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Book on short hikes for Eastern Sierra wild trout is a treasure

Fishin-Trails-front-cover-300dpi "Fishin' Trails: 25 Short Hikes for Eastern Sierra Wild Trout," by Jared Smith, is a book that makes me want to fish. It makes me long for that last Saturday in April to finally arrive and, with it, opening day of the Eastern Sierra general trout-fishing season.

Smith, who is general manager of Parchers Resort in Bishop Creek Canyon, refers to himself as a "bonafide fishaholic," and one can't help but be impressed with his knowledge of back-country lakes and their gilled denizens.

Smith discusses the species and sub-species of trout that call the Sierra Nevada range in California their home (and includes photos).

Informative, interesting and amusing, he offers advice and tips on basic back-country hiking, fishing gear, tackle, and techniques, and includes a chapter on outdoor ethics (he calls it the "Most Important Chapter") and what not to do so you aren't labeled "that guy" -- the one who litters, blasts music at top volume and generally annoys anyone fishing in the vicinity.

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Fred Hall Show opens Wednesday at the Long Beach Convention Center

The 2009 Fred Hall Show in Long Beach was as bustling and popular with outdoor enthusiasts as ever.

The 64th annual Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show hits Southern California this week, opening Wednesday at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Occupying nearly 750,000 square feet of space, this extravaganza of exhibits and seminars is a must-visit for any outdoor enthusiast.

To refer to the Fred Hall Show as a fishing tackle and boat show seems a misnomer these days. 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 600 vendor booths and 400 seminars taking place over five days. Plus, 16 boat dealers representing 30 watercraft manufacturers will be on site.

"The Fred Hall Shows, both in Long Beach and Del Mar, are the only major boat shows left in California," Bart Hall, Fred's son, told Outposts. "The boating industry in this state has been decimated by the recession -- nearly 50 dealers statewide have gone out of business -- but last year there was no recession at the Fred Hall Shows, and we expect it to be the same this year as well."

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Spring Fishing Classic begins Friday at Bass Pro Shops

Attendees at a previous Spring Fishing Classic watch a fishing demonstration in one of the stores' live-fish tanks.

The annual Spring Fishing Classic, a series of fishing-related seminars, workshops and activities, begins  Friday through March 14 at Bass Pro Shops nationwide.

The Rancho Cucamonga store will be visited by fishing pros Ben Secrest and Jamie Howard, and will host seminars on topics such as offshore fishing, bass fishing and kayak angling. There will also be a reel trade-in, where attendees can bring in an old fishing reel and swap it for a coupon worth $5 to $100 toward the purchase price of a new one.

The weekend of March 13 and 14 will have activities geared for children, including crafts and miniature sailboat racing, a casting contest and a fishing basics seminar.

With so many things to see and do, including a laser shooting gallery, large live-fish tanks, wildlife and fish mounts on display, a fine gun room and the on-site Islamorada Fish Company restaurant, the store is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts even if not participating in Spring Fishing Classic activities or shopping for equipment.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Attendees at a previous Spring Fishing Classic watch a fishing demonstration in one of the stores'  live-fish tanks. Credit: Bass Pro Shops

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brent Leach to co-host fishing trip on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brent Leach and pro angler Dan Hernandez show off a sculpin. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brent Leach will co-host a fishing trip this Thursday, as part of the DodgerLife program.

The inaugural Dodger Fishing Adventure will depart from Long Beach Sportfishing, Berth 55, at 10 a.m. (check-in is at 9 a.m.)

Joining Leach will be sportfishing and TV personality Dan Hernandez, author and host of the weekly television program "Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez."

The cost to attend is $200, which includes the four-hour trip, lunch, a chance to fish with Leach, and angling instruction by Hernandez.  For $35 more, the package includes a fishing license and tackle rental.

Reservations can be made by calling (323) 224-2646 or visiting www.dodgers.com/fishing.

The DodgerLife series of programs was started this season as an opportunity for fans to interact with Dodger players and enjoy activities both baseball- and non-baseball-related. Fans can participate in baseball clinics, batting practice, yoga, movie nights and stadium sleepovers.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brent Leach and pro angler Dan Hernandez show off a sculpin. Credit: Amber Matsumoto / Los Angeles Dodgers

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San Clemente Ocean Festival this weekend

Katie O'Keefe climbs the portable rock wall at a San Clemente Ocean Festival.

Those looking to beat the heat this weekend might want to check out the 33rd annual San Clemente Ocean Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday adjacent to the pier.

There will be a myriad of things to see and do, including fishing clinics and derbies, surfing and body-boarding contests, a woody car show and a pancake breakfast each morning griddled by San Clemente city lifeguards.

The main event will be the California Waterman and Waterwoman Championships, with competition taking place each day in sports such as distance and stand-up paddle-boarding, ocean kayak racing and biathlon.

There will also be plenty of activities for kids. A special pavilion will offer carnival games, face painting, ocean crafts and relay races. The Discovery Science Center and the Ocean Institute will also have booths offering various educational activities and projects.

The finale event will be the Great Rubber Duck Race at 4 p.m. Sunday. Festival attendees can purchase and decorate rubber ducks, which will be turned loose near the pier, with prizes awarded for ducks that reach the shore first.

Parking near the pier is limited, so complimentary parking and round-trip shuttle service will be available at San Clemente high school, located at 700 Avenida Pico.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Katie O'Keefe climbs the portable rock wall at a San Clemente Ocean Festival. Credit: Geraldine Wilkins / Los Angeles Times

Irvine Lake catfish and crappie now available under the stars

Marlon Meade of Anaheim displays 5-pound blue catfish caught at Irvine Lake. The scouting mission began in waning sunlight as others were heading shoreward at closing time. Only grebes and herons and egrets and ospreys were still fishing at Irvine Lake in the rustic hills atop Silverado Canyon.

