People can get just plain weird over record-sized fish — even ones that others have caught. It's funny, but if you're lucky enough to catch a record, you'll probably go through the grinder of scrutiny from just about everybody and his dog before you're through. Even if the critics know little or nothing about the facts of the catch, they'll still post online comments and make crazy charges. Why does this happen?
Over the past few weeks, I've been talking to the angler who set the Texas big bass mark a few years ago as well as the world-record striper holder about this issue — and they both agree that the minute you land that big fish, you're in for some tough times that you wouldn't expect beforehand.
The first thing that seems to happen when anglers hear about the catch is that some are excited about it, but the other group can get downright offended and immediately attack the catch on any basis they can generate, whether that's based in fact or not. Charges range from illegal methods that they are sure were used because a fish like that is too tough to catch legally (in their mind); discounting the angler as being just lucky; claiming that their buddy was there and it's a bogus record; to attacking the picture of the fish as being way too small to weigh that much.
Both record holders say you've got to have some tough skin to handle the ones who are bold enough to call you a liar to your face even after the IGFA has certified the catch. Going through an IGFA certification process is like going through a full-body search, according to the striper world record holder: Everything from DNA testing of the fish to a lie detector test to verify the catch and all the defining issues surrounding a catch that make it legit. Yes, with all the ways that anglers can cheat, the IGFA is incredibly thorough and exact in its process. Why don't the detractors just wait until the full IGFA investigation is completed before they start making claims and (in some cases) attacking the character of the angler?
Al McReynolds, who held the old striper all-tackle WR mark of 78 pounds, 8 ounces, said if he knew how bad it would get, including hate mail, that if given the chance he would have cut the line on his record catch!
So why is there such negative backlash when a record fish is landed? In a world where our heroes end up confessing that they took PEDs, cheated or worse, it's easy to get jaded and skeptical about anyone who is excelling. It's easier to attribute someone's success to an unfair advantage (making the critic feel and look better) than it is to truthfully look inside and admit that someone else's legitimate accomplishments were the result of being an outstanding angler — and possibly better than they are! Some folks just won't let the facts get in the way of their opinion of what happened. Really?
Both record holders said they hated the record process and the negative spin mill, but both agreed that unfortunately envy and jealousy regarding big catches causes some anglers to make untrue accusations that should be reserved for proven cheaters. I would suggest we need to make darn sure of the facts before we crucify someone and that our true motives are not just self-serving. As sportsmen, we should be focusing on holding up and applauding our best anglers instead of tearing them down. They should be shining examples of what our great sport is all about.
Roger George is The Bee's fishing expert. He can be reached at email@example.com
Don Pedro trout are chasing bait, Monte Smith said. Success bass fishing is outstanding, Larry Kerns reported. Millerton spotted bass are hitting, Merritt Gilbert said. Bass Lake kokanee fishing is good, Todd Wittwer reported. Half Moon Bay albacore moving in, Dennis Baxter said.
THE FISHING REPORT
Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former Olympic- class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake who now guides in the greater Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted.
** Have to work hard
*** Limits possible
**** Fish jumpin' in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Striper ** Catfish ** Few reports continue to arrive from Fresno area fishermen due to the opening of hunting seasons, good action at O'Neill Forebay and extreme daytime temps. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier reported good action for numbers, but few striper of legal size. Cormier said, "A 10-pound striper would be newsworthy right now." Blood worms or pile worms are top baits and with heavy moss in the canal, and Cormier advised fishing weightless and walking the bank with the current. He added, "Fishing under a bobber is also a good technique with the moss. The key is to head out to areas with less pressure away from the main access locations."
