Capt. David Bacon Hosting Marina del Rey Halibut Derby Seminar May 10

By: FishRap Staff

MARINA DEL REY — Fishing expert and charter boat captain David Bacon will be the guest speaker for Marina del Rey Anglers’ pre-Halibut Derby fishing seminar May 10. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey.

Capt. Bacon is well known to many Southern California and Central California anglers. He is the owner and captain of Wave Walker Charters in Santa Barbara, he owns Hook, Line & Sinker Bait & Tackle in Santa Barbara, has been a contributor to FishRap, is a staff writer for Western Outdoor News, is a senior editor for Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine, is a columnist for Noozhawk online news service and is a frequent guest personality and speaker at regional fishing conventions, club meetings, and radio and television talk shows.

“David really knows his stuff, and we are extremely pleased and fortunate to have him as our derby seminar speaker,” said Joshua Gerson, president of Marina del Rey Anglers. “His legendary success and eagerness to share his knowledge are combos that are critical to anglers wanting the best possible results at the Marina del Rey Halibut Derby or during their regular fishing outings.”

This year, the derby has expanded the eligible species to include halibut, white seabass, calicos and other species. Capt. Bacon will offer advice for anglers on all of these species. Several winners of the last five years of Marina del Rey halibut derbies have attended the pre-derby seminars because of the vital information shared by speakers and fellow derby anglers.

This year’s Marina del Rey Halibut Derby is scheduled for June 9-10. The derby has been moved to June to take advantage of better weather and better numbers of fish in Santa Monica Bay.

The last couple of years have brought about enormous volumes of bait and a resurgence of game fish in the bay, organizers said.

Last year’s white seabass schools and catches reflect a recent historical high, and they bode well for the future of the species, the local fishery and the Marina del Rey Halibut Derby, organizers added.

“We expect a great turnout this year,” Gerson said. “Local anglers are always looking for an excuse to get out on the water — and this will be the perfect opportunity to kick off the summer fishing season, catch some fish, win some awesome prizes and have a ball.”

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