On Saturday, August 27, youngsters and families across Southern California are invited to participate in a fun fishing derby on the Seal Beach Municipal Pier. Anglers aged 15 and under and compete for free and also enjoy free refreshments, free bait and free loaner tackle for those who need it.

For the 20th time, the Los Alamitos/Seal Beach Rotary Club is sponsoring this popular event for youngsters and their families, providing great trophies and prizes for the largest fish caught. This year’s event is co-sponsored by nonprofit conservation organization United Anglers of Southern California (UASC), who will be staffing the event with volunteers and angling advisors to assist the youngsters. The derby is also made possible through funding provided by the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP).

“This is a great way for youngsters and their families to enjoy ocean fishing in a safe, supervised environment — with an emphasis on fun and learning about the ocean,” said UASC Chairman Dave Elm. “If you’ve long thought about introducing your son, daughter, grandchild or neighbor to fishing — but could never find the right opportunity — this event is perfect. We’re proud to be working alongside the Rotary Club and the MSRP to support this worthwhile effort and look forward to a great time for all.”

Check in for the derby begins at 7 a.m. and runs until 9 a.m. The fishing derby begins at 7:30 a.m. and will end at noon with the presentation of prizes. Anglers are welcomed to bring their favorite fishing poles, however, UASC volunteers will be providing loaner rods/reels for those who need them.

The Seal Beach Municipal Pier is located in the city of Seal Beach, near the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Avenue.

For more details about this event, contact Los Alamitos/Seal Beach Rotary Club President Patricia Eskenazi at 562-431-9400.

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Ron Ballanti is a lifelong California angler and has been writing about fishing for decades. His articles and photos have appeared in some of the most respected fishing magazines out there, including Sport Fishing, Pacific Coast Sportfishing and Saltwater Sportsman.