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How to Cure Eggs for Salmon Fishing

Finished product on a drifting rig , photo by Jeff Goodwin
Article and photos by Jeff Goodwin
Every salmon season, new and experienced anglers alike flock to the rivers along the banks or in boats in pursuit of the mighty king salmon. There are a number of different methods used to catch these elusive fish, but fishing...Full Story

How to Catch Dungeness Crab with Rod & Reel

Crab snaring in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge , photo by Jerry Back
Chapter I: How I First Got “Snared”
By Jerry Back
A few years ago I was walking along Fort Point Pier here in my hometown of San Francisco and came across a fisherman who had just begun...Full Story

How, when and where to pursue American shad

By Bill Adelman
The American shad, first delivered by rail to Tehama in 1871, is an extremely sought after quarry today. Should you prefer to toss and fling on foot, the Russian River is a good bet. Although it takes a bit of effort to gain access to good... Full Story

How to improve your striper catch

By Bill Adelman
Each particular species within our world of the outdoors holds a special place in not only our memory bank, but also in our immediate planning. All during the winter when we plan for sturgeon, steelhead and catfish... Full Story

How to make “Treacle-Cured Salmon”

salmon seasoned
By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is... Full Story

How to Improve Your Catch of Pacific Halibut

Boats in the harbor alight at night with a soft wake from a departing boat
Article by Matt Goldsworthy 
Reprinted with permission of HASA (Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers) – Light is one of the most important factors to consider when fishing deep water. Over the years while fishing for Pacific halibut, we have always... Full Story

How to make “Spicy Chinese Dungeness Crab”

By Frank Galusha 
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is...Full Story

How to be bass ready, 'Weather' or not

John Murray, Bass Ready Weather or not
John Murray's take on cold fronts, warming trends and early spring -- Professional bass angler John Murray is no stranger to producing a livewell full of fish under pressure, despite the many curve balls Mother Nature can toss...  Full Story

How to Make Quick and Easy Cioppino

By Frank Galusha 
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean...Full Story

'Oregon Pink Shrimp Cakes with Wasabi Dipping Sauce'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean... Full Story

How to Make 'Miso-Marinated Blackcod'

Miso-Marinated Blackcod
By Frank Galusha 
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is...Full Story

How to Make 'Indonesian Albacore Satay'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not only edible... Full Story

How to Make 'Grilled Rosemary Salmon'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not only edible... Full Story

How to Make 'Fish Tacos'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean... Full Story

How to Make 'Fresh Sardines Napa Style'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story

How to make 'Dungeness Crabcakes w/Green Cocktail Sauce'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean... Full Story

How to Make 'Dungeness Crab Bisque'

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is... Full Story

‘White Fish Fillets with Cilantro and White Wine’

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean... Full Story

How to Avoid Boat Trailer Frame Damage

Article and photos by Don Stec
One of the most common damages we see to a boat trailer is caused by “jack knifing” the trailer. This is usually when the trailer is being backed up and the turn angle becomes too severe. The trailer cannot... Full Story

How to Make 'Tuna and Olive Oil Sandwich’

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is... Full Story

How to keep your outboard running smoothly

By Frank Galusha
Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially at high speed... Full Story

How to make ‘Calamari Salad’

By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from... Full Story

How to make ‘Snazzed-Up Tuna Sandwiches’

Photo courtesy of Starkist/Hungry Girl, Snazzed-up Tuna Sandwiches
By Frank Galusha
OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the...Full Story

How to identify the summer stone when fly fishing

Jon Baiocchi, Under developed wings of the male Stub Wing Stonefly are clearly visible.
Article and photos by Jon Baiocchi 
Classinea Subulosa, also known as the summer stone can be an important part of the trout's diet during their emergence in late summer and early fall. During this time most of the big bugs of spring and early summer...Full Story

How to Pick a Great Boat Name

If a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) released... Full Story

How-to Fly-fishing Strategies for Winter

East Walker River, Jon Baiocchi
By Jon Baiocchi
Trout fishing in rivers and streams during winter is very challenging due to the very cold water temps and available food for the fish. The trout’s metabolism slows down with less feeding than that of summer, and after...Full Story

How To Repair a Hole in Your Hull

Scratch or Crack Boat Hull, Coachmaster, Redding
Article and photos by Don Stec
To the boat owner it may look like a hairline crack or a tiny hole in the hull. The owner may just spread a little fiberglass or auto body filler in it and feel the hull is serviceable again…only later to discover water in the hull...Full Story

How to Gear Up Your Boat for Big Water

Paddles, Dry box, Anchors and line, Compatible power source for electronics, Manual bailer, Air Horn, Spare prop and fix-It tools, Have a charging source, Paper chart in plastic cover
By BoatUS
There's a lot to be said for owning small runabouts, center consoles or bow riders. While they are affordable, easy to store, and can keep everyone in the family happy, they have their limits, though, if you want to venture...Full Story

How does 'Boondogging' work for salmon?

