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you a BoatUS photograph contest good for any catch, past or recent FOR THE ISLANDER You may have :seen former pro angler and outsized fishing per- sonality Mark Zona hosting the Bassmaster_Elite Series on TV, or appearing-on his own Zona's Awesome Fishing Show. Now is your chance to go fishing with him! Submit a photo of any catch, past or recent, to the BoatUS "Best Catch" Photo Contest and you could find yourself in a fishing boat with rod, reel and none other than the "Z-man," as he's known to fans. The contest runs May 1-31, 2017 and entry details and contest rules can be found at BoatUS~com/Catch. With $1,000 provided for travel expenses, the grand-prize winner with Zona will head to Zona's favorite lake in Michigan. Also included is a one-year, Unlimited Water Towing Membership with services from TowBoatUS, Unlimited Trailer Assist providing up to 100 miles of on road towing for tow vehicles and boat trailers; BoatUS member- ship; and annual membership to FishTrack, a fishing, weather and navigation-planning tool. Zona, one of the most recogniz- able faces in outdoor television and never one to turn down a chance to go fishing, said, "Oh, how much fun we've had on the BoatUS Best Catch contest through the years! I don't want our winner to have the trip of their life, I want them to leave and feel like they had an out- of-body fishing dream!" Winners will be chosen and notified by June 9, 2017. Winning photos will appear in the largest national boating magazine, BoatUS Magazine. Free baseball connected to competition in Avalon Major League May 13 event will provide kids with skills competition FOR THE ISLANDER Pitch Hit & RunTM is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete; free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excel- lence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, includ- ing Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2017 MLBTM All-Star Week. The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All- Around Champion in each divi- sion age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guard- ian fill out a registratlon/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. The competition will be May 13 at 9 a.m. at Joe Machado Field. For questions concerning the competition, please contact your Local Coordinator, David Hart at 310.510.0220 ext 231. 2017 recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery opens FOR THE ISLANDER The 2017 recreational Pacific halibut fishery commenced this week for the first of four open periods~ This season's dates are May 1-June 15, July 1-15, Aug. 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct: 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. The open and closed periods are intended to provide fishing oppor- tunities from spring through fall. The 2017 Pacific halibut quota for the California subarea is 34,580 pounds about 5,000 pounds more than the 2016 quota. During the annual rulemaking process. California Department of Fish and Wildlife received input expressmg interest in maintain- ing ne 2016 season dates, but also adding additional open fishing days in 2017 that align with holi- day weekends. In response, and in light of the increased quota, Fish and Wildlife recommended a longer open season to the National Marine Fisheries Service which included Memorial Day weekend, in addition to Independence Day and Labor Day weekends. The season dates are expected to continue to meet the goal of provid- ing as much opportunity throughout the season while ensuring the quota is attained. As in 2015 and 2016, the open dates are not guaranteed days, and the season could beclosed early if it is determined that projected catches will exceed the California quota Again this year, field staff will be stationed at public launch ramps and charter boat landings to monitor catches of Pacific halibut along with other marine sportfish. Fish and Wildlife will examine this infor- -mation in comparison to expected catch rates and if the cumulative catch is expected to reach or exceed the quota prior to Oct. 31, a closure date will be determined and the public will be notified. The public can follow the prog- ress of catch through the season on the Fish and Wildlife Pacific hali- but website, which will be updated weekly with the latest catch projec- tion information. " For more information, visitw- Marine/Pacific-Halibut, or ca'll National Marine Fisheries Service Halibut Hotline. 800-662-9825 or the Fish and Wildlife Recreational Groundfish Regulations Hotline, 831-649-2801. Help Us Our Quality of Service want to improve -- and you can help us. You mmy m mml! or mmmIL Tnlm 16 oRf odunlly to Wll um wlha w dld MNI, md m w W, wlw your Iq L Wyou mus. ~P~OI DANE~ I*m~mmW~mlmW m fJ,~ Mmme~fl~w~IL SUNDAY Carnitas Plate, or 2 Tacos Plate, or Sopa plus Rice and Beans MONDAY LOC.L . Ih_ Giant Wet Burrito o.,,v TACO TUESDAY! Fish, Carne, Shrimp, or Chicken Tacos WHAT A DEAL WEDNESDAY Buy one enlree, 2nd enlree FREE! (equal or lesser value) THIRSTY THURSDAY Happy Hour Drink Prices All Day with Entre6 Purchase FISH FRIDAY 2 Fish Tacos, Rice & Beans SUPER SATURDAY Coyote Beef or Chicken Fajitas, Rice and Beans Bowl of Hot Chicken Pozole every 10 i Friday, April 28, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER