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Weekly Outdoors Column Archive for 2003
By: Ron Wilson & Tim Paes

December, 2003

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THE WHOLE KENNEL!
December 18, 2003.... Saturday the Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International held A Pheasant hunting outing at the Kistler Ranch near Woodward Reservoir.

TIME TO HUNT WATERFOWL, THEY’RE MOVING!
December 11, 2003.... Hunting Ducks in the grasslands has finally started to pay off! My son Donald, grandson Derick and I had a reservation at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge this past week.

DUCKS SLOW IN ARRIVING BUT IT WON'T BE MUCH LONGER
December 4, 2003.... So far this year hunting ducks in California has been miserable! I have hunted nearly every weekend since opening day and done a lot of looking and not much seeing!

November, 2003

JUST ANOTHER GOVERNMENT BLUNDER
November 27, 2003.... After several years of hunting game refugees I decided to get into the drawing for a spot to hunt ducks and geese at Modesto Reservoir. I got a few friends together and we filled out 5 cards, at $35 a piece, for our chance.

FINDING LAND GETS TOUGHER EVERY YEAR
November 20, 2003.... The Ringed-necked Pheasant is a bird that was imported into America from Asia and therefore has no place in Audubon's Birds of America, which is comprised exclusively of wild birds native to North America.

THIS WEEKEND IS FOR THE KIDS
November 13, 2003.... Last weekend the Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International, of which I am a member, held their annual youth hunt at Mapes Ranch.

FINALLY STARTING TO FEEL LIKE DUCK SEASON AROUND HERE
November 6, 2003.... The storm last week finally brought the ducks down from up north. I spent Saturday watching until well pass noon as flock after flock of ducks flew overhead.

October, 2003

DO SOME FISHING WHILE WAITING FOR THE DUCKS
October 30, 2003.... I finally got out on the water last Saturday to do some duck hunting, well duck working anyway. You now, fixing up the blind and making things look a little better in hopes the ducks like what they see

DUCK OPENER IS HIT & MISS
October 23, 2003.... Hunting Ducks and Geese in California may not be in the best interest of your pocketbook. It may be cheaper and more productive to take a trip or two to Canada to bag your waterfowl.

THE SALMON RUN IS ON!
October 16, 2003.... California's Salmon migration to their annual spawning grounds has been going on for a few months now.

September, 2003

MACY IN CHARGE
September 25, 2003.... I spent last Saturday with Al Autry, his son Bear and Macy, Al’s spoiled rotten beagle. We went to Lake Don Pedro to do a little fishing.

DINNER FIT FOR A KING
September 18, 2003.... When I was first asked to join the Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), My first thought was, “I don’t hunt exotic animals so what business do I have belonging to an organization such as SCI.”

BIG BREAK AND BIG WINDS MAKES FOR A WILD RIDE
September 11, 2003.... Nor-Cal Bass held its 5th tournament of the year last Saturday at Big Break Marina on the California Delta. When I left Modesto at 3:30 a.m. the wind was already blowing, so I knew I was in for a rough day on the water.

SLOW OPENER FOR DOVES IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY
September 5, 2003.... A month ago it looked like we would have a great dove opener. I saw several 10 to 20-bird flocks flying around.

NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR TUNA
September 4, 2003.... For catching some really nice size Albacore Tuna you should think September and October off the coast of California.

August, 2003

Blame progress for declining Sierra deer herd
August 28, 2003…. Since 1953, the deer herd has been on a steady decline in the High Sierra. 
 

VISIT WHISKEYTOWN FOR SOME GREAT KOKANEE ACTION 
August 21, 2003.... Bruce Hamby, owner of Sierra Sportfishing recently informed me that some of the largest kokanee in the State of California were being caught at Whiskeytown Lake.
 

THE WEATHER ISN'T THE ONLY HOT THING AT DON PEDRO 
August 14, 2003.... As an outdoor writer I have an opportunity to meet everyday people with the same passion and love of hunting and fishing as I do. 
 

GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD FOOD & GOOD FISHING
August 7, 2003.... Last Thursday I went to Lake Don Pedro to check out the trout and kokanee fishing and partake in the annual Keeper Worms pro-staff tournament and campout.

July, 2003

SCI DINNER A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
July 31, 2003.... Jane and Harold Armstrong of Modesto recently invited members of the California Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) to a dinner at their home.

CHASING KOKE’S LIVE ON AIR
July 24, 2003.... Hurray, after two weeks of trying, I finally got to check out the Kokanee fishing at Lake Don Pedro last Saturday. Its been reported as red hot most of the summer but I have just had to many irons in the fire or cancellations to see for myself.

