San Diego Yellowtail Derby kicks off April 28, will celebrate 10th year

Fishing tournament will run through June 3 and conclude with awards celebration at Bali Hai.

SAN DIEGO — The 10th annual San Diego Yellowtail Derby returns to Southern California, with the first day of fishing set for April 28. This year’s tournament will continue through June 3 and costs $80 for all 37 days of fishing. Junior anglers between eight and 14 years old can register for $40.

International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules apply to all fish caught during the 37-day tournament. Fish can be caught via kayak, open party or private boat. Eligible catches include tuna, white sea bass and yellowtail.

The fishing area is 50 miles south and 50 miles west of Point Loma and North to the Orange-San Diego County Line.

Ballast Point sponsors the tournament’s initial prize, which will be awarded for the first day of fishing. The beer company also sponsors the awards celebration at Bali Hai restaurant, held June 4 at 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded at the closing day reception.

All fish must be weighed and reported by 6 p.m. on June 3. Weigh stations are located at Anglers Arsenal at La Mesa, Mission Bay Marlin Club, Southwestern Yacht Club and The Marlin Club of San Diego. Open party fleets can weigh their respective catches at Fisherman’s Landing, H&M Landing and Point Loma Sportfishing.

Harry Okuda finished last year’s Yellowtail Derby with a 49-pound, 11.2-ounce yellowtail catch, made east of 9 Mile Bank on May 24, 2017. Also finishing with top catches were Ed Howerton (27-pound, 13-ounce halibut), Ryan Petty (62-pound, 14.4-ounce white sea bass) and Tony LaDell (105-pound bluefin tuna).

Contact John Campbell, the derby’s director, at 619-991-5480 or for more information.

Enter the derby online at or send registrations via snail mail to 3960 W. Point Loma Boulevard, Suite H347, San Diego, California 92110.

This year’s derby will benefit the IGFA Junior Fishing Program.

The San Diego Jaycees, between 1946 and 1973, organized the original Yellowtail Derby.

International Yellowtail Derby photo

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