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Huge yellowtail caught off San Diego coast

Mike Lackey (left) and Scott McDonald with the 81-pound, 4-ounce yellowtail.

Mike Lackey (left) and Scott McDonald with the 81-pound, 4-ounce yellowtail.

Our San Diego-based correspondent, Steve Carson, reports on a giant yellowtail caught making big news.

 

NEWS FLASH- MONSTER YELLOWTAIL

By Steve Carson

 California Sportsman

 

 

The largest yellowtail in several years, and one of the largest ever caught was brought in by Captain Mike Lackey’s Vagabond out of Point Loma Sportfishing in San Diego last month. The monster yellow weighed 81.4 pounds, and was landed by second skipper Gordon Lackey, who was using a Penn 114H2 reel with 80 pound line, and a live mackerel fished on the bottom near Alijos Rocks. Fortunate angler Lackey  and fellow Vagabond crewman Scott Donald hefted the beast for the camera.

DFW Officials To Appear At Sacramento ISE

PRESS RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMENS EXPO, January 9-12, 2014.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

EVENT:  Meet the leadership of the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
LOCATION:  California Sportsmen Theater, Pavillion Building, Cal-Expo Sacramento
DATE:    Saturday, January 11, 2013, 1:00-2:00 PM.
Panelists:      Director, Chuck Bonham                               Deputy Director, Wildlife & Fisheries Division, Dan Yparraguirre                                Chief, Wildlife Branch, Dr. Eric Loft                               Chief, Fisheries Branch, Stafford Lehr                               Chief, Law Enforcement (Wardens), Mike Carion

Anglers, hunters and sportsmen, and folks who just enjoy the outdoors will have unprecedented access to the top management and decision-makers of the California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife at the International Sportsmens Expo coming January 9-12, 2014 to Cal-Expo, Sacramento.

Chuck Bonham, Director, and his top management team will be on hand at a special question/answer and informational panel to be held at the “California Sportsmen” Theater on Saturday, January 11.

Sep Hendrickson, host of the award-winning “California Sportsmen” radio show on KHTK 1140 Sacramento, developed the panel with the intent of increasing communication and informing the public about the vast decision-making process involved in California’s bureaucracy.
This unique opportunity provides Northern California’s sportsmen with the ability to relate and receive clarification and solid information from CDFW regarding directions, goals, regulations, studies, licenses, tags, stamps and enforcement.  “It will be an informative panel and might get a little ‘rowdy’ – but that’s the idea”, said Hendrickson.  “You can bet that California’s sportsmen will be heard – and CDFW will be there to listen and clarify”.

Put faces to the names – let the Director and his team know how you feel about issues, enforcement, outdoor opportunities and a whole lot more.  January 11 – 1:00PM at the Sacramento I.S.E., Cal-Expo.

California Gun Case Worth Keeping An Eye On

Dave Workman, a regular contributor to our sister magazines, Northwest Sportsman and Western Shooting Journal, and a sometimes correspondent at California Sportsman, had a very interesting report about a California gun ownership trial that seems like a minor story, but with a much bigger potential for bigger news down the line. Here’s some of Workman’s story:

Here, in part, is what Senior Judge Anthony Ishii of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, said in his order denying a motion to dismiss the case called Silvester v. Harris, which challenges California’s ten-day waiting period law (WPL) on the delivery of a firearm:

“The WPL as applied against those who have previously purchased firearms or who possess certain state licenses is the equivalent of a prior restraint, and thus should be analyzed under strict scrutiny. However, under either strict scrutiny or intermediate scrutiny, the WPL fails. In terms of strict scrutiny, Harris has not shown that the law is effective either in reducing gun violence or in keeping firearms out of the hands of unqualified purchasers where the government has already issued that purchaser a License To Carry or a Certificate Of Eligibility.”

The defendant in this case is California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who has been defending the Golden State’s 10-day waiting period on every firearm transaction. She filed a motion to dismiss the case, filed almost two years ago by the CalGuns Foundation, chaired by Gene Hoffman; SAF, headed by Alan Gottlieb, and three individual plaintiffs, including Jeff Silvester, for whom the case is named.

