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Event:9th Annual Catalina PFIC/UPSAC Get Together
Date:Sat Apr 24 2010
Location:Avalon, Catalina Island
Organizer:Ken Jones
Description:9th Annual Catalina PFIC/UPSAC Get Together
Sat April 24, 2010
The Cabrillo Mole - Avalon, Catalina

That's right, it is the 9th annual Get Together!!! Here are the details.

Schedule of Events For Catalina PFIC/UPSAC GT 2010

Friday night "Get Together Dinner" for those who have arrived by Friday. It's optional, but now a tradition—and a lot of fun. Details to be announced.

Pier Derby - 9th Annual Catalina Pier Fishing Classic - Saturday April 24th
The Main Event - Saturday April 24th
10:00 a.m. Get Together begins at The Mole
10:30-2:30 Fishing Derby
12:00-1:00 Potluck Lunch*
2:45-3:30 Gather at the center of the mole and winners for the derby will be announced.
*As in years past, food will available for those who participate in the potluck at the Mole.

There are a couple of grocery stores in Avalon if you do not want to bring stuff over on the boat. If you just want to pitch in cash, you will need to give the money to the “event organizer” Friday night. About two weeks prior to the get together, I will send out a note and sign up sheet for the potluck as well as greater details for those wishing to help out

Fishing Derby Rules - Under Revision/To be posted.

Time: 10:30-2:30
Place: The Mole (all fish must be caught at the mole)
Fish: This is being revised.
Fee: none (Suggested donation to UPSAC of $5)

All fish must be counted in between 10:30-2:30. A 5-minute warning will be given so that everyone knows the finish time. All fish must be hooked prior to 2:30 and landed by 2:35.

General info:

Just about every question that you could think of can be found with a little research at this site:


But if you are unable to find it, please post it here in the event organizer.

How to Get There:

There are a number of ways to get there, from helicopters to planes to boats, but the most common way is through www.catalinaexpress.com. The round trip adult fare is around $50, however most companies that do employee discounts for theme park tickets etc., offer discounts for these tickets and there are senior and child fares, all of which can be viewed via this link:


Where to stay:

If people follow past habits, most will be staying at the Hermosa Hotel which is, by far, the least expensive hotel at Avalon. They have also agreed to give people a 10% discount if you say you’re with UPSAC. The rooms are clean and comfortable but it’s definitely not the Ritz. The cheapest rooms are hostel style, bathroom down the hall as well as split, private bathrooms, and very reasonable cabins for families.

The address below gives the website to check out the various room/cabin rates and they do now have a few rooms that actually have heaters and air conditioners. If past events prove true make your reservations early.


As for other hotels just go to:


This will provide you with a complete list of the hotels in Avalon. You can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 310-510-1520 or just ask for some recommendations here in the event organizer or on the board.

The fishing is VERY good although most of the fish are small and or mid-sized. Limited bait is available on the pier at the end as well as The tackle shop located near the pier on the boardwalk/Crescent Ave. called Hi Tide Traders 310-510-1612. They have a modest but decent supply of tackle but the bait is frozen squid and anchovies, so if you need to bring something more, please feel free.

Also, please know that I nor any entity, including but not limited to UPSAC, PFIC, or person accepts responsibility or liability for any person attending this event. Your attendance is purely voluntary and your safety is purely your own responsibility. Fishing is inherently dangerous and proper foresight and caution should be taken in regards to yours and others safety.

Phone #'s
Catalina Chamber of Commerce - 310-510-1520
Catalina Express - 800-481-3470
Hermosa Hotel - 310-510-1010
Catalina Flyer from Marina Del Rey - 310-305-7250
Avalon Harbor Master - Brian Brey - 310-510-0535
Hi Tide Traders - 310-510-1612
Antonio's - 310-510-0008
Vons Express - 310-510-7397

By the way, I entered 3 spots, one for me, one for Hashem and one for Ross.
(Max: 50)
Attending (14 total): Ken Jones(3), scooterfish(2), gyozadude(5), red fish(2), corki(2)
Not Attending (1 total): Jimbojack


Flights and hotel confirmed for me. Arrive on the 21st (Wednesday) and leave on the 26th (Monday). Anxiously anticipating good fishing, friends and food...

  -Posted by scooterfish on Friday, March 5, 2010 - 2:05 PM

Confirmed for a family-cottage with myself, wife plus 3 kids. May include in-laws as well later. Booked my hotel already as well. Have buzzbombs in size 3XH to 4 long ready and hand carried across the border from Vancouver, Canada, and will be testing a lighter Shikari blank 10 ft this year with a 1/2 inch shorter rear grip on account of the shoulder surgery I had. See you folks there. Haven't figured out the menu this year, but wife and I are working on it!
  -Posted by gyozadude on Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 6:13 AM


Order at http://www.cafepress.com/pfgt2010

  -Posted by gyozadude on Monday, April 12, 2010 - 0:25 AM

On the Catalina Flyer half way to the island...
  -Posted by red fish on Friday, April 23, 2010 - 11:26 AM

Sorry guys... just not in the cards this year, but I know you all will catch lots of fish so enjoy and the best of luck to you!
  -Posted by Jimbojack on Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 11:06 AM

Actually, it was the Catalina Express out of LBC-Long Beach City..but maybe folks picked up on that anyway... I realized that was an err right after I sent that thing from an iPhone while trying to kill the hour on the way over... Actually, the ride over made many kind of dizzy that lasted through the evening even though it did appear that choppy of a ride on the way over..Again, a blast as, I chart something new... and, for those that came back here to read this post-message...it was the first time I successfully landed a bonito after 3 years of attempts and the worst bonito bite of the three followed by my second ever bonito on !2# test of 5#.... a blast and the monster of the depths of the Green Pleasure was worth the price of admission alone!
  -Posted by red fish on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 7:54 PM

The only # missing from the list above is the PFIC host phone #! Good thing all you have to do is look over to the rail at the Mole when you get off the boat, and SOMEONE from the group will be fishing there...
  -Posted by red fish on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 11:34 AM

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