WONews Blogs

Bob Vanian's 976-Bite – HOT BITE

It’s almost spring!

This week will see spring arrive on March 19, 2020 but the recent late winter weather has not been very spring like with sev... full blog

Jonathan Roldan – BAJA BEAT

It was never about the fishing

In almost 30 years operating a fishing operation in Baja, we’ve seen a lot of great folks come-and-go. Up to three generatio... full blog

Jim Niemiec's Blog

White geese numbers still at record levels

Despite increased daily and possession bag limits, and wide-open hunting during the spring migration, according to wildlife ... full blog


Western Outdoor News charter schedule filled with classics and some new additions

Upgrades were also made in the giveaway department CATALINA ISLAND IS a common target on many Western Outdo... full blog


Best guess forecast

It may not look weird from here, but it’s been pretty darned weird oceanographically along our coast this past year. Most se... full blog

Grady Istre – FIELD DOGS

Indirect pressure

Recently, I had a new client ask me to define indirect pressure. He said he’d heard the term but being a newbie, he had been... full blog

Baja Fishing Report

San Quintin’s people, fishing and cuisine never disappoint

Yellowtail on the iron, and non-stop lingcod and bottomfish with Juan Cook on his 25-foot Parker charterboat Slaptail ... full blog

Lake Havasu Striper Derby - May 16-17, 2020

2020 WON Lake Havasu Striper Derby

Western Outdoor News 38th Lake Havasu Striper Derby May 16 & 17, 2020 CLICK HERE TO E... full blog

Mike Stevens – KNEE DEEP

Rockcod sinkers on the Titanic

I was working at Bob’s Bait and Tackle in Escondido in 1995 when an unmarked moving truck backed up to the front door. A guy... full blog

Gary Graham – ROAD TREKKER

Ever-changing field of dreams

This column is about changes – not only in my life, but in the lives of others who, like me, sought their own field of dream... full blog


WON charter schedule picks up some new additions for 2020

Upgrades made in freebie department BY MIKE STEVENS WON Staff Writer Before we were even out of 2019,... full blog

Mike Jones - KEEPING UP

Experts Win

Over a lifetime, we acquire friends in any number of ways, some more surprising than others. The garden variety circu... full blog

Steve Comus – GUN TALK

Dickinson Plantation Side-By-Side scores well!

Pheasant hunting with a side-by-side shotgun is about as classic as one can get. So, that’s what I did on a trip to Nebraska... full blog

Blake Warren – ON THE HOOK

Grandpa Strength

Apparently “old guys” DO in fact rule. Or at least it sure seems that way if you happened to have spent a considerable amoun... full blog

Surf Fishing Round-Up

Bites have been easy to come by

Anglers fishing the cleaner stretches of water found good barred perch fishing this week, reported Hook, Line and Sinker in ... full blog

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

Tuna Jackpot Pays Out A Million Dollars

Overall Champions take biggest slice of the record payout for Cabo event The Awards Dinner for WON's Los Cabos Tuna... full blog

U.S. Open Blog


Las Vegas, Nev. – October 17, 2019 – He had been close the past two years, including a frustrating second place fini... full blog

Bill Varney – SURF LINES

Tips & tricks for fall corbina

Fishing for corbina in fall is a bit different than during spring and summer. The bigger fish are generally around now and t... full blog


Dive boat Conception lost in fire, 34 passengers feared dead

BY PAUL LEBOWITZ WON Staff Writer UPDATED September 3, 2019 9:40AM Authorities announced the recovery of 25 bodies, ... full blog

Big Fish Challenge

WON Big Fish Challenge: 2019 is in the books!

Three Species categories topped in Week 10 BY MIKE STEVENS WON Staff Writer SAN CLEMENTE — The 2... full blog

Catalina Island Jackpot


The popular Western Outdoor News Yamaha Catalina Island Jackpot will return to the Isthmus at Two Harbors on Friday, J... full blog


Calif Open Day 3 - Championship Friday

Noy Vilaysane dominates the WON BASS California Open with a record 89.27 3-day total. He jumped out to a huge lead with... full blog


Lead that bird: Become a better wingshooter

How did you do on the dove opener? Was it 15 shots for 15 dead doves? Not likely, especially since it’s the first bird hunt ... full blog

Paul Lebowitz – IT'S JUST FISHING

Accurate’s new stars

It’s an odd feeling to show up for a fishing trip with no gear in hand. Unarmed, if you will. You’re reliant on friends or e... full blog

Jeff Jones

Installing a fiberglass bait tank

Recently I had the opportunity to install a fiberglass bait tank in a trick little 1991 Skipjack. With an engine box coverin... full blog


WON/Apollo Charter - Yo-Zuri

Cow Town: Apollo Charters We had the pleasure of spending three nights at sea with Apollo Charters and Western O... 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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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WON 3/4 Day "Yellowtail" Charter

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Bob Twilegar

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