July 29, 2013
The Ilwaco leg of the Garmin Oregon Tuna Classic was held this past weekend. We had
40 teams that were entered and ready to enjoy some friendly competition and catch some tuna for the local food banks of Pacific County and Oregon Food Bank of Clatsop County only to be met with gusting winds offshore and an unpleasant ocean. Fishing offshore
was rough to say the least. Less than half the teams turned in fish as many of the teams chose to stay in port due to the weather and ocean conditions.
At the end of the day on Friday, 18 teams turned in 87 fish with a total weight of 1705.85 pounds. Team Eat Me Lures finished the day in first with a total weight for their 5 fish of 129.25lbs. Team Englund Marine/Oppor-tuna-ty claimed second with a weight of 114.65lbs and in third place was Team Fat Cat with 107.85lbs for their 5 fish. Taking the big fish pot was Team Eat Me Lures with a 29.6lb tuna.
Saturday was very similar to Friday as the ocean conditions remained rough on the tuna grounds. As the day went on the winds started to subside, making conditions much more manageable but still only 18 teams managed to turn in fish. The 86 fish turned in weighed a total of 1771.5lbs. Finishing strong again was Team Englund Marine/Oppor- tuna-ty, with 112.65lbs and claimed first place for the day. Second through fourth place was separated by a mere .15lbs. Team Bad Fish came out in second with a weight of
110.45lbs and taking third place was Team RedDog/Bushwhacker with 110.35lbs. Finishing just out of the top three was Team ProMotion Fishing Products with a total weight 110.30lbs. The big fish pot was won by Team Engage. There also was a blue fin tuna (12.35lbs) caught by Team Bad Blood, taking the pelagic pot.
The overall winner based on combined weight for the two days was Team Eat Me Lures, winning a Shimano Prize Package. This also puts them in the driver’s seat heading into Garibaldi by taking overall series points lead but Team Englund Marine/Oppor-tuna-ty is following close behind. The team with the most overall points from the Ilwaco and Garibaldi events will get an invitation to go to the Offshore World Championships in 2014.
A few anglers turning in 130 extra tuna helped boost the total fish counts for the 2 days. At the end of the weekend we had a total of 5,817.5 pounds of fresh albacore split between the local food banks of Pacific County and Oregon Food Bank of Clatsop County.
We thank all that participated and we would not be able to put this on without our countless sponsors and volunteers. A special thanks to Garmin our title sponsor and Defiance Marine our port sponsor in Ilwaco. See you in three weeks when we roll into Garibaldi for the final leg of the tournament series on August 16th and 17th.
We hope to see you there.