WONews Blogs

Bob Vanian's 976-Bite – HOT BITE

Decent weather days providing opportunities for bluefin, yellowtail, threshers, halibut and more!

I recently returned from some vacation time fishing for rainbow trout at Topaz Lake in the Sierras. The trout fishing was goo... full blog

Mike Stevens – KNEE DEEP

The Rapala hopper bite?

Out of every technique I have learned in over a quarter century of Eastern Sierra fishing, each was exactly that: learned. I ... full blog

Baja Reports - by Pat McDonell

Tuna time begins in Cabo

Stripers go one the wane but when winds let up, boats scored solid tuna close to 100 pounds 12 miles out, signaling a chan... full blog

Jim Niemiec's Blog

Mid-season turkey tips should be helpful

With a pretty good opener of the 2018 spring turkey season that’s now under way, hunters are going to have to put in a little... full blog

Gary Graham – ROAD TREKKER

In the Blink of an Eye

Easter week 1969, with my 9-year-old son Greg, I made my first trip into Baja … Loreto to be exact. It was quite an adventure... full blog


How to make a reef from a rig

Last week I wrote about oil rigs slated for destruction and the Rigs to Reefs option. It was agencies and acronyms galore, wi... full blog

Mike Jones - KEEPING UP

The Carry-On Choice

Over the years, I’ve been on the road a lot and from that experience, I’ve developed two mantras when it comes to the gear I ... full blog

Steve Comus – GUN TALK

Gobble, Gobble

Where do you aim at a poised gobbler? This is the peak of the spring turkey season, which means there is still tim... full blog

Jonathan Roldan – BAJA BEAT

You’re invited! Spanish food on the menu!

A couple of columns back, I had written about some history I found in an old book detailing the issues the Spanish had in col... full blog

Surf Fishing Round-Up

Perch bite solid, calico bass excellent

Barred surfperch and halibut were the top dogs along this stretch, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The perch... full blog

Grady Istre – FIELD DOGS

A matter of control

There’s a fine balance between having a dog under control in a hunting situation and allowing him the freedom of the uncontro... full blog

Capt. Jeff Jones

Anchoring Basics

Your anchor and rode (rope and chain) is the most important piece of safety equipment on your boat. In the case of engine fai... full blog



It’s Fred Hall show time; book your dates at the premier lodge in Sitka, with Kingfisher Charters; Join WON on its ann... full blog

Blake Warren – ON THE HOOK

Time to reassess things? You ain’t lion

Chances are, if you fish California’s coastal waters with any regularity, you’ve had – or at least have seen – one instance o... full blog

Bill Varney – SURF LINES

Two sure-fire spots for big winter surfperch

Along the Pacific coast, we have 23 different species of surfperch, with 19 of those in California alone! The most commonly t... full blog

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

Minerva donation ups donation total

$20,000 the final tally for Smiles after $4,100 donation by Minerva’s Tackle Plan now for No. 7-10, 2018 &... full blog


A full slate of WON events await in the New Year

From the U.S. Open of bass fishing to the biggest tuna tournament in the world, there’s plenty on the docket for 2018 ... full blog

Carrie Wilson – DFG Q & A

Hunting Near an Outhouse at a Trailhead

Question: My question is in regards to hunting near an outhouse located by a paved parking lot at a trailhead within the C... full blog

U.S. Open Blog

2017 WON BASS U.S. Open

Day 3 Justin Patti Wins the 2017 WON BASS U.S. Open Arizona pro survives late charge from ... full blog


Ranger 85 scores 345-pound bluefin!

Biggest blue ever landed on SoCal sportboat GETTING A 345-POUND TUNA off the Ranger 85 back at the H&a... full blog


Conditions could be rounding into form just in time for WON/Big Bear Lake TroutfesT, Sept. 9-10

Lots of big holdover trout, heavy stocking prior to event and cooler overnight temps expected ahead may create perfect ’bow... full blog

Coastal Conservation Assoc. Blog

Marine Preservation, Restoration and Enhancement

CCA California has been busy over the last few months helping to craft new marine legislation, managing hatcheries, taking ... full blog

Pat McDonell's Blog

One last time

This issue marks my final edition as Editor of Western Outdoor News after 34 years. My choice, my timing, and it’s time to ... full blog

San Diego Offshore Jackpot

Still time to get involved

WON’s 3rd Annual San Diego Offshore Jackpot is only a week away and space is limited! The lineup of boats ... full blog

Big Fish Challenge


Don't be left out, signup today for The Big Fish Challenge Visit the event website to join the fra... full blog


Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, Calif. claims title

A wire-to-wire win for Breazeale forsecondvictory in two years CLEARLAKE -- The 2017 WON B... full blog

Martin Strelneck – HIGH COUNTRY

Sierra primed for opening day

Anglers targeting high country waters for this Saturday’s opener of the Eastern Sierra General Trout Season will find a mixed... full blog

Fred Hall - Del Mar Seminars

Del Mar show opens Thursday

San Diego Show: 41 years and BIGGER than ever! The commercial: Pretty fun.. 0 0 1... full blog

WON News & Calendar


30th annual Anglers Marine Bass-A-Thon Offical 2016 BASS-A-THON online magazine. Click HERE or on image above to ... full blog


Fight pollution!

