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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Bluefin not part of this weekend's tourney
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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La Jolla Yellows take the title
 Barbour, Rizzo find La Jolla and yellows to be winning combo


NEIL BARBOUR and Ryan Rizzo with their winning trio of yellows from La Jolla on Saturday


MISSION BAY -- Neil Barbour and Ryan Rizzo, both of Lakeside, fishing on the Yamaha powered Easy Access off La Jolla Kelp for quality yellows Saturday morning and weighed in three of them for 67.5 pounds to win the second annual WON/Yamaha Dana Landing San Diego Open at Mission Beach. They won the $100 yellowtail Big Fish Optional and first place money for $3,960, plaques and a Global Fish mount certificate.

The field quadrupled this year from 11 teams to 44 with 109 anglers fishing locally and offshore for yellows and tuna. Bluefin were not an eligible fish for the tournament as Mexico’s federal fisheries department, Conpesca, has not released an official written permission to fish them recreationally. To avoid any possible controversy that has plagued other events this season and to honor the closure, bluefin were taken off the table as fish to be weighed.

With bluefin off the table, and offshore yellowtail under the paddies largely “rats” of 6 pounds or less, and yellowfin not much bigger on local offshore banks, said Barbour at the ceremony, the team elected to fish La Jolla which had produced a good bite on bigger yellows over the previous week. They weighed in yellows of 21, 24.5 and 22 pounds for their total, beating Lucky Striper which weighed in three yellows that totalled 56 pounds for Marc Nunes of San Diego and Patrick King of Carlsbad who won $300 and a Avet reel and Cousins rod.

Teams could weighed in any three fish, yellowtail or any species of tuna other than bluefiin. And there were two optionals for yellowtail and tuna. Third place team 39 on Pro Fish, placed third with yellowfin of 16, 13 and 13.2 pounds for a 42.2 total, and the 16 pounder won the tuna optional for $920 to go with the $200 third place money for a total of $920, plus tackle.

The event was followed with a BBQ chicken and meal, and $10,000 in drawings for Costa sunglasses, Cousins rods, Avet reels, Sport Chalet gift cards and Plano Tackle systems, Terrafin memberships, two $500 Foodsaver units and more. More details will be in this week’s issue of WON.

THE TOURNEY was hosted by Dana Landing Market and Fuel Dock in Mission Bay for the second straight year.


THE EVENT QUADRUPLED in size this year. Teams with a Yamaha engine in the event could get two frère angler entries. That and the great fishing spurred the signups. In addition to $2500 in Yamaha money for the top three teams, there were two optionals worth almost $2,000, and $10,000 in drawings..

Reader Comments
I attended this event for the first time had a great time,BBQ was good over all, and might do it agian, the down side was for the give aways there was three & four prizes given too one person as apposed to giving one prize per person so every body wins if at the end, stuff was left over then just give it away, there was a number of people that walked away with nothing the guy giving the prizes away made the comment he wanted to get out of there, althought i did get something it was not at all fare too others
dennis bausley
I was a first time participant in your recent tournament, it was exciting and well organized, with many great give a ways and raffle prizes. I would like to add that many who attend the awards ceremony would agree that the raffle prizes could have been given out more sparingly instead of bundled in large quantities that way more would would share in the great prizes.Thanks... See you next year.
Al Bausley
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