IGFA Young Angler Tournament a Big Success

IGFA Young Angler Tournament a Big Success
IGFA Young Angler Tournament a Big Success

An army of volunteers led by Event Coordinator Catherine Miller began arriving at sunup at Shelter Island pier, 1776 Shelter Island Drive, on Saturday, August 13th. The team of workers provided by IGFA , United Pier and Shore Anglers Club, San Diego Rod & Reel and the San Diego Anglers were staging for the free 9th Annual Young Angler Tournament and they performed like a well oiled machine.

Registration of the nearly 140 young anglers went quickly and soon the event MC, Jack Innis, flipped the switch on his megaphone and welcomed the junior anglers ages 6 through 15 and their parents who crowded around him, many clutching their donated Okuma fishing rods tightly.

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

One pier regular commented that he had never seen so many children on the pier at one time. Mid-morning, Tommy Gomes, Catalina Offshore Products and his team, with their big smiles and comments, began serving his famous fish tacos. There was a steady stream of anglers and parents eager for the free lunch of Tommy?s tacos and the hotdogs donated by Stump's Village Market of Rancho Santa Fe?plus 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. Catherine Miller, the Event Coordinator made an effort to visit with and invite each and every person not participating in the event to join in the lunch with the participants.

At 1:00 pm, M.C. Jack Innis declared lines out. He and his assistants drew raffle numbers and as he drew each ticket, participants big and small pressed shoulder-to-shoulder eager to hear the numbers called. Winner after winner collected their gift bags, fishing tackle or gift certificates from landings and local businesses with bright smiles or shouts of joy. For the next hour the parade of winners continued until Innis managed the unexpected and every angler had won a raffle prize, assuring no losers, no tears.

Which left the announcement of the winners who were scored on a point system to allow for catch and release with one winner in each age category between ages 6 and 15.

Winners included;

  • Age 6 Kenneth Little Coronado
  • Age 7 Joshua Cantero Natl. City
  • Age 8 Kayla Harvey Santee
  • Age 9 Seth Mose Imperial Beach
  • Age 10 Brandon Narvaze Chula Vista
  • Age 11 Nicolas Perkins La Jolla
  • Age 12 Manny Supnet San Diego
  • Age 13 Vincente Cerruti Menifee
  • Age 14 Austin Morgan San Diego
  • Age 15 Andrew Warren San Diego

Michael Farrior, I.G.F.A. Trustee observed. "The number of nationalities that participated in today's event underscores the international influence of I.G.F.A. Why, Susan and I just met a family of six Burma refugees who were able to fish together for the first time since fleeing their country nearly a year ago."

The San Diego Sportfishing Council is a 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.

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