Opportunity arises for deep sea fishers
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By Bill Hanson  May 16, 2014 12:00 am

A drop in the fierce onshore winds should bring a drop in the chop and reopen the rough seas enough for the salmon and halibut fishers to ply their trade.

The halibut bite in the San Francisco Bay is “off the charts,” according to Justin at Outdoor Pro. He said you can come by and shoot the breeze with them about where to fish and what to use. They can also recommend a charter boat for you to use.

It is a very hot beginning for halibut season. The Surf Perch bite was excellent before the wind picked up, Consider Dillon Beach, Doran Beach, Ten-Mile and Point Reyes when the surf calms down. 

Plan to make your first cast about two hours in front of the high water mark. For more information go to http://www.outdoorproshop.com.


Fabulous field trip

A field trip to Cave Junction Oregon on the May 10, sponsored by the Rouge River Gem and Mineral Society, was quite an experience. 

The announcement was for rock hounds to pay $20, take a number and each person could pick one rock until everyone had their first pick, then start again in reverse.

It all sounded odd to those in attendance. The prey was a beautiful stone, Rhodonite, shades of pink with black streaks forming a web of contrasting colors. 

Once the small group hiked up the trail, the mine was a shallow depression in the ground with definite streaks of pink. The sponsors had come in the day before and dynamited the vein. When our group arrived, two guys were breaking up the bigger stones into smaller hunks.

After we each paid $20 and the numbers were drawn, we stood around the pit ogling our favorite shade of pink. The pit was maybe 12 feet in diameter, and  31 participants waited for their number, hoping their stone would not be snatched by someone else. 

Our group decided the number system was best because the site was so small. They said in the past they tried a free-for-all approach and people were pushing and shoving to get to the stones. One guy said there was even hair pulling and a slap or two. To get a good look at Rhodonite, go to Google Images and search ‘Rhodonite’ a very pretty stone. I was fine with the hair pulling, since mine is mostly gone.


Odd mushroom season

The very odd mushroom season, think summer in January, got “curiouser and curiouser” for the late spring morel hunters. A few here…a few there…but in the end, mostly a waste of time. We can only hope for a return to a normal weather cycle for the beginning of the fall season.


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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