Dana Point the new 2011 site of rescheduled WON/ Catalina White Seabass tourney, but Two Harbors remains a check-in/weigh-in option
Projected wind, high swells at Catalina prompts rescheduling to new dates; added to the event is the option of checking in and weighing at the end of the Two Harbors pier and Dana Harbor Fuel Dock. Also, a kayak division has been added! Freedom to roam! Although the coastal check-in is at Dana, trailerboats and kayaks can drive to favorite launch spots, and boats can weigh-in at the island or Dana
You can enter by mail with a check, e-mail at wonews.com or with cash at check-in June 4
DANA POINT -- Dana Point Harbor is the new site of the rescheduled WON/Yamaha Catalina White Seabass Championship, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5. Two Harbors was not available as an event site for the new dates after the postponement due to weather concerns. Thus, the move to Dana Point.
“We’re making lemonade out of lemons and it’s working out,” said director Pat McDonell. “There were a lot of calls saying we did the right thing in postponing it, and that felt good, event though the weather was not as severe as predicted. Moving it to the coast meant creating, for one year, an entirely different kind of event. It’s been a pain to reverse gears at the last moment and plan a new venue and rules with two weeks to go, but now it’s fun to see what we can create. I hope the venue at Dana and the concept that we’ve arrived at will draw interest. There was no chance for us to reschedule within a few weeks at Two Harbors because it’s a very popular events site, so we adapted. The coastal venue does not mean the island cannot be fished. And we have a few new wrinkles added to the format, the knot tying contest by Berkley, and a kayak division was also added.”
As McDonell pointed out, the rules are all same except those that concern the two-venue concept and the new kayak division.
The three biggest changes are the intro of the kayak division, that trailerboats and kayakers -- after check-in on the coast -- can trailer to their vessels to their favorite spots to fish, and there are two sign-in and weigh-in spots at Dana Point and Two Harbors Pier.
“You can run your boat from, say, Long Beach to the pier at Two Harbors, check-in, and fish, and weigh-in there or run back to Dana to weigh. The same for Dana boats that run to the island. They can fish the island and weigh their fish at the pier. Under the plan, you can also win prizes and awards even if you don’t make it back in time to Dana.”
Here’s more details:
Kayaks: Added to this event is a kayak division, at $100 a person, with 33 percent of the proceeds to go to the first second and third place teams. At this early stage of planning, it is cash only prizes due to the time frame and addition of the division, now that the event is a coastal tourney and weigh-in. Kayakers, like trailerboaters, must sign in at Dana Point and can then fish Dana areas or travel to their favorite destinations. Just be back at weigh-in by noon.
All kayakers will be eligible for drawings, goodie bags, hats, Pfleger Institute event shirts, and lunch at awards at Dana Point. Kayakers can also enter any jackpots. Paul Lebowitz will be the official weighmaster and director of that portion of the event. Note: The first 350 anglers (kayakers or boaters) to sign up and check-in at Two Harbors and Dana Point are guaranteed complete goodie bags with Owner hooks, hats and shirts.
Two Harbors Check-in and Weigh-in at the pier: To accommodate island boats or teams coming from northern areas, a team check-in and weigh-in will be held at the above schedule at the end of the pier. A mandatory boat check at 1:30 will be held for ALL boats who signed up at the pier. Note: You will receive a goodie bag, and all teams who have signed up at Dana Point OR Catalina can weigh-in at either spot. Same schedule. A leader board will be set up at each site as both weigh sites will be in contact with each other.
“It’s a tough decision, but it was the right choice, and now it opens up the coast to more boats,” said John Gaebel, whose team finished third last year. “And having a duel weigh-in and check-in at the island and Dana is a great idea.”
For details, check www.wonews.com (see the Catalina White Seabass Blog) or call Pat McDonell, director of the event at (949) 366-0030, ext 33 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is the new schedule:
WON/YAMAHA 2011 Catalina White Seabass Championship schedule
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Check-in: Teams must check in at Dana Point Launch ramp (you will see the tent) between 9:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Entry is $100 per per person, no limit on number of team members. You’ll be getting your goodie bags with sponsors gifts. Most important, you will update or finalize your team roster and your team members will fill out the waiver at the check-in table AND index card that will serve as a ticket for all drawings. We also will take in optional jackpot money — cash only, at $100, $200 and $300 for white seabass, yellowtail and halibut (six optionals total).
Casting, /Knot Tying Contests: Both contests will be held at the parking lot during check-in at the back of the embarcadero/Dana launch ramp parking lot.
Captains Meeting: The lunch has been moved to Sunday due to catering logistics. Likely food will be available, and the marina has a deli. At 12:30 or soon thereafter the captains meeting will be held and by 1:30 .m. to 2 p.m. you will be released to fish. A random but extensive boat check for boats in the water and on trailers, and kayaks will be held. Trailerboats and kayaks can leave by water or trailer after the teams are released.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Weigh-in and awards: The scale area at the fuel dock will open at 10 a.m. and close at noon. Teams must decide which SINGLE seabass, yellowtail or halibut to weigh prior to reaching the weigh-in area, and teams can weigh in one fish of each species only.
Awards presentation: Will start at approximately 1 p.m. and be completed by 2:30 p.m. Don’t miss the awards presentation even if your team doesn’t catch a seabass, yellowtail or halibut that qualifies for prizes or cash. There’s a wad of prizes from sponsors to be given in away in a drawing, so stick around. A hosted Taco Surf (it’s great!) lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. is planned, followed by the awards.
NOTE: TWO HARBORS OPTIONAL SCHEDULE: To accommodate island boats or teams coming from northern areas, a team check-in and weigh-in will be held at the above schedule at the end of the pier. A mandatory boat check at 1:30 will be held for ALL boats who signed up at the pier. There is no check-in or weigh-in at Cat Harbor, just the Pier, 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Note: You will receive a goodie bag, and all teams who have signed up at Dana Point OR Catalina can weigh-in at either spot. Same schedule. A leader board will be set up at each site as both weigh sites will be in contact with each other.
Dana Point slips: If you wish to run your non-trailerable boat north or south to Dana for the event and weigh in, it would be wise to reserve a guest slip NOW at Dana Harbor. As of Friday, there were seven 30-foot slips, two 25-foot slips, fifteen 35-foot slips and eight 40-foot slips. They are available from noon to noon the next day. Launch fees for the event are $10. $20 for overnight stays.
Call (949) 496-6137 for slip fee reservations. Ask for Wendy. Or look on-line at www.danapointmarina.com