Yellowtail Derby Queen Crowned


SAN DIEGO – This year’s Miss Yellowtail Derby, Jennifer Nakatani, received her sash and tiara during a San Diego Angler’s monthly meeting, Wednesday, March 5.            

Nakatabi, a member of the San Diego Angler’s, will oversee the 2014 contest that will showcase halibut, white seabass and of course, yellowtail. Derby Director John Campbell introduced the new queen before being crowned by 2013 Miss Yellowtail Derby Queen Chanelle Innis.            

Hosted by the Outboard Boating Club in San Diego, Calif., the 6th annual San Diego International Yellowtail Derby is open to private boater anglers, kayaks and open part anglers. International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules will apply to all fish caught. California Department of Fish and game Rules and Regulations will apply.            

This year the contest is strictly for recreational anglers only. Guides and commercial anglers will not be allowed to enter. Another change, Halibut has replaced albacore which is a more consistent local game fish. Yellowtail will be the featured fish and will include white seabass and halibut divisions            

As 2014 Miss Yellowtail, Nakatabi will be present at all of the derby’s events, including the weighing in at the Angler on the Scale-O-Ale event and Day at the Docks. She will also have out awards at the Yellowtail Derby Awards Party at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Sunday, June 8.            

The International Yellowtail Derby is scheduled to run from May 4-June 8.Fish for one day or all 36 days in the annual competition.                

At stake is $30,000 in cash and prizes based on 500 entries. Entry fee is $70 for all 36 days. Early bird discount entry fee is $50 until April 1. Juniors (8-14 years of age) are $40. Prizes will be awarded to the junior and adult categories with special prizes for the largest fish caught each week.            

Daily catch results will be posted on website throughout the derby’s duration.            

The fishing area is 30 miles south and 50 miles west of Point Loma and north to south of the Orange County line.            

All proceeds benefit the IGFA Junior Fishing Program.            

For more information on the Yellowtail Derby, contact John Campbell at or (619) 991-5480. You can also visit the website at

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