California gun issues are usually hotly contested issues, so stay tuned if this escalates into something even more significant.

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Lake Del Valle fishing report

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Stephanie Teng (left) of Fremont with a 14.5-pound Del Valle striper

Here’s a report from Ashley Lotscher at Lake Del Valle:

Lake Del Valle Fishing Report

November 29, 2013

The water temperature is 57 degrees at the end of the dock. Fishing has been pretty consistent from the last week to this week. The great catch this week has been two Stripers that Stephanie Teng pulled out on different days this week each weighing over 14 lbs. she was using a silver 7 gram spoon casting and retrieving by the Dam. Trout have been still biting off of Powerbait of bright colors such as Chartreuse or Spring Green, Kastmasters, and Night Crawlers along the Lower Narrows and East Beach best from shore. Catfish have been biting off of Anchovies and Night Crawlers in the Lower Narrows by down trees or brush. Largemouth and Smallmouth bass have been very rarely heard of but the occasional hit on a Spook or Pointer seem to do the trick anywhere throughout the lake Anglers need to really go searching for them.

 

 Fish Plants:

11-21-13 750lbs. of Trout from Mt. Lassen.

11-27-13 1000lbs. of Trout from Mt. Lassen.

 

Lucy Higgins

Lucy Higgins with three Del Valle trout caught on PowerBait at the East Beach

 

 

 

 

 

Fred The Showman

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Photos courtesy of Bart Hall

Fred Hall was an iconic showman whose Southern California outdoors shows that have gone on since just after World War II continue to draw thousands of visitors. Fred’s son Bart now produces two March Fred Hall Shows in Long Beach and San Diego. Bart wrote a great and fun retrospective on his dad’s vision for exhibits and a few of the zany promotions he’s cooked up over the years. Reading Bart’s story reminded me of Bill Veeck, the longtime baseball owner and pioneer who once ordered a midget, Eddie Gaedel, to pinch-hit in a game for the St. Louis Browns. And who could forget Veeck’s “Disco Demolition Night” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park?

Here’s some of Bart’s story, which you can read in its entirety by picking up a December issue of California Sportsman:

My father never missed an opportunity to promote his events. One year it rained so hard that the underpass in front of the Great Western Exhibit Center got filled with water and several cars were stuck under water. Local TV was now a big deal, so my dad got a rowboat and put it in the water of the underpass, went over each car and put a flag on each submerged vehicle. That was free live TV. The next year he had a female skydiver land in the parking lot of the show and step out of her harness and jumpsuit wearing only a bikini.

One of the things my father taught me is that it is very important to advertise properly. It is also very important to provide interesting new things each year so the local media will want to cover the event with live TV and radio and newspapers. One of the hardest things about the shows is making them “new and fresh” each year. We are now in our 68th year of show production and are still thinking the same way.

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Predators Turned Prey

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Photos courtesy of Tim Hovey

Our man Tim E. Hovey brings you another informative hunting story for our December issue of California Sportsman. Tim is a versatile outdoorsman, and displays his knowledge of calling devices to get close to predatory animals like coyotes, bobcats and fox.

Here’s Tim’s view on hand vs. electronic calls. Read the rest of his report in December’s CS:

In recent years there has been an amazing amount of product growth in both handheld calls and electronic calls. In my opinion, both types work equally well and have their place in chasing predators. I like the ease of using hand calls and carry a couple of my favorites to each stand. I also use an electronic call with a remote when I hunt solo or when I hunt in thicker cover. This gives me the ability to place the call and sound away from my location, tipping the advantage in my favor when I hunt by myself.
The sounds coming from your hand call don’t much matter. It just needs to sound woeful, injured and frantic. If you listened to a dozen callers using their favorite brand of hand call, they’ll all sound different. Just find one you’re comfortable with and practice.
The top-dollar electronic callers come with long-range remotes and, in my opinion, more digital calls than a caller will use in a lifetime. My caller holds 200 different sounds and I use three of them. While I do see the advantage of using the electronic calls in certain situations, you don’t need them to call in predators. I make most of my stands using hand calls.

