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  • Fishing Report 07-25-14
    Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using top water lures early in the day for smallmouth bass. A few were also caught by anglers using jerk baits and crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner night crawler rigs, curly tail grubs and tubes for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using liver, night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. The best catfish reports came from anglers fishing at night. We had no reports on other species. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec Monday morning was 618cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using top water lures and water dogs for tiger musky. Fishing was good using shrimp, hot dogs, liver and water dogs for catfish. Fishing for trout was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake. Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week. Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.
  • Isotopes shut out in short game
    The Albuquerque Isotopes’ four-game winning streak was snapped in a rain-shortened contest Tuesday. Fresno’s Grizzlies came up with the lone run of Tuesday’s contest in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the game was washed out in the top of the sixth after it had become official, giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 victory at Isotopes Park. Prior to the short contest, Albuquerque had won four of five contests — all four wins coming in a row — to start the second half of its season. Albuquerque (48-56) is trying to make up some ground on the Las Vegas 51s, who lead the Pacific Southern division by a wide margin. But Tuesday, the Isotopes managed to pick up just four hits in five trips to the plate. Fresno’s Jason Berkin (8-6) kept Albuquerque off-balance, striking out seven Isotopes batters in five innings to pick up the win. The only run of the game was given up by Albuquerque starter Jeff Bennett (4-5), who actually struck out five batters himself and allowed six hits. The game-winner was a double by Fresno’s Chris Dominguez that drove home Brandon Hicks. Albuquerque center fielder Joc Pederson was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Ryan Goodman.
  • Lobos picked to finish 5th in 6-team Mountain division
    There was some good news and some bad news for the University of New Mexico Lobos coming out of Mountain West Media Day Tuesday. The good news: the Lobos have a pair of the conference’s top players in LaMar Bratton and Carlos Wiggins. But the bad news is that Wiggins and Bratton don’t appear to be enough to make up for the team’s downsides in the MW race this year. The Lobos were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Mountain Division of the conference — the MW is split into two six-team divisions, the other being the West Division. In all, the Lobos earned 56 points, the third-lowest total among the 12 conference teams. In the Mountain Division, only Air Force, one of the three teams UNM defeated in 2013, was rated lower, with 53 points. UNM is coming off a rough season. It finished 3-9, with those three wins coming against Air Force’s Falcons, UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico State University. This will also be the third year for the program under head coach Bob Davie. Since Davie took over in 2012, the Lobos have gone 7-18, which, while hardly an impressive haul, is considerably better than the 3 wins in 3 years posted by predecessor Mike Locksley, who was fired midway through 2011. UNM will open its 2014 season Aug. 30 against UTEP.
  • Licenses still available for elk, deer and javelina
    SANTA FE — The 2014-2015 hunting season is fast approaching, and hunters still have the opportunity to buy a hunting license in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish still has more than 1,000 deer hunting licenses and nearly 500 javelina licenses for sale that were leftover from the annual hunt drawing. More than 1,000 youth encouragement hunting licenses for antlerless elk are also still available. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of the leftover deer and javelina licenses are for muzzleloader or archery hunts, but there are a few youth only rifle hunts. The sale is open to everyone, regardless of residency. The youth encouragement elk license sale is open only to eligible New Mexico youths who successfully applied but did not draw a deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx or bighorn sheep license this year. Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the sale will open to all eligible youths, regardless of residency and whether they applied for the draw or not. Hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account. For more information about available licenses, hunting in New Mexico or for help logging in, call at 888-248-6866.
  • Fishing Report 07-18-14
    Northwest
  • Joc Pederson homers for PCL
    Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Joc Pederson had the biggest hit of the night for the Pacific Coast League at Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game. The PCL All-Stars took on the International League All-Stars in the annual game, played in Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. Pederson took a 3-1 pitch deep into the right field seats to put the PCL on the board in the All-Star Game. But the PCL wouldn’t be able to muster nearly enough offense to keep pace with the International League. The International League prevailed 7-3 Wednesday. Only Pederson and bench coach Glenn Dishman were on-hand to represent the Isotopes, who are sitting in third place in the four-team PCL Pacific Southern Division heading into the second half of the season. Pederson has been one of the biggest bright spots for Albuquerque so far in 2014. He’s hitting .324 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 17 home runs and has knocked in 43 runs. His home run total is sixth-best in the league, as is his 20 stolen bases. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage. (.572). For the game, Pederson went 1-for-3 and scored two of the PCL’s three runs. Isotopes start homestand tonight
  • Fishing Report 07-11-14
    Northwest
  • Isotopes drop 3 straight to I-Cubs
    The Albuquerque Isotopes spotted the Iowa Cubs three runs early and never made up that deficit as they dropped their series finale at Iowa Wednesday. The Isotopes (35-43), who went into the series at Iowa on a high note and won the series opener, dropped three straight there, including a 6-2 defeat in the finale. Albuquerque, after winning four of its previous five contests heading in, couldn’t build on that momentum, a recurring theme for the 2014 season. It again ties a season-worst 8 games under the .500 mark. Starting pitcher Zach Lee, coming off a victory in his last outing, gave up all six of Iowa’s runs, all of them earned, as he was tagged for 7 hits, including a 3-run homer by Kris Bryant in the third inning. The Isotopes did have some chances Wednesday, coming up with 8 hits, but stranded 7 runners on base and went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Clint Robinson went 3-for-4 in the game but never made it around to score. Albuquerque came up with one run in the top of the first, but wouldn’t score again until the seventh. For Iowa (40-36), starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada threw six strong innings and struck out 10 batters. Wada improved to 8-4 on the year and dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.73.
  • Aggies coach Menzies drops in at alumni meeting
    POJOAQUE — When Marvin Menzies took over the men’s basketball program at New Mexico State University, his first and foremost goal was to make the Aggies a national contender year-in and year-out. And while the Aggies took a huge step in that department this past season, there’s still plenty more work to be done. Menzies, who admits he rarely gets up to the northern part of the state from Las Cruces, was the guest of honor at the NMSU Alumni Association’s banquet Wednesday night at the Towa Golf Club. About 75 Aggie alum and well-wishers attended the event. During the 2013-14 season, Menzies led NMSU to its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference tournament title and corresponding appearance in the NCAA championships. Although the Aggies were a first-round casualty, they did garner some of that national attention they’d been seeking. One of the biggest reasons, quite literally, the Aggies garnered that attention was because of their giant, Sim Bhullar. The 7-foot, 5-inch Bhullar dwarfed virtually all of Division I with his height and his 360-pound frame. Unfortunately for the Aggies, Bhullar, who still had two years of collegiate eligibility left, elected to throw his hat into the ring for the professional ranks and won’t return, regardless of whether he makes a pro roster.
  • Lee, Isotopes blank Omaha, 5-0
    Zach Lee pitched seven innings of shutout ball Thursday night in Omaha to help the Albuquerque Isotopes to its second straight road win. Lee gave up just three hits Thursday and the Isotopes garnered enough offense to pick up a 5-0 victory. Game three of that four-game series against the Storm Chasers is scheduled for tonight. The Isotopes, who went just 2-6 in their recent homestand, have a chance to win their third straight road series if they can earn a victory. The only hits the Storm Chasers (41-33) managed off Lee, or the other two pitchers that threw, were singles. On offense, Albuquerque (34-40) got three doubles from Walter Ibarra, while Tim Federowicz went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.