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Written By: Wes Ward September 12, 2014
COLEMAN NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY PRESENTS
The 23rd Annual Return of the Salmon Festival
October 18th, 2014
The 23rd Annual Return of the Salmon Festival, sponsored by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery Complex, located at 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road in Anderson, California.
This is a FREE family oriented event. Adults and kids alike will be able to view salmon, spawning operations, the salmon aquarium, wildlife, and natural resource information booths.
Coleman will be getting ready for the festival by opening the fish ladder in late September. We normally don’t see many salmon until later in September. It is expected that as many as 50,000 salmon might return to Battle Creek this fall.
One of the largest draws of this event is the opportunity to see adult salmon up close in the holding ponds, being spawned and in a large aquarium.
In recent years, the hatchery finished improvements on the barrier weir and fish ladder, as well as reconstructing the water supply and intake to integrate with the Battle Creek salmon and steelhead Restoration Project. The ambitious Restoration project is expected to open up about 42 miles of creek above the hatchery to spawning.
A recently constructed fish viewing platform at the ladder now allows visitors to get a much closer view of the salmon in Battle Creek.
This annual event will also feature child fingerprinting, recreational displays, sporting equipment, wildlife art, children’s activities and food by Liberty Christian School.
Free admission, parking, busses and shuttles will be available. You can park at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Anderson and ride the busses and shuttles to and from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to all of its programs, activities, and facilities for all participants, including individuals with disabilities. If you have a permanent disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation in order to attend the Return of the Salmon Festival please call 530-365-8622 by October 10th.Back to Kayaking
Written By: Wes Ward August 24, 2014
MANTECA, Ca. – Its mid August, and we all know that summer will soon give way to the fall, marking the beginning of a transition period that is common amongst the game fish western anglers target. But it is important to remember that this “summer-fall transition” is not limited to just large mouth bass, but also to the trout, kokanee, stripers, and sturgeon that reside in the waterways of northern California.
So how can you as an outdoorsman capitalize of the transitional changes to come?
By attending the first annual Outdoorsman Expo, to be held Saturday, Oct 4th, at the Cabral Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge/Ram dealership in Manteca, which will be an ALL-DAY affair featuring northern California’s top outdoor pros, who will be sharing with those in attendance some of the secrets it took them a lifetime to learn!
At this information EXPO, you will enjoy unbelievable seminars on fish finder, sonar, and electronic technology, take advantage of a tackle swap meet that will help you stock up on gear, visit vendors displaying new product, enjoy a free BBQ, PLUS participate in a FREE raffle that will take place EVERY-HOUR-ON-THE HOUR for an array of valuable prizes!
Seminars for this day include:
• Jimmy Reese (3x FLW Champion)– “Fall Finesse Fishing – Light Line Tactics that work”
• Kevin Yost (Expert Guide) – “Tracking SF Bay Stripers and Sturgeon”
• Cal Kellogg (Author) – “Fall Trout Tactics – that will work for anybody”
• Ken Mah (Ranger Bass Pro) – Fall Punch Fishing – “The Basics”
• Ernie Marlin (Delta Guru) – “Finding and catching fall stripers on the Delta”
(PLEASE call to pre-register as seating is limited and will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis)
• Len Vinci – Sonar Basics “Find out what you don’t know about your fish finders”
• Tshombe Moore – Navionics 101 – Chart plotting basics
FREE raffles “Every-hour-on-the-hour” for:
• Minn Kota Talon (shallow water anchor - $1,200 value)
• Humminbird Fish finder ($500 value)
• Cannon Down Rigger
• Navionics chips
• Mustang Survival PFD
• Kid’s moto-cross style bicycles
• Free entry into 2014 R2Sea Open event
• Free entries into 2014 Angler’s Press event
• Bass Pro Shop Gift certificates
• Fisherman’s Warehouse gift certificates
• Guns, Fishing and Other Stuff gift certificates
• Receive free gifts and meet FPT Coors Light girls
• Browse/Buy from the big used tackle swat meet
• Visit River2Sea Tackle Trailer and partake in great tackle specials
• Receive SPECIAL one-time pricing on all RAM Trucks, and Ranger boats on display
And much more!
So whether you are preparing for the upcoming River2Sea Open (which features an unprecedented $15,000 pay out to the top five places), the Nor Cal Trout Angler’s Challenge Tournament of Champions (where the grand prize is a NEW Klamath boat), just bought a fish finder or Navionics chip and want to know how to get the most of them, need to stock up on tackle, or just want to get better at fall fishing, this expo has something for everyone!
