Lose Something Overboard? There’s Hope!

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No better way to ruin a day on the lake than to drop your precious iPhone overboard. Or earrings. Or your wedding band. Or, good lordy, your $12,000 Rolex President Day-Date watch. Don’t laugh. It’s happened. But there’s hope!

Nothing underwater surprises dive shop owner Joel Silverstein, an instructor-trainer who’s seen everything down there during periodic clean-ups of the Channel and Copper Canyon. He and his crew have located sunglasses, wedding rings, in fact, almost anything you can lose overboard. Since opening Scuba Training and Technology in 2004, he and his staff are often called to retrieve lost items.

“So long as man has sailed the seas, his stuff has fallen overboard,” he tells us. “Boaters forget that they’re in a dynamic environment. Whatever you put down is likely to shift to the other side of the boat, or overboard.”

For $100 to $300 per hour whether they find it or not, his staff can search for lost valuables. Success depends upon carefully remembering where the item was deep-sixed.

“Mark a waypoint on your GPS immediately after you hear the splash. Or at least, remember three points on land – port, starboard and astern or forward – to help us locate it,” Joel says.

“Remember that if you lose that necklace going 60 mph, you could be 1,000 feet away before you realize it’s gone.
“Sometimes we use metal detectors, sometimes underwater sonar, in addition to specialty tools. It could result in locating your item in five minutes, five hours, or sad to say, never.”

His advice for not losing a valuable in the first place? “Go easy on the alcohol. Pay attention to what you’re carrying, buy those floating life preservers for keychains, iPhone and sunglasses, and clip things down with bungees or carabiners.”

He continues, “Remember, you probably shouldn’t be jumping wakes in a PWC wearing your grandfather’s Rolex. There’s one in the lake we’re still trying to locate.
“As we see it, nothing on the bottom of the lake is lost. It just hasn’t been found yet.”

For services that can help locate your precious heirloom, view:
http://www.havasusafety.com/safety-services/diving-services/

For information on scuba diving in Lake Havasu, see:
http://www.golakehavasu.com

Free Boat Show Tickets Available on Marine Association’s New Web Site

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Are you smarter than a mussel? You can test your aquatic invasive species knowledge and receive two tickets to the 2017 Lake Havasu Boat Show, Apr. 7 to 9. This is just one new feature of the Lake Havasu Marine Association’s newly revamped website.

The Lake Havasu Marine Association is a group of local marine businesses dedicated to providing a safe and clean lake and river environment for all boaters, as well as encourage the development of various amenities that will enhance the boating experience out on the lake.

To this end, they recently revamped their web site to provide recent news, buoy maintenance, the Hire a Captain program that could keep you out of jail, Contact Point/280 Development, boat launch hours and fees, efforts to keep the lake and beaches clean, Sticker a Mussel program, and much, much more. You can even find Desert Storm Shoot-Out class records. Bookmark the www.lhmarineassn.com website today and refer to it before you arrive.

Now about those free tickets:

Take a simple seven question quiz testing your knowledge about helping to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS) to other fresh water lakes and rivers. Then click the submit button to receive a return email with the correct answers so you can see how you did, plus a private link allowing you to print out your two complimentary admission passes to the 2017 Lake Havasu Boat Show, a $10 savings.

You’re welcome, CVB.

Take the challenge here:

http://lhmarineassn.com/take-ais-challenge.html

Backwater No-Wake Restriction Lifted

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In May 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implemented a wake restriction on a one-half mile backwater area north of Mesquite Bay in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The decision was met with some degree of concern from the local community as it effectively closed motorized boating in an area that had been utilized by recreational enthusiasts for decades. But despair not. Here’s the good news.

As a result of recent discussions with parties of the Memorandum of Understanding to Facilitate Collaborative Regional Administration of Lake Havasu (whew!), the Service has reconsidered the 2015 no-wake designation of the one-half mile backwater on Havasu NWR.

Effective this month, the one-half mile backwater no-wake restriction has been lifted. Visitors are asked to use caution while enjoying the area and to follow existing boating regulations and applicable laws as well as exercising proper etiquette on the waters.

The Colorado River is a dynamic and continually changing river. Over time, backwater areas are created that alter flow and direction. Managing recreational opportunities on an ever-changing river can be challenging.

Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) Southwest Regional Director, said, “Our responsibility as a Refuge is to protect the natural resources of that refuge, but our other responsibility is to be part of the community.”

