My Beautiful Willie Predator Is For Sale!!!!!

Being a pro staffer for Willie Boats is awesome! This is how my pro staff program works. Every year, the good folks at Willie supply me with one of their outstanding power boats. I use the boat, write about the boat and take the boat to events where anglers get to check it out. At the end of the year, we put the boat for sale at a great low price. Once the boat is sold, I get a brand new boat and the process begins again… I know, I know this is great work if you can get it!!!! Yet you can benefit from my relationship with Willie too.

My Willie Predator has been used extensively for a year, but it is in outstanding shape, the motors are still fully under warrenty and have been serviced regularly. At this point the main motor has less than 50 hours running time on it. Really the boat has just been broken in, yet you can buy it and save thousands of dollars when compared to buying a new model of the same boat. New, my Predator runs about $40,000, but you can own mine for $21,500….So how is this possible? First of all, we got great promotional pricing on the motors and we are passing that savings on to you. Secondly, the purpose of a pro staff boat is not to sell it and turn a profit. The value of the boat comes in the form of promotion and my Predator has served its purpose. Now the folks at Willie want to move the boat and recoup their original investment….Check out the article and photos I’ve posted below detailing the the features of my Willie. If you’d like more information about the boat don’t hesitate to call me at (530) 320-0368.

 

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The Willie Predator: A Rugged Aluminum Sled Perfect For The California Angler!

 

 

It has been a year, give or take a day or two, since I took delivery of my beautiful custom built 20 foot Willie Predator Power Boat. To say that I’ve been “pleased” with the performance my Willie is a major understatement!

 

The Predator is a big stable heavy aluminum sled. It didn’t take my fishing buddies and I long to begin referring to my Willie as “the tank” because of the way it hammers through rough foreboding water.

 

As everyone out there in Fish Sniffer Country knows, I fish hard. Wind, weather, rain, snow and rough water don’t factor into my decision to hit the water. I don’t baby my equipment whether it be rods and reels, lines and lures or boats and motors. To me there are only two kinds of fishing equipment. There is good gear that performs in the face of the challenges I throw at it and then there is junk that lets me down when the going gets tough.

 

My Willie Predator has never let me down. It’s pounded through big rollers at full throttle for miles at a time. It’s been lashed by salt spray, beached on tule berms to avoid high winds, seared by the sun, frozen in snow flurries and tested in just about everyway, yet it has been up to every challenge. I’ve stayed on my Predator for days at a time, bathed the transom area with fish blood, bait, chum, Pro-Cure and spilled soda, tracked mud all over its floor amidst heavy buckets of sinkers, bait buckets spewing brackish delta water and sliding car batteries that I forgot to stow, but the boat shows almost zero signs of wear.

 

The Willie Predator is a favorite among guides and hardcore anglers. It features a unique hull design consisting of a gradual bow entry the gently lifts the boat over chop, wake’s and waves. The 10 degree hull design makes for quickly plaining and a high ride and the unique bottom plaining pad and precision bottom striking provides excellent tracking and performance.

 

So what does this mean in layman’s terms? Well when I hit the throttle while setting dead in the water my Predator gets out of the hole and gets up on top of the water quickly. When I make high speed turns, the boat rolls up very little. Instead the boat remains nearly level and glides through the turn. This is important to me. At times I’ve been known to maneuver aggressively and the stability and maneuverability of the Predator means that my passengers stay comfortable and my tackle and ice chests don’t go careening from one side of the boat to the other.

 

When rough water is encountered, the ride remains smooth and comfortable, which is a nice contrast to the rigid and jarring ride provided by other aluminum sled type boats.

 

The Predator is offered in an open hull design (think river salmon sled) and a forward helm design (think bay, delta, reservoir and mountain lake boat). Since I fish for just about everything that swims in California waters, versatility is one of my primary concerns and that’s why I chose a forward helm model.

 

The forward helm Predator is built on a .130” rugged aluminum bottom and feature strong dent resistant .125” aluminum sides. The forward helm Predator is offered in several lengths ranging up to 24 feet. Mine is 20 feet long with a 102 inch beam. The total weight of the hull is 1,460 pounds.

