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Fishing trip disappoints, but birds were bagged


    I went on a salmon-fishing trip last week at Vierra’s Resort on the Sacramento River and it turned out to be a bit disappointing.
    Two of my sons from Santa Cruz County, Bill and Ed, joined me on Tuesday afternoon. We put in a few hours trolling in windy conditions with no success.  That night the wind got stronger, and on Wednesday morning, we fought the wind for a couple of hours with still no salmon.
    A word of warning to those going to the area: If the weather forecast calls for a “delta breeze,” be ready for much more than a breeze.     
    On Thursday morning, the wind subsided and we got out early and finally got a hook-up on a big salmon.
    Bill took the rod, and the fish made a few runs and finally shook the hook before we could get it to the net.     
    Despite the failure, it was still great to get together with “the boys” for some quality time on this annual outing.
    On Friday, fishing guide Danny Layne boated a 22-pound salmon at Vierra’s for Craig Miller of Stockton.
    On Saturday, I switched to duck hunting with Bill Davidson at the Santa Fe Club near Gustine.
    Bill had been recovering from a shoulder injury, but decided to try it out last Wednesday and was able to bag a limit of ducks in the late afternoon. We managed to bag six in the later afternoon before sunset.
    Stan Blanchard and Dave Sefton, both of Sonora, had a good weekend, bagging 12 ducks on Saturday and eight on Sunday in the South Grasslands.
    Layne switched to ducks on Saturday and hunted with Chuck Hewitt at the Hollister Club in the North Grasslands, and they had a good shoot which included some quality mallards.
    Game bird hunters have new seasons approaching to fill in on days when duck hunting might not be productive, such as “bluebird weather.”
    Quail season is now under way and will run through Jan. 29. On Nov. 12, the season will open for pheasant, wild turkey, and dove. Pheasant season will run through  Dec. 25; turkey through Nov, 27; and dove through Dec 26.      To hunt any of the previously listed game birds, an  Upland  Game Bird Stamp is required and can be added to your hunting license at sporting goods outlets where hunting licenses are sold.
    Daily limits for the aforementioned birds are as follows: pheasants – two males the first two days, and three per day after that; quail – 10 per day;  dove – 10 per day; and wild turkey – one per season of either sex.

    The Mother Lode Gun Club on Jamestown Rd. offers trap shooting on Wednesday evenings and again on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m.
    The public is welcome.
    On Nov. 26, they will host a “Fun Shoot.”
    For more information, call 984-4160 or B-Bar-Y Traders at 984-0358 .
    At New Melones, some nice trout are still showing for anglers trolling, “Cop Car pattern” lures in the main lake and Carson Cove. Al Judnich, of Jamestown, won the big catfish contest last week with a 10-pound, 14-ounce cat.
    I’m still having computer problems.
    Anyone wishing to contact this writer about a fishing or hunting experience is welcome to call 586-0802.

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