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I can say with almost certainty, yes! They have had take refills at every event so far.

And if you didn't see it on the facebook group page, The Watermens Alliance (Josh Russo) will be featured on PBS for these events! doing big things! bam!
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Are we going to be able to refill dive tanks there.
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Looking forward to this event!

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Hunting Gear / Re: Looking for hard float recommendations
« Last post by pclark on April 17, 2019, 12:58:58 PM »
I have both sizes of the Rob Allens and they work great.  Never touched the Mako one but I'd bet its fine too just bigger.  Don't really see too much of an advantage of the handles though, I have always held the floatline, not the float.  And foam filled for sure, never know when you might see a big one that could take it down. 
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Hunting Gear / Re: Looking for hard float recommendations
« Last post by ryang85 on April 17, 2019, 11:27:59 AM »
I’m looking at the Rob Allen hard float and the Mako Hawaiian hard float. I like that the RA fits nicely in a sportube, but based on the dims of the Mako, it looks like it barely fits. I like that the Mako has handles...

Anyone have any experience with these floats, and recommend one or the other? Or any other recommendatons for hard floats? I’m open to others. I have an inflateable Mako float, and can’t stand the thing.

Oh and when / why would you get foam filled vs not foam filled?

Thanks!
I have 2 RA 9L floats and they are great for most reef and baja species, they are a  pain to carry around in your sportube though if your bringing down a lot of  other gear, go with the foam filled forsure incase your shoot something and it dives it won't collapse instantly.   
If you want to chase tuna look at some good inflatables like a gannet,  they are expensive as hell but have a lifetime warranty as long as gannet stays in business.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Looking for hard float recommendations
« Last post by Adam415 on April 17, 2019, 11:19:41 AM »
I have the RA 7L and like it. Its compact but still has enough float for yellowtail and reef fish.
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Hunting Gear / Re: Looking for hard float recommendations
« Last post by divenfish on April 17, 2019, 10:46:34 AM »
Here is a Pelaj hardfloat on CL $35 (not mine), and also on spearboard ($30)- the guy is in SF.
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/spo/d/san-francisco-spearfishing-blue-water/6855850014.html

Re: Foam filled vs non filled - non filled can collapse if taken down deep - similar to your inflatable float.
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Hunting Gear / Looking for hard float recommendations
« Last post by shoyuegg on April 17, 2019, 01:18:15 AM »
I’m looking at the Rob Allen hard float and the Mako Hawaiian hard float. I like that the RA fits nicely in a sportube, but based on the dims of the Mako, it looks like it barely fits. I like that the Mako has handles...

Anyone have any experience with these floats, and recommend one or the other? Or any other recommendatons for hard floats? I’m open to others. I have an inflateable Mako float, and can’t stand the thing.

Oh and when / why would you get foam filled vs not foam filled?

Thanks!
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Underwater photography & Video / Re: Scales
« Last post by NateP on April 16, 2019, 12:52:12 PM »
Nice!

I'm not planning on going into business just yet, but I'm glad you guys are digging these.

Maybe some other species will find their way under the scope in the future...

That mahi photo looks great!

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Favorite Recipes / Salmon Sushi with Belly Skin Chicharrones and Micro Greens
« Last post by TheKeeneroo on April 16, 2019, 08:46:37 AM »
I have a long time buddy that has a 26' Osprey and over the years we've got some really nice fish! Even though the bite was super slow for everyone on Sunday - we fished for almost 10 hours, we still managed to wrangle in a few salmon. The largest salmon was peeling line like a tuna no matter how tight I put the drag on... I was fighting for a good few minutes before I felt something pull it super hard and then it went limp... dang sea lion! I reeled in a half of a fish as fast as I could and right before we could get it on the boat, the sea lion grabbed it again and took the rest of it. So he had sushi too.

The other fish I successfully landed, I took home the collar, belly meat, fillets, head and spine. Had a great time last night making sushi with my wife and figuring out fun ways to use the meat from various parts of the fish. I didn't even really need to touch the fillets for the rolls because there was so much meat from everywhere else. One of my biggest challenges when attempting to get inventive in the kitchen is figuring out how to plate the food in an attractive way. At least it tasted good! I'm super grateful that my wife who was recently pregnant and the thought of fish sickened her, is now back in love with fish!!! I'm really excited to surprise my good buddy with the collar and a fat fillet - he loves fish!

The recipe for this yummy meal is below:













Sushi Rice:
2 cups sushi or short grain rice
2.5 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
1/4 cup rice vinegar (I recently ran out so I used white wine vinegar instead and it tasted great)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
INSTRUCTIONS
Place the rice into a mesh strainer. Swirl the rice in the water until the water runs clear. Place the rice and 2.5 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
Combine the rice vinegar, oil, sugar and salt in a small sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves. Pour over rice and mix thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before using.

Sushi Roll
I push rice onto a piece of plastic wrap (as thin as possible), then I get a sheet of seaweed and mist it with water so it doesn't crack when rolling, then basically you add whatever you want in the roll. I used salmon, avocado, green onion, sriracha, carrot (and I forgot cucumber at the store!). Roll it up and slice. Sprinkle furikake seasoning and sesame seeds. You could use salmon roe to top it, but my buddy threw it overboard when gutting the fish on the water (doh!).

Spicy Sashimi and belly skin chicharrones with Micro Greens
Flatten a ball of rice, add thick cuts of meat. top with seasonings and sesame oil. On the side, add sriracha, wasabi, and veggies. The micro greens were an afterthought but it actually made the whole dish pop with awesome and contrasting flavor with a bit of crunch. I bent metal skewers to shishkabob some salmon skin (make sure you descale it first!) and fry it otherwise it tends to shrivel up when cooking.

Miso Soup
I cheated and used a packet.

If you like sake, I recommend unfiltered cold sake.
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