CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2006 |
On a rainy June morning in 1932, a poor farm boy named George Perry decided to forgo plowing for the day to fish with a friend in Montgomery Lake, a muddy oxbow off the Ocmulgee River in southern Georgia. After an hour of casting with a "wiggle-fish" lure from a handmade boat, the lanky 20-year-old farmer set his hook on fishing immortality. His lure snared something so heavy he assumed he had snagged an underwater root.
May 30, 2006 |
Ish Monroe arrived at the big fishing tournament feeling lucky. The Modesto angler flew to Alabama, hooked his $40,000 bass boat to his fancy truck, and negotiated the highways and back roads without a hitch. Flashing blue lights did not appear in his rearview mirror. There were no drug-sniffing dogs and no handcuffs -- not a single "DWB" episode.
June 14, 2005 |
Six a.m. on the Mokelumne River. The sun has yet to rise over the meandering waterways of Northern California's Delta country. Clyde Wands has driven 50-some miles south from Sacramento, winding across a maze of levees and sloughs with his 17-foot boat hitched to his Ford pickup. Backing down the marina ramp, he prepares to launch the Old Fisherman onto the river's south fork. It's cold, but Wands doesn't care.
May 3, 2005 |
A lifeguard at La Jolla Cove realized something was amiss when three neoprene-clad men with spear guns flopped from a boat into a marine ecological reserve. Soon after, he saw them wrestle something big and black into the boat, says California Department of Fish and Game warden Erik Fleet. When authorities intercepted the vessel, they discovered Blackie -- a 50-something-year-old giant black sea bass weighing 171 pounds -- skewered.
April 19, 2005 |
Mike LONG silently guides his bass boat along the shore toward a sunken, mossy boulder in San Vicente Lake in San Diego County. Peering through polarized sunglasses into murky green water, he spots a pair of largemouth bass spawning in the shallows and closes in on them. Long, 39, works as a construction manager in Poway, but on the water he's a bass-busting surgeon. He stops the boat, whips out a rod and tosses an orange plastic worm at the fish, but they ignore it.
February 15, 2005 |
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