The tournament starts at 4:30 a.m. Saturday with boats launching from Red Hill Marina, Johnson's Landing or Salton Sea Beach Marina. No boats will be allowed in the water until their live wells and coolers have been inspected by tournament personnel stationed at the three participating launch ramps. Fishermen must weigh in their fish at the Calipatria Inn between noon and 5 p.m.
On Sunday an additional big fish jackpot will be held. The entry fee is $5 per fisherman and the angler who brings the largest fish to the scales before 4 p.m. will win the pot of money.
In addition to the tournament, barbecued hot dogs will be provided to all entrants starting at noon and a carne asada barbecue, sponsored by Seaview Little League, will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Calipatria Inn.
Immediately following the awards ceremony a raffle will be conducted for prizes donated by the sponsors of the event.
Four seminars will be staged at the Calipatria Inn throughout Saturday and will include instructions on corvina fishing, largemouth bass fishing, saltwater flyfishing and kayak fishing.
Sundown Marine of San Diego will display its line of fishing boats, and numerous fishing tackle shops from San Diego will have fishing tackle on display. To top off the event, a boat wash will be done at the CaliMart parking lot in Calipatria and all proceeds will go to local organizations.
The second annual Take A Kid Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Holtville Athletic Club, takes place the following Saturday at Red Hill Marina, where you can put your knowledge from the previous week to work.
This is my favorite tournament for two reasons. First, each adult must also enter a child to be able to fish in the tournament. The number of fishermen continues to shrink yearly. I see this as an excellent opportunity to teach youngsters the art of fishing, which they hopefully will pass on to their children.
The second reason this is such a great tournament is because you don't need a boat to enter. Anyone who has signed up with a child can fish from shore. Last year Donald Walker from El Centro, fishing from Obsidian Butte, won $250 with his second-place corvina that weighed 13 pounds, 12 ounces.
Ray Burleson from El Centro landed the largest fish of the tournament last year, using a live croaker for bait, and won $500. I discovered Ray a few weeks ago, fishing for catfish, and he assured me he would return this year to defend his honor and win more cash.
Entry fees are $20 for adults and $5 for children. The single largest fish wins $500, the next largest $250, and the third largest $125. Derby check-in runs from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at Red Hill Marina and contestants can fish from either a boat or shore anywhere on the Salton Sea. The tournament will begin at 6 a.m. and all anglers must be at the weigh-in at Red Hill Marina by 11:30 a.m.
Zendejas True Value Hardware, a top sponsor for the second year in a row, will have a booth set up at Red Hill for contestants who forgot to purchase their fishing licenses or need any last-minute fishing lures or bait. Zendejas Hardware has the largest selection of Salton Sea corvina lures and bait in the Imperial Valley and caters to the fishermen. If you ask a question you get an intelligent answer, unlike some of the other businesses in the Imperial Valley that sell fishing tackle and couldn't tell the difference between a corvina and a goldfish.
Rio Tel, Coca-Cola and KXO radio are the other proud sponsors of this event.
At noon a free lunch will be served followed by the presentation of awards and donated prizes during a raffle. For more information call 356-2781.
I urge every fisherman in the valley to set aside May 11 for this tournament and bring a kid to the tournament. We need more kids involved in fishing.
>> Outdoor Tales columnist Al Kalin may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org