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Fred Hall Show opens Wednesday at Long Beach Convention Center

Fred_hall The 65th annual Fred Hall Show hits Southern California this week, opening Wednesday at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

This extravaganza of exhibits and seminars is a must-visit for any outdoor enthusiast. Now subtitled the "Ultimate Outdoor Experience," the exhibitor list has grown to include hunting lodges, firearms manufacturers, outdoor adventures, shooting sports and fishing destination resorts worldwide.

But not to worry -- fishing will still be well represented in the approximately 500 vendor booths and 400 seminars taking place over five days.

There are plenty of activities for children as well, including a free trout fishing pond, archery and gun ranges, fishing video game contests, laser shot games, kids casting lanes and more. And entertaining for both young and old will be the return of the ever-popular Dock Dogs competition on the patio.

Another unique exhibit will feature a preview of "The Manzanar Fishing Club," a documentary film on the Japanese American internees who used to sneak out of the World War II relocation camp at Manzanar to fish the trout-filled waters of the Eastern Sierra.

"This is still a work in progress," said Cory Shiozaki, the filmmaker who organized the project scheduled for release later this year, "but we are thrilled to give an early look to our many friends in the fishing community here in Southern California."

Hours are 2 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and military members, and free for children 15 and younger with a paid adult.

The show then heads down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 24 through 27. Hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the Del Mar show is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and military members and free for children 15 and younger with a paid adult.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: The 2010 Fred Hall Show in Long Beach was bustling with outdoor enthusiasts. Credit: Fred Hall Shows


Fly-fishing show Saturday and Sunday at Pasadena Convention Center

A fly-fisherman tries his luck amid the seasonal colors on the Merced River.

Fly-fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels will want to plan a trip to Pasadena this weekend, as the annual Fly Fishing Show returns to the city's Convention Center Saturday and Sunday.

Fly-casters, fly-tiers, tackle manufacturers, authors, artists and worldwide angling destination representatives will be on hand staffing about 80 exhibitor booths devoted to the sport.

There will also be presentations, demonstrations and other fly-fishing events each day. A schedule of "Destination Theater" shows and other seminars is available on the Fly Fishing Show website.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults (or $25 for a two-day pass), $10 for active military, $2 for children younger than 12 and free for Scouts under age 16 in uniform and children younger than 5.

-- Kelly Burgess

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Photo: A fly-fisherman tries his luck amid the seasonal colors on the Merced River. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 

Fly-fishing clubs hosting 'FlyBuy 2011' fundraiser Saturday at Long Beach Casting Club

Fly-tiers Maria Rivas, front left, and Mark Kirchner (in orange) demonstrate their skills at FlyBuy 2010. In the market for fly-fishing gear or instruction on casting or fly-tying? If so, you definitely want to check out FlyBuy 2011, being held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Long Beach Casting Club.

This second annual event, a fundraising project of the Southwest Council Federation of Fly Fishers, will offer an abundance of hand-tied flies, used tackle and clothing for sale as well as casting lessons, fly-tying demos and auctions. 

Members of the 24 fly-fishing clubs that comprise the Southwest Council have donated rods, reels, clothing and accessories to the veritable buyers’ carnival and demonstration of the art at the 86-year-old casting club, located at 4901 E. 7th St. in Long Beach.

Funds from the event are earmarked for Southwest Council FFF conservation-related projects, including the California Department of Fish and Game's "Trout in the Classroom" program, monofilament recovery tubes (placed throughout the Sierra for discarded fishing line), work with disabled veterans, and other educational activities. 

"About a dozen fly-tiers -- some of them international award winners -- will demonstrate their skills," said Council president Michael Schweit. "Fly-tiers include Maria Rivas, Peter Koga, Lee Baerman, Bill Blackstone, John Van Derhoof, Mark Kirchner, Dean Endress, Naomi Okamoto and Steven Fernandez."

Certified casting instructors also will be on hand giving lessons for fly-fishermen of all skill levels at the club’s casting pond. 

