Once seemingly extinct to Southern California anglers in the 70s and 80s, the removal of coastal gillnets and this landmark hatchery/grow-out operation has helped these noble croaker rebound. Today, Southern Californians are enjoying a robust fishery and catches of seabass in the 40-50 pound range are not uncommon.
Tournament categories include: Open Division (private boaters), Party Boat Division, Kayak Division, Spearfishing Division, and Fly Fishing Division. All of the categories offer junior angler awards. The tournament will begin with a seminar and Captain's meeting on May 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Institute's Mission Bay Laboratory. The meeting will cover final rules, bait availability, and feature expert advice from some of California's best white seabass anglers. "Lines In" call is at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, May 23. "Lines Out" is 6:00 p.m. Saturday May 23.