New batches of squid have pushed in both on the front and backsides of Catalina, and squid is in both Newport and San Pedro receivers, as of this morning. Anyone looking to make bait at Catalina should note that there has been bait to be had around Lion's Head, which is nice and close to the Two Harbors check in.
There's also scattered bait spots at Hen Rock and off the Vees. San Pedro Bait Co will be out selling at Two Harbors Friday and Saturday (we expect), and if you buy a scoop from SPBC you get a free t-shirt.
As for weather, early morning crossing on Friday before winds hit. Outer waters will be rough Thursday and Friday, but inner waters will bumpy before the event, with winds Thursday and Friday from mid-day into evening expected. When this high pressure moves out Friday night and Saturday morning the weekend will be beautiful with light winds no more than 10 knots. Best crossing times would be Friday morning and Saturday morning.
Because of the high pressure, expect northwest winds on Friday 10 to 20 mph and not much protection at Two Harbors. So, Cat Harbor might be a a good choice Friday to avoid wind swells at Isthmus. There will be shuttle from Cat moorings Friday and Saturday morning, but you will have to call Channel 9 to get someone to comes down to man the shuttle boat. Be patient.
OK... here's the details on signups on site at Two Harbors Saturday morning.
Sign up at Catalina this Saturday morning, not online
The big event is here, and if you want to sign up for the 2012 WON/Yamaha Catalina Island White Seabass Championship slated Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 at Two Harbors you must now do it on-site, cash only for the $120 entry fee per person and the optional jackpots.
Check-in is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Two Harbors. You can add teammates and add to jackpots if you have signed up already by mail or online. As always, there will be free gifts at check-in, a casting contest, a Spiderwire knot tying contest, a free barbecue, two drawings and a chance to win the 2012 title. There are several ways to win money with three team optional jackpots at $100, $200 and $300 for each species of halibut, seabass and yellowtail with a 90 percent payback.
First place overall will be $6,000 in cash and prizes, second is $1,500 and prizes, third place is $1,000 (Based on 75 teams) and added this year to give more teams a shot at winning are payouts of $400 and $300, respectively for fourth and fifth place.
Cost is $120 per angler, and there is no limit to the number of team members. To ask about payments or to confirm your entry form was received, contact Ashley at (949) 366-0030, ext. 38 by Friday morning. McDonell can be contacted or left a message at extension 33 or firstname.lastname@example.org