How does 'boondogging' work for salmon?
By Gary Heffley
Many coastal river anglers and guides use what is called “boondogging,” an effective and popular method of catching steelhead and salmon. Boondogging is a method of drifting boat and bait at the same speed as the current...Full Story

How to Use Pond Smelt Imitations to Find the Fish

How to Use Pond Smelt Imitations to Find the Fish, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Denis Peirce, Follow pond smelt; find the fish
Article and photos by Denis Peirce
In the quest to catch fish, a good place to start is to identify the food source. From there you want to identify where it is located and how to imitate it. The primary baitfish in our local lakes is the Japanese Pond Smelt. It was introduced into California...Full Story

How to Get Better Casting Distance from Bait Casting Reels

How to Get Better Casting Distance from Bait Casting Reels, Reel-Tech, John Strenk, MyOutdoorBuddy.com,recipe for a professional overlay
Article and photo by John Strenk, The Reel Tech
As a reel technician, I get lots of customers who are wishing to achieve better casting distance or better “free spool” from their bait casting reels. When I receive the reels, during my troubleshooting, I notice that the reels are not adjusted...Full Story

How to Decide: Catch & Release vs. Catch & Keep

By Gary Heffley
Let us talk or at least allow me to talk about one of the biggest gorillas in the fishing room. Catch and Release or Catch and Keep? Both have merits no matter where your position lies, as there is a time and place for both...Full Story

How Sea State Conditions are Described by the NWS

Cape Mendocino, wind waves, National Weather Service, Photo by Casey Allen, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Troy Nicolini
The National Weather Service office in Eureka has been using a new wave terminology in the Coastal Waters Forecast. We’ve heard both positive and negative comments and we are using all the feedback we get to continually improve...Full Story

How to Select Flies for Stillwater Fly Fishing: The Top 10

Stillwater fishing, anglers, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, Jon Baiocchi, fly fishing,Sheep Creek Special
By Jon Baiocchi
Stillwater fly fishing has progressed at a rapid pace in the last decade. Techniques, rods, lines, and even the players on the field have gone in different directions to hone their craft. It has almost become personal now, the way we want to present...Full Story

How to Pick Out a Rod and Reel

By Gary Heffley
Picking out the perfect rod and reel can seem very complicated. Even discussing this may will seem complicated but it really isn't that difficult. By working with a knowledgeable sales associate at most any tackle, outdoor or sporting goods...Full Story

Pro Tips - How to Choose the Right Line for Side-Drifting

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
With some spare time on my hands this week due to the recent storms, I checked out a few of our local fishing guide’s web sites to see what they were up to during their time off the water, I ran across a particular item on guide...Full Story

How Understand and Select the Right Drag System

How Understand and Select the Right Drag System, John Strenk, The Reel Tech, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Article and photo by John Strenk
Through the many years of being a professional reel technician, there has been much discussion on drag systems, as well as some confusion on the part of my customers. Here I will try to clear up some confusion and explain...Full Story

How to Fillet and Smoke a Salmon

How to fillet and smoke a salmon, John H, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Everyone knows how to fillet a fish, right, but sometimes when it's done it looks like the tool of choice was a chainsaw. Not that I do the best job, but I do have some experience in filleting fish, and I have discovered through the years...Full Story

How to Save a Bleeding Fish

“Drink Up Boys” photo by Louis Cahill. Healing trout with Coca Cola. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Louis Cahill
There’s nothing worse than watching a big beautiful wild fish bleed out from a damaged gill. I found myself in just that situation with a big brown trout one day. Watching helplessly as the water turned red. Thank God Kent was with me. Thinking fast he said...Full Story

How to Prolong the Life of Your Fishing Reels

corroded reel by John Strenk. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By John Strenk
It’s what you can’t see that does a lot of damage. Regular maintenance on your reels is important if you want to extend their life.This is a customer’s reel that is fished in saltwater. Outside, the reel looked good, the customer... Full Story

Kokanee Special: How to Cure Your Own Corn

When Pautzke introduced Fire Corn™ several years back, for some anglers, it was the recipe we’d looked for, for years. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Rick Kennedy
For more than 15 years I’ve been guiding for kokanee in California and while a few things have changed when it comes to terminal tackle, one thing hasn’t: We all tip our baits with corn. When I first started, everybody made their own corn...Full Story

