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EDITOR'S NOTES /
WONews Column by Pat McDonell

Pat McDonell is the Editorial Director of Western
Outdoors Publications and has fished and hunted all over the world, from Brazil’s famed peacock bass waters to Morro Bay for albacore.

A graduate from San Diego State University in Journalism, he coordinates the staffs of the weekly newspaper and magazine. He was a founding member of United Anglers of SoCal. He’s an avid saltwater and freshwater angler and hunter. He is also the director of the annual Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament held each November in Cabo.  McDonell, 52, is married with two daughters and resides in Carlsbad.

DFW discussion from Hall show on Vimeo
Del Mar show opens Thursday 

 

The Del Mar Fred Hall show begins tomorrow, March 26 Thursday, for a four-day run at the Fairgrounds. You can get all the details at www.fredhall.com and be sure to get the show program at the door as you enter. It is the biggest Del Mar show ever with 300 booths and more boats than in six or seven years, plus seminar and great shows. Look online for all the activities, seminars and exhibitor list.

www.fredhall.com

For those who would like to get details and info before the show, the Hall show website and the program are online. The 24-page program produced by WON is at this link and has been set up so that anyone can view it digitally, not just WON print and digital edition subscribers who get it for free.

The link:

http://forum.wonews.com/3dissue/won2014/201503203fhdm/index.html


THE DFW PANEL DISCUSSION at the Hall show.

One aspect of the Long Beach show that was held March 4-8 was the DFW panel discussion, the second year the department brass has been on the Q&A firing line at the Hall show. If you missed it, and many of you did because 200 were there and tens of thousands attended the show, Angler Chronicles TV show (Fox Sports) and radio show producer and videographer – and a good friend of mine, Danny Jackson recorded and just posted a 30-minute video of the panel discussion at the request of show producer Bart Hall. It is very, very interesting to watch. And the drone footage of the outside and interior of the show as the video opens is just plan fantastic. Here is the link:

https://vimeo.com/123163273

See you at the show in Del Mar. WON will have subscription booth with great gifts at the usual place just at your immediately left as you enter the Tackle Hall. I would suggest arriving early and staying until it closes each day. The hours are noon to 8 p.m, the first two days, and on Saturday it goes 10 to 8, and on Sunday 10 to 6 p.m.

Here is the link to the 24-page program we at WON produced for the show, and again, they are free at the door.

http://forum.wonews.com/3dissue/won2014/201503203fhdm/index.html


As a anorther reminder….

 
Author and WON Surf Fishing Editor Bill Varney will be giving his popular surf fishing seminars at the upcoming Fred Hall Show in Del Mar.  Bill's seminars will be located at the Mammoth Lakes Seminar stage on Thursday and Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 4pm.  Bill will be covering rod and reel combo's, rigging, baits and how to find fish at the beach.  Visit Bill in his booth near the stage where you can check out this year's newest surf fishing equipment.  As a show bonus, Bill will be offering his updated 3rd Edition ofSurf Fishing, The Light-Line Revolution for only $10 in his booth.
 

 

 

It’s the big show, all week, in Long Beach

Boats, tackle, travel, seminar areas, even duck races! There's also DFW panel discussion, special surffishing seminar, drawings at WON events booth, and much much more as this show sold out months ago for exhibitors; Be sure to grab a copy of the WON Costa-Sponsored show program as you walk in for special deals throughout the 5-day day Fred Hall show

 

It all happens this week, the great 5-day indoor experience in Long Beach that starts this Wednesday (tomorrow) through this Sunday that fuels our outdoor wish lists in the dead of winter, although this isn’t a usual SoCal winter, not by a long shot.


It’s not just the show. The Early Trout Opener in Southern Inyo County is coming up Saturday the 7th as well, then there will be the March 14 Blake Jones Blind Bogey in Bishop, a week off then we go at it again in the 4-day Del Mar Hall show Thursday through Sunday the 26th to the 29th. Somewhere in there I plan on sacking some rockfish now that the season for groundfish has reopened, and gaff a few more yellows here or down in Ensenada and put out the annual White Seabass supplement promoting the May 16-17 tourney at Catalina I direct each year (details at wonews.com). It’s a busy time of year for everyone.


