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The signups are flowing in, Two Harbors is getting geared up and teams are prefishing in anticipation of the WON/Yamaha Catalina White Seabass Championship this coming weekend May 19-20.
Best of all, long-term projections call for hot weather and light winds for the full week prior to the event. Best of all, finally, the fishing for white seabass is improving rapidly.
“For now, it’s a primarily a finbait bite and anglers at Catalina and the coast are reporting fish being caught are eating sardines, although there is a growing amount of squid showing up under the lights,” said director Pat McDonell. “If there is squid available, it will be for sale by San Pedro Bait Co at the island, But be sure to prepare to fish with sardines from a receiver, buy fresh dead squid, or make mackerel.”
There have been the usual questions from teams, along with signups. One is whether there will be shuttle service at Cat Harbor. Harbormaster Lane Garrett (call his staff at Channel 9 when you arrive or at 310-510-4201) at the Two Harbor office said shuttle will be available but for Friday it will be an “on call” situation for arriving teams with personnel having to be dispatched from Two Harbors to man the shuttle boat. It will not be an issue when teams are released. It will again be slow if you choose to moor at Cat Harbor and walk for the weigh-in. You must be on the beach with your fish at the scale at noon.
He said the extended fuel dock and a dinghy dock will be in place this week. Fuel is available, diesel and gas.
The early bird signup deadline of May 11 has passed and entry is $120 per person. The extra $20 goes to Seabass Research. You can still sign up online by credit card or call Ashley at (949) 366-0030 ext 38. If you need to contact director Pat McDonell, call (949) 366-0030 ext 33.
“Due to my work schedule the week before the event with a two-day charter at Catalina and heading to the island before the weekend to set up the set, I will be across the channel most days and will have to return messages, but I will be checking each day,” McDonell said.
Note: As always, teams can sign up at Catalina at check-in and pay into optionals or add to them or add team members at $120 each. It is cash only onsite.
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2012 Catalina White Seabass
SATURDAY, MAY 19
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.
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.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.