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searun
03-20-2014, 01:10 PM
Hey guys,

It looks like I will be finally getting a chance to get an abalone this summer. I have three possible trips planned so hopefully at least one of them will work out.

My question is about the iron and gauge. What am I looking for in an iron? I was thinking of using my floatline with it attached so I could use it for marking abs I leave behind. Would that necessitate using a steel iron?

Anyone have a particular brand they favor or know a store that sells a good one? I guess with a gauge I could buy it when I'm down in California.

I am stoked. Last season I checked off lobster diving and this year abalone.

Thanks for the advice!

Chet
03-20-2014, 01:29 PM
You need these:

http://www.neptonicsystems.com/ab-grab.php
http://www.neptonicsystems.com/abalone-gage.php

searun
03-20-2014, 01:49 PM
Thanks Chet...

Unfortunately my trust fund expired so $49 for an abalone iron is out of the question. The gauge looks ok. Is the minimum size on abalone state wide or regional?

Chet
03-20-2014, 02:09 PM
This one is $25. You can grab it almost any dive shops here.
http://www.neptonicsystems.com/abalone-bar.php
7 inches is minimum size.

Read these:
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=76527&inline=true
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=76119&inline=true

No I'm Josh
03-20-2014, 02:30 PM
Shawn, that $25 one is the one I use and it works great to anchor your float line assuming you are running it without the float. Let me know when you go. If it's during the week, I might go with you.

searun
03-20-2014, 04:19 PM
Thanks again Chet for the links. I will let you know as I learn more Josh. If I could pull off two trips that would be ideal.

North Star
03-20-2014, 07:46 PM
Hey guys,

It looks like I will be finally getting a chance to get an abalone this summer. I have three possible trips planned so hopefully at least one of them will work out.

My question is about the iron and gauge. What am I looking for in an iron? I was thinking of using my floatline with it attached so I could use it for marking abs I leave behind. Would that necessitate using a steel iron?

Anyone have a particular brand they favor or know a store that sells a good one? I guess with a gauge I could buy it when I'm down in California.

I am stoked. Last season I checked off lobster diving and this year abalone.

Thanks for the advice!

Shawn,

I will give you an ab iron and a 7" gauge (for california) for free. You coming to the Barview meetup? I will bring it there if you are.

searun
03-20-2014, 08:38 PM
Thanks Max but I do not have spring break until the second week of April. I will be down on the Columbia chasing springers but that's a ways north of Barview I'm sure.

Lingcod opens for us during my spring break so I'll get my fix soon.

I am looking forward to hearing lots of good stories from the big Oregon meet up.

Shawn

winklecl
03-20-2014, 09:56 PM
You can procure all these items at many shops along the north coast. In fact most places that sell licenses have at least a small selection (hardware stores etc.) Where are you planning on going?

Steel ab bars are much superior to aluminum for marking. However, because of their linear form, I find they are easily drug by the float line in heavy swell and surge. I like using an extra lead weight. A lot of guys just use their guns clipped to the float. Personal preference.

Be sure and familiarize yourself with the regulations. They have changed (again) this year.

kehloken
03-21-2014, 11:56 AM
I use this one for rock scallops so I'm sure you could just get a piece of aluminum and grind the tip and then dip it into a tool dip where handle and of course drill hole to put your lanyard on.

Might203010 cost about 12 bucks I guess you have the extra tool dip left over.

Piranha
11-24-2014, 05:55 PM
Would anyone be interested in making a custom LONG AB Iron for me, or know where I can get one? According to the regulations I'm interested in one that meets these guidelines:



Less than 36 inches long. (Around 35" would be nice)

Straight or with acurve having a radius of not less than 18 inches.

Not be less than 3/4 inch wide.

Nor less than 1/16 inch thick.

All edges must be rounded and free of sharp edges.

I've heard people taking car leaf springs... Sounds like this might work, however I don't possess any mechanical tools!

sweatloaf
11-25-2014, 02:22 AM
Would anyone be interested in making a custom LONG AB Iron for me, or know where I can get one? According to the regulations I'm interested in one that meets these guidelines:



Less than 36 inches long. (Around 35" would be nice)

Straight or with acurve having a radius of not less than 18 inches.

Not be less than 3/4 inch wide.

Nor less than 1/16 inch thick.

All edges must be rounded and free of sharp edges.

I've heard people taking car leaf springs... Sounds like this might work, however I don't possess any mechanical tools!

Jeremy may have some of these left: http://spearboard.com/showpost.php?p=1958637&postcount=17

Otherwise buy this: http://www.mcmaster.com/#8975k616/=uqte1i and find some tools, or friends with tools.

Darmes
11-28-2014, 09:15 PM
Would anyone be interested in making a custom LONG AB Iron for me, or know where I can get one? According to the regulations I'm interested in one that meets these guidelines:



Less than 36 inches long. (Around 35" would be nice)

Straight or with acurve having a radius of not less than 18 inches.

Not be less than 3/4 inch wide.

Nor less than 1/16 inch thick.

All edges must be rounded and free of sharp edges.

I've heard people taking car leaf springs... Sounds like this might work, however I don't possess any mechanical tools!

I was thinking of making something along these lines sometime before my trip next summer so if you come up empty otherwise let me know and it will help me be more motivated to crank some out!