Youngsters invited to participate in anglers tournament
Youngsters can escape summer hear next month while enjoying a free day of fishing on San Diego Bay. Kids from 6 to 15 are invited to participate in the 16th annual Young Anglers’ Tournament on Aug. 11.
The event is hosted by the San Diego Sportfishing Council with support from the International Game Fish Association, the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.
The tournament is held at the Shelter Island Pier, 1776 Shelter Island Drive.
Youngsters do not need to be experienced, and fishing tackle, bait and experienced anglers will be available. Advanced registration can be done online at www.sportfishing.org.
Advanced registration saves time the morning of the tournament, however, on-site registration the day of the tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon. Prizes will be awarded by 1 p.m.
A complimentary lunch, provided by Major Market, Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce, will be served to all registered anglers.
The kids compete through a points system that allows them to catch and release different species of fish valued at varying points.
One winner in each age category will be determined by the highest number of points earned. The angler who earns the overall highest point total will be recognized on the tournament’s perpetual trophy.
The San Diego Sportfishing Council is a California nonprofit corporation established in 1979 to promote San Diego saltwater fishing as an attractive marine recreational activity, to increase awareness and availability of “how, when and where” information on sportfishing opportunities. The Young Anglers Tournament is part of a larger Youth Fishing Program produced by the Sportfishing Council.
For more information, contact the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or visit its website.
Guest are welcome at the Aug. 7 for the meeting of Oceanside Senior Anglers, starting at 9 a.m. at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane.
Guest speaker will be Chugey Sepulveda, Ph.D., director of research and education at the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER) in Oceanside.
PIER us a non-profit research group dedicated to the advancement of sustainable fisheries management.
Sepulveda has concentrated on addressing important questions related to the sustainable management of several marine fish species. In particular, Sepulveda is focused on the use of pelagic fish movements and physiology to design and develop alternative gear options for pelagic species.
He has a long history of working with fishermen and researchers to address sustainable fishing options.
For additional club information, visit www.OSAnglers.org.
A monthly three-hour familiarization and safety class is being offered Aug. 12 for anyone anticipating the purchase of, or who already owns, a handgun.
The class is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range, 16525 Guejito Road, east of Lake Wohlford. Cost is $60.
Participants will learn the basics of handguns, home firearm safety and the responsibilities of firearm ownership. Handguns and ammunition are provided for the class, but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun if they already own one.
For additional information or to register, contact Jack Bryson at 760-746-2868.
Nature lovers are invited to a free outdoor event in Julian from 3 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11.
The Julian Natural Wonderfest celebrates nature by day and by night and will include wildlife encounters, music, art and a nighttime star party during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The event will be Jess Martin Park, and shuttles will be available to take visitors from events in the park to Julian for dinner or supplies.
Sponsors include the town of Julian, The Julian Night Sky Network, Volcan Mountain Foundation, and the Wildlife Research Institute.
Activities will include a family-friendly hike along Santa Ysabel Creek, tours of the Wolf Center, and encounters with barn owls, hawks and other native animals, stage shows and exhibitor booths.
There will be presentations about preservationist work at the Wolf Center, along with information about the Julian Dark Sky Network, the Mountain Lion Project, Wildlife Research Institute, and night sky viewing of the Milky Way.
Local astronomers will have telescopes set up for night viewing of the heavens, and conditions for the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower are expected to be excellent.
For additional information, visit www.naturalwonderfest.com.
Ernie Cowan is a freelance columnist. Contact him Packtrain.com or follow https://erniesoutdoors.blogspot.com/