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February 15, 2013
Block & Tackle: Staley goes bass fishing on Outdoor Channel


Fishing is known as a quiet and tranquil pursuit. This week's episode of Gridiron Outdoors with Mike Pawlawski promises to be a bit more talkative and competitive and funny. There might even be some singing.

That's because the guest is Joe Staley, one of the more gregarious players in the 49ers locker room. Staley said his fishing background basically amounted to digging up worms in his backyard as a boy and tossing them into a pond in his native Michigan.

But he quickly got the hang of largemouth bass fishing at Clear Lake in Kelseyville, Ca. and quickly got into a makeshift tournament with the host, Pawlawski, a former quarterback at Cal. Staley says he's seen the episode, which premieres Saturday at 4 p.m. on Outdoor Channel.

"It's a fun show," he said. "It puts me in an element that I'm not comfortable with and it gets a bit competitive."

Staley wouldn't reveal who won the competition, but still shots from the show indicate he didn't come away empty handed. (His guide looks amused, too).

One item that didn't make the final cut: The show was shot last July before training camp. Staley said he got confused, arrived a day too early and had to drive 2 1/2 hours back to San Francisco before returning again the next day.

False start, No. 74.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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