Silent and live auctions will be conducted throughout the day for books, artwork, fly plates, fly rods, reels, vests and other accessories. "This is a great opportunity to pick up lightly used tackle and tools at a great price while helping a great conservation cause," said Schweit.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Fly-tiers Maria Rivas, front left, and Mark Kirchner (in orange) demonstrate their skills at FlyBuy 2010. Credit: Michael Schweit

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, releases its 2011 workshop schedule

Fly-fishing workshop attendees practice casting before heading to the water.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, has posted its 2011 workshop schedule on its website.

The first clinic is a duck hunt on Jan. 15 in Williams. Limited to 10 participants, the California nonprofit's president, Susan Herrgesell, recommends that those interested in attending this workshop should register soon.

Other clinics include fly-fishing, pheasant hunting, whitewater rafting, shooting and ATV/dirt-bike riding. The organization's popular multi-course workshop will take place from Oct. 7 to 9 at Wonder Valley Ranch in Fresno County.

For both the novice and the expert, these one-, two- or three-day workshops feature hands-on training with top-of-the-line equipment as well as knowledgeable and encouraging instructors and include classroom time, equipment overviews, safety and field instruction.

Registration can be completed either online on the BOW-California website or by printing and mailing a registration form.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Fly-fishing workshop attendees practice casting before heading to the water. Credit: BOW, California

Irvine Lake gets 8,000-pound trout stocking this week

Dave Pierson of Garden Grove kicks off the holidays with a gorgeous 12.10 lb. rainbow caught off the west shore with a powertube.

Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:

Holiday weekend anglers should find things very much to their liking at Irvine Lake, reported General Manager Dave Noyes. "We will be planting some extra trout this week for the holiday and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day," observed Noyes. "The total planting this week will be around 8,000 pounds of rainbows, browns, brookies and steelhead, mostly in the 2- to 6-pound range. The Kids Lagoon will also be planted."

Noyes added, "We have installed a foot bridge over to Trout Island, which opens up a lot of new space for shore anglers. The lakeside roads will close when storms come through, and usually require 24 to 48 hours drying time after the rain stops, and we anticipate the roads will be dry on Friday morning after the latest deluge on Tuesday evening. Be sure to call for up-to-the minute road conditions."

In the run-up to the storm, the low-pressure periods provided fantastic trout results on quality-grade 2- to 6-pound trout, with both bait dunkers and trollers hammering the fish.

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Veteran angler Steve Carson hosting free fishing seminar Nov. 29 and 30 at Sport Chalet

Carson big yellow vertical Veteran angler Steve Carson, whose Irvine Lake fishing reports appear weekly in Outposts, will be hosting a sport fishing seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Sport Chalet in Marina del Rey and Nov. 30 at the Torrance Sport Chalet.

Carson will be sharing tips on how to catch more and bigger fish -- and have more fun doing it -- in Southern California, Alaska, Mexico and elsewhere, covering freshwater and saltwater fish with emphasis on the current hot local trout bite at Irvine Lake and other urban trout destinations. Carson will also discuss teaching kids to fish, and how to hopefully keep their interest up while fishing.

Carson, Penn Fishing University program director, has an impressive resume. He's ranked in the top 10 in the world among International Game Fish Assn. membership for the most different species of fish (235) caught on rod and reel; he was named one of the "Top 30 anglers in the West" by Western Outdoors magazine in 2006 and was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2010. Carson is also a radio personality; outdoors writer; pro staffer for Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley and Flambeau (to name a few); and tournament director for the Berkley Alaska Grand Slam, Lake Oroville Open Bass tournament and Penn International Baja Grand Slam tournament.

There will also be a prize drawing, with the chance to win a pair of admission passes and boat rental at Irvine Lake as well as additional prizes from Rapala, Berkley and others.

