Report from April 24. UPSAC together with Pierfishing.COM has been hosting the Catalina Classic Pier Fishing Get Together (aka PFGT) since 2002. This was our 9th event. Hosted every late April, the event offers a chance for various members of the UPSAC community to meet many of the board members, enjoy a fishing derby, and a great meal.
Venue is hosted on the Cabillo Mole Pier in Avalon Harbor on Santa Catalina Island, about 1 hr offshore from Long Beach, CA. The event draws individuals and families together and we not only have a catch-n-release derby with junior and adult divisions, but also a potluck lunch on the pier, and a fund-raising raffle with a custom built distance rod and reel combo grand prize. The lure for a lot of attendees has been the annual hunt for bonito – a pelagic tuna-like species that frequents the shores of Catalina Island. But Catalina holds many other prized fish like large abundant opaleyes, big calico bass, humongous sheephead, barracuda, massive batrays, and the possibility of hookups with Yellowtail – all from shore! Event organizers work with Avalon Harbor Master and local merchants and restaurants to plan the event and make sure it goes smoothly.