Yellowtail Derby winners crowned

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SAN DIEGO – The sixth annual Yellowtail Derby came to a close, Sunday, June 8, with an awards ceremony celebrating the derby’s winners.

Held at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island, more than 80 people attended the ceremony that included a meal of a 28 pound yellowtail donated by angler Marc Nunes. The fish was served in a wonderful buffet. 

Miss Yellowtail Derby 2014, Jennifer Nakatani presented awards to the winners, who were determined at the weigh-in. 

Derby leaders included Neil Barbour with a 29.5 pound yellowtail caught off the Coronados on May 23; Marc Nunes with a 29.5 point yellowtail cause off La Jolla on June 2 and Rick Maxa reeled in a 29.1 pound yellowtail off the Coronados on May 28. 

Tommy Baumann was on the board for catching a 49.5 white seabass on La Jolla on June 4. For halibut, the top three spots went to Nancy Ortiz who caught a 32.5 pound California halibut off Imperial Beach on June 1. Ed Howerton with a 22.25 pounder caught off Imperial Beach on June 1 and Doug Kern with a 20.0 pound California halibut caught off Imperial Beach on May 28 were on the leader board in second and third place.

The 2014 contest that showcased halibut, white seabass and of course, yellowtail, ran from May 4 to June 8. Hosted by the Outboard Boating Club in San Diego, the sixth annual San Diego International Yellowtail Derby was open to private boater anglers, kayaks and open part anglers. International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules applied to all fish caught. California Department of Fish and game Rules and Regulations also applied. 

At stake was $30,000 in cash and prizes based on 500 entries. Daily catch results were posted on yellowtailderby.com website throughout the derby’s duration. 

The fishing area was 30 miles south and 50 miles west of Point Loma and north to south of the Orange County line. 

All proceeds benefit the IGFA Junior Fishing Program.

For more information, visit yellowtaildeerby.com

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