This past two weeks we’ve put out the four-section, 144-page Hall Preview and a 96-page Official Show Supplement. The Hall LB preview was up by 20 pages from 2014, and the show program, available at the door of the show in Long Beach, was 16 pages larger – or heavier. Good sign, I would think. It goes along with what Barty Hall, show producer said, that it was a good saltwater fishing season, the economy is growing, boats are starting to sell, as well as tackle.


Of course, WON is a big part of the show and 2015 looks string for us. In addition to the publication itself, we have 30 local salt sportboat charters from Puerto Vallarta to Morro Bay, and a dozen tournaments, plus major travel trips to La Paz and Alaska. Among those tournaments are the largest white seabass, tuna, striped bass tournaments anywhere, and there’s also the two biggest pro bass fishing opens in the West we host at Clear Lake and Lake Mead, the lake the site of the huge U.S. Open. At our events booth at 414-418 we’ll be talking about those events, trips and charters, and staff will be in the booth. There will be twice-a-day trip drawings see graphic) , so stop by and sign up for WON at the subscription booth and then come to the events booth and enter for the prizes.

So be sure to drop by and see us at the WON booth, where great subscription and renewal rates, free giveaways, and the chance to win daily sportfishing trips in two daily drawings each day of the event await — all with having a shot at a 16-foot Klamath boat and Mercury motor in January, 2016, just for subscribing! The boat is on display just outside our main subscription booth. Check it out.


Editorially, Blake Warren will be there Wednesday, I will be there Friday and Thursday and likely Sunday until closing. Mike Stevens is slated for Friday and on Saturday from 10 to 2 Bob Semerau will be chatting people up and having people sign up for our drawings. You have to subscribe and then drop your name in at the box at the booth. My good friend Dennis Yamamoto will be in the booth here and there as he’s hosting several of our sportfishing charters, and our Baja columnists Gary Graham will be all over the show, but more likely around the IGFA booth 9042A, and Jonathan Roldan will be at his palapa-style Tailhunters booth, 838.


And, of course, If you are planning on going, the best way to get the most out of your Hall Show experience is to make sure you grab WON’s 96-page official show program at the door. It has seminar schedules and maps to hot deals and cash-saving coupons.


The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday, March 4-8. Doors open at 1 p.m., March 4-6, and the show runs until 9 p.m. on those three days. Over the weekend, it will be from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the final day of the event.


More details, exhibitor list, seminars and more, go to www.frehall.com


Fish and Wildlife Panel at 2 p.m. Saturday


For the second year in a row the Director of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, along with four of his associates, will be appearing at both of the Fred Hall Shows in 2015. Director Charlton H. Bonham, Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Dan Yparraguirre, Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess, Chief of Fisheries Stafford Lehr and Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman will answer questions from the public on a variety of fish and wildlife related topics as part of a panel discussion at 2 p.m. on the Saturdays of each Fred Hall Show. 


Pete Gray, host of Let’s Talk Hook-Up, Southern California’s premiere fishing radio show, will moderate the panels. These panel discussions will take place in the Mammoth Lakes Seminar Area at both shows.


Kingfisher Charters in 24th year; WON trip Aug. 5-29


For the 24th consecutive year, Sitka’s Kingfisher Charters will have a booth at the Fred Hall show in Long Beach. Owner Seth Bone, manager Robert Suarez, and Captain Klinton Chambers will be on hand to answer questions and book trips.


The fishing forecast for the 2015 season is strong across the board for both salmon and halibut. The middle of May through late June is the peak of the king salmon run, and you can count on catching plenty of kings during that time. The peak time for silvers is mid-July through early September. July is a good cross-over month, when you can usually do well on both king and silver salmon, and of course halibut. The halibut fishing is strong throughout the season, and both the lingcod and yelloweye rockfish action is good all summer long. One of the many group trips is the WON adventure Aug. 25-29.


Kingfisher Charters offers a first class all-inclusive Alaska fishing trip for a reasonable price, and they are currently offering a show special on certain prime dates.


For more information, including the scoop on their Fred Hall Show Special, stop by the Kingfisher Charters booth, call (800) 727-6136, or go to kingfishercharters.com.


FANSTASTIC FOOD, especially dinners, are among the calling cards for Kingfisher lodge.


PACIFIC HALIBUT were in the right spots on the WON 2014 trip. Plan now for your dream trip with WON, Aug. 25-29. Pictured left to right are: Dave Hayes, WON Editor and host Pat McDonell, Tom Csenar, Paul Robinson, and Chris Wheaton.


