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Invasive Fish Caught Has Human-Like Teeth

Photo by KPIX

Photo by KPIX

So this is weird. KPIX 5 in San Francisco has this report about a rather strange fish story:

Juan Gallo caught a pacu fish at the Lucchesi Park pond in Petaluma over the weekend. But as he lifted the fish from the water, its teeth cut the line.

A pacu is a freshwater fish typically found in the Amazon River and a relative of the piranha. While the fish is sold at U.S. pet shops, they’re illegal in California.

Gallo managed to keep a hold of the fish, and plans to turn it over to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He said if they don’t want it, he may have it stuffed.

Source: CBSLocal

Five California Locations Make Top 100 List

Clear Lake State Park was the top California family boating spot per a national Top 100 list. Photo by Brian Lull

Clear Lake State Park was the top California family fishing and boating spot per a national Top 100 list. Photo by Brian Lull

Takemefishing.org released its annual  2016 Top 100 Family Fishing & Boating Spots in America.” As my executive editor and I agreed, this is a pretty subjective list, so just because you and your kids’ favorite fishing hole didn’t make the list, don’t let rankings spoil your destination. But here are the California locations that made the cut:

5. Clear Lake State Park.

6. Brannan Island State Park 

29. Yosemite National Park 

38. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge 

66. Shasta Lake Bridge Bay 

86. Doran Regional Park, Bodega Bay 

So there you have the Golden State contributions to the list. I would have thrown Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe in there, but what do I know?

 

 

Shooting Event At Raahauge’s Hunting Club This Weekend

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The following press release is courtesy of Raahauge’s Hunting Club 

 

POOR BOY WARM UP
AT RAAHAUGE’S SPORTING CLAYS
Sunday, June 5, 2016

ENTRY FEE: $79.00 NSCA Fees Included
OPEN SQUADDING* SCORES POSTED BY 2:30

INCLUDES: AWARDS

100 NSCA TARGETS HOA and 1ST SMALL GAUGE:
Lunch Class: M – E 1st each gauge
1st in concurrent 1st Super Sporting

Directions: The Club is located 5 miles west of the I-5 fwy at the Dunnigan Exit (#556). Follow road 6 west to junction of Rd. 86 and Rd. 8. You will see the Raahauge’s sign before you reach the entrance.
Check in Time: 8:00 am
Start: 8:30 – 9:00 am
Lunch: 11:30- 2:00pm

Score card must be turned in by 1:00

Scores Posted By 2:30
M – E
All Sub Gauge and Super Sporting Can Be Shot on Friday
(50 Targets)
TARGETS RESET FOR A GREAT CHALLENGE!! 5 Stand will be available!!

 

For more information: Contact Donna Raahauges at 530-724-0552

Caples Lake Producing Nice Trout

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An update from our friends at Caples Lake Resort:

Jackson Gudel (above)  got this huge 3 ½-pound rainbow fishing from the western shoreline using garlic PowerBait in about 10 feet of water.

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Jerry Tamantini from Wilton caught this nice Mackinaw and rainbow fishing from a Caples Lake Resort fishing boat using an undisclosed lure.

We have fishing boats, kayaks, and canoes available for rental in our Marina. Our General Store is open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with bait, tackle, and snacks.

Reserve your cabin or lodge room now for this summer and have some fun in the sun at Caples Lake Resort.

 

John & Drew

Caples Lake Resort

209-258-8888

www.capleslakeresort.com

 

 

CDFW Opens Statewide Recreational Crabbing

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The following press release is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: 

The last remaining stretch of coast is open to the recreational fishery today and will open to the commercial fishery on May 26, after a seven day notice period. Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), after consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that it recommends lifting the last remaining closure of the Dungeness crab fishery (between a line extending due west from 40° 46.15? N latitude, the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt Bay and north to the southern boundary line at 41° 17.6’ N latitude of the Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area near Redwood Creek). Now the entire California coast is open to the recreational fishery.

The commercial fishery in this same closure will open accordingly seven days from today at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 26 with a presoak period on Monday, May 23 at 8:01 a.m.

