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Weekly Outdoors Column Archive for 2004
By: Ron Wilson & Tim Paes

December, 2004

GET UM NOW, IT WON'T LAST FOREVER!
December 16, 2004.... The ducks have migrated down to the grasslands in huge numbers and hunters are bagging easy limits

GOTTA TAKE THE BAD WITH THE GOOD!
December 9, 2004.... Last weekend duck hunting was for the birds, literally!

THE COLD HAS GOT THEM MOVING!
December 2, 2004.... Duck hunting last weekend was much improved for the grasslands. Saturday, during the storm,

November, 2004

DUCKS & BASS MAKE A FULL WEEKEND
November 18, 2004.... The reports I've been getting have painted a pretty dismal duck hunting season to date. However, my trips have been great compared to the reports

DUCK HUNTING WAS SLOW BUT STILL GOOD
November 11, 2004.... Duck hunting was so so last Saturday. We downed a pair of Woodies and then

DUCK OPENER HIT & MISS!
November 5, 2004.... The Duck Opener for the rest of the state in California was not very good and in some areas was down right terrible!

October, 2004

YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE UP FOR THOSE TOUGH DAYS!
October 28, 2004....
Black bass professional fisherman Norval Pimentel and I pre-fished the delta for his upcoming Nor-Cal Tournament of Champions event

THE DEER ARE ON THE MOVE
October 25, 2004.... These last few storms have been awesome for deer hunters. Most hunters worth there salt have downed bucks the last few days.

DUCK OPENER IN THE NORTH!
October 21, 2004…. Last Saturday Duck-A-Holics from all over the state headed to northern California and Oregon for the waterfowl season opener.

BASS IN THE BOAT AND DUCKS ON THE BRAIN!
October 7, 2004.... Ron Fisher called recently wanting a black bass fix as it has been a while since he has caught anything of any size.

September, 2004

Back to the Grind!
September 14, 2004.... Well after a couple months of R&R from surgery, its back to the old grind at the Modesto Bee.

Will water flow in the San Joaquin River once again!
September 8, 2004.... About 15 years ago the Modesto Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association sent me on a small plane ride to follow the San Joaquin River from the Friant Dam downstream.

August, 2004

Ron had surgery and was out of commission for the month.

July, 2004

THE WONDERS OF THE BANANA
July 15, 2004.... For years I have always felt bananas were the worst thing that a fisherman could bring aboard a boat!

JUST ANOTHER POND FISHING STORY!
July 9, 2004…. Well yes and no. It doesn’t make any difference if it’s a pond, lake or river; one thing about black bass fishing is, you have to figure them out!

GOTTA FIND THAT MONEY FISH!
July 1, 2004…. Last Saturday Warren Cooper, Larry Heitzman and I fished the Kokanee Power Derby held at New Melones.

June, 2004

MANAGING SMALL WATERS CAN BE A TOUGH JOB
June 24, 2004…. For several years I had the pleasure of fishing Kelsey Bass Ranch. I can remember taking my mom and grandson and they could catch fish up to 10 pounds

COOLER TEMPS & PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES
June 17, 2004.... Nestled inside the High Sierra Mountains in California and located at the southern entrance of Yosemite Park is the beautiful Tenaya Lodge.

BEATING THE CROWDS & STILL ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS!
June 3, 2004…. Where do you go fishing on a Memorial Day weekend when you want to stay away from the crowds?

May, 2004

THE SHAD ARE COMING UP THE TUOLUMNE RIVER TO SPAWN
May 31, 2004.... Red Bartley and I recently went to Fox Grove to try out our luck on these feisty fish.

A LITTLE R & R AT LAKE CAMANCHE
May 27, 2004.... Vacation is a time to get away from the stress of your 9 to 5 job. I recently spent a week doing just exactly that.

FINDING THE RIGHT SCHOOL!
May 13, 2004…. Professional bass fisherman, Norval Pimentel of Modesto, and I went to New Melones to pre-fish for this Saturday’s Nor-Cal Pro-Am.

