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FINS is back with double the fun on June 22nd

The popular seminar series FINS (Fishing Instruction Night Series), put on by Anglers Marine the last couple summers will return in 2011 on Wednesday, June 22nd with not one, but two seminar speakers. Evergreen pro-staffers Justin Kerr and Shaun Bailey will conduct the season debut at Anglers Marine in Santee at 7 PM. As is the tradition, Anglers Marine will offer a free BBQ to guests beginning at 6:30 PM. A big raffle, with no doubt a ton of high-quality Evergreen tackle will be raffled off as well. But the real value is the opportunity to learn from the best, and Kerr and Bailey will divulge much of the information they’ve used and aquired as two of the top tournament anglers in the west.

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FINS is back with double the fun on June 22nd

The popular seminar series FINS (Fishing Instruction Night Series), put on by Anglers Marine the last couple summers will return in 2011 on Wednesday, June 22nd with not one, but two seminar speakers. Evergreen pro-staffers Justin Kerr and Shaun Bailey will conduct the season debut at Anglers Marine in Santee at 7 PM. As is the tradition, Anglers Marine will offer a free BBQ to guests beginning at 6:30 PM. A big raffle, with no doubt a ton of high-quality Evergreen tackle will be raffled off as well. But the real value is the opportunity to learn from the best, and Kerr and Bailey will divulge much of the information they’ve used and aquired as two of the top tournament anglers in the west.

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Water level update from around the county

With the recent rains, I’m sure you’re curious what the water levels look like at your favorite lake. Notably, Loveland Reservoir, a popular bass lake that allows shore-fishing only has joined Barrett and Hodges as lakes exceeding their capacity and spilling over.

The most impressive jump was at Lake Morena, which up until this point had only risen a few feet since December when other lakes like Hodges and Sutherland jumped up over 20. But since February 28th, Morena has come up another 6.6 vertical feet and is now up 10.45 feet overall since December 13th. Its still extremely low at less than 25% full, but 10 feet is 10 feet.

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What’s missing from professional bass fishing?

Today was the 10th anniversary of the death of auto racing’s iconic villain, Dale Earnhardt and the first day of the “super bowl of bass fishing,” the Bassmaster Classic. The overlapping of those two events today got me thinking again about something that I’ve pondered a bunch over the last decade or so – what is missing from professional bass fishing? What is keeping it from the mainstream? Besides the obvious and natural hurdle of the enormous effort it would take to comprehensively cover an event live, its missing something or someone to grab the nation’s interest. Its not the prototypical spectator sport; it’s events are too long, spread out over not only days, but sometimes hundreds of miles. The way the sport exists now, its not made for TV, not neatly wrapped into 2 hours of attention-gripping, edge-of-your-seat, slack-jawed action. It’ll never be the NFL or MLB, even if it is every bit as American as baseball and apple pie. But what it lacks in spectating perks it makes up for in participation level of its fans. It is one of, if not the most popular activities in all of America, and it deserves to have its super bowl, the Bassmaster Classic broadcast on live television.

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A look at the watershed sizes for the City Lakes

A flowing creek dumping water into San Vicente ReservoirMany of you have probably noticed that the reservoirs haven’t all benefited from the recent rains equally. There are dozens of factors in play to account for how many vertical feet a lake will rise, which is generally how we gauge the water and health of the lake. Obvious factors like the current size of the lake, and the steepness of the exposed shoreline account for how quickly the water level can rise vertically. But another factor, which isn’t obvious to the naked eye is the watershed, or the area of land where water drains off of it into a given area. Think of watersheds as a funnel pointing into a given lake. The bigger and wider the funnel mouth, the more water it collects and pours into the lake.

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Miramar blue catfish record short-lived, falls again

miramarrecordbluecatGreg Pshsnychniak was fishing for trout at Miramar Reservoir and landed something much larger yesterday, a new Miramar Lake Record blue catfish weighing 49.10 pounds. The previous record stood for less than 3 weeks, caught on December 16th by John Thomas, weighing 38.6 pounds. The new record comes as no surprise, as blue catfish get large, very large in the San Diego reservoirs and can reach over 100 pounds. This record breaking train is likely to continue, especially as seasoned catfish anglers focus their attention towards Miramar. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fish over 70 pounds caught soon at Miramar.

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