Bass *** Trout * Bluegill ** Catfish *** Crappie ** Water releases have stopped as the lake held at 472 feet and 9% capacity, meaning the launch ramp should stay in the water the rest of the year. But, at least one boat's lower unit was destroyed on a submerged hazard. Quality bass have been found at 20 feet with jigs or Brush Hogs and there have been several quality fish in the 4- to 5-pound range landed. Still, low levels have prompted many bass fisherman to avoid the lake regardless of the good action. Catfish action is strong with anchovies, chicken livers or sardines. The area 1,000 feet south of the Raymond Bridge to the Corps Buoy Line near the Codorniz ramp is open through Nov. 30.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass ** Trout * Crappie ** Catfish ** Bluegill ** The lake held at 5% and 447 feet as water releases stopped. The only game in town is for catfish to 5 pounds from the banks with sardines, anchovies, frozen shad or mackerel. Boat ramps are out of the water.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod Gun, Clovis 292-3474; Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151
Lake Don Pedro
Bass ** Trout *** Crappie ** Kokanee ** King salmon ** Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said, "The smoke from the Rim Fire is less of an issue, but local anglers are avoiding the lake and going to Modesto or Turlock reservoirs." Updated info is available on Inciweb at www.inciweb.org/incident/3660 and info on Yosemite and road closures is at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/ rimfire.htm. Bass fishing is best with live minnows or night crawlers under a bobber, but there is action to 40 feet with Senkos in natural shad or green pumpkin purple/copper flake on a wacky rig. Trout are chasing shad schools and Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing took his new Willie Boat out for two limits of rainbows, losing another limit. The kokanee are scarce, preparing to spawn. King salmon and rainbow trout are found around Graveyard Bay, Copper Mountain and Big Oak Island from 35 to 60 feet with shad-imitation spoons or rolled shad.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass *** Trout ** Crappie *** Catfish *** Bluegill ** Isabella continues to sport good bass action and Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield said, "Boaters continue to launch without docks and they are catching fish on crankbaits and top-water lures early in the morning before dropping to the bottom with big plastic worms or jigs. The crank bait bite will continue to improve as water cools in the fall." Anglers who are willing to move around in a boat in order to locate crappie in structure are finding fish. Catfishing is good with garlic-scented clam meat, anchovies, shad or chicken livers. Live minnows and crawdads have been difficult to keep alive in the heat. The main launch continues to be open without a dock but launching a large boat is difficult. There are several bass tournaments over the next month and there may be cancellations due to the inability to launch. The lake held at 2,536 feet and 11%. In the Kern River system, the lower river is producing smallmouth bass in the 1-pound range close to town with plastic worms, night crawlers, live crickets or crawdad-patterned crank baits near Rancheria, Hart Park and Ming Park. In the upper river, trout action is very slow.
Call: Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass *** Crappie *** Trout * Catfish *** Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club said, "The shad are balling up with the low water and crank baits or jigs are working for bass." Catfish are biting live crawdads, anchovies, night crawlers or chicken livers. Crappie action is good at night under submerged lights with small minnows, minijigs or wax worms. The launch is on the second ramp. The lake fell 3 feet to 595 feet and 9%.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass *** Trout *** Catfish ** Crappie ** Bass fishing is outstanding. Larry Kerns of Visalia Bass Club reported 32 participants found action in Sunday's Success Club Fish-Off. Kerns and his partner scored with shad-patterned crankbaits or drop-shotting plastics to finish sixth. The top finisher landed two bass at 8 and 7 pounds. The ramp is open on the Rocky Hill side, but launching is not easy. Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Company confirmed the good action with a number of 5- to 7-pound bass on jigs. A 10-pounder was landed on a wacky-rigged Senko. Shad are accumulating into larger balls in the lower pool. The lake dropped 9 inches to 584 feet and 7%. Stokke found an excellent caddis bite in the upper Tule River at higher elevations in response to a major caddis hatch. The water levels are best in high country.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; Lake Success 784-0215
