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Today’s youth stuck inside looking out

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POSTED October 29, 2010 2:50 a.m.
Working with teenagers, I’m amazed at how many of them have never been fishing yet.

I can remember my first fishing experience as a 6 year old. From that day on I was hooked!

Fishing actually helped me get through a lot of tougher times growing up. It provided me something positive to do which kept me out of trouble. Most importantly, it provided me with much-needed time with my father.

There were very few weekends when we weren’t out fishing. We didn’t catch a whole lot of fish back then, but we did have fun and loved just being out on the water.

I remember being at a Pro-Teen Fishing Tournament several years ago, and one of the professionals mentioned the importance of getting our kids outside.

“We need to get the kids outside, away from the video games,” he said.

I believe as parents we’ve gotten into the habit of purchasing things for our children, making it more comfortable for them to play inside instead of playing outside. Consequently, more and more children are not experiencing outdoor activities like fishing. I know it’s easier said than done, but if you have a child who has yet to experience an outdoor activity like fishing, take a day out of your busy schedule and get them out.

You may be surprised at what they catch, or more importantly, their reaction of being outside, doing something new.       

Delta Report
Fishing the Delta is tough, as duck season is in full swing and the bass have remained tight lipped.

Many anglers have been forced to go lighter in order to entice bass. Rip baits work well during this time of year as the bass usually can’t stand a bait suspending right in front of them.

Striper fishing continues to be good, as anglers are doing well while trolling or drifting live bait around the many flooded islands found throughout the Delta.

Bluegill fishing is excellent right now just about anywhere on the delta where there is wood or docks.

New Melones Lake
Bass fishing continues to be very good for numbers of smaller fish caught on shad imitating lures and plastics. Anglers are also catching fish while spooning through schools of shad.

Trout fishing is starting to pick up as anglers trolling from the surface down to 35 feet deep are beginning to find fish. Catfishing continues to be good for those fishing at night off the bank with cut bait.

Lake Pardee
The lake will be closing this Sunday and reopening in February.

The fishing has been slow during the day for most anglers fishing for trout. Some are catching them early in the day but not in big numbers while trolling the main river channel.

Lake Don Pedro
The trout bite should start picking up as the recent storms have cooled the water down.  The trout bite is still pretty slow right now but shortly it should improve as the water temperatures drop.

Anglers fishing for bass are having good luck while fishing around schools of baitfish found around main lake points.

Supposedly, the swimbait bite is good for bigger bass. Trout plants are scheduled for this week which should kick start the season for trout and big swimbait bass.

Tip of the Week
A couple years ago I was talked into getting a Save Phace mask for driving my boat.

Before that I used a motorcycle helmet. Although the helmet worked great, it was very bulky and took us a lot of storage in my boat.

After trying out the Save Phace mask I’ve since gotten rid of my motorcycle helmet. Not only is the Save Phace mask great during the summer months when bugs are plentiful, it’s great during the colder months as well.

It takes up minimal storage and is one of the easiest masks to put on and off. Prices of Save Phace masks have also gone down over the years and can be purchased at most major tackle stores or online at

To contact Jarod Ballardo, e-mail
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