SANTA BARBARA — Anglers on the Central California coast can again help support restoration efforts of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh by participating in this year’s No Motor Fishing Tournament, which returns to the Santa Barbara area, Nov. 4.
The Sportfishing Conservancy continues to host the annual fishing tournament where participants drop a line in the water from the shore or while aboard personal, non-motorized watercraft (float tube, kayak, standup paddleboard). Anglers of all levels are welcome to join in this year’s tournament and take a chance at landing calico, corbina, halibut, surfperch or white sea bass.
“Unlike traditional tournaments where fish are weighed in, this event rewards anglers who catch the highest cumulative length of fish in inches,” the tournament’s organizers said in a released statement. “Catch-and-release is strongly encouraged, however anglers who choose to keep a legal-sized fish will have two inches deducted for each fish taken.
“Anglers keep their own tally of fish (‘selfie’ photos or friend verification may be requested), and the combined length of the 10 biggest fish (any combination of species) will make up the angler’s total score,” organizers continued.
Tournament registration begins at 6 a.m., Nov. 4, at Danny’s Deli, 4890 Carpinteria Avenue; registration must be completed by 8 a.m.
Fishing is permitted anywhere, so long as it is from the shore or aboard a non-motorized personal watercraft. All anglers must return to Danny’s Deli by 11:30 a.m., where results will be tallied. The tournament’s winners will be announced during the event’s luncheon.
Trophies and prizes – including an SUP offered by Deep Blue Standup Paddleboards – will be given away to the tournament’s top performers.
Lunch, five raffle tickets and a fishing bucket are included in the $20 entry fee. Registered anglers must track catches of the six eligible coastal species on the provided scorecard. The eligible catches are calico bass (14-inch minimum), sand bass (14-inch minimum), surfperch (5-inch minimum), white sea bass (28-inch minimum), halibut (22-inch minimum) and corbina (no minimum length).
Each catch must meet Department of Fish and Wildlife minimum size limits, according to organizers. Anglers must follow DFW rules during the tournament.
The tournament’s proceeds will be donated to The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County; funds would be used to help restore the Carpinteria Salt Marsh.
“Ocean fish populations are directly connected to these wetland environments. They are vital for sustaining marine animals and juvenile fishes, California halibut in particular,” organizers stated in a published release.
Email organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interested anglers can register the morning of the event at Danny’s Deli.
Sportfishing Conservancy photo