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My Predator sports a canvas top, tons of room and great stability. I’m a big guy, yet the boat pitches very little when I walk from side to side while trolling or fishing from the anchor. My wife Gena and I love to do overnight and multiple day trips in the delta. There is enough interior room in my Predator to allow Gena to nap on a queen size air mattress while I set near the transom tending to my rods while I wait for the sturgeon and stripers to bite.

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A Mercury 90 horse FourStroke outboard and a 9.9 horse Mercury FourStroke kicker power my Predator. Mercury FourStrokes have long led the pack in clean, quiet, fuel-efficient outboard power. Mercury has combined innovative engineering with advanced reliability features to make Mercury FourStrokes run clean, stay quiet and deliver smooth, responsive performance all while using an absolute minimum of fuel.

 

My main motor has proven to not only be very fuel efficient, but it is also a real power house pushing me to a top speed of 39 miles per hour while navigating calm water. The kicker has provided reliable trouble free performance while trolling for prolonged periods of time.

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Other features of the Willie Predator include a welded walk through wind shield with windshield wiper, a built in fish box in the bow, vinyl flooring, deluxe running lights, 1,240 GPH automatic bilge pump, 40 gallon fuel tank, locking rod locker, locking glove box super comfortable seats with locking storage compartments beneath them, a unique anchor roller that makes pulling up the anchor an easy task… and a whole lot more.

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I’ve topped off my Predator package with a set of Cannon Mag 10 electric downriggers and a Humminbird side finder sonar unit.

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Getting Schooled By The Fishing Instructor

Hello Folks!

The outdoor show season has now passed, at least as far as the Fish Sniffer is concerned, so my life is returning to normal…If you can call my crazy 100 plus days a year fishing or hunting life normal!

I love working the ISE shows. The shows are like a family reunion of sorts. All the guides and tackle industry folks I work with all year long are at the shows and I get to visit with each and everyone of them. I also get to meet all my readers. Some of my readers have been following me for a decade and have become good friends. Others have only recently discovered my work and they stop by to say hello for the first time. These folks, readers, both old and new are the ones that have made my wonderful career as an outdoor writer possible. Thanks a bunch and I as I told a bunch of people at the shows, I’ll keep on writing my stale, long winded stories if you good folks keep on reading them!

These days in addition to my usual work at the Sniffer, I’ve been spending most of my spare time, working on my next book…Cal Kellogg’s Outdoor Journal. This book is scheduled to hit the market in early April. I think it is going to be a great book for the California outdoorsman. It is going to be a cross section of my outdoor experiences. It will have plenty of freshwater and saltwater fishing, but it is also going to cover deer and turkey hunting. The book will have plenty of the how to information that I have become known for providing, but it will also contain some great stories about my adventures as well as destination information focusing on spots that my readers might want to visit in their fishing and hunting travels.

So what was my most recent outdoor adventure? Well just yesterday I fished the east delta with my good friend, Randy Pringle of the Fishing Instructor Guide Service. We were joined by fellow outdoor writer Dave Hurley of Stockton.

The day started out pretty frigid in the morning. With the absence of fog we enjoyed wonderful bluebird weather as the day went on. The plan for the day was for Randy to show Dave and I a number of different cold water techniques. We started out chasing stripers with Berkley Hollow Belly swimbaits rigged on Persuader heads. I lead off the action with a nice 6 pound striper and Randy followed up with a fat striper of his own. I’ve got plenty of fish in the freezer, so my bass went back into the water, while Randy’s fish went into the live well destined for a hot date with Randy’s wife and her frying pan.

After we finished up with the stripers, we turned our attention to largemouths, experimenting with cold water worming approaches, slow ripping with Ima Flit jerk baits and cranking with Strike King deep runners. We ended up with a total of three black bass. Dave got big largemouth honors with a nice 2.5 pounder that whacked a Strike King crank.

It’s about 5 a.m., so it’s time for me to get moving and head down to Fish Sniffer headquarters. I’ll be back soon and we’ll talk fishing and hunting. From here on out I’ll be posting on a daily basis whenever possible, so keep checking out my website and blog. Thanks for the support, Cal

pringle-11The Fishing Instructor Randy Pringle shows off a feisty East Delta striper that slammed a Berkley Hollow Belly!

