NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge Announces Tournament Tour Dates For 2014!
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. As of press time the date and destination for the Tournament of Champions was unavailable.
For more information or to register for any of the events go to http://www.anglerspress.com or call (916) 768-0938.
Fishing Tackle Swap Meet
Written By: Wes Ward December 3, 2013
Fishing Gear Swap Meet
Rancho Seco Park
December 14 & 15
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join Ernie Marlan and Captain Steve Mitchell November 18 For Delta Sturgeon
Written By: Wes Ward November 5, 2013
Sturgeon season is here and the weather is nice, so let’s go fishing!
Most of you who know me know that I rarely soak bait when I fish. However, when sturgeon season comes around, the reward of the sit and wait technique is well worth it and at times I can’t get enough of it.
The best part of sturgeon fishing is when you get that bite, which is often referred as the “pump”. You can be sitting on the boat enjoying stories and laughs with your fishing buddies then all of a sudden out of the corner of your eye you see an irregular movement on the rod tip.
You jump and grab the rod and if you’re lucky, the “pump” happens again. It feels like a steady pull then a release and then another steady pull on the rod. This slight action is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Don’t wait too long set the hook! Fish On!
Get ready for a battle because you may have a monster sturgeon at the end of your line. If you expect these fish to swim right up to the boat, you better think again because they will put your fish battling skills to the ultimate test! Anglers often wait their whole lives and can spend countless hours trying to hook a sturgeon.
Now you can have the opportunity to fish with one of the top sturgeon guides in the area. If you book a trip for November 18 with Hook’d Up Sportfishing you could have a chance to experience this sturgeon bite and fantastic fight for yourself. Captain Steve Mitchell, Captain and owner of Hook’d Up Sportfishing, is an excellent sturgeon fisherman and if the fish are there, he’s the man to put you on them!
Captain Steve does a lot of fishing throughout the year, but sturgeon fishing is his specialty. He understands the patterns of sturgeon at this time of year and is able to capitalize on it. Captain Steve will be on the water many times prior to November 18, so you can expect him to have a good feel for where the fish are, what the fish are doing and put everyone on the boat that day in the best position to catch those sturgeon.
I will also be on board that day and will bring several great giveaways that can help you catch a fish on your next trip.
Space is limited, so give Captain Steve a call at 707-655-6736 or check out their website at http://www.hookdupsportfishing.com.
Cal Kellogg To Host Raahauge’s Chukar Hunt On December 14!
Written By: Wes Ward October 29, 2013
I’m pretty darn excited. Why? Because I’ll be hosting a hunt at my favorite Norcal pheasant and chukar club this December. That’s right I’ll be a Linc Raahauge’s Pheasant, Chukar And Sporting Clays Club on Saturday, December 14. I’ll be bringing a bunch of prizes to the even and owner Terry Raahauge and his lovely wife Donna will be providing a tasty BBQ lunch!
Terry and Donna’s club consists of 2,400 acres of flat fields and rolling hills just a short drive from Dunnigan, Ca. On a blue sky day when a pheasant erupts at your feet and flies off against a background of golden hills you’ll wonder if you didn’t take a wrong turn and end up in the legendary pheasant grounds of South Dakota!
I’ve hosted a number of fall and spring chukar hunts at Raahauge’s and they’ve all been very successful. We have a lot of laughs, big fun and everyone take’s home some great eating chukars.
Terry’s birds are healthy fast fliers that provide excellent table fare. Best of all Raahauge’s has a resident bird cleaning staff, so all you need to worry about is shooting straight and how you’ll prepare those birds once you get home!
If you’d like more information about the event or if you have any questions about any aspect of Terry’s operation, give him a call at (530) 724-0552.
Back to Kayaking
Gruden’s Online Photo Challenge
Written By: Wes Ward April 26, 2013
GRUNDENS USA LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE ONLINE PHOTO CHALLENGE
Weekly Prize Packages Awarded for Best Photos Showing Grundéns or Gage Gear Grundéns USA has launched a free online photo contest, inviting commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, professional mariners, or anyone who works or plays on the water, to submit their photos and win valuable weekly prizes.