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

By  Chris Cocoles

Happy Thanksgiving from California Sportsman! Today is a day for family, turkey and football, sometimes not necessarily in that order! But I flew from our Seattle office to the Bay Area to celebrate Turkey Day with my brood. I’ve been in Seattle on the CS beat since August, and I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all my correspondents and co-workers who have helped put together the issues I’ve skippered so far in my short time on the job. I’ll be back in the office on Monday to continue putting together our January edition as the calendar turns to 2014.

We featured respected character actor – and shooting enthusiast – Joe Mantegna on our December California cover. And the hope is to feature more California entertainers, athletes and others on future covers. In the next couple days, look for a few other sneak previews of our December magazine as we bid farewell to 2013.

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One of my favorite photos of the year is this one courtesy of guide Rick Kennedy of Tight Lines Guide Service. Talk about being thankful 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kai USA Announces Exclusive Partnership with Duck Commander & Buck Commander

 

• Kai USA brands Kershaw Knives and Pure Komachi 2 will team up with Duck
Commander and Buck Commander to create a series of new knives

• The new series will include every day carrying knives, hunting knives, kitchen cutlery,
and more
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TUALATIN, OREGON—Duck Commander, makers of best-selling duck calls, and Buck Commander,
makers of quality deer-hunting gear and apparel, are partnering with Kai USA ltd. on an exciting series of
new knives.

Duck Commander owners, the Robertson family, have become famous through their phenomenally popular
A&E cable television show Duck Dynasty. The show’s fourth season premier recently became the number
one nonfiction series telecast in cable TV history. The Buck Commanders have their own popular television
show on the Outdoor Channel.

Kai USA brand Kershaw Knives, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander will work together on a
selection of every day carrying knives and hunting knives, in both fixed-blade and folding styles, as well as
a selection of machetes and accessories. Kai’s Pure Komachi 2 brand will partner with Duck/Buck
Commander on a kitchen cutlery series, which will involve the “Duck wives” of Duck Dynasty.

“Kai USA, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander are all well known for the quality and innovation of
their products,” said Jack Igarashi, Kai USA Chief Operating Officer. “That makes our partnership a natural
fit and we are very proud to be the Official Knife of Duck Commander and Buck Commander.”

The first three to four knives in the series will be available by mid-year 2014. Prototypes will be shown at
the important industry trade show, the SHOT Show, in Las Vegas in January. Successive years of this
multi-year licensing agreement will feature an expanded lineup of products, from hunting knives and
kitchen cutlery to accessories and apparel.

The co-branded knives will be distributed through all Kai USA channels as well as through Duck
Commander and Buck Commander outlets. Promotional displays and sales materials will be available to
assist retailers in successfully merchandising these must-have product lines.

• Kai USA brands Kershaw Knives and Pure Komachi 2 will team up with Duck
Commander and Buck Commander to create a series of new knives

• The new series will include every day carrying knives, hunting knives, kitchen cutlery,
and more
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
TUALATIN, OREGON—Duck Commander, makers of best-selling duck calls, and Buck Commander,
makers of quality deer-hunting gear and apparel, are partnering with Kai USA ltd. on an exciting series of
new knives.

Duck Commander owners, the Robertson family, have become famous through their phenomenally popular
A&E cable television show Duck Dynasty. The show’s fourth season premier recently became the number
one nonfiction series telecast in cable TV history. The Buck Commanders have their own popular television
show on the Outdoor Channel.

Kai USA brand Kershaw Knives, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander will work together on a
selection of every day carrying knives and hunting knives, in both fixed-blade and folding styles, as well as
a selection of machetes and accessories. Kai’s Pure Komachi 2 brand will partner with Duck/Buck
Commander on a kitchen cutlery series, which will involve the “Duck wives” of Duck Dynasty.