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Hello All!

Hello Folks…It’s been a while since I’ve posted, please excuse my absence… With the outdoor show seasoning looming, the Christmas crazies, stripers on the bite in the delta, book sales soaring and two new books in the works, I’ve had my hands full!

Since the last time I checked in I headed up north to the Red Bluff area for a day of quail hunting with my buddy Jason Thatcher of All River Fishing. By the end of the day I’d reached some conclusions, namely that Thatcher can’t see quail and I can’t hit them. Despite covering a lot of ground, Jason never saw a bird and while I had three good shots, I didn’t ruffle a feather! Having said that the trip was a great success. I love the Lassen foothills and it was great to spend a day hiking about my old stomping grounds…On the fishing front I’ve had a fairly hot hand when it comes to hooking both stripers and trout.

The water in the delta is now in the high 40 degree range, so the bites are subtle, but I’ve still been whacking bass in the 10 pound range on shad and bullheads. There are larger fish around, but I haven’t been lucky enough to hook into one of them. If all goes according to plan I’ll be back on the West Delta this coming Friday.

My latest trout fishing adventure took place at New Melones Reservoir with my dad, Cal Sr. and Jim English of Auburn on the day after Christmas. We had a great time fishing for planted rainbows from the bank near the Tuttletown launch ramp.

I’m going to call it a day for now, but I’ll be back soon! Keeping checking in and watch my website and blog get better and better. My next project is to get a Flicker account so I can display the photos from my adventures around the Golden State and beyond…Good night and good fishing, Cal

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The Cal Kellogg School Of Fishing

It is Saturday December 6. For some reason the date on the blog says it’s the 4th….Computers…Can’t live with them….and they’re too darn expensive to break with a hammer..HA!

Anyhow today was a quite day. This morning I got up and typed out my latest Fish Sniffer article while drinking my coffee and then spent the rest of the day doing chores around the house. Fishing was on my mind today. The striper bite in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta is going strong and I would have liked to have been out on the water….I LOVE STRIPER FISHING!!!!

In today’s entry, I thought I’d talk a bit about my school of fishing. The concept behind my fishing school is simple….I want to help anglers of all skill levels catch more and larger fish. I’ve been an avid angler for my entire life and I’ve had the opportunity to develop my skills even further by fishing with many of the best guides, skippers and anglers in the west from Puerto Vallarta in the south to the Cook Inlet up in Alaska and just about everywhere in between. These attributes combined with the fact that I’m a trained educator allow me to teach anglers a lot of useful information whether the information comes in the form of one of my books or articles, in person at one of the many seminars I do throughout the course of the year or hands on during the instructional fishing trips I host.

Back in October I hosted my first two instruction fishing trips aboard Captain James Smith’s California Dawn, which fishing the waters of San Francisco Bay as well as the coastal waters beyond the Golden Gate. I’m going to post the article I wrote about the trips for the Fish Sniffer and I’m also going to attempt to put up some photos.

 

Cal Kellogg School Of Fishing/Fish Sniffer Magazine Event Aboard The California Dawn Produces Rockfish, Lingcod, Halibut And Thrills Aplenty!

 

 

There are some anglers that feel the secrets to catching fish should be just that…SECRETS. They believe that effective techniques and productive fishing spots are for them to know and for beginners to discover through trial and error.

I belong to a different group of anglers. We view all anglers as being part of a broad fishing fraternity, united by our love of the sport and the excitement of the hook up. We believe the secrets of consistent fishing success are to be shared and passed from more experienced anglers to less experienced enthusiasts, so everyone can enjoy the sweet taste of success. This is the philosophy behind the Cal Kellogg School of Fishing!

I started The Cal Kellogg School of Fishing earlier this year. My goal is to help anglers of all skill levels catch more and larger fishing whether the challenge is catching trout while fishing a reservoir, hooking stripers while plying the delta or picking a fight with one of the big lingcod that lurk off the California Coast.

Some of the school’s events are nothing more than in-depth seminars, in which I get together with a group of anglers to discuss a specific technique, location or species of fish. Yet the school’s most exciting and valuable events involve actually getting out on the water with individuals, small groups and large groups for hands on fishing instruction, since the most effective way to learn about a new species of gamefish or technique is to learn while you are actually catching fish!

