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SFVSF.org Partners with CDFW as Official Stamping Agent for Fishing Passport Program

The SFVSF has partnered with CDFW for the Fishing Passport Program and is an official stamping agent — for anyone fishing in Southern California. SFVSF Members are automatically enrolled and will receive a passport as a part of their membership kit.

Current SFVSF Members will receive the Fishing Passports as well as Fish Identification Guide at the next General Club Meeting on Wednesday, June 21st.

The program includes the passport (receive stamps), workshops, community posting, awards and more. The goal is to introduce recreational fishermen to a variety of species of fish as well as provide information and resources needed to expand their skills.

There are California Fishing and the Ocean Workshops available. The workshop for July is closed; however, stay tuned for the next workshop in upcoming months.

Fishing license is required, children 15 years and under do not need to buy a fishing license to participate.

2017 Annual Kids Fishing Trip, June 12th – Followup & Gallery

Beautiful day on the water, kids were amazing & everyone had a great time

The kids, crew & volunteer mentors from SFVSF all had an amazing day as evident by the pictures & smiles! The weather was absolutely perfect – it was a beautiful day.
Thank you to Spitfire Sportfishing​ for putting us on the fish, crew for helping all the children with their rigs & to get the fish on the boat and safely into the bags, Michael Herrera​ & the SFVSF for planning a great event, Mike F. Lombardi​ for the great pictures & the volunteer mentors from the SFVSF for their help, support & guidance. Hey! The burgers were great too — all 60 of them — thanks Galley Chef!

It was a wonderful sight to see the kids eyes light up when they caught a fish … “FISH-ON” — they learned was what to yell out when you have a fish on your line — everyone gathered around and watched as the crew help get the fish onto the boat. I could tell they were learning how to put their bait on, open the bail, close it when the sinker hit the bottom & keep their line tight until a fish hit … and then reel in like crazy — by the end of the trip, they were all little fishing pros! Many of them may end up being future SFVSF members – some would ask about our regular member trips and show interest in going in the future.

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Why take 60 inner city kids fishing?

Every year, the San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fisherman, a club consisting of friends who love to fish, host a kids charter fishing trip for underprivileged children in the SFV.

Kid's Fishing Trip
Kid’s Fishing Trip

BENEFITS
Kids who report never having done anything like this before, learn valuable life lessons on our fishing trips. You’ll be amazed at how many areas of their life may improve from the experience of fishing.

“Give a kid a fish and they’ll look at you funny, teach a kid how to fish and they’ll have a memory that lasts forever” – Jared Gerber, SFVSF Member

  • Where food comes from. “The grocery store?”, lol
  • Survival! Yes — that’s right. Tie knots, catch fish & be one with nature
  • Conservation — learn to love nature & natural resources
    SFVSF Annual Kid's Fishing Trip
    Kid’s Fishing Trip
  • Physical social interaction vs. video games & cellphones
  • Patience & communication
  • Fishing is good wholesome fun & safe
  • An “Adult:” activity that is good for them, vs. alcohol & other vices

The club member volunteers mentor the children, who learn how to fish, participate in an

Kid's Fishing Trip
Kid’s Fishing Trip

outdoor adventure, they may otherwise not be able to experience. It may also spark an interest in a future career in fishing, marine biology or coast guard. They may also have the chance to see dolphins, whales or even an coast guard helicopter.

MENTORSHIP
Members of the club organize and volunteer to mentor children while fishing and have a great outdoor experience at sea. About 60 under-privileged kids are selected from youth groups from the SFV area.

HOW?
The trip is fueled by SFVSF, it’s sponsors & member donations — including Chatsworth Kiwanis, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council & San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fisherman.

WHAT KIDS?
Local kids clubs include, SFV Boys & Girls, Canoga Park Boys & Girls, Youth Home in Mission 2014_0609_kidsTrip_Speed TwinHills & Local Key Clubs.

PRESS
If you’re a reporter, come fish on us! Yes — we want to take you fishing. Come fishing, learn what it’s all about first hand — and be inspired to report your experience. Call Jared at 818-421-8870 to discuss.

