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San Diego Day at the Docks Returns April 21

posted: 4/5/2013
Check It Out -- Michael Farrior will happily talk to attendees about his extensive collection of antique fishing artifacts and memorabilia during the Port of San Diegos upcoming Day at the Docks, April 21. The free all-day celebration of sportfishing will offer activities, food and fun for the whole family.
SAN DIEGO -- Anglers can get expert sportfishing tips, see the latest gear and find out more about local fishing options during the Port of San Diego’s 34th annual Day at the Docks, April 21. The free day-long event provides activities for the whole family, along with live music, food and how-to fishing seminars.            

Held at San Diego Sportfishing Landings in Point Loma, the day signifies the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season. The 2013 Day at the Docks theme is: “It’s all about fishing, and so much more!”            

Along with seminars, festival-goers can enjoy tours of modern sportfishing boats in the San Diego fleet, plus Coast Guard and San Diego Harbor Police vessels.            

Here are a few of Day at the Docks’ “don’t-miss” events:            

* Fox Sports West “Fishing Ventures” host Ron Kovach will lead two seminars based on his book, “Saltwater Fishing in California: Secrets of the Pacific Experts.” His talk will focus on the idea that 10 percent of anglers catch 90 percent of the fish. Kovach is the founder and director of Owner Hooks Fishing Schools. Over the years, approximately 37,000 graduates from his schools have accompanied him and his staff on trips from Baja California’s East Cape region to Southeast Alaska, and up and down the California coast. Kovach will also be signing photos and giving free Typhoon hats to children up to age 14 at the Typhoon Sunglasses’ booth.            

* Michael Farrior -- a recent inductee into the California Outdoor Hall of Fame and the International Game Fish Association’s trustee and historian -- will display his fishing artifacts and memorabilia that he began collecting in 1972. One of Farrior's most prized pieces is a fishing reel that once belonged to author Ernest Hemingway. The San Diego resident has attended every Day at the Docks since the event’s inception.            

* Demonstrations of the Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) fish hold system will also be presented. The system, developed in San Diego, allows fleet boats to preserve their fresh catches at sashimi-grade quality until they return to port.            

The Kids Fishing Adventure will kick off a promotion that gives youths a chance to fish for free. From April 22 to May 31, the San Diego-based sportfishing fleet will take kids out on the water on any open party half-day, three-quarter-day or full-day fishing trip when accompanied by a paid adult, with a promotional coupon available at West Marine stores or from            

Throughout Day at the Docks, attendees can watch experienced crews unload huge fish from just-returned long-range boats. Then, skilled chefs will take centerstage and demonstrate the many different ways there are to clean and cook the fish.            

Several how-to seminars will be offered to help both beginners and experienced anglers improve their techniques and catch more fish. Seminar lists and schedules will be posted online, leading up to the event.            

Live entertainment and a variety of contests and giveaways will also be scheduled during the free event.            

Kids’ Fishing Adventure areas will let youngsters wet a line and make a catch, with assistance from members of the San Diego Rod and Reel Club and San Diego Anglers. Children ages 4-12 can participate, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.            

A casting contest for pros and novices alike is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Winners will be awarded fishing trips and tackle.            

Food vendors will also be on site, serving a variety of foods and beverages.            

Free parking and free round-trip shuttle service to and from the festival is offered from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.            

For a complete schedule of the Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks activities, visit

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