Bill Poole Memorial Angling event takes on a new form to give back to HUBBS
By: Brandon Hayward
Did you know that the HUBBS/Sea World white seabass hatchery program is getting ready to release white seabass number 2,000,000 on August 21? How about that the highly successful program is in need of funding to help with its maintenance projects?
This season the Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament took on a new spin, with Bob Fletcher working with the Excel to do the Bill Poole Memorial Angling Trip. While HUBBS staffing issues and the cost of doing the Bill Poole Memorial Angling Tournament was too much for HUBBS to make the tournament happen in year four, the two-day trip on the Excel took its place, with donations by current co-owner Al Gross and past owner Ingrid Poole being given to the HUBBS program to go along with a donation from Fletcher as well as local tackle companies and landings.
“The HUBBS program is struggling to get funding for maintenance projects, like repairing the nets in the holding pens,” said Fletcher in an interview. Fletcher sought out donations to raffle off in an effort to raise additional funding. “So I got a rod and reel from Calstar and Accurate, and the four San Diego Landings, in that of H&M Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing, Fisherman’s Landing and Seaforth donated rods and reels, so I had those to raffle off on the boat (Excel).”
The two-day trip on the big long ranger got into the great bluefin action that has been treating anglers to the best bluefin fishing in decades—and raised more funds to go to HUBBS through the raffle of tackle.
HUBBS recently had a $500,000 swing when money that was supposed to be given by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hit a stumbling block.
“The hatchery program gets funds from license payers’ Ocean Enhancement Stamps, but it gets no additional funding from Fish and Wildlife,” explained Fletcher. “The hatchery asked DFW for $500,000 to come from the sportfishing restoration account, and DFW agreed, but their attorneys said the money couldn’t be given to HUBBS, since DFW doesn’t own the hatchery.”
The argument was that the public gives to the restoration account via taxes and fees. But it was overridden by the DFW attorneys.
So, in the meantime, every bit helps for HUBBS.
Come September 7 there will be a gala held as Sea World to celebrate its 50th anniversary, as well as the release of over 2,000,000 white seabass since the program’s inception. Look for more details on the event, which is $125 and open to the public, in the next few weeks.
So where is money generated from the anglers on the Bill Poole Memorial trip, the Excel, Ingrid Poole and Fletcher going? To rebuild nets at the Cat Harbor facility at Catalina Island, where both hatch-lings and brood stock contribute to the program that has done so much to shape the incredible white seabass fishery anglers have been enjoying in recent seasons.
For more information about how you can donate to HUBBS Seaworld, please contact Julie Diuguid JCarpenter@hswri.org