With the last remaining portion of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery opening next week, CDFW reminds commercial and recreational fishing fleets of the Best Practices Guide available to download that provides tips for reducing incidences of whale entanglements with crab trap gear. All anglers are strongly encouraged to download the guide and observe best practices. This guide was produced by the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group and was a collaborative effort between commercial crabbers, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.

CDFW also reminds crabbers of the recent FAQ in order to conduct an orderly fishery. This FAQ covers topics about transiting through the current closure area to land crab and the recommended procedures for crab catch on board during the pre-soak period for those not bound by the fair start provision. Since the commercial fishery opened in Fishing Districts 6 and 7 on May 12, those bound by the Fair Start Provision will not be able to set gear and begin fishing in both districts, including the newly opened closure area described above, until the 30 day waiting period ends on Saturday June 11, 2016.

Due to the late start of the season there are also concerns over the take of soft-shelled crab. The commercial fleet should avoid taking crab that are not marketable and abide by Fish and Game Code Section 7704 that makes it unlawful to cause or permit waste of a fished resource. CDFW encourages all crabbers, buyers and processors to closely coordinate to minimize the chance of wasting any crab and violating Fish and Game Code Section 7704.

The delayed opening of the Dungeness crab fishery may concentrate effort at a time that could increase conflict with other active fisheries, for instance the salmon fishery. CDFW advises that all work together and adjust their fishing practices to avoid or minimize these conflicts.

Given the increasing reports of soft shelled crab and the unique circumstances this year that have led to unprecedented levels of fishing effort this late in the season, CDFW has concluded that it will not extend the season pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 8277. The recreational Dungeness crab season in Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties will close July 30. The recreational Dungeness crab season will close June 30 in counties south of Mendocino County. The commercial fishery will close in Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 on July 15. All other areas of the state will close to commercial Dungeness crab fishing on June 30.

Areas open to crab fishing include:

  • Recreational Dungeness crab fishery open statewide from California/Oregon border to the California/Mexico border.
  • On May 26, 2016 Commercial Dungeness crab fishery open statewide from California/Oregon border to the California/Mexico border (which includes all previously opened areas).
  • Commercial fishery currently open along mainland coast south of 40° 46.15’ N lat., at the Humboldt Bay entrance, Humboldt County to the California/Mexico border and north of 41° 17.6’ N lat. at the southern boundary of the Reading Rock SMCA (near Redwood Creek), Humboldt County to the California/Oregon border.
  • Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72? N Lat. at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor Entrance)
  • Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open in state waters of the Channel Islands except for an exclusion area between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands (see coordinates below)

Areas closed to rock crab fishing include:

  • Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are closed north of 36° 58.72? N lat. and in state waters between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands within an exclusion area bounded by straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

(1) 34° 7.75’ N lat. 120° 0.00’ W long.;

(2) 34° 7.75’ N lat. 119° 50.00’ W long.;

(3) 33° 53.00’ N lat. 119° 50.00’ W long.;

(4) 33° 53.00’ N lat. 120° 0.00’ W long.; and

(5) 34° 7.75’ N lat. 120° 0.00’ W long.

CDFW will continue to closely coordinate with CDPH, OEHHA and fisheries representatives to extensively monitor domoic acid levels in rock crabs to determine when the fishery can safely be opened throughout the state.

THE PIG TRAIL IN TEXAS

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The following story appears in the May issue of California Sportsman:

By Brittany Boddington

I’ve always been a rifle girl.

I tried crossbows when they got popular and I like them, but I still prefer my rifle. I tried bowhunting and I had some success, but missed my gun the whole time.

The new kid on the block in the hunting world is the semiautomatic sporting rifle. Some traditionalists reject the idea, but with the boom in the industry, it is impossible to ignore this new market.

I was invited to try one of these guns on a feral hog hunt in Texas and I jumped at the opportunity. I had only shot one at the range once and not well, so I was excited to get a chance to try again. We decided to film the hunt and use my Legendary Arms Works .300 Win Mag as well as an AR-15 and do a compare and contrast. Axelson Tactical set me up with one in .223 for the challenge.