Hunting wild pigs helps keep groundwater clean! Any excuse will do when it comes to doing something you love to do, ri... full blog

2016 Lake Havasu Striper Derby - May 14-15

WON’s 34th annual Striper Derby highlighted by massive 36-plus pounder

80-pound two-day weight is the magic mark ANOTHER LOOK AT the hulking 36.15 pounder caught by Bryan Williams. ... full blog

Rockfish Rumble

WON / Ventura Sportfishing Rockfish Rumble a booming success

Friederich Iwers from Gemany landed a 14.10-pound lingcod and took home the title of the 4th-annual Rockfish Rumble. The fish... full blog

395 Big Fish Sierra Trout Opener

WON 395 Big Fish Sierra Trout Opener

Sign up by midnight online and win the new boat, motor and trailer ! ENTRY DEADLINE - APRIL 29, 9 p.m. ... full blog

WON Announcements

Keeping the Faith

A Christmas Wish granted by H&M Charterboat Faith and San Diego and supporters of the effort by the landing to ta... full blog

Yamaha San Diego Jackpot

Full report(new)

This event will be held in 2016. Coming up is a great three-month Yamaha/WON west coast photo contest andderbya... full blog

Chris Dunn - The Fishing Weatherman

The Fishing Weatherman Report for July 16, 2015

Here's this week's coastal weather video update... ... full blog

Catalina White Sea Bass

Seabass Don't show up for their own party

This event will not be held in 2016. Look for a great 2016 WON/Yamaha West Coast Photo Contest and Derby for private boa... full blog

La Paz Summer Slam

Inaugural La Paz Summer Slam by WON and Tailhunter Sportfishing

Cancelled. ... full blog

Mike Duffy's Blog

Getting involved in 3-Gun: Part 3

Scoring Over the last several years, 3-Gun / Multi-Gun competitions have rapidly become one of the more popular action sh... full blog

Brandon Hayward's Blog

Full Circle

It was in the 1993 archives after all. My first yellowtail and white seabass influenced me in so many ways; ... full blog

Irvine Lake Trout Opener

Someone will Win a Boat, Motor & Trailer at Irvine Lake Trout Opener

One lucky contestant on April 20, 2013 at the So Cal Trout Opener at Irvine Lake will win the $10,000 grand raffle prize of... full blog

Hotel Coral / WON Championship

New Ensenada Tuna Jackpot dates, format announced

cancelled, and not rescheduled ... full blog

Eastern Sierra Opener

8½ pounder from Lower Twin tops opener list

Late update, 8½ pounder biggest of opener: An afternoon catch from shore from Lower Twin Lake near Bridgeport upped the a... full blog

Paul Lebowitz's Blog

Fish and Game furball heads for another dust-up

Muck and Grime column Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards still has a few of his nine political lives. As ... full blog

Bradley Schweit' Blog

Bass heading shallow at Murray (at least before the storm hit)

Of all the fisheries I try to hit come springtime, San Diego’s Lake Murray is at the top of my list. Why? Well, first and fo... full blog

MLPA Updates


Coastside Fishing Club's appeal to go forward; hearing that could roll back saltwater fishing closures expected in late in 2... full blog

WON 2011 Charters

3rd Annual Channel Islands Shootout

1st 1st place=$200 cash, $50 in Turners gift cards, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Accurate Reel, WFO Tackle Bag 2nd... full blog

Bud Neville's Blog


There is a new kid in town for some of the crab combo boats fishing out of San Francisco Bay. The crews on a couple of t... full blog

Rich Holland's Blog


This will be my last column for WON. After 24 years it’s time to move on. Instead of writing something new, I have chosen to... full blog

Rich Tauber


As most of you know, I work as a fishing instructor and guide at Lake Casitas in Ventura. Yes, I go to work 5 days a week jus... full blog

Mark Wisch's Blog


Finally got a break in the weather on my Monday off day and took full advantage of it. Hooked the boat up ar... full blog

George Kramer's Blog

Old guys come through

While professional bass fishing has continued to be a “younger man’s game,” requiring far more stamina and pace than t... full blog

Scott Leysath


To many turkey hunters, cooking turkey breasts can be done one of two ways – frying or cutting into strips and cooking qui... full blog

Bob Twilegar

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WON 3/4 Day "Yellowtail" Charter

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