August 27, 2012
For Immediate Release:
The final leg of the 2012 Oregon Tuna Classic is in the books. The finest anglers in the Northwest gathered in Garibaldi this past weekend to compete for the Garibaldi title and to see who would become the Overall OTC Series Champion and garner the invitation to the IGFA World Championship. The City of Garibaldi with our Port Sponsor Duckworth and Weldcraft boats graciously welcomed the teams of anglers to this small Oregon coastal port. The weather was a little sporty with several of the 53 teams entered deciding to sit out the event both days or just sitting out Saturday. Overall 30 teams turned in fish (albacore tuna) over the 2 days.
Exciting changes were made to the Ilwaco and Garibaldi events this year by adding an extra day of competition thus increasing the opportunities to win with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on both Friday and Saturday. We also added an overall winner for the two days combined earning a Shimano/PowerPro prize package as well as the opportunity to win the Garmin Grand Giveaway by the winning team having and using Garmin products on their boat.
This year the meal, auction, results and awards were held on Sunday with a tent filled with 300 fisherman and families set to see the final results. Pig Out BBQ put on the meal as the results were released and the auction exceeded expectations.
A few unfortunate teams with boat issues and with the rough seas were not able to make the finish line in time and unfortunately eliminating them from Friday’s competition and being unable to get repairs done in time, they ultimately missed Saturday’s competition. Despite this both teams donated their fish to the Oregon Food Bank.
After Friday’s results were released it became apparent that despite the weather the Oregon Food Bank was the real winner! 187 tuna were turned in for a total of 3,272 lbs. with the winning team “Garmin-Bad to the Bone” donating an extra 50 fish. Their total weight of 5 fish turned in for the competition was 124.70 lbs. The second place team was “No Quarter Given” with 122.90 lbs. and rounding out the top three with 116.50 lbs. was “Team Scarab”. Taking the Big Fish Pot sponsored by Westlie Ford was “Sea Ya” with a 30.30 pound albacore tuna.
The Oregon Tuna Classic series is an IGFA World Championship qualifier event. Thus the overall champion team “Garmin-Bad to the Bone” leading the overall series heading into Garibaldi positioned themselves well with their first place finish and with team Defiance (2nd place entering the Garibaldi event) not making the weigh in time due to mechanical issues it was looking like Garmin-Bad to the Bone had it wrapped up.
Saturday’s weather forecast was not good calling for 20-25 mph winds in the morning but softening in the afternoon. While many teams stayed at the docks 24 teams headed out hoping the fishing would be better and the seas would calm in the afternoon.
As the Saturday results were released team by team it appeared the fishing was much better with all 24 teams turning in their largest 5 fish for the competition. After all results were released, finishing in 1st place with 140.60 lbs. was “Ellie’s Anglers”, 2nd place with another strong finish 129.80 lbs. was “Garmin-Bad to the Bone” and 3rd place with 123.20 lbs. was 2011 Overall OTC Champion, Team Kingfisher. The Big Fish Pot went to “Garmin-Bad to the Bone” with a very nice 34.90 pound albacore. Total tuna for the day was 3,083 pounds as several teams donated additional tuna to the cause.
The Garibaldi overall winner and overall series winner was all that was left to be determined. When it was all added up for Garibaldi, the weekend championship was decided by only 2 pounds with “Garmin-Bad to the Bone” edging out “Ellie’s Anglers”. This secured the Overall Series Championship and the invitation to the IGFA World Championship for “Garmin-Bad to the Bone” giving them a total of 340 points, 2nd place was “Ellie’s Anglers” with 260 points and third place was “No Quarter Given” with 215 points.
The real winner though was the Oregon Food Bank with a total of 6,355 pounds of tuna going to local Oregon Food Bank. In a show of true sportsmanship and “fishing for the cause”, Team Garmin-Bad to the Bone donated their 1st and 2nd place winnings back to the Oregon Tuna Classic. Tillamook County Boathouse graciously donated their facilities to the event and with the support of the local Rotary will be caring and preparing all the tuna for the Oregon Food Bank.
Overall, the two events (Ilwaco and Garibaldi) of the 2012 Oregon Tuna Classic donated 16,955 pounds of tuna to the Oregon Food Bank and local food banks of Pacific County.
We thank all that participated and we would not have had this success if it wasn’t for the many contributions from our sponsors and all the volunteers who efforts allow the Oregon Tuna Classic to remain the premier fishing event it has become.