Bass ** Trout ** King salmon ** Kokanee ** Crappie ** Catfish *** Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported action with large minnows or night crawlers under a bobber for bass or trout from banks. A number of locals have avoided McClure and Don Pedro in favor of reservoirs in Modesto and Turlock. Senkos in natural shad or green pumpkin purple/copper flake (color 330) or RoboWorm's 4.5-inch Hologram Shad are top artificials. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling confirmed slow action for bass moving off the banks into deeper water as the lake receded 8 feet to 731 feet and 34%. He walked the banks on Friday for no fish and he said, "There were only 6- to 8-inch bass holding around the shoreline." Rainbow trout and king salmon were found to 70 feet near the dam, McClure Point and the Horseshoe with pink hootchies, Apex lures or rolled shad. Catfishing is solid with night crawlers, anchovies or live crawdads. Live minnows have been difficult to keep alive and there has been minimal interest in live crawdads.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Trout *** The last trout plant was Sept. 6 and trollers hold the upper hand on bank fishermen. Chartreuse PPK spinners are the top trolling bait as McSwain Marina has been selling out. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported good action with chartreuse scaled Power Eggs from banks. The best trolling action is in deeper water above the Floating Restrooms toward the Exchequer Dam. Bank fishing is best near the Brush Pile with chrome/blue Kastmasters or white garlic Power Eggs. The Handicapped Dock and near the marina are slower for bankies.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass *** Striper * Shad * Trout ** Millerton has the most water of any area lake and bass fishing remains good for numbers of small fish in the 11- to 12-inch range. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported limits in the 7.5- to 8-pound range are possible as bass in the 2-pound range are taken on jigs, drop-shot plastics or brass n' glass from 30 to 35 feet by mid-morning with the fish at 15 to 20 feet earlier. Gilbert added, "A few anglers are working the river arm near the 5 mph zone for quality bass; but in most locations, every fourth to fifth bass is a decent size." Patrick Movey of the Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno advised drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics to 20 feet in the main lake and to 15 feet in the river arm. Striper action remains non-existent. A few bluegill are found on red worms on a split-shot worked in the brush above Finegold. The river is very low above Finegold. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 526 feet and 57%. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, fishermen are targeting planters at the Broken Bridge on Power Bait or night crawlers. The two-fish limit on the river has limited the number of fishermen. There are new regulations on the lower San Joaquin and from Friant Dam to the Highway 140 Bridge: Only two hatchery trout and two hatchery steelhead are allowed. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin must be released.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
Bass ** Crappie ** Catfish *** Trout ** Kokanee ** Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported a slow kokanee bite with salmon working up the river arm to spawn with most of the action between the Highway 49 and Parrott's Ferry bridges from 70 to 100 feet. Lewis advised using Apex lures in pinks, greens or orange behind a large dodger and scenting shoepeg corn with Garlic, Anise, Kokanee Special or Bloody Tuna. Trout fishing remains fair with anglers locating large rainbows by trolling near the dam, spillway and in major creek channels. Shad-patterned spoons, ExCel lures, Needlefish and Speedy Shiners are good offerings, and Lewis advised a string of large flashers such as Ford Fenders, Cow Bells, Lake Trolls or Ball Trolls to attract a strike in the dingy water. Night fishing is good with limits of rainbows to 2 pounds on night crawlers or Power Bait. Bank fishing is very slow. Catfish action continues to be outstanding with most landing multiple whiskerfish per trip with anchovies, frozen shad, mackerel or chicken livers. Lewis said, "For bigger cats, try a whole mackerel or sardine on a double-hook rig using either a sliding sinker or no weight to allow the fish to swim off with the bait." Matt Repko of Angels Camp landed a 7.5-pound catfish on anchovies near the Tuttletown Launch Ramp. Bass fishing remains fair with a good bite in the morning and evening with Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, or dart-head or drop-shot plastics in deep water in the heat of the day. Lewis said, "The fish are feeding heavily on schools of small 2-inch shad in cooler water throughout the day, so using a drop-shot rig with Roboworm's Alive Shad, Zoom Tiny Flukes and Skinny Bear Shad Eye Minnows are great little baits." Crappie fishing remains slow. New Melones dropped 2 feet to 951 feet and 44%.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
Pine Flat/Kings River
Kokanee ** Bass ** Trout ** King salmon * Catfish ** Crappie** The bass bite is decent with a good top-water bite in the early morning with buzz baits or Zara Spooks before dropping to the bottom with drop-shot plastics, jigs or brass n' glass. The Fresno Bass Club Open tournament was Sunday with a 10-pound limit, including a 5.5-pound kicker, taking first place with second at 8.67 pounds. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, "The best action has been in the main lake, but a few boats are able to make it past Windy Gap to Trimmer." Trout fishing remains fair at best with trollers locating two to three fish per rod at 40 to 80 feet on the downrigger or 6 to 7 colors of lead core with Apex lures, Rainbow Runners or Needlefish. There have been few boats trolling for trout. Catfishing remains decent with anchovies for whiskerfish to 3 pounds near Pine Flat resort. The Pine Flat marina and Deer Creek ramps are in the water but the Island Park ramp is inaccessible. Gilbert advised calling to find out which ramps are open. The lake rose a half foot to 740 feet and 15%. In the Kings River, Gilbert said, "Most of our stream fishermen are heading to the lower Kings, but the interest has waned." Minimal releases have allowed for better conditions and most casters are using spinners, night crawlers or Power Bait. There are special regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam.
Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Company 539-5626; The I Forgot Store 787-3689
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
Striper *** Catfish ** Bass ** Crappie ** Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill reported good action in the Forebay for striped bass in the barely-legal range with blood or pile worms. Action peaked during Saturday's Free Fishing Day. They sold five boxes of pile worms and a similar number of blood worms. Live minnows or anchovies are working. The grass continues to thicken near shorelines. In the main lake, the best action continues to take place around deeper water near the Trash Racks with extra-large minnows or anchovy fillets for limits to 22 inches. Roger George of Roger's Guide Service trolled for 17 fish, all released, to 22 inches in deeper water on plugs during the heat Monday. "The bite is moderate, if you can find the right changing patterns, but water temps are still reaching 75 during the day," George said. "It needs to cool a little for things to explode." Coyote is out of extra-large and jumbo minnows, but a shipment is planned to arrive Friday. Most boats are launching at Basalt Recreational Area with the ramp at Dinosaur Point remaining via a dirt road. San Luis rose due to an inflow of 4,634 acre-feet of Delta water, but the lake is still very low at 25%.
Important note: All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes must undergo a mandatory inspection for Quagga and Zebra mussels. These invasive species threaten recreational opportunities, the water delivery infrastructure of California and the aquatic habitat of San Luis Reservoir. Failure to allow inspection will result in the refusal to launch.
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711; Roger's Guide Service, rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass ** Trout ** Kokanee *** Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net reported excellent action for limits of kokanee near the dam at 36 to 46 feet. Wittwer was able to locate the small school and work them with Radical Glow Tubes in pink behind a Rocky Mountain Tackle White Tiger dodger or a CJ Dodger. The RMT double glow pink hootchie behind the Mai Tai dodger is another effective setup. Wittwer has been using a longer leader since salmon are no longer in a feeding mode but an attack mode as they prepare to spawn. Schools are small, with Wittwer saying, "You have to get right where the fish are." Night fishermen jigging spoons near the bottom are culling rainbows to locate limits of kokanee. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod in Clovis reported good jigging action for kokanee near the dam with half-ounce P-Line Kokanators, 1-ounce P-Line Laser Minnows or half-ounce Kastmasters, or in pink, orange or red at 30 to 50 feet. Bass fishing improved with a small spinnerbait bite along banks in the evenings or drop-shot plastics. Gilbert said, "The bass bite will improve when nighttime temperatures drop." Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service asks people to text or email pictures and measurements of kokanee from 8 to 12 inches to Todd@Wittwer.net. Check www.BassLakeFishing.com or www.BassLakeCA.com for a webcam. The lake held at 74%.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Water Sports 642-3200
Brown trout ** Trout ** Fishing pressure is minimal with the low water levels at all lakes. Edison held at 5%, Florence dropped to 10% and Mammoth Pool is at 5%.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee ** Trout ** Smallmouth ** "It was a slow week of fishing at Shaver Lake," said Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters, but the highlight was a 3.5-pound trophy rainbow landed by 11-year old Benjamin Oiler of Clovis on a Trout Buster. Nichols found improved action on an exploratory trip with Lee Gates of Shaver Lake. The trout and kokanee are moving up in the water column with the best action between 20 and 35 feet. Pink or orange Captain Jack's Super Hootchies behind Shaver Lake or CJ Dodgers are working for kokanee as well as Apex lures tipped with corn behind Mini-Mountain flashers. The area around Eagle Point has been holding a mixed school of kokanee and trout, but anglers have to be cautious since the uneven bottom structure can quickly snag a downrigger ball. The trophy trout are hanging around the bottom near the Island with anchored boats still finding the occasional large rainbow in Tunnel Creek with Power Bait or night crawlers. Bank fishing has been hit or miss without a DFW plant since early August. Smallmouth bass are biting live crickets or small plastics near rocky structure. