Back to the wetlands to knock a few things off of the list, getting ready for the up coming season! The wetland is dried up right now so we are in the process of repairing a leaky duck blind from last season and punching some holes for the new tree transplants. We grew 1,250 willow trees from cuttings this year and they look amazing. They are all 6-8 feet tall and will be planted entirely in the big wetland.
I've always wanted to catch a shark and finally decided to give it a go! A quick call to my buddy Jay Lopes of Righthook Sport Fishing and we were set to hit the bay for some shark action. We met at the Berkley Marina at 6:00 AM and after a short boat ride we dropped the hook and got the rods in the water! It didn't take long for the action to start and after a few swing and misses we were hooked up! The action was non-stop the entire trip! We caught leopard and seven gill sharks all day long! The shark fishing reminds me so much of sturgeon fishing, except the action is non-stop!! I can guarantee you that I will be back after the sharks again soon. We all had a blast and kept a few to eat, and the meat is excellent! If you are interested in getting out for a shark bite you can reach Jay at (916)417-5670, it will be a trip that you won't soon forget!
It was long over due so I decided I would put my kids to work on the Taj Mahal! We stripped it down to bare wood, painted it and then re brushed the blind. We also cut some notches for the guns to rest in and hung a bunch of hooks for the jackets and gear to hang on! Prior to flood up I am going to plant some trees around the front of the blind so I can start training them to grow where I want them too. A final once over a week prior to the season and it will be ready to go!
I met up with Ryan this afternoon and we hit the hills in search of a pig. It was hot so I figured we would check water holes early and then go sit the wheat the last hour. We started on the east end of the ranch and worked up to the top checking ponds with no luck. As we headed back down hill we spotted a few pigs sleeping under some oaks. We put on a killer stalk and Ryan ended up smoking this sow at 50 yards! He made a great shot and she didn't go far before piling up!
As most of you know Regina is working with CWA on their egg salvage operation and it has been a huge success! It is a really cool program and is helping to save some of our local mallard population that is lost each year when ducks choose to nest in AG fields. Due to the lack of natural nesting cover in the valley each year ducks turn to crop lands as an alternative nesting habitat and when farm work overlaps with prime nesting time losses occur. Regina is working with farmers and landowners to gain access to these fields prior to work being done so that they can rope drag the field and search for the nests. When a nest is found the eggs are collected and taken to a local hatchery. The eggs are hatched and the ducks raised until they can nearly fly and are released back into the wild!! As of now she is kicking ass and I couldn't be more proud of her and the program! If you have any questions regarding the program or know of any land owners who may be interested feel free to give her a call at (530)870-7589.