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Boat sales industry hopes to keep up post-recession recovery

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver International Boat Show is back, starting at the same time the industry reveals a big downturn in 2011.

A manufacturers’ group says sales of new and used recreational boats and outboard engines fell 21 per cent last year to $2.8 billion.

Local dealer Bob Pappajohn at MP Mercury Sales says his experience was different; he tells us his company saw a 15 per cent sales increase, with plenty of strength at the high end.

“Very much so,” he tells us. “In fact, at the higher end, we actually didn’t see a dip.
It continued very strong right through 2009, 2010 and 2011.”

But the National Marine Manufacturers Association says sales of new boats were down 22 per cent last year.

The boat show is at BC Place and the Granville Island marina through Sunday.

The boat show is at BC Place and the Granville Island marina.

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Fishing report: Week of Feb. 8

Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a central San Joaquin Valley native and local fishing expert.


New Melones trout on fire, Melanie Lewis said. Delta sturgeon action awesome, Tony Lopez reported. Delta Mendota stripers ramp up bite, and Pine Flat is the best bet for rainbows and spotted bass in the Valley, Merritt Gilbert reported. Don Pedro trout hitting, Monte Smith said.


Maybe you didn’t notice it, but I felt it was a close call in the anglers’ favor at the recent commission hearing at the Capitol on potentially changing the size and bag limits on striper. This was due to a lawsuit brought by powerful water interests, charging that striper are responsible for declining salmon numbers. The changes would have allowed anglers to take six fish — 12 inches and up — per day, instead of the current two-fish, 18-inch minimum that will remain in place. This change in effect would have been implemented as a measure to eradicate (by overfishing) a non-native gamefish they felt was interfering with, and predating (eating) a protected species.

The point of bringing up this issue for anglers is that a simple lawsuit brought by heavily financed and organized forces can wreak havoc with what we think would be a firmly entrenched and untouchable fish. The scary thing to me is that a lawsuit takes the whole process of scientifically measuring the outcome of what they suspect is happening and subjects it to the decision of a judge rather than a qualified biologist, or DFG, dealing with the raw facts. Crafting the attack on striper as a nonnative predatory species flies in the face of 100 years of coexistence of huge populations of striper and salmon in the Delta. However with this argument, the opposing anti-fishing forces already were setting up the next fight with bass being the next nonnative predator they had listed as interfering with the salmon population.

If it had not been for several strong pro-fishing organizations that opposed the proposed changes and marshaled the money and forces necessary to stand up to the challenge, a major gamefish would have been targeted for eradication based on what seems to me and many other anglers to be a blatant attempt to get more water once the species is deregulated. If successful, from that point, it seems to be clear in the lawsuit that the house of cards would fall and any species could be targeted since we have almost no gamefish that aren’t nonnative!

The fishing world has changed. Sorry to say, I don’t think anglers can continue to believe that a financially strapped DFG has the resources to fight for our fisheries. I believe we’re just kidding ourselves when we go fishing and think our interests are being protected like they were 30 years ago. This is just the first of many attacks on our sport we can expect in the next decade, with the well-organized anti-fishing forces out there quietly putting together strategies designed to give them control of the water and our fisheries.

I suggest we need to realize that the most successful defense of our fisheries has been the intervention of organized and representative groups of concerned anglers who have decided to be a voice and get in the fight for our future. It’s not in most of our fishing genes to be joiners, and to be a part of a proactive organization, but our survival as a viable sport depends on strong fishing groups that represent our interests and have the power to do the job.

Sadly, I see a lot of anglers who are picking the fruit off the branches of other folks’ work, and I think it’s always going to be that way, but maybe it’s time we all thought about taking the time to plant a tree to protect the future of our sport. Alone we’re weak, but together we rock!

Roger George can be reached at


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New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch

Bass *** Crappie ** Catfish ** Trout **** Kokanee **

Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported excellent trout fishing for both holdovers and catchables. The Department of Fish and Game is planting once again this week. She said, “Anglers are consistently picking up limits, as the fish are spawning in the shallows.” With this week’s rain, the fish will search the shorelines for night crawlers or other terrestrial insects which have come out of the creeks and drainage ditches. Bank anglers have been scoring on Power Bait, marshmallows or night crawlers. Lewis advised anglers to make certain that their bait is able to float off of the bottom. She said, “The rig of the week has been the slip-float rig, as this set up will allow you to target fish at any depth.” She advised sitting your bobber stop at any desired depth and tying on a minijig, night crawler or minnow scented with Pro Cure’s threadfin shad, Bloody Tuna or garlic night crawler. Trollers have been scoring upriver beyond Parrott’s Ferry while working close to shore with floating or jointed Rapalas. Ralph Dawson landed a 4.75-pound brown trout on jointed Rapala while fishing a main lake cove. Although it is early for kokanee, but there also have been reports of kokanee to 15 inches landed near the surface by anglers targeting trout. Lewis rated bass fishing as pretty good, as the fish are in their winter haunts along main lake structure at depths from 25 to 65 feet. The spots are fat, healthy and loaded with shad, and most anglers are using shad-patterned plastics on a drop-shot. She said, “Another good method has been to tie on a smaller sized swimbait on a Carolina rig and drag it around main lake structure.” Yamamoto Hula Grubs in natural crawdad colors are effective as are swimbaits on windy days. She reminded anglers to catch and release bass, particularly the largemouths which are becoming increasingly scarce. Lewis advised trying for catfish at depths from 35 to 70 feet along deep ledges and main lake points with night crawlers, frozen shad or anchovies. Crappie and bluegill action is still slow to fair with the best action on small minnows, red worms or mealworms on a slip-float rig at depths from 15 to 25 feet with 4- to 6-pound test. The lake held at 1,049.61 feet in elevation and 81% capacity.

