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    STEVE MERLO: New dove season, new limits

    By STEVE MERLO, Contributing columnist
    Thursday, Aug 28 2014 05:29 PM

    By now, three days before the opening of dove season, most hunters know that the limit on mourning doves has been expanded to 15 per day, with a 45-bird possession limit after the third day. Hunters are also ecstatic over the announcement that the Eurasian collared dove, an invasive bird, has been handed its walking -- er, flying -- papers by the lifting of bag, possession and seasonal restrictions effective Sept. 1. It's great news for shotgun enthusiasts that we now have an all-year target to shoot, but how does one tell the two species apart?

    Eurasian collared doves found their way across the Atlantic to the Bahamas in 1974. During the late 1970s, several birds managed to escape their cages and eventually found Ponce de Leon's...

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    Aug. 29 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started Aug. 1. Entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no...

  3. STEVE MERLO: White sea bass on the prowl

    Salt water anglers are finding excellent action on schools of coveted White Sea Bass running a few miles from the central coast town Port San Luis, near Avila Beach. The great eating fish, while not necessarily huge, are still running from...

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    Aug. 22 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started Aug. 1 and continues through the end of the month. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a...

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    STEVE MERLO: Costs of hunting licences, tags continue steep climb

    Dove season looms just around the corner and promises to be one of the best in years, barring any cold weather that could drive the huge concentrations out of the county. But hunters are seriously getting fed up with Sacramento legislators...

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    August 15 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started August 1 and continues through the end of the month. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in...

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    Aug. 8 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby continues through August. 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: Mourning dove daily hunting limits increased from 10 to 15

    Dove hunters will be very pleased to discover that the California Fish and Game Commission voted to increase the 2014 daily limit on mourning doves from 10 per day to 15 per day beginning Sept. 1. That's good news for hunters who have long...

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    STEVE MERLO: Local angler wins kitty by catching 40-pound 'cat'

    Each year, Bob's Bait Bucket, a local tackle shop, offers anglers a chance to win a few bucks by catching a good-sized fish. Each month during the summer, the shop holds a different derby: June is striped bass month; July is for catfish...

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    Aug. 1 fish report

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

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

    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...

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