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    STEVE MERLO: Bass fishing secrets of yesteryear still hold true

    By STEVE MERLO, For The Californian
    Thursday, Mar 05 2015 11:22 PM

    A long time ago, my good friend, the late Deno Fanucchi, gave me some important advice about bass fishing that has always worked. Back then, we didn't grow many almonds or other orchard crops in the Buttonwillow area, but the few groves we had were solid indicators of when the best bass fishing would occur.

    Whenever the trees would begin budding, he would fish the deeper areas next to flats and other known spawning areas. When the trees went to full bloom, the fish would be found on the flats, and when the blossoms fell off, the spawn would be in full force. That advice came more than 50 years ago and remains as true today as it did back then.

    There are some changes, of course, to the way we fished largemouth then as to now. Deno used...

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    March 6 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but there were some excellent catches of crappie and bluegill this past week. Jake Franklin, Bakersfield, and his fishing partner had limits of...

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    Feb. 27 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: Annual Outdoor Show has a little something for everyone

    The Central Valley Sportsman's Boat, RV and Outdoor Show at the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend brings thousands of people through the gates to enjoy the best of camping, hunting, boating and fishing. This year's premium event will...

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    Feb. 20 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: Busy time for outdoors-related funraisers

    Every hunter and fisherman enjoys a favorite pastime, but those endeavors do not come without some form of personal or monetary sacrifice. Be it in the form of the excise taxes we pay on the fishing and hunting gear we buy, or in simply...

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    STEVE MERLO: Drought conditions lead to comically small tourney catch

    Bakersfield's Golden Empire Bass Club held its monthly tournament Saturday at Lake Kaweah and the outcome was both good, and, well, ugly. Not wanting to poke too much fun at the fishermen on hand, some of the anglers actually did quite...

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    Feb. 13 fish report

    Kern County , southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: County steps in to override Buena Vista catfish limits

    The last time I checked, county law isn’t supposed to supersede state law. Recently, however, county employees at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and working without Kern County Parks and Recreation authorization decided to...

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    Feb. 6 fishing report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: Coy-Williams team takes first at Bass Club tourney

    A nice limit of spotted bass allowed David Coy and Jerry Williams to make short work of the rest of the Golden Empire Bass Club entrants last weekend at their January tournament held at Lake Nacimiento. The duo slammed home a nice 9...

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    Jan. 30 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the large live minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the...

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    Jan. 23 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the large live minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the...

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