In Case You Missed It - October 16, 2015 News

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Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament Set For Nov. 12-14, 2015

Discerning anglers from across the country will hunt for some of the most elusive gamefish in the world at the 4th Annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament, November 12-14, 2015. This prestigious event will raise funds for the locally-based Guides Trust Foundation, and will host two veteran soldiers to compete as a team in honor of Veteran’s Day. This year, the All American will host a very short but very exclusive live auction featuring a week-long fishing trip for two anglers to Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, courtesy of Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers. This adventure includes two nights in a five-star hotel in Havana (on arrival and departure) and six nights aboard the 110-foot, fully air-conditioned La Tortuga, a double-deck floating hotel with seven deluxe cabins. Five full days and two half-days of fishing are included, as well as meals and drinks. More information is available at Avalon's website, The live auction will also feature fishing trips, meals and accommodations to two luxury resorts in the Florida Keys – Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada and Tranquility Bay Resort Beach Hotel in Marathon. All money raised at this auction will go directly to the Guides Trust Foundation. All American anglers will compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different species of fish: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. Tackle Divisions include Fly, Artificial and General, and both Individual and Team trophies will be awarded. Fishing headquarters is World Wide Sportsman. The Guides Trust Foundation assists Florida Keys fishing guides in need, helping them meet their financial obligations in times of crisis or injury. The GFT also awards scholarships to local students. For more information and donation forms, visit the GTF website at Signature sponsors again this year include Wells Fargo, Abel Reels and Robert-James Sales, Inc., among others. Entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes entry into all three social events for the angler, a guest and the angler’s guide and his guest. It also includes a continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman each morning and boxed lunches for anglers and guides. The All American is limited to 25 boats. The 2015 All American kick off on Thursday, November 12, with a sumptuous beachside banquet, a rules meeting and an exclusive silent auction. Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2015. The tournament will culminate on Saturday, November 14, with an awards ceremony and banquet. Awards for Individual Grand Champion, Individual Runner-Up, Grand Champion Team, Runner-Up Grand Champion Team and Champions in the Fly, Artificial and General Tackle Divisions will be presented. For more information, All American tournament brochure and entry forms, please contact Julie Olsen at [](mailto: ) or visit

Fifth Annual “No Motor” Tournament Set for Saturday November 7

Swarms of surf casters, kayak anglers and other fans of Southern California’s near-shore angling experience will once again descend on the Santa Barbara coastline to participate in the upcoming annual “No Motor” Tournament on Saturday, November 7. Last year’s event was the biggest yet, and organizer The Sportfishing Conservancy expects a great turnout for what will be the tournament’s Fifth Anniversary. What draws so many fishermen to this relaxed, family-friendly activity is the unique experience it provides — not the least of which is the opportunity to enjoy Southern California coastal fishing at a time when the weather and fishing are often at their best. Equally compelling are the thousands of dollars worth of awards and raffle prizes provided by generous sponsors including Seeker Fishing Rods, Costa Sunglasses, Big Hammer Lures, Deep Blue SUPs, and more. The fact that his event has a five-year track record of supporting the nearby Carpinteria Salt Marsh — an important tidal marshland habitat critical for fish and other animals — is the “icing on the cake” that makes participation satisfying, as well as fun. This event is ideal for families and anglers of all experience levels. Check-in/registration is from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at local landmark Danny’s Deli (4890 Carpinteria Avenue). Once signed up, anglers can fish anywhere they like — as long as they cast from shore or any human-powered craft including kayaks, float tubes or SUPs. Participating fishermen have until 11:30 a.m. to report back to Danny’s Deli for the tallying of results and announcement of the winners during a special luncheon to follow. The entry fee remains at only $20 and includes a “goody bag,” five raffle tickets and a tasty Tri-Tip Lunch at Danny’s Deli. Proceeds from entry fees and sales of additional raffle tickets will be donated to The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Delicate wetland environments such as this are vital for sustaining many birds, plants, marine animals and juvenile fishes, California halibut in particular. This year's event will feature two separate raffles. An "anglers raffle" where participants must be present to receive prizes (including Seeker Rods, gift certificates for local stores, fishing reels, tackle and more). There will also be a Grand Prize raffle to give away a Deep Blue Stand Up Paddleboard worth approximately $2000. Tickets for this will be $25 each or $100 for five tickets, and will be available for purchase at the event as well as online via PayPal at The winner of this prize need not be present. “We’re very proud that recreational anglers have rallied around this cause and supported our tournament year after year,” said Jenny Armstrong, event coordinator for The Sportfishing Conservancy. “Sport fishermen recognize the importance of restoring and protecting these shrinking habitats, as well as their direct connection to the overall health of our coastal waters and fisheries. This is an excellent opportunity for anglers and their families to enjoy a great time outdoors while they support a great cause,” added Armstrong. Here’s how the 2015 No Motor Tournament will work: Unlike typical “weigh-in” tournaments, this event rewards anglers who catch the highest cumulative length of fish in inches. Catch-and-release is strongly encouraged, however anglers who choose to keep a legal-sized fish will have each two inches deducted for each fish taken. Anglers keep their own tally of fish (“selfie” photos or friend verification may be requested), and the combined length of the 10 biggest fish (any combination of species) will make up the angler’s total score. Each registered angler will be given a scorecard to keep track of six eligible coastal species — calico bass (14” minimum), sand bass (14” minimum), surf perch (5” minimum), white seabass (28” minimum) halibut (22” minimum) and corbina (no minimum length). To count, fish must meet the minimum size limits as established by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and anglers must follow all DFW rules while participating in the No Motor Tournament. For complete tournament rules and a downloadable PDF registration form, anglers can visit The Sportfishing Conservancy's website at or call event coordinator Jenny Armstrong at (949) 813-7831. Anglers can also sign up in advance at The Hook, Line & Sinker tackle shop in Santa Barbara, or just show up the morning of the event.

Sign Petition: State Angling to Ban Common Fishing Gear & Sinkers!

From latest CA Sportfishing League newsletter: You have until October 23rd to stop the state from regulating and potentially banning common fishing gear and sinkers! If not, the price of your fishing tackle could increase 20-fold or, worse yet, become illegal in California! This move will also hurt the small business owners and jobs dependent on outdoor recreation to make a living. State regulators have not conducted any research that would justify such onerous and costly regulations, even though they were required to do so. The good news is they can reverse course, but they need to hear from you—today. Thank you for having your voice heard by signing the petition by clicking here.