“Kai USA, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander are all well known for the quality and innovation of
their products,” said Jack Igarashi, Kai USA Chief Operating Officer. “That makes our partnership a natural
fit and we are very proud to be the Official Knife of Duck Commander and Buck Commander.”

The first three to four knives in the series will be available by mid-year 2014. Prototypes will be shown at
the important industry trade show, the SHOT Show, in Las Vegas in January. Successive years of this
multi-year licensing agreement will feature an expanded lineup of products, from hunting knives and
kitchen cutlery to accessories and apparel.

The co-branded knives will be distributed through all Kai USA channels as well as through Duck
Commander and Buck Commander outlets. Promotional displays and sales materials will be available to
assist retailers in successfully merchandising these must-have product lines.

Southern California Fishing opportunities with Marc Mitrany

One of the best bass-fishing guides in the Los Angeles area is Marc Mitrany of the Ojai Angler Fishing Guide Services (ojaiangler.com).

Marc is currently guiding lakes Casitas (in Ventura County) and Castaic (near Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles). Here’s his latest report:

 

Hello Anglers!

 

The weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS at Lake Casitas so clear and crisp our famous mountain range stands out, the trees are tuning beautiful sades of orange, yellow and golden colors. We have brisk mornings and heating up to the 70’s. We had a little rain and even snow on top of Chief’s Peak yesterday to freshen everything up for Thanksgiving!

Gary yesterday Wed. Nov.20th at Castaic Lake with some bass and striper for the day, used artificial baits and Lunker Potion Fish Attractant.

We are guiding both lakes right now Lake Casitas and Castaic Lake. Taking reservations at Castaic Lake up until November 27th. Lake Casitas is a Jewel, we getting in our reservations for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

OPEN DATES

Sat. Nov. 23rd

Wed. Nov. 26th

Thurs. Nov. 27th

Friday Nov. 29th Pontoon Boat 12-4pm (only)am is booked.

Sunday December 1st

CHECK OUT THE COLORS! Here is Al, John and Don Wed. Nov. 13th afternoon at beautiful Lake Casitas with a nice bass using all artificial baits and Lunker Potion Fish Attractant.

 

HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL!!
We are offering our SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES for 2014, for our clients to use for themselves or for anyone on their Holiday list who loves the sport of fishing, OR for that someone that would enjoy learning and experiencing something new!

FISHING IS FOR EVERYONE OF ALL AGES!

 

Half day Special, two people on the Bass Boat for $275.00

(Reg. $325.00)

Full day Special, two people on the Bass Boat for $375.00

(Reg. $425.00)

This Gift Certificate is valid any time at Lake Casitas for the year 2014!

Lunker Potion Fish Attractant 6 pack special $24.95 with free shipping until the end of the year!!

We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon. We sure appreciate all of our wonderful clients!!!

We practice CATCH and RELEASE for the next generation and the next!

H A P P Y

T H A N K S G I V I N G !

Guide Marc and Amy Mitrany Ojai Angler Fishing Guide Services
ojaianglerfishing@gmail.com
800-572-6230 TEXT 805-701-2835

 

www.ojaiangler.com

CDFW Response To Fish Stocking Case Decision

Sorry I didn’t share this yesterday, but we were getting out the December magazine to press. But here is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife response to the dismissed case of fish stocking and potential pollutants added to the state’s waters:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham made the following statement after Judge William Orrick of the U.S District Court, Northern District dismissed a case regarding CDFW’s fish stocking program:

“In an era in which some prefer to litigate instead of pursue decision-making through the public process, I’m encouraged by this legal victory. Though we expect an appeal that could jeopardize our legacy statewide fish stocking program, it’s a big win for today.”

The court found that CDFW’s practice of stocking fish into lakes in California does not amount to adding a pollutant to the water in violation of the Clean Water Act, as alleged by two nongovernmental organizations, one from Montana and one from Oregon.

The dismissal order can be found at www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/08/fish.pdf.