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Captain’s Log: Encounter with a Bald Eagle at Santa Cruz Island

The birds, with their impressive size and unmistakable eyes, are a welcome sight

Published on 09.16.2011 5:00 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: The Golden Time of Year to Be Outdoors

Head to beaches and trails now to enjoy the moderate weather and sparse crowds

Published on 09.09.2011 7:19 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Conditions Are Just Right for a Swim in the Sea

Options abound for enjoying the water of the Santa Barbara Channel

Published on 09.02.2011 4:01 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Halibut Season Showing No Sign of Slowing

This is the best time of year, with the most options available, for a fishing outing

Published on 08.26.2011 3:21 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Local Lakes, Streams Offer More to Those Who Watch Quietly

You'll be amazed at what you can see when you stop and blend in with the habitat

Published on 08.19.2011 7:38 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Santa Barbara Sports the Best Fishing Along the Southern California Coast

It's a great year for anglers, with a bounty of options prime for catching

Published on 08.12.2011 12:28 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Load ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out for Hunting Season

Take to the field for bird, deer and other seasons that soon will be opening

Published on 08.05.2011 6:26 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Santa Barbara/Goleta Home to Best Piers on the Coast

This is a perfect time of year to make time for fishing

Published on 07.29.2011 7:45 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Summer a Great Time for Fishing on the Fly

There are plenty of materials available for tying flies — without snipping hairs off Fido

Published on 07.22.2011 8:09 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Mermaids and Other Things That Go Splash at Sea

Birds, whales and dolphins are common sources of the spectacles

Published on 07.15.2011 8:45 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: White Seabass Have Become Quite the Catch

Even folks with small boats can target the big fish around the Channel Islands

Published on 07.08.2011 3:30 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Clean Fuel Only Zone Expands for Commercial Ocean Shipping

Preventing whale strikes wasn't the reason, but it should be a priority

Published on 07.01.2011 4:44 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Summertime Food Chain Brings Carnage to Backyard

For most critters, life is a constant battle for survival

Published on 06.24.2011 3:40 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Will Slowing Container Ships Around Channel Islands Save Whales?

It's a worthy effort, but it's likely to just move the problem elsewhere

Published on 06.17.2011 6:30 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Fishing Trip for Kids a Fun Way to Kick Off Summer Vacation

A day on the water fits the bill for an entertaining and healthy activity

Published on 06.10.2011 8:15 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Plan Ahead for Seafaring Fun This Summer

From whale and bird watching to sport fishing and snorkeling, opportunities abound in the Santa Barbara Channel

Published on 06.03.2011 6:55 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Thresher Sharks Prowling for Bait Along the Coast

Whether drift fishing or slow trolling, local anglers can get in on the action

Published on 05.27.2011 5:50 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Monster Sheephead at Santa Rosa Island

The big brutes make for great fishing

Published on 05.20.2011 4:15 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Whale Shark Encounter in Santa Barbara Channel

Passengers watch in awe as the massive animal emerges from the fog and glides by

Published on 05.13.2011 7:15 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Making It Home with Meals Can Be Tough on a Critter

Watching birds tussle over a mouse puts perspective on how easy we have it

Published on 05.06.2011 3:55 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Springtime Makes Sailing a Breeze

The boats are fun to watch, and you might find yourself wanting to get out on one

Published on 04.29.2011 7:05 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Flower Power in Full Bloom in the Backcountry

Take a little time to stop and enjoy nature's vibrant colors

Published on 04.22.2011 2:20 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Gaff and Inflatable Boats Don’t Mix Well at Sea

Here's a fishing tale to help illustrate the point

Published on 04.15.2011 4:25 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Late-Season Cold Fronts Make for Nesting Hardships

Freezing temperatures in spring take a toll on critters and their babies

Published on 04.08.2011 10:50 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: With Two Major Openings, Let Fishing Season Begin!

Lingcod and Chinook salmon are fair game starting this weekend

Published on 04.01.2011 7:20 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Springtime Sailing a Celebration of the Season

This is the best time of year for ideal conditions — fresh breezes over calm water

Published on 03.25.2011 4:04 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Tsunami Waters Take Toll on Local Fish

Sea critters struggled to go with the flow of powerful currents and surges

Published on 03.18.2011 2:45 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Dodging Thunderstorms at Sea Is Risky Business

A trained eye knows when it's time to cut the lines and return to shore

Published on 03.11.2011 3:45 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Catch the Top of the Gray Whale Migration Season

Local bluffs serve as great vantage points for watching the whales go by

Published on 03.04.2011 1:45 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Ahoy! Let the Fishing Season Begin

Local hot spots produce great catches — just keep reelin'!

Published on 02.25.2011 5:10 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Opportunities Abound for Beachcombers

Winter storms churn out the biggest and best bounties of shells and driftwood

Published on 02.18.2011 6:05 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Sharing Space with Wild Critters

Believe it or not, it's even possible to coexist with a skunk

Published on 02.11.2011 3:20 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Loud Natural Sounds Don’t Bother Critters

One buck in my sights knew which sounds — including a falling tree — not to worry about

Published on 02.04.2011 3:20 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Cell Phone Fumbles and Foibles

Cell phones and fishing generally don't go hand in hand

Published on 01.28.2011 3:10 p.m.

 

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Captain’s Log: Thresher Shark Puts Up a Good Fight

A cold winter morning suddenly heats up with a 200-pound beast on the line

Published on 01.21.2011 2:30 p.m.

 

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