How to Cope with Failing Fishing Reel Anti-Reverse Bearings

By John Strenk
One of the greatest things to come to the world of fishing reels was the implementation of a one way roller bearing, or anti-reverse bearing, into spinning and casting reels. These bearings, now found in most all of the modern fishing reels...Full Story

How to Avoid Kayaking Injuries

Humboldt County, Trinidad Lighthouse, Kayak fishing, Casey Allen, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Marna Powell
Before You Paddle: Warm up cold muscles with movement and exercise. Do not stretch your cold muscles. Dress for the water. Eat a balanced meal and drink plenty of fluids. Double-check your kayak, gear, and weather conditions... Full Story

How to React When boarded by the Coast Guard

How to react when boarded by the Coast Guard, Casey Allen, Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers, Eureka Fishing
Article and photos by Casey Allen for Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers
Any time I get pulled over by law enforcement I get nervous. Even though I know I have done nothing wrong my pulse quickens and my voice quivers. It must be like having white coat syndrome, where your blood pressure goes up...Full Story

How to Select Braided Line and Level-Wind Reels

Abu Round, John Strenk, The Reel Tech, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
Article and photos by John Strenk
There is increasing popularity of the use of braided lines in all types of fishing. Braids can be fished effectively on spinning reels as well as casting reels, and I personally use braid on both. You will need to consider the type of fishing you...Full Story

How to Extend the Life of Your Fishing Reel

By John Strenk (The Reel Tech)
Here's a tidbit of advice from me at The Reel Tech. I’m sure you guys all have reels with a thumb bar disengagement systems such as Shimano Curados, Citicas, Calcuttas, Chronarchs, Pfleuger Presidents, Trions, Daiwa baitcast reels, etc, etc...Full Story

How to Wade Safely while Fishing

Fishing the North Coast by Kenny Priest
As the temperatures plunge and frost permeates the shores of our rivers, it can only mean our rivers are running high and fast - that’s when accidents can happen. Most of us have tripped on a rock, or waded in too deep and have plunged...Full Story

How to Select an EPIRB: Emergency Radio Beacon

By Todd Vorenkamp
When disaster strikes, before you get into the water wearing your personal flotation device and survival suit, you definitely want to let the Coast Guard know where you are. In this primer, we will be discussing the Emergency Position... Full Story

How to Get the Most Help from a Marine VHF Radio

By Todd Vorenkamp
Mariners and boaters alike may have noticed a distinct feature on newer marine VHF radios over the past few years – the presence of a red button on the front of the unit with a “DISTRESS” label on it.... Full Story

How to Use Trolling Flies, Jay Fair's Keys to Success

By Gary Heffley
Jay Fair gained his fame and reputation as a fly tier, guide and innovator on the use of trolling flies to catch trophy trout on Eagle Lake and other Northern California and Southern Oregon Lakes. Jay shared some of his secrets...Full Story

How to Fish a Dry Fly

By Art Teter
Every year I see guys fishing a dry until they have pounded the water to death with very little success. Sometimes, it is something as simple as (and you have all heard me say this before) just ‘paying attention... Full Story

How to select a PFD: The Safety Belt of the Sea

By Todd Vorenkamp
When I started sailing and racing sailboats many years ago, it was rare to see a crew out on the water wearing lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs).PFD’s were always viewed as bulky, restrictive, and, well, dorky. Of course, we had...Full Story

How to Fish Live Bait for Bass

By Gary Heffley
Most bass anglers frown on it, tournaments forbid it and lure manufacturers spend millions of dollars to mimic it. Live bait fishing for bass is not just something families do, soaking minnows or worms under a bobber as I did as a child...Full Story

How to Make Fishing and Boating Safer and More Fun

[Editor's Note: Please share with our readers what you know that will enhance the experience while boating or fishing in Northern California or Southern Oregon. What have you learned? Your expertise, no matter where or  how you fish...Full Story

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“How to Cross the Bar at Humboldt Bay”

Waves crashing on sand bar at Humboldt Bay, photo by Tom Marking
By Tom Marking
The Humboldt Bay Bar is the stuff of legends. There are harrowing tales of mariners having to cross the Bar at night or during storm conditions, leading to loss of life, with many a ship foundering and capsizing in the mouth and sinking...Full Story

CDFW Makes Buying a License Easier

Location map, by CDFW
09/03/16 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making life easier for anglers when it comes to purchasing a license and checking your local fishing regulations. CDFW has made the online license...Full Story