We arrived at Executive Outdoor Adventures (940-366-1565;executiveoutdooradventures.com) and were greeted by owner Andy Anderson. We had opted to do a ground hunt in order to use both guns, though the outfit predominantly does helicopter hunts. We had a lovely little cabin and I took the cooking responsibilities.

I had flown into Austin because that is where my cameraman happened to live and we made it a road trip to get to the company’s location in Bowie, which is northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. We stopped along the way and loaded up on groceries, as I had prepared a menu for the four days in camp. I knew what we needed and the shopping went pretty quick.

Once we got settled I made us some dinner while we chatted about the plans for the week.

The next morning we checked the guns. My LAW rifle was dead on, so we moved on to the Axelson. I brought a scope with me so we only mounted it the night before and there was some work to be done to get it on target. It wasn’t too long before we had that one zeroed in as well. I have to admit that shooting on the semiautomatic setting is a blast.

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WITH BOTH GUNS READY we headed out to hunt. We had the unfortunate luck to be hunting during the week of a full moon, which is not ideal for pursuing pigs since they happily move all night when they have enough light and then sleep all day, which made them impossible to find.

We decided to head out on foot from the cabin. We walked up and down the hills of the property and checked all the valleys and riverbeds but didn’t find any pigs. There was obvious pig damage all over the place. Anderson explained that the pigs were just destroying the land and reproducing so fast that the helicopter was really the only way he had found to keep the numbers in check.

Our walk was nice but unfruitful, so we headed in for lunch and I made sandwiches for everyone. We went straight back out after lunch and tried a different route. It was extremely stressful walking through the thick bush because we knew there were pigs around that could shoot out at any moment, so we kept the guns ready.

We were walking through a very shady area of thick brush when Anderson stopped short and pointed to his ear. He had heard something moving in the brush. I tried my best to see through the thick brush in the direction of the noise but couldn’t make out anything. August, my camera operator, spotted the hog first and described it as flesh-colored and huge.

Suddenly the spot I was trying to see moved and I realized the hog was way closer than I had initially thought. It took off and Anderson instructed me to be ready and focus on the next opening that it would cross through. I had been carrying the AR, flicked the lever from safe to fire and held on the open ground. Sure enough, the pig shot out. I hesitated; I usually don’t shoot at running animals and my instinct was to wait until it stopped. It stopped and I fired but pulled the light trigger hard and shot just under the pig. The hog was gone in a puff of dust, never to be seen again. My first attempt was a massive fail.

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AS THE WEEK WENT on, the wind picked up and our chances looked worse and worse. We still walked every morning and evening. We tried sitting and waiting, we even tried baiting for them but had no luck. The pigs would only arrive after the camera had run out of light, which meant I couldn’t shoot.

One afternoon we returned to the cabin from a long, hot walk and started to get settled. I glanced out over the balcony and saw some movement. We rushed out onto the balcony and sure enough, there were pigs moving in the valley below. Anderson and I looked at each other and immediately decided to go for it. We grabbed our gear and our guns and took off at a dead run. August, my cameraman, chased behind us as we ran out of the cabin, down the hill and around the field.

We had plenty of light, the conditions were perfect but there was not much time until the light would go. We came around a brushy corner and carefully peeked out to see if the pigs were still there. To our surprise there were four pigs feeding, blissfully unaware of our presence.

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We had no time to waste and no cover to work with, so we made a quick dash to close some distance and got to around 260 yards. I grabbed my trusty .300 and dropped to my bottom and got in position. As with all hunts I asked for a quick confirmation that the camera had the pigs and then asked Anderson if he had a certain one picked out. He said he didn’t care and to just take the one in the best position for shooting. With that out of the way I fired immediately on a big dark boar standing broadside. It dropped in its tracks and we made a quick approach. I swapped guns for the AR, and when we got close I put one more in the swine’s head to finish the job.