Marlon Meade, who is on the Irvine Lake pro staff, had been given permission to conduct a post-closing outing in advance of Friday night's opening of the nighttime fishing season. I tagged along, as did Dave Strege, the former outdoors reporter for the Orange County Register.

We embarked at 4 p.m. and by dusk had teemed to catch about 10 crappie and two trout, using white mini-jigs. Meade caught the most but he has more experience at the lake and with this type of fishing, and wherever he goes he possesses some inexplicable ability to hook fish when others cannot.

(Meade on Saturday at 4 p.m. will give a seminar on nighttime fishing for crappie and catfish, at the lake's catch-out pond.)

Under a cloak of darkness and with our pontoon boat ringed by the black silhouettes of jagged foothills, we began to soak mackerel and shrimp and after two hours had not a single taker. Perhaps this is because the water is cooler than it ought to be at this time of year, because of so many cloudy days and the recent influx of new water via Lake Mathews.

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San Diego's Day at the Docks Festival is Sunday

Day at docks

With gorgeous weather on tap, and with prime saltwater fishing season just around the corner, folks may want to attend the Day at the Docks Festival on Sunday at the waterfront landings in the Port of San Diego at Point Loma. 

Myriad activities are planned, including seminars and contests, boat rides around the bay, cooking demos, live entertainment, children's fishing and tours of boats at participating landings.

The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is available on nearby Shelter Island with complimentary shuttle service running until 5:30 p.m. For more information and directions, click here.

—Kelly Burgess

Kobe Bryant gives shirt off back for youth fishing program


Kobe Bryant isn't a fisherman but a jersey he signed and donated to the 976-TUNA Youth Fishing Program sold for $775 at last week's Fred Hall's Fishing Tackle and Boat Show at the Long Beach Convention Center.

During the show's five-day run, fishermen were able to bid on various items, including Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia. Former player and current assistant coach Brian Shaw, and ex-player Flynn Robinson, have been ambassadors for the program for the past several years.

976-TUNA founder Philip Friedman said about $10,000 was raised for a program that treats inner-city and disadvantaged children to saltwater fishing excursions.

The top Lakers item was an "MVP Canvass" featuring signed renditions and photographs of Bryant, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal.

Surprisingly, signed jerseys of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Derek Fisher received no bids. Jordan Farmar's jersey sold for $400.

About $4,000 was raised through a wheel-spin for a $5,000 diamond donated by Newport Jewelers. It was claimed by Ventura's Erika Simo.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of 976-TUNA


Fred Hall fishing show opens today at Long Beach Convention Center


Employers throughout Southern California take note: If you have workers who enjoy fishing and have called in sick today, chances are good you'll find them inside the Long Beach Convention Center after 2 p.m.

Today marks the opening of the 63rd Fred Hall's Fishing Tackle and Boat Show, and for anglers it's not to be missed.

The world's largest fishing show runs through Sunday and features more than 3,000 exhibits and nearly nonstop seminars.

For many, it's a place to choose and book their next big fishing vacation, as concessionaires from Alaska to Argentina, and points far beyond, will be on hand.

For others, it's a place to load up on the latest fishing supplies at a time when springlike weather is beginning to beckon them back onto the ocean and to their favorites mountain streams and lakes.

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Economic worries won't stop Fred Hall show from ushering in fishing season


Sales might not be as brisk during this year's Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show at the Long Beach Convention Center, but thousands will attend regardless of the beleaguered economy to help usher in the spring fishing season.

The 68th rendition of the show will run March 4-8 and boast more than 3,000 exhibits, and offer almost nonstop seminars. Trucks, boats, kayaks and trailers will be for sale, along with every type of fishing excursion and modern fishing product known to man.

You can subscribe to any of numerous fishing magazines -- Fish Taco Chronicles has nothing to do with Mexican food but is crammmed with stories and photos -- and meet such radio/TV personalities as Pete Gray, Philip Friedman, Dan Hernandez and Ronnie Kovach.

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Dana Wharf's free fishing clinics and half-day boat tickets for children

Brandon Chung happily displays a rockfish that he caught. Dana Wharf Sportfishing is offering a free dockside fishing clinic every Sunday from noon-12:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to learn hook-tying and other useful angling skills and techniques. While the class is geared toward children, adults are more than welcome to join in to get pointers.

After each clinic, children will be able to try out their newly learned skills on a half-day fishing trip. With each paid adult admission, one child age 12 or younger will be allowed on the boat for free and enjoy complimentary use of a rod and reel. 

Reservations are not necessary. There are some blackout dates in the summer when neither the clinic nor the trip will be available, so those interested should contact Dana Wharf for more information.  Dana Wharf Sportfishing is at 34675 Golden Lantern in Dana Point. The phone number is (949) 496-5794.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Brandon Chung happily displays a rockfish that he caught. Credit: Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Fly Fishing Show to take center stage this weekend in Pasadena

Jerry Land displays silver salmon caught and released on the Mulchatna River, Alaska. The fish was enticed by a purple egg-sucking leech.

Spring is inching closer and so is another fishing season, which means the big fishing shows are coming to Southern California.

The annual Fly Fishing Show is this weekend at the Pasadena Center. It'll feature new products as well as booths manned by authors, fly-tiers and representatives of destination lodges around the world.

There will be about 50 presentations, demonstrations and other fly-fishing shows per day. A schedule of "Destination Theatre" shows and  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), $2 for children under 12 and free for children under 5.

Also forthcoming is the Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle and Boat Show on March 4-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Outposts will have more on that mega-spectacle soon.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Jerry Land displays silver salmon caught and released on the Mulchatna River, Alaska. The fish was enticed by a purple egg-sucking leech. Credit: Bennett J. Mintz


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