For more details on seminar times and to register for the sonar/electronics classes, visit http://www.anglerspress.com or email the Angler’s Press offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916.768.0938 anytime.
REMINDER – If you wish to attend the electronic classes please call the Angler’s Press offices to ensure you get a seat as these classes are packed and seating is limited.
See you all at the expo!
Cabral Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram is located at:
1145 W Yosemite Ave, Manteca, CA 95337
Written By: Wes Ward February 5, 2014
When Fred Hall began his shows in 1946 he didn’t foresee the difficulty of coming up with something new each year for the next 68 years. But that was his goal and part of his successful business plan. All of us in the Fred Hall organization work very hard to make the shows “new” each year. It’s difficult because we have to keep so many things each year that have become popular.
For 2014 there are several new wrinkles to the Fred Hall Show…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience, March 5-9, at the Long Beach Convention Center. First is the new Optics Alley, where quality optics companies will have their own row, anchored by the optics retailer Optics for Birding. Attendees at the Fred Hall Show can compete in the Fred Hall Snipe Hunt. Any attendee can use optics from any of the factories on Optics Alley and look for the snipe decoys in the rafters. If you spot one you can enter to win a $500.00 optics gift certificate. There are other optics dealers in the show but you can only enter the Fred Hall Snipe Hunt from Optics Alley.
The Costa Sporting Chef Café will be going through some big changes. Scott Leysath, TV’s own Sporting Chef from the Sportsman’s Channel, is the host of two TV Shows. One is called The Sporting Chef and the other is called Dead Meat. Both are wildly popular. As host of the Sporting Chef Café, Scott and his co-host, singer/songwriter Gary Schiebler will preside over two new events. In the new “Gaffed” segment, two contestants from the audience will come to the stage and try to cook a meal using the secret basket of ingredients prepared by the Sporting Chef. The other new segment will be the Sporting Chef Challenge where chefs from the long-range fleet will challenge Sporting Chef Leysath with a secret ingredient selected by Tommy Gomes, from Uni Goop and Catalina Offshore Products. With Scott Leysath, Gary Schiebler and Tommy Gomes on hand each segment should be very entertaining.
There will be over 400 seminars in the five days of the Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center Presented by Progressive Insurance and by Hobie Kayaks. Many of those seminars will be panel discussions. There are five main seminar venues. There is the Mammoth Lakes Ultimate Eastern Sierra Experience, the Cousins Tackle Ultimate Saltwater Experience, the Typhoon Ultimate Bass Fishing Experience, The Accurate Saltwater Tank and the fly-fishing seminar area and casting ponds. While there will be panel discussions at every venue there are two notable panels in 2014. The first is the Wicked Tuna Panel with Paul Hebert, Captain of the boat Wicked Pissah!, Dave Marciano, Captain of the boat The Hard Merchandise and Tyler McLaughlin, Captain of The Pinwheel, from the famous National Geographic TV show. These famous blue fin tuna fishermen will take part in a blue fin panel discussion hosted by Maui Jim Sunglasses and Accurate Fishing Products. BD Outdoors owner Ali Hussaini will moderate this discussion and be joined on the stage by Ben Seacrest and Mike Battistoni.
The second unique seminar will be presented by the California Department of fish and Wildlife. In attendance will be Director Chuck Bonham, Deputy Director of Fish & Wildlife Dan Yparraguirre, Chief of Law Enforcement Mike Carion, Fisheries Branch Chief Stafford Lehr and Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman. This unique panel with its open access to all Southern California sportsmen will take place on Saturday March 8, 2014. Let’s Talk Hook-Up radio show host Pete Gray will moderate this high-end panel. The state officials will take questions from the audience. The questions must be written down first and asked by the moderator. This is a great opportunity for sportsmen and sportswomen to ask the Fish and Wildlife leaders any questions they want.
With thousand of displayed products, hundreds of boats, over 400 seminars plus the Mammoth Lakes Kids Fish Free Trout Pond, the Ram Trucks Ultimate Air Dogs, the Great American Duck Races, the Toyota Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, air gun ranges, archery, laser shot, lagoon casting and fly casting, the Fred Hall Show…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience is a show not to be missed. March 5-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Details at http://www.fredhall.com.Back to Kayaking
Written By: Wes Ward December 29, 2013
The Fred Hall Shows…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience will come to Southern California again this year for the 68th year in a row. These shows began in 1946 in West Los Angeles near the world famous Farmers Market. For decades The Long Beach Show, March 5-9, at the Long Beach Convention Center and the San Diego Show, March 27-30, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, have been known as the world’s premiere consumer fishing tackle shows. “There is nothing else like these shows on the planet”, says Bart Hall, Producer of the Fred Hall Shows. “My father developed a formula that celebrates and showcases sportfishing in a way that cannot be matched by any other events. We have taken that formula and pushed it to its maximum fulfillment. The 2014 shows will be very special”.