Just like that our luck had changed and I got a chance to use both guns in rapid succession. We never got another chance at a feral hog on that trip, but at least I got enough to do my show and my comparison. My final verdict is that both guns have a place in the hunting industry, but for very different situations. For close-quarter pig combat – as I titled our walks through the brush – I prefer the AR, but for long-distance shooting there is no doubt in my mind that my traditional rifle is the way to go. I plan to try this again as soon as possible; it’s a lot of fun! CS

Editor’s note: Brittany Boddington is a Los Angeles-based hunter, journalist and adventurer. For more, go to brittanyboddington.com or facebook.com/brittanyboddington.

The Wicked Fish Of The East

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The following interview appears in the May issue of California Sportsman 

By Chris Cocoles

Paul Hebert sounds just like you’d expect a Gloucester, Mass., fisherman would – as if he stepped onto the set of The Perfect Storm with the straight-outta-Fenway ‘Pahk’ New England-style accent.

So is it any surprise one of the tuna anglers from the National Geographic Channel’s show Wicked Tuna would pilot a boat he named the Wicked Pissah?

Commercial fishing for giant bluefin tuna is the only life Hebert’s known as a third-generation Gloucester fisherman. And he, like his fellow fierce competitors, do their jobs the old-fashioned way – not using commercial nets but with rods and reels.

And it’s not simply the kind of fishing where wetting your line means tuna will be pushing each other out of the way to bite your bait.

“I know people who have been going for five years and never ever caught one,” Hebert says. “I know ones who have lost their house and their families – everything they own.”

“Doing it for a living, that’s why all the guys have to live out there. We never used to live out on the water. We went out every day but we never went out there for a week at a time. You have to now because everything is so expensive.”

“If you don’t catch a lot of tuna, you’re not going to get by in the winter; that’s why we’re so competitive with each other. We fight, we lie to each other because we know what’s coming: a long-ass winter,” Hebert adds with a laugh.

Hebert and two other Wicked Tuna skippers, Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise and Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna
.com
, will be in San Diego next month to participate in Tuna Wars, a fishing contest that’s part of the Friends Of Rollo organization, which hosts fishing-related events for kids.

We had a rather entertaining chat with Hebert, who shared some of his favorite fish tales.

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Chris Cocoles I’m sure this is the case for lots of residents of Gloucester, but is fishing simply in your family’s DNA?

Paul Hebert Oh, yeah. My grandfather did it and my father did it; my five older brothers did it, and now I’m doing it. I’m literally a third-generation tuna fisherman. My grandfather did it for a living and he only got 10 cents a pound. My father used to make good money at 25 cents a pound. And this just wasn’t for a couple of years. This was for a lot of years – a decade or so. And then finally in the late 1970s and early ’80s, which was when it jumped up to $1 a pound. We thought we were going to get rich when it went up to a dollar. You gotta remember that back then, you could buy a house for $15,000; everything’s relative.

CC This is a difficult industry where if you don’t produce, tough luck. How much of a struggle was it for your grandfather and dad?

PH Back in the day, when my grandfather and then my father did it, they used to do pretty good with it. My father would catch 80 to 100 tuna a year in the early ’70s. And nobody ever used to do it because no one knew. Everyone used to troll for them and my dad was trolling one day on a charter, and the tuna wouldn’t touch it even though they were jumping all over and wouldn’t touch a thing. So at the end of the day my dad was cutting off the mackerel and the tunas were coming right behind boat and grabbing the mackerel. They used to (fish with) these rods and reels with big shackles and Dacron cable leaders. So he put a hook on and threw a mackerel on, and that’s how chumming started.

CC It’s eye-opening how much harder it’s gotten to catch fish than it was before, and perhaps in other sectors in the workforce it’s become easier to succeed. And more people are out there trying to catch the same fish you are.