NORTH TO SHASTA FOR A LITTLE DERBY ACTION!
May 6, 2004.... Last Friday local guide, Bruce Hamby and I headed to Lake Shasta to fish the Central California Inland Fisheries Kokanee and Salmon Foundation

April, 2004

CHECKING OUT A NEW HIDDEN JEWEL!
April 29, 2004…. I recently joined a private fishing club nestled in the foothills near Angels Camp. It’s a neat area with one large pond and two smaller ponds within walking distance.

BREAKING IN AND CATCHING FISH!
April 22, 2004.... The black bass bite at Lake McClure and Lake Don Pedro has been red hot, making it hard to go to another lake to play for the day.

GET THE PALE ITS TIME TO BALE!
April 15, 2004.... For the past couple Saturdays, Kelly Cornelsen, my physical therapist and I have been fishing together.

GOOD CHEER, GOOD FOOD & A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER TO BOOT!
April 8, 2004…. A few months of work by the Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International gave fruit last Saturday at their 8th annual Banquet and Fundraiser in Oakdale.

TRYING TO FIND THAT KICKER!
April 1, 2004…. Last Saturday Bill Clayton of Modesto and I fished the Nor-Cal Team Tournament held at Lake Don Pedro.

March, 2004

THE LAKES ARE ON FIRE!
March 25, 2004.... What a weekend. On Saturday I took my cousin Blaine Wilson to Lake McClure to show him some great spotted bass fishing.

CATCHING FISH AND LEARNING LESSONS!
March 18, 2004.... As I filled out the pass at the entrance gate of Lake McClure, I heard the wakeup call of a gobbler from across the lake.

THE BITE IS ON AT CAMANCHE!
March 11, 2004…. Dan Bacher, outdoor political reporter, writer and jack-of-all-trades for the Fish Sniffer News staff, reeled in a trout with a big grin on his face.

McCLURE IS JUST THE TICKET FOR THAT BLACK BASS FIX 
March 4, 2004…. With the weatherman predicting beautiful weather, I figured it was time to get a black bass fix.

February, 2004

A NEW HONEY HOLE TO CHECK OUT!
February 26, 2004.... Last Saturday I took a trip to the foothills near Angels Camp with my cousin Blaine Wilson, son Donald and grandson Derrick, to fish a private bass fishing resort that Blaine belongs to.

BACK TO CAMANCHE FOR MORE ACTION!
February 19, 2004.... Blaine reeled in another small trout but tossed it back. The fish were on the bite in the first hour and a half of fishing but they were on the small side. We boated 14 trout, but only three went in the box.

ROCKING & ROLLING ON CAMANCHE!
February 12, 2004.... Saturday morning, the stars were out and it looked like it was going to be a nice day of fishing at Lake Camanche.

HANG UP THE HUNTING BOOTS AND GET OUT THE FISHING RODS!
February 5, 2004….
I left the house in time to arrive at my cousin Blaine Wilson’s house at 6 am. Blaine was waiting to hook his boat to my truck and go trout fishing at Lake Don Pedro.

January, 2004

CALIFORNIA DUCK HUNTING NEEDS HELP!
January 29, 2004…. For the past two years I’ve been chasing ducks all season long. I hunted the rivers and game refugees, San Luis mainly.

LETS PUT MAN BACK ON TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN!
January 15, 2004.... Man came to this continent and decided he could make it a better place to live then the Indians who lived here at the time. Since that time we have been altering mother nature in one way or another.

PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT AND LOT'S OF PAIN!
January 8, 2004.... New member of team Autolife Outdoors, Tommy Lucas IV, 10 years old Of Modesto got his first duck, a drake widgeon. Then after lunch, Tommy landed a 41-1/2 inch striped bass!

HUNTING'S NOT THE ONLY REASON TO BE OUT THERE!
January 1, 2004.... Saturday it looked like the ducks had finally arrived. There were several flights of ducks continually flying overhead until well past noon. Of course the majority of them were a mile or more high.

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