rent kayaks there too.
Anyway, it's not at all difficult to get over to the islands and camp and stay awhile -get permit online, book passage at Ventura harbor - en route the boat goes into the cave, and will stop to observe dolphins and whales.
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[*] posted on 6-12-2022 at 08:19 PM


Finally did our first run out to the islands.

It was very foggy when we left the Ventura marina. But the water was super flat for the Pacific. We made it out in under an hour.

As I had hoped, the sun came through once we got to the South end of Santa Cruz Island near Smuggler's Cove.



We saw a pod of a couple hundred dolphins on the way back.


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[*] posted on 6-22-2022 at 09:15 PM


Made another run out to the islands today.







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[*] posted on 6-22-2022 at 09:50 PM


My two boys driving the boat.








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[*] posted on 6-23-2022 at 03:29 AM


wow, just wow.




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[*] posted on 7-17-2022 at 04:54 PM


Did a trip over to the islands yesterday and then headed to Santa Barbara for lunch on the courtesy dock.

A beautiful sail boat pulled up next to us.





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[*] posted on 7-17-2022 at 09:19 PM


More of the Santa Barbara harbor.









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