Young angler wins fishing kayak at No Motor Tournament

Angling event in Carpinteria returns to benefit local salt marsh.

CARPINTERIA — A large turnout of youth anglers showed up at this year’s No Motor Tournament, all of them joining their adult counterparts in dropping lines in the water to benefit work at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh.

Organizers estimated 60 anglers were on hand for the fundraising event, which was held to support The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County.

Elijah Gonzalez, a 10-year-old angler from Oxnard, won the event’s grand prize raffle, which was a fishing kayak.

Jeff Gallup earned first place honors at the No Motor Tournament, finishing with 137 total inches of fish. Rounding out the top three were Jim Rainer (92 total inches of fish) and Cory Wells (83 total inches).

No Motor Tournament“Weather, as usual, was awesome, with sunny skies, no wind and calm seas,” Ron Ballanti, one of the tournament’s organizers, stated. “About 60 anglers participated, many of them kids. Fishing was pretty good, I witnessed a lot of people catching.”

The 9th annual No Motor Fishing Tournament, organized by The Sportfishing Conservancy, was held Nov. 3. Exact details of how much money was raised was not yet available as of press time. All participants must either surf fish or drop a line in the water while navigating aboard a kayak, float tube or standup paddleboard.

Carpinteria’s Salt Marsh Reserve is an estuary with sensitive plant and animal species. The marsh reserve, according to the University of California’s Natural Reserve System, is a nursery for halibut and other estuarine fish.

The Sportfishing Conservancy is now looking ahead to the 10th No Motor Tournament, which would be held toward the end of 2019.

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