PH That’s exactly right. And it’s not so much the people around here; it’s the people overseas who are doing it as well. That’s what affects the price. Years ago when we used to do it and get $1 a pound or 50 cents a pound, nobody in Australia or Mexico or places like that – nobody caught tuna and shipped them to Japan. My father used to catch the tunas and got 15 cents a pound, but he found a guy in Framingham (Mass.) to pay 25 cents a pound for fertilizer; the guy had a farm. I have a newspaper clipping of my dad bringing tuna in his pickup truck to Framingham to sell them. When I tell people these stories they say, “OK?” But I have the pictures to prove it [laughs].

 

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CC What was your life like growing up the son and grandson of Gloucester fishermen?

PH Gloucester is a beautiful place. I had the best childhood a kid could ever have. I’m the youngest of six boys, so I was always protected. The only ones who used to beat me up were my brothers. And all we did was work and go fishing. That’s all I knew. I was taught carpentry and fishing. It was like a little kid growing up on a farm is the only way I can explain it. It was normal for me catching giant tuna. To other people it’s fascinating; to me it’s just my job and I love to do it. It’s like when you grow up in a family of electricians, that’s what you know and that’s how fishing was to me.

CC If you grew up in that corner of Massachusetts, chances are fishing was a part of your life.

PH Absolutely. From Cape Cod all the way to Maine there are a lot of families who do this. Back in the day all the families were really big and there would be four to 10 kids. It’s not like today where they have one or two kids. And everybody I grew up with had big families, and they all fished. I look at it now that I’m really lucky. But we weren’t spoon-fed; we had to earn what we did. And we ate a lot of seafood, the (quality of) seafood that a lot of people would die for. But we got kind of sick of it.

CC Did your dad have to encourage you and your brothers to do what he and your grandpa did?

PH He encouraged us to do it because we didn’t have a choice. You grow up and you idolize your father, because, let’s face it, my dad was the guy to go to if you wanted to catch fish. He was a legend when it comes to tuna fishing. Everybody on the whole East Coast knew my father; he was the best tuna fisherman around. He’s the one who went to town meetings in Washington (D.C.) to keep this fishery alive. He’s a reason why we’re still fishing today. Now, we’re getting all these classes of fish – anywhere from 50 pounds to 1,200 pounds – and that’s a beautiful sight to see. Some days we get up on the rooftop and it’s flat calm; and on certain times of the day – like on a tide change – you can see tuna as far as the naked eye can see in all directions. Can you imagine another boat 50 miles away doing the same thing? Well, they do.

CC Did you and your brothers get a chance to do things that kids do, like play sports?

PH In my whole family, when we were in school we all wrestled. My oldest brother, Donald, was a New England champ wrestler, the best wrestler the school has ever seen. My brother Bruce, I think he was fourth in the state; my brother Danny was third; I was second in the state. And we used to play some ice hockey. But for the most part we worked. We never went to graduation parties and high school parties. In the summertime we didn’t go to the beach. Our hearts were into fishing.

GLOUCESTER, MASS.-   Captain Paul Hebert not pleased with the disgruntled rumblings overheard from the crew aboard the Wicked Pissah. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Films & Television/Adam Markle)

GLOUCESTER, MASS.- Captain Paul Hebert not pleased with the disgruntled rumblings overheard from the crew aboard the Wicked Pissah. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Films & Television/Adam Markle)

CC You have caught so many fish over the years, but is there are still a rush when you get a tuna to bite?

PH Every time you hook up is like the first time you ever caught a fish. Every time that rod bends or the line takes off, it’s unbelievable the thrill that you get. It’s like a Chinese fire drill with the adrenaline rushing through your body. It’s why, when I hook up, I try to stay very calm so I can think. A lot of people lose their minds and that’s where you can get hurt. These are big fish and doing 50 mph when they hit that bait. You can get hurt so easily. We used to handline these tuna and I’ve seen people wrap their finger and get pulled overboard. I’ve seen people pull tuna in their boat when they’re still alive; the fish are going nuts and have crushed guys.

CC It can be such a dangerous profession. When I went to New England I regret not going to Gloucester and visiting the Memorial to the Gloucester Fisherman statue. Is that a spot where you’ll sometimes go and reflect?