The Service will continue to evaluate how to best meet and balance the needs of wildlife and Refuge visitors alike. We’ll keep you posted.

Learn more about Lake Havasu boating rules and safety at http://www.golakehavasu.com

Time for Something Really Special

This is the time of year when Lake Havasu City literally has something going on every weekend. You like fireworks, but don’t want to wait until July 4th? You say you’re a fan of bluegrass? Love to go off-road? We’ve got you covered. February and March are some of the busiest months of the year. Fasten your seatbelts and place those tray tables in a full upright position.

• Vintage Trailer Campout, Feb. 2 to 5, 2017

In 1954 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made a hit movie during the run of the TV classic “I Love Lucy” called “The Long, Long Trailer.” Best scene was when Lucy was trying to cook dinner while Desi was driving a long mountain road. You might just see a similar trailer during the Vintage Trailer Campout.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com

• Enjoy the Best at Winterfest, Feb. 11 to 12, 2017

The 2017 32nd Annual Winterfest is an official event of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce attracting over 30,000 attendees over the weekend. There are demonstrations, entertainment, children’s events, and lots of friendly folks along with more than 200 vendors from around the U.S.. Come enjoy informative displays of new products and services in more than 400 booths. Shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture. It’s all happening on Upper McCulloch Blvd. There’s easy access to free parking along Swanson and Mesquite Avenues.

For more information: http://www.golakehavasu.com
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• Strike Up the Band: The Commanders Jazz Ensemble Performs Feb. 15, 2017

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. Comprised of about 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, the Commanders Jazz Ensemble performs for civilian communities throughout the west.

Hear this energetic group of highly trained professional musicians, formed from 18 Airmen, as they deliver the full gamut of jazz music – traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway favorites, and patriotic music. A typical evening with The Commanders includes favorites from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie. They will appear on Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 at The Aquatic Center on 100 Park Ave.

Learn more at: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil and www.golakehavasu.com
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• Boom, Boom, Boom: 28th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, Feb. 16 to 19, 2017

Close your eyes and you’ll think it’s the Fourth of July in Lake Havasu – just not as hot. Actually, Feb. 16 to 17 is when the fireworks industry comes to the city to test their latest and greatest pyrotechnic displays, an event held in Lake Havasu City since 1990. Visitors arrive from around the globe to ooh and ahhh. Our lakeside haven is heaven for pyro enthusiasts as they celebrate the theme for 2017: Paint the Sky.

Fireworks start 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly (except Sunday, ending at 10 p.m.). Best viewing is the sky above SARA Park. There will also be a Beer Garden at the Rodeo Grounds as part of fund-raising efforts on behalf of local children.

Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com
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• Be a Cool Cat at the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017

Ever wonder how terms like daddy-o, hep, knuckle sandwich and kookie made it into American slang? It all dates back to the 1950s rockabilly era, one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. Don’t be a drag …. no one likes a wet rag. Come celebrate your coolness by attending the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017.

See the huge Car & Motorcycle Show with over 800 cars and motorcycles on display, the Vendor Village, the largest Vintage Pin Up Pageant West of the Mississippi (including our favorite, the Little Greaser Award), and 30 live bands in three days. The event will be located at Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4)

Learn more at:
www.golakehavasu.com
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• Put a Little Bluegrass Into Your Life at the 15th Annual Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach, March 3 to 5, 2017

Life is truly good with bluegrass music. The three-day Lake Havasu “Bluegrass on the Beach” Music Festival, returning for the 15th year, continues to be recognized throughout the bluegrass community as a top notch, well-run event and a “don’t miss” festival in the southwest.

Featured bands include:
Larry Stephenson Band, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Marty Warburton & Home Girls, Bluegrass ETC, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, The Boxcars, The Kevin Prater Band, and Old Blue Band.

Another crowd favorite is The U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, stationed at the Naval Shipyard in Washington, D.C. This will be the band’s first appearance in the southwest since performing at the 2012 Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. They will be performing Friday, March 3 (3:35 pm ~ 4:35 pm) and Saturday, March 4 (5:10 p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.). In addition, selected band members will conduct band workshops both Friday (12:35 p.m.) and Saturday (1:30 p.m.).

Insiders tell us the band’s professionalism, high energy, great music and superb musicianship is unlike any other. It is not uncommon for the band to receive two to three encores.