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Derby closed Saturday, and a 6.5-pound rainbow will earn prizes at the third Shaver Lake Trophy Trout dinner on Sept. 28 at the Shaver community center. Get tickets at Shaver Lake Sports or by calling Debby Dixon at (559) 841-2740. At Huntington, Southern California Edison Company has started a rapid drawdown due to contractual water rights. Those with boats in the marina are advised to remove them. Check a web cam at www.sierramarinawebcam.com. Shaver rose to 62%, Huntington fell to 97%.
Call: Dick's Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740
Trout ** Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park reported a large plant of brooder fish in the 3- to 5-pound range, but they have been reluctant to bite. Bank fishermen have been finding better action than trollers, particularly for large fish. Roostertails, inflated night crawlers or orange Power Bait are good options from the shoreline near the launch ramp or headwaters. Trollers are finding tough action with flies working for only a few fish. The lake continues to fluctuate and the ramp is still on the dirt road. At Courtright, Crane said, "The action is slower with one two two fish per rod trolling with blade/crawler combinations." Shore action is slow and Crane anticipates improved action once temps drop. The creeks are barely a trickle with minimal runoff.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish ***Salmon ** Striper ** Albacore *** Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete said there was darn good albacore fishing around 37'27/122'07 and past the Weather Buoy. Baxter said, "They were really biting with radio chatter reporting doubles, triples, quads and five-way hookups." Further north in Pacifica, Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook reported fishermen have been out along the beaches and the pier. The occasional striped bass continues to be caught from the beaches and surf perch action is consistent with blood or pile worms.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Rockfish *** Salmon * Striper * White sea bass * Halibut ** Chris Arcoleo of Chris' Landing in Monterey said, "Rockfishing remains really good. The halibut action slowed after relatively good action. There are no striper, no white sea bass, no salmon and few halibut." Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported the salmon bite in the Santa Cruz harbor turned on for children Saturday night. Pink worms are the trick. Albacore fishing has been far better up the coast from the Gumdrop toward the Guide.
Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut ** Striper *** Rockfish *** Leopard shark ** Salmon ** Sturgeon ** Salmon fishing rebounded with Captain Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady reporting nine salmon to 25 pounds for nine anglers trolling Monday along the Marin coast near Duxbury Buoy. For albacore, Thomas added, "Anywhere inside or outside of the 120 line was very good on Sunday and Monday with party boats working from the Guide to the Gumdrop with most reporting over 30 fish on ice." He anticipated "One heck of a year for albacore." The Sundance out of Emeryville got 11 salmon to 17 pounds for six anglers. Rockfishing remains great. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported the salmon bite was off at California City. Striper fishing has been outstanding for trollers and pluggers near the Marin Islands. A few halibut continue to be found.
San Luis Obispo
Salmon ** Rock cod *** Rockfishing remains outstanding with both harbors reporting limits Monday. The Rita G out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis returned with 20 limits of rockfish and 16 ling cod to 12 pounds on a half day trip. They have put in 1,829 ling cod since the May 1 opener. John Mulay won the Patriot Ling Cod Contest with Chris Utley second and Frank McCormick third. Virg's has a ling cod count of 2,614 with 80 last week.
