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Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014

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Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted
Michael Condon
Staff Writer
4/18/2014

 

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.          ~    Author Unknown

Henry David Thoreau

News year’s resolutions are a big deal. They provide a sort of course correction for our hectic lives.

This annual ritual, by virtue of our collective commitment, improves not just our own lives, but also makes this world a better place; at least in theory.

The promises we make range from quitting smoking, to more dieting and exercise, to more hours spent volunteering. Each year, on the first day of January we get a new start.

It’s a bit like a real-life mulligan.

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Big league boys Chester and Portola play at Aces stadium

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Portola’s Will Marquette makes the catch a split second too late as Chester’s Cole Conner slides onto the base at the Aces Ballpark last Friday. The two teams got the chance of a lifetime: to play ball in a Triple-A stadium. Photo by Tiffany Williams
James Wilson
Sports Editor
4/18/2014

 

It’s every young baseball player’s dream to make it to the big leagues. Chester and Portola’s team came one step closer to that dream last Friday — at least for one day. The two teams got the chance to play in the Reno Aces’ Triple-A ballpark in downtown Reno.

Though the game was part of their regular schedule and affected their records, most of the players were so awestruck by the grandeur of the ballpark that they resembled fish out of water more than baseball players.

“The highlight of the game was definitely the stadium. Neither team actually played all that well,” joked Chester coach Terry Hernandez. “I think most of the players were just too awestruck; it intimidated them.”

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California Outdoors for the week of 4/18/2014

Carrie Willson
California Department of Fish and WIldlife
 
 

Surfperch fry

Question: In Santa Barbara a surf fisherman was seen last week eating baby perch squeezed from a gravid female. How do live fry from perch relate to a daily limit in possession if consumed? Also, if dead fry are expelled from a dying gravid female in an ice chest, do they count toward the daily possession limit of 10? If fish are consumed by surf fishermen while they fish is there a requirement to save the carcass to verify minimum size for species and daily catch limit? The surfperch babies squeezed directly into the upturned mouth is a bit disturbing and prompted me to pose these questions. Thanks.

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As weather warms up, golf courses open for season

James Wilson
Sports Editor
4/11/2014
 

Fore!

That word is once again heard in the distance in Plumas County. As springtime springs into action, golf courses across the county open or prepare to open soon.

Mount Huff Golf Course has been open off and on throughout the winter, and more courses opened just days ago. Graeagle Meadows and Lake Almanor Country Club both opened their courses for the season Monday morning.

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California Outdoors for the week of 4/11/2014

Carrie Wilson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

Fish and wildlife regulations don’t always keep up with latest technology

Hunting with pellet rifles

Question: While watching some videos on YouTube about turkey hunting with a pellet rifle, I noticed a guy from northern California stating he was using a nitro piston Remington air rifle, which is not constant air or CO2-powered as your regulations state they must be. I believe people are thinking that any pellet rifle that is .177 caliber or larger is all right to use. This guy has videos of multiple hunts in which he is using illegal equipment; thus, couldn’t he be considered “poaching” or at least taking game with illegal equipment? It’s sad to see people that are not completely understanding of the rules and regulations, but it also angers me to see people shoot these birds with equipment they should not be using.

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