July 2008

IGFA Young Angler Tournament Series, 6th Annual Shelter Island Tournament

Young anglers ages six through 15 are invited to compete in a free Young Angler Tournament this summer at the Shelter Island Pier, located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive.  This saltwater event is sponsored by the International Game Fish Association and the San Diego Sportfishing Council.

The tournament will feature a points system to allow for catch and release. Winners — one in each year category between six and 15 — will be determined by adding up points for various fish caught.

IGFA representatives and volunteers from the United Pier and Shore Anglers Club and will be on hand to assist young anglers and to tally points. Young anglers in the competition are encouraged to bring their own gear, although a limited number of loaner rods will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Small quantities of bait will be provided each angler while supplies last.

The Shelter Island Pier event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 2.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. The derby begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. 

Hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be served to all registered young anglers.  Although advanced registration is not required, parents are urged to call the San Diego Sportfishing Council to express interest so that food and beverage counts can be determined: (619) 234-8793

Prizes and raffle drawing items for the tournament include rods and reels, hats, T-shirts, and fishing gear, donated by Zebco, West Marine, Maxima Fishing Line, and Boaters World.  Half-day fishing trips are donated by H&M Landing.  Loaner gear, bait, and tackle are provided by Okuma Fishing Tackle, Squid Co, and Friends of Rollo.

For more information, please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or visit www.sportfishing.org.