Putting Smiles on the Faces of Veterans, One Fish at a Time.
Beautiful weather combined with hungry fish provided for an unforgettable day on the water for Veteran Anglers who were invited by Anglers Anonymous of America Ventura Coast to fish the Channel Islands. For some of the Vets, this was their first time deep sea fishing, and for others this was an opportunity to share the rail. After a year of preparation and fundraising, Anglers Anonymous of America Ventura Coast completed another “Operation” by taking 133 veterans and active military guests fishing at Anacapa Island, on board 5 boats out of Channel Islands Sportfishing Center.
Yellowtail, Whitefish and a variety of Rockfish accounted for some of the1,224 fish that were caught. A notable Catch was a White Seabass was brought in by Tobin Tacy from Santa Maria. Most of the boats started the day off fishing structure for Rockfish and White Fish on the submerged rock structures around Anacapa island, which was part of the plan in order to give the unexperienced Vets early opportunities. After getting a good share Rockfish the fleet moved to Anacapa Arch to fish for Yellowtail. The bight was on with Yellowtail boiling all around, reels started pealing, and excited veterans began to yell. Volunteers assisted in sharing techniques, tying hooks, while also hooking and handing off Yellowtail to those who were not lucky enough to get bit. The veterans and guests got a chance to experience some excellent fishing while taking in some awesome sights fishing close to the Arch overlooked by the Anacapa Lighthouse. After a fun filled day on the water, the boats returned to Channel Islands harbor so the veterans, volunteers and guests could enjoy a BBQ dinner provided by the Ventura Lions Club to wrap up the day.
Photos provided by: Chris Shemet, Kevin Brannon, Ricardo Holden, Sunny Jody O'neil
Operation Anacapa Fish Count: 1224 Total Fish
We had a wonderful time with all the veterans that could make it out to our first ever Veteran Fishing Frenzy. Here at Anglers Anonymous Ventura Coast we want to thank all the support we have gotten from the sponsors and the veterans for making this a great success.
We cannot wait to bring everyone back together next year for more fun. Please let us know of things that went good and things you think we could do to make these events better. Please visit our web site and facebook page to see all the things we have been doing and find updates on what we may have coming up.
Together we can make a difference.
We are getting the word out about a problem growing across the country. As our veterans are returning from the call to protect our great nation they are hit with an unwelcome feeling of hopelessness and do not know where to turn. Angler Anonymous Ventura Coast is teaming up with many other organizations to reach out to these veterans to provide them with what they need. Lets come together to reach these veterans so we can help save the lives of our honorable service members.