“This contest is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address and couldn’t be easier,” said Grundéns USA President Mike Jackson. “So many people send in great photos of themselves wearing their Grundéns and Gage Technical Gear apparel. We want to encourage people across the country to send even more, share them with other Grundéns fans, and reward their effort with some great gear,” added Jackson.
Any type of photo showing Grundéns or Gage gear is eligible for the contest. Once each week between now and June 10, 2013, one lucky entrant will be chosen to receive a great prize package featuring a new Gage Fogbow Hoody, a Gage Multi-Purpose Neck Gaiter, a Grundéns T-shirt and a Grundéns belt.
For an entry form and contest rules, visit Grundéns USA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/grundensusa. People can also sign up and enter photographs through Instagram at #grundensoutdoors.
Back to Kayaking
Six ways to qualify for the Delta Open
Written By: duane February 21, 2013
Delta Open Team Series is here!
SACRAMENTO Ca. - If you have never fished any of the specialty events held on the California delta such as the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge, the Snag Proof Open, or the River2Sea Open, then you just might want to get your calendar out and make plans to hold a date or two, and be part of one - or all of these great events, as Angler’s Press in conjunction with Coors Light, has bundled these venues together to present the first-ever Coors Light - Delta Open Team Series.
And no, don’t worry, the unique and exciting formats you have come to enjoy about these fun events will not change whatsoever. What WILL be created from bundling these specialty events into a team series, is an opportunity for anglers of all ages and angling experience levels that can’t - for whatever reason, commit to a “tour or trail”, to move on and participate in a Tournament of Champions style event – for braggin rights a big grand prize!
As these events are spread out over the entire year, are reasonably priced, and are proven to produce large fields of competitors, teams can be assured of great fun, uncompromising quality, and a competitive payback – PLUS the hopes of qualifying for the Delta Open Team Series Championship!
Six ways to qualify for the Delta Open Team Series Championship:
1. Be one of the top 25 overall big fish winners in the 2013 Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge
2. Be one of the top 25 teams from the Pro division of the 2013 Snag Proof Open
3. Be one of the top 15 teams from the Am division of the 2013 Snag Proof Open
4. Be one of the top 25 teams in the 2013 River2Sea Open
5. 7 teams from the top twenty five year-end - FPT northern region standings will qualify (random draw)
6. 3 teams from the top ten year-end - FPT central region will qualify (random draw)
Only 100 teams– and no more, will receive the opportunity to compete in the Delta Open Team Series Championship event which will be held on the California Delta in the late spring of 2014. The Delta Open Team Series Championship will require an entry of only $100 dollars per team, with a new Jeep Patriot worth $15,000 going to the 1st place team, along with cash awards to the top ten finishers, which will represent a payback of over 100%!
To add to the excitement, this Delta Open Team Series Championship event will be televised and broadcast on Comcast Sports Net California for all to see!
Qualifying Rules for Delta Open Team Series Championship
The Delta Open Team Series is open to anyone, and you may fish or participate in as many of the qualifying events you wish (FPT events subject to eligibility) to increase your chances at making it to the “big show” but you may only win one berth into the Delta Open Teams Championship event. Your partner in the Delta Open Teams Series Championship event must be the partner you qualified with at one of the qualifying events you fished.
Please note - As the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge is held as an individual format venue rather than a team format, the top 25 big fish winners may pick any angler they wish as a partner for the Delta Open Team Series Championship. However, the person they choose must have fished in the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge event.
The payout for the Delta Open Teams Series Championship event will be based on the amount of paid entries. If there are less PAID entries than the field size limit (100), the payout will be adjusted down according to how many actual paid entries are received. The Delta Open Team Series Championship event is a 2-day event with a 5 fish limit per team each day. Entry fee is $100 per team, with a OPTIONAL Big Fish pot of $25 available for those that wish to participate in it.
During the Delta Open Team Series Championship, qualifiers may only use the baits allowed in the qualifying specialty events such as Yamamoto, Snag Proof and River2Sea products.
So there it is…for all of you long time “by-standers” that have been looking to get into competitive bass fishing fun - that works with your limited schedules… this is your chance!
Call the Angler’s Press offices today and get signed up for one of the Delta Open Team Series events!
See you on the water!