Catching More Than Waves with the Karma RG

The Karma RG is a ton of fun for ocean rock garden exploration and play.  It has become our go-to boat for guiding Liquid Fusion Kayaking’s  Whitewater of the Sea Adventures.   It also turns out to be  a capable craft for kayak fishing, crabbing, and abalone diving.

Using a handline to kayak fish for bottom fish

Using a handline to kayak fish for bottom fish

Our 3 favorite fishing seasons are now in on the Mendocino Coast  – bottom fish (rock cod), red abalone, and dungeness crab.  A fun day of kayak fishing on the Mendocino Coast often involves dropping crab pots then fishing and/or abalone diving while the pots soak.  The Karma RG has proven to be a winner for all three.

Three red abalone picked while rock gardening on the Mendocino Coast

Three red abalone picked while rock gardening on the Mendocino Coast

The flat deck of the stern is perfect for securely strapping on a crab pot.  The deck bungees are a great spot to store fishing gear including nets and charts.

Karma RG ready to go kayak fishing and crabbing on the Mendocino Coast

Karma RG ready to go kayak fishing and crabbing on the Mendocino Coast

It is comfortable, stable for pulling up crab pots and jigging for rock fish.  When things get bumpy or a you get a fiesty fish on the line, it is nice to be in a rock solid boat.

Jeff contemplates the catch in our crab pots

Jeff contemplates the catch in our crab pots

 

A plus is the keel-less hull.  The keel-less whitewater hull is great for maneuvering in tight rocky areas and for moments when you have a fish on and need your boat to easily spin.

Bottom fishing in the Karma RG

Bottom fishing in the Karma RG

On my abalone diving adventure this week, I rock gardened my way out to a favorite abalone spot.  It was fun swooshing along the rocks and “shopping for my dinner.”  At just under 12 feet, the RG maneuvers nicely into tight rocky spots and is easy to land in tiny coves.

Landing on the rocks to go abalone diving

Landing on the rocks to go abalone diving

Another bonus of the Karma RG is the hatch.  There are times when I don’t want my catch on a stringer in the water (when sea lions are around) or in my cockpit (when I am in and out of my boat diving).  It is nice to have place to securely store my catch.

Putting my abalone in the hatch

Tucking abalone away safely in the hatch

Of course, it is really fun to have a kayak that one can take out rock gardening and playing and also use to bring home dinner.

Fish tacos for dinner!!!

Fish tacos for dinner!!!

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