Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shooting Skeet at the San Joaquin Rod and Gun Club

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My Christmas present
          It is no secret that water is becoming more and more scarce in California. Seeing that I would not be able to fish the river, the closest body of water from our house, my amazing wife bought me a Bernelli Nova for Christmas as an attempt to keep me outdoors. I had been researching shotguns for sometime but was unwilling to pull the trigger on one because it was a larger purchase and I have never hunted before so I did not want to buy the wrong gun. My friends who grew up hunting had a real advantage over me. Hunting is expensive, has many rules and seasons, and involves firearms making it daunting to a beginner, but I am determined to learn and get in on the hunt.

         Hank Shaw of Honest Food.net was a huge inspiration. I chose the Bernelli because it has a great reputation of reliability, was priced right, and seemed to suit all my needs. The 28" barrel allows for long shots and allows for 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 inch shells. I took it down to the San Joaquin Rod and Gun Club for a few rounds of skeet already. 
  

I have been getting more comfortable with it on the range. It is so much fun taking down doubles with a pump shotgun. 

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Skeet is a great way to learn how to handle a shot gun for beginner shooters.

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Even my buddy, a Marine combat instructor who teaches Marines how to handle a rifle every day, thought of skeet as a fun challenging activity. We played four rounds, sending 100 shots down range and left smiling. One of the guys we shot with shoots for the Navy team. His advice really improved my shot.

I can't wait for dove season this year. I feel a little more confident with the shotgun each round and hope it translates to the field and the dinner plate.

Thanks for reading,

Dan

The San Joaquin Rod and Gun Club is a volunteer run skeet range located at NAS Lemoore.
The are open Thursdays after 5PM (depending on if there is sunlight) and Saturdays at 9AM.

$5 a round, more if you rent a gun and need shells

Check them out on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Joaquin-Valley-Rod-and-Gun-Club/143175959117081?fref=ts

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Congratulations Joe!

Check out that WSB


             Well my buddy's Kickstarter did not only get fully funded ahead of schedule,  the streatch goal was reached allowing Joe to print his next album in vinyl. I love to see a good plan gome together. There is still a chance to jump on the bandwagon, he also has tee shirts, beer koozies, and onsies for your favorite infant.

Less than 40 hours to go.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1584836931/joe-koenigs-new-album-bleed-like-you-bleed

      Joe, you rock and this album happening is proof of that. I hope we get a chance to spend some time on the water together and get some time with our families time around the campfire as well.

Thanks for reading, sharing, and donating,

Dan

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1584836931/joe-koenigs-new-album-bleed-like-you-bleed
Fisher would rock this thing.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Ode to Kayak Fishing

The editor of Kayak Angler Magazine issued a challenge to list the things its readers love about kayak fishing from A to Z back in August. Apparently they were looking for gear and more elaborated ideas--I thought they were looking for personal lists and took on the challenge head on.  Here is what I came up with.

I love kayak fishing because of the…
Addictive feeling of hooking into a fish while sitting in a little plastic boat.
Bliss of quietly gliding through the water while the other boats sit at the dock.
Confidence built after coming out on top after a rough surf launch.
Difficult to get to places only kayak and fish can go.
Efficiency of fishing on a kayak.
Fish that run so hard it turns the whole kayak around.
Grin on the face of a friend who just caught his first fish in a kayak.
Happiness it brings me.   
Innovations kayaks bring to the sport of fishing.
Journeys it leads me to.
Kind people you meet on forums and at the water’s edge at five AM just to go enjoy the sport.
Love of fishing.
Meet-ups and gatherings local kayak anglers have.
New Friends I made becoming an active kayak fishermen.
Old Friends I have introduced to the sport.
Plethora of rigging options available. It never ends...   
Quality it adds to my fishing experience. So quiet without a motor. 
Rewards that come with being passionate about something.  
Stable platform a kayak provides for fishing.
Time spent doing what I love.
Utter excitement of crashing through the waves on a launch and coasting in on the landing.
View of the land as it drifts further and further away.
Water--whether it is clear, stained, muddy, fresh or brackish I love it all just the same.
Xmas morning feeling I get the day of a big trip. It can be hard to fall asleep the night before.   
Yank at the end of the line after the first cast to a spot I feel is fishy.
Zany things that only happen to kayak fishermen (ask any kayak fishermen about something weird that happened on the water. I haven't met a kayak angler without at least one crazy story yet.) 


If this doesn't make sense to you than you have not caught a fish off a little plastic boat. Only one more month and rockfish season opens up on California's central coast!

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools

To everybody posting April fools jokes on Facebook.
 
 
But Lucid Fishing is offering $10 off a set of grips today, no joke.
Nothing wrong with that.

https://www.lucidfishing.com/