Trinidad Pier — 2014 Kids Fishing Derby

The 2014 Trinidad Pier Youth Fishing Tournament was held on September 13 at the Trinidad Pier aka the Seascape Pier in Trinidad, California. The derby was sponsored by UPSAC (United Pier and Shore Anglers of California, IGFA (International Game Fish Association), and the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria dba Seascape Pier.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife set up a booth where they distributed various materials and discussed their “Fishing Passport” program. Left to right: Carrie Wiilson, Ed Roberts and Mary Patyten.

All participants received free loaner tackle, free bait, a free hot dog lunch (cooked up by Ed Roberts), free goody bags containing several items, and raffle tickets to win prizes.

A small cabezon

A cabezon

Another cabezon

A rock greenling

A Pacific mackerel

A white seaperch

A baby rockfish

Following the fishing, and the hot dog lunch, it was time for the announcement of the age group winners. All age group winners received a trophy from UPSAC, a beautiful IGFA certificate, and a copy of Pier Fishing in California by Ken Jones.

Individual age group winners were: 6-year olds and under—Malachi Costa; 7-year olds—Sammy Luna; 8-year olds—Yelena Gulbransen; 9-year olds—Elijah Gulbransen; 10-year olds—Nate Ferguson; 11-year olds—Anthony Eggink; 12-year olds—Levi Robbins; 13-year olds—Charles Evans; 15-year olds—Kaden Lindquist.

UPSAC President Ken Jones announced the winners

6-Year-Olds and Under Winner Malachi Costa

7-Year-Old Winner Sammy Luna

8-Year-Old Winner Yelena Gulbransen

9-Year-Old Winner Elijah Gulbransen

10-year-Old Winner Nate Ferguson

11-Year-Old Winner Anthony Eggink

12-Year-Old Winner Levi Robbins

13-Year-Old Winner Charles Evans

15-Year-Old Winner Kaden Lindquist

Certificates were also awarded to several people who helped set up the derby

UPSAC President Ken Jones gives thanks to Ed Roberts of the California Fish and Wildlife Department and the man whose vision helped establish the Trinidad Derby

UPSAC President Ken Jones offers a big thanks to Leslie Sanders who represented and was the main contact with the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria  that owns and manages the pier. She also donated a plethora of raffle gifts from her shop at the foot of the pier.

Last but not least was the raffle contest that is always a highlight for the youngsters at the derbies. The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ed Roberts, Carrie Wilson and Mary Patyten handed out the gifts.

Planning and organization was carried out by Ken Jones and Ed Roberts while work during the day the of the event was done by Ed Roberts, Carrie Wilson, Mary Patyten and Ken Jones.

Ed Roberts, Mary Patyten, Carrie Wilson and Ken Jones

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Marin Rod & Gun Club Pier — 2014 Kids Fishing Derby

August 9, 2014 saw the 26th Annual “Kid’s Day on the Pier” at the Marin Rod & Gun Club in San Rafael, California. Co-sponsored this year by UPSAC (United Pier and Shore Anglers of California) and the IGFA (International Game Fish Association), an enthusiastic group of 70 youngsters, and a crowd of over 200 people, saw good weather and a variety of fish.

Standing — Derby Co-Chair Gary Colmere

Registration —  Todd Meyer and Carrie

In the front, UPSAC’s Robert Gardner and Hans Jones

Loaner rods and reels were available as well as free bait and assistance when needed. Combined with the fishing was a free hot dog lunch and every participant received a rod and reel from the club. Fish that were caught included leopard sharks, bat rays, jacksmelt, and a rubberlip seaperch.

The Fish and Wildlife Department was well represented by Mary Patyten who passed out the department’s “Fishing Passport” booklets

The pier was full with people

This young lady caught a nice-sized jacksmelt

A leopard shark

Measuring the leopard shark

Following the fishing was a wonderful hot dog lunch provided by the Marin Rod & Gun Club. Immediately after the lunch was the raffle where EVER youngster received a rod and reel.

The final event was the announcement of the age group winners, Each individual age group winner received 1st Place trophies for their catch, a beautiful IGFA certificate, and a copy of Pier Fishing in California by Ken Jones.

Dr. John Evans and UPSAC President Ken Jones tabulating the results

2014 Derby Chairmen Roy “Sarge” Jackson presented the awards

Age group winners: 6-year old and under: Ryan Etter; 7-year old: Sophia Bezakova; 8-year old: Justin Etter; 9-year old: Marcello Diazza; 10-year old: Andrew Etter; 11-year old: Jesse Morgan; 12-year old: Aidan Sugrve; 13-year-old: Dylan Hatch; 14-year-old: Keith Deemer; 15-year old: Zack Osborne.

In addition, there were two special awards: Largest fish: Jake Barnes (27 ½-inch leopard shark). Most fish caught: Andrew Etter.

