Garbage piles up at REDís Doran Park jetty cleanup
The Sportsmanís Report
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By Bill Hanson  March 15, 2013 12:00 am

The Doran Park Jetty Cleanup, hosted by the Redwood Empire Divers, was a success. Forty brave souls were at the event on March 9, and about half were divers.

The team recovered 24 hoop nets, a plastic box full of flares, smoke bombs and a flare gun. General trash collected underwater made for a sizable heap. Three members set out crab traps the night before and added nine Dungeness crabs.

They were boiled on the spot and added to the pot-luck. Weenies on the fire and a table filled with seafood, and other tasty offerings rounded out the fare. Several clams, previous residents of Tomales Bay, made the ultimate contribution to the clam chowder prepared by the Belchers.

Much of the talk was of the upcoming abalone season and dive events for the rest of the year. You do not have to be a member to attend. A diver in your group will find others of like mind. Details of this year’s lobster dive in Southern California were also discussed. There are some spaces open for that event this fall.

April is the beginning of the low tide season. So, check your tide tables, get your fishing license, grab a shovel and head out to Tomales Bay. If you do not own a boat, it is possible to rent one at Lawson’s Landing. You will need advance reservations. Be sure to ask them about where to go and where you should not go. There are some sand bars shallow enough to stop your boat at low tide.

Fishing, hunting update
Fishing in San Francisco Bay is doing great, as the bit of rain helped bring some color to the water and stimulated the bite. Striped bass and sturgeon are hungry.

Check with your fishing shop or ask at the live bait store on the water for directions and the creepy things that you will need to put on your hook.

Spring turkey season is bearing down on us. So, get out your turkey gobbler and mouth chuckle and purr. Oil your shotgun and dust off your camouflage.

Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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