Bottom Fishing Tournament kicks off fundraising campaign

SAN DIEGO — A fishing tournament in May will kick off a trio of events aimed at raising enough money to support elder care services in San Diego.

Southwestern Yacht Club will host the Bottom Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry on May 5. The daylong event will feature fishing, drawings and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit ElderCare of San Diego, which provides personalized services to assist seniors who want to live in their respective homes with dignity and independence. Nearly 7,000 San Diego area seniors benefited from ElderCare’s services in 2017, according to Southwestern YC.

The yacht club will also host the Beacon of Light Event on June 16 and Charity Bay Race on June 17.

Beacon of Light is an evening of frolicking and silent auction, while the Charity Bay Race regatta will be held the next day on San Diego Bay.

About 1,000 people participate in the “Benefit on the Bay” events annually, according to Southwestern YC.

Rock cod and lingcod were the only fish counted at last year’s tournament. The fishing area last year stretched to 60 miles of Point Loma. Local fishing rules, whether in California or Mexico, were applicable throughout last year’s tournament.

The anglers who participated in the 2017 tournament hit the water by 6:30 a.m. and had to return to shore for their weigh-ins by 3:30 p.m.

The entry fee, which is $65 prior to April 21 and $75 after, includes breakfast, fish fry banquet, entry into awards ceremony and auction, and a raffle ticket.

Juniors (16 and younger) only have to pay $25.

Visit southwesternyc.org or call 619-222-0438 for more information.

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