We’ve been to, put on and helped out in a lot of events in the past. So here’s a recap of just some of the past events we’ve put on.


December 8th – LA Chapter Bluefin Seminar

The CCA LA Chapter put on a great Bluefin Seminar, hosted by the South Bay Anglers Club, at the Alpine Village in Torrance. Western Outdoor News Saltwater Editor and CCA CAL advocate Merit McCrae started things off from the science perspective behind Pacific Bluefin Tuna by explaining fish maturity, their life cycles, and also explain more about Dr. Barbara Block’s Tag-A-Giant Program.

Jacob Moreno, captain of the charter boat Ultra out of 22nd Street Landing in Long Beach, and is now one of the captains on their newly acquired charter boat, Pescador. Moreno used the opportunity to talk about how to fish for bluefin while on a charter boat and while on party boats as well.

Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about all kinds of methods and techniques behind catching bluefin from private boater and bluefin expert Ben Secrest. He went into techniques of how to be the most successful at catching bluefin, which included how to fish with flat falls, great private boat technique and how to fly the kite effectively.

November 10th – 2018 San Diego Chapter Banquet 

The CCA San Diego Chapter banquet had a great turnout as we were celebrating “Sustainability Through Partnerships” with a lot of our partners, sponsors and members in San Diego.

Everybody who was there was offered a tour of the entire Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute facility and got to see all of the broodstock fish including, White Sea Bass, California Halibut and Yellowtail, and a handful of our sponsors were there tabling and showing off product and new trips coming up for 2019. CCA CAL State Board Member Bill Varney was also at the event selling the brand new 2019 CCA CAL Tide Calendars as well.

The CCA San Diego Chapter volunteers were nothing short of fantastic in setting up a great event at Hubbs Seaworld, and provided great raffle items, entertainment and food.  

We were just slightly short of a sold out event today.

A huge thank you is in order to CCA CAL Board Chairman Bill Shedd, who generously hosted the AFTCO match, Pat Murray from CCA National for being there and helping out, Don Kent and the entire team at Hubbs Seaworld, and all of the CCA CAL State Board Members Wendy Tochihara, Harold Davis, and Bill Varney for attending.

November 7th – Veterans Trip, Los Angeles Chapter

On November 7, thanks to a generous donation by the Larry Brown Youth and Veterans Fishing Charity, the CCA LA Chapter 16 veterans out fishing. These veterans came from the VA Long Beach Blind Center, CAL VET West LA, and VA Domiciliary of Greater Los Angeles VA Hospital, and they were all in high spirits onboard the Betty-O, owned and captained by Mike Reinsch. The Calico bass and sand bass had cooperated the entire day as if they knew who was on the other end of the line. The highlight of the trip was watching Paul, a 97 year old World War II veteran who participated in the Normandy invasion, caught fish after fish, thoroughly enjoying his day on the water.  

While the bass dominated the catch, the vets also caught bonito, whitefish, sand dabs, and the occasional bird. Each of the veterans enjoyed their day out fishing with the chapter, and we are looking forward towards taking out more groups of vets in 2019.

October 13th – Live in the 805, Channel Islands Chapter

The 2nd Annual Channel Islands Chapter Fundraiser, Live in the 805, was a great success up in Oxnard! We had a shrimp scampi dinner served by Bull and Lana Lynch, and had plenty of great target raffle items. We also had a great live auction which featured a custom wrapped rod by CCA Channel Islands Chapter VP Tiffaney Vague. We would like to thank the Channel Islands Yacht Club for letting us have our event there, along with many of our sponsors including AFTCO, Shimano, Stardust Sportfishing, Hook Line & Sinker, Fisherman’s Catch, Costa, Island Spirit Sportfishing, and so many more!