PH I do it all the time. It’s so ironic that you mentioned that because I was just there this morning. My friends from New Jersey came down and we sat there at the monument for about 45 minutes talking about the people who lost their lives and what a nice thing they’ve done to have this memorial for them. People don’t realize that those who did this for a living, they took their lives in their hands every day. I spent a lot of time with my grandfather and learned a lot from him because he took the time to talk to me. My parents couldn’t talk to me as much because they were trying to make a living. And he knew a lot of the guys who lost their lives up down and whole (East) Coast.

Two Wicked Tuna skippers, Dave Carraro and Dave Marciano, will join Paul Hebert in San Diego next month for the Friends of Rollo Tuna Wars event.

Two Wicked Tuna skippers, Dave Carraro (top) and Dave Marciano, will join Paul Hebert in San Diego next month for the Friends of Rollo Tuna Wars event.

GLOUCESTER, MASS.- Captain Dave Marciano aims to bring a bluefin on board the Hard Merchandise. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Films & Television/Mitchell Long)

GLOUCESTER, MASS.- Captain Dave Marciano aims to bring a bluefin on board the Hard Merchandise. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Films & Television/Mitchell Long)

 

CC So what’s fantastic about Wicked Tuna is watching all of you bicker at each other. And some of these shows’ drama is probably embellished, but I would imagine a lot of your tension is real.

PH It’s actually a little more than what they show because a lot more goes on. The competitiveness is a lot worse than what you guys see on TV. It’s even more cutthroat than what you think. You have to remember that lives are depending on (what gets caught). You’re seeing it more of an entertainment way, but people actually do things that I wouldn’t even want to talk about – really crazy crap. And when you see us all telling each other to go a different way, we really do that [laughs]. Just know that we’re all friends too, but when the bell rings and we go tuna fishing, it’s game on. I’ll be damned if some other guy is going to catch the fish that’s gonna take me and my daughter through the winter. Then again, every one of us would help each other.

CC But it’s something where the competitive juices are always flowing, right?

PH I took my friend from San Diego, who I met the first year I went out there for the Friends of Rollo tournament, and we’ve stayed close. He goes out fishing all the time in California and they catch a lot of yellowtail, yellowfin and some smaller bluefin, and it’s a big deal when someone catches a 100-pound tuna. I took him out here (off Gloucester) for five days last October and we caught four giants. I had him reel in every single one, and he called me a week after he got home and said, “You know what? You ruined me.” “What are you talking about?” He said he couldn’t even think of going after these little yellowfin in California. It’s hard to feel it unless you do it. It’s like a drug.

CC And you fish with rods and reels and not commercial nets.

PH We do it by rod and reel because we follow the (tradition) of catching one fish at a time. Some guys use seine nets – there are only five boats that do that. You herd up a school of tuna, close the net and they beat the hell out of each other. There’sno money in that. I’d rather go out and get one tuna at a time, preserve the stock and not kill the whole school. You want to save all these little fish; that’s why we have a size limit – we can not keep tuna unless 6 feet or larger. That’s a big tuna. But that’s why the stocks have bounced back so tremendously.

The fishing out here is different; if we have an extremely cold winter, the giant blues here like the cold water and they’re such a warm-blooded fish that like the colder water. They can go into 40-degree water and warm their own blood up.

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CC Is it a special feeling when you come back with fish on ice?

PH When we get all prepped up for a three- or four-day trip and we come back with a couple tuna on deck, No. 1 is we’ve done our job and we’ve exceeded (expectations), because it’s not an easy thing to do. You’re making a paycheck and supporting your family off it. You know when you’re working and you get that paycheck on a Friday? That’s how we feel coming back – feeling like it’s always Friday! [laughs]

CC  How did you get involved out here in California with Friends of Rollo and Tuna Wars?

