) ) Long Beach Neptunes Spearfishing Blue Water Meet Winners



LONG BEACH NEPTUNE'S
Blue Water Meet Winners

1964-Present

Year Other Below Winner # of Wins Club Weight # lbs. Fish Type
1964 Jim Christiansen 3 LBN 54 WSB
1965 Dick Rowland LBN 39 WSB
1966 Jim Christiansen 3 LBN 57 WSB
1967 % # Al Schneppershoff Jr. 2 SD 52 WSB
1968 Jim Christiansen 3 LBN 43 WSB
1969 % # Al Schneppershoff Jr. 2 SD 48 WSB
1970 Yas Ikeda 2 NKT 62.5 WSB
1971 Bob Stanbery 2 LBN 48 WSB
1972 Bob Stanbery 2 LBN 66.5 WSB
1973 Dewey Hennessey LBN 33.5 WSB
1974 Yas Ikeda 2 NKT 48 WSB
1975 Jeff Jappe NC 33 H
1976 Dale Konrad LBN 43 WSB
1977 Terry Maas 4 LBN 56 WSB
1978 Terry Maas 4 LBN 48 WSB
1979 Ken Brewer NC 36 YT
1980 Bob Privence LBN 32 YT
1981 Mike Ocsenas LBN 36.4 YT
1982 John Yantis NC 43 YT
1983 Terry Maas 4 LBN 39 YT
1984 Terry Maas 4 LBN 19 YT
1985 Jim Dexter LBN 30 YT
1986 Tom Lally NC 30.4 WSB
1987 John Ernst 4 HC 29 WSB
1988 Ted Hessen LBN 32 WSB
1989 John Ernst 4 HC 37.5 WSB
1990 John Ernst 4 HC 23.4 WSB
1991 @ # Al Schneppershoff III FATH 31.5 WSB
1991 @ Robert Wilson NC 31.5 WSB
1992 Brian Donnell LBN 33.5 YT
1993 John Ernst 4 HC 34.4 WSB
1994 Bill Kroll LBN 41 WSB
1995 Tom Murray LBN 32 WSB
1996 Steve Hendricks NC 51 WSB
1997 Ron Mullins LBN 30.3 YT
1998 $ Julie Riffe LBN 31 H
1999 Jim Matsukas FATH 49.9 WSB
2000 Derek Stavenger NC 42.7 WSB
2001 Mori Masahiro LBN 48.6 WSB
2002 Arez Abayov FATH 52 WSB
2003 John Carpenter LBN 29 YT
2004 & Skip Hellen LBN/FATH 38 WSB
2005 Marty Getrich LBN 40.8 WSB
2006 Robert Strohbach 2 LBN 59.8 WSB
2007 Danny Jones 2 LBN 41 WSB
2008 Adam Rohrig LBN 42.2 WSB
2009 Robert Strohbach 2 LBN 22.6 YT
2010 Scott DeFirmian LBN 28.2 WSB
2011 Rick Hadley NC 28.6 YT
2012 Eric Schlombohm LBN 52 WSB
2013 Seamus Callaghan 3 LBN 38.8 YT
2014 Bill Ernst FATH 36.2 WSB
2015 Jeff Bilhorn LBN 31.3 YT
2016 Danny Jones 2 LBN 29.9 WSB
2017 Mike Raabe LBN 46.6 WSB
2018 Seamus Callaghan 3 LBN 71 WSB
2019 Todd Farquar LBN 36 YT
2020 John Hughes LBN 33.5 YT
2021 Seamus Callaghan 3 LBN 61.1 WSB

Fish Type:    WSB = White Sea Bass     YT = Yellowtail    H = Halibut
 

INTERESTING MEET TRIVIA

(59) MEET WINNING FISH / AVERAGE SIZE:
(41) White Sea Bass (Avg. Size) 44.2#  (1st 15 yrs.) 50.0#  (Last 10 yrs.) 49.5# 

(16) Yellowtail (Avg. Size) 32.4# 

(2) Halibut (Avg. Size) 32.0# 

(7) CLUB WINNERS
(LBN) LB Neptune (39)
(NC) No Club Affiliation (8)
(FATH) Fathomiers (5)
(SD) Squididdlers (2)
(NKT) Nesei Kelp Tanglers (2)
(HC) Hawaiian Council (4)
(LBN/FATH) Neptune/Fathomier (1)

LARGEST WINNING FISH = 71#  WHITE SEA BASS Seamus Callaghan 2018

LARGEST WINNING YELLOWTAIL = 43#  John Yantis 1982

WHITE SEA BASS
(4) 60#+ WSB: Yas Ikeda  62.5# 1970  /  Bob Stanbery  66.5# 1972  /  Seamus Callaghan  71# 2018  /  Seamus Callaghan  61.1# 2021

(8) 51 to 60# WSB: 54# 1964  /  57# 1966  /  52# 1967  /  56# 1977  /  51# 1996  /  52# 2002  /  59.8# 2006  /  52# 2012

(13) 41 to 50# WSB

(11) 30 to 40# WSB

(+) 19 Years Between 50#+ WSB Winners 1977-96

(2) HALIBUT WINNERS: Jeff Jappe 33#  1975 / Julie Riffe 31#  1998

MULTIPLE WINNERS
(2) FOUR TIME WINNERS: Terry Maas 1977, 1978 , 1983 , 1984 / John Ernst 1987, 1989 , 1990 , 1993

(2) THREE-TIME WINNER: Jim Christiansen 1964, 1966 , 1968 / Seamus Callaghan 2013, 2018 , 2021

(5) TWO TIME WINNERS: Al Schneppershoff Jr. 1969, 1967 / Bob Stanbery 1972, 1971 / Danny Jones 2016, 2007 / Robert Strohbach 2009, 2006 / Yas Ikeda 1974, 1970

(4) BACK TO BACK WINNERS: Bob Stanbery 1971-72 / Terry Maas 1977-78, 83-84 / John Ernst 1989-90

OTHER
(@) ONLY 1ST PLACE TIE 1991: 31.5 LB. White Sea Bass Al Schneppershoff III / Robert Wilson


(#) ONLY FATHER/SON WINNERS: Al Schneppershoff Jr., 1967, 69 / Al Schneppershoff III 1991

($) FIRST/ONLY WOMAN WINNER = Julie Riffe 31 LB. Halibut 1998

(%) DISQUALIFIED WINNERS (LATE) = Bill Walters 55 LB. WSB 1967, Al Schneppershoff Jr. 48 LB. WSB 1973

(&) ONLY DUAL CLUB MEMBER TO WIN BLUE WATER MEET = Skip Hellen 38 LB. WSB 2004

TOURNAMENT BEGINNING TRIVIA
Legend has it that first blue water meet was held at Ventura County Line (Leo Carrillo state beach) in June of 1961 or 1962. There are no records of who won or competed in that meet. The first offshore LB Neptune's Blue Water Meet was organized by the late Jim Christiansen and held at Catalina Island June 12, 1963. The late John Modugno speared a new IUSA world record 78.8 lb. White Sea Bass while competing in this event. Unfortunately, John's record catch was the only fish landed that day and it was decided that this would not be the first blue water meet or he would have been the first blue water meet champion in 1963. The LB Neptune's Blue water meet official began in June 1964 with Jim Christiansen landing the largest fish and became the first official Long Beach Neptune's Blue Water Meet tournament champion.