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Friday, M ay 22,~2009 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Page 5 They're known by a lot of names: biscuits, croakers, slugs, tankers, "the white ghost," and a few more, but -~ regardless of what name is chosen, _ the white seabass (Atractoscian nobil- is) holds the distinc- tion of being the pre- mier target for most Catalina fishermen. t Sixth annual, seabass tournament This week, the long antici- pated arrival of this highly prized game- Doug Oudin Columnist Western Outdoor News, and host- ed by Two Harbors Enterprises. A total of seventy-eight teams participated in this year's event, down somewhat from the record 103 teams last year, but still an impressive turnout. As part of this year's event, Hubbs Sea/World and the Carlsbad, California Hatchery that over- sees the White Seabass Restoration Program, incorpo- rated a "brood stock donation" as part of the tournament. fish burst onto the angling scene in impressive fashion, and just in time for the annual Western Outdoor News White Seabass Tournament. Local anglers Logan Gardiner and David Latka garnered the honors of landing the first white seabass of the season for Isthmus residents when the two young men each landed white seabass mid- week. For Logan, his whopping 45 pound fish would have taken first place in the tournament if he had caught it a couple of days later. Top honors (and a big pay- day) went to Jeff Clary of Santa Ana, whose 43.6-pound seabass took first place and a combined cash payoff of $6,054, plus other valuable prizes for his effort. Second place went to Chad McClintock Of Santa Barbara for a 41.4-pound fish and a payoff of $1,000 in cash, plus valuable priz- es, and Jon Marks of Camarillo took third with a seabass weigh- ing 40.8 pounds and a cash award of $1,000, along with $6,840 in side-bet money. Rounding out the cash winnings was Tim Freed with a 23.6-pound halibut that earned him $3,060 in side-bet winnings, and Ron Atwood who walked off with $3,420 for a smaller 6-pound halibut, but was entered in all of the additional side-bets. The Seabass Tournament, in its sixth year, is sponsored by Seeking legal-sized donations of live fish to help enhance their breeding stocks, Hubbs received donations of two-nights at the Avalon or Aurora Hotel in Avalon, and two rounds of golf in Avalon from the Santa Catalina Island Company to be raffled-off for any teams donating live seabass or halibut during the tournament. Fifteen year-old Valerie Oudin won one of the hotel packages, Jon Jenson won the other, and Shawn Reed won the golf package. Their contributions of live fish will be held in the Cat Harbor fish pens until transported to the breeding tanks in Carlsbad. By all accounts, the Seabass Tournament was a complete suc- cess, with a total of 37 seabass and about a dozen halibut weighed- in and inspected for tags by the Hubbs research staff. One fish tested positive on the tagging machine, indicating that it could be the first hatchery raised and released seabass landed in any of the tournaments. Its head will be dissected and inspected at the hatchery. All anglers are encour- aged to turn-in the heads from all white seabass caught, which will provide valuable research infor- mation for the program. Heads can be turned-in at Two Harbors, in Avalon, and at many marina locations on the mainland. Camping news In addition to the seabass tournament, there was also quite a lot of other activity on Catalina's West End over the weekend. At the Two Harbors Campground, a group of 225 Indian Guides and their dad's spent the week- end camping. Another 210 Boy Scouts stayed at the scout camp in Cherry Cove. Boating news In Little Fisherman's Cove, Channel Cruising Club held their annual Stag Cruise and cleanup party, preparing their Isl~ind facil- ity for their opening day ceremo- nies next weekend (on Memorial Day). Commodore Paco Stevens was on hand to oversee the clean- up and to lay the groundwork for a busy cruising season at their cozy little club site. Fourth of July Yacht Club hosted the Southern California Tuna Club. About fifteen boats from the Tuna Club participated in the one-day event. According to one report, the fishing was fair to good, with at least one boat getting into the seabass, one yel- lowtail landed, and good success on the Calico bass fishing. Newport Harbor Yacht Club also hosted their annual Cove Cleanup and Stag Cruise over the weekend, attracting about thirty member boats to get their Isl~ facility ready for the season, which ~ begins this week. Ii This year, Memorial Day l~ Weekend arrives a little earlier than usual, beginning Friday, May 22. It is expected to be a success- ful opening to what is expected to be a busy summer. THE 21ST ANNUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH 2009. Sign ups no later than Saturday, June 6th. Entry fee is $60 per angler, which includes: a shirt, door prize, and luncheon buffet. Sign up sheets are available at the Jordahl Construction office. :- .... Any questions-call(310)510-0648.