There are jam sessions on and off stage, so don’t be shy about bringing your favorite instrument and joining in. Events include workshops, arts and crafts, great food and beer, and more. For your shopping pleasure, there will be an assortment of craft, music, arts, jewelry and T-shirt vendors.

For more details, view:

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Watch the Daring Young Men and Woman on the Flying Trapeze at the Hobie-McCulloch Cup, Mar. 10 to 12, 2017

You think powerboat racing is exciting? Try flying a trapeze on a Hobie Cat going 20 mph or more. Only this is no circus trapeze; it’s a thin steel cable that sailors use to hang out over the upwind hull, sometimes just a few feet off the water.

The Hobie Cat is a small sailing catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company. On Mar. 10 to 12, 2017, they’ll be flying lots of traps when the Hobie-McCulloch Cup comes to the lake. This event is open to all multihull catamaran sailors, however only current members of HCANA (Hobie Class Association of North America) are eligible to race in the regatta. Membership applications are available at the event.

Competitors travel here from across the Western U.S. for the event, which is the first of the 2017 Hobie Division 2 Regatta schedule. Races will take place in the waters north of the island, from Windsor Beach, Lot 4. Spectators are welcome to watch from the water or the beach as the beautiful multi-colored sails race on the blue waters of Lake Havasu.

Learn more here:

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Find Hidden Treasure at the 11th Annual Geocache Desert Bash, Mar. 11, 2017

Well, just like we all thought, Pokemon Go has come and, well, gone. But geocaching lives on, especially in Lake Havasu City.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Mar. 11 is the 11th Annual Geo-cache Desert Bash treasure hunt with music, cactus walk, presentations and food in Cattail Cove State Park, 15 miles south of the city. This year there will be over 20 geocache sites to locate along various trails and the Lake Havasu shoreline; there are even a few geocache sites dedicated to the wheelchair-bound.

Participants enter coordinates into their units and attempt to find a hidden container filled with small trinkets. Individuals are placed in a group based on their experience level, and follow an assigned leader. Beginners are welcome as there are numerous volunteers with GPS experience to help them. Each participant signs their name and date on a small logbook inside the geocache and returns the geocache book to its original position.

Following the treasure hunt, prizes will be raffled and a grand prize of a Garmin GPS unit will be given away at noon. Geocache Desert Bash runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

www.golakehavasu.com
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• Hear Them Roar at the World Off-Road Championship Series: ATV/SXS Weekends, Mar. 17 to 19, 24 to 26, 2017

The WORCS series (www.worcsracing.com) returns to Lake Havasu City for two weekends of speed, skill, and flying gobs of dirt. WORCS was established in 2001 to identify the best amateur and professional off-road riders in the U.S., on both motorcycles and ATVs. These riders converge at Crazy Horse Campgrounds for some high-speed, mud-slinging action.

The first weekend (Mar. 17 to 19) features ATV & SXS; on Mar. 24 to 26, motorcycles will come roaring in. There will be a special UTV Expo for those in the market to do a little off-roading in their own side-by-side vehicle. Entrance to the Expo is included in the price of admission.

Learn more here:
www.golakehavasu.com
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Rubba Ducky, You’re The One – Win a Free Trip

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Dallas Finch, Owner of the Rubba Duckys

This is so cute, we can’t even stand it. You and your friends or loved ones are invited on a Rubba Duck Safari to visit some of the lake’s most scenic attractions. Drive yourself in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) as you follow a guide – the Mother Duck – who provides fascinating details about the lake. Now here’s the best part: come up with a boat name and win a free trip for four.

Captain your own center console Rubba Duck watercraft on a fun-filled, interactive, guided tour. This marine adventure is lead by an experienced guide who will take you for 2-1/2 hours through the famous Bridgewater Channel and out to the scenic open waters of Lake Havasu, including Pilot Rock and Balancing Rock. Explore secluded and hidden coves and be amazed by the beauty of Copper Canyon, searching for wildlife along the shoreline.

There are seven 3- to 4-passenger boats and one lead duck in the parade, with names like Moby Duck, Duck Tape, and Quacker Jack. Take a swim along the way; non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Now for the Fun Part: Name That Duck

Pick a new name for the newest boat in the fleet, and you could win a Rubba Duck Safari for four people. Just enter your suggestion onto www.facebook.com/lakehavasucityarizona/ by January 30, 2017. Head Mallard Dallas Finch will pick the winning name and notify the winner. No purchase is necessary.