9-Year-Old Winner Marcello Diazza

Representing the Marin Rod and Gun Club: Chairmen — Roy “Sarge” Jackson; Co-Chairs — Gary Colmere and Tony Evans; Senior Advisor — Joe Morrison; Cooking — Donny Boslar; MC — Dr. John Evans; Photography — Jerry McEowen; Registration — Todd Meyer and Carrie. An estimated 20 other members carried out a variety of jobs.

Dr. John Evans

Representing UPSAC: President — Ken Jones, Vice-President — Robert Gardner, Board Member — Hans Jones. Representing the Pier Fishing in California website was member Alex Poon.

Representing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was Mary Peyton who manned a booth and signed up kids for the California Fishing Passport Program.

UPSAC’s Hans Jones and Mary Patyten from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

A huge thank you everyone from the Marin Gun and Rod Club and the various other organizations and volunteers who helped put on this great annual event.

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Berkeley Pier — 2014 Kids Fishing Derby

The first of the 2014 UPSAC-IGFA Youth Fishing Derbies was held on June 21, 2014 at the Berkeley Pier. The day saw nice weather but a fairly small turnout and slow fishing. Nevertheless, judging by the huge smiles and the enthusiasm of the participants, the kids seemed to have had a great time! There was the chance to use the free tackle and bait to catch a fish, a free lunch, and the chance to win some nice prizes in either the raffle or the age group contest.

The derby was sponsored by United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA)

You have to watch what you eat when you catch fish in the bay 

Hans Jones Jr. and Mack Jones

Danika, I think you’re supposed to use that anchovy for bait, not kiss it!

Sometimes when the fishing is slow you just sort of hang out — Danika and Brianna

Josh and Ramn

Tenzin and his dad

Kimberly

Josh, open your eyes

Juliana and her family

Kim and Samantha checking out something

Danika and Brianna and a little help with the cast

Hans Jones cooking up some mean hot dogs

Just shake hands with the rod

I think I understand

Following the fishing everyone, youngster and parent enjoyed some hot dogs, chips and soft drinks, That was followed by the raffle which was followed by the awarding of the age group certificates and trophies. The winners were: Juliana Li, Tenzin Kunsel, Danika Dougherty, Brianna Cooke, Kimberly Bierman, Ramn Namauleg, Josh Goldston, Samantha Biermann, Hans Jones Jr. and Mack Jones.

Juliana Li

Danika Dougherty and Brianna Cooke

Josh Goldston and Ramn Namauleg

Kimberly Biermann

Samantha Biermann

Mack Jones and Hans Jones Jr.

“The Winners”

Although it was sad to see the day end, all good things must indeed come to an end. Hosting the event, and doing the work, were UPSAC members Ken Jones, Robert Gardner and Hans Jones.

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Avila Pier — 2013 Kids Fishing Tournament

Beautiful weather and hungry fish helped make the 2013 Avila Pier Youth Fishing Tournament a resounding success. Sponsored by the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the tournament was held at the Avila Pier on September 14, 2013. Although competing against opening soccer days for many areas, the tournament still drew 36 young anglers and a crowd of over 100 people.

Avila Pier in the foreground, the Cal Poly research pier in the middle, and the Port San Luis Pier in the distance

Mary Patyten from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife distributed literature and signed up youngsters for the department’s “Fishing Passport Program”


The derby was held at the end of the Avila Pier

Free loaner rods and reels, free bait, free hot dog lunches, raffle prizes for every kid, and a winner for each age group helped keep the derby interesting. Perhaps as important was the catch of many fish,  even if most were small  lizardfish. Fish, no matter the size, seemed to keep the youngsters excited and hungry for more. The 36 youngsters caught 261 lizardfish, 19 white croaker and 7 speckled sanddab; nothing big but fun nevertheless, especially since many had never caught a fish before in their life.

The Avila Pier sits in a beautiful setting!

The first fish caught was a white croaker

There was a steady catch of lizardfish

A small speckled sanddab joined in the fun

Yep, it’s a lizardfish

After the fishing concluded, lunch was served followed by the raffle in which every youngster received a gift.

Get your tickets out and listen for the numbers

Raffle prizes were donated by UPSAC, IGFA, NOAA, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Fish Taco Chronicle Magazine, and Jim Kelsey owner of Zippy’s At The Pier (the bait shop on Avila Pier). The grand prize, two half-day fishing trips, was donated by Patriot Sportfishing of Port San Luis. Special thanks go to Linnette Ganster and the Port San Luis Harbor District for use of the Avila Pier.