Call: (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn’ Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023

Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area

Bass ** Trout *** Crappie ** Catfish ** Bluegill **

The bass bite remains slow, but with the warmer daytime temperatures, the fish should be moving into shallow water. Trout fishing is the best thing going on, and Power Bait in corn yellow, rainbow/garlic or spring green have been hot colors in addition to the new Berkley Mice Tails in pink/white. The best action remains near the Auxiliary Dam, the Marina or Paradise Cove. A trout plant is scheduled for the next two weeks. Catfishing remains fair with a few fish taken around the marinas on small minnows. The 23rd annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby is March 31-April 2 and set to offer record prizes of over $250,000. Applications are at

2012_derby_app.pdf or at the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce office or merchants in the Kern River Valley and Bakersfield. The lake held at 2,560.49 feet in elevation and 30%. Trout fishing at Buena Vista has been excellent in the past week with the final plant of the season taking place. Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported a 7-pounder and a couple of 5-pounders were placed on stringers in the past week. Berkley Mice Tails in pink/white have been a hot bait. The crappie bite at Buena Vista continues to be slow. In the lower river, trout fishing has also been excellent with holdover fish in the 4- to 6-pound range taken on Deadly Duo 3-inch Sluggo worms in Pine Flat Special. The best action has been near the dam at Keysville. The small local impoundments have been producing consistently on Power Bait in spring green, corn yellow or rainbow/garlic. Trout plants are scheduled at Hart Park, Truxton, Woollomes, Ming and the River Walk during the week of Feb. 19. The Bakersfield Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a trout derby at the River Walk on March 31.

Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812

San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay

Striper ** Catfish ** Bass * Crappie *

The striper bite has slowed from the excellent action early in the winter, but there were a few school-sized fish in the 6- to 8-pound class with jumbo minnows in Portuguese Cove. Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill reported there is some top-water action in the early morning with rip baits or RatLTraps also working. Ly Tu of Ly’s Fishing Goods in San Jose confirmed the overall slower action in the main lake, but more anglers are transitioning to the Forebay with the increased water movement and the lack of weeds during the winter months. With the water movement by the pumps, striper become active. Patrick Movey at the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Fresno reported trollers are scoring with Yozuris in the Forebay. The lake remains high, but it is releasing water and has dropped to 94% capacity.

Important note: EFFECTIVE OCT. 1, 2011, VESSEL INSPECTIONS FOR QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSELS TO BEGIN AT SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA. All boats, personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, sailboards, inflatables and float tubes must undergo a mandatory inspection. These invasive species threaten recreational opportunities, the water delivery infrastructure of California and the aquatic habitat of San Luis Reservoir SRA. Failure to allow inspection of any watercraft will result in the refusal to launch.

Call: Ly’s Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711

Eastman Lake

Bass ** Trout ** Bluegill ** Catfish ** Crappie **

Bass fishing has been best with jigs off the face of the dam, but the action has been inconsistent. Anglers report picking up seven to eight fish ranging from 2.75 to 4 pounds on one day, only to be followed by slower action the next. Trout action is heating up with trollers scoring with blade/crawler combinations, Needlefish, Dick’s Trout Busters, Shasta Tackle’s Cripplures or Captain Jack’s hootchies at depths to 20 feet. Another trout plant is scheduled for next week. The Lakeview Trail is open between the Codorniz Recreation Area and Raymond Bridge, but the area of the lake extending upstream along the Chowchilla River is still closed beyond the buoy line. The lake held at 557.32 feet and 68%.

Call: 689-3255

Hensley Lake

Bass ** Trout ** Catfish *** Crappie **

A huge 14-pound largemouth was caught and kept on an Alabama rig this past week, Patrick Movey reported, but other than this trophy fish, the bass bite remains only fair at best. The more consistent action is for planted trout from the banks at the Swimming Beach with salmon peach or rainbow Power Bait. Trollers are picking up a few planters to 13.5 inches on Wedding Rings, Dick’s Trout Busters or Cripplures. A trout plant is scheduled for next week. The lake rose a half foot to 494.50 feet and 36% capacity.

Call: 225-1838; 292-3474; 673-5151

McSwain Reservoir

Trout ***

Stephanie Powell of the McSwain Marina reported excellent trolling action from the Floating Restrooms to the end of the access area with small Rapalas tipped with a Gulp! worm for rainbows to 2 pounds. Bank fishermen have been scoring in a variety of locations including the Brush Pile, Handicapped Docks and the peninsula near the marina. Power Bait in orange, Sunrise, garlic or garlic dip have been the top shore baits. A DFG trout plant is scheduled for this week with regularly bi-weekly plants between Calaveras Trout Farm and Fish and Game will begin the second week of February.

Call: (209) 378-2534

Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs

Striper *** Catfish **

For the first time in many weeks, local action at the water conveyance systems is picking up with Merritt Gilbert reporting striper in the 22- to 23-inch range landed on white flukes in the Delta Mendota Canal. In the south aqueduct, striper action has improved with the increase in water movement from the pumps. Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said the lure bite has improved with Lucky Craft LV15s or Pointer 128s. RatLTraps in 1-ounce are also effective, as are tubes and flukes. The bait bite remains good with anchovies, blood worms or sand worms. The access areas of Temblor’s Siphon, the Buena Vista golf course or Tupman have been prime locations.

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

Bass *** Striper * Shad * Trout **

Most bass anglers have been concentrating on Pine Flat for a better cut of fish, but numbers of small bass can be had by drop-shotting or jigs with the fish moving up in the shallows in the mornings before dropping back down to 40 feet in depth. The average size of a limit ranges from 6.5 to 7.75 pounds, but anglers will be culling a number of smaller fish. Merritt Gilbert said, “The bite is on and off with good action one day only to be followed by a tough bite the following day.” No striper reported this week. The lake held at 530.10 feet and 61% with the launch on the second ramp. Woodward Park is scheduled for trout plants the next two weeks. Access to the San Joaquin River is still limited to the Broken Bridge with the continued closure of the Lost Lake areas, but anglers are walking down from the Broken Bridge. Anglers are scoring planters with yellow or chartreuse Power Bait, Kastmasters and Gulp! Worms.

