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Goleta Pier 3-4-06
Posted by pierhead (Posts: 2259)
on Mar-4-06 4:13pm
Got sidetracked this morning on my way out on the pier - Ranger Paul intercepted me and pointed out a large group of adults and kids obviously setting up for a fishing event.
'Looks like they could use some help and I was just going to tell them to get a hold of you in the parking lot.' he said, nicely underlining our conversation yesterday when he agreed to mention to the county that I would like to volunteer as an overnight pier 'host' ... :)
Walking over I introduced myself to group leader Sam Maxwell and Gary James,Youth Group Director, from the local Calvary Baptist Church. This was to be their first fishing event and they already had a turnout of around 20 kids (3rd-6th graders) and 8 adults.
Sam told me that he had just got back from the Fred Hall Show where he went seeking tackle and prize donations for the event. He came back loaded with Berkley Gulp! sample packs, DFG Junior Fishing Licenses, pins from the Outdoor Channel, hooks from Ecology Auto Parts (?) and 4 pole and reel combinations that he was given at 1/2 price by a vendor he would like to thank but can't remember the name of :)
After a brief review of tackle and safety tips each angler got a pole (single dropper, #2 hooks, 1oz torpedo)and a cup of cut bait. One group decided to fish exclusively with the Berkley Gulp! packs and were the first to use the hoop net ... retrieving one of the plastic packs which had blown off the pier :)
Next up were several small shore crabs followed by assorted smelt and surf perch ... placed in a large seawater-filled Igloo container for better viewing and released at the end of the event.
Spent the rest of the morning tying leaders, baiting hooks, untangling line and just having a good time ... a great group of kids to be around. And kudos to Sam, Gary and the other volunteers for a well organized, stress-free event which is sure to be repeated.
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