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Feature Article: S.D. Offshore Jackpot Promo

Compete with other sportboat anglers for cash and prizes in the WON San Diego Offshore Jackpot

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 10, 2018

Sign up by May 31 for your shot at the early entry drawing for several Daiwa Saltist Star Drag Reels and Proteus Rods

CAPT. MARCUS MEDAK, left, congratulates the 2017 champion, Charlie Hashimura of Las Vegas who caught a 111-pound bluefin on a Flat-Fall while aboard Medak’s New Lo-An. The sportfisher brought three bluefin to the scales, and claimed the first and third spots in the Jackpot. WON PHOTOS BY PAT McDONELL

POINT LOMA — San Diego’s sportfishing operations are unlike any other in terms of easy access to world-class offshore fishing, the size and diversity of its fleet, and the ability to accommodate anglers of any skill level that want to get in on the action. The WON San Diego Offshore Jackpot (June 28-29) is built around those elements that create the SoCal fishing scene, and it is back this summer for its fourth installment.

Vessels from all three Point Loma sportfishing landings are represented in this incredibly popular event that’s not only a competition between sportboat anglers for cash and prizes, but also between the Captains and crews of the boats themselves who are looking to secure bragging rights — along with a trophy to display in the landing — after winning this “Battle of the Basin.”

Over the first three years, good-natured smack talk between H&M Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing and Fisherman’s Landing brought a lot of added fun to the atmosphere, and this year will be no different. In fact, it has already started.

Sportboats participating in the event include the New Lo-An, which was last year’s winner and is already sold out, the Chief, Ocean Odyssey, Old Glory, Ranger 85, Mustang, Producer, Daiwa Pacific, Condor and Dominator. The extended overnight trips head out on Thursday, June 28, and registration is only $275 which includes $20 that goes to the 10-boat combined jackpot that pays out to the anglers bagging the top three fish, as well as your raffle entry.

Assuming full loads on each boat, the cash prize purse will reach $6,000 and pay $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and third place will bank $1,000.

Along with several shots at a big payday, there are many other ways to score great prizes at the Offshore Jackpot. First off, you can win huge before you even hit the water just by signing up early. If you book your spot by May 31, you are in the running to win one of three Daiwa Saltist Star Drag reels and one of three Daiwa Proteus rods.

OLD GLORY’S CAPT. Kley Williams and David Rhodes’ second-place 108.40 pounder. He won the cash and a Daiwa rod and reel combo for catching the biggest fish out of H&M Landing.

A major supporter of the first three Offshore Jackpots, Daiwa is also throwing in an additional $1,000 shopping spree to a top-3 finisher with a recently-purchased Daiwa Saltiga Star Drag, Saltist spinning or Star Drag, or Lexa WN reel, or, a Daiwa Proteus rod. In order to win, you must show proof of purchase from between March 7 and June 28. If your reels are packing Daiwa J-Braid, you can win an additional $500 Daiwa shopping spree! That’s a possible total of $1,500 in the Daiwa gear of your choice for using qualifying Daiwa rods, reels and braid, and it happened last year for Camarillo angler Wade Wells. There will also be three Saltist reels and as many Proteus rods as raffle prizes.

There’s really no shortage of impressive sponsors for this thing. Along with Daiwa, there’s Costa, Yo-Zuri, Plano, Sufix and VMC hooks.

Along with outfitting each Captain with premium sunglasses, Costa will give another pair to the angler catching the big fish on each boat. Plano has kicked in some tackle bags for the raffle, and on each boat, Offshore Jackpot participants can spool up with Sufix monofilament, and there will also be wheels of Yo-Zuri Top-Knot fluorocarbon for ripping off a couple feet for leaders. Packs of VMC hooks will also be given out to each passenger. Those “on the boat” items are standard freebies on all WON charters.

The short version is, it’s impossible to go home empty-handed, but there are many ways to win a premium prize. Also, this might not be all there is, as the landing operators will occasionally sweeten the deal with some of their own bonus prizes as well.

When the dust settled at the end of the 2017 WON San Diego Offshore Jackpot, the New Lo-An secured bragging rights and the Battle of the Basin trophy for Point Loma Sportfishing thanks to the 111-pound bluefin caught by Las Vegas angler Charlie Hashimura. The winning fish ate a Flat-Fall jig 29 miles southwest of Point Loma. Hashimura is a regular on the New Lo-An, and along with the cash, he also scored the Daiwa rod and reel combo, a pair of Costas and his name permanently engraved in the perpetual trophy.

There were bigger tuna around and even caught by other sportboats (not in the jackpot), but they were caught on heavier tackle and matched up with kites and Yummy Flyers. Kites or balloons are not permitted in the jackpot because the nature of “rotation fishing” could result in an uneven playing field, not to mention, those rigs are typically the boat’s gear.

The second-place fish in 2017 was a 108.4 pounder caught aboard the Old Glory by David Rhodes, and along with the second-place cash, Rhodes netted a Daiwa rod and reel for catching the biggest fish out of H&M Landing.

After grabbing the Offshore Jackpot Trophy for Point Loma Sportfishing, Captain Marcus Medak of the New Lo-An said, “We were excited to be a part of the event this year, and I think it’s going to be a great tradition.”

To that, Frank Ursitti of H&M Landing replied, “Don’t go out and build a trophy case for that thing. We plan on taking that back next year.”

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daiwapromotionDAIWA’S PROMOTION WORKED out pretty well last year for Wade Wells of Camarillo, middle. He checked in with Daiwa and showed proof of rod, reel and J-Braid purchases to Marc Mills, left, and Frank Murata of Daiwa before leaving on the New Lo-An, and finished third to qualify for a $1,500 shopping spree in Daiwa tackle.

THE OFFSHORE JACKPOT Perpetual Trophy is handed over to Capt. Marcus Medak of the New Lo-An by H&M Landing’s Frank Ursitti as a result of Charlie Hashimura’s winning bluefin. Last year, year the Jackpot also included Fisherman’s and Pt. Loma Sportfishing after it being an H&M-only event billed as Battle of the Basin. So, for a year, Pt. Loma Sportfishing has the bragging rights at Scott Street.

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