The Cal Kellogg School of Fishing working in conjunction with Captain James Smith of California Dawn Sportfishing the Fish Sniffer Magazine and P-Line got off to a great start back on October 15 and 16 when I hosted a pair of instructional rockfish, lingcod and halibut trips aboard the California Dawn.

I arrived at the Berkeley Marina a little before 5 o’clock on the morning of October 15 and found Tawny Houston, the California Dawn’s gourmet cook working in the boat’s galley.

Tawny's awesome nachos were a big hit.

Tawny's awesome nachos were a big hit.

Some anglers were already on the boat and others were arriving as I carried down the gear and prizes for the trips including dozens of jigs, shrimp fly rigs, spools of line and hats from P-Line as well as rod and reel combinations courtesy of Berkley and Abu Garcia, saltwater rods, hats and hook packs courtesy of the Fish Sniffer, hats from Okuma, fish scent from Pautzke and more.

James arrived around 6 o’clock and after confirming all of our anglers for the day were aboard we headed over to the bait dock and loaded up with live anchovies and sardines, before set a course across the bay.

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As we motored toward the Golden Gate I went into the cabin, broke out my bottom fishing gear and gave an in depth seminar about catching big rockfish and lingcod while using both P-Line’s super effective Laser Minnow Jigs and their classic diamond bars as well as how to rig and fish large or small live baits and shrimp flies.

By the time I wrapped up the seminar, we’d exited the bay and entered the ocean. I stowed my gear and headed up to the wheelhouse, curious whether we’d be fishing along the north coast or out at the Farallon Islands.

“According to the forecast the wind is suppose to come up later this afternoon, but the weather is pretty decent out at the islands now,” said James. Knowing that we could pick up quick limits of quality rockfish and good numbers of lingcod we decided to run to the islands after making a brief stop to catch some sanddabs to use for lingcod bait.

Almost all the way to the islands the wind remained light and ocean was relatively calm. However when we closed within about five miles of the fishing grounds, the wind abruptly picked up and so did the waves.

The conditions were very fishable at the north islands, but the drift was too fast for us to employ light tackle and our jigs. Instead we broke out our heavy gear and focused on dropping live anchovies, sanddabs and shrimps flies to the bottom while using 12 to 16 ounce weights.

The fish were on the feed and the anglers started hooking up immediately. I fished a bit, but mostly I answered questions, assisted anglers with technique and snapped photos. It didn’t take long to boat limits of quality rockfish and some handsome lingcod. Dean Deselle nailed a big ling on a shrimp fly while fishing next to me. Jeff Schwerdtfeger employed a well-presented sanddab to tempt the largest ling of the trip.

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With the wind strengthening we weren’t able to target lings specifically and decided to head back into the bay in search of halibut.

After the long ride back from the islands we only had time to make a few halibut drifts, but that didn’t stop us from picking up several tasty flatties. Our final score was 22 limits of rockfish, 13 lingcod to 16 pounds and 8 halibut to 11 pounds.

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Jeff Schwerdtfeger ended up taking home the first and third place prizes including an Abu Garcia Inshore Revo. Dean Deselle nailed down second with his big ling and Kevin price earned the fourth place prize. Since we weren’t able to utilize the P-Line jigs I passed them out at the end of the day along with P-Line hats and other gifts.

The second day got started much like the first day, except instead of Tawny being at the grill her husband Bob took over the cooking duties. Bob kept us well fed with burritos, burgers, hot links and more. I once again presented my comprehensive bottom fishing seminar as we crossed the bay and then headed up to the wheelhouse to firm up the plan for the day.

“The forecast today is pretty much the same as it was yesterday. We can head out to the islands and get limits while using heavy gear or we can hit the north coast and do some rock hopping while using lighter gear,” related James.

Jigging is becoming a lost art when it comes to bottom fishing and I really wanted our angler to see how effect jigging with P-Line jigs can be. So James steered us along the Marin County coast.

As we made our first stop Darren our deckhand passed out a few dozen jigs. A young boy named Conner Reeson was fishing near the bow and I asked his dad Cal if I could teach his son to jig and he gave me an enthusiastic thumbs up.