Call: 225-1838; 292-3474

Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River

Bass *** Trout *** King salmon ** Catfish **

The lake remains the best trout option in the area with rainbows both up the river arm and in the main lake. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The fish are all over the lake, but numbers can be taken near Trimmer, Sycamore and Big Creek at depths to 25 feet with Apex lures, blade/crawler combinations or Dick’s Trout Busters behind a 1.5-ounce Mountain Flasher.” Pine Flat is the only game in town, as the trout bite is holding up very well. A few anglers are working the main lake at depths from 40 to 50 feet with downriggers for the occasional rainbow to 17 inches. For king salmon, Patrick Movey of the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Fresno reported fish in the 15- to 17-inch range are taken on white spinners or spoons behind a Shasta Tackle’s Sling Blade at depths to 65 feet in the main lake. Bass fishing is also the tops in the region with the spots moving up into the shallows to 15 feet in the morning before dropping down to 20 to 40 feet. The best action remains on the bottom with drop-shotting or jigs. Dark-colored Senkos or Hula Grubs in Color 208, or smoke/black/purple are also working. The lake rose 1 foot to 871.35 feet in elevation and 59% capacity. Trout fishing on the lower Kings continues to be high due to the recent plant of trophy fish. Plants will take place for at least the next two weeks. Patrick Movey said rainbow Power Bait has been effective close to the dam. The bank action at Avocado Lake has slowed, although the action should heat up with the lake being planted the next two weeks. Some large rainbows have been dumped in the lake with a few fish in the 3- to 4-pound range reported on yellow Power Bait.

Call: 787-2387; 225-1838; 292-3474

Lake Kaweah

Bass ** Crappie ** Trout ** Catfish **

Bass are starting to move into the shallows with the warmer water temperatures. There were three limits over 12 pounds landed during a club tournament on Saturday for nearly a 3-pound average. Drop-shot plastics, jigs or swimbaits either worked solo or on an umbrella rig continue to be the best techniques. The recent trout plants and spring-like weather have brought out the trout fishermen, and planters are taken on Power Bait, night crawlers or Kastmasters near the first and second launch ramps. A trout plant is scheduled next week. A few crappie continue to be landed at night under lights from the Houseboats. The lake rose nearly 4 feet to 613.73 feet in elevation and 16% capacity.

Call: 592-5922

Lake Success

Bass ** Trout ** Catfish **

Planted trout are the main attraction with anglers working the banks on the Rocky Hill side of the lake with Power Bait, night crawlers or Kastmasters. A trout plant is scheduled next week with a plant is scheduled at Murry Park Pond in Porterville this week. The best bass action has been either by drop-shotting plastics or the half- to three-quarters-ounce Sonic Silver Buddy spoons over the rockpiles, which are holding the shad schools. The Tule Point south and Rocky Hill launch ramps are still open, but the best access remains at Rocky Hill. The lake rose 2 feet to 611.21 feet in elevation and 26% capacity.

Call: 784-0215

McClure Reservoir

Bass ** Trout *** King salmon ** Kokanee * Crappie ** Catfish **

Live crawdads or minnows are the top producing baits with keepers over 15 inches taken in the cove arms at depths from 15 to 30 feet. Diana and Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling soaked crawdads near Arnold Bay on Sunday for keepers at depths of 40 feet. She said, “We had record crawdad sales on Saturday morning with 40 dozen gone within 2.5 hours.” Walt Lee of the Kerman Bass Club said 29 anglers participated in Saturday’s tournament with a total of seven limits weighed in. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the bass bite continues to be slow, but the fish are moving up rapidly into shallow water at depths to 20 feet. Drop-shotting with 3- to 4-inch plastics or brown jigs with a green pumpkin trailer are working best. The inaugural Best Bass Tournaments Mother Lode Division is scheduled for Feb. 18 with a pretournament sale on Feb. 17 at the Bait Barn. Planted trout have been taken off the banks at McClure Point with marshmallow/night crawler combinations or various colors of Power Bait. A trout plant is scheduled for this week. Crappie action has been slow, but a few crappie have been located around the Houseboats at night under lights with small minnows. The lake is stable at 807.35 feet in elevation and 65% capacity. In the Merced River, Fresno area fishermen continue to plug with small swimbaits or white flukes for stripers in the 24- to 25-inch range. A trout plant is scheduled at Yosemite Lake next week.

Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053

Lake Don Pedro

Bass ** Trout *** Kokanee * King salmon **

Manny Basi at the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a continued tough bass bite, but the new ABT Multi-Rig loaded with Keitech swimbaits in size 4.8 or 5.8 in Tennessee shad, silver shad or rainbow shad have been hot sellers. He sold 86 of these lures within a few days of release. Drop-shotting with 3- to 4-inch plastics or brown jigs with a green pumpkin trailer are the other good techniques with the fish moving into the shallows to 20 feet in depth. Basi said, “There are already fish on the beds at Don Pedro.” Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing targeted trout last Friday with heavy spoons on 5 to 7 colors of lead core. They landed 19 trout to 2.75 pounds and picked up a bonus 2.5-pound king salmon. Smith said, “We found bait schools, and we worked the bait for the trout and salmon.” Things were a bit different on Monday with Smith strictly targeting king salmon with rolled shad. He reported slow action as the bait balls were scarce, saying.”The barometric pressure dropped from the incoming storm, and the bite slowed to a crawl. We were pushing the window a bit since the best salmon fishing generally occurs from mid to late March into April and May.” Downstream, trout plants are scheduled at Modesto Reservoir for the next two weeks, and in Turlock Reservoir next week.

Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn’ Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011


Bass Lake

Bass ** Trout ** Kokanee *

The lake dropped once again to 40%, and fishing pressure remains light. With the low lake levels, the best action has been taking place off float tubes for spotted or largemouth bass. The Pines boat launch was retrofitted by PGE with ramp extensions allowing boat access during low lake levels through the winter months weather permitting and for 4-wheel drive vehicles only.

There are two scheduled blasts this week: one was 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, the second is 3:45 p.m. Thursday. A blasting schedule should be updated every Friday and is available at

Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee * Trout *** Smallmouth *

The Rancheria Marina at Huntington Lake reported a slowdown in trout fishing, but limits of quality rainbows are possible. The lake has risen in the past week, perhaps causing the slower action. The best area remains around Deer Creek with Power Bait or Gulp! in green, orange, yellow and pink, or night crawlers. The lake will begin to drop at the start of the current week, as the water will be transferred to Shaver Lake to start the refilling process. At Shaver Lake, the Trophy Trout project meets the third Wednesday of each month at Tiffany Pines meeting room, and visitors are invited. Their next meeting is Feb. 15. Captain Jack Yandell and Shaver Lake fishing guide Dick Nichols will be featured at Shaver Lake fishing seminars at Herb Bauer’s in Fresno at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and at Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis in the early afternoon on March 31. Longtime Shaver Lake resident Lee Gates will be on the agenda and present a historical slideshow at each event. Yandell and Nichols also will be using the slideshow in their presentation, which will have current photos of Shaver along with photos from the late 1800s. Nichols will provide photos of the lake bottom, cover the hot fishing spots of the lake, and what it takes to catch the trophy size trout. Yandell, Shaver Lake’s resident kokanee expert, will cover the progress of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project, a slideshow of last year’s trophy trout that were caught, his recommendations on catching big fish and the use of the downrigger. Huntington rose to 61% capacity with Shaver remains at 0%, but it is starting to fill.

Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Young’s Sporting Goods 841-8271, 841-2522, 841-2740


The gates to Wishon and Courtright are closed and awaiting a spring date in which to reopen.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

Edison/Florence/Mammoth Pool

The gate at Kaiser Pass is closed until spring. Dave Newton of Rancheria Garage and Marina and friends have driven twice this week to Portal Forebay on the open section of Kaiser Pass for large sized rainbows with Thomas Buoyants, Needlefish or Power Bait the best bets. The lakes remain high for this time of year with Edison at 67%, Florence at 50%, Mammoth Pool at 47% and Redinger at 96%.

Call: 259-4000


San Francisco Bay

Striper ** Rockfish **** Leopard shark **** Sturgeon **

Sturgeon fishing is the only thing keeping the party boats running, and both Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker and the Emeryville Sport Fishing boats have been able to put together a few trips. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker took 18 anglers into San Pablo Bay on Saturday for sturgeon, but the sturgeon weren’t cooperative. They had pulled crab pots north of the Golden Gate for five crab apiece before making the long run to San Pablo Bay. They ended up with three striped bass to 10 pounds with Tracy Gardner of Sacramento picking up the large fish of the day. Jim Cox of Touch of Gray Sport Fishing out of Loch Lomond Marina put in a pair of legal striped bass on Sunday’s trip while targeting sturgeon. The tiny bait stealing Dungeness crabs are thick in San Pablo Bay, particularly on the slower tides. Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait and Tackle in Port Sonoma reported the best sturgeon action taking place in the Hamilton Flats with regular customer Brad Hood catching a 52-incher within two hours of his first trip this year. Sinkay added that Sonoma Creek has been a good area, as well as the lower Napa River below the Highway 37 Bridge. In the south bay, perch fishing remains outstanding from the Alameda Rockwall, Richmond shoreline, Treasure Island and the Sausalito shores for white, rubberlip and splittails on either grass shrimp or pile worms. Ly Tu at Ly’s Fishing Goods in San Jose reported continued slow sturgeon fishing with the occasional fish taken off Bay Farm Island or south of the Dunbarton Bridge.

Half Moon Bay

The party boats are still able to scratch out a few sand dab/crab trips on a weekly basis, and the sand dabs are plentiful with crab limits being the rule. Captain Guy Anthony of the New Gravy ran the Huli Cat on Saturday and they came home with limits of Dungeness crab and plenty of sand dabs. Gray whales are found much closer to shore than normal in the 4- to 6-mile range, as Mattusch said, “Normally the whales run from 14 to 20 miles offshore on their southerly migration, as the bait is closer to shore.” Anthony on the New Gravy is booking out of Bait and Switch Tackle Shop, formerly Huck Finn Sport Fishing, as is Captain Dennis Baxter on the New Captain Pete. Out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, the Queen of Hearts will be back on the water for whale watching trips this month in preparation for the salmon opener in the spring. Up the coast, Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said the water has been rough and limiting crab fishermen from the pier to using snatcher loaded with squid or mackerel. Perch fishermen have been tossing out blood or pile worms, and a legal striped bass was landed off the pier last week.

Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148

Monterey/Santa Cruz

Sonny Arcoleo of Chris’ Landing in Monterey reported 17 limits of Dungeness crab and loads of sand dabs on their combination trips on Saturday and Sunday, stating, “We smashed them again.” They have trips planned for today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. North in Santa Cruz, interest in surf perch is heating up with the coming of the Eighth annual Sand Crab Classic Surf Perch Tournament, info at

Perch fishing has been slow

Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173;

San Luis Obispo

Whale watching and nature excursions are the main thing taking place at both ports until April’s salmon opener and the May 1 rockfish opener. Out of Port San Luis, Patriot Sport Fishing has a Dungeness crab/ocean excursion combination trip scheduled for Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $60/adult and $45/children 12 and under. Whale watching/ocean excursions will run on weekends from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-3 p.m. for $35/adult and $15/children 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under. You are advised to bring cameras and a pair of binoculars to locate gray whale pods, seals and seabirds. On a recent trip, passengers witnessed a pod of orcas that came to the boat and even splashed water on the bow. Video of this trip is available on the Patriot Sport Fishing Facebook page. Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay is offering whale watching on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for $39/adults and $29/children 15 and under. During the week, a minimum of 10 passengers is necessary. Group discounts, private charters are available from their three boats ranging from 55 to 90 feet in length. A photographer will be available on most trips. A 10% discount is offered for early booking of all 2012 rockfish trips.

Call: Virg’s Landing, (805) 772-1222, (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214


Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez

Bass *** White Bass ** Striper ** Catfish ** Crappie **

Larry Kerns of the Visalia Bass Club drove to Nacimiento on Sunday and said, “We quit at 50 fish with healthy spotted bass to 3 pounds.” They were tossing jigs in the shallows at depths to 15 feet over bottom structure that was “full of pebble-sized rocks.” The next Best Bass Tournaments Central Coast division tournament will be held at San Antonio on March 3. Lopez is reported to be very slow although anglers are prefishing heavily for upcoming tournaments. There is a calendar of coastal lake tournaments at



Quagga mussel inspections are required before launching is allowed. Nacimiento rose to 777.50 feet in elevation and 69%, and San Antonio rose to 761.65 feet and 73%. Santa Margarita is at 79.2% and Lopez 88.1%.