SPONSORSHIP
Send MORE kids fishing — with your sponsorship, we can send more children fishing.  In past years, we’ve chartered multiple boats for the kids trip.  Contact us to learn more about sponsorship & exposure opportunities.

The boat leaves at 8:30 a.m., if you are going to be on the boat, be there an hour early.

Want to get involved? Sponsor or volunteer — we’re currently looking for sponsors to send more kids fishing – click here to express your interest in sponsoring this event.

2017 Annual Kids Fishing Trip
Date: June 12th, 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Boat: Spitfire

Spitfire @ Dock 52, Marina Del Rey
Spitfire @ Dock 52, Marina Del Rey

Landing: Marina Del Rey
Dock 52, Fiji Way,
Marina Del Rey, CA
(310) 822-DOCK

Here are pictures from last year’s trip.

Spitfire @ Marina Del Rey
Spitfire @ Marina Del Rey

2017 Annual Kids Fishing Trip, June 12th

Why take 60 inner city kids fishing?

Every year, the San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fisherman, a club consisting of friends who love to fish, host a kids charter fishing trip for underprivileged children in the SFV.

Kid's Fishing Trip
Kid’s Fishing Trip

BENEFITS
Kids who report never having done anything like this before, learn valuable life lessons on our fishing trips. You’ll be amazed at how many areas of their life may improve from the experience of fishing.

“Give a kid a fish and they’ll look at you funny, teach a kid how to fish and they’ll have a memory that lasts forever” – Jared Gerber, SFVSF Member

  • Where food comes from. “The grocery store?”, lol
  • Survival! Yes — that’s right. Tie knots, catch fish & be one with nature
  • Conservation — learn to love nature & natural resources
    SFVSF Annual Kid's Fishing Trip
    Kid’s Fishing Trip
  • Physical social interaction vs. video games & cellphones
  • Patience & communication
  • Fishing is good wholesome fun & safe
  • An “Adult:” activity that is good for them, vs. alcohol & other vices

The club member volunteers mentor the children, who learn how to fish, participate in an

Kid's Fishing Trip
Kid’s Fishing Trip

outdoor adventure, they may otherwise not be able to experience. It may also spark an interest in a future career in fishing, marine biology or coast guard. They may also have the chance to see dolphins, whales or even an coast guard helicopter.

MENTORSHIP
Members of the club organize and volunteer to mentor children while fishing and have a great outdoor experience at sea. About 60 under-privileged kids are selected from youth groups from the SFV area.

HOW?
The trip is fueled by SFVSF, it’s sponsors & member donations — including Chatsworth Kiwanis, Chatsworth Neighborhood Council & San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fisherman.

WHAT KIDS?
Local kids clubs include, SFV Boys & Girls, Canoga Park Boys & Girls, Youth Home in Mission 2014_0609_kidsTrip_Speed TwinHills & Local Key Clubs.

PRESS
If you’re a reporter, come fish on us! Yes — we want to take you fishing. Come fishing, learn what it’s all about first hand — and be inspired to report your experience. Call Jared at 818-421-8870 to discuss.

SPONSORSHIP
Send MORE kids fishing — with your sponsorship, we can send more children fishing.  In past years, we’ve chartered multiple boats for the kids trip.  Contact us to learn more about sponsorship & exposure opportunities.

The boat leaves at 8:30 a.m., if you are going to be on the boat, be there an hour early.

Want to get involved? Sponsor or volunteer — we’re currently looking for sponsors to send more kids fishing – click here to express your interest in sponsoring this event.

2017 Annual Kids Fishing Trip
Date: June 12th, 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Boat: Spitfire

Spitfire @ Dock 52, Marina Del Rey
Spitfire @ Dock 52, Marina Del Rey

Landing: Marina Del Rey
Dock 52, Fiji Way,
Marina Del Rey, CA
(310) 822-DOCK

Here are pictures from last year’s trip.

