60 years ago

Phone dials to be seen but not touched -- yet: Brentwood telephone subscribers are being cautioned by the telephone company to look but keep hands off the new dial phones now being installed. In mail notices, the company states that it is not possible to use the dial equipment until the changeover and warns that the dial should not be turned while the receiver is off the hook, since it may interfere with service.

Telephone company crews have been busy in Brentwood for several weeks working on the lines and installing the dial telephones. New numbers which will incorporate the prefix "MELrose 4" will be contained in a directory to be issued before the new system goes into operation.

25 years ago

Stripers not gone, just deep: The fisherman who doesn't have the electronic advantage of a depth finder may think the striped bass have deserted the Delta in the past two weeks.

Slow action has been due to excessively cold water, according to Al Anthony of The Hook, Line and Sinker in Oakley.

"The water temperature has been a big factor," Anthony said. "It's about 39 or 40 degrees now. Normally it's 47 to 50 or warmer.

"There is a positive side, though. The stripers haven't deserted the area. They have just gone deep until temperatures in shallower water places warm up."


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Anthony displayed recent depth finder graphs, which clearly showed few stripers, even small ones, within 25 feet of the surface. From 25 to 40 feet, the charts were liberally speckled with the sonic cones which represent stripers. The graphs also showed schools of shad, surrounded by the feeding stripers, at those same depths.

Shad are the stripers' primary forage food now. Anthony said as long as they are staying deep, the anglers' best bet is to fish with shad in deep water.

If you find deep water structure, such as a place where the water abruptly changes depths, there will probably be fish lurking nearby waiting to ambush the wandering bait fish.

-- Brentwood News files

He suggested anchoring near channel buoys and from there casting out into the deep water channel. Fishing around Decker Island has been good, Anthony said.

-- Brentwood News files