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Rain doesn't deter Trout Bout crowd

by Jerry Neuburger

Another San Joaquin County Parks and Rec and Delta Fly Fishers success story!
November 17, 2012, Oak Grove Park, CA - The rain came down in buckets a good part of the morning but it didn't seem to stop Stockton residents from turning out for San Joaquin County's closing fishing event for the year, the 28th annual Trout Bout. Some of the anglers fished from under the cover of portable tents, some wore rain gear and a few just toughed it out in heavy jackets and street clothes.

Club members Charlie Reames, Herman Spalinger and John Keagy got things going early in the morning, to be joined by another 14 club members. Sallye and Bruce Rollans, Harv Hamlin, Earl Summers, Mark DeLaBarre and Sam Thompson helped cook and serve donuts, hotdogs, chili and nachos and cheese dishes. Rich Greene and Jason Stapleton drove one of the electric carts and delivered food to people on the banks fishing. Bob Fujimura, Jim Rich and John Highsmith tied demonstration flies. Walt Kotecki helped with the weigh ins, Ron Forbes provided liaison with Sandy from the county and Jerry Neuburger took pictures.

While the event was billed as the trout bout, a group of boys fishing off the boat dock found the catfish were on the bite and finished the day with a nice stringer of fish. Other anglers reported the trout fishing as slow although the county planted lots of fish in the lake.

The weigh-ins were handled by Jason and Walt and the results are still outstanding. At the time of this writing, one fish weighed in approached four pounds and another close to three. Even with the rain and wind, those bringing fish had smiles on their faces, a sure sign that the 28th annual trout bout was a success with those participating.

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