SANTA BARBARA — Local anglers recently helped raise $1,600 to fund ongoing restoration efforts of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh located just outside Santa Barbara. The funds were raised during the sixth annual No Motor Tournament in December 2015 Carpinteria and presented to members of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County in mid-December.
Anglers were allowed to fish from shore, kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), float tube or other human-powered vessel. The theme of the tournament was conservation and catch-and-release. Winners were determined by cumulative total length of fish caught (in inches).
Jeff Gallup finished in first place with a total catch of 103 inches (calico and sand bass). Finishing second was Corey Wells, who reeled in 83 inches of calico bass. The third place winner was Whitney Uyeda with 49 inches of surfperch caught.
Tyler Millhollin claimed the tournament’s Grand Prize, a Deep Blue fishing SUP worth about $2,000.
“For six years we’ve come together to have fun and have raised more than $7,000 to help those responsible for conserving and restoring one of our state’s few remaining tidal marshlands. As fishermen, we ‘get it’ that areas like the Carpinteria Salt Marsh are a critical part of the big picture because they provide important spawning areas and habitat for juvenile fish from halibut to leopard sharks and more,” said Tom Raftican, president of The Sportfishing Conservancy.
The Carpinteria Fishing Club joined other local organizations and businesses in presenting a check to The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County last month.
Sponsors included Seeker Rods, Costa Sunglasses, Hook, Line & Sinker Tackle, Big Hammer Lures, Deep Blue Paddleboards, The Artful Angler, Fish-a-Holics Plastics and Danny’s Deli.