Jay Sorensen, of Stockton, who has spent more than 10,000 days on the San Joaquin Delta, is the rare inductee whose travels do not extend to distant reaches. Sorensen is a champion for Delta water, environmental health and fishery populations. He founded the California Striped Bass Association, which then established chapters throughout the Delta and San Joaquin Valley, which passed legislation to fund and restore striped bass. Sorensen served as president of the State Board for seven years and Stockton Chapter president for 12 years, and he is an Honorary Life Member. He is currently an active member of the West Delta Chapter in Antioch and supports this chapter’s emphasis on the catch and release of striped bass. In 2015, he received the Hal Schell Award from the Bay/Delta Yachtsman Magazine.
In the past 50 years, Sorensen became a daily sight on the Delta, aboard his boat, often fishing for striped bass. He is a considered a master at anchoring and using bait, match tides, currents and migratory routes to located fish, and has always been willing to share his knowledge with anybody who asked or attended his seminars. As a guide, he took thousands fishing and introduced them to his love of the Delta.