Call: (805) 238-1056 ext. 3, (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass (805) 466-6557


Bass *** Striper ** Sturgeon *** Catfish **

The Delta was littered with floating craft over the past weekend with 1,246 anglers entered in the Original Sturgeon Derby out of McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point. Weighmaster Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait and Tackle reported outstanding action throughout both days of the derby, saying, “I can’t remember weather like this with an absence of wind, sunshine throughout the day, and flat, calm water. There were a number of fish released as they were in the 60-plus-inch length and over the target length.”

Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing had an “epic” day on Saturday with the numbers of sturgeon caught and released, so ridiculous, they will leave most in disbelief. They were fishing the shallows with straight eel and his client, Keith Orton, landed the only sturgeon right on the target length all weekend at 59 inches. Lopes said, “Bob Monckton on the Reelentless was right by me, and he put in the third place fish on Saturday to go with another close to the target on Sunday.” Gian Marcucci of the Deaf Anglers’ Sturgeon Challenge was on the boat that landed the 5913/16-inch sturgeon that tied for first in Sunday’s portion of the derby. The Deaf Sturgeon Anglers Challenge is scheduled for March 3 in Martinez, and it is open to the first 250 participants. Mike Pipkins of Gotcha Bait in Antioch confirmed the good sturgeon fishing during the derby with the absence of wind all weekend stating, “I haven’t seen weather like this in more than 20 years. They have been catching fish all over with a 60.25-incher taken at Buoy 1 and a fat 36-pound, 51-incher landed at Collinsville.” Other productive areas have been the Power Lines off Sherman Island, the Big Cut, Grizzly Bay and Honker Bay. There have been several flounder caught by area fishermen, but striped bass remain on the small side from just legal to 4-pounds. One boat targeted striper in Honker Bay with mudsuckers for five fish to 10 pounds on mudsuckers. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported a solid largemouth bite with anglers picking up from seven to 15 fish with a 6-pounder being a large one. During windy periods, Pringle has been going to reaction baits, including the half-ounce Persuader spinner bait or Timber Tiger DC8 crankbait worked on a fan cast on the outside edge of the weedlines. The water temperature has risen into the low 50s in the afternoons, and bass are cruising the shorelines and moving up into the shallows. He has been using the seven-eighths-ounce Persuader E-chip jig with a Chigger Craw trailer in black/blue or black with a tinge of red on a dead stick presentation. The fish are holding close to current in an attempt to load up with food, as Pringle predicts that they will start spawning on the next full moon. With the high degree of water clarity in the San Joaquin River, Pringle has respooled his reels to 12-pound test fluorocarbon as opposed to the normal 17- to 20-pound test.

Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger/Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303, Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030; Jolly Jay’s Guide Service (209) 478-6645



Foundation Sportsmen’s Club Original Sturgeon Derby, 59-inch target length, at Delta/McAvoy’s Boat Harbor on Feb. 4-5: Saturday: 1, Keith Orton, $7,277; 2, Ron Reisinger, $3,115; 3, Bob Monckton, $1,557; Sunday: 1, Ron Anderson/Jason Carbajal, $5,216; 3, Michael Monahan

Kerman Bass Club at McClure on Feb. 4: 1, James Horton, 8.95 pounds; 2, Ryan Voorhees, 8.20; 3, Justin Horton, 7.98; Big fish: Ted Hanson, 3.03 pounds

New J-Bass Club at Pine Flat on Feb. 4: 1, Jose Gaytan/Joe Soleno, 9.74 pounds (big fish, 4.10); 2, Jay and Michael Bradshaw, 9.65; 3, Robert Singleton/Bobby Tilfin, 9.07



Thursday: J.R. Taylor, Bass Fishing Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse

Feb. 16: David Burrows of the Fisherman’s Warehouse on Trout Fishing Techniques, 6:15 p.m. at Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse

Feb. 17: Best Bass Tournament Pretournament Sale at the Bait Barn in Waterford

Feb. 23: Captain Jack Yandell and Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters, Shaver Lake Techniques and History, 6 p.m. at Herb Bauer’s in Fresno

Feb. 24-26: Central Valley Sportsmen, Boat, RV and Outdoor Show at the Kern County Fair Grounds, info:


Saturday: Best Bass Tournaments at McClure; Western Outdoor News at Millerton; Bakersfield Bass Club at Pine Flat; American Bass Association at Lopez; American Bass Association at Don Pedro; Angler’s Choice at Delta/B and W Resort; Angler’s Choice at Delta/Russo’s; Tri Valley Bassmasters/

Sonora Bass Club at New Melones; Small Change Bass Club at Kaweah

Sunday: Kings VIII Bass Club at McClure; Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Success Bass Club at Kaweah

Feb. 18: Best Bass Tournaments at McClure; Western Outdoor News at New Melones; Kern County BassMasters at Nacimiento; Sierra Bass Club at Pine Flat; Angler’s Choice at Millerton; 101 Bass at San Antonio; Mid Valley Bass Club at Eastman; CSBA Fresno Chapter at San Luis

Feb. 19: Western Outdoor News at Lopez; Fresno Bass Club at McClure; California Bass Federation at New Melones; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Kings River Bass Club at Eastman

Feb. 25: American Bass Association at Pine Flat; Angler’s Choice/Golden Empire Bass Club at Santa Margarita; Angler’s Choice at McClure; Taft Bass Club at San Antonio; Angler’s Choice at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Christian Bass Federation at Don Pedro; SLO Bass Ambushers at Lopez; Tri Valley Bass Club at Nacimiento

Feb. 26: Fresno Bass Club at McClure; Angler’s Choice at Santa Margarita; Stockton Bass Club at Delta/Ladd’s Marina

March 10: Eighth annual Sand Crab Classic Surf Perch Derby at Santa Cruz, info:


Fresno County: Avocado Lake; Kings River below the Pine Flat Reservoir; San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam; Woodward Park Lake

Kern County: Brite Valley Reservoir; Hart Park Lake; Lake Truxton; Lake Woollomes; Ming Lake; The Park at River Walk lake

Mariposa County: Lake McClure; McSwain Reservoir

Monterey County: El Estero Park lake

Stanislaus County: Modesto Reservoir; Woodward Reservoir

Tulare County: Murry Park pond

Tuolumne County: Don Pedro Reservoir; New Melones Lake

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Ahoy Hobsons Bay! It's your year to sail the open seas

SAILING the bay is one way to be more active in the new year.

