Roostercomb Ranch History
By Richard Stipes
The SCFF club's first bass fishout to the Roostercomb Ranch was in Spring of 2000 making this our 19th year as fishmasters. It is a working cattle ranch of 5,800 acres with a woodframe 1928 ranch house and a bunkhouse that is attached to an historic adobe structure noted as a hideout for the notorious horse thief, Joaquin Murrieta. The Orestimba Creek passes in front of the buildings and throughout the property there are 8 stocked bass ponds. The ranch was originally 40,000 acres and first settled by the Gill family at the turn of the century (1900). Their first house unfortunately burned to the ground leaving remnants of the chimney. Scotts Wilkensen's grandfather started Granite Rock in the early 1930's. He sold out his partnership and started Granite Construction which was subsequently inherited by his son, Jerry Wilkensen. Jerry had a friend in real estate who took Jerry on a fly-over of the Roostercomb property for which Jerry made an offer for purchase without ever setting foot on the land. The ranch was bought in November of 1983.
In 1995 Cecilia and I initially gained access to the Roostercomb for hunting purposes, guided by Scott, who has since offered fishing accommodations for 3-day adventures. This May on the club's second fishout, Cecilia's daughter, Claudine Gossett, a professional Bay Area photographer, joined the outdoor experience and took approximately 1200 photographs chronicling her 3 days escorted by Scott via ATV on thrill rides over hill and dale, rounding up cattle, searching for a missing bull, photographing fly fishers in action, the cowboys' spur marks, relics found on the property of earlier Native settlers, rattlesnakes and targeting practice at the shooting range upon which I built a third album of this wonderful property and its great ponds.
I wish to acknowledge and thank my wife Cecilia for her many years of organizing these fishouts (with help last year from Elaine Cook and Jeff Slaboden) and to thank our club members for their support at making these unique adventures lots of fun.
Respectfully, Richard Stipes
Publisher's Note: Cecilia sent me a link to a beautiful slide show, featuring photos taken by Claudine Gossett. To view it, go to http://clients.claudinephoto.com/p813420339, and enter the password Hollister.
June Surf Fishout
By Sam Bishop
It was a hardy group that arose around 5 am on June 9 to arrive at an overcast Sunset Beach (aka Palm Beach) by 6 AM. There was a sprinkling of catches around the group, but Robert Erbe was the clear winner with a dozen Perch and a brief hook up on a Striper. All the mornings he has spent fishing the surf have honed his skills superbly. Tim Carson and Sam Bishop missed the picture, but Robert Erbe, Michael Diciano, Kirk Mathew, Jeff Slaboden, Doug Heffel and Sandy Barker are there.