OXNARD — The prospects for WON’s Channel Islands Shootout is looking stellar with less than a month to go, thanks to new squid nest popping up at Santa Cruz after the ones off Port Hueneme and County Line — which kick out 60-plus-pound white seabass and monster halibut — petered out.
There’s been incredible white seabass, halibut and more recently, even yellowtail, for private boaters out of Channel Islands Harbor. 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 great format for the newly added private boat division. “It’s only $100 a team,” adds 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 that the usual $100 that its 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, Lazer Sharp hooks, Yo-Zuri fluorocarbon, Sufix line fills on the boat and all the other goods, and it’s like a freeroll.”
On July 12 Bob Hoose and David Bacon will host a seminar at Sport Chalet in Oxnard at 7 p.m. to get anglers primed for this exciting event.
For more details on the event, call WON Advertising Rep Ben Babbitt at (949) 366-0030, ext. 31.