After a couple of years of tough fishing and a slow economy, the 6th annual Bloodydecks Yellowtail Shootout presented by Costa was happy to see some solid yellowtail reports coming in as the tournament kicked off. Everyone was amped up for some good fishing, and as always, a big party with great food and all sorts of prizes.
The anglers were ready to fish for their share of the $30,000 up for grabs in cash and prizes, and by the end of the Captain’s Meeting, there were 47 teams and 167 anglers signed up and ready to fish this year’s Shootout. And with the winds gusting out there, several teams left right after the meeting to get a head start, driving to their secret spots.
The crew of Team Mad Lamb were the first big winners of the event. The team brought in the first qualifying yellowtail to win the Dana Landing Dash for Cash prize. There fish earned the Mad Lamb crew $1,500 in gift cards for Dana Landing Market.
With solid fishing throughout the tournament, all of the top five yellowtail weighed during the event topped more than 30 pounds, but no one could beat out the 39.2-pounder caught by the Outlaw. The boys on Outlaw took home a nice chunk of change as well as tackle, Costa sunglasses, gift certificates and more. It was a good haul for sure. You can find a full list of their winnings below.
In second place, On the Iron’s 37.5-pound yellowtail took home $1,250 in cash as well as the $100 and $300 jackpots for another $5,580 in cash and a bunch of great gifts from the tournament sponsors.
With the fishing action logged in the books, it was time to party down. The crew from San Diego Boats did an amazing job providing the space for the Award’s Banquet, and all of the tournament sponsors showed up in force to give our participants great deals in the Vendor Village. We could not hold this event without the support of our many sponsors and all the volunteers who help setup for the event, stuff swag bags, work the weigh stations and the banquet, and clean up after the tournament!
We brought Phil’s BBQ back by popular demand to provide the food, and the big dinner was one of the highlights of the day. Phil’s arrived and setup the grills on-site and began cooking up the chicken and ribs. They brought all of the good stuff, including coleslaw, BBQ beans, macaroni salad, and brownies and cookies for dessert!
At the Award’s Banquet the tournament gave away a ton of great raffle items from the event sponsors. No one went home empty handed thanks to the sponsors who make this event such a great success. We’d like to thank Costa Sunglasses, Hot Can, Salt Life, Catalina Offshore Products, Bay Park Fish Co., Fish Works, FishDope, 5th Avenue Insurance, Montauk Tackle Co., Accurate, Seaguar, San Diego Boats, Pacific Coast Sportsfishing, Worldwide Fish Mounts, Berkley, Bubba Blades, Boldwater, AVET, Navionics, Fish Trap, Melton, Mustad, Everingham Brothers, Top Gun, Squidco, Simrad, Scale Master, Nim Custom Rods, Harbor Island West Fuel Dock, Acid Rod, West Marine, UniGoop and Lowrance.
Team #19 – Outlaw
Prizes: $2,500 cash, 3 pairs of Costa Del Mar sunglasses, $150 in gift certificates from Catalina Offshore, 1 Salty Dawg Custom 2012 YTSO rod, 1 Melton’s Casting Rod, 3 Montauk Tackle shirts, 3 pairs of FishWorks’ shorts, AFTCO shirts, 3 Bubba Blade knives, $50 gift certifcate for Fisherman’s Processing and a 1-year subscription to FishDope.
Team #44 – On the Iron
Prizes: $1,250 cash, 3 Penn rods, 3 spools of 40-pound Berkley Big Game line, 1 Bubba Blade knife, Everingham Bros. Bait Co. gift certificate, 2 Pacific Lures Jigs and a 1-year subscription to FishDope. Team On the Iron was also in the $100 dollar and $300 dollar jackpots and took home an additional $5,580 dollars.
Team #11 – Ashlea Dawn
Prizes: $500 cash, Avet MX 2 speed, $50 gift cert to Fisherman’s Processing and 1-year subscription to FishDope.
Team #29 – Hooked Up
Prize – $375 cash. Avet SX, 1 Penn Rod and a 1 year subscription to FishDope.
Team # 27 – Team El Dorado
Prizes: $250 dollars, Avet SX, $60 dollars in gift certs from Bay Park Fish Company and a 1-year subscription to FishDope.
Dash For Cash
Team Mad Lamb brought the first fish to the Dana Landing Fuel Dock at 12:32pm to collect the Dash for Card $1500 Dana Landing gift cards. Mad Lamb also took home the $500 dollar jackpot winner to collect $2,700 dollars.
For more photos and video of the action, click HERE.