Adventures in Landscaping 2018

You know how those little home projects turn into monsters? Here is yet another story of how a small project turned into a major one. After the California Drought of 2012 through 2017, I decided to let my crappy lawn go brown which it has remained till this year. Even though our grapes were thriving…

The Summer Pattern

Saturday June 23, 2018 -The first day of Summer came this week and SL again has gone into its “Green” mode with algae blooms, unpredictable winds, sub legal stripers in the shallows and some epic number days. I’ve been trying to fish the lake for the last couple weeks but have been waking up to…

When a Camcorder beats a Gopro

Twenty years ago before GoPro cameras, in the day of standard Definition (ATSC 640 x 480) video, I taped everything with a DV camcorder. There was something very versatile about palming a big video camera that could zoom and pan on a monopod fast enough to keep up with comp soccer and lacrosse. I loved…

The Sweep – Warriors Dynasty

The Warriors just swept the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Championships.   What a great year it has been.    As dominating as the Warriors seem now,  I think next year may be a tough one.  Seven games against the Rockets and LaBron’s amazing 50 point game that was as close as it gets means some…

Memorial Day 2018

  Monday March 28, 2018 -Years from now when I remember Memorial Day 2018,  I wont think of the catching two stripers on one cast,  or the American Shad that I stalked and caught in the lake chasing them around the edge.  I will think of the day the Warriors beat the Rockets in Game…

Scandinavia and the Baltic

May 9th – 23, 2018 -I wish this was a fishing report from Denmark, Finland and Russia,  but its a travel diary of the annual Smooth Jazz Dave Koz cruise that Gina and I take every year.   This years cruise ended up in a spectacular tour of St Petersburg that Gina put together with a…

A Good Friday

Friday March 30, 2018 -I definitely feel like March was the month of a thousand casts per fish. I use to think that a good day on San Luis was at least a fish or two (or action) every half hour. Today I averaged a fish every hour and a half. Fishing from 8-4, I…

Rainy Day Sunday

Sunday March 26, 2018 – Two days ago Friday, Vaughn had a 20 fish day on the lake with half a dozen fish over 5 lbs.    To me, that is big skill this time of year.  I almost went on Friday  but the weather was on the edge and I had to take care…

Poached Striper in Hot Oil and Soy Sauce – Like Mom’s

Some of my favorite Striped Bass recipes have been handed down from generation to generation.  My mom made stripers this way when I was a kid,    I remember my dad talking about it in my childhood  while we were fishing.   It seemed the vision of this meal it in his mind motivated him to…