All tours leave from 402 English Village. Rates are $69 per person (two passenger minimum), single manned craft $119 per person, including gas and 20 minutes of Rubba Duck boat driver education.

Compared to this, other lake tours aren’t what they’re quacked up to be.

For more information, contact Rubba Duck Safari at 928 208 0293 or view:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/tours/rubba-duck-safari.aspx

GraceArts Live Brings Broadway to Lake Havasu City

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Lake Havasu’s live theater, GraceArts Live, has its very own ghost light. It’s a stage light that some believe is akin to the eerie supernatural happenings associated with the London Bridge. It’s a Broadway tradition kept alive right on McCulloch Blvd.

A tradition almost as old as Broadway is the ghost light, an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theater has a ghost, and some theaters have traditions to appease ghosts that reach far back into their history.

It’s just one way GraceArts Live, main street’s performing arts theatre, is keeping Broadway alive for thousands of visitors seeking top level entertainment 2,500 miles from the Great White Way.

Founder Grace Ann Etcheberria-Jacobs established GraceArts Live in a movie theater that was renovated in 2007 with 220 seats. Today she produces 15 shows a year, including some Broadway classics, and performances just for children – all staffed by volunteers. A trained actor herself since the age of 13, a drama teacher, and a graduate of USIU-San Diego-School of Visual & Performing Arts, Grace has been known to tread the boards herself, as she did recently playing Momma in Gypsy. Two of her star drama students were Vanessa Hudgens, who recently played the lead in a live broadcast of Grease, and American singer, songwriter and stage actor Adam Lambert.

Coming in February is Kiss Me, Kate, a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on- and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. It ran for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway and in 1949 won the first Tony Award presented for Best Musical.

GraceArts Live is located at 2146 McCulloch Boulevard, right beside Schlotzkys Deli. In fact, sometimes you’ll see actors hanging out there waiting for their cues. Don’t worry. They’re real. Or at least we think they are.

Learn more at www.graceartslive.com, or call 928-505-2787. Tickets range from $12 to $25.

Borrow a Life Jacket and Save a Life (Maybe Your Own)

As anglers, we all know we should be wearing life jackets when we go out. We also know that life jackets can be hot, uncomfortable and bulky. But quit complaining. Even the best swimmers among us could get conked on the head. Or suddenly pass out. Now the good folks at AZ Game and Fish make it easier to protect ourselves out on the water.

Last year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department life jacket exchange program was a resounding success, having traded out more than 300 old and tattered life jackets for new ones at area lakes.

Tattered is right. The hot and dry climate in Arizona is harsh on life jackets, making it very important to check them for wear and tear every season,” Josh Hoffman, Game and Fish boating safety education coordinator tells Today’s Havasu News. “And don’t forget, just because a life jacket fit last year there’s no guarantee it will fit next year.”

According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, drowning was the reported cause of death in approximately 76 of recreational boating fatalities in 2015, and that nearly 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets, reports Today’s Havasu News.

To augment its boater safety efforts, Game and Fish has a life jacket loaner program. Currently there are 14 stations where a life jacket can be borrowed for the day including Windsor Beach and Cattail Cove State Park. The jackets are provided through U.S. Coast Guard grants and non-profit NGO funding.

All boats in Arizona must have a life jacket aboard for every passenger and those 12 years old and younger must wear a lift jacket at all times, as well as water enthusiasts being towed behind a boat or on personal watercraft. The AZGF loaner stations mean you have no excuse. Often the only thing that’s going to keep you or a guest from drowning is a life jacket.

Better safe than sorry. We want you coming back for years to come.

Learn more about Boating Rules & Safety on Lake Havasu at GoLakeHavasu.com

Just Saying: Lake Havasu is Top Five Winter Fishing Hole in Arizona

Excuse us if we brag a bit, but our favorite lake has appeared on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGF) list of top five fishing holes for this winter. It actually came in at No. 2! In Arizona, winter doesn’t have to mean sending boats and rods and reels into hibernation. While outdoor recreation opportunities across many U.S. states shut down during the season of freeze, Arizona rolls on with trout stockings and water temperatures just warm enough to convince fish to bite after the holidays.

Ask our friends in state government and they’ll tell you, “Lake Havasu has some of the best bass fishing in the nation and water temperatures stay relatively warm during the winter.”

AZGF spokesman Nick Walter tells Today’s News Herald, “Havasu and the Lower Salt River are both incredible winter fisheries … It could almost come down to a coin flip to pick a number-one spot.”

