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2016 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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... At Ocean Cove Campground.

Tournament central is at group site one just like last year. Camping is $26 per night, per vehicle, but unfortunately they do not take reservations for individual campsites. If you can put together a group they may have other group sites available to reserve. The cost of the group site is $520 for two nights for up to 10 vehicles, additional vehicles are $26 per night, per vehicle. Their telephone number is 707-847-3422

The tournament will be held on Saturday the 24th. I will post more info regarding registration, rules and prizes soon.

Fish on,
Registration is now closed for Gimme Shelter.  198 of us will participate in the tournament, and many family and friends will be there to enjoy the Cove with us.

Last year well over a thousand dollars in cash prizes were awarded to top finishers in the competition.  It was fun to try that format, but this year I'm going away from focusing on the competition.  For me this event is about family and friends getting together in a world class setting to enjoy the sport and each other.  I'm offering the usual goodie bag with t-shirt and the same old quirky trophies for top finishers, and the only prize to be awarded for the fishing competition will be the Grand Prize of a guided trip through my guide service (LoletaEric.com).

The raffle benefiting club charities will be held again, and I will have 2 new kayaks in that raffle.  Each tournament participant gets an entry toward each kayak, and non-participants can buy tickets to put toward one of the kayaks.  If someone wins more than one kayak they must give it away on the spot.  Also, if someone wins a kayak in the raffle and wishes to give it away they get a free guided trip.  We want to see the new kayaks go to people who will use them.  I'm stoked to announce that Big Jim Russell has agreed to run the raffle for me again, and proceeds will be awarded to PIF and another club charity to be announced right after the raffle.

There are some changes and clarifications on the Rules and Schedule sheets - it's 2 pages now...  Please familiarize yourself with all of it.  A notable change for sure is that foul weather may lead me to cancel the competition, but we'll go on with the potluck and award all prizes/trophies/raffle items.  There will be no refunds after the registration deadline of April 20th (postmarked by that date), even if foul weather brings about cancellation of the competition.  It's never happened, but we always have to be ready for it.

I have much to say about this event and what it means to me, so as I continue to update this post with the paid roster and raffle item news...etc., I'll also take plenty of opportunities to push my vibe through writings, photos and videos from past events.

Thank you for your understanding and enthusiasm.  I hope to see you at Shelter Cove.  Let the thread unfold.   :smt001

I'll update raffle and paid roster on this post.

Raffle items so far

- Malibu X-13 (only tournament participants are entered)
- Wilderness Systems Thresher 140 with rudder (anyone can buy a ticket at the potluck)
- Odyssey Angler paddle
- Professionally Guided Trip with Bushy in Monterey Bay Area
- Oldgrowth Redwood Trophy Trough by Abking
- Custom handmade gaff by Piscean Artworks
- Aqua-Bound paddle
- Abu Garcia reel from Roger Shu
- Wild Mushroom Gift Basket, Cookbook and Guided Shroom Trip with Dylan Taube!
- Aqualung Dive Knife from Jef Brewer of Pacific Outfitters in Ukiah
- Salmon rod and reel from anonymous donor
- Free night and discounted extended stay at The Tides Inn from Eric and Verna Kaai
- New Surf To Summit seat / leash / straps
- Gift basket from Mad River Tackle
- 2 pack of Cobra waterproof VHF radios
- Custom Bamboo Gaff by Khanh Customs
- Basic Lowrance Fishfinder including transducer
- 2 Kokatat PFD's - Adult Large/XL
- Stainless Steel Crab Pot from Kayak Greg Mouton

GSX Paid Roster

Alderman, Tom – M Shirt, Flat Cap
Anderson, Cheylee – M Shirt
Anderson, Evan – XL Shirt
Anderson, Shannon – L Shirt, Standard Cap
Angler, Dan – L Shirt, L Hood
Aquino, Ferdinand – M Shirt, Standard Cap
Arthur, Tom – XL Shirt, XL Hood
Arthur, Tommy – XL Shirt, XL Hood
Artwohl, Bill – XL Shirt
Baker, Kenny – L Shirt, L Hood, Standard Cap
Banionis, Tomas – XXL Shirt
Barker, Matt – XL Shirt, XL Hood, Thursday Trip
Barker, Ryan – XXL Shirt, XXL Hood, Standard Cap, Thursday Trip
Batt, David – XL Shirt, XL LS Black, Standard Cap
Belli, Domenic – L Shirt, L Hood
Bennett, Martin – XL Shirt
Bennion, Jim – M Shirt
Bland, Andrew – M Shirt
Bray, Rob – L Shirt
Brewer, Jef – XL Shirt, XL Hood
Brockman, Cody – L Shirt, L Hood
Brockman, David – XL Shirt
Brockman, Rich – XXL Shirt
Bunker, Doug – XL Shirt, XL Add’l Shirt
Calvert, John – XL Shirt, XL LS White, Standard Cap, Friday Trip
Cameron, James – M Shirt, Standard Cap
Cao, Dan – L Shirt
Carey, Maxing – L Shirt
Carraher, Craig – XL Shirt, Flat Cap and Standard Cap
Charles, Gary – XL Shirt
Chasey, Lloyd – XL Shirt, XL LS Black
Chatelain, Nick – XL
Cheng, David – XL Shirt
Cheng, Larry – L Shirt
Chiu, Tony – M Shirt, M Black LS

