My fishing buddy from this summer, Steve the cook, is up before the sun. That's not saying too much because the sun rises at 8:18 in Klawock, Alaska (it sets at 3:20). It's supposed to snow today until the temperature hits the high of 36, then it will melt into sleet, turning the ground snow into slush. When the sun sets it will freeze, locking tire treads and footprints into position until sunrise. Driving is ...
The other day, my son, Bo, and I went out to sight in a new rifle scope. The old one had begun to malfunction and needed to be replaced. Fortunately, almost all reputable optic manufacturers stand behind their products. In this case, the scope happened to be made by Bushnell Optics. A quick visit to the Bushnell website confirmed that you simply return the defective product, with an explanation of what went wrong, include a ...
The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related. Where I grew up, there were a couple of ponds in my neighborhood that were run-off ponds for an electric company. The water used to cool off the generators and then pumped back into the ponds. Consequently, those ponds stayed close to 80 degrees all year long. Somehow, bass were introduced into the pond and catching them became very easy after a few years. ...
Click. Click. Click. "Welcome to Bass Pro … hello … hello … hi … good afternoon … Happy Holidays … Welcome to Bass Pro." Click, click, click, click. There has to be a clause in the Bass Pro Shops contract that no one will claim seasonal disability on account of things like standing under the faux Redwood and pressing a clicker every time someone enters the store. The line is not quite as bad as ...
I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.
­ I'm a seven last-casts type of guy. I set certain conditions that hopefully will qualify as excuses to stay riverside, or contrastingly provide reasonable closure. Sometimes the criteria is demanding: "Last cast unless I hook one or get a bite'. Others, less optimistic: "Okay, last cast unless I see a fish." Either way usually works out to roughly seven casts. Some would think the perfect end to a day on the water would be ...
In my last column, I told you that I might be moving to the local KOA, because I was going elk hunting on our 50th anniversary.
­ After last week's weather, many anglers have put away their equipment and will be staying close to the fireplace for the next few months.
My cousin got booted from the Brock Lesnar-Cain Velasquez title fight a few weeks back for trying to break up a girl-fight in the stands moments before the main event.
It seems like a lifetime ago that I coached football and basketball at the Manteca Boys and Girls Club. In those days, we not only coached to win but we coached to respect the game and our opponent.
This morning brought the first real cold snap of the year. For many anglers, the colder temperatures bring the fish closer to the surface. For others, fishing is only going to get tougher as their species of choice will most likely be hunkering down for the winter. Fishing the wintertime can be extremely tough and for the inpatient person, unbearable. When I think about fishing during the wintertime I immediately think of slowing down and ...
­ By the time you read this column, Thanksgiving dinner will be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt.
Frightened or appalled by the prospect of walking up an escalator that dared to stop working, the lady stepped aside and allowed the guy with a frayed deltoid ligament on his left ankle and the other guy with a chewed up meniscus to hike up the stuck steps.
For almost five decades, I have been afflicted with Bear Fever. It's a real challenge hunting critters that are larger, stronger, and faster than you are. In my case, the bears are usually smarter than me also. I first got hooked on hunting bears in the Merced River Canyon east of Mariposa. In fishing the South Fork Merced, I noticed bear signs everywhere. The habitat was perfect for bears. There were abundant blackberry patches all ...
Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I've kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.
It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.
At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.
When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.
After your mom has the 7-millimeter aneurysm in her right middle cranial artery fixed, you've watched a You Tube clip of the same procedure on a different brain and your mom starts telling people she'll be home in a week (the doctors smile and say it will probably be a few days longer), your depth of observation increases.
Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Stockton's 99 Speedway this Saturday for G-Oil 150, one of the biggest events on the 2013 schedule.
I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.
I've never really seen my Mom sick. She's had colds before, but she has epitomized both strength and stubbornness. That's probably why she rarely had health issues - they were intimidated.
From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season is officially under way at the Stockton 99 Speedway, and a couple of Manteca drivers are off to hot starts.
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