Channel Island Shootout kicks off with Spiderwire’s Bob Hoose, Aloha Spirit’s Shawn Steward and WaveWalker captain Dave Bacon
OXNARD — On July 12, Bob Hoose of Spiderwire, Shawn Steward of the Aloha Spirit and Capt. David Bacon of WaveWalker Charters will host a seminar and special sale at Sport Chalet in Oxnard at 7 p.m.
The trio and some great sales and demonstrations will be sure to get anglers primed for the WON Channel Islands Shootout that will have perfect timing for anglers eager for our killer summer fishing for seabass, halibut and yellowtail on the coast and the islands.
Check out the latest reports in this issue, but the entire area has been on fire lately, especially at the islands, and the July 12 seminar will fill you in on where to go and what to use, particularly since Capt. Bacon and Steward have been fishing these top areas for decades and charter captains.
Steward will be talking to sport boat anglers on how to rig up and secrets to winning the sport boat division. His boat, the Aloha Spirit, has won several of the previous events including last year.
Hoose is always a great draw at any event, and will have his knot tester on hand and will be showing guys the correct way to connect Spiderwire Braid to their Yo-Zuri Power Carbon and other fluoros, as well as, the proper monofilament to fluorocarbon connection.
This season has been nothing short of epic, and it’s looking like the perfect set-up for the inaugural private boat division that is slated for this year’s Channel Islands Shootout. It’s a great format for the newly added private boat division. And it’s the best tournament bargain anywhere.
“It’s only $100 a team,” adds Ben Babbitt. “We wanted to keep it economical with the economy and all, while also making it a big deal with payouts. If we hit 50 teams, first will get a grand, and second to fifth will get $600, $400, $300 and $200, respectively.” And that’s just for the overall; $50 yellowtail/white seabass and $50 halibut optionals ratchet up the purse for anyone entering the optionals.
At its roots, the event has always been a sportboat event. That’s why the private boater division is totally separate from the sportboat division. Sure, both skiff and sportboat anglers get the great goodie bags and a shot at the raffles galore and grand raffle Mercury 150. But that’s where the similarities stop.
“It’s really a lot of fun on the sportboats, the guys take it serious, sure, but it’s pretty lighthearted, with cash payouts and impressive prize packs thrown in; it’s a totally separate division from the private boat division,” says Babbitt.
The ticket cost is only $80 for the trips on some of Ventura County’s best sport boats.
“It’s a full-day trip, and cheaper than the usual $100 that it costs to go on the 5 a.m. full-day out of Channel Islands Sportfishing Center,” adds Babbitt. “Toss in the goodies like Tady Lures, Mustad hooks, Yo-Zuri Hybrid line on the boat and all the other goodies, and it’s like a freeroll.”
For more details on the event, call director Ben Babbitt at (949) 366-0030, ext. 31.