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Dates set for 2012 event at Two Harbors

May 19-20 are tourney dates for the return of the $60,000 Western Outdoor News/Yamaha Catalina White Seabass event at Two Harbors on the west end!

TWO HARBORS — Entry fee is $100 per person, no limit on number of team members for the Western Outdoor News/Yamaha Catalina White Sea Bass Championship.

First place overall will earn $7,000 in Yamaha cash and sponsors’ prizes, second is $1,500 and prizes, third place earns $1,000 (based on 75 teams) and added last year to give more teams a shot at winning are payouts of $400 and $300, respectively, for fourth and fifth place.

There will be three team optional jackpots at $100, $200 and $300 for each species of halibut, seabass and yellowtail with a 90 percent payback. The biggest fish takes the money in each of the nine jackpots for white seabass, halibut and yellowtail. As in all jackpots, your team is only competing against those teams that have also entered those jackpots with you, and you can enter any of them in any combination.

You want contests? You got ’em. There will be a Casting Contest for a Seeker rod and Avet reel combo and Costa sunglasses, and Knot Tying cash awards for first to third from Spiderwire and its attending rep Bob Hoose. Those are CASH awards, guys.

Even as this is written, there are more sponsors being added, and that means more drawing prizes and ways to win. The boys at San Pedro Bait Co. will be sponsoring the event and will be selling live bait at Catalina. Buy a scoop and your boat gets a free t-shirt.

Call director Pat McDonell at (949) 366-0030, ext. 33 for details or e-mail him at To ask about payments, contact Ashley at ext. 38 or

To enter online, click the EVENTS tab on the menu bar (top of this page), then click on the Catalina White Seabass icon.

To download the entry form CLICK HERE

2012 Catalina White Seabass
Championship schedule


Check-in: Teams must check in at Two Harbors, Catalina between 9:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Entry is $100 per per person, no limit on number of team members.You’ll be getting your goodie bags with sponsors gifts. Most important, you will update or finalize your team roster and your team members will fill out the waiver at the check-in table AND index card that will serve as a ticket for all drawings. We also will take in optional jackpot money — cash only, at $100, $200 and $300 for white seabass, yellowtail and halibut (six optionals total). We prefer teams to pay optionals in advance.

Barbecue/drawings: Lunch starts at noon and activities will include a barbeque lunch, a short team meeting, a drawing for prizes, and “around” 2 p.m. you will be released to fish.


Weigh-in and awards: The scale area at the pier will open at 10 a.m. and close at noon. Don’t be late. Teams must decide which SINGLE seabass, yellowtail or halibut to weigh prior to reaching the weigh-in area, and teams can weigh in one fish of each species only.

Awards presentation: Will start at approximately 1 p.m. and be completed by 2:30 p.m. Don’t miss the awards presentation even if your team doesn’t catch a seabass, yellowtail or halibut that qualifies for prizes or cash. There’s a wad of prizes from sponsors to be given in away in a drawing, including a trip to Alaska for one lucky angler, so stick around.

Rules for 2012 Yamaha Catalina
White Seabass/Halibut/Yellowtail Jackpot

1. Participation & Eligibility —  A waiver of liability must be signed by parent or legal guardian and be on file with WON prior to the Seabass/Halibut/Yellowtail Jackpot Tournament. All forms will be signed at check-in. Each participant is responsible for having his or her own Coast Guard approved life jacket or vest.

2. Cooperation with Media/ Promotion — Within the framework of reasonable requests, all Tournament participants will cooperate with media representatives covering said event. Likewise, participation in the Seabass/Halibut/Yellowtail Jackpot Series grants WON the use of any pictures of participants, accounts, or interviews with contestants it gathers for the lawful promotion of the tournament.

3. Sportsmanship — The laws of good judgment and sportsmanship as well as courtesy toward others on and off the water will be adhered to at all times. Specifically, the use of obscene language or gestures is strictly forbidden at any time before, during, or after the event. Any verbal or physical abuse or threats from entrants toward the Jackpot Series staff is cause for a team’s disqualification.