Spitfire @ Marina Del Rey
Spitfire @ Marina Del Rey

Our first Charter Trip – Amigo on March 4th

March 4 – March 5
Leaves: Mar 4 at 9 PM to Mar 5 at 7 PM
Location: Amigo out of Ventura Sportfishing
1500 Anchors Way Dr, Ventura, California 93001

Register here or contact Adrian Cruz for more information.

Get signed up for this trip on the Amigo leaving at 9pm. Message me Adrian Cruz to sign up or get more info. The boat should be available to board at 8pm with bunks for you to sleep on. Space is limited — SIGN UP NOW.

Charter Schedule:
http://sfvsf.org/calendar/charter-schedule/.

Boat: AMIGO @ Ventura Sportfishing
Leaving: Sat 03/04/17 09:00 PM
Returning: Sun 03/05/17 07:00 PM
Load: 18
Cost: 190
Type: Best bite

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2016 Annual Kids Fishing Trip, June 13th

Kid's Fishing Trip
Kid’s Fishing Trip
Every year, the San Fernando Valley Saltwater Fisherman host a kids charter fishing trip. Members of the club organize and volunteer to help the children fish and have a great experience at sea. About 60 under-privileged kids are selected from youth groups around the LA & SFV area. The trip is fueled by SFVSF and donations by members.

Want to get involved? We’re currently looking for additional co-sponsors – click here to express your interest in sponsoring this event.

2016 Annual Kids Fishing Trip
Date: June 13th, 2016
Boat: Spitfire

Spitfire @ Dock 52, Marina Del Rey
Spitfire @ Dock 52, Marina Del Rey
* Check back for more information
Landing:
Marina Del Rey
Dock 52, Fiji Way,
Marina Del Rey, CA
(310) 822-DOCK

Here are pictures from last year’s trip.

Spitfire @ Marina Del Rey
Spitfire @ Marina Del Rey

Update from your new Charter Master

Adrian Cruz just informed me that 2 trips have been booked on the Mirage, a great overnight boat that catches more large halibuts than any other boats at the Channel Islands.

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Also, 8 trips have been booked on the Seajay (see photo on preceding page) whose captain will be the speaker at the February meeting – if possible – so we can get to know him and his crew. More details will be forthcoming soon.

SUPER RAFFLE

reeloneThere will be a SUPER RAFFLE at the November 18th “Nomination” membership meeting. Come all and
WIN, WIN, WIN!

No that’s not the Island Tak but its sister ship the Sea Jay Photos from the last (or was it the one before that?) charter.

On the left, Gene is demonstrating what healthy dentition should look like.reelsec

On the right, another demonstration of the care some anglers take with their catch, even going as far as wrapping the fish with a towel so it won’t catch a cold.
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From Your Newsletter Editor

This is probably the last of the newsletter for 2015. This edition is short for a number of reasons; not the least is that I am very busy on other fronts. This is my second round as Newsletter editor and it’s been fun. With the board’s blessing, I hope to continue in 2016.

It’s been quite a year – one for the ages and possibly once in a lifetime. Yellow Tail everywhere, dorado and wahoo caught in Santa Monica Bay, and even a 600 pound black marlin. And to top it off, bottom fishing for rockfish has been steady all summer.

It’s possible that the yellow Tail will stay with us until next year; let’s hope so. Bottom fishing will take a pause in January and February and it will be a good time to get the reels serviced, especially if they were used for Yellow Tail and Tuna, and to put fresh line on them.

The yearly breakfast is coming up (see below) and the Banquet will be upon us before we know it. The theme this year will be I WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR. Be ready to participate.

I want to thank all those who have provided material for the newsletters, especially King Tut (aka Bob Tuttle), DeeDee always rock steady, and Michael Lombardi, our official photographer.

And all of us thank members of the Board for their tireless work on our behalf during 2015. Thank you!

The New Year brings us a new charter master in the person of Adrian Cruz. We wish him well in his new post and we thank Gene Housworth for his dedication to the Club as charter master these past few years.