Hobsons Bay Yacht Club offers free “try sailing” days, when trainers will take participants for a sailing race and teach them the basics.

Club Commodore Ashley Stevens said age and ability were no barriers, because the club even conducted a sailing program for people with a disability.

And with most boats needing a crew, boat ownership would not stop participation either, he said.

“You don’t need to own a boat to sail,” Mr Stevens said.

“Our motto is ‘sailing for the community’.

“You come into the club and we’ll get you on to a boat.”

Mr Stevens said sailing could provide both a social and physical activity for those looking to try something different in the new year.

“It can be physical depending on the level of the race and if there’s a lot of tacking involved,” he said.

“You also build up a lot of camaraderie.

“It’s a really good way to go out, meet people and build up really good friendships.”

Details: 9397 6393 or go to

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54th Annual Detroit Boat Show – Get off the Dock!

Wednesday, 8 February, 2012 0:54 AM

Annual Detroit Boat Show – Get off the Dock!

show offers great deals on boats and boating equipment, entertainment
for kids, and education

credit: Michigan Boating Industries Association

54th Annual Detroit Boat Show runs from Feb. 11 – 19, 2012
at Cobo Center.



The Detroit Boat Show scheduled for February 11-19,
has sold out of bulk space at the event. With more boats and more
brands, the Detroit Boat Show continues its growth pattern for a
second year in a row. “Space sales and sponsorships are all
trending in the right direction,” said Show Manager John Ropp.
“And it is going to be a packed and exciting show this year.

The Detroit Boat Show
features hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and
cruising – also paddle boats, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables.
It is the best place to shop for a boat as it would take weeks to
see as many boats at dealerships. Show prices are also extremely
competitive and buying a boat in February assures boats will be
ready for an early summer launch.

More than 60,000 consumers
are expected to attend to see and buy hundreds of new 2012, 2011,
and 2010 model boats of all types and sizes. Many dealers say they
can attribute up to 50-percent of their annual sales to sales and
leads generated at this show. More than 1,500 boats, worth an estimated
$50 million, traditionally sell during the Boat Show’s nine-day
run, and shortly after to leads generated at the show.

For those interested
in buying gear and services, the show also offers exhibits selling
boating accessories and services including motors, dockage, water
toys, skiing and wakeboarding gear, boating and fishing accessories,
electronics, boat gear, nautical gifts, artwork and much more.

Special features also
make this event fun for those just looking to get a taste of summer
in the middle of Michigan’s winter.

Special features include:

  • Headliner Jeremy
    Van Shoonhoven, a 5 time National Champion Bike Trials rider,
    and a finalist on NBC’s hit reality TV Show America’s Got Talent!
    ™( Feb. 17-19).
  • Walterwalkerz –
    In the “human hampster ball” participants can walk
    and roll on water (Feb. 11-15).
  • The Mountain Trout
    Pond, where fisher people can catch and release from a pond stocked
    with 400 pounds of fighting fish (Feb. 11-19).
  • Meet Nickelodeon’s
    Dora the Explorer – Don’t miss the girl that’s determined,
    positive, helpful, caring and ALWAYS ready for adventure, Dora
    the Explorer! Dora will appear at the show on Saturday, February
    11 and Sunday, February 12 from 12pm-4pm each day! Bring your
  • The centrally located
    Tiki Bar will be the perfect mid-winter escape to a tropical paradise!
  • The Broadcast Center
    will feature fun games and interactive activities with Street
    Teams from different radio stations.
  • The Queen of the
    Show is a 45’ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge from Colony Marine of
    St. Clair Shores – Feel like royalty yourself when you climb
    aboard the vessel, priced at $798,321.
  • A series of hands-on
    interactive exhibits around the show designed to entertain and
    educate boaters of all ages, a Discover Boating Track, promotions,
    give-aways and a Free Boater Safety Course.

The 54th annual Detroit
Boat Show, held at Cobo Center in Detroit, is known as the premier
boating event in the State of Michigan. Admission to the boat show
is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult.

Special admission days

  • Monday, February 13:
    Senior Day – seniors over 65 and over receive free admission
  • Tuesday, February
    14: Ladies Day Valentine’s Day – Ladies get
    in free
  • Wednesday, February
    15: A Boat Load of Food – Bring in 5 cans of food for Gleaners
    Food Bank between 3 p.m. 6 p.m. to get in free
  • Thursday, February
    16: Half price tickets – get your tickets for only $6 between
    3 p.m. 6 p.m.

Discount tickets and
discount hotel accommodations are available at
HOURS: Saturdays and Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays: 11
a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday:
3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Parking is available at Cobo Center and surrounding
lots. The Detroit Boat Show is owned and produced by the Michigan
Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the voice of boating in Michigan.
Revenue generated from this event is returned back to fund boater’s
interests via MBIA’s programs and services.

or call 1.800.932.2628.

The Detroit Boat Show
is sponsored by RAM Trucks, Official Truck of the Detroit Boat Show,
Courtyard by Marriott and Fishbone’s Restaurant.

Source: Michigan
Boating Industries Association

a Pair of Tickets to the Detroit Boat Show

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Boat Show cruises into Cobo Center, February 12 – 20, 2011



credit: Michigan Boating Industries Association

Van Shoonhoven will appear at the Detroit Boat Show on Feb. 17 –


credit: Michigan Boating Industries Association

will appear at the show on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12
from 12pm-4pm each day!






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Fishing Line for Feb. 8

Bait dealers, boaters, and shoreline casters marvel at the amount of open water available to anglers all around Western New York this winter.

One report included boaters trolling Bay of Quinte waters last week. The bay, at Lake Ontario’s northeast corner, has been an ice-angler Mecca for decades, with a drop-off in ‘eye catching in recent years.

All has changed. Trollers caught 16 sizable ‘eyes trolling open areas with side planers and hard baits. They had to tool planer boards around the occasional ice floe, but the bite — in areas normally being crossed by ice fishermen by now — was good last week and throughout the entire fall and early-winter season at Quinte.

