San Diego Sportfishing Council
I.G.F.A. Young Angler Tournament
Saturday August 11th, 2012

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Congratulations to Our Winners!

IGFA / San Diego Sportfsihing Council Tournament
Aug 11, 2012 Photo Album

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors:

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An army of volunteers began arriving at sunup at Shelter Island pier, 1776 Shelter Island Drive, Saturday August 13th. Catherine Miller lead the team of workers provided by IGFA , United Pier and Shore Anglers Club and San Diego Rod & Reel Club. Staging for free 10th Annual Young Angler Tournament went quickly as the team performed like a well oiled machine.

Registration of the more than 170 young anglers went quickly and soon John Campbell, the event MC flipped the switch on his megaphone and welcomed the junior anglers ages six through 15 and their parents crowding around him many clutching the donated Okuma fishing rods tightly.  

At 10:00 am the starting horn sounded and children and parents alike dashed to their preferred spot. Bags of cut bait prepared earlier were opened and hooks baited. Throughout the morning judges rushed to lucky anglers with fish to mark their scorecard and assist with the release of the fish calling for the photographer to record the event.

One pier regular commented that he hadn't ever seen that many children on the pier at one time. Mid morning, Tommy Gomes, Catalina Offshore Products and his team began serving his famous fish tacos, each with a big smile and comment. Soon there was a steady stream of anglers and parents for the free lunch of tacos or hotdogs donated by Stump's Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe plus all the fixings and drinks.

All morning Michael Farrior, I.G.F.A. Trustee and his wife Susan visited with the children and parents passing out cards for free I.G.F.A. junior angler membership cards. While Catherine Miller, event coordinator made an effort visit with and invite each and every person on the pier to have lunch with the participants.  

At 1:00 M.C. John Campbell declared lines out and along with his assistants began distributing goodie bags to all the participantsr. Shoulder to shoulder participants big and small pressed in with bright smiles to collect their gift bags, fishing tackle or gift certificates from landings and local businesses. Every entered angler had won something assuring no losers, no tears.

All that was left was to announce the winners scored on a point system to allow for catch and release. There was one winner in each age category between six and 15.

Winners included;

Age 6 Brandon Ngo                     San Diego          
Age 7 Adam Garcia                      Los Angeles          
Age 8 Robert Nolan                     San Diego       
Age 9 Krimsynn Gomez               San Diego     
Age 10 Noah Arce                        Chula Vista     
Age 11 Gillermo Garcia               On Vacation from Spain   
Age 12 Thomas Orozco                Union City          
Age 13 Timothy Garcia                Los Angeles   
Age 14 Stella Gerson                   Poway          
Age  15 Maria Villalobos             San Pasqual    

Overall winner was Thomas Orozco the 12 year old  from Union City, Ca. Thomas has won the touranment in previous years and has been a annual participant since he was 6 years old.

Sponsors include; OKUMA Fishing Tackle, West Marine, Anglers Distributing, De-Fishing Soap, Friends of Rollo, Fisherman's Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing and H&M Landing, Everingham Bait, AAA Auto Club, Berkeley and Penn reels, Quesey Pops, Mariposa Ice Cream, Carl's Jr., Bob's #1 Tackle, Promar\Ahi, Big Hammer Lures, Maxima Line, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Pelagic Gear,  Outdoor Channel, Booyaa Fishing Gear, Fathom Bistro & Tackle Shop at Shelter Island Pier, Stumps Market,  Catalina Offshore Products and Squidco.  Prizes and raffle drawing items for the tournament include rods and reels, hats, T-shirts, and fishing gear and deep sea fishing trips.  Loaner Gear, Bait, and tackle are provided by Okuma Fishing Tackle, Anglers Distributing, and Friends of Rollo.

The San Diego Sportfishing Council is California non-profit corporation established in 1979 to promote San Diego fishing as an attractive marine recreational activity, to increase awareness and availability of "how, when and where" information on sportfishing opportunities.

For more information, please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or log onto the website at:

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