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    STEVE MERLO: Rockfish and Virg's Sportfishing on the Central Coast rebound

    By STEVE MERLO, Contributing columnist
    Thursday, Jul 17 2014 08:33 PM

    After a decades-long rockfishing slump on the Central coast, the fishing and catching has returned with a vengeance. The waters of Estero Bay near Morro Rock are once again teeming with porpoises, whales and many bird species as they flood into the area to feed on the huge bait balls of squid and anchovies migrating into the nearby depths.

    With the return of the bait biomass, large schools of rock fish are also staging a tremendous comeback beneath the surface. Large Ling Cod, Vermilions, Starries, Olives, Widows and Blues are just some of the 60-plus species of California rockfish now filling anglers' sacks with easy "ten-fish-plus two-ling cod limits." Thanks to strict Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines over the past few years,...

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    July 18 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be...

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    STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore

    With another heat wave in the San Joaquin Valley this week, scores of people will once again be trekking to the Central Coast to cool off. That's a given, but a lot of folks are also heading over there simply to wet their lines. The entire...

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    July 25 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be...

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    STEVE MERLO: Elephant seals, surf fishing make for a great day on coast

    Looking for something to do while staying at the coast? My wife and I enjoyed a brief sojourn last weekend north of Pismo, where we were staying with relatives. Driving north on Highway 1 and looking for a new place to surf fish, we found...

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    July 11 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be...

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    STEVE MERLO: Locals Graddy, Gohr prevail in Isabella bass tournament

    Great weather and good fishing provided Bakersfield's Golden Empire Bass Club with some decent stringers of bass at its two-day tournament over the weekend. When the smoke had cleared, Shafter's Jim Graddy and Bakersfield's Rick Gohr made...

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    July 4 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started Tuesday. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be...

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    STEVE MERLO: Simple rule for dealing with snakes: use caution

    Growing up in the small community of Buttonwillow had its share of good and bad experiences, especially when dealing with snakes. Our house, situated only a quarter mile from hunting and fishing freedom, always seemed to have the odd snake...

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    June 27 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's month-long June striper derby is ongoing. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and...

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    STEVE MERLO: Beat the heat with summer surf fishing

    Finding something fun to do during the summer heat waves that hammer the San Joaquin Valley can sometimes be a difficult proposition. Oh sure, one might spend the cooler evening hours casting for catfish or bass up at the lake or hitting...

  12. June 20 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long June striper derby is ongoing. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed...

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    June 13 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long striper derby kicked off June 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed...

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