A “candy shop” for athletes is happening this weekend in Sacramento

A “candy shop” for athletes is happening this weekend in Sacramento

It’s time for hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen to head to their favorite “candy store” this weekend, with the opening of the 36th Annual International Sports Show at the Cal Expo grounds in Sacramento. The event runs from Thursday, January 18th until Sunday, January 21st. Tickets are $16 for adults. Children 15 and under are free.

If you like checking out the latest gear, tools, RVs, watching demonstrations of fishing tackle, hunting gear, etc., this is the place. It’s a huge offering with entire buildings dedicated to fishing, hunting, RVs, ATVs, outdoor adventures, lodges and guides. For a full detailed preview of the show, go to sportsexpos.com.

Looking a little further down the road, anglers should put Pleasanton’s annual fly fishing show on their calendars for February 23-25. For more information, go to flyfishingshow.com.

Despite the weather, a few hardy anglers are out fishing the San Francisco Bay this week, where striped bass fishing is reported to be excellent and sturgeon fishing is improving as more freshwater runoff enters the North Bay.

For more details, call Bear Clifton at Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael at (415) 456-0321. Bear takes over the store from longtime owner and San Francisco Bay fishing expert Keith Fraser, who has been recovering from an illness that has kept him sidelined since before Christmas. Bear has been with the store a long time. call him.

Weather permitting, Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sportsfishing still takes local anglers to hunt for Dungeness crab. Call Rick at (707) 875-3344 to reserve a spot on his party boat.

Very few sane fishing friends wade into the cold rivers to fish at this time of year. not me. I replaced my winter boots with a pair of warm slippers years ago. But my friend Steve Kyle is made of tougher stuff. He recently returned from spending two days on the South Umpqua River in Oregon, where he fished with another longtime fishing partner, Chris Armstrong. It must have melted enough to operate the keyboard on his Mac, because he sent me the following report, with some pictures:

“We did a two-day trip with the weather going from rain to wet, then back to rain, then back to wet and always cold but with the occasional ray of sunshine, just to prove that it was still above ground.

“Was it cold? Hell yeah! What’s fun? Yes, and the Umpqua has lived up to its reputation for being home to some really big fish.”

“Having fished the Rogue, Klamath, and Applegate rivers over the years, I was surprised by the size of these fish. The Umpqua breed of steelhead is clearly different from what you typically find in those other rivers. These things are The ones we hooked were “cookie cutter” size which is normal for this river. The quality of these fish were in the range you would find in BC. It was impressive.

“Our first day started out slow. We didn’t see or touch many fish, considering the hours we spent fishing, but the fish we did catch provided a lot of excitement. We had a great time.

“Chris got one on our first day and then lost another one the next day. I caught two, dropped one, but the other one almost ripped the stick out of my hand.”

Note that the two men fished all day for two consecutive days, in cold weather and icy water, catching a total of four fish. Naturally, they even released the two fish they managed to bring into the net.

This is what is considered a good trip.

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