Tournament Series Moves Into 11th Season

It seems the albacore got the message that summer was arriving early because they decided to show up early as well. That always gets things stirring with fellow tunaholics.

We are proud to have West Marine as the Deep Canyon Challenge Port Sponsor again this year. New to the event this year is the Ford Street Team who will bring a display to the Ilwaco event. Likewise Fish Field is a new sponsor and will have a retail booth set up inside the tent.  Fellow participant Jerry Sauer’s Excavation Rental Services is the Big Fish Friday sponsor for this event…Welcome and thanks for your support.

The Deep Canyon Challenge, in Ilwaco, is up first again this year on August 7th & 8th and thankfully there are no significant changes to this year’s format. It will start out with the optional Big Fish Friday for those wishing to scout out their secret fishing hole for Saturday. A social will start in the tent at 4:00pm this year Sponsored by the Ford Street Team. Then at 7:00pm we will have a Captains meeting, keeping it brief, to just cover any last minute details and should be done by 7:30pm.

Saturday morning roll call will get things going at 5:30am with the flare start sending everyone west about 6:00am. Hopefully calm seas will make the ride smooth and the catching even better.

Everything is the same as last year with regards to offloading tuna at the main dock just below the boardwalk. The weigh in will be the same and remember you have to be back across the demarcation line by 5:00pm.

If you haven’t arranged a slip with the Port of Ilwaco don’t wait too long or there won’t be any. They are holding a few slips for the tournament 360-642-3143.

Garmin has upped the ante on their Garmin Grand Giveaway to $5,000. If you win either one of the tournaments and have a Garmin fix mounted device on your boat you’ll win an additional $5,000.

This year we have a great selection of choice items in the raffles and live auctions. We have a bone fishing trip for two in the Bahamas, FLIR Ocean Scout handheld, Henry Goldenboy Silverado Lever Action .22 Rifle, Chris Kyle Stars & Stripes commemorative Legend Bow from Bowtech, ladies Coach purse with a day at the spa, Garmin electronics, Guy Harvey framed art, ladies Pandora bracelet, Sig Sauer MK 25 Navy Seal edition .45 cal – just to name a few of the items.

This year we have added a ticket raffle at the Deep Canyon Challenge set up like you’ve seen at Garibaldi event.

Renaissance Marine Group, manufactures of Duckworth & Weldcraft boats, is the Port Sponsor of the Oregon Tuna Classic in Garibaldi is August 22nd. & 23rd this year. We are very appreciative of their long term involvement and commitment to these events.

The Big Fish Friday event is sponsored by Westlie Ford in Camas.

The last couple years this event has come together through a joint effort from Bob Crossley and Bud Hosner sharing the Port Captain’s duties. I’m happy to announce Suzie Saindon a local resident and wife of the Port Manager, Mike Saindon (formerly Coast Guard Tillamook station CO now retired), is now the Port Captain for this event. She has leaped in with both feet and brings strong organization skills to the table along with a great reputation in the community. Another great catch for the OTC.

There continues to be change in Garibaldi and this year the Tillamook Bay Boathouse fuel dock will be open longer hours to accommodate the needs. Ilwaco’s bait supplier is working with locals to bring live bait to Garibaldi on more of a regular basis.

Make sure you get your slip arranged with the Port of Garibaldi at 503-322-3292.

If you need a great place to stay the Garibaldi House Inn is within walking distance to pretty much everywhere you might need to go. Tell Gene you’re with the OTC if you call them 503-322-3338 they are holding a block of rooms for the OTC participants but don’t waste time or they’ll all be gone. I stayed there awhile back when I was down for meetings and his breakfast buffet is second to none.

We are also currently working with the Garibaldi City Council and the Port of Garibaldi to take this event to the next level for 2016. Hopefully I’ll have some exciting things to announce during that event.

If you haven’t registered yet don’t wait too long as time is flying by and the first event will be here in no time.

I’d also like to offer an invite to anyone of you or someone you know who might like to be involved in helping with these events whether as an advisory board member or with the on the ground logistics during the events. We are always looking for good people.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Tight lines,

 Del Stephens

Chairman

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