The Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament, named in memory of legendary long-range fishing pioneer and sportsman Bill Poole, is scheduled to take place this weekend, running Friday, July 27 through Saturday, July 28, with a gala awards barbeque and fundraiser the following day, Sunday, July 29.
Proceeds from the contest go to furthering the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s (HSWRI) white sea bass stock replenishment program, which is the largest in the world.
Since 1983, HSWRI has released more than 1.8 million juvenile white seabass back into the ocean, ably fulfilling its mission to “return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.”
White sea bass populations were at critically low levels when the HSWRI program began. Today, thanks in part to HSWRI’s efforts, the white sea bass fishery has staged a remarkable recovery and is considered vibrant.
Ingrid Poole, Bill’s longtime spouse, has shown her support of the partnership and goal to rebuild white sea bass populations. “Bill was mindful of the ocean’s limits from very early in his career,” she noted. “He encouraged his passengers to keep what they needed and leave the rest for another day. This is the perfect event to honor his legacy.”
Poole Boat Company built most of the boats that helped make San Diego’s legendary sportfishing fleet including the Royal Polaris, Polaris Supreme, Polaris Supreme, Spirit of Adventure, American Angler, Bold Contender, Royal Star, New Seaforth and Dolphin. The design of Bill’s boats proved so sound that the Coast Guard rewrote its manual to Poole Boat specifications.
This year’s Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament will include most major inshore and offshore species including white sea bass, halibut, yellowtail and tuna. Anglers will compete for a variety of awards in both senior and junior divisions. As in previous years, this will be a family-oriented, non-money tournament designed to encourage sportsmanship and ocean awareness.
Those who don’t fish may still purchase tickets to attend the Awards Barbeque Banquet and Raffle on Sunday July 29 beginning at 11 a.m. The banquet — held at HSWRI’s bayside headquarters — will feature Let’s Talk Hook-Ups host Pete Gray, delicious fish tacos, prepared on site by local chefs, and a opportunity to win prizes in the raffle sponsored by some of recreational fishing industry’s top personalities and manufacturers.
Bill Shedd, president of AFTCO, will be receiving the Bill Poole Memorial Award, given each year to a person who has dedicated a lifetime to the outdoor sporting life.
Bob Fletcher will be receiving the Milt Shedd Memorial Award for his contributions to the white seabass program.
All proceeds from this event benefit HSWRI, a 501(c)-(3) non-profit organization and world leader in white seabass stock replenishment. For more information contact Rick Maxa at 619-708-5077 or HSWRI at 619-226-3870 or visit www.hswri.org.