Editorial: What Slow Season

Editorial: What slow season?

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Nov 06, 2019

Yeah, we are spoiled. Here we are in a month known as a time to give thanks, but, there’s no time for that right now. Hopefully before you landed here, you caught the story on Page 1 in the Nov. 8, 2019 issue in Western Outdoor News about the New Lo-An sticking 9 bluefin over 100 pounds, two of which were over 300 and one right on the number. This is November, and you don’t have to be an old salt to remember how recently the idea of cow tuna off the coast of California was borderline absurd. It’s time to go, it won’t last forever.

The Eastern Sierra has one more week left in the general fishing season, and this is the time to keep an eye on things up there and see if a brown bagger scores a trophy. Respectable brown trout have been biting for weeks, but we’ve yet to see any real monsters yet.

While that door is closing, stocking programs for lower-elevation lakes are just getting started which is as good of news for swimbait-chucking largemouth and striped bass anglers as it is for troutheads looking to fill a stringer.

Aside from all this, it is fall after all. This Saturday (Nov. 9), statewide pheasant season, the second-half of dove season and fall turkey all open up. That upland stuff is great for seasoned hunters, newbies and prospects alike, so hunters of all levels can appreciate that influx of new opportunities.

Here in the Western Outdoor News office, we are just starting to switch gears and think about next year and on a wide variety of fronts. The WON BASS U.S. Open that just went down at Lake Mead was such a hit and on such a huge scale, the phone in the Tournament Director’s office has been ringing off the hook with not only questions about next year, but guys looking to SIGN UP for next year’s installment a year ahead of time. And it’s not just the U.S. Open, but also for the California and Arizona Open, and while nothing is set in stone yet, there is a lot of chatter around here about expanding all of those events, and maybe even coming up with new tournaments.

The 2020 WON charter schedule is already being populated with the trips that have locked-in dates. At this point, for each one of those, there are a handful still getting loose ends tied up. Fine tuning of other WON EVENTS such as Big Bear TroutfesT, Lake Havasu Striper Derby, Los Cabo Tuna Jackpot and so on is an ongoing thing, but this is certainly a time when those talks ramp up.

It’s not that we aren’t thankful for what we’ve all done outdoors thus far in 2019, we just aren’t done yet.

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