Tuna Challenge Raises $215,000

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SAN DIEGO — More than 800 anglers participated in the 25th anniversary Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge in San Diego and helped raise more than $215,000 to support children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The nation’s largest tuna fishing tournament was held Aug. 24 at Silver Gate Yacht Club and was presented by Jobsite Supply Company. While competitive angling in the San Diego Bay headlined the Make-A-Wish event, there was also a post-tournament banquet, award presentations, raffles, auctions and car giveaway.

According to a statement issued by the Tuna Challenge committee, the money raised this year brings the total proceeds for Make-A-Wish San Diego to $3.1 million during the 25-year run of the event.

Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish San Diego has granted more than 3,300 wishes to children living in San Diego and Imperial Counties, including 201 wishes in the 2014 fiscal year, according to the foundation.

Tournament results:

Richard Thomas Memorial Grand Prize (Top Angler) Winner: Lawrence Duffin (Finology), Bluefin, 67.30 pounds. 

Small Boat Division – Team Total
Wet-Os of San Diego Rod & Reel Club, 88.40 points
Albie Nut of Phoenix Water Management, 87.40 points
Spartan (No club affiliation), 86.40 points

Large Boat Division – Team Total
Finology (No club affiliation), 110.60 points
Baja Fishing Cat (No club affiliation), 87.60 points
Plan B (No club affiliation), 87.60 points

High Boat – Overall
Finology (No club affiliation), 110.60 points
Wet-Os of San Diego Rod & Reel Club, 88.40 points
Baja Fishing Cat (No club affiliation), 87.60 points
Plan B (No club affiliation), 87.60 points

High Club Award
Southwestern Yacht Club Anglers, 246.80 points
San Diego Marlin Club, 234.80 points
Fish Dope, 218.90 points
For more information on the 2014 Tuna Challenge results, visit tunachallenge.org.

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