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MEET THE ‘TARZAN OF L.A.’ Spend a little time with Gary Golding and you’re sure to be entertained, whether it’s joining this Southland tour guide on one of his outdoor adventures or listening to him speak to kids about his trademarked philosophy of “Consume as little as possible.” He’s eccentric, funny, vulgar, but also passionate. He’ll add a new chapter this month when he appears on the Discovery Channel survival series Naked and Afraid. Brazil will never be the same.
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TROUT ROLL CALL After a recent surge of turbulent rain and snowfall, California trout anglers are ready to hit the mountains – weather permitting, of course – and kick off a spring rite of passage: the April 28 statewide trout opener. We have coverage that includes our Nancy Rodriguez sharing one of her favorite secret Sierra spots, an isolated lake where big browns and rainbows lurk.
REVIVING SOCAL STEELIES As the state’s dwindling king salmon runs trigger concern about the iconic fish stock’s future, we sometimes forget that the southern half of California once regularly saw steelhead spawning in rivers and streams from the Ventura to San Diego coasts. There is barely a trace of these sea-run trout in these parts anymore, yet biologists continue to look. In this first of two parts, lead writer Tim Hovey reports on his findings from San Diego County’s San Mateo Creek.
HUNTING GOBBLERS WITH ‘THE CHIEF’ Don Black became a sponge when learning to hunt turkeys, soaking up as much from gobbler gurus as he could. He’s since earned the moniker “The Chief” from his hunting buddies around his Chico home. Black’s gobbler expertise has served him well over the years and he shares some of his favorite memories as the spring season heats up this month.
6 SUPER SPRING BASS TECHNIQUES From flippin’ to topwaters to “shaking the hell out of a worm,” basser Jason Haley shares the half-dozen best tactics for catching lots of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass this time of year.
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The Editor’s Note Outdoor calendar Adventures of Todd Kline: Spring bass frenzy Photo contest winners From Field to Fire: Foiling gobblers’ vision advantage; turkey recipe Rig of the Month: Try an effective but simple trout set-up She Hunts: Skills camp empowers women who want to hunt The Last Laugh: A cartoon by Tim “Spike” Davis
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Collins Lake rainbows Trolling underrated Folsom Lake Crowley Lake a grade-A trout opener option April derbies galore in Mono County Catch more spawntime SoCal bass Rockfish biting off southern coast Unconventional hunting strategy pays off in quest for a wild boar Your pup’s first shed hunt
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