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Bob Vanian's 976-Bite – HOT BITE

Coronado Islands yellowtail are biting despite the recent poor weather!

It took well into the month of February before a lengthy stretch of cold, windy winter weather arrived in Southern California... full blog


Baja Reports - by Pat McDonell

Baja Sur warm and calm, the fish are lovin’ it

Spring is coming! Cabo marlin on the wane, with tuna emerging as the go-to species; La Paz is kicking out yellowfin to 50 ... full blog


Jim Niemiec's Blog

Cost of spring turkey hunts on the rise

PASO ROBLES — Thanks to Mother Nature and those timely winter and early spring rains the last two years, the native wild R... full blog


Gary Graham – ROAD TREKKER

Searching for sierra

My friend Stephen Jansen, owner of Jansen Tackle, texted me: “FYI, I am looking to do my Sierra Tourney again on March 11.” H... full blog


Surf Fishing Round-Up

Halibut fishing was much improved

Catch of the week was a 32-pound halibut, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barbara. The fish was taken near the harbor... 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


Merit McCrea – WHEELHOUSE SCOOP

Lighting the underworld

Last week, I wrote about squid-getting basics, in­clud­ing a small departure into how squid see, taking a little liberty in d... 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


Jonathan Roldan – BAJA BEAT

Better or worse?

We’re on the road doing our annual fishing / hunting show circuit these days. We just finished shows in Denver and Sacramento... full blog


Steve Comus – GUN TALK

Revolver handle dynamics

“Hand” is the operative element of the concept of “handgun.” The better a handgun fits the hand of the shooter, the easier it... full blog


Capt. Jeff Jones

Clean battery wiring

Rigging your boat for safety at sea and in real world conditions is what it’s all about. Avoiding problems is what all boat o... full blog


Grady Istre – FIELD DOGS

Discipline and pups

With only a few weeks left of the hunting season, many hunt­ers begin looking ahead to next season and thinking about getting... full blog


WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS Events

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


Mike Stevens – KNEE DEEP

Trout truck chasers

We’ve all experienced that euphoric rush that arrives when you are pulling in to a trout hole and you see the stock truck lea... 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


HOT NEWS

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


Big Bear TROUTFEST

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

Mercury 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


WON BASS 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

IT'S BASS-A-THON TIME !!

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


Bill Karr – EDITOR'S NOTES

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


FRED HALL SHOW - Long Beach

FREE 100 page Fred Hall Digital Edition

“This years guide to the 2016 Fred Hall Show can be read by either clicking on the image below, or by clicking on the link be... 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

COURT OF APPEAL REFUSES TO HALT LAWSUIT TARGETING MLPA

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

PRAWNS IN THE GAME

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

ADIOS

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

U.S. OPEN PATTERNS

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

BLOG/COLUMN BY MARK WISCH

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

TURKEY TIDBITS

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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JPTest

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WON 3/4 Day "Yellowtail" Charter

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