Category Archives: Fishing Videos

Battle with a beast: The catch & release of a 40-pound striper!


Well, I’ve had this raw footage of a big striper we caught awhile back in the Sacramento Valley and just never had the time to piece it together. It’s a bit of a choppy piece but you get the idea of what a nice fish it was. The big momma weighed 40 pounds even on the BogaGrip. She bit a black plastic worm…and had about a 14-inch partially digested adult lamprey in her throat when I unhooked her.

The big fish was a bit winded after the dust up with Big D, but she eventually took off like a shot when I let her go. Oh yea, and parents exercise caution (and some ear muffs) when watching with kiddies…Big D gets a little excited when he sees the fish and there are a few F-bombs in there…you’ve been warned! :)

What a season: American River Steelhead, 2013!


We here in Sacramento, CA were treated to the best winter steelhead season the American River has produced since the mid 1980′s. Considering I’ve fished this river since the 1970′s, it was a delight to see her healthy and vibrant again. For several years, the American had become the “Ameri-Can’t” and catching an adult steelhead was a difficult proposition.

There has been a strong effort to improve the river’s fisheries in recent years — spawning gravel has been placed in the American’s upper reaches and water temps are cooler in the summers. Hopefully, 2013 was just the beginning of this great urban river’s revival!