I rigged Connor’s rod with a P-Line diamond bar and attached a single shrimp fly above it. After free spooling the jig to the bottom I showed Connor how to work it just over the rocks and before long he’d reeled up a trio of fat rockfish. Conner seemed to have a good handle on what he was doing so I wandered to the back of the boat.

I hadn’t been gone for 10 minutes when I heard my name being shouted up on the bow when I arrived I found an elated father and son and a very large lingcod with Conner’s diamond bar hanging from its jaws laying on the deck.

“Conner caught it all by himself,” exclaimed Cal. “Heck at first I thought he was snagged.” I don’t know who was more excited Conner, his dad or me!

Captain James helps Connor show off his big ling.

Captain James helps Connor show off his big ling.

Space is short so I’ve got to wrap this up. To say that our day on the north coast was an incredible success is an understatement. We ended up with full limits of rockfish running 2 to 5 pounds, 25 lings to nearly 20 pounds, 2 cabezon and a nice halibut, illustrating the deadly effectiveness of P-Line’s jigs.

Not to be outdone by my students I busted the largest ling of the trip while working a P-Line Laser Minnow. Connor took the big fish jackpot and the first place prize including an Abu Garcia rod and reel combo for his 15 pound ling. Jimmy Peitz earned the second place prize. George Nelson Jr. took home the third place prize, while West Phall was awarded the fourth place prize.

Introducing a diverse group of anglers to the sport jigging gave me a lot of satisfaction, but catching this 20 pound lingcod was pretty cool too!

Introducing a diverse group of anglers to the sport jigging gave me a lot of satisfaction, but catching this 20 pound lingcod was pretty cool too!

I would like to thank all the Sniffer readers that participated in both of these Cal Kellogg School of Fishing Events. I also thank everyone that sponsored and helped with the event including the Fish Sniffer Magazine, Captain James Smith, P-Line, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Okuma and Pautzke.

Watch the Cal Kellogg School of Fishing website for upcoming Cal Kellogg School of Fishing events. We’ve got some exciting things planned for 2009!

 

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Let The Hunt Begin!

The Kellogg Outdoors website and blog have been a long time in coming, but we are now up, running and improving everyday. Some of the folks out there know who I am and are familiar with Kellogg Outdoors and the Cal Kellogg School of Fishing, but others are not. This being the case allow me to introduce myself….

My name is Cal Kellogg. I’m going to turn 42 in about a month and I’ve been hunting and fishing for as long as I can remember. My passion for the outdoors has always been strong. I probably was only 7 or 8 years old when I discovered my grandpa’s collection of Field and Stream and Outdoor Life Magazines. The stories of big bucks, hard charging fish and high adventure caught my imagination and on some level I knew I would one day join the ranks of the outdoor writers that I admired so much. 

A couple decades later, with college behind me and a well established career as a high school special education teacher I submitted and sold my first magazine article to California Game and Fish Magazine. One article followed another and before I knew it I had more than 60 published articles under my belt. In 2004, I was reading the Fish Sniffer Magazine when I spotted an ad that said the magazine was looking for a new editor. I’d been reading the magazine for the past 20 years and considered it the West Coast’s best fishing magazine. To make a long story shorter, I applied for the job and Allen Bonslett, the Fish Sniffer’s Publisher offered me the position. It took a good deal of fast soul searching and consultation with my wife Gena, but in the end I decided to walk away from my teaching position to take up a dream career as an outdoor writer…I’ve never looked back!

These days I spend about 125 days fishing or hunting each year. I’ve got well over a million words of published text in circulation, I’m a regular guest on Justin Wolff’s Angler West Television Show and I’ve published two fishing books over the past year and I’m working on a third book right now. I love teaching people to fish and hunt and that prompted me to start the Cal Kellogg School of Fishing in July ’08….We’ll have more time to talk about that later…

This blog will be dedicated to fishing and hunting. I’ll be here everyday, or nearly everyday sharing stories, techniques, news, special event and all manner of interesting things with you good folks and I look forward to bantering back and forth with all of you! Good bye for now, I’ll be back soon….Visit me often!! Cal Kellogg

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