Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: To Catch a Shark

With fur and feathers and chum on a savage sea. By Gary Lewis You’ve heard of Shark Week on Discovery Channel. This is not that. We booked two days on the F/V Miss Raven, a 43-foot fishing vessel out of Newport. Our mission was to find blue sharks in the deep blue, chum them to the surface and stick them with feathers. We called it Shark Weekend. On board were my daughter Tiffany and her husband, Sterling West, Paul Galvin, Sam Pyke, Will Saunders and Mathew McFarland and his boys, Chisel and Finney. To catch sharks on the fly,...

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PacWest Outdoors: Pig Central

Hunting Hogs in the Foothills of Central California By Gary Lewis You don’t have to hunt for very long before people start telling you about great hunting places. These are what are known as wild goose chases. It is easy to fall for them, but you never know until you go. My friend Tim Rose called this one Pig Central and it was central all right – Central California. We were five hours out of Redding when Sam Pyke entered the keywords Hollister, CA, into his iPhone app and calculated our course. We hooked a right off of Interstate...

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PacWest Outdoors: Sundial Rainbows

Fishing for big river trout in the heart of a California city By Gary Lewis Dave Jacobs fired up the Mercury and Hank Mautz shoved the boat away from the dock. With the big motor at idle we let the current push us downstream toward the Sundial Bridge. It was early, but already the cowboys were stirring for the rodeo that would take place later in the day. With all the activity on the parks and in the streets, we hoped to rope some rainbows early without a lot of competition on the water. A lot of anglers roll...

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Sage Rats From The Second Story

By Gary Lewis In case you haven’t noticed, the price of everything is higher than it used to be. We can’t blame inflation because the government’s economic indicators tell us that inflation is low.But consider the price of gas for example. We are now burning in our tanks, a fuel blended with corn, a substance we formerly called food or, if we gave it to cattle, feed. That has caused the price of both food and feed to increase. Perhaps you have noticed that ammunition (when you can find it) is quite a bit more expensive than it used...

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PacWest Outdoors: Gear Up for Gobblers

How to set up a shotgun and tailor a load for a big spring turkey By Gary Lewis My taste in shotguns runs to wood and blued steel. I like two barrels, one on top of the other or side by side, but last year I picked up a Weatherby SA-08 semi-automatic which I figured could see duty between late season goose hunts, 3-gun competitions and turkey seasons. I didn’t need another shotgun I told myself, but then I reflected on a day in a turkey blind a few years ago. We had set up in what I guessed...

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