Column Archive for 2002
By: Ron Wilson & Tim Paes
WEEK OF BIRD HUNTING AND NOT WORKING IS TOUGH TO BEAT!
December 19, 2002.... I took a few days off work last week to do
some duck, pheasant and quail hunting. Last Wednesday I hunted
in the foothills and never fired a shot. I can't believe how few
ducks there have been on the east side of the valley this year!
I have only had 3 good shoots.
HALF DUCK OPENER IS HIT & MISS!
December 5, 2002.... The second half of the duck opener was good
news and bad. Some guys did great with easy early morning limits
while the majority of the hunters struggled just to bag a few
GAME BIRD HERITAGE HUNT TAKES PLACE AT MAPES RANCH
November 29, 2002....Tonia Snyder of Waterford blasted away as the rooster pheasant
folded up in a heap! A day of working my dogs Sierra, a Brittany
spaniel, and Max, a Black English Cocker spaniel, had just
FOR STURGEON IN THE FOG
November 21, 2002.... I finally got a day away from any
commitments and went sturgeon fishing with Ken Moore of Ripon.
We were heading for the mothball fleet in the Martinez area. On
the way over, Ken informed me that he had a dream that we caught
a big striped bass.
Club Youth Pheasant Hunt
November 14, 2002.... The
Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International held there
annual junior pheasant hunt at the Mapes Ranch last weekend.
HUNTING & GOOD CONVERSATION
November 7, 2002.... The local ducks have been pretty well
harvested and those that have survived have gotten smart in a
hurry! With this in mind my hunting friends decided to treat me
to a little goose hunting Saturday of last week. We now have a
large population of home grown Canadian Geese that were born and
raised right in the central valley.
AMERICA TOUR COMES TO MODESTO
October 31, 2002…. I spent last weekend at Bob’s Marine, in
Modesto, at the Evinrude Outboards Power America Tour.
October 31, 2002.... Last Saturday, the opening weekend of duck
hunting was another successful one for most hunters who had good
spots or were lucky enough to get drawn for a reservation on the
local refugees. You also had to know what you were doing!
October 17, 2002…. I am not sure just how much anyone has
studied Catfish habits and what they do, but I know a lot of
people that just like to go catch them!
for the Big One!
October 10, 2002.... Modesto's Norval Pimentel and I fished the Kelsey
Bass Ranch Members Tournament last Saturday. The fishing for us was
tough to start with. No worm or senko bites at all.
of Hunters and Very Few Deer!
October 3, 2002....October 3, 2002....My grandson turned 12 this
year and got his first deer hunting tags for D-5.He called
last Friday and just had to go hunting on Saturday, opening
weekend!. My son Donald and I tried everything to talk him out
of it to no avail. Derick just wanted to go.
ARE THE FISH GODS WHEN YOU NEED THEM!
September 19, 2002.... I spent last week vacationing at Clear Lake with
my wife Diana and friend Quen Young, of San Francisco.
TOUGH DAYS CAN BE ENJOYED
September 12, 2002…. My cousin, Blaine Wilson, and I went to Lake
McClure on Monday. We arrived around 8 a.m.
Tuna on the Huli Cat
September 5, 2002.... Norval Pimentel and I left Modesto last Monday
morning at 12:30 a.m., heading to Princeton Harbor to go Tuna
fishing on the Huli Cat Charter boat.
Bass and looking for Doves
August 29, 2002.... With the past weeks weather being colder than
normal followed by a slight warming trend and now cooling off again,
you better check to see if the doves you planned on hunting this
Sunday are still there. Doves will move to other areas with the
slightest weather change.
ON SATURDAY & A BASS CATCHING FIX ON SUNDAY
August 22, 2002.... Bruce Hamby, owner of Sierra Sportfishing Guide
Service, and I fished the 1st Annual Pardee II Project Kokanee Fun
Derby last Saturday.
HOOKS ANOTHER ONE!
August 15, 2002….I attended the monthly meeting of the Modesto
Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA) last week.
Fishing and hunting talk was going on, where the fish were biting,
prospects of upcoming hunts, etc.
A WING & A PRAYER
August 8, 2002....Church service on a Saturday with a preacher
saying, "Thou shall kill" (ducks that is).
WEEKEND OF FISHING NOT CATCHING
Aug 1, 2002....Last week I spent the most miserable fishing
vacation one could have. The fishing was Ok it was the catching that
AFTERNOON AT KELSEY BASS RANCH
July 25, 2002....After
two weeks of working on the website, it was time for a little R
& R. Sunday afternoon I hooked up my Stratos bass boat and
headed for Snelling, CA
to Valley Outdoorsmen
July 18, 2002....This is my 1st official article as a partner in
valleyoutdoorsmen.com. On this page Tim Paes and I will do our best
to have informative stories on up to date hunting and fishing
adventures. We hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as we
enjoy going out and experiencing our great outdoors for your
July 11, 2002....Over the years I have learned
a few things about downriggers, manual (hand-operated) and electric
with brand names of Scotty's, Penn and Cannon. I have also learned
the differences in the fishing line to be used on them at different
first trout was a beauty
Luis Chan reeled and reeled
as he fought the first trout he had ever tried to catch. When he
finally got the fish to the boat, it was a beauty, in the 5-pound
class. Luis sat down and exclaimed, "Boy, that's a lot of
patient with your bait
Got a bait that just doesn't
work for you? You don't like the smell of the bait? It looks funny
so you don't use it? Maybe you didn't use it at the right time or
fish it the right way!
TROUT & SALMON ALL OVER THE VALLEY
For the last few weeks, guide
Bruce Hamby of Ripon and I have fished several lakes looking for
good-size trout and salmon. We've tried New Melones, Don Pedro,
McClure, Pine Flat and Camanche. Shasta will be our next adventure,
at the end of May.
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