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Out with the old, in with the new

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POSTED October 15, 2010 2:20 a.m.
Recently, I had a garage sale and was able to sell a lot of my unused fishing tackle. Most of the items I sold were practically brand new.

For the garage sale, I placed all of the items to be sold on a table and laid down all the fishing rods next to it. I figured that I would sell each lure for a dollar and take pretty much take any offer on the rods and reels.

The first buyer to show up was a fisherman, and he immediately purchased all the rods and reels I was selling. He wanted them all, so he offered me $20 and I sold them to him. The tackle was selling a little slower; most were just purchasing one or two items at a time. Frustrated with the whole selling process, and the thought of having to put all the tackle away, I offered the next person everything on the table for $10.

He immediately took my offer, and I no longer had to worry about where I was going to store my unused tackle. I know that I practically gave away a lot of those items, but it’s nice having room for new items.

In the military, they have a saying that goes “out of sight, out of mind.” I believe that when it comes to garage sales and fishing tackle the “out of sight, out of mind” approach will surely help sell more items.

Delta Report
The bite has been really tough for a lot of anglers on the Delta lately. Anglers are complaining about unusually clear waters lately causing the bass to be a little tight lipped.

With all the clear water it’s important to keep your distance as if you can see a fish that fish can also see you. Jigs are working well for those fishing structure and topwater lures are working for those fishing around schools of baitfish.

Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up as anglers continue to do well early in the morning on top-water lures, while trolling broke back rebels during the day.

New Melones Lake
Trout fishing is slow as the temperatures have increased this past week. Anglers are still catching a few at night under submersible lights, but the bite has been slow.

Catfishing continues to be good for anglers fishing with chicken livers through the night. Bass fishing continues to be good for large numbers for those fishing small plastics and tossing shad imitating lures.  

Lake Pardee
Trout have been hard to come by lately for most anglers. Some are doing well but report having to work very hard for their bites.

Most of the fish are being caught between 6 a.m. and noon. Trollers are having the best of luck while fishing between 30-90 feet deep.

The lake is currently scheduled to close at the end of the month, so if you’re looking to get out one more time on Lake Pardee you have until Oct. 29 before it closes until February.   

Lake Don Pedro
The trout bite continues to be really good. Most fish are being caught from 45 to 55 feet deep.

Several lures are working well for trollers. Vance’s Little Slim Willie with a nightcrawler or scented grub, Ex-Cel small shad, Vance’s Nasty-Boy, or rolling frozen shad off a Pro-Troll Harness.

King Salmon are being found in Upper Bay, Woods Creek and in the Tuolumne River arm, while trolling with shad or anchovies 60 to 90 feet deep.

Bass fishing is good, as there are plenty of fish to be caught up shallow by anglers using small plastic worms or shad imitating lures.

Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event
Bass Pro Shops will be having free kids’ activities October 22-24 and 29-31.

On Saturday, Oct.23 and 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., kids will enjoy getting ready for the season by decorating a craft pumpkin.

Also, anyone can color, choosing from three different coloring pages of the Great Pumpkin as well!

Kids and adults will enjoy roasting marshmallows on Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31 from 5-6 p.m.

Free Sampling of apple cobbler will also take place Oct. 23-24 and 30-31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Oct. 22 and 29, Bass Pro Shops will offer trick or treating throughout the store from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A costume parade will take place Friday, Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m. with small prizes awarded to participants.

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