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.
June 22nd – SB Chapter Banquet
One of the newest chapters of CCA California held their very first banquet in Santa Barbara at the Rancho Embarcadero Clubhouse. Beautiful decorations lined the entire room, and even outside, as great music, drinks and food were all served up throughout the entire venue. Chapter President Tiffany Vague put out a great program as Executive Director Wayne Kotow served as MC for the evening.
CCA CAL made a great first impression on the Santa Barbara community as CCA CAL State Board Member Captain David Bacon was the guest speaker for the evening, talking all about the latest White Sea Bass bite happening off their local coast. Throughout the evening, The Riptones, who have also played at our CCA Channel Islands Chapter banquets in the past, played some great music as well.
June 8th – SD Chapter Banquet
The CCA San Diego Chapter held their annual banquet once again at Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute (HSWRI) and had a great turnout filled both with old friends and new faces. HSWRI were fantastic hosts this year as they generously donated the venue to CCA CAL for the evening, which boasted some great times for everyone in the room. You can read the entire recap of the banquet or watch our recap video.
May 18th – LA Chapter BBQ
The CCA Los Angeles Chapter held their 4th annual banquet at the Long Beach Rod & Gun Club and served up some fantastic barbecue to almost 150 people! Thanks to the leadership of LA Chapter President John Ballotti, the LA Chapter pulled off a great event and welcomed a great mix of some old friends in the community along with some new faces to CCA California. Make sure to watch the recap video here.
May 4th – Riptide Rendezvous
The fish definitely showed up for Riptide Rendezvous at Rincon Beach Park, as fly and conventional tackle fisherman were grouped together for a tournament in earlier in May. Riptide Rendezvous, a combined tournament for both conventional and fly anglers, was put on by the Southwest Council of Fly Fishers International with help from CCA California. Visit our recap for all of the results from the tournament.
April 16th – LA Chapter Youth Fishing Trip
Thanks to a generous donation by Friends of Rollo, the CCA LA Chapter hosted 23 at risk boys from the Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services (OYHFS) organization to a half day of fishing trip on the Monte Carlo out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. The crew of the Monte Carlo did an excellent job with the boys and the Landing Operator generously donated the use of the rods and reels for the day. 140 fish were caught, cleaned by the crew, bagged, and left the boat with the boys who will enjoy fresh fish for meals for many days.
April 14th – 2019 Day at the Docks
CCA CAL spent the day at the San Diego Landings for the 2019 Day at the Docks, put on by the Port of San Diego. We were able to gain much exposure and inform the entire fishing community of the current issues we are facing in 2019. Also, we had plenty of fun catching up with all of our sponsors, friends and members as they all came and said hi at our booth. Make sure to visit our photo gallery to see all of our pictures from the day.
March 6th – 31st – Fred Hall Shows in Long Beach, Bakersfield and Del Mar
Some of the biggest outdoors shows on the West Coast made stops in Long Beach, Bakersfield and San Diego all within the month of March. CCA CAL was present at all 3 shows with a fantastic promotion featuring our Premium Target Raffle. Our raffle boasted over $10,000 in retail value from 12 of our great sponsors. We also had a great promotion going on outside. For $50, show-goers received a membership to CCA, entry to the show, $25 worth of raffle tickets to our Premium Target Raffle, and a CCA CAL drawstring backpack with goodies inside. You could not go to the show without seeing CCA CAL!
Please visit our photo gallery to see some of our favorite moments from all three shows!
February 15th – 17th – Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival
The 2019 PCS Festival was very busy for CCA CAL as we met a ton of people and signed up some new members as well. We had the opportunity to pass out plenty of information to new members and sponsors, and reconnect with all of our current sponsors. There were plenty of great seminars going on throughout the entire show including Bob Hoose from Costa Sunglasses (and CCA CAL State Board Member), Billy Keleman from Billy K Fishing, and Dave Hansen from Your Saltwater Guide.com.
Make sure to check out our photo and video gallery to relive the entire weekend!
January 27th – Dana Landing Bay Bass Seminar
We had a fantastic turn out at the 7th Annual Bay Bass Seminar at Dana Landing Market & Fuel Dock and Fast Lane Kayaks. The great weather gave an opportunity to come out to see 4 fantastic seminar speakers talk all kinds of bass, and to score a great (and free) lunch provided by Traeger Grills. Members from our CCA San Diego Chapter volunteered the entire day as most people who attended became members of CCA.
That day alone garnered almost 100 new members and renewals, thanks to a great incentive as everyone who either became a new member or renewed their membership ($35 Annual fee) received a $40 gift card to Dana Landing.
Make sure to check out the recap video in our video gallery!
January 17th – 20th – International Sportsmen’s Expo
For the first time ever, CCA CAL traveled up north to Sacramento for the 2019 International Sportsmen’s Expo. This was the ISE’s 30th year in Sacramento at the CAL Expo Center. All throughout the 4 days of the show, we handed out literature, stickers, and memberships to many of the thousands of people walking the show floor each day. Many of those people were actually very happy to know about CCA CAL and to learn all about what we are already doing currently in Southern California, and were very interested in how we could do the same for them.
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 California
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 Beach
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 Chapter
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 Beach
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 Harbor
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!