29 Dec 2015 - Islander 2.5 Day Trip

Looks like we got the dates set for the 2.5 day Islander trip next year.
It will be the last weekend of June, departing the evening of Sunday the 26th and returning the morning of Wednesday the 29th.

Cost is $625pp.

Please sign up in this thread if you are interested in going.

Let's do this!
NCKA Hawg Troughs now available at $20 each. Limited quantities. First come, first served.

80 troughs sold, 0 troughs available

All proceeds go toward funding fishing trips for kids with cancer, one of Mooch's wishes.

Unfortunately, Paypal is not an option. Cash or personal check only. Requests can be sent to me at:

Howard Joe
4720 Ridpath Street
Fremont, CA 94538

Please include your username, in case I have any questions regarding your request.

Three ways to get your trough:

1.   NCKA Express (anyone traveling in your direction)
2.   Pick up from me.
3.   If you’re REALLY in a hurry for it, pay $9.00 for shipping.

Logos shown below. Measurement numbers are in black.
New vinyl stickers are available.
Vinyl 12 x 12 in. oversize ling stickers (same design as the vinyl 5x5 image) are now available for $20.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl 5 x 5 in. ling stickers are now available for $5.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl Ling

Vinyl 4 x 6 in. OG vinyl stickers (white on black) are now available for $5.00 each. The vinyl material is thin; so position carefully before applying.

Vinyl OG

Non-vinyl  4 x 4 in. ling square stickers are still available for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. CAUTION: Non-vinyl stickers may not hold up well with exposure to water.

Non-vinyl 4 x 6 in. oval stickers (4" x 6") are still available for $2.00 each...available in OG (black on white) (for those with no team preferences), San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A's (green on yellow or yellow on green), San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers (yes, them too), and Oakland Raiders colors. Colors posted below are approximate. CAUTION: Non-vinyl stickers may not hold up well with exposure to water.

If you see the sticker listed, the sticker is available.

Free shipping

All proceeds go toward funding a fishing trip for kids, to honor one of Mooch's wishes.

Paypal is not an option. Cash or personal check only. Requests can be sent to me at:

Howard Joe
4720 Ridpath Street
Fremont, CA 94538

Please include your username, in case I have any questions regarding your request.

Or catch me at an event.

About the White Seabass
The white seabass (Atractoscion, nobilis) is not a bass but a member of the croaker family and is related to the California corbina. White seabass (WSB) occur from Juneau, Alaska south to Baja California. They are usually found in areas of rocky bottom and around kelp beds. White seabass are present in California waters all year long. They spawn in kelp beds in the spring and summer. In the fall they form large schools and feed on spawning squid. In the winter they head off-shore following the squid and other baitfish. They can swim 300 miles in 2-3 months. White seabass feed on anchovies, pilchards, herring, and other fish, as well as on crustaceans and squid. The average weight of a 28-inch fish is 7 1/2 pounds. The all-tackle record is 83 pounds, 10 ounces.

The white seabass is a fish that has been much sought after commercially and by anglers. Its dense flesh is white and tender and highly valued, but it spoils quickly without proper care. White seabass landings have fluctuated considerably over the past century, with the commercial take ranging from a high of 3.4 million pounds in 1959 to a low of 58,000 pounds in 1997. The white seabass are making a tremendous comeback after years of pollution and gill netting took their toll. United Anglers assisted in getting legislation passed which now prohibits gill nets within three miles of the coastline. The Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute operates the white seabass hatchery at Carlsbad.  The researchers and volunteers have raised, tagged and released approximately 413,000 juvenile seabass into the waters of Southern California since 1986.

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