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Past Events: California Fishing Passport Program
Sportfishing with Children of U.S. Marines
First California Fishing Passport event of the year
On June 3, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, Friends of Rollo-United Anglers, the Oceanside Senior Anglers and the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) to host a half-day chartered fishing trip for the children of parents stationed at the USMC base at Camp Pendleton.
It was a day full of surprises and many firsts, for both the kids and the adults on board the F/V Electra out of Helgren's Sportfishing in Oceanside. The trip hosted children whose parents were deployed in Iraq and elsewhere overseas. For most of these young kids the trip marked their first experience on the ocean, and for many also their first time fishing at all.
By the end of the day, the kids had landed about 20 nice California scorpionfish, a dozen keeper kelp bass, lots of sand bass, an impressive lingcod, a California halibut, and even a few Pacific chub mackerelwere brought over the rails.
On the way back in, all of the kids received passport stamps in their new California Fishing Passport books for the fish they'd caught that day, and many asked when they could go fishing again so that they could catch more fish and get more stamps.
Later, one of the boy's mothers called to thank everyone for the trip and to tell us her son was still on Cloud 9 after catching the largest fish of the day: a 28-inch lingcod. She said they were arranging for a Web cam set-up so that he could tell his dad who was still deployed in Iraq about his memorable trip.