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       On Friday, May 1, 2009, local
Castro Valley fishermen took off for
their annual event of enjoying four
days of fishing on beautiful Lake
Shasta.   This year all the regulars
showed up even though the weather
report looked less than optimal
conditions.  The locals were:  Royce
Valencia, Randy Branaugh, Guy
Warren, Dwight Roberts and son,
Dustin, Dalton Jimenez and Jeff
Morgan.  Others from the 925 area
code were Scott Clare and Mark
Scheidt, who left the Danville area
right on time, as per the Trip
Itinerary, at 8:00 a.m.  They all
stopped at Bill and Kathy’s
Restaurant in Williams for chicken
fried steak and eggs before
continuing on to Phil’s Propeller
Shop at Lake Shasta for any needed
fishing gear.  As they were unloading
all the stuff from the truck onto the
luxurious 55 foot long Escapade
Houseboat rented from Jones Valley
Marina some light sprinkles started.  
It quickly turned into ever present
moisture but the basscapaders
decided to continue on with their
short 4 day adventure.  

The rain continued for 40 straight
hours without a let up.  The hearty
fisherman now dressed like crab
fisherman from the popular TV show
“World’s Most Deadliest Catch”,
continued fishing as they road up the
Pitt River.  First day’s results 14
rainbow trout and 35 spotted bass.   
The biggest rainbow was caught by
Randy Branaugh, a 4.5 pound lunker
on a 4 pound test line.

Day Two   The weather let up for six
hours and the fisherman enjoyed
partially clouded skies and the
fishing slowed.   They caught 13
rainbow trout, and 22 catch and
release bass.  By 5:00 that evening it
started sprinkling again and turned
into heavier drops and then a
consistent curtain of continuous
pelting drops with no place to dry
off their clothing, boots and
equipment.  The soaked fisherman
huddled on the covered rear deck to
discuss the day’s events, trade
stories and perhaps sip an adult

Day Three The fishing was light, 2
trout, and 20 catch and release
bass.  Little did the basscapaders
realize, but a much bigger storm was
coming that evening.  They enjoyed a
tasty dinner of hand cut barbecue
steaks, sautéed mushrooms, grilled
corn on the cob, salsa flavored
salad, and lemon cake.  They all
relaxed in the kitchen area next to
the imitation fireplace to watch the
James Bond 007 movie “Quantum of
Solace.”  Heavy rain continued to
pelt the houseboat all evening.

All in all, it was agreed this was one
of our best and most memorable
fishing trips.  The “Gold Hook Award”
went to Randy Branaugh for
catching the biggest trout and his
boat captain Scott Clare.       

These hearty fishermen certainly
experienced what was reported in
the newspaper:   The Shasta Lake
area had 108 hours of straight rain
and Lake Shasta had risen 4 feet in 5
On 03/12/09 BWA Brethren once again attended the
California Waterfowl Association Dinner at the Moose
Lodge in Castro Valley. In attendance this year was
Scott Clare and his son Hunter, Royce Valencia, Dwight
Roberts and his son Dustin Roberts. Other attendee's
who enjoyed the event from the front most table were
Daniel Beck and Willie Arnold, both of which had not
shot a duck in the last two years, come to think of it
none of us had. Oh well, great to be with good friends
and family at such a charitable event.
It was a typical day in Scramento....HOT... as BWA brethern Scott
Paulsen was nearing the end of his daily commute. With his
knees crammed against the steering wheel and his head pressed
against the ceilling of his 2008 Lexus IS 250 Scott spotted in the
distance a glimmer of red on the horizon. As his eyes slowly
began to focus and the sweat on his brow pulled together to form
a single drop the image became clear. It was a beautiful drop top
cherry red Corvette, on display at a quickly approaching dealer-
ship. Quickly an arguement insued within Scott as he reviewed
his current physical and financial situation "I am a single  middle
to late aged  man, in my early 50's, at the peak of my career
driving a car built for the comfort of a 16yr old female highschool
student!". As quickly as the dealership was approaching so was
Scott's realization of his current situation, until it all came to a
shreaking hault as he said out loud to himself "WHY NOT!". Then
and there with a pocket full of money and sense of adventure
Scott pulled into that dealership and left with that corvette! Now
on his way, with the cool breeze shooting through his slightly
thining, salt and pepper hair, Scott was overwhelmed by
thoughts of adventures to come, in his new cherry red drop top
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This year from September 25th to the 28th, the BWA Brethren, (Boys Weekend Away) returned to glory after one
year off due to the illness with one of the member’s spouses. The six 1973 and 1974 Hayward High School
graduates got together at Bass Lake , California. Members of class of 73 were Mike Engeldinger and Scott
Paulsen, Class of 74 members were Dwight Roberts, Royce Valencia, Scott Christiansen and Scott Clare. They
have been getting together to discuss glory days for the past 24 years along with participating in sporting events
such as golf, tennis, fishing and Frisbee golf. The brethren, now all over 50, or so, have tamed a bit and decided
to add sightseeing as an activity they could enjoy too. Their scheduled activities:
Day One Golf at Riverbend Golf Course in Madera, where two time blind bogie champ was Royce Valencia, who
went on to win for a third consecutive time with a low net score of 66. Scott Paulsen was second with a low net
score of 69. The highlighted score was Scott Clare who was even par after 6 holes which was the all time best
start ever. He finished with a low gross of 84, a career low. He explained his low score was due to the current
economic conditions and being temporarily unemployed he had some extra time to improve his golf game.
Day Two All six men packed into a 200
6 Ford king cab pickup to go sightseeing in Yosemite National Park, to minimize the BWA carbon footprint in the
Valley, as well as, save $20 on a park entrance fee. Little did they know that September 26, 2009, is National Parks
Day and fees to enter all National Parks are free. They saw the trickling Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome and
enjoyed lunch at the Awanhee Lodge.
Day Three Some early morning fishing for bass in Bass Lake was anticipated, however, not a fish was seen or
heard, even using a two fish finder GPS, and a black box scanner in a Custom Weld boat. This left time to relax and
watch both early and late NFL games, after which the BWA business meeting was held that included presentation
of 2009 BWA Apparel, awards for hair styles: Mike Engeldinger, nicest color, Royce Valencia, finest and thinnest,
Scott Clare, thickest and bushiest, Scott Christiansen, most forehead and Dwight Roberts, best someone else’s
hair. An update on everyone’s health was discussed along with plans for the 25th annual meeting in 2010 with
hope it will be a happy and healthful year for the brethren and their families.
Day Four Mike Engeldinger and Royce Valencia left before 6:00 am to make a business meeting in Stockton and
the Fresno area and the other brethren left shortly after. All agreed they must focus on working harder in the
coming year in their respective businesses.