Special Surffishing seminar Thursday


If you want to learn more about surf fishing, WON’s Bill Varney heads up a great seminar on the subject, Thursday, March 5 11 to 1 p.m. called “Light Tackle Surf Fishing.”


BILL VARNEY


If you live anywhere near the Southern California coast then you know who Varney is, the undisputed “guru” of light tackle surf fishing in this region. His book, “Surf Fishing…the Light Line Revolution” is now in its third printing.


Joining Bill on the dais will be legendary French angler and lure designer Patrick Sebile. His company, Sebile Innovative Fishing, was founded in 2006. Sebille ran his own sportfishing lodge in Africa for 15 years. He has written seven books, hundreds of articles and graced the covers of over 150 magazines. Throughout his career Sebile has held over 300 IGFA, European and French National fishing records.


“It is a rare treat to have Sebile at this event,” said show producer Bart Hall.


Rounding out the Penn and Cousins Tackle Light Tackle Pre-Show seminar is local surf fishing enthusiast Ruben Ortiz, a member of the SCsurfishing.com group since 1995. As a three-year Phenix Rods pro-staff” angler, Ortiz has conducted many surf fishing seminars.


“I’ve lived in SoCal most of my life since I was 9 years old and have always loved to fish,” said Ortiz. “I got interested in Light Line surf fishing about 12 years ago and got hooked on the excitement and variety of fish I can catch in the surf. It's a very inexpensive and very simple form of fishing that anyone can do. Along with a couple of other SCSF friends, we have delivered many surf fishing seminars at local tackle shops and for several fishing groups since 2009. I enjoy teaching people to fish the surf with the hope that they too will grow to love this sport as much as I do.”


The cost of this seminar is $25 and includes admission to the show by a special show entrance reserved for pre-show seminar attendees. Tickets can only be purchased on-line at www.fredhall.com. The seminar is limited to the first 125 people who buy tickets. Water, iced tea and coffee will be served.


WON’s Bill Rice to be honored Thursday


Bill Rice, who served as Editor of WON for 16 years and later returned at the WON BASS Editor for several years before retiring to Oregon, has been inducted into the National Freshwater Hall of Fame. His induction will be recognized at the Long Beach Fred Hall show on Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m. at the Anglers Marine area.


BILL RICE

George Kramer of Lake Elsinore, who served as a staffer at WON under Rice for many years and is inductee himself, will emcee the proceedings on behalf of the Hall of Fame

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ice was Instrumental in helping the fishing industry grow by promoting it on the west coast through writing and nationally televised exposure. He spent nearly 50 years in the fishing industry.


Rice, a graduate of UCLA, was editor of Western Outdoor News and editor of Western Bass newspaper and magazine. Through his writing skills he created strong recognition for bass fishing in the western region of the United States.


In 1973 he was instrumental in establishing Western Bass as a monthly supplement to Western Outdoor News and establishing a weekly television show that aired on The Nashville Network from 1984 through 1990. He traveled throughout North America from Mexico to Alaska filming outdoor adventures to promote fishing through that television show.


In 1988, Rice returned to Western Outdoor News and their newest bass tournament arm (now called WON BASS). He continued to work for them until 2003, when he retired to southern Oregon with his wife, Anne, but he still does occasional writing for WON.


“He was a fellow member of the Saddleback Bassmasters club in Orange County in the 1970s and my mentor and first boss in the outdoor writing world at Western Outdoor News (WON), beginning in 1977,” wrote Kramer in a recent blog. “And now he is a member of the class of 2015, inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.


“While you may not know he was the fastest copy editor to ever hit a newsroom, or that he actually wrote a book on tennis, among his many accomplishments, Bill was a ride-along Press Angler (observer) in the first two Bassmasters Classics, the first of those at Lake Mead in 1971.


“When you toss in his days as editor of Western Bass, U.S. BASS and later WON BASS magazines it’s pretty clear, anything I ever did in the outdoor writing business, it was by following in Bill’s impressive footsteps.”


 

Longlines coming back to our waters?
PFMC to discuss it in Vancouver

 

In a week, the Fred Hall Long Beach show makes its 5-day run March 4-8, it is certainly a time to celebrate fishing and the outdoor life.


But it is also a time for us to consider participating more diligently in the process of defending our heritage by banding together in whatever group you find most effective. There are number of ways to do this, but one of the many responsibilities of any advocacy group must be to ensure destructive types of commercial gear are denied additional access to waters off California.


