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A late Goleta summary...
Posted by Ken Jones
on Jul-17-03 6:38am
Well, I'm expected to sum up the activities and feelings
concerning the Goleta Get Together but I feel somewhat like an interloper.
A great group of people put this shin dig together and I was simply able
to sit back and enjoy the fruit of their labor (and I thank them greatly).
The main man behind the event was Boyd, aka Pierhead. He was assisted by
an outstanding group that included, but was not limited to, Adam (Baitfish),
Rebecca (Roosterqueen), Don (Donblaze420), Ross (Gordo Grande), James (Goyzadude),
Andy (Fishfishaj) and Tim (Sinker). It wasn't exactly a cast of thousands
but the job these folks did in procuring the site, food, prizes, etc. was
superb. As was their job in cooking that food and allowing each of the
PFIC members in attendance to partake of those goodies, a necessary ingredient
if we are to maintain our svelte, cat-like physiques.
As impressive in its own way was the attendance of the "Pier Rat Nation,"
a gathering of the clan, so to speak. 53 people signed the list sheet,
but more were in attendance. Included were such notable members as Pierhead,
Songslinger, Redfish, Baitfish, Roosterqueen, Pescare, GDude (Goyzadude),
Rich Reano, Predator, Dolphinrider, Gordo Grande, DonBlaze 420, Josh, Sandtrout,
Goonerdude, Fishfishaj, SDBrian, OB Pier Rat, Graybeard, Catfish, Thresher,
Chuam, Fish Finder, KCruise, Nigeria Butler, Crystal Blue, Greenrag, Fish
Bomb, Fishy (a very late arrival in the evening) and The Pier Fisherman.
Add in family and friends it was quite a group. And not to forget two gentlemen
who joined us from the Fish and Game: Paul Grunion (now retired but seemingly
as busy as ever) and Ed Roberts. They brought books and pamphlets to hand
out, set up a tent where they answered questions, and even managed to get
in a little fishing. Last, but certainly not least, was the appearance
of Milton Love, one of the leading authorities on fish of the West Coast.
I have two of his books (and need the new one on rockfish), quote from
him in my new book, and have enjoyed his wit and wisdom for years. He is
a star as far as I am concerned and I really enjoyed spending a little
time with him and talking about fish -- and the piers. I just hope a few
other people had the chance to share a few minutes with him as well as
Paul and Ed. You just had to be there and I feel sorry for those who couldn't
make the trip.
It was an interesting day with Boyd, Andy and a few others arriving
before 8 a.m. Gordo Grande and his daughter Samantha arrive early and soon
had a tent up and the coffee heatin' up. Pescare is there with his duo
of charming daughters -- Tara and Jenna. Adam and Rebecca reach the spot
along with a huge ice chest, drinks, and a ton of prizes. Rich and Ken
boogie in from an early Ventura breakfast and are soon trying to help out
where needed -- and not get in the way where not needed. Josh arrives with
the entire Perez family. GDude lands and begins the assembly of his tent
and the unloading of an amazing number of rods, reels, electronics, etc.
from the bowls of his van. People are setting up the tables, making sure
the food and drinks are ready to go, and good vibes are already beginning
to dominate. But this was a fishing group. DonBlaze420 is out in his kayak
already seeking out the halibut. Songslinger and Redfish are checking out
the beach and the pier. Goonerdude has headed over to the pier as have
Graybeard, Sandtrout and I believe, SDBrian, all to do some fishing. More
and more people begin to arrive, faces are put on the names we see so often
on the board, and most head out to the pier. Paul Gregory and Ed Roberts
arrive representing the Fish and Game and they too head out to the pier
to sit up a small tent and answer questions the pier rats may have.
All in all it's starting to look good -- except for the not-so-svelte
amazons occupying the grasslands between "our" reserved site and the beach.
Boyd asks them, in his usual gentlemanly manner, to move, but they refuse.
Next he tossed a couple off the cliff. No, actually that was just one of
those image visualizations you do to control your blood pressure. Turns
out they are allowed in that area and the park ranger can't move them.
However, they are soon happily flip flopping their way into the Pacific
where they do a short swim and return. Eventually they are gone before
our main activities commence. To me they looked like the films you see
of baby penguins learning to swim -- or -- rejects from a casting call
for one of those old Esther Williams synchronized aquatic dance films of
the '40s. And Songslinger had almost the exact same impression, he said
their routine was the "Total Immersion Morality Moms. Until it morphed
into maturedotcom esther williams choreography." Would have been interesting
to see Lucy at this function, she might have actually tossed a couple of
the ladies off the cliff. But I veer off course.
The hours flew but here are a few notes:
o Excellent food as promised by Pierhead. Tri-tip steaks (provided by
Pierhead, and over 60 steaks served), green salad, potato salad, macaroni
salad, blue hard boiled eggs, pinto beans (home made by Songslinger), garlic
bread, fresh albacore (brought by Chuam), and some yakitori and sausages
(from GDude). The main chef by the way was Don Blaze and I'm afraid he
did such a good job that he may be forced to repeat his actions next year.
Cookies for dessert (from the Perez family I believe), watermelon, rhubarb
pie, apple pie and probably a few more things that I am forgetting. A great
meal and no one should have left hungry.
o Excellent surroundings and facilities -- a barbecue area right next
to the beach , a grassy area to recline and rest, a play area for kids,
and adjacent restrooms. What more do you need? And great weather -- even
if it did lead to a few sunburns.
o Tickets for the raffle went fast in the morning since Rebecca and
the Tidycat duo - Tara and Sam were a little hard to resist. By the time
they were done UPSAC has more than $500. In addition, 16 rods and reels
were donated (by many individuals) as well as miscellaneous tackle to be
used in future UPSAC events. As Adam already reported, three companies
-- Insidesportfishing, Big Hammer and allsurffishing.com -- donated the
majority of gifts. Gyozadude also deserves special credit for his donations.
After lunch was served the lengthy raffle took place and almost everyone
who had bought a ticket won a prize.
o The Tidycat girls -- Tara and Sam -- were a special treat and worth
the price of admission, if we had charged admission. They skillfully handled
the raffle (together with Rebecca) and brought a sense of charm and youthful
exuberance to the proceedings. Hollywood, watch out!
After the raffle it was the time for some serious fishing and several
fishing reports have been posted. Just let me say that I doubt if the pier
has ever had a more dedicated and enthusiastic group of anglers grace it
with their presence. If an aura of good feelings has ever enveloped a pier,
it was that night on that old wooden pier at Goleta.
As GDude reported, the event at Goleta sets a new standard in how we
will host our events. How do we top this?
A late Goleta summary...
Ken Jones - Jul-17-03 6:38am
roundup! Thanks. pescare - Jul-17-03 6:42am
Songslinger - Jul-17-03 6:49am
writing, I'm impressed. Red Fish - Jul-17-03 9:51am
A late Goleta summary...
gyozadude - Jul-17-03 8:51am
to go with faces ... pierhead - Jul-17-03 2:21pm
put, G-dude gordo grande - Jul-17-03 9:58pm
allow me to add.. gordo grande - Jul-17-03 8:56am
get-together to fix tackle? gyozadude - Jul-17-03 9:00am
me in! baitfish - Jul-17-03 2:33pm
Put Ken Sinker - Jul-17-03 9:28am
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