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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: 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...

  9. 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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    STEVE MERLO: Catfish are spawning, and biting, at Isabella

    Both channel and white catfish have begun their annual spawning run into the shallows at Lake Isabella and the action is incredibly good. The Kern River Valley impoundment, probably rated as the best fishing lake in California at this time...

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    STEVE MERLO: Bassmasters event set for Saturday at Success

    Looking for something to do Saturday? Don't forget the annual "Kern County Bassmasters" annual open team bass tournament at Porterville's Lake Success. Reports indicate excellent fishing on tap with the fish still hanging in or next to the...

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    June 6 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long striper derby kicked off Sunday, June 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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