October 6th – 1st Annual Hookup Baits Tournament Benefitting CCA CaliforniaIMG_4380

The first ever Hookup Baits tournament was a huge success as there were plenty of winners and plenty of quality fish that were caught! We started early in the morning at Dana Landing and ended with awards later that afternoon with a sold out tournament! We would like to congratulate the following winners:

Grom 12 & younger Rock/Dock, Kayak, Float Tube and Paddle Board: Devin Tear (43.5″)

Grom 13-17 Rock/Dock/ Kayak, Float Tube and Paddle Board: Paul Vasquez (41″)

Boat Entry 17 & younger: Micah Wiese (53.5″)

Adult 18 & older Rock/Dock: Byron Miner (29.5″)

Adult 18 & older Kayak, Float Tube, Paddle Board: Derwin Chang (51.5″)

Adult 18 & older Boat: Antonio Tapia (59.5″)

Grand Prize Biggest Bass – From 17 & younger: Micah Wiese (20.5″)

Grand Prize Biggest Bass – Adult 18 & older: Antonio Tapia (21″)

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for this tournament including Mossy Nissan, Tarantino Gourmet Sausage Company, AFTCO, Costa Sunglasses, Shimano, FishGroms, Groms to Grumps, and many more!

September 22nd – Bill Varney’s Surf Fishing Clinic – Bolsa Chica State BeachXyrILMyqRviWBvaXMs%7yw

Another Surf Fishing Clinic is in the books! This time, we were in Huntington Beach at Bolsa Chica State Beach, where Bill Varney of FishtheSurf.com was on hand to guide and teach all kinds of techniques to well over 60 people in the crowd. This clinic sold out in just 2 days, and all of the proceeds went straight to CCA California.

We want to say a big thank you to State Board Member Bill Varney for running many successful surf fishing clinics! Be on the lookout for some more in the future!

August 8th – Tuna Techniques, Channel Islands Chapter5Pr+Oh+iSuGu7eXxGsarhg

Tuna Techniques was a huge hit for out Channel Islands Chapter! They were joined by 3 guest speakers: Gary
Johnson, Charter Master for the Apollo, Freddy Lemay, and local tuna expert in Ventura County, and Capt. David Bacon! To top it all off, we gave away a whole bunch of prizes including BD Outdoors merchandise, a pair of the popular Shimano Flatfalls, and so much more! We really appreciate Made West Brewing Company in Ventura for hosting our event!

July 20th/21st – Bill Varney’s Surf Fishing Clinic – Carlsbad State BeachXOeW+515QEWkiNnS6VSE8A

July 27th/28th – Bill Varney’s Surf Fishing Clinic – Carpinteria State Beach

CCA California spent 2 weekends surf fishing in Southern California! CCA CAL board member and surf fishing guru Bill Varney hosted surf fishing seminars at Carlsbad State Beach and Carpinteria State Beach in late July. Both clinics were 2 days long at each beach, and offered opportunities to fish on a late afternoon and early morning during rising tides. All 4 days were a great success and drew about 50 people for each seminar, a healthy mix of both longtime surf fisherman and new surf fisherman brand new to the scene.

To check learn all about surf fishing in Southern California, or to learn more about Bill Varney, make sure to go to fishthesurf.com and make sure to reserve your spot for his seminar at Bolsa Chica State Beach on September 22nd!

July 14th – Battle of the Bays – Dana Point HarborIMG_5396

Frank Santiago from Hookup Baits took home the Hobie Fishing Pro Angler 14 with a bag total of 56.25″ to have the longest bag in the Dana Point tourney and the tournament trail overall. Frank also won a $500 gift card to Dana Landing Market and Fuel Dock from Steve Pinard.

Second place in all 4 tourneys was Tony Park who also won second place yesterday at Pure Watersports. Tony received a card for $250 in Okuma Fishing USA gear. Park also won a Bixpy jet kit for his Pro Angler by catching the longest bass of the four tournaments at 20″.

Ikaika Park was third with 51.5 inches of bass. Ikaiak won a $125 card for Promar & Ahi USA products.

Fourth place went to Cameron Chang with 50.75, which netted him a $75 card for some Hookup Baits.

The 4 day trip to Cedros Kayak Fishing went to new kayak angler Jared Advincula. This great trip was donated by Jeff Mariani.

The Mity Might contest was won by Dale Shaw. David Cheaney was awarded the Reaper rod by Roddy.

Hitomi Hammond was the winner of our first Women’s division. She received a pair of pink Promar fillet gloves and a pair of Costa Sunglasses. A total of 4 women had entered in our last tourney in Dana Point.

Ken Rosburg won the Blind Bogey contest with a Sand Bass, and took home a 2 speed PENN Fishing Fathom Reel.

The Big Fish Side pot was won by Thomas Warcheski with a HUGE 58.1lbs White Sea Bass!

A big thanks to all of those who participated in Battle of the Bays! And also a big thanks to all of our sponsors!