Seabass Tournament – White Seabass Fishing
Get it on the calendar! The annual WON/Yamaha Catalina White Seabass Tournament at Two Harbors is slated for May 16-17, 2015 and there are no changes in schedule from last year when we had an earlier check in and release, a flare gun start on both sides of the Isthmus and an all-islands format. More time to fish was appreciated, and the earlier release for teams after the short meeting was more relaxed and the flare gun start was exciting to be in and see from the start boat.
This year there are two exciting changes. After always having a one-fish weigh-in for the overall, paying down to fifth place, you can weigh in TWO fish — any of the three eligible species of WSB, yellowtail and halibut. The nine optionals, $100, $200 and $300 for all three species for a total of 9 payouts) remains a one-fish weigh-in, with the usual 90 percent payback. There was nearly $20,000 in those nine optional pots last year. What has also been added for 2015 along with the 2-fish weigh-in is the Yamaha $1,000 Big Fish Payout. You may not win the tourney with your big fish, but it will win the optional money (if you are entered there) and you’ll get that $1,000.
Why the 2-fish weigh-in this year? Why not?
The minimum number of anglers on a team is two (no limit on how many anglers per team as always), and the limit on white seabass is one fish that time of year, so it is within the 1-WSB PP limit. It makes the tourney more of a skill game.
The schedule is on the new entry form here. The payouts are first place through fifth, starting with $5,000 for first, and then $1,500, $500, $300 and $200 for a total $7500 payout, based on 225 anglers which is what usually attract if the weather and fishing at the islands is decent. (Let’s be clear about one thing: Unless Catalina slips into the sea, we will not postpone, move or cancel the event.) So don’t call us if the weather kicks up. Catalina is a sort of marine weather eddy anyway, and projected weather patterns for the SoCal Bight and outer islands are often no applicable. Plus, there is the less side of the island.
Anyway, there’s some serious money up for grabs with the overall money, $7,500, and $20,000 in the optionals. Then there are the optionals, the drawings both days (most on Sunday at the swards BBQ), the casting contest Saturday morning, and the barbecue on Sunday.
2015 White Seabass Championship Schedule
SATURDAY, MAY 16:
Check-in 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m,: Teams receive welcome bags with product, drawing tickets, team numbers at Two Harbors. Avet/Costa Casting Contest 7 a.m, to 10. Finals begin at 9:45. No exceptions, so cast early.
Captains meeting, rules and four high-end drawings starts at 10 a.m,
Team’s released by 10:30 but teams must check in by boat number at the end of the dock or at the release boat at both harbors. Flare gun start at 11:15 p.m. Note: all islands are open to fishing, but the coast is off-limits.
SUNDAY, MAY 17:
Weigh-in on the beach at 10 to noon. Two fish can be weighed in for aggregate weigh for overall, one fish for all of the 9 optionals. BBQ lunch at noon, followed by awards ceremony and drawings to follow at 12:30 p.m.
Note: 90 percent of the drawings will be conducted on Sunday.
Entry is $75 per person until May 1, and then it is $100 a person, minimum of 2 people. No limit on number of team members. Free (1) Yamaha entry per team if on a Yamaha-powered boat. Remaining anglers pay $75 or $100.
For team and optional entries or adding team members, we will accept a personal check received at WON offices before May 10.
Sign-up online here by clicking on this link.
Mail checks to:
Western Outdoor News
Catalina WSB Championship
901 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300
San Clemente, CA 92673
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