PH I went to the Fred Hall Show when I was invited out there by Maui Jim (sunglasses). It was the biggest show around and while I was there meeting and greeting, I saw at everyone’s booth there was a sign for “Friends of Rollo – Donate here.” All the companies were (promoting) it. I thought, “What the hell is a Friends of Rollo?” They told me he was an old sea captain from San Diego who took out passengers on long-range trips and he died. And when asked and they said Friends of Rollo takes kids fishing from San Francisco to San Diego, and it’s usually kids who have disabilities. That hit close to home because my daughter (7-year-old Ashley) has low muscle tone. It’s called Prader-Willi Syndrome. She was tube-fed for 11 months and she couldn’t walk or couldn’t eat. Everything had to be done manually to her stomach. She had an operation where they had to cinch her esophagus because she couldn’t swallow. But right now she is wonderful; she thinks every little child has two belly buttons [laughs]. She just can’t do some things that other kids can do, like run. And she’s a smart little girl.

But when I found out it involved all these challenged kids, I said, “I’m in. What do you want me to do? I may as well try to help raise some money for you guys.” While I was at that (Fred Hall Show), we put up a flier to “come on a two-day offshore trip with Paul Hebert.” The donations for the trip went right to the Friends of Rollo and we took 24 people and raised $24,000. And I went out again and took the 100,000th kid fishing on a Friends of Rollo trip. Isn’t that amazing? I didn’t even fish; I just had fun watching everyone else have such a good time. When I was saw what it was about firsthand I called Dave Marciano and said, “Dave, this was the most self-rewarding charity event I’ve ever done in my life.”

 

 

The three captains will battle each other for West Coast tuna glory next month.

The three captains will battle each other for West Coast tuna glory next month.

 

 

 

GLOUCESTER, MASS.- Captain Paul Hebert aboard the Kelly Ann. (Photo Credit: Pilgrim Films & Television/Ananta Gandos)

CC So when you go back there next month to join the two Daves, I would imagine that’s going to be competitive among you all again for whose boat catches the most fish.

PH Every single day I think of a way to beat those guys. That’s how competitive it is [laughs]. I won last year and want to win it again. CS

Editor’s notes: New episodes of Wicked Tuna air on Mondays at 9 p.m. Pacific. Go to channel.nationalgeographic.com/wicked-tuna for more. Follow Paul Hebert on Twitter (@PissahTunaPaul) and like at facebook.com/PaulHebertFriends

FRIENDS OF ROLLO TUNA WARS

WHEN June 14-16

WHERE Boats will depart out of Seaforth Landing in San Diego on April 14 and return to port on June 16

DETAILS Three Wicked Tuna captains, Paul Hebert, Dave Marciano and Dave Carraro, will lead teams and skipper boats for this charity event that benefitsFriends of Rollo, a nonprofit organization that takes kids on fishing trips up and down California. Hebert will pilot the local boat, Cortez, with Marciano on theEclipse and Carraro on the Tribute. Anglers can sign up to fish with the captain they want to – as space allows – for a $1,000 donation. Anyone who signs up can attend a reception on June 13 at Bali-Hai on Shelter Island in San Diego.

To sign up and get more information, contact Jim Holden of Friends of Rollo atjim@rollokids.org or by calling (858) 350-5870, extension 103. For more on the event, go to rollokids.org/tuna-wars. CS 

Ocean Salmon Fishing In The North Starts Soon

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CDFW Photo

The following press release is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces the recreational ocean salmon season in the Klamath Management Zone (KMZ), the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), will open May 16, making all ocean waters in California available to salmon fishing. The season will continue through May 31 and reopen June 16-30, July 16-Aug. 16, and Sept.  1-5 with a 20-inch minimum size limit.

Anglers fishing in the KMZ should be conscious of closures at the mouths of the Klamath and Smith rivers throughout the season, as well as a closure at the mouth of the Eel River during August and September. See California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 27.75 for complete river mouth closure information.