The last event was the announcement of the age group winners. Age group winners: 6-year-old Julia Terry; 7-year-old Michael Beareden; 8-year-old Cassandra Eroh; 9-year-old Luke Zhao; 10-year-old James Dwer; 11-year-old Larry Zhao; 12-year-old Mason Marini; 13-year-old Emily Wamhof; and 14-year-old Lee Andra Garcia. All winners received trophies from UPSAC, beautiful certificates from the IGFA, and autographed copies of Pier Fishing in California by Ken Jones.

6-Year-Old Winner Julia Terry and UPSAC President Ken Jones

7-Year-Old Winner Michael Beareden

8-Year-Old Winner Cassandra Eroh

9-Year-Old Winner Luke Zhao

10-Year-Old Winner James Dwer

11-Year-Old Winner Larry Zhao

12-Year-Old Winner Mason Marini

13-Year-Old Winner Emily Wamhof

14-Year-Old Winner Lee Andra Garcia

The event Coordinator was Michael Spence from UPSAC ably assisted by his lovely wife Cheryl. They were joined by Ken Jones, President of UPSAC, Robert Gardner, Vice President of UPSAC, and Brian Linebarger, Secretary of UPSAC. Helpers included Pier Fishing in California members Burger (from Malibu), Sylvania, and Preston Davis (East Bay) as well as a number of people from Santa Maria. Representing California Fish and Wildlife was Mary Peyton who manned a booth and signed up kids for the California Fishing Passport Program.  Representing Zippy’s At The Pier was Jim Kelsey.

A certificate was given to Jim Kelsey from Zippy’s At The Pier (on the Avila Pier)

Cheryl Spence, Robert Gardner and Preston Davis take a break before the final clean-up begins.

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Marin Rod & Gun Club Pier — 2013 Kids Fishing Derby

August 17, 2013 saw the 25th Annual “Kid’s Day on the Pier” at the Marin Rod & Gun Club in San Rafael, California. Co-sponsored by the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) and UPSAC (United Pier and Shore Anglers of California), an enthusiastic group of 68 youngsters, and a crowd in excess of 150 people, saw great weather and a variety of fish species being landed by the young anglers.

Loaner rods and reels were available as well as free bait and assistance when needed

Loaner rods and reels

UPSAC members getting the tackle ready

Do you need a rod?

It’s time to fish!

Carrie Wilson and Mary Patyten from the  California Department of Fish and Wildlife set up a display and handed out literature to the families.

The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge sits next to the pier

Windbreaks provide some shelter from the wind and the sun

Thomas Orozco and a leopard shark

He’s got a jacksmelt

He’s got a blackperch

Thomas Orozco has another leopard shark

It was finally time to end the fishing and though action was a little slow, all of the youngsters seemed to have had a great time and many indeed did catch fish. Species of fish included leopard sharks, brown smoothhounds, bat rays, jacksmelt, surfperch and (after the derby) striped bass.

Combined with the fishing were a free hot dog lunch and an amazing group of prizes (every participant received a trophy and a rod and reel). The lunch and prizes were all provided by the Marin Rod and Gun Club.

Every participant received a trophy and a free rod and reel

Following the raffle, the various age-group winners were announced.Each individual winner received a beautiful IGFA certificate and a copy of Pier Fishing in California by Ken Jones. Age group winners also received 1st Place trophies for their catch.

Special award winners were: 1st Fish Caught: Jack T Rex (leopard shark); Most Fish Caught: Thomas Orozco (nine fish); Largest Fish Caught: Thomas Orozco (23-inch leopard shark). Age group winners: 6-year old and under: Asher Sweet; 7-year old: Justin Eitter; 8-year old: Bainy Reier; 9-year old: Zac Wexler; 10-year old: Joe Beam; 11-year old: Ryan Wilson; 12-year old: Hans Jones Jr.; 13-year-old: Ethan Delmonte; 14-year-old: Thomas Orozco

6-Year-Old Winner Asher Sweet

7-Year-Old Winner Justin Eitter

8-Year Old Winner Bainy Reier

9-Year Old Winner Zac Wexler

10-Year Old Winner Joe Beam

11-Year Old Winner Ryan Wilson

12-year old: Hans Jones Jr.

13-Year-Old Winner Ethan Delmonte

14-Year-Old Winner Thomas Orozco   

Co-chairmen from the club were Joe Morrison and Bob VanderMeer while the MC was Dr. John Evans. Representing UPSAC were President Ken Jones, Vice-President Robert Gardner, Secretary Brian Linebarger, and Board Member Hans Jones. Representing the Pier Fishing in California website were members Chris, Alex, and Preston. Representing California Fish and Wildlife was Mary Peyton who manned a booth and signed up kids to the California Fishing Passport Program. A big thank you goes to the Marin Gun and Rod Club for hosting this annual tournament and allowing UPSAC to be part of the event.

Marin Rod and Gun Club members Gary Colemere and Joe Morrison with UPSAC President Ken Jones

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