Similar open-water outings offer options for shore-liners able to get a boat into Honeoye Lake. Western Finger Lakes boaters often can fish Canandaigua Lake and even more often work Seneca Lake waters during the winter. This year, add Honeoye’s central and north sections to the inland-lakes boating bill of fare.

Avon Anglers could not hold its scheduled ice contest at Honeoye Lake but AA has an Ice Elite Series Team Event scheduled for Saturday on Silver. For registration details, look for ice-contest officers’ phone numbers at the web site

Ice prospects are good at Silver Lake, Lake Simcoe and mega-iffy around Oneida Lake and Chautauqua Lake. A forecasted freeze this weekend might get things right, but, for now, more open water than hardwater opportunities abound all around.

Lake Erie

Dunkirk Harbor has seen a fair run of brown trout in recent days. Gerri Begier at Bill’s Hooks weighed in a 12-pound brown earlier this week, and she gets word of browns caught more at the city pier than the fishing platform of late. A Little Cleo and plastic-bodied baits have worked best for casters, Begier notes.

Stream conditions vary for bigger and smaller feeders. But, in general, the better water and hook-setting sites are well up stream in both Canadaway and Chautauqua creeks.

Jerry Olejniczak at Penrod’s Bait Tackle in South Buffalo will be closing the door March 1. Look for a detailed account on the Sunday Outdoors Page.

Niagara River

All kinds of fish show on the sonar screen, but stained waters and hefty winds make lower Niagara River fishing more a boat ride than a catch contest right now, says Chuck Booker. During an outing with relatives Tuesday, they fought waves around the Niagara Bar and worked drifts along Artpark for a shut-out outing. “You couldn’t see your hand just under the water,” Booker said of the lack of clarity.

Waters could clear by the weekend and boaters look for better conditions for next week’s Niagara River Anglers Association Roger Toby Memorial Steelhead contest Feb. 18. Look for a detailed account on this tourney in the notebook on the outdoors page this Sunday. For entry and format info, check with Steve and Lisa Drabczyk at Creek Road Bait Tackle in Lewiston (754-2949).

Lake Ontario

Braddock’s Bay, Cranberry Pond, Long Pond, Irondequoit Bay, and Sodus Point have opened and offer shore casters some fishing at access sites around the bays and ponds. Most bay areas require a boat, but the weekend freeze might put walkers back on the smaller bodies early next week, says Dan Reagan at Jay-Ve Fishing Tackle in Rochester.

For now, stream walking has been good on most feeders. Clarity is high, levels are fair to slightly below average. But the bite can be good for steelies and browns. Smaller baits sent out on fine, light line increases the hit parade and catch count. xleg

Inland lakes

Boaters have been heading out the north ends of Canandaigua and Seneca lakes for perch runs. Seneca remains open through much of the winter. The Canandaigua run has been the result of mild weather.

Honeoye and Conesus both show open water in spots. Walkers got out on the lower end of Honeoye last week and the boat access at the southeast corner will remain open for ice anglers’ access. But reports bar boaters from launch access at most smaller western Finger Lakes and not enough ice formed for walkers to ice fish.

Ice options

Lake Simcoe is the place to go. “The ice is about 15 inches (thick) now and the perch bite is good,” said Jerry Kucharchuk at Peninsula Motel (1-800-565-5253). All of his huts are inside the islands (Georgina and Thorah) over about 25-foot depths. Some good ice formed at Cooks Bay and around the narrows at the northwest corner, but open areas above Jackson Point are more open than solid.

Silver Lake’s south end continues as a big bluegill kill.


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Nipawin Chrysler Dodge wins “best place to buy a boat in Saskatchewan”

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When Nipawin Chrysler Dodge received a phone call last October stating that they had won “Best Place to buy a Boat in Saskatchewan” they didn’t pay much attention to it.

Then they received a copy of the magazine and a certificate stating it and it became very real and exciting.

Ivan Stankowski, manager at the dealership stated that “It was overwhelming and gratifying to win the award. It’s not often a small businesses is recognized or receives an award of distinction. It’s really all the employees that deserve the award.”

Stankowski went on to talk about that they sell boats from their dealership all over Western Canada and that they are in the top five Lund dealers in all of Canada for sales volume.

They also carry the model “for fisherman by fisherman” which helps fisherman get what they want and need out of a boat and it’s equipment.

Another thing Stankowski says contributes to their high boat sales t the great fishing in the area. Lots of people from out of town have cabins in the area and buy boats from here so when they go back to their homes for a week or two they can drop their boat off to have it fixed, detailed, and tuned up.

They also don’t have to worry about traveling long distances with their boats and the customer service offered at Nipawin Chrysler Dodge is excellent.

Pretty much all of the employees at the dealership are into fishing including the sales representatives, the parts and labour employees and the mechanics. This helps to understand the buyers needs and to help fulfill them.

One of their biggest sellers right now is their pontoon boats and they carry the G3 Sun-catcher Pontoon boat built by Yamaha.

They also carry and sell fishing accessories such as life jackets, rain suits, fishing GPS and lots more.

This is not the first award Nipawin Chrysler Dodge has won this season. They also won an award from The Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association – Diamond in the Snow Award for most outstanding dealer of the year.

This dealership has a lot to offer and excited to receive yet another award thanks to their customer service and sales team.


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Norwegian boat stolen to escape Nazis is homeward bound after being found rotting in Scots village

Feb 8 2012
By Charlie Gall

A SMALL fishing boat used to make a daring escape fromthe Nazis began her homeward voyage from Scotland to Norway yesterday.

Four Norwegians stole the VA 92L during World War II and used her to cross the North Sea, coming ashore at Old Portlethen in Aberdeenshire in July 1941.

She was used as a creel boat for decades before falling into disrepair and lying abandoned in the harbour at Johnshaven, down the coast.

The vessel was eventually traced by children of the original escapees.

And yesterday locals lined the streets of Johnshaven to see her set off on her journey back to Norway.

John Berthelsen, son of escapee Carl Berthelsen, said: “Discovering my father’s boat after 70 years was one of the most moving moments in my life.

“This boat is very significant not only to my family but also to the Norwegian people as a whole, as it is probably the only surviving example of the many small open boats that braved the North Sea crossing in the war.”

