Youth Angler Tournament On Goleta Pier
After introductions and a short presentation on Ethical Angling by Marty Golden, the youngsters fished for three hours, followed by Supervisor Wolf presenting the raffle prizes. Each participant received a prize. Companies that contributed gifts included the Channel Islands Sportfishing (Oxnard), Stardust Sportfishing (Santa Barbara), Beachside Café (Goleta), West Marine (Santa Barbara), The Tidepool (Cayucos), Fish Taco Chronicles magazine, Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine and NOAA.
Loaner outfits were provided by IGFA for those without tackle. Free bait and terminal tackle was provided by UPSAC. Both organizations supplied lunch. Saturday morning the UPSAC crew split into groups, some cutting bait, some rigging the rods and reels, and some prepping the food for lunch. Lunch was served while the prizes were divided up awaiting the presentation at the unique Goleta Pier Angler Center (the only such center on California's 120+ public piers).
The age division winners were announced based upon the fish caught. Each winner won a rod and reel, a copy of Pier Fishing in California, and an impressive certificate from IGFA. The winners were: Six Year Old -Conner Acuna; Seven Year Old-Ethan Bresk; Eight Year-Nikolas Valenti; Nine Year Old-a tie-Andrew Bresk and Nicholas Colaneri; Ten Year Old-Ian Taver; Thirteen Year Old-Josh Acuna; Fourteen Year Old-Duncan Stewart.
Everyone agreed that the tournament was a success and the organizers vowed that next year the event will be even bigger and better.