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New show has Ballardo glued to the tube
Jerry Walzer, from left, Carl Dunbar and Captain R.J. Waldron caught some nice striped bass while recording Carl and Jerry’s Fishing and Hunting Show near the mouth of the Napa River. - photo by Photo by JAROD BALLARDO
Last weekend, I was invited to a premier showing of a new fishing and hunting show, which is scheduled to air this Saturday on Comcast SportsNet at 11a.m.

It’s called Carl and Jerry’s Fishing and Hunting Show. Being sort of a self-proclaimed connoisseur of fishing shows, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

This particular episode was filmed on the Delta, which got my interest right away.There’s nothing I hate more than watching a fishing show that is filmed while fishing private waters.

The simplified approach Carl Dunbar and Jerry Walzer took in explaining how they were catching their fish was another major plus. I hate it when hosts end up over-explaining, eventually leading up to you having to buy a certain product to have the same success. Carl and Jerry’s Fishing and Hunting Show is different than any other I’ve viewed before. At times, Jerry kids with Carl and even when the action heated up they let their cameraman, Joe Bob, get in on some of the action.

To wrap up each episode, Carl and Jerry share one of their many cooking recipes of whatever they caught that week. I’m sure we’ve all wondered what it would be like to have our own hunting or fishing show.
Well, Carl and Jerry made their dream a reality and have produced a show that is sure to keep your attention. This week’s edition will feature Carl and Jerry fishing for stripers near the mouth of the Napa River.

Summer patterns prevail as anglers are catching bass while fishing with reaction baits such as Zoom Horney Toads and spinner baits. Both inside and outside weed lines are producing fish but the bigger fish are being caught by those fishing large wake baits, top water frogs or flipping plastics.

Catfishing remains good for anglers fishing the Whiskey Slough area while using clams and anchovies. The bluegills are spawning right now so the fishing has been really good for those finding them up in the shallows.

New Melones Lake
Kokanee fishing continues to be red hot early in the day while trolling apex lures 40 to 65 feet deep in green, red or pink. Bass fishing remains good for numbers of smaller fish with the bigger ones being few and far between.

Anglers are doing well while dragging Carolina Rigs along the bottom. There is a good top water bite right now early and late in the day. Catfishing has been really good for those fishing at night with traditional catfish baits.

Bluegill and crappie continue to bite for those fishing with either a minnow or worm under a bobber in the backs of coves.

Lake Amador
Fishing during the day has been really for those going for bluegill in the shallows. The bass fishing has really slowed during the day.

Fishing during the night is great; lots of quality fish being caught. Berkeley Power Worms in any of the darker colors are working well. As the sun comes up look for the schools of bass to also come up for the first couple hours of the day.

Lake Tulloch
The bite on the lake has been really good while fishing the morning and evening hours with top water baits. During the day go deeper for Bass with small plastics and deep diving crankbaits.

Boat traffic has been really heavy lately so getting there early or fishing the evening is highly recommended. Night fishing has also been good to those fishing spinnerbaits in Copper Cove.

Lake Camanche
The bite is really good for those fishing for bluegill and bass. Bass are being caught right now just about anywhere on the lake, with rocky points being the best spots.

Lures that are being used are spinnerbaits and crankbaits, while the bigger fish are being caught by those dragging plastics along the bottom.

Bluegills are being caught shallow by those fishing with red worms in the backs of bays.

Boaters Needed
On July 19 the 11th annual Conroy Oakley Pro-Teen tournament will be held out of Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island. The purpose of the event is to introduce teens 13 to 19 years old to fishing through a professional style tournament where they will be paired up with a boater for six hours. Currently they are in need of more boaters for the event. Boaters fish for free. For more information call (925) 684-9775.

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