Sixteen months after Hitler’s forces invaded Norway, Carl and his three companions – Jacob Samuelsen, Kare Kirkevåg and Kare Langefeldt Jensen – stole the 23ft boat from a Nazi collaborator and sailed her from Mandal on the southern tip of Norway.

On their first attempt, they came under machine-gun fire from a German patrol plane and were forced to turn back.

But after camouflaging the boat with branches – and with just a small box compass to guide them – they set off again from Farsund and managed to complete the heroic sailing in four days.

Historian Dr Andrew Orr, who helped in the Thistle’s repatriation, said: “After the successful escape, the boat was sold as a creel boat, renamed as Thistle, and worked out of Stonehaven for the next four decades.

“It passed through a number of different owners and eventually came down to Johnshaven, well past its sell-by date and leaking.

“One of the owners put a new engine in the boat and lowered it into the harbour – and it kept on going to the bottom.

“It was totally unseaworthy and they pulled it out and stuck it on the side of the harbour, where it has been for the past 10 to 15 years, just quietly rotting away.”

The boat was donated to the Johnshaven Heritage Society but they were unable to raise the funds to restore her.

The Thistle will be restored as a memorial to the thousands of Norwegians who fled their homes before taking the fight back to their Nazi oppressors.

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John B. "Jack" Owens, boat builder

John B. “Jack” Owens, who had been a principal in the family-owned Owens Yacht Co., the legendary Annapolis boat builder, and later established a real estate firm, died Saturday of heart failure at his Naples, Fla., home.

He was 96.

Mr. Owens was born in Detroit, where his father was a vice president of Westinghouse Electric Corp. and his mother was a homemaker.

After his wife’s death in 1918, the elder Mr. Owens moved his children to Spa Creek in Eastport, Annapolis, so relatives could help him raise his daughter and four sons.

He established a custom boat-building business in 1925 on Spa Creek that built about 20 boats a year, and after his death in 1933, the business passed to three of his sons: John B. Owens, Charles Owens Jr. and Norman Owens.

John B. Owens graduated from Annapolis High School in 1933 and earned a pre-law degree from St. John’s College four years later.

In 1936, he and his brothers purchased 8 acres on Bear Creek in Dundalk, where they built a state-of-the-art industrial plant.

They adapted the mass-production methods used by the auto industry to boat building.

Mr. Owens was in charge of the company’s finances and purchasing while Charles was in charge of advertising and sales and Norman designed the boats.

During its first year in Dundalk, 50 employees built 40 single-design cabin cruisers, and in 1940, 275 workers constructed 150 boats.

Their first major new product was a 32-foot Owens Cruiser that gained the attention of the public and press at the 1937 New York Boat Show.

In a 2007 Style Magazine article, Mary K. Zajac wrote that Owens was known for using top-quality materials in their boats such as “white oak for the stern and framing, copper and brass fastenings, and mahogany imported from the Philippines for planking and finishing work.”

With the outbreak of World War II, the company shifted production from pleasure craft to landing craft for the Army when it received a contract to build 2,500 Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel, which Mr. Owens supervised.

He told The Capital in Annapolis in a 1994 interview that he “felt proud his company had played a small part” in the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, and that the company’s workers “realized the importance of doing a good job and as quickly as they could.”

After the war, Mr. Owens and his brothers returned to producing the classic 40-foot Owens Cutter, one of the sleekest and fastest sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay and East Coast waters.

They switched from building wooden boats to fiberglass vessels in 1957 and developed a line of Owens Flagship V8 marine engines.

They later expanded to facilities in York, Pa., and a plant in Indianapolis, where they built 800 boats per month, with another 500 constructed in Dundalk.

In 1961, the company was sold to Brunswick Corp., with Mr. Owens staying on as president of Brunswick’s Owens Boat Division.

In 1964, Mr. Owens left Brunswick and joined his two brothers in a new business venture, Trident Corp., a family-owned real estate company that managed properties remaining from the sale of Owens Yacht Co.

They purchased additional industrial properties in Maryland and California, and built an industrial park near what is now BWI-Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

Mr. Owens had been a member of the board of the old Church Home and Hospital and had been a consultant to Charles Center Inner Harbor Management Corp.

An expert and competitive yachtsman, Mr. Owens, who was a member of the Gibson Island Club, won many racing trophies through the years. He also wrote two books: “Cruising Fun For the Family” and “Cruising Guide to the Chesapeake Bay.”

Mr. Owens, a longtime resident of Hollins Avenue in North Baltimore, who had a second home on Gibson Island, retired in 1978 and moved to a 400-acre pecan farm in Point Clear, Ala.

In 2002, he and his brother Norman purchased the Nomad, a rundown 31-foot Owens Cruiser. They donated the boat to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for eventual restoration, which they also endowed.

His wife of 64 years, the former Marguerite Martin, died in 2010.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 9 at St. James’ Church, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian.

Surviving are three sons, David Owens of Ruxton, Peter Owens of Paia, Hawaii, and Andrew Owens of Orlando, Fla.; three daughters, Christine Sands of Paia, Amelia Sullivan of Pacifica, Calif., and Elizabeth “Birdie” Owens of Key West; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Stolen World War II rescue boat heading home to Norway

Don Marr (left) shaking hands with John Berthelsen with VA92L (Thistle) in the backgroundDon Marr (left) helped return the boat to John Berthelsen

A fishing boat stolen for a dramatic escape during World War II has begun its journey back to Norway from Scotland.

Four Norwegians desperate to escape the Nazi occupation took the boat and crossed the North Sea to the Aberdeenshire coast in 1941.

The boat was renamed Thistle and then worked out of Stonehaven, before being donated to Johnshaven Heritage Society.

It is being sent home after children of one of the original escapees traced it.

It was being driven to Aberdeen and another vessel is then transporting the boat back to Norway.

It is understood the original wartime perilous journey was almost ended shortly after it started when the group was intercepted and machine gunned by a German plane.

‘Absolutely delighted’

They returned to land and set out again with the boat camouflaged by tree branches, and completed the long journey.

John and Martin Berthelsen, sons of escapee Carl Berthelsen, said they were thrilled to find the vessel which had played such a dramatic part in their father’s life.

Don Marr, of the Johnshaven Heritage Society, said: “We in Johnshaven are absolutely delighted to be able to return this historic boat to where she came from.”

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