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2015 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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MAY 2.  Classic MBK DERBY.  MAY 2.  Classic MBK DERBY.
Man dogs, camaraderie, and New Ocean Kayak as First Prize!! 

Rockfish season will be open and May is a gray month for HALIBUT in the MBK area.  Who knows, maybe we'll be blessed with a salmon run or some early WSB as well.

All proceeds go to Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout project. Contact Bushy for any info.

Sign up via MBK website:


Or call them at


NorCal FreshKATS Series for 2015

Lake Berryessa, March 21st - Pleasure Cove. Director: Ricci Chavez (Fishworks)
In The Books!
1st John Patz w/621pts for 5 bass=$420 - Championship Qualifier
2nd Daniel Chavez w/588.5pts for 5 bass=$240 - Championship Qualifier
3rd Pat Kuhl w/384.75pts for 3 bass=$160 - Championship Qualifier

Rollins Lake, April 18th - Greenhorn Campground. Director: Mike Lavoie (Wingshooter)
Lake Tahoe, August 29th - Tallac Historic Site. Director: Ricci Chavez (Fishworks)
Clear Lake, October 24th - Clear Lake State Park. Director: Jim Meier (Rockfish)

Championship Event On December 5th
Port of Sacramento - Barge Canal FREE, No Cost!

Entry Fee: $30.00 Per Event
Day of Entry Fee: $35.00 Per Event

FreshKATs Series Rules:
• You MUST be a registered and active member of NCKA.org. If you are not, it's free to join and well worth it.
• This is a tournament series with a "Championship" final event. 
• To participate in the Championship event you must either place in the top 3 at one of the four events or register for all four events (attendance not mandatory). 
• This is a cash prize series and 1/3 of the registration fee money from the first 4 events rolls over to the prize pool at the Championship event. This will give the Championship a large cash pot.
• Once an angler has placed top 3 in one of the qualifying series events, he or she cannot compete in any other FreshKATs Series events. This does not mean you are not allowed to join us. So please come out for the festivities, potluck, camping and to support your fellow anglers. We'll see you top 3's at the Championship.
• The Championship Event is absolutely FREE, a no cost event to participate.
• All AOTY Points Per Inch scoring rules will apply for all fish caught within the FreshKATs Series and Championship Event.

AOTY Scoring Species/Points per Inch List:

Striped Bass = 5.5 pts/in
LandLock Salmon = 9 pts/in
Largemouth Bass = 8 pts/in
Smallmouth Bass & Spotted Bass = 9 pts/in
Trout = 7.75 pts/in
Brown Trout = 7.75 pts/in
Lake Trout (Mackinaw) = 6 pts/in
Kokanee = 10 pts/in
Catfish = 5.5 pts/in
Panfish = 12 pts/in

FreshKATs Event Rules:
• All rules apply to all 4 FreshKATs events and the Championship Event.
• Catch & Release your best five(5) fish per person(chosen by the angler) as scored based on the scoring system below.
• The total points of your best 5 fish as presented on camera will be your score. The photographs resolution must be high enough so we can zoom in and clearly view your wrist band ID#, fish species and size down to the quarter inch. Check your cameras resolution prior and adjust accordingly.
• The entire fish must be photographed laying straight on a measuring board with either the fishes top or bottom jaw touching the boards end (0” mark). We will NOT measure your fish nor will ANY fish be allowed at the check-in table.
• All photo entries must be rounded down to the nearest quarter inch. Don’t risk a disqualification if it’s too close to call.
• All scoring photos must include the tourney wrist band with your name clearly showing.
• Each angler must fill out their own points sheet accurately and submit at the check-in table no later than 1:00.
• We will verify your fish photos at the check-in table and compared against your score sheet. Please have your pictures and measuring board ready for view. You must also be wearing your wrist band.
• All CA DFG rules must be followed.
• You will be required to wear a PFD or life jacket while competing.
• You will be required to have a charged and functioning VHF radio while competing.

Individual wristbands will be available at the check-in table near the launch area one hour prior to start time. The tournament is a shotgun start and begins at sunrise.

Not following any of these rules will result in instant and complete disqualification. All ties and discrepancies will be decided by the tournament director. Know these r
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.

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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We received a rare and valued  visit at the Bushnell household from none other than Joel Lotilla "The Mooch," as he visited Santa Cruz to pick up his new 500cc scooter.  The machine is like your dad's vespa on steroids.

After a cup of coffee and a visit to the "Ops Center" (my garage), my son Max and I introduced Mooch to some of our pets.

To my knowledge, this is the closest Mooch has gotten to a big snake.

Didn't help matters that our python took a strike at my hand as I was attempting to take him out for photo opportunity.  (he's about to shed and just fed, can't really see right now, so I think was just striking at the movement)

Joel of course feels the snake was on high alert due to his (Joel's) intense fear factor.  Might be some thing to that, the snake has never, ever struck at my hand before, and I handle him often.

So, we left the python be, and the pix feature black mexican kingsnake about 5 feet long.


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