Admission to both seminars is free, but attendees are advised to arrive early as seating is limited. The Marina del Rey Sport Chalet is in the Via Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave.; the Torrance store is located at 21305 Hawthorne Blvd.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Angler Steve Carson will be hosting free sport fishing seminars at Sport Chalet locations in Marina del Rey and Torrance. Credit: Steve Carson

Weather and catfish bite returning to normal at Irvine Lake; 18-8 blue cat tops catches

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Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:

Dramatic temperature swings caused Irvine Lake’s catfish bite to back off a few notches over the weekend, but as of Wednesday things had mostly returned to normal, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The weather here was pretty gnarly over the weekend," observed Getty. "We had a temperature swing of over 40 degrees in just three days; from the low 60s last Wednesday, to 103 on Saturday. The weather today [Wednesday] is in the 80s, just about what you would expect for this time of year."

Getty also gave some more detailed information about last week’s 55-pound monster blue catfish, which is the largest whiskerfish of the season so far. "Veteran saltwater angler Tim McAroy of Bellflower was fishing with a half-mackerel fillet in 40 feet of water along the west shore, exactly where he had caught a nice 8-pound wiper the week before. He fought the fish for 35 to 40 minutes using 15-pound test Berkley Big Game line and an 8/0 Gamakatsu circle hook. There was no net available, but the big fish was gently mouth-gaffed. It was weighed at 55-6, and released near the docks. It swam off perfectly."

Catfish action remained decent despite the weather, with channels ranging from 2 to 6 pounds being found near structure at depths of 1 to 30 feet. A few better-grade blue cats were also caught. Best baits included mackerel, shrimp, and chicken livers, with favored spots including the west shore, Santiago Flats, and Boat Dock Cove.

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Irvine Lake hybrid striped bass going off; road to Trout Island reopens

Who says trout season is over? Johnny Avila of Artesia pulled in this lunker, weighing in at 13.2 pounds, while while trolling a rapala near the dam.

Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:

Slowly receding water levels at Irvine Lake have allowed the road to Trout Island to reopen, giving easier access to many productive shore fishing areas, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The road to Trout Island is finally open again, but the catfish bite this weekend was only fair due to the full moon," remarked Getty. 

Roving schools of hybrid striped bass (a.k.a. sunshine bass or wipers) continued to thrill and amaze the lucky anglers who encountered them. Some of the hybrids were caught by using the traditional method of locating a school of shad and fishing around it, but several anglers reported that their mackerel or chicken liver catfish baits were also attacked. Anglers are reminded that all wipers must be released.

Catfish anglers found fair numbers of their quarry in the 2- to 6-pound category, using mackerel or chicken livers at Santiago Flats. The whiskerfish action has been rebounding as the full moon subsides, and some cats are also being taken by daytime anglers.   

Bass anglers also racked up some heavy catch-and-release numbers of largemouth in the 2- to 4-pound class, using a variety of techniques. One of the few bassers to give out details was James Urioste of San Clemente, who released over 30 bass for a day’s effort. Urioste nailed his fish on jigs, topwaters, and dropshot-rigged plastics in 1 to 20 feet of water.

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Veteran angler Steve Carson hosting free fishing seminar Monday at Sport Chalet, Marina del Rey

Carson_tuna Veteran angler Steve Carson, whose Irvine Lake fishing reports appear weekly in Outposts, will be hosting a sport fishing seminar Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sport Chalet in Marina del Rey.

Carson will be sharing tips on how to catch more and bigger fish -- and have more fun doing it -- in Southern California, Alaska, Mexico and elsewhere, and covering fish including  albacore, yellowtail, trout and tuna. He'll also discuss teaching kids to fish, and how to hopefully keep their interest up while fishing.

Carson, Penn Fishing University program director, has an impressive resume. He's ranked No. 3 in the world among International Game Fish Assn. membership for the most different species of fish (235) caught on rod and reel; named one of the "Top 30 anglers in the West" by Western Outdoors magazine in 2006; and inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2010. Carson is also a radio personality, outdoors writer, pro staffer for Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley and Flambeau (to name a few), and tournament director for the Berkley Alaska Grand Slam, Lake Oroville Open Bass tournament and Penn International Baja Grand Slam tournament.