Over the last five years the shows have undergone some dramatic changes and that is why they are now called “The Ultimate Outdoor Experience”. Mike Lum, General Manager of the Fred Hall Shows says, “The Fred Hall Show in Long Beach has never had the cross section of outdoor activities that will be featured in 2014. More fresh and saltwater fishing from trout to billfish and everything in between. Premium optics from companies like Zeiss, Swarovski, Vanguard, Celestron and others will be featured in Optics Alley. There will be an expanded marine electronics section and a greatly expanded fly-fishing area where anyone can learn how easy it is to add a fly rod to their fishing arsenal. The hunting and shooting portion of the show has been growing every year but 2014 will show the biggest growth ever!”
The Fred Hall Shows are great fun for men, women and children of all ages. There are over 600 seminars in the 9 days of the two shows, hours of family fun activities everyday, tens of thousands of products on display, hundreds of boats, Trucks, SUV’s, cool cars, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, and so much more. Mike Lum says,” It is truly the Ultimate Outdoor Experience. Great fun for kids of all ages! I can’t wait for this year’s shows!”
People come from all over the world to attend these events. Calls come into the Fred Hall Show offices in December and January from all over the world, Germany, Australia, Canada, and South America…all asking about the seminar schedules because they want to organize their flight schedules with the seminars they want to see.
The Fred Hall Shows are also California’s largest boat shows with more boats on display, of every kind, than any other boat show. Fred Hall Shows used to just concentrate on fishing boats, but when the recession decimated both the boating industry and the boat show industry the Fred Hall Shows began to take on boats of all kinds. They now feature all of the fishing boats sold in California but also, pontoon boats, deck boats, high performance boats, tow-boats and cruisers. The Fred Hall Shows display and show more kayaks than any other shows in the nation.
Don’t miss the Fred Hall Shows March 5-9, at the Long Beach Convention Center and March 27-30 at the Del mar Fairgrounds. Details can be found at http://www.fredhall.com.Back to Kayaking
Written By: Wes Ward December 3, 2013
The NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge (NTAC) created quite a stir in the Norcal trout fishing scene this fall when a lucky trout angler fishing the NTAC event at San Pablo Reservoir took home an awesome Klamath Boat complete with motor. Now they’ve made an even bigger splash with the announcement of a unique and expanded trout fishing tournament tour for 2014!
Before we get into dates and locations, I should speak a bit about the NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge for the folks out there that haven’t heard about it.
The NTAC is what I’d call the “every man’s” or “every families” trout fishing event. Sure each event offers up a bunch of cash prizes, gear and other goodies, but the entry fees are low. If you pre register adults only pay $15 to participate and kids under 15 are free. If you wait until game day to register, it will still only cost an adult $20 and a junior angler $5.
As if those prizes weren’t exciting enough, the NTAC season will end with a Tournament of Champions shootout where the overall winner will take home a fully rigged Klamath Boat complete with motor and trailer!
The top 25 youth finishers and the top 50 adult finishers from each of the 5 regular season tournaments will be invited to participate in the end of season TOC for a shot at the boat and a bunch of other cash and prizes!
The folks at the NTAC recognize the financial challenges that many anglers face these days, especially those raising families, so they’ve worked hard to keep entry fees low enough such that anglers on a budget can still enjoy the thrill of competition.
Along these same lines the dates and destinations for all NTAC tournaments were given special consideration to insure that the time of the year and venue set the stage for a level playing field for both boaters and bank anglers.
In other words the tournaments are held at certain destinations at certain times of the year when bank bound dough slingers and float tube trollers have just as much chance of winning the tournament as a guy equipped with a 25 foot aluminum sled decked out with downriggers and the latest electronics.
If you love trout fishing and love competition, come on out and enjoy one or more NTAC events in 2014. It won’t break the bank, you’ll have lots of fun and you might just take home a cool prize or a cool wad of cash!
Here are those dates: The tour kicks off on February 15 at San Pablo Dam Reservoir. Then it’s on to Lake Amador on March 15, Collins Lake on April 5, Lake Del Valle on May 10 and the regular season wraps up on May 31 at Lake Camanche. The Tournament of Champions will be held on October 11 & 12 at Collins Lake.
For more information or to register for any of the events go to http://www.anglerspress.com or call (916) 768-0938.
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