Sportfishing Conservancy Updates

Salt Marsh Shark Upstages Land Trust Event and more …
For the past 7 years The Sportfishing Conservancy and local fishing clubs have hosted the “No Motor Tournament” to benefit the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County in their restoration efforts at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. This past Friday we all met to present the Land Trust a check for $850 – money raised at this year’s Tournament. Bruce Reitherman of the Land Trust was there to
accept the check and got us to the edge of the Marsh for a photo op (see below). While scouting the site we saw firsthand one of the reasons the Carpinteria Salt Marsh plays such an important role in our local coastal environment. The tide was low but rising and we assembled just back from the estuary mouth when one of the kids spotted a leopard shark swimming seaward against the incoming tide. It was a good sized fish, angler estimated at 3 ½’ to 4′ long and on the prowl for an incoming dinner. The hungry guy paid little attention to us walking along side and allowed us to shoot some pretty cool video

Salt Marsh Shark,from Tom Raftican

Salt Marsh Shark from Tom Raftican on Vimeo.

Bruce demonstrated why he’s a Land Trust honcho by doing a stellar job in explaining the diversity and synchronicity of plants and marsh inhabitants. We agreed to return later in the spring to help showcase more of the incredible place.

I’d like to thank the folks that made the No-Motor possible through their help and generosity, in particular Whitney Uyeda (handing over the check) and Carp Sportfishing Club President, Gary Sanchez both of whom went above and beyond in making the event so successful. I’d also like to thank our sponsors who pitched in to help raise funds for this great cause -Deep Blue Stand Up Paddleboards (Grand Raffle Prize fishing SUP worth nearly $2000), Accurate Reels, Big Hammer Swim Baits along with Hook, Line and Sinker Tackle Shop, and the Carpinteria Sportfishing Club. In addition, many local restaurants, specialty stores and attractions provided raffle prizes to help raise additional funds. Thank you.

As one final note, California’s marine resources depend on both good laws and enforcement. I would like to highlight the actions of California’s awesome group of outdoors law enforcement officers – the wardens, as they are known. They are overworked and underpaid and deserve our respect. The following are some highlights from the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION MONTHLY REPORT for this past October:
“Lt. Chang attended Fontana Court for a man who had been issued a citation for possession of an undersized bass. The subject stated in court, utilizing his translator, “Short black bass swam into his floating creel, as he had no idea how the 5-inch short bass got into it.” The judge was not amused and found the man guilty and ordered him to pay a $500 fine.

The Patrol Boat Thresher Wildlife Officer’s Arkinstall and Rojas boarded a commercial lobster vessel while patrolling Santa Barbara Island. During their inspection, the officers made contact with two commercial fishermen onboard and discovered six undersized lobsters. These short lobsters were mixed in their catch of legal sized lobsters on the vessel. The commercial fishermen were cited accordingly.

During a patrol of Cabrillo Pier, Wildlife Officer Nguyen contacted three subjects sport fishing, with illegal fish traps, at the end of the pier. The subjects had multiple undersize lobsters in possession. Two of the three subjects were cited for several lobster violations. The illegal fish traps were seized into evidence.”

Our wardens have their hands full on many fronts. Here are 2 waysyou can help them – drop us a request for “PCH – Poachers Can’t Hide” laminated card (info@sportfishingconservancy.org) and
purchase a warden stamp along with your 2017 fishing license (www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales).

To learn more about ongoing restoration efforts at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, visit
www.sblandtrust.org. To learn more about the efforts and activities of The Sportfishing Conservancy, visit www.sportfishingconservancy.org.

SB Sportfishing Donation to Conservancy

Shown, from left: Oscar Garcia, Sierra Diaz, Michael Sanchez, Whitney Uyeda, Santa Barbara
Sportfishing Club (with check); Bruce Reitherman, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County;
Mike Holder, Tom Raftican, The Sportfishing Conservancy; Gary Sanchez, Carpinteria
Sportfishing Club; Kelly Caspary, Carpinteria Sportfishing Club; John Samson.
Credit: The Sportfishing Conservancy, 200 Nieto Ave., #207, Long Beach, CA 90803