Angler reels in 45-pound seabass at Yellowtail Derby

By: Parimal M. Rohit

SAN DIEGO — The summer fishing season is officially underway in San Diego as anglers spent the past month on local waters competing in the annual International Yellowtail Derby.

Competition came to a close June 6 and an award ceremony was held the following day. However, there have been some noteworthy catches during the 36-day derby, including a 45-pound white seabass reeled in by an angler near Mission Beach.

Angler Josh Levine hit the jackpot his first day fishing in the derby, catching the 45 pounder just before 6 p.m. on May 20. According to Yellowtail Derby organizer John Campbell, Levine reeled in the seabass with a 50-pound test with live bait and mackerel while aboard a kayak.

Other notable catches included a 45-pound, 10-ounce yellowtail (May 11 by Rick Maxa), 38-pound seabass (May 6 by Ryan Christenson) and a 17-pound, 3-ounce halibut (May 2 by Charles Wittenberg).

The top catches are posted online at yellowtailderby.com/leaderboards.html. Final results and winners will be published after the derby closes June 7.

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