FINDING THE RIGHT BAIT IS THE KEY 
July 17, 2003…. Saturday Guide Bruce Hamby of Ripon, Dave Graham of Oakdale and I went to New Melones to fish for kokanee. The goal was to locate concentrations of fish and see what they wanted to eat.  Bruce and Dave were fishing a Kokanee tournament the next day.

DEALING WITH HOLIDAY WEEKENDS
July 10, 2003.... Friday was a planned outing at Lake Don Pedro to see if all these trout and kokanee catching stories I've been hearing were true.

BACK-TO-BACK AT MELONES FOR THIS TEAM!
July 3, 2003.... Guide Bruce Hamby of Ripon, Warren Cooper of Elk Grove and myself fished the Kokanee Power Tournament last Saturday at New Melones.

June, 2003

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
June 26, 2003…. As the dog days of summer approach and our lakes and waterways become clogged with boat traffic, you only have two choices, fight the crowds or leave the boat in the garage and take care of the honey-do list.

WHAT FATHERS DAY IS ALL ABOUT
June 19, 2003…. Saturday I started celebrating father’s day early by taking my grandson Derick black bass fishing at Lake McClure. For me one of the benefits of being a father is having grandkids to enjoy in the outdoors!

TESTING LINE & CATCHING FISH
June 11, 2003.... I spent last Sunday with Progressive Outdoor Marketing manufacturers' sales representative Mark Vejar.

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
June 10, 2003.... For the past 3 months I have been going to physical therapy at 1400 Florida Avenue. I've been dealing with an old injury I received at work. 

NIGHT TOURNAMENTS CAN BE GRUELING
June 5, 2003.... Night black bass Tournaments, while they are nice to fish without all the heat that we have during the day, the one thing that I hate about them is that they ruin the weekend. Instead of two days of playing in the outdoors a night tournament angler is limited to one grueling night of fishing!

May, 2003

KELSEY OFFERS AN AFTERNOON GET AWAY
May 30, 2003.... I spent Sunday smoking all the fish I’ve been catching lately and then Monday mowing the lawn (front and back) and working in the garden.

BACK TO CAMANCHE FOR THE BIG'UNS
May 29, 2003.... Memorial weekend is a time for avid fishermen to stay away from our waterways. This seems to be the weekend that most people kick off their summer water sports. I usual spend this weekend working on boats and fishing equipment.

FISHING PARADISE IN OUR BACKYARD
May 23, 2003.... For the last few years I have been fished many lakes and reservoirs in central California, trying to locate one that can consistently produce the quality trout that I like to catch.

HUGE TURNOUT FOR KOKE DERBY AT PARDEE
May 20, 2003.... Saturday Bruce Hamby and I fished the California Inland Fisheries Foundation kokanee derby at Lake Pardee. Wow they had a record turnout we were entrants 256 and 257 and there was still a line of guys to sign up behind us!

TAKE A SPECIAL PERSON FISHING
May 15, 2003…. There were no losers at this event as every special person got trophies, a rod and reel and a tackle box to take home.

LOUSY WEATHER AGAIN!
May 8, 2003.... Saturday Norval Pimentel and I fished the Annual Fish Sniffer Black Bass Team Fishing Tournament held at Kelsey Bass Ranch.

5TH ANNUAL GLORY HOLE FISHING SEMINAR A HUGE SUCCESS
May 1, 2003.... Last weekend I helped Dan & Melanie Lewis, owners of Glory Hole Sports, with their 5th Annual Free Fishing Seminars and Customer Appreciation Days.

April, 2003

FROM HONEY-DO'S TO CHEESE & WINE TO BLACK BASS "WHAT A WEEKEND"
April 24, 2003.... Saturday I met Guide Bruce Hamby at his Ripon home at 5 a.m. We were planning a days outing at Lake Camanche.

THE B.A.S.S. EXPERIENCE
April 17, 2003.... BASS founder Ray Scott established the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society in 1967; I have to wonder if he could have imagined what it would become in the 21st century.

FISHING WITH ONE OF THE STATES FINEST
April 17, 2003.... Department Of Fish and Game Warden Tim Galas, guide Bruce Hamby and I went to Lake Camanche last Saturday to catch trout.

TOUGH TO FIND THE BIG ONE'S AT McCLURE
April 10, 2003.... Lake McClure is still full of spotted bass, but a lot of them are skinny! Years ago there used to be lots of nice fish in the 2 pound class, but for the last few years it seems the majority of them are just plain underfeed! 