In the past year the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) a 14-member voting advisory board for federal fishery management — all too often the tail that wags our state’s fisheries policies — has abandoned its plan to transition from gillnets to a more sustainable one. Making matters worse, the Highly Migratory Species Management Team recently discussed the reintroduction of longlines to state waters. That is a scary thought.


First, the nets. Strangely, most anglers are unaware that drift gillnets for swordfish (banned in WA and OR) are still active in California, although only in waters outside three miles of the coast as mandated by the passage in 1991 of Proposition 132, also known as the Gillnet Initiative that went into effect in 1994.


Our state legislature still has authority over the remaining gillnet permits. State lawmakers found religion recently and sent a letter to Pacific Fishery Management Council and National Marine Fisheries Service, actually demanding a transition to alternative fishing methods.


A little background. From May through September, swordfish are harpooned; from September through January they are caught in drift gillnets and the nets catch everything that can’t escape. Swordfish are hauled aboard for commercial sale, much of the bycatch is tossed overboard. The bulk of the saleable bycatch is white seabass. A lot of white sea bass.


The nets are expensive, $60,000 each, which is why only 20 of the 79 state-issued permits are utilized from San Diego to Santa Barbara. But make no mistake, they are highly effective. Last year those 20 drift gillnet fishing boats with their 14-inch mesh nets hauled in more than 800,000 pounds of swordfish worth $2.7 million but also killed indiscriminately, among their prey nine short-beaked common dolphins, hundreds of Pacific bluefin tuna, three California sea lions, three northern right whale dolphins, one gray whale and two short-finned pilot whales. That was just what was observed on a limited observer basis from May of 2013 through January of 2014.


Last November the PFMC reacted and considered putting more inspectors or electronic observation (cameras) on boats and set season limits on the number of marine mammals, sea turtles and other creatures that can be caught in the nets. If the limits were met, fishing would shut down for the season. A final ruling could come in March.


So drift gillnetters look as though they may have a reprieve even if they might be more highly “observed” Here’s the bigger issue. The PFMC’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) discussed shallow set and deep set longlines in our state waters despite the fact longlines are far more destructive in regards to bycatch of migratory species than gillnets. Members of the HMSMT are not only keeping the nets, but they want to bring back longlines. This isn’t what a sustainable fishery looks like. Quite the opposite.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is at the forefront of this campaign for accountability and for encouraging a transition to less-wasteful fishing methods. Pew has not always been on our sportfishing side and fought us for a on the bluefin limit and we ended up being lucky to get a two-fish limit when it goes into affect later this year. They are a formidable opponent. But they are fighting on our side on this one. In the world of conservation and politics, it’s good to pick your battles and gain allies when you can. We need allies in this battle.


The comment deadline for the upcoming PFMC meeting is March 2. The meeting is March 6-12. 

Here is a letter at

 http://www.24connect.net/drift_gillnets

that is being circulated throughout SoCal angling clubs and quite understandably, many of those clubs are submitting their own letters opposing drift gillnets and longlines. We need the recreational community weighing on this in numbers. Without a strong opposition this drift gillnet fishery will continue on without the proper accountability and we may end up with longlines back in our waters.

There is another group, Wild Oceans, circulating another letter more specific to the issue of longlines.

here is the link

http://bit.ly/KeepLonglinesOut 

Pat McDonell is Editor of Western Outdoor News and directs the WON saltwater jackpot events in Cabo, Catalina and San Diego. He can be reached at Patm@wonews.com.

An industry reacts to tragedy
As I wrote recently former WON Kayak Editor Paul Lebowitz and his wife Susan on Jan. 13 lost their 18-year-old son James, a freshman studying computer science at Cal Poly Pomona, to a brain aneurysm. Paul is editor of KayakFishMagazine, but right now his focus is his son’s service this Monday in La Jolla in Sessions Park with a paddle out at 9:30, followed by a 12 to 3 p.m. service at the park, and on creating an endowment at Cal Poly. He wrote the fundraising details recently after I asked him for details on the fundraising efforts that have been as heartwarming as they have been amazing as I’ve seen them unfold on Facebook. Our fishing community is something to be proud of, as we head into the show season. Here’s how you can help Paul in his effort to raise the endowment money. The various links can be easily accessed in my blog at www.wonews.com.

