NEWPORT BEACH – The first tuna of the fishing season was recently weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club on June 30.
With his catch, Trent “Trey” Smith, Jr., a 9-year-old angler, earned the First Tuna Flag. Smith’s catch weighed in at an impressive16.26 pounds and was reeled in using a 20# Dracon.
On July 10, the first dorado of the season was also weighed in at the Balboa Angling Club by past president Jock Albright. Albright’s catch, a 16.83 pound dorado, was reeled in using a 25# line and earned him the First Dorado Flag.
Both catches have sparked excitement along the Newport Beach waterfront for the upcoming Helen Smith Offshore Tournament, which will be held August 1 and 2.
The 13th annual tournament is named for the Balboa Angling Club’s secretary who served the position from 1963 to 1999. Tuna, dorado, yellowtail and albacore are expected to be the species to catch during the tournament, and anglers may use up to a 30# line. Entry fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Participants will fish from 6 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 and will turn in weigh slips by Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. An awards party will follow at 4 p.m.
A kick-off party with a potluck is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at the Balboa Angling Club.
The clubhouse is located at 200 A Street, and visitors are encouraged to park at the Balboa Pier. For more information, call (949) 673-6316 or visit balboaanglingclub.org.