The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable; a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
- John Buchan
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
9 am to 4 pm
Sycamore Ranch County Park
Wednesday, September 18⋅6:30 – 7:30pm
Monthly on the third Wednesday
4520 W 8 Mile Rd, Stockton, CA 95209, USA
The public is welcome to join the club leadership as they plan and navigate upcoming club business!
September 22, 2019
Tracy Oasis Marina
12450 Grimes Road,
Sign up deadline 6am
blast off 6:30
Weigh in at 2 pm
Entry fee: $50
Big fish option: 10
Cash and raffle prizes!
You have 2 opportunities to cleanup our home waters of the Mokelumne River.
Please join us for the Lodi Lake Mokelumne River Coastal Cleanup #17
When: 9-Noon. Registration tables open at 8am.
Where: Meet at the Discovery Center, Lodi Lake, Turner Road, Lodi
What: garbage from City streets and parks often ends up in our local waterways. Please help clean up trash and keep our waterways clean!
Who: All ages are welcome! Students, community groups, families. Groups should preregister!
Bring: work gloves, trash buckets, water and wear safe, closed toed shoes.
**Liability Release forms required!
Email email@example.com for liability release forms, to ask questions or to pre-register groups.
See you at the cleanup!!
Clean up on Electra
Help clean up the banks of our beautiful Wild and Scenic Mokelumne River! The cleanup benefits wildlife habitat, people who recreate on the river, and water quality. Hot dog BBQ to follow. Advance registration required. http://www.foothillconservancy.org/pages/events.cgi?calcatid=1&calid=686&_fn_=683.686
Join Tim Costello as he ties the October Caddis. This is the perfect time to tie this fly as the fall feeding frenzy begins!
Oak Grove Park Nature Center
6pm to 8 ish
$3 charge for materials
Open Casting Practice at the Park. We will have hoops, tape measures and good company available. Please use yarn for casting practice and eye protection is always required for everyone attending- whether you are casting or not!
It’s striper time on the Delta. Come to the first of the club’s fall outings on one of California’s jewels, September 29, King Island Marina off Eight Mile Road Club members that have avoided the Delta in the past should seriously reconsider this wonderful resource. While unusual, catches (and releases) of over 100 fish per rod are not unheard of for this fabulous fishery. Not only numbers but size and species can be another lure. Stripers to 30 pounds cruise the waters in addition to Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Sacramento Pike Minnow, and numerous sunfish. Because the delta is a tidal basin, tide plays an important role in an angler’s success or failure. Best catches center around high tide, either in an incoming or especially on an outgoing tide. The last weekend of the month offers an exceptional opportunity for fishing with an outgoing tide starting at about 6:30 in the morning and lasting all the way until 1:30pm. While some waters on the delta are just too big and dangerous for small craft, the sloughs on the east and south sides of the delta are prime waters for kayaks, prams, canoes and pontoon boats. Because of tidal flow, even these small craft need some fairly powerful propulsion in the form of gas or electric motors, paddles, oars and in the case of pontoon boats, fins. Gear consists of seven to nine weight rods with the chances that you just might be under gunned with that seven weight should a big striper grab your fly. Lines vary from a floating line for topwater poppers and sliders in the low light hours, intermediates to work over weed banks and type sixs and eights including lead core to work the deep runs from 12 to 16 feet. The leader or tippet is not a complicated affair, just five feet of #20 mono for floating flies, (Leo’s twisted leaders are even better) or five feet of #20 fluorocarbon for underwater work. Flies can be sliders, poppers, crease and gurglers for top water, bubble heads, de- ceivers and whistlers for intermediate work and clousers for dredging. WARNING: The tide is a major outgoing for the majority of this outing. If in a craft using oars or paddles, be prepared to be carried downstream for the first portion of the event. As the tide slows at the end of the change around noon, it will be easier to work yourself back up the current. In addition to propulsion, an anchor is recommended as equipment for all craft. And of course, life jackets for all aboard. King Island Marina maintains a primitive launch ramp near the intersection of the levee and Eight Mile Road. Pay envelopes are usually available at the launch area, if not drive to the office and obtain one. Cost to launch has been $15.00 for trailered craft. No charge for hand carried craft such as kayaks and pontoon boats. If you want to fish this outing but are not confident about your skills, you might consider booking our of our member/guides, Bryce Tedford, (I’ve included his club ad as part of this article) if he’s not already booked. He offers full and half day trips on the Delta and is reasonably priced. I’ll make sure he brings you to the club lunch . Fun times!!!! September 29 outing info Date: Sunday, 9/29/2019 Start time: Sunrise 7:00 am Location: King Island Marina, Eight Mile Road, Stockton End and lunch time: 12:30 pm Launch fee for trailered boats: $15 This is a club event and will feature a club lunch of barbecued Lockeford sausage sandwiches, beans, salad and drinks. The lunch will be held at the picnic area at the rear of the marina office/store
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