Outdoors: Corvina fishing continues to be good

May 17, 2002|By AL KALIN

Staff columnist

The Holtville Athletic Club held its second annual Take A Kid Fishing contest at Red Hill Marina on Saturday. It was well attended by 26 adults who brought along 36 kids to fish but high winds forced the boaters off the Salton Sea only hours after they launched.

Tyler Jantz, one of the boaters, started fishing from the shore at Red Hill near the picnic area and was soon hooked solid to a 7-pound corvina. Holtville's Gerry Merten decided to try his luck from shore and landed a 13-pound, 8-ounce corvina from the same area casting a chartreuse/black back Kalin's Swimmer. This fish proved to be heavy enough for the second-place prize of $250. Top prize of $500 went to Donald Walker of El Centro, who landed a 16-pound, 4-ounce corvina from Obsidian Butte using a live mudsucker.

Contestants were treated to an off-road race as they watched Walker racing down Garst Road in a cloud of dust to make it to the weigh-in only minutes before the tournament ended. Daniel Rivera from Brawley captured the third-place prize of $125 with a 13-pound, 7-ounce corvina.


The tournament, designed to help increase the number of young fishermen, received widespread community support. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors waived all park fees, state Game Warden Carol Sassie provided junior hunting licenses to all the kids free of charge, and the park rangers were helpful and friendly as they helped the contestants launch and retrieve their boats.

Jeff Zendejas of Zendejas True Value Hardware in Calipatria was on hand with a table set with any fishing tackle the contestants might need. He also donated hundreds of dollars worth of tackle to the contestants.

RioTel Communications donated the $500 first prize and I.V. Recycling along with Mike Feigenbaum paid the $5 entry fee for every child entered in the contest. Hughs Marine, RDO, Empire Machinery and Kisco Sales donated other prizes. The Kalin Co. donated tackle packs to every contestant. KXO Radio promoted the event and Coca-Cola of Imperial Valley furnished refreshments to go along with the free lunch provided by the Holtville Athletic Club after the tournament.

Corvina has continued to remain good this week with fish being caught all around the Salton Sea by anglers using live bait and soft plastic lures. Salton Sea fishing guide Ray Garnett reported limits by fishermen working the east side of the sea from the state park down to Bombay Beach and on the west side from the Navy base up to Desert Shores. On the south end, dike fishing continues to be productive. Westmorland's Jim Nemlowill reported catching a limit of corvina, all more than 10 pounds, from the dike at the end of Young Road on Tuesday casting chartreuse/black back Swimmers.

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