While some folks think that fishing for trout is best in the spring, I am of the opinion that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can. Just like bears preparing for hibernation, fish often go on a fall feeding binge to fatten up so they can survive the coming winter. Thus fall can be a great time to catch monster trout.
With the stripers beginning to make their way through the Delta, I am once again reminded of my first time ever fishing for them.
Bill Poindexter's roots run deep at Stockton's 99 Speedway. As a young reporter with the now defunct Manteca News in 1980 he was given the assignment of covering racing at the 99. He quickly fell in love with all of the sights, sounds and dynamic personalities that came alive every Saturday night from early spring through the fall at the paved high banked, 1/4-mile oval. "I was a kid of the 1970s so I was ...
Over lunch the other day, some friends amd I were discussing the best way to teach a beginner to shoot. We found ourselves in unanimous agreement that the best firearm to learn to shoot with is the 22 caliber single shot rifle with traditional iron sights. There are a host of 22 s out there ranging from the simple single shot model to tube fed 22s, lever action saddle guns, slide action gallery guns and ...
This time of the year is magical on the Delta. There are a variety of fish to be caught. It's not uncommon to be struck by a migrating striped bass or king salmon. If you're into lure fishing, this is the time to cover as much water as you can while tossing your favorite crank bait. It's also the time when large schools of stripers begin to make their way through the main channels while ...
We weren't in much of a hurry Saturday, so we stood at the tailgate of Nate's truck and retold the highlights of seven years worth of fly fishing trips. Whenever we've been together lately it's been like this. Our memories are told with increased vigor and embellishment as my move nears.
I continue to be amazed at how far technology has advanced and its impact on fishing. When I was around 12 years old, Shimano came out with a reel that had an electric line counter on it. Sitting on top of the reel was a small digital screen that let you know how much line was out. At the time, I thought that was incredible. When my dad brought it home I looked at it ...
Outside of fishing trips, I get column ideas from everywhere. Sometimes a discussion in class or interaction with a stranger leads me to a column. Sometimes it's a conversation with my high school basketball coach, college professor, college roommate or a knife-wielding fish cutter. One of my journalism professors in college told me never to underestimate people as a potential source of inspiration for a piece. As a result, I'm usually mining just about anyone ...
Not long ago I heard a story about a school teacher in Montana who asked students on a quiz to name the four seasons. The most common answer she got was Trout Season, Deer Season, Elk Season, and Duck Season. That's sort of the way my mind works too. Opening Day of both deer season and bear season for the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Saturday, Sept. 28. Deer season runs six weeks until Nov. 3, while bear season lasts until Dec. 29.
Fishing and football have been two of my deepest passions since I was a youngster. It's been many seasons and I'm still just as crazy about both of them. The difference this year is that I've actually got the urge to get out and do some hunting. For years I've always butted heads with hunters, especially duck hunters, but for some odd reason I'm interested in hunting. Call it a mid-life crisis! Unlike a lot ...
We knew Sierra's Bryson Sanders would be one of quarterback Jake Pruitt's favorite targets.
Last week I discussed Into the Wild with my buddy Nate's junior Advanced Placement class during my prep period.
With the summer-like conditions we've been having lately, the inexperienced angler tends to believe that the fishing conditions are the same as the summer. After all, the days are just as hot and the waterways are as busy as any other summer day.
When I was chastised for wearing a Simms Fishing Products hat while deer hunting this summer, my hunting buddy, who will remain nameless, didn't mention the trout silhouette on the front.
Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers. Unfortunately, nearly 20 percent of all boating accidents in California occur on holidays. Surprisingly, 80 percent of all boating fatality victims would have survived if they had been wearing a life jacket. Once an accident occurs, it is often too difficult, and usually too late, to don a life jacket. Imagine trying to put on a seatbelt while in the middle of a crash! Once ...
Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of 5 modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history. Although I can't prove it, I'll bet that those ancient hunters were also using duck calls as well as decoys. Putting food on the fire for your family was deadly serious back then, and it is well documented that game calling was one on the tools used by primitive hunters. ...
It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.
STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.
Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.
It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly.
The deaths of 19 football players in a single season precipitated a national crisis in 1905, an event Doris Kearns Goodwin touches on in a new biography of president Teddy Roosevelt. There were 28 reported deaths some seven decades later, when James Michener created a stir with "Sports in America."
While I miss old the fashioned Christmas where the emphasis was on the birth of Christ and the gifts symbolic of those brought by the Magi, it is obvious that the season has evolved into a gift buying frenzy that starts earlier each year. I know that I cannot change the trend all by myself, but at the very least we can concentrate on giving gifts that are selected to match the recipient.
Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.
By now, most anglers have packed everything away for the winter and are waiting for the weather to warm up before they go fishing again.
Although we often think of Thanksgiving as an American holiday, it is actually celebrated in many nations. We Christians believe that we have a benevolent God to whom we should give thanks and every other religion is free to give thanks to whatever god they choose to believe in. In addition Thanksgiving emphasizes the extent to which we are still dependent upon nature for our very survival, and secondly, the extent to which Thanksgiving has been a family oriented holiday.
Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.
I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for ...
RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.
I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.
The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.