Call: Virg's Landing, (805) 772-1222; (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214
Bass *** Striper *** Sturgeon **Catfish ** Salmon ** Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported slow salmon fishing from the shoreline. Striper fishing is good from the Benicia shoreline with grass shrimp, anchovies or bullheads. The sturgeon bite in deep water off the Pittsburg PG&E Plant has started with a number of oversized and a few legal fish taken to 70 feet. The sturgeon are stacking up in deep water, particularly on the incoming tide. Salmon fishing on the Old Sacramento River near Isleton has been hit or miss with water temperatures in the low 70s.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger, Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass *** White bass ** Striper ** Catfish ** Crappie ** Nacimiento is picking up for spotted bass as the lake is holding far more water — it dropped 3 feet to 743 feet and 34% — than nearby San Antonio — which fell 8 feet to 673 feet and 9%. Will and Kathy Hesch of Central Coast Bass got 20 spots with most on top-water lures. The north shore launch ramps at San Antonio are closed. The lake hasn't been this low since a four-year drought in the early 1990's.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Fresno Bass Club Open at McClure: 1, Ralph Encizo, 28.03 pounds (Big Fish, 7.07); 2, David Bennett/ Ron Robinson, 21.72; 3, Mark Corrente/John Albidrez, 15.47
Mid Valley Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina on Sept. 7: 1, Sean Widger/Eddie Kedd, 12.19 pounds (Big Fish, 5.83); 2, Derek and Amanda Smith, 11.35; 3, Jim Meyers/ Ron Reich, 10.01
Angler's Choice/Delta Xtreme at Delta/Ladd's Marina on Sept. 8: 1, Obedie Williams/Clint Groenewold, 17.57 pounds (Big Fish, 9.33); 2, Dan and Tarvis Fonte, 17.57; 3, Bryan Bogosian/Phillip Dutra, 16.44
Thursday: Byron Stickler on River Salmon Fishing Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Fresno
Saturday: Parking Lot Sale, 8 a.m. at the Fisherman's Warehouse in Manteca; No Sales Tax Sale at Fisherman's Warehouse
Sept. 19: Professional Bass Angler Ish Monroe on Frog Fishing Techniques, 6 p.m. at Fisherman's Warehouse in Manteca
Sept. 28: Rio Vista Striped Bass Derby Seminars, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 204 First St. in Isleton, info: (707) 374-2700
Saturday: American Bass Association at Isabella; San Luis Obispo Bass Ambushers at San Antonio
Sunday: Kings River Bass Club at Pine Flat; Golden Empire Bass Club at Isabella
Sept. 21: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; New J Bass Club at Kaweah; Angler's Choice at Isabella; Bakersfield Bass Club at Lopez
Sept. 21-22: Roosevelt High Bass Club on the Delta, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 22: Fresno Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd's Marina; Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo's Marina
Sept. 28: Western Outdoor News at Delta/Russo's Marina; Visalia Bass Club at Success; Lake Isabella Bass Club at Isabella; Santa Barbara Bass Club at San Antonio
Sept. 28-29: Sierra Bass Club at Delta/Russo's Marina
Sept. 29: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis
Oct. 5: Rotary Club of Fresno Central California SAF Open at Pine Flat, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or email@example.com
Nov. TBA: Roosevelt High Bass Club at TBA, info: Mike Spencer, 261-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresno County: locations
Kern County: Kings River, Below Pine Flat Dam; San Joaquin River, below Friant Dam
Madera County: San Joaquin River, below Friant Dam
Minor Major Minor Major
Today 10:36 4:21 11:04 4:50
q Thursday 11:35 5:21 —— 5:50
Friday 12:04 6:18 12:33 6:47
Saturday 12:59 7:13 1:27 7:42
Sunday 1:51 8:05 2:19 8:33
Monday 2:40 8:54 3:07 9:21
Tuesday 3:28 9:41 3:54 10:07
q = quarter moon