— Pat McDonell


BY PAUL LEBOWITZ

Special to Western Outdoor News


Losing James has been a nightmare (I miss him every second of every day), but we're grateful for the support and love the community has offered. It's a glimmer of light in a dark time, a reason for hope.


The fishing community is tight; kayak anglers, so accustomed to looking out for one another on the water, is tighter. I never expected this astounding effort to help, all of it spontaneous.


James accomplished much in his 18 years, overcoming an autism spectrum diagnosis and significant difficulties at school. He earned his way into Cal Poly Pomona, where he was just one of 120 freshmen admitted to the highly competitive computer science program, and had figured out the social side. He was living independently in the dorms, where he had a wide circle of friends (for the first time in his life). He was generally a happy kid, but he was having the time of his life at college.


As we were saying our reluctant goodbyes, it struck me that there could be no better memorial for James than establishing a scholarship in his name. An endowment is perennial; a scholarship will keep his name and story alive at Cal Poly, and provide direct help to young people much like him. Establishing an endowment takes $50,000. With the generous help we've received, we should get there within the year.


You asked for the details of the memorial sticker fundraiser. I'll get to those in a bit. Other efforts include:


— Jackson Kayak is auctioning a custom rigged Kraken, molded in Cal Poly colors.


— David VrMeer's 50th Birthday Party - in lieu of presents, David asked for donations


— Pay It Forward, NorCal Kayak Anglers and the A-Hulls awarded a grant.


— Money Between Friends kayak fish-off, Irvine Lake, donated tournament proceeds


— Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers and snaggedline.com provided a grant,


— A number of direct donations to Cal Poly from individuals and companies


jallogo

I'm probably leaving another one or two out. On to the James Lebowitz Memorial Sticker / Kayak Raffle Ticket Fundraiser. As Sue and I were sitting vigil over James prior to his organ and tissue donation (which we're told helped nearly 60 people, including directly saving at least one life), a large group of kayak anglers led by Texan Ryan McDermid were brainstorming ways to pitch in. Ryan pulled in two of the sport's leading up-from-the-grassroots accessory manufacturers: Bill Bragman of Yak-Gear and Luther Cifers of Yak Attack.


Both have been personal friends for years. I was the first to report on their new businesses (in WON ink). They are newsmakers; I've continued to cover their stories since. Bragman told me I was there for him; he wanted to be there for us. These two companies are competitors. It's beautiful to see them come together in a cause that transcends business.


As I understand it, Bragman paid to print the stickers. Cifers is paying for postage. Both are selling the stickers on their websites. All proceeds are going to the James Lebowitz Memorial Cal Poly Scholarship Endowment fund. Stickers are $5,99 each, an accessible and tangible way to pitch in. Cifers says the stickers have been his best seller this month. The first 500 stickers have already sold through; more are on the way.


Here's the kicker: Native Watercraft donated a Redfish 12 kayak in Hidden Oak Camo (http://www.nativewatercraft.com/boat.cfm?id=40) for a raffle that will close on March 29, the last day of Fred Hall Del Mar. Just days ago, Wilderness Systems added a second boat, the hotly anticipated ATAK (http://www.wildernesssystems.com/community/introducing-atak). It's a win it before you can buy it deal, or close enough.


A sticker plus a raffle entry is $15.99. I'll have memorial stickers for sale at the paddle out and remembrance this Monday morning at La Jolla Beach, and expect to have more available in the Unibutter booth at the Hall Shows. WON readers are familiar with that aspect of story. Substance abuse counselor George Martinez saved Tommy Gomes. George is now Tommy's best friend. James directly-donated kidney saved George. George calls James his angel. Tommy has vowed to see the scholarship funded.


It's been more emotional and gratifying than I could have imagined to see photos of the JAL decals posted on Facebook. People I've never met or know only online are sticking them on their kayaks and other fishing gear.


Yak-Gear sticker purchase link:


www.yak-gear.com/shop/kayak-fishing-gear-yak-gear-apparel/JL-Memorial-Decal


YakAttack sticker purchase link:


http://www.yakattack.us/James_Lebowitz_Memorial_Sticker_p/dcl-jl.htm


Thanks for helping spread the word, and for sharing James' story and the power and value of organ and tissue donation. Our family thought of other people during our darkest time. Others are helping us further pay it forward.