A Hot Summer’s Day on Chico Creek

A Hot Summer's Day on Chico Creek, Steven T. Callan
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
07/25/16 -- I’ve been exploring Northern California’s streams -- above and below the surface -- for most of my life. One of my most memorable adventures took place on a hot summer’s day in 1964, not long after my sixteenth...Full Story

Brownie’s Choice

Art work by Isabella Langaman
By Don Webster
Disregard the story’s title. I don’t really have a “first” name. If I did, it would probably be something like Leviathan or Behemoth or maybe Lunker. Officially, I’m a trout. A brown trout. A giant, brown trout. Possibly the biggest, fattest...Full Story

Keddie Ridge

Scouting Deerheart Lake, photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil “Flip” Akers
11/14/15 -- Adjacent to both Lake Almanor and Mountain Meadows, between the towns of Westwood and Greenville, is a seemingly forgotten piece of backcountry; Keddie Ridge – aka Ridge World – where ancient rocks... Full Story

Let’s check out the Upper Sac

Lake Siskiyou with Mt. Shasta standing sentinel. photo by Phil Akers
Article and photos by Phil "Flip" Akers
09/06/15 -- The Upper Sacramento River – The Upper Sac – begins at Lake Siskiyou’s Box Canyon Dam and continues ~37 miles downstream to Lake Shasta. It is a classic freestone river born from the Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy... Full Story

How to make Tuscan Tuna Salad with Fennel

By Frank Galusha
05/04/15 -- OK, you went ocean fishing. If your fish is fresh or if you have processed, vacuum packed and frozen your catch properly, there are many ways to enhance your meals. Almost everything taken from the ocean is not... Full Story

Fishing the Klamath below JC Boyle Dam

 Brian Buckingham with one of the larger fish from this section. This trout, estimated at 2 lbs., was caught near the BLM campground on the west shore six miles down the JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Photo by author
By Trouteagle
03/02/15 -- Year round trout action can be found on the Klamath River within the 20 or so miles of free flow within Oregon and California. While fishing below the flumes at the JC Boyle powerhouse, it can be difficult to know just when...Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork, Part IV

Jim Broshears, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Jim Broshears
11/10/14 -- This trip was to be the final chapter in the saga that began three years ago but is actually over 20 years in the making. As Bruce, Tuck and I journeyed back to the Middle Fork of the Feather River we made...Full Story

Climbing Terms for the Fisherman

Trailhead Tales by Jim Broshears
10/14/14 -- For those of us who prefer to fish the rugged and remote streams and rivers for the elusive wild trout, rock climbing is a skill that is required to reach the special places where catching the big one is a “sure thing.” The skills...Full Story

German brown trout afternoon in Modoc

german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Lea Huetteman
09/04/14 -- Catching a German Brown Trout from the creeks in Modoc County is a fine way to spend an afternoon. There are many creeks in this part of California that drain the Warner Mountains. Stream trout fishing in this region opens...Full Story

Throw the kitchen sink at them

Indian Paintbrush is a favorite wildflower that carpets wilderness landscapes. Phil Flip Akers, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Article and photos by Phil Akers
08/20/14 -- Our wilderness areas are special, where Mother Nature is landlord and natural forces operate freely. Within the wilderness you will find no roads, shelters, picnic tables, toilets, or other conveniences. You enter at...Full Story

Humboldt Bay: Busy port, excellent fishery

Woodley Island Marina, Humboldt Bay, Eureka, California
03/06/04 -- Humboldt Bay, a busy commercial harbor and home port to many charter and private offshore fishing boats, is also popular with shore-based anglers and small boaters seeking bottomfish, sharks, crabs and clams...Full Story

Pulled into the pipes: Green Sturgeon

green sturgeon
By Erin Loury, FISHBIO
03/04/14 -- [Posted with permission of FISHBIO] Living in the Sacramento River can be a risky business for juvenile green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The young fish must swim through a gauntlet of water... Full Story

Not Just Any Fish

California Golden Trout, California Heritage Trout Challenge, Not Just Any Fish, Phil
By Phil "Flip" Akers
02/14/13 -- Trout have inhabited California waters from the Sierra Nevada and Warner Mountains to the Pacific Ocean since prehistoric times. However, most of the trout caught by anglers are either hatchery raised fish...Full Story

Fishing with Phideaux

By Phil “Flip” Akers
01/26/14 -- Meet Phideaux, a 110-pound neurotic chocolate Lab. His name is pronounced “Fido” but it is spelled “Phideaux” because he is a Cajun dog. Anyway, last summer Phideaux took his human (that’s me) on a trout hunt up into...Full Story

 

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