4. Alcoholic Beverages/ Narcotics — Misconduct from drug or alcohol abuse will result in disqualification.

5. Safety — All boats must have Coast Guard approved life jackets/vests and safety equipment. Anyone found operating a boat in an unsafe manner (in the opinion of the Tournament Director) is subject to immediate disqualification.

6. Insurance & Liability — It is the sole responsibility of the boat owner to carry and have proof of public liability insurance covering himself and passengers. All Tournament participants are required to sign a waiver absolving the tournament sponsors, co-sponsors and their employees from any responsibility for any damage or personal injury sustained as a result of their participation in the tournament or related activities.

7. Licenses — Each participant must have in his possession a valid and current fishing license. Anglers checked at weigh-in by the DFG that do not have a valid California fishing license will cause their ENTIRE team to be disqualified from the tournament.

8. Fishable Waters — Fishable waters in the Seabass/ Halibut/Yellowtail Jackpot Tournament include any water reachable by boat that is open to all participants and which is not otherwise restricted by local restrictions. All fishing and landing of fish must be done from the boat.

9. Weigh-In — Teams cannot continue to fish after they weigh-in their catch. The qualifying fish for placing in the event are white seabass, yellowtail and halibut. Biggest single fish of any of the three species wins. Payouts in either cash or prizes will be given to top five teams.

10. Practice/Pre-Fishing —There is no restriction on pre-fishing.

11. Polygraph Testing — All Seabass/Halibut/Yellowtail Jackpot Series participants, by virtue of their entry into the Tournament, are subject to testing by polygraph (lie-detector) by authority of the Tournament Director.

12. Late Rule — Any participant/team that returns to the weigh-in area on the beach  past the deadline time will not be allowed to weigh their catch. Deadline is (12) noon on Sunday.  Teams can disembark at Cat Harbor, but no transportation is provided (it’s a long walk to the scale). TEAMS MUST BE AT THE SCALE BY NOON.

13. Tackle/Techniques — Live bait and artificial lures are permitted. Fish attractants and chum buckets are also permitted.

14. Qualifying Fish — White Seabass (Minimum size 28”.) Limit one fish per angler. Teams can only weigh-in their largest Seabass/Halibut/Yellowtail (Halibut minimum size 22 inches). The team must decide which fish will be weighed in prior to going to the scales and can weigh in one fish of each species only unless they are in the optional jackpots. One fish per species can be weighed in by optional jackpot entrants.

15. Standings/Ties — The top three (3) teams win prizes, cash and plaques.

In the event of a tie in fish weight, a coin toss will determine the winning team. Fish will b weighed in only one time. There are no ”re-weighs.”

16. Protests — Protests regarding violation of these rules must be announced immediately to the Tournament Director and then submitted to him in writing within 30 minutes of the verbal protest.

17. The tournament VHF Channel is 72.

18. Participants must be present at Two Harbors to win drawing prizes at both Captains Meetings Saturday and awards ceremony Sunday. (anglers on boats preparing boats at end of captains meeting (new) can have a teammate pick up their prize).

19. Teams may leave their boats during the event and return to them. In other words, you can sleep on land after fishing the afternoon evening bite, and return for the morning bite before weigh-in.

20: Teams must have two people, but they can have unlimited numbers of entrants per boat. All people on a boat must be entered as a paid teammate.

21. There will be a boat check for several teams. All previously caught fish aboard boats at check-in must have fins clipped or be filleted. Teams found to have unclipped fish are disqualified. (as a courtesy, entry fees and jackpots will be returned).

22: A late fee of $20 will charged for late entries per late angler. The amount will be donated to the Hubbs-Sea World WSB Program. There is no late fee for jackpots. Team can pay by check (no credit cards) before the event at WON, or by cash only on site.

To download the entry form CLICK HERE

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