Southern California dodged the large projectile of a dry La Nina driven winter, with many waterways getting a nice boost from either run-off or future snowmelt. From Diamond Valley to Lake Shasta, waterlines are up near the green growth.

But like so many things–global weather forecasting at the top of the list–making long-range predictions is nothing you can hang your hat (or your raingear) on. (more…)


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Okay, in the West we have our favorite, regional publications and websites, and maybe we’re even a little spoiled. More often than not, when something cool hits the radar screen it shows up first at Folsom or Havasu or Diamond Valley and it’s old news by the time the national guys pick up on it.

But do you really understand what a marvel this new WesternBass.com Magazine (click here) really is? (more…)


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UPDATED–Just match the lakes and spots. While looking for a new game I thought a contest that provided the GPS coordinates for the 10 best spots of Kyle Grover, Mike Folkestad and Skeet Reese might be a hot item. But I couldn’t pull it off.

Instead, with the help of pro-staffer Brian Day, I’ve got something almost as good: free codes to access Navionics’ “Freshest Data.” (more…)


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Power Worms, Frenzy, Beetle-spins and even that Gulp! stuff–I get. Affordable baits for the masses. But I never imagined Pure Fishing adding a high end, international component to its list of offerings–but they just did. Sebile, maker of things that cost beaucoup euros, is now on the same truck to South Carolina. (more…)


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From the height of the Japanese World record issue, we heard of the strangely named website: Delaware trophy bass. Owner Steve vonBrandt seemed to have the inside line on the angler and the catch, but for viewers outside the region, it was hard to connect Delaware with anything but “blue hens.”

But that’s in the past. Steve now has made all the changes (more…)


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A new breed of tournament bass fishing websites has just been introduced and former Californian Robert Faaborg is at the helm–or at least, the back seat.

According to his news release, “BackDeckPro.com will exclusively cover the Co-angler side of tournament bass fishing. The site will be unique in that there will only be six topics on the home page at any one time. The site is anchored by “At The Tanks” a column dedicated to event coverage ranging from pre-tournament preparation to post tournament analysis. It will be the most comprehensive event coverage of the Co-angler’s end of the boat. (more…)


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In case you didn’t have enough bookmarked websites, 2011 is bringing an ambitious new site: Advanced Angler.com, featuring input from many stars of the game.

According to Tom Leogrande of CBC fame and one who has an interest in the cyber endeavor, the site is edited by California’s Dan O’Sullivan, however the primary owner was not revealed in the conversation. Leogrande referred to him as (more…)


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UPDATE: Cancel this. The site has a new name and new URL. DelawareTrophyBass.com, the site that heavily covered the Japanese World Record catch,  has changed its name to reflect exactly what it is about. The new Name is Bass Fishing Tips,Tackle,Videos. The URL address, however, is the same: http://delawaretrophybass.com. (more…)


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Call it a slow news day, but these pictures point up that Lake Elsinore (and San Antonio for that matter) don’t have a corner on the airborne fire-fighting equipment that has been available here in Southern California.

These photos were just taken by Lake Castaic lifeguard John Ragsdale, and were forwarded to me by longtime TD  Ron Cervenka.

Not much to say, except these big birds make an impressive sight. (more…)


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Fresher, and offering more more visual information than ever, www.rangerboats.com just got more than a face lift–it’s got a whole new heartbeat.

Now boat buyers can get “additional insight” before they even step into the showroom, thanks to Ranger’s new research tool on the web. According to the latest release, “The completely redesigned site brings in-depth information about the industry’s most celebrated brand through product profiles, feature videos and a wealth of other original content.” (more…)


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