Massive Anchovy School hits the Beach in California

Check this video out from a few weeks back when a massive school of anchovies showed up along a Southern California beach! Looks closely in the holes in the bait and you can see leopard sharks prowling. Also, the second half of the video has some cool underwater footage!

El Nino may send Exotic Species to California

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

Photo: Mark Rayor/Jen Wren Sportfishing

While NOAA has backed off on their predictions of a huge El Nino headed our way, there are already signs that we’ve got warm water moving up the California coast. Only time will tell, but exotics are already showing off the coast, including fish like dorado, tuna and hammerhead sharks!

Click HERE for a list of the Top 10 Exotic Fish we may see this fall.

Trace Levels of Fukushima Radiation Found in Oregon Tuna

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Well, it’s a good news-bad news type of situation: Albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast have been found to have slightly elevated levels of radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan.

But scientists say that so far the health risk is low. In fact, you would have to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level – just to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air, the ground, X-rays and other sources, the authors say.

So, at this point, it looks like catching and eating tuna this year shouldn’t be an issue.

Read the whole report HERE

Get dialed in on Salmon Plugging Techniques

Plug Fishing for River Salmon
River salmon season set to open in California’s Central Valley on July 16 and if you’re feeling a little unsure about your plug fishing techniques when using lures like Kwikfish and FlatFish, check out my eBook.

For only $2.99, you’ll learn how to back-bounce, flat-line and hover plugs the right way. There are also detailed gear rigging photos and diagrams – and lots of info on how to pick the right plug size, model and color for each situation.

All for about 1/2 the price of a salmon lure!

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Feds Considering Killing Salmon-Eating Cormorants

CormorantThe colony of double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia consumes about 11 million juvenile salmon per year and the Feds have had enough.

Because of the carnage inflicted by the birds, Federal officials are proposing to kill half the large colony of cormorants that nest there. On the island, the cormorant population has increased from 100 breeding pairs in 1989 to about 15,000 breeding pairs today — which makes it the largest cormorant colony in western North America, representing over 40 percent of the region’s cormorant population.

Read the entire story at the Statesman Journal

Westlands Water Distrct: Using $$ to make it rain in the desert

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Westlands Water District has been the number one enemy to California’s $1.4 billion salmon industry for a long time and the Nation’s largest agricultural district shows no signs of slowing.

But before we start, how do you have the nation’s biggest ag water outfit in a desert? Just doesn’t make much sense does it?

Well, Westlands spends tons of cash to keep it that way. In lobbying alone, they spent $600,000 last year to keep water flowing south out of Northern California’s drought-stricken rivers.

Then you have Paramount Farms in Kern County, owned by billionaires Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Los Angeles.

The Resnicks don’t hire lobbyists at the federal level, but they’re generous campaign contributors. They and people who work for their companies have given nearly $457,000 to candidates, political action and party committees since 2011. That includes nearly $321,000 from the Resnicks themselves.

Water goes where the money flows!

Read more HERE

Water Mongers pushing Bill that would take water from salmon

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It never ends with these people: Senator Dianne Feinstein is pushing a bill, S.2198, that calls for making more northern California water available to corporate ag interests in the western San Joaquin Valley desert at the expense of salmon.

The bill would do this for as long as Governor Brown’s drought declaration remains in effect.

Salmon fishermen and supporters are opposed. We don’t think it’s wise to pass federal legislation that enables unsustainable over-consumption of water by those who chose to grow in a desert.
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