The summer doldrums are in full swing, and the persistent winds have limited the numbers of fishermen in the Stockton area.
Question:: Our family was at Mavericks Beach in Half Moon Bay recently. I wasn't paying close attention when the kids were collecting things from the beach. My kids collected a starfish and snails and put them into a cooler. When a ranger saw what they had, he made me put them back in the water. We didn't know it was against the law. He wrote a ticket out to my husband as "Unlawful taking of invertebrate" and marked as misdemeanor.
Question: Pacific halibut have become a sought-after sport fish out of Eureka and Trinidad. I have a question about landing large Pacific halibut, particularly in a relatively small boat. Many people use a type of harpoon with a head that comes off and is tethered to the boat. This prevents the fish from heading down while a rope is run through its gills for hauling it aboard. I was told that harpooning them this way was possibly illegal.
We all need a lesson in humility once in awhile. Usually, mine come when unforeseen circumstances arise in the outdoors. But last week mine came printed in the newspaper and I put it there myself.
Question: I would like a definition of "stowed" in regard to fishing gear while transiting a state marine reserve. A sport fisherman reported he was stopped by a patrol boat at the Channel Islands and told he could have been cited for having his rods in the rod holders. He was told he should have had them in his small cuddy.
Question: My neighbor who lives a few houses down from me has a 15-year-old son who shoots his BB gun in his back yard. I used to shoot my bow in my backyard until my dad found out it's illegal. I am 13 and live in the mountains of Southern California (close to San Bernardino) and am hoping it might be legal to practice my archery by shooting down a dirt road? Can you please let me know ASAP? Thanks. Ashmanger
Last summer's "road guides" for exploring the Sierra Nevada on Highways 4, 88, and 395 produced a lot of positive feedback from readers, so this weekend's planned opening of Highway 120 through Yosemite's high country and some of the most jaw-dropping mountain scenery in California is the perfect occasion to continue the series.
Question: I have been turkey hunting in California for several years and always wondered why the shooting times are limited until only 4 p.m. I have heard it protects them so they can return to roost in the evenings, but this makes no sense since there is an abundance of turkeys in California more than a lot of other states.Many other states allow turkey hunting until sundown, similar to big game. What's the reason for this early shooting stop time?
No two years are the same. With precipitation far below average, this year looks to be one where the high country will be best enjoyed early in the season.Plowing of Yosemites Glacier Point Road began on Monday and work will begin on the Tioga Road (Highway 120) next Monday.
Question: While bow hunting for turkeys last week, I saw a flock of hens and jakes on the side of a highway and I got to wondering if it's legal to hunt off the side of a highway. I know we can't shoot across a highway, but exactly how many yards or feet away does a bow hunter have to be?