CAMANCHE KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR!
April 3, 2003.... Its the time of year that the trout bite is fixin' to bust wide open! With that in mind, Guide Bruce Hamby, of Ripon, and I went to Lake Camanche last week to check out the trout fishing.

B.A.S.S. PRO'S ARE WESTWARD BOUND
April 2, 2003....Team Yamaha and Stratos touring professional black bass angler Mark Menendez, of Paducah, KY, came out to fish the B.A.S.S. California Delta tournament that is taking place this week in Stockton, CA.

March, 2003

NOTHING LIKE FISHING IN THE RAIN!
March 27, 2003....Great weather last week gave way to lousy weather on Sunday. But it’s been a pretty good year so far, as this was the first tournament that I had to fish in a rain that lasted all day long! The steady drizzle was just enough to make it a discomfort, but not ruin the day.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BATTERY
March 20, 2003.... Lousy weather! Well it looked pretty bad from my front room as I only got outside long enough to take out the garbage and do a little work on my trout trolling boat.

JUST ONE BITE AWAY!
March 12, 2003.... Black Bass fishing Pro Anthony Pimentel of Modesto and I were paired to fish the 3rd event of the Nor-Cal Bass Tournament Trail at New Melones Lake last Saturday.

PREHISTORIC STURGEON ON THE LINE
March 6, 2003.... Ever had an urge to catch a prehistoric fish. Well the sturgeon is about as ugly and prehistoric of a fish as they come. Sturgeon make their migratory swim from the ocean to the local rivers to spawn each year.

February, 2003

SMELLS LIKE SKUNK!
February 27, 2003.... Skunked! Well I can't remember the last time I went fishing and never caught a fish, but last Sunday was one of those days! I know its called fishing but that's not my idea of fun. I like the catching part of the sport!

THE MOTHERLODE'S HIDDEN JEWEL 
February 20, 2003.... The sky was a little overcast but it looked like it was going to be a nice day. I called Tim Paes to see if he would like to go to Kelsey Bass Ranch to catch a few black bass.

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE 2ND ANNUAL CWA DINNER 
February 13, 2003.... The California Waterfowl Association (CWA) held there 2nd Annual Quad Cities Dinner last Thursday at the Ripon Community Center. The evening started with the usual duck hunting talk about how good or terrible the waterfowl season was.

WHAT'S NEW AT THE ISE 
February 4, 2003.... I spent last Sunday at the San Mateo International Sportsmen Exposition (ISE). I quickly hurried threw the buildings, just glancing around checking out what was there. I must of been going too fast, as I found out later I missed several friends who were there!

A GREAT DAY ON THE WATER & A LITTLE CASH IN MY WALLET! 
February 4, 2003.... I went to Lake Camanche last Saturday to fish the Nor-Cal Bass Pro-Am. My day started off at the North Shore Coffee Shop, where Chris Cantwell, Marina Services Manager, served the angler's in the tournament complementary coffee and fresh Danishes, donated by East Bay Municipal Utilities District.

January, 2003

DUCK SEASON FINALE
January 29, 2003.... I took vacation last week to do even more waterfowl hunting. What should have been a great waterfowl season ended as a dismal one for my hunting partners and me, as we chose comfort over putting in that extra work it takes to be successful at harvesting waterfowl.

WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL HUNTERS?
January 23, 2003.... This year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing wildlife, fish and plants had proposed waterfowl regulations that would have continued the same duck hunting season and bag limits that were offered in 1997. A 100 day hunting season and a 7 duck a day bag limit.

WHAT'S GOING ON AT DFG AND HOW DO WE GET IT FIXED?
January 16, 2003.... This week we are running a special feature in place of our regular weekly article. This is an actual letter written by a DFG employee to the leadership of the department. It asks some tough questions that the public has the right to have answers to! This should stir the anger in you to demand answers to these questions.

BACK TO THE TOURNAMENT SCENE FOR A DAY 
January 9, 2003.... Last Saturday I took a day off from hunting ducks and geese to do a little bass fishing at lake Don Pedro. So far this year its been more fishing weather than hunting weather as mother nature seems to have forgotten to set the weather temperature gauge to cold. Maybe she is waiting until duck season is over!

NOTHING BUT HUNTING, HUNTING & MORE HUNTING! 
January 8, 2003.... A couple weeks of nothing but hunting, hunting and more hunting. I have been chasing ducks and geese from one side of the valley to the other. It may sound crazy but I have found that the ducks will be on the west side one day and on the east side the next.

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