December 2017 Newsletter

The greatest show on Earth! Well, one of the greatest for any outdoor enthusiast. The 31st annual ISE Sacramento features more than 600 exhibitors selling biking, hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing and (even) eating adventures. This show has it all! Many of our OWAC friends and colleagues will be there including Western Outdoor News, California Fly Fisher, Visit Tuolumne County, Mono County Tourism, Bishop Visitors Bureau and Tailhunter International

 

Here's looking at you!

Sonoma County wildlife Photo credit: www.AreYouThatWoman.com

OWAC What's New

December 2017

 

It's the International Sportsmen's Expos Time of Year

The greatest show on Earth! Well, one of the greatest for any outdoor enthusiast. The 31st annual ISE Sacramento features more than 600 exhibitors selling biking, hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing and (even) eating adventures. This show has it all! Many of our OWAC friends and colleagues will be there including Western Outdoor News, California Fly Fisher, Visit Tuolumne County, Mono County Tourism, Bishop Visitors Bureau and Tailhunter International

 

There are endless opportunities to learn and explore outdoor adventures throughout California and around the world. Todd Jostes, National Academy of Outdoor Survival, will conduct mini-clinics from the Expo's new Wilderness Camp each day. In the Adventure Theater, Saturday, January 20, 2018, don't miss the California Department Fish & Wildlife’s seminar about the LANDS PASS program, which has been expanded to more properties as a way for all visitors to contribute to the management of the places they enjoy and appreciate. Wear your running shoes. It's going to be an action-packed four days.

 

Tawni Thomson I look forward to seeing you at your first ISE, Sacramento!

Barbara Steinberg, Editor

 

Navionics Sonar Charts

by Erik Landesfeind

"It's so easy, it feels like cheating" is the comment a friend recently made as we discussed using Navionics Sonar Charts to target rockfish and after giving it some thought I couldn't help but agree. The conversation was centered on a recent rockfish trip to an area that he'd previously fished but had lost all of his waypoints for when his old fish finder crashed. "I looked up the area on my chart and when I got out there I was able to follow the contour lines right to where the fish were." If you’re unfamiliar with the importance of reading contour lines, don’t worry you’re not alone. Read the whole story

 

Photo credit: Joshua Asel

Coho Salmon, an Endangered species in California

"Two more days of research go by. And finally, after walking three miles total, this was the only coho salmon we could find. An adult female, preparing to die after her long journey, guards her eggs under gravel in this numbingly cold tributary. There could be over 1,000 in one redd and every single one is a precious hope." Read the whole story

 

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler: The Most Capable SUV Ever

The huge news for FCA right now is the launch of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. They only "redo" the Wrangler once every 10 years and, so, this is a big deal! Everyone expects the Wrangler to be an off-road monster and the legendary off-road capability continues. The 2018 Wrangler is the most capable SUV ever built...by anyone! The purists can rest easy.

 

Even more exciting is that the 2018 Wrangler has advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, the only four-door convertible on the market now with more and easier open-air options, it's now also loaded with safety features (75) and advanced technology and all wrapped in a modern design that stays true to the original Wrangler roots. Read the whole story

Thanks to our friend and colleague, Scott Brown, for sharing this good news!

 

Flora & Fauna of the Owens Valley:

Indigenous, Endemic, Endangered

by Gigi de Jong for Visit Bishop

Every place or region has its own distinctive character or something unique that sets it apart and makes it special. Some of these things are easily seen or found while others go unnoticed or are hidden and protected. Sometimes it’s only a part of something greater, but without which the sum would not be as great.

As travelers we are drawn to the places where we will see or experience those things that are rare and intriguing. We look for the obvious and search for the secret, but often we go because we may never have the chance to see it again.

Our world is constantly in flux. We create and destroy and attempt to save that which we have threatened. Our influence on the natural world has been significant and yet some things endure in the face of change and others require intervention.

The Owens Valley is prime example of a place where time appears to have stood still and yet the consequences of human activity have had far reaching effects. Read the whole story

 

 

Many Losses in 2017:

Good friends not forgotten

 

Rick Copeland (March 25, 2017) - was the quintessential outdoorsman with a deep passion for preserving traditional outdoor heritage, getting families involved in outdoor conservation and recreation, and championing causes for fishing and hunting.

Mike "The Griz" Ritz (August 2, 2017) - a long-standing member of Outdoor Writers Association of California, Mike received many first-place awards for his film work submitted in the annual OWAC Craft Achievement Awards competition.

 

David Morgan (September 8, 2017) - moved to Bodega Bay to fish commercially. His quick thinking and sound actions saved countless lives when the charter boat Merry Jane capsized at the mouth of Bodega Harbor in February 1986 and 19 people washed overboard, on his first day working aboard that boat. (Kathie Morgan, OWAC member)

Pat Vachini (September 15, 2107) - Bringing sunshine and goodness to all with her radiant, signature smile and giving nature, she was ever grateful for the blessings of faith, family and friendships. (Don Vachini, OWAC member)

To friends, families, colleagues and communities impacted by this year's devastating wildfires, we hope for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

OWAC Board Updates

Your Board of Directors would like to welcome temporary board appointee Mike Harris (Mike Harris' Travel Guides), after accepting the resignation of long-standing OWAC Board member Tom Wilmer. Due to commitments with new projects, Tom felt he was unable to give OWAC the time and effort required. An election to permanently fill Wilmer’s seat will be held in the spring along with one other opening at that time.

 

Mike joined OWAC in 2016. "OWAC is a friendly organization that helps its members establish outdoor industry contacts and network with other outdoor writers,"Mike said. Currently, Mike is focusing on developing travel guides to fun places to explore in the West. He lives in Crestline, a resort community in the San Bernardino Mountains.

 

California Vermillion part of the day’s catch at San Clemente Island. Photo credit: Bob Semerau

WON/Chief 2017 charter: Adios Baja, Hello 60-mile bank for bluefin limits

by Bob Semerau

Change was in the air from the moment charter anglers went aboard the 90-foot sportfisher Chief for the 2017 WON charter.

All the usual activity, stowing gear, racking rods, and rigging up, was put aside for a few minutes right at the start as the new owner/operator began to shake things up with a few new and enlightened procedures.

“If everyone will check in at the galley we’ll get you all signed up on the manifest,” called Captain Rick Russell over the p.a. system. Pretty standard stuff, really.

 

What became instantly clear was that as the new owner of Chief, Capt. Russell would be running the boat his way, working to go the extra mile at every turn. With check-in came bunk assignments, something not usually done on the WON charters. Read the whole story

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