James Lebowitz’s Endowment details


Paul and Susan Lebowitz are working to endow a permanent annual Cal Poly scholarship in James' name and are asking people, in lieu of cards or flowers, to consider making a donation in James' name.


The address:


In Remembrance Of James Lebowitz

Please hold for a scholarship endowment

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Gift Processing Department

3801 West Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768


Also, here is a secure link to pay on line if you wish.


https://secure.qgiv.com/for/?key=calpolyadvancement


Friends of Rollo on TV this Sunday
Angler Chronicles offers a sneak preview of the show on Vimeo trailer

 

The Friends of Rollo trip on the Dolphin Jan. 31 that celebrated the 100,000th child hosted by the program will be shown on Angler Chronicles this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. on Fox Sports West. Here is a link to the trailer promo which is pretty cool itself. The feature on the Foundation, as well as a story on the celebration and out of Fisherman’s Landing, appeared in WON right after the ceremony. Below is a story I did on the foundation’s goals, its new director and what is coming up at the Fred Hall shows and how you can be a part of this amazing effort in 2015.

The TV show link:

https://vimeo.com/119294494


See more about the TV show Angler Chronicles at www.anglerchronicles.com


Friends of Rollo: Raising money, taking kids fishing

The nonprofit foundation Friends of Rollo has lofty goals for 2015, starting with raising money in the raffle at the Hall shows that will culminate in a grand drawing the final evening of the Del Mar show.


BY PAT McDONELL

WON Staff Writer


LONG BEACH -- Friend of Rollo Executive Director Jim Holden eyes more funding, more kids to take fishing, adding more trip and freshwater events and it starts with you, as a contributor.


This year Holden and the board of directors and volunteers with Friends of Rollo is hoping to amp up the reach of the organization that began in 1999, and which has hosted 100,000 children on fishing trips from San Diego to San Francisco.


The goal for 2015 is to raise twice the 2014 money donated and raised, said new executive director Jim Holden. Last year, 75 trips went out. This year a minimum of 100 trips is the goal.


More and more, said Holden, Friends of Rollo will host or affiliate itself through financial assistance with other youth events that have the same goals, such as Capt. Ron Baker’s annual derbies at Crystal and Belmont piers and Poway and Chollas lakes. There is also the Hooked on Fishing, Not On Drugs derbies in Chico, and Friends also assists Steve Miller’s Pathways To Adventure based in Orange County. There are more in the planning stages for 2015 at Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra, and Irvine Lake in O.C.


Fundraising is nonstop and it comes in many forms, said Holden. Grants are the foundation of the budget, with the two biggest contributors the Doyle and Dickensen foundations. Right up there as a contributor is the Fred Hall Shows, with Bart Hall literally opening up his doors to the shows for booth space.


Working with foundations is the best source of money, and it’s often just about getting the word out, asking. The money is there and many of them are just looking for a program like ours that works with kids.


“It’s just such a great thing, taking children fishing, the experience, the volunteers. That is why it’s so important to make presentations to these foundations, he said.


There’s a number of fundraising efforts on the 2015 calendar. There is always the need for donated equipment.


“If people have fishing equipment they are not using and laying around, that is just huge,” said Holden. To that end, the Bass Pro Shops Spring Fish Classic asks for old tackle, and then Friends sells it at Fisherman Landing’s Tackle Days. There’s Texas Hold’em Tournament set in May for a country club in San Clemente (all fun, no card experience needed), the annual Raffle Drawing that culminates at the Fred Hall Del Mar show’s last day, and a super fun-sounding $1,000 a ticket 2-day Wicked Tuna Tournament called “Tuna Wars” on the sportfishers Tribute and Eclipse out of San Diego.


The June event, he said, pits anglers on both boats in a 2-day tourney, and the top three jackpot fish on each boat are judged against each other. Best of all, Holden said, the chartermasters or “captains” of the teams are Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise and the fiery and profane Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah from the Wicked Tuna show. Two completely different personalities, urging their teams on.


There are other chances for fun and fundraising. Holden’s job is to keep the carousel turning.


“Friends of Rollo can do some much, introducing these children, special needs kids or kids at risk or just kids who have never fished before or even seen the ocean, understand there is a great big world out there,” said Holden. “It’s a great feeling to be a part of something like that.”


More details can be found at www.rollokids.org but come by the Friends of Rollo booths at both Fred Hall shows and buy raffle tickets for the big drawing at Del Mar.


 

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