The day started at 4:00am at Dana Landing with the HUB team setting up for the tournament. A few boats were already lined up ready for tournament. Registration went smoothly, Captain/Anglers bags were given out, and fresh donuts and coffee for all. The tournament started at Safe Light and at 6:15am Anglers could begin to log in their catches. We used the iAngler app which allows an Angler to catch, measure, photograph and release their fish. It was important to Hookup Baits and CCA CAL that all bass were released. The results started flowing in as we all watched the leader board in each division.
11am the Casting Contest began. This was for our Groms (17 and younger) to see how well they could cast and for accuracy. We had (12) participants. In the Division 12 and younger, Tanner took 1st place with a total distance of 84.7 and 10 points for accuracy. Paul Vasguez from the Grom 13-17 Division took 1st place with a distance of 102 and 5 points for accuracy. Afterwards even adults and HUB team members tried their hand at this contest which was a lot of fun.
Lunch was provided by Tarantino Sausage, so as Anglers came off the water they had a delicious meal to enjoy. This was also a great time to sit with our participants and volunteers to exchange fishing stories and have lots of laughs. The raffle was set up between 11-2 and what amazing prizes we had. Raffle prizes ranged from $50-over $500 in value. We can’t thank our sponsors enough for their very generous donations.
Then it was award time and everyone gathered around to see who won and also winners of the raffle prizes. There were many highlights of the day but especially to see the excited Grom faces from Cash Troop and Micah Wiese. They were priceless! Not only did Cash Troop place in the tournament, but it was also announced that he won Grom of the Month for October! We know how much he has been working to become Grom of the Month, so we waited to announce it at the tournament.
For our 1st Annual Hookup Baits tournament things ran smoothly and the day had such a great vibe to it. It felt like we were at a family reunion with great conversations, everyone was so happy for the winners, lots of great food to enjoy and many participants looking forward to the next Hookup Baits tournament. Wayne of CCA CAL was the moderator in announcing the winners and the HUB team helped hand out awards and raffle prizes. We were overwhelmed with how many raffle tickets were purchased for the prizes. Thank you!
We can’t thank our participants enough! Thank you CCA CAL, sponsors, HUB team and family, Mom’s and Dad’s and everyone that attended for making this day a fun event to support two great causes…San Diego Warriors on the Water and CCA CAL. This is what fishing is all about…having fun, being supportive, seeing the passion of fishing in all of our participants, conservation of fish, and being surrounded with good people that support and give back to the fishing industry in such a positive way. Hookup Baits says THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!