California Outdoors for the week of 7/2/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Casting with a potato gun-style launcher

Question: Is it legal to use the “Sandblaster Baitcaster” in California? This device is supposed to be great for surf fishing from the beach. It uses compressed air to cast your bait up to 300 yards from shore. See it at their website,

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Horseshoe pitchers celebrate Pioneer Day

Joe Pearce, left, and Auston Linford pose after coming out on top at the horseshoe pitching tournament at Pioneer Day in Taylorsville on June 14. The duo won several matches to eventually take the tournament. Photo submitted
James Wilson
Sports Editor

To add to the festivities that surrounded Taylorsville on June 14, a couple members from the Indian Valley Horseshoe Pitchers Association held an unsanctioned tournament, open to all, in Taylorsville.

Sanctioned tournaments are held throughout the spring and summer at the Greenville Campgrounds, which has regulation pits. The tournament that took place in downtown Taylorsville, however, was just for fun.

The tournament had quite a few hard-fought matches that drew a crowd of spectators.

Joe Pearce and his teammate Auston Linford made it to the championship match against Joe’s son, Cody Pearce, and Wayne Lowry. Joe and Linford ended up taking first place in the tournament.

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Lake Davis is the hot spot for anglers

Michael Condon
Staff Writer

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.”
—Washington Irving

Lake Davis

Lake Davis is the hot ticket right now.

The damselfly hatch is in high gear. It is not an epic hatch but it is a very healthy one, according to Allan Bruzza of the Sportsmen’s Den in Quincy.

Allan says there are some very nice fish being caught, but the fishing pressure is also pretty high.

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Golf results for the week of 6/27/2014

Feather Publishing

Whitehawk Ladies

Golf Results

With barely a breeze blowing, the ladies at Whitehawk took to the links to play Lady in the Bucket — two best balls. The winning team was: Barbara Competello (again), Jenine Fraser, Toni Dick and guest Barb Crist. Congratulations ladies. Our play was followed by a luncheon. What a delightful day.

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This is prime time for Plumas County trout fishing

Michael Condon
Staff Writer

“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” –Mark Twain

The big news this time of year is always the Hexagenia mayflies. These huge and beautiful yellow mayflies are not found in many part of California. But they are becoming a big attraction in Plumas County.

  They are found in parts of the Midwest in numbers sufficient to inspire a Hitchcock movie when they splatter windshields and crunch underfoot. But it is very different here.

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