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2015 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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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.

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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