Fifth Annual Young Anglers Tournament

A snippet on the IGFA Young Anglers Tournament from an article by Ed Zieralski, September, 2007.

Results of the Fifth Annual IGFA Young Anglers Tournament: Over at Shelter Island Pier yesterday, 70 young anglers ages 6 to 15 competed in the points tournament (all fish released) sponsored by the San Diego Sportfishing Council and the International Game Fish Association. Serena Jones took first place in the 6-year-old category. She’s the granddaughter of Ken Jones, author of the pier fisherman’s bible, “Pier Fishing In California.” Other age-class winners included Andrew Espirito, 7; Abraham Alvarez, 8; Amanda Byra, 9; Jessica Hernandez, 10; Jake Kertzman, 11; Conner Ballantyne, 12; Sabrina O’Neal, 13; Sierra Spinuzza and Jordan Moore, 14, tied; Justin Lee, 15.

Sabrina O’Neal was the overall points winner with 18 and won for the second time in the tournament’s history. She also won in 2004. Her name will be engraved in the Young Angler Tournament perpetual trophy, which will be on display at the Shelter Island pier.

Over $1,500 in prizes were distributed among the winners and each was presented with an IGFA certificate. Prizes and raffle drawing items for the tournament included rods and reels, hats, T-shirts, and fishing gear donated by Zebco, West Marine, Maxima Fishing Line and Boaters World, Booyaa, Okuma, Jamicha De-Fishing Soap, Uni-Goop and the Sharky’s Bait & Tackle – the new concession at Shelter Island pier. Gift Certificates were provided by Wal-Mart, Get One Free Magazine, Bosch Tools and Sports Clips Hair Salon. Half-day and three-quarter-day fishing trip prizes were provided by H&M Landing and Point Loma Sportfishing. Lunch was provided by Stumps Village Market of Rancho Sante Fe and Catalina Offshore Products. Loaner Gear, Bait, and tackle was provided by Okuma Fishing Tackle, Squid Co, and