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    STEVE MERLO: Rough start, strong finish on fishing trip to Mexican waters

    Beginning a six-day fishing trip on the high seas by heading south towards not one, but two Pacific hurricanes probably doesn't sound too smart to most land lubbers. But a true, die hard big- game fisherman would certainly understand the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Thousands test skills at opening of dove season

    Exactly 30 minutes before the Labor Day sunup, thousands of hunters met the eastern glow of daylight with eagerness only an expectant father would understand. The opening day of dove season had finally arrived and most, if not all, had...

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    STEVE MERLO: New dove season, new limits

    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...

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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...

  5. 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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