Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) recently hosted its annual White Seabass Tournament, raising more than $50,000 to benefit the non-profit institute's continued research in aquaculture. The tournament, formerly known as the White Seabass Benefit Tournament, was renamed to honor legendary long-range fishing pioneer and sportsman, Bill Poole.
After nearly 18 hours of fishing, it was clear that the anglers enjoyed a great day on the ocean. The top three spots in the private boat division were won by anglers catching white seabass, while the largest fish caught by a kayaker was a yellowtail. There were a wide range of trophy categories and special prizes for any white seabass captured alive (to be placed into the Hubbs' brood stock program).
The winners were:
Private Boat category:
-- First place: Peter Vasiliov, 50-pound white seabass
-- First place: Kurt Hoffman, 31-pound yellowtail
The awards barbecue at Hubbs' research laboratory following the tournament and was attended by nearly 300 guests who dined on a gourmet feast that included California sushi rolls, abalone seaweed salad and delicious cultured-fish tacos. In addition, the guests enjoyed tours of Hubbs' aquaculture hatchery operations. This fund-raising fishing tournament continues to gain in popularity with and provides excellent financial and awareness support for the important research efforts at Hubbs.