The following press release is courtesy of the San Diego Sportfishing Council:
Young anglers ages six through 15 are invited to compete in the free 15th Annual Young Angler Tournament on Saturday August 12th at the Shelter Island Pier, located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive in Point Loma. This fun fishing event is produced by the San Diego Sportfishing Council with support from the International Game Fish Association and the Port of San Diego.
IGFA representatives and volunteers from the United Pier and Shore Anglers Club, San Diego Rod & Reel, San Diego Anglers and the San Diego Fly Fishers will be on hand to assist young anglers and to tally points. Young anglers in the competition are encouraged to bring their own gear, but it is not necessary. A limited number of loaner OKUMA fishing rods and reels rods will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bait will be provided by Anglers Supply.
The tournament will feature a points system to allow for catch and release with different species valued at varying levels. The winners – one in each age category between six and 15 – will be determined by the highest number of points earned. The angler with the most points overall will be recognized on the tournaments’ perpetual trophy.
Registration for the Shelter Island Pier Tournament on Saturday, August 12th begins at 7:30 AM at the pier. Fishing begins at 8:30 AM and ends promptly at 12 noon. Prizes will be awarded by 1 PM. Hot dogs, fish tacos, chips, and sodas will be served to all registered anglers. Lunch is provided, courtesy of Major Market, Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce.
Sponsors include OKUMA Fishing Tackle, Turner’s Outdoorsman, Anglers Distributing, Squidco, Big Hammer Lures, Friends of Rollo, Costa Sunglasses, Uni Goop, Berkeley Big Gulp, Coastal Conservation of California, Three Lollies, Mustad, Everingham Brothers Bait Co., Fathom Bistro at Shelter Island Pier, Fisherman’s Landing Tackle, Booyaa, San Diego Marine Exchange, Seeker Rods, Point Loma Sportfishing and H&M Landing. Prizes and raffle drawing items for the tournament include rods and reels, hats, T-shirts, fishing gear and deep-sea fishing trips.
The San Diego Sportfishing Council is a California non-profit corporation established in 1979 to promote San Diego saltwater fishing as an attractive marine recreational activity, to increase awareness and availability of “how, when and where” information on sportfishing opportunities.
For more information, please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or log onto the website at: www.sportfishing.org.