WONews Blogs

Bob Vanian's 976-Bite – HOT BITE

Yellowfin, bluefin and yellowtail biting as summer begins!

Are Albacore Going to be Part of the 2019 Southern California Fishing Season? Today is the first day of summer and wh... full blog

Bill Varney – SURF LINES

Surf fishing and safety at the beach

Surf fishing, as with any outdoor sport, has it dangers. Every time I go to the beach I think about what bait, rig and spot ... full blog


500 giant seabass

So... it turns out, if one snoops around much trying to find out how many giant, or black seabass there are you'll find out ... full blog

Jonathan Roldan – BAJA BEAT

Living the dream

I think a week doesn’t go by down here where we live that someone doesn’t ask me about retiring to Baja or somewhere in Mexi... full blog

Baja Fishing Report

La Paz busts loose, then fades with winds

San Quintin bluefin within range, L.A. Bay yellows are wide open as summer slowly emerges; Cedros bass some real jumbos; Ca... full blog

Gary Graham – ROAD TREKKER

IGFA Launches Passports to Fishing Kits in Baja

Last week I was invited to attend the 4th Annual Grand Gastronomic Fishing Tournament (Cuarto Gran Torneo de Pesca Gastronom... full blog

Jim Niemiec's Blog

What’s all the cooing about?

Based on reports afield and from all the dove cooing going on this early in the summer it appears that this year’s dove op... full blog

Blake Warren – ON THE HOOK

‘Irvine Fake,’ revisited

It’s now been over three years since Irvine Lake’s gates were closed to the public on Feb. 28, 2016, but a recent Orange Cou... full blog

Mike Stevens – KNEE DEEP

The Eastern Sierra sans trout

I remember the first time I thought to myself, “You know, if I didn’t fish, I would still come up here and check out all the... full blog

Grady Istre – FIELD DOGS

The small things

Aside from experience, one of the major differences between professional trainers and amateur trainers is that a professiona... full blog

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

Tesoro offers rate discount before June 1

Fantastic tourney rates if you book before June 1!! GET YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE HOTEL TESORO lo... 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

Mike Jones - KEEPING UP

It’s all in the stars

In a world where internet shopping dominates, we have become a legion of reviewers and review readers. It doesn’t matter if ... full blog

Steve Comus – GUN TALK

Riton Optics: The Right Stuff

Want a riflescope that will work in good or bad lighting and be able to engage game from the muzzle of the rifle out to 300 ... 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


Slew of Western Outdoor News events offers up something for every angler

From the U.S. Open of bass fishing to the biggest tuna tournament in the world, there’s plenty on WON’s docket for 2019 ... full blog


Sought-after sportboats now taking reservations

WON San Diego Offshore Jackpot June 27-28 BY PAUL LEBOWITZ WON Staff Writer SAN DIEGO — You’d bette... full blog

Surf Fishing Round-Up

Wahoo beached itself in the surfline

Anglers report more and more barred perch showing on most northern beaches, according to Hook, Line and Sinker in Santa Barb... full blog


Disaster strikes the Prowler

BY MERIT McCREA WON Staff Writer SAN DIEGO — Just as the hottest, most consistent offshore bite of the seaso... 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

Big Fish Challenge

WON Big Fish Update

WON Big Fish Challenge Week 9 Final round underway! THE LEADING HALIBUT in the WON Big Fish ... 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

Lake Havasu Striper Derby - May 19-20

2018 WON Lake Havasu Striper Derby

ON-LINE SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED You may sign-up at Anderson Toyota ... 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

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


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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Bob Twilegar

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WON 3/4 Day "Yellowtail" Charter

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