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2015 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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Time to start thinking of major Springtime trip to San Clemente (Or maybe points south?)

I just talked to the Islander rep in SD.  They are booking fast for this time period.  Best they can do for us is a 3.5 day trip to San Clemente.  Which will be AWESOME!!

  Price break for us! (Cause they love NCKA) Same as 3-day last year $765.

May 28th-June 1st  Thurs-Monday

(leave Thursday night and return Monday morning)  Fish Friday, Sat. Sun  @ SCI

Price will be the same our 3 day last year @ $765

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We can dive.  We can fish from the big boat.  WE can kayak fish ALL DAY. We can eat great food, catch awesome fish, and put another EPIC ADVENTURE into the books

Last year's trip was epic (lets see some reminispix).  Most on the boat agreed that three days was just not enough.  We were just getting into the groove on day 3.

I think end of May would be epic, warmed up enough for big island halibut and especially chance at YT and WSB....of course the goats and calico's never fail to impress us Northern Boyz.

So, weigh in fellows, let us know if enough guys are interested so we can start official signups


04 Jan 2015 - SAND CRAB CLASSIC #11

1pm Weigh-in Deadline.

Biggest Perch Wins..  (Equal prize and trophies for Barred Surf Perch and “other perch” as well)

The 2015 SAND CRAB CLASSIC PERCH TOURNAMENT is taking sign-ups.   

Sign up online using credit card or PAYPAL!  E-Z!


Signup form available on website for mail-in entries

Bayside Marine at the Santa Cruz Harbor also has entry forms and will accept payment at their shop.

Entries end strictly on Feb 28, 2015

Mike Baxter and I love putting on the derby each year, and together with you, we've raised thousands of dollars for the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project over the past ten years.  This is year #11 and it's the biggest and the BEST!

We hope you can make it to the derby again this year. Get your entry in quick, we are limiting to the first 300 entries due to space constrictions at the Portuguese Hall, and we WILL sell out this year!

Thanks again and looking forward to seeing you and your winning perch on March 14, 2015!



Allen Bushnell and Mike Baxter
Welcome to the Ninth Annual Gimme Shelter Kayakfishing Tournament.  If you've never attended or followed the history of the GS series, then please spend some time reviewing past threads.  It's a lot of reading, but there's invaluable amounts of information about what we've done over the years - amazing fish caught, awesome diving, excellent competitions and camaraderie, great parties...  Just give it some time, and if you're serious about knowing what's up do this:  go to the "Fishing Events, Tournaments and Trips" page on this forum.  Look at the top blue line that says "Subject / Started by" - look over to the right where it says "Replies / Views" - click on "Views"- the screen will reset to show all posts in that section of the forum in an ascending list of total views.  So click "Views" again and it'll give the descending list, and all of the most viewed posts will be listed right below the pinned posts.  Like this:

All of the history of past GS events is there.  It comes down to this - you can ask questions here and look like a newb (no prob -  :smt001) or you can read all about the past to fill yourself in for the most part.  At least spend some time with a friend (your sponsor...) finding out what the basics are.

The format has changed a bit this year.

We will still have a scoreboard for people to keep track of the usual species, but AOTD will be a Pro Division where only Lingcod, Salmon and Halibut will score - most total inches wins, up to four fish can be entered with no more than two of any species, and the Pro Division entry is $10 more than a basic participant entry.  The cash pot consists of $10 x # of Pro Division entries, and it'll be split among top scorers if it exceeds $500 - TBD by Tournament Director.  Rockfish are out of the competition.  People will keep plenty of rockfish, and that's fine.  The competition will only be focused on the big 3 mentioned, and most prizes will be part of a weighted raffle where you're able to put tickets in the bucket of the prize you want a better chance at - raffle to benefit charities TBA.  The exception to that will be the grand prize - Old Town Predator XL - it will be raffled, and each participant, both basic and Pro Division, will have an automatic entry.

The focus this year is on gathering to enjoy each other and the Cove.

Read the attached information and forms, and ask questions here if you have them.

After a couple months of asking the top 5 in both AOTY and DOTY about where and when to hold this year's Award ceremony and not coming to any great consensus I have come up with the following date and location that I hope will work for those people that WANT to come and celebrate the winners and competitors of this years AOTY and DOTY.

Date: 2/7/14
Location: Timber Cove Beach, Sonoma County

Here are the pros and cons of this location as I see it:

-North of SF. Important for folks who want to come and live in Humboldt.
-Still possible day trip distance for Monterey/SJ/Sac area folks
-Pretty beach area to chill and for family
-Can do whatever we want on beach:cook, drink, chill, bonfire, potluck, kegs, play music, camp etc without a group permit
-Divers can dive and harvest uni and fish and ocean goodies (octopus and scallops if lucky) to share with anglers
-Anglers can either target sea perch from kayak (high value AOTY species), drop crab trabs offshore, or shore fish from rocks in TC or anyhwere North/South
-Mushroom hunters can explore Salt Point state park just to the North
-Timber Cove lodge next door has fancy restaurant and bar for wives/SOs
-If bad weather could still set up tarps/canopies and do awards under them against cliff/between cars etc
-Bathroom facilities at top of hill, and porta potty on beach
-Fish/uni cleaning station at beach
-Even if don't fish or dive is cool spot to chill and spend a day at the beach or just paddle and explore coast, or practice self rescue in cove.  :smt003

-Anglers can only target perch from kayak
-Brenda charges per person for day use
-Very limited parking down by beach, but plenty of parking up top and along HWY 1 and short walk down to water.

Some of the factors that were considered in trying to decide a venue included:

-Fishing opportunities during Jan/Feb
-Diving opportunities during Jan/Feb
-Access during Jan/Feb
-$$ (we have no budget for a permit or group site etc)
-Location. We have players from ALL over so any location will be a drive for some
-Aesthetics. Dirt parking lot vs somewhere pretty with water.

Really hope people who care about AOTY and DOTY are cool with this choice.

If anyone (either on the AOTY/DOTY committe or not) wants to take on planning and coordinating the awards ceremony for next year please let me know.  :smt002



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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