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Learn How to Catch Delta Stripers on Light Tackle!

How-to Striper eBook
The California Delta is an awesome striper fishery but let’s face it…she’s one big intimidating sucka too, right? With over 1,000 miles of channels, sloughs and flooded islands, finding fish can be a daunting task. The question I most often get from folks is: “Where the heck do you start?”

Well, a great place to start is my new eBook: Light Tackle Delta Striper Secrets (available at Amazon and PDF and soon on iPad) In this how-to manual, I cover all the stuff you need to get out there are start catching fish. There’s a lot of info in there I’ve learned from my 16 years of guiding, from understanding tides, to the structure stripers prefer and what exactly you need to look for in a spot. There are lots of color photos and diagrams that will help you unlock the big puzzle that is the Delta…


In the book, I’ll teach you all the basics (and share some cool insider info too) of how to catch stripers using my three favorite techniques: Topwater, Swimbaits and Jigging Spoons.

Swimbaits for delta stripers

 For less than the price of one lure ($4.99), you’ll be well on your way to hooking the Delta’s top gamefish! The book is available at AMAZON or you can also get a PDF version. All you iPad users out there…it’s coming soon on that format as well!

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Coleman National Fish Hatchery may truck Sacramento River chinook smolt

California’s largest salmon hatchery may end up trucking its production this year to the Delta or Bay for release due to the extreme drought conditions.

Ordinarily, Coleman National Fish Hatchery releases its fish each year into the upper Sacramento River near Redding. From there the baby salmon migrate hundreds of miles downstream to the Delta and, under favorable conditions, on to San Francisco Bay and the Pacific.

After being presented with overwhelming evidence by the Golden Gate Salmon Association, USFWS has agreed to transport most, if not all, of its 12 million Coleman Hatchery juvenile salmon the bay or western delta unless expected drought conditions change markedly for the better. Continue reading

EPA deals Pebble Mine a significant blow!

Bristol Bay SalmonSo, does putting the largest open-pit copper mine in North America (1 mile deep by 2.5 miles wide) right smack dab in the heart of the world’s most prolific salmon drainage make sense to you? Of course not! And, luckily the Environmental Protection Agency seems to agree.

The EPA this past week put the Clean Water Act into action, which could potentially put the breaks on the horrific Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. This is really, really good news! Read all about it HERE You can also keep up on the story at

For Sale: Honda 8 HP Kicker

A guide I know is going through some hard times — his wife was diagnosed with a rugged disease and cash is tight. Unfortunately, he’s having to offload some of his gear to pay the rent. He asked if I knew of anybody looking for a Honda 8HP long shaft kicker. It has approx 30 hours on it.

I’m not sure what he’s asking, but if anybody’s interested or wants more info, let me know HERE


2.5 Million Salmon Bound for the Columbia this fall!!

king salmonIf fishery managers are right with their just-released pre-season salmon abundance forecasts, 2014 could go down as one for the record books for the Columbia River!!

The forecast is calling for 1.6 million fall Chinook in the Columbia — if true, that would be the highest count on record since Bonneville Dam was completed in 1938!! What’s equally exciting is biologists think that a large component of the run is expected to be made up of 4-year-old kings. In other words, there should be a bunch of toads this year.

Additionally, the Columbia basin may get just a hair under 1 million coho (938,000  to be exact). Considering only 300,000 silver salmon  returned last year, that would be an epic improvement. To put it into a historical perspective, coho runs have hit million fish mark only twice since 1980. Read more HERE

There are many factors contributing to the good looking runs on the Columbia, but what I’ve noticed watching from afar is that things relay seem to have turned around for the better once they started spilling water from the dams in the spring to simulate a natural “flush” for out-migrating salmon and steelhead. Something perhaps, we need to look at in the Central Valley (once we have some water again, anyway).

Emergency Fishing Closures now in effect on American, Russian and other rivers

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) this week approved emergency regulations adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission on Feb. 5 to close some waters to angling in response to severe drought conditions throughout the state.

The following closures are now in effect:

Closure of the American River from Nimbus Dam to the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park until April 30.
Closure of the Russian River main stem below the confluence of the East Branch of the Russian River until April 30.
Extension of the low flow restrictions angling closures for the north coast and central coast areas (above San Francisco Bay) until April 30.
In the South Coast District (i.e., San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties), close all portions of any coastal stream west of any Highway 1 bridge until April 30.
The above regulatory actions were approved by OAL and became effective Feb. 19. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) learned about OAL’s approval today.

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Double Prizes at 10th Annual Perch Derby!!

Perch DerbyMarch 8 will mark the 10th Annual Sand Crab Classic Perch Derby in Santa Cruz and the big enchilada of the event, Mike Baxter, has made the event even more fun this year by doubling the prizes!!

There are two Categories this year: Barred Perch and All Other Varieties of perch and within each there are three divisions: Senior (age 17+), Junior (16 and under) and Women’s. Bonus categories that will receive prizes are Most Exotic Catch, Biggest Perch to miss the Weigh-In, Biggest Barred Perch on a Fly.

The derby is an absolute ball and your $35 entry fee gets you an awesome lunch, the coveted Derby Tee and a chance to win raffle prizes. All proceeds go to the Monterey Bay Trout & Salmon Project.

Signups are limited to the first 300 people and there are precious few spots left! For more info and to enter, click HERE

To learn how to catch perch, check out the just-released eBook: Light Tackle Surf Perch

My new eBook: Light Tackle Surf Perch

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You guys know me… I love my salmon and steelhead but I have a huge soft spot in my heart for catching perch off the beach… So fun on light gear!!

I get a lot of comments on my perch posts and emails with questions from folks about surfperch fishing, so I decided to put together this how-to eBook that shows you everything you need to catch these fun little buggers! It’s now available on Amazon/Kindle and Nook (iPad and iPhone soon too!).

Click here for more info.

Or buy now using the links below…

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