There will also be a prize drawing, with the chance to win an overnight trip from Fisherman's Landing, a pair of admission passes and boat rental at Irvine Lake plus additional prizes from Rapala, Berkley and others.

Admission to the seminar is free, but attendees are advised to arrive early as seating is limited. The Marina del Rey Sport Chalet is in the Via Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Steve Carson with a nice tuna caught last fall out of San Diego. Credit: Steve Carson

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Irvine Lake double-limit tickets hot; Marlon Meade seminars slated

Ed Robinson of Orange caught a beautiful 11.10 lb. rainbow off the west shore on night crawlers.

Here's this week's Irvine Lake fishing report, written by veteran angler Steve Carson:

Excellent action on both trout and crappie prompted many anglers to take advantage of the "Double Limit Ticket" at Irvine Lake this week, reported Jimmy Getty at the Pro Shop. "The trout bite has just been off the hook at anything from 5 foot to 40 foot depths," observed Getty. "Lots of people are catching their five-trout limits early, and are buying 'double limit' and even some 'triple-limit' tickets so that they can keep at it. The crappie bite is also starting to heat up, and we are seeing some double limits of crappie brought in as well."

Getty added, "Legendary trout and crappie fishing expert Marlon Meade will be sharing his vast knowledge at two Turner’s store locations this week. On Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Meade will be at the Turner’s store in Signal Hill (2201 E. Willow St.), and on Saturday May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., he will be at the Turner’s store location in San Bernardino (401 W. Orange Show Rd.). Topics covered by Meade will include both trout and crappie fishing strategies for local and Sierra lakes. Discussions of Gulp! baits, Power Bait, plastics and more will be on the agenda."

Most trout on the stringers are ranging in the 1- to 5-pound category, with a sprinkling of 6- to 10-plus pounders being checked in. Good trout catches were garnered at the west shore, and the flats, with Woody’s Cove being a particular hotspot.

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San Diego Day at the Docks Festival this Sunday

 One of many fishing seminars at a previous festival.

To celebrate the official start of the spring saltwater fishing season in Southern California, San Diego Sportfishing is hosting its yearly Port of San Diego Day at the Docks Festival on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the sportfishing landings in Point Loma.

The 31st annual event will offer both novice and experienced anglers the opportunity to learn about new saltwater gear and get fishing tips from San Diego fleet skippers and other industry experts.

There will also be activities the entire family can enjoy, including live entertainment, vendor booths, contests, a special area for kid's fishing, boat rides around the bay, cooking demonstrations and vessel tours at participating landings.

Admission is free, and parking is available on nearby Shelter Island, with complimentary shuttle service running from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: One of many fishing seminars at a previous festival. Credit: C. Miller / SDSC

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Dana Wharf kids free clinic and half-day fishing trip a great opportunity for 'brothers'

Bill, left, and his 'Big Brother' Joe Egender aboard the sportfishing vessel Sum Fun.

Bill never had an opportunity to try sportfishing. The 13-year-old had nobody to try such activities with, until about five years ago when he met his "Big Brother," Joe.

While not related to Bill, 33-year-old Joe Egender is his "brother," thanks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, which Joe joined shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New Orleans, where he spent a year teaching inner-city children.

"Sportfishing sounded like fun, and Dana Wharf had this great offer," Egender said.

The great offer he's referring to is a free dockside fishing clinic offered by Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Held every Sunday from noon to 12:30 p.m., participants have the opportunity to learn hook-tying and other useful angling skills and techniques. Although the class is geared toward children, adults are more than welcome to join in to get pointers.

After the clinic, children will be able to try out their newly learned skills on a free half-day fishing trip. With each paid adult admission, one child will be allowed on the boat at no charge and enjoy complimentary use of a rod and reel if necessary. 

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