In the Fort Bragg area, which extends from Horse Mountain to Point Arena (38° 57’ 30” N. latitude), the season will remain open through Nov.  13 with a 20-inch minimum size limit. In the San Francisco area, which extends from Point Arena to Pigeon Point (37° 11’ 00” N. latitude), the season will continue through Oct. 31 with a 24-inch minimum size limit through April 30 and 20-inches thereafter.  In the Monterey area between Pigeon Point and Point Sur (36° 18’ 00” N. latitude) the season will continue through July 15 while areas south of Point Sur will continue through May 31. The minimum size limit in Monterey and areas south is 24-inches total length.

CDFW and the Pacific Fishery Management Council have constructed ocean salmon seasons to reduce fishery-related impacts on endangered Sacramento River winter Chinook. Drought conditions and unsuitable water temperatures in the upper Sacramento River led to greater than 95 percent mortality of juvenile brood year 2014 and 2015 winter-run Chinook. Coupled with abnormally warm and unproductive ocean conditions, fisheries managers and industry representatives chose to take additional protections beyond those required by the Endangered Species Act biological opinion and harvest control rule.

Available ocean data suggest that winter-run Chinook are concentrated south of Pigeon Point, especially south of Point Sur, during the late summer and early fall. Strategic closures and size limit restrictions implemented in the San Francisco and Monterey management areas are intended to minimize harvest and catch-and-release mortality of winter-run Chinook.

The daily bag limit is two Chinook per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. On a vessel in ocean waters, no person shall possess or bring ashore more than one daily bag limit.

For anglers fishing north of Point Conception (34° 27’ 00” N. latitude), no more than two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks shall be used, and no more than one rod may be used per angler when fishing for salmon or fishing from a boat with salmon on board. In addition, barbless circle hooks are required when fishing with bait by any means other than trolling between Horse Mountain and Point Conception.

CDFW reminds anglers that retention of coho salmon is prohibited in all ocean fisheries.

Final sport regulations will be published in the CDFW 2016 Supplemental Fishing Regulations booklet available in May atwww.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations. For complete ocean salmon regulations, please visit CDFW’s ocean salmon webpage atwww.wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.

 

Good Bass Fishing At SoCal’s Lake Casitas

Photos by Ojai Angler

Photos by Ojai Angler

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Here’s an update from Marc and Amy Mitrany of the Ojai Angler:

Fishing at Lake Casitas continues to be EXCELLENT as you can see from these “HAPPY” – SMILING ANGLERS” and too, the weather has been awesome! Live bait thread fin shad is harvested everyday, Giving you many chances at lots of bass.

 

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** FRIDAY MAY 13 open

Sunday May 15 afternoon open

Monday May 16, – Friday May 20

Sunday, May 22, Monday, May 23 Thursday, May 26 and Sunday, May 29 are open for reservations.

Ojai Angler:

– 805-701-2835

 ojaiangler.com

Reaction To Fish And Game Commission’s Changes

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Update: Here’s a little info on the two just appointed members of the five-person commission, Peter Silva and Russell Burns, from the Sacramento Bee.

With the new appointment of Valerie Termini as the California Fish and Game Commission’s executive director,  reaction to the news is starting to trickle in.

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle, :specifically regarding Termini replacing Jim Kellogg, whose departure seemingly left the commission without an avid hunting advocate:

Termini, who will be the first woman to head the agency when she starts Monday, will not vote on commission issues but will lead the research that is offered to commissioners to make their decisions. She said Tuesday that her only agenda is to provide solid information to the panel and continue along the “same lines” as her predecessor.

“I’m a huge fan of the former executive director,” she said, noting that she similarly supports hunters and fishers. “I want to encourage more people to go out hunting and fishing. You need to get outside to clear your head.”

Termini joined the Ocean Protection Council staff in 2007. She holds a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and once served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the west African nation of Togo.

Tom Raftican, president of the Sportfishing Conservancy, commended Termini’s qualifications but said she didn’t have Mastrup’s record of hunting and fishing advocacy.

“I’m sorry about the loss of institutional knowledge,” he said.

Raftican said Termini’s hiring wasn’t a surprise given California’s changing demographics and the waning interest in the traditions of outdoor sports.