In compiling its rankings, AZGF accounted for catch rates, opinions from regional fishing report editors, water quality, effects from drought conditions, proximity of fisheries to major population areas, how winter conditions affect fish feeding patterns and overall fishing experience.

“Though the wind can blow during the winter and spring months, the average daily temperature is pretty mild (in Havasu),” Walter said, “Bass and other game species are more affected by changes in barometric pressure than they are by water temperatures. This translates into more fish activity along the lower Colorado River versus inland Arizona. More activity could translate into a better chance for anglers to find active fish.”

According to Walter, lower boat traffic could also account for easier fishing on Lake Havasu during the winter months. “Anglers have the lake all to themselves in the winter, without wave runners and power boats,” Walter said.

In 2014, the lake ranked among Bassmaster Magazine’s top 20 fishing destinations in the U.S.

See the rankings at:

https://fishazblog.com/2016/12/05/top-5-az-fishing-holes-for-this-winter/

Learn more about fishing in Lake Havasu at GoLakeHavasu.com

Go Where the Fish Are: Enlist in the “Tupperware Navy”

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Want to increase your catch rate? Well, don’t just think like a fish, move like a fish. It’s hard to do that in a powerboat. Much easier in a fishing kayak.

Southwest Kayak, the oldest and largest Hobie kayak dealer in Arizona, located at 423 English Village, recommends plastic, sit-on-top Hobie fishing kayaks for their combination of engineering, power, tracking, stability. They call it the “Tupperware Navy.” Twenty years ago, canoes outsold sea kayaks at a rate of 5-1, but today, those numbers are reversed. The kayak is a natural craft for the shallow-water angler. If you are wade fishing and come to a deep channel you have to stop. But in a kayak, you just paddle across and keep fishing.

Kayaks also allow anglers to venture into no-motor zones and shallow areas where motor boaters dare not go. You can fish far from the closest boat ramp. Kayaks are also the quietest watercraft on earth. An angler can sneak to within a few yards of a school of fish and start casting.

“The action is more personal, more fun. It’s just you and the fish. Sometimes big fish will actually pull you around,” says Dallas Shewmaker, owner of Southwest Kayaks. “When you paddle a kayak, you’re close to the water. You can launch from anywhere, fuel-free.”

Keeping a low profile allows an angler to get much closer to the fish; a kayak angler’s profile is about one fourth of what it would be if you were standing on the deck of a flats boat. Today’s fishing kayaks feature high rails, dry holds, and special attachments to hold rods and nets.

Hobie is the only brand with the tricked out pedaling system – called the Mirage Drive – where you use your strong legs for propulsion rather than weaker shoulder muscles. The patented Mirage Drive allows anglers to sneak up on fish, reaching coves and marshy areas where powerboats wouldn’t dare travel. You pedal by stepping alternately left and right, not unlike an exercise stepper, to drive two underwater flippers. They work much like a penguin’s fins to propel a Hobie kayak with surprising speed and ease.

Try it, rent one for the day, and you may find it hard to go back to using a combustion engine. Fish on!

Learn more about fishing in Lake Havasu at GoLakeHavasu.com

What’s Working?

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Glad you asked. Before we go out we check with Pastor Chris Blythe, one of the most successful guides in the Lake Havasu area. His boat holds 13 IGFA world fly-fishing records for redear sunfish caught on fly rods with light line. Capt. Blythe has the patience of Job out on the water and has some advice that will increase your catch rate.

In winter, Blythe and his clients are drifting live bait off the bottom. “We are using three-foot leaders and just slowly drifting with the wind, using spoons, slow trolling crank baits, and Pointer 101s – all are working well with very slow trolling below 1 mph.

“Slow rolling plastics along the bottom will yield big stringers as the stripers are munching down getting ready to spawn. Slow jigging white jigs with plastic skirts along the bottom also pay off as the water is cold … a slow presentation works best.” Capt. Blythe adds, “Cut bait and a lot of chum bring good stringers, but this technique is best used in current.”

He cautions anglers going up river to watch for shallow bars. “It’s best to stay on the California side using buoy markers as a guide.”

For anglers without a boat, he says Site Six is still open so long as you have a license.

Spend a day with Capt. Blythe by contacting him at 928-486-8371, Chris.blythe@live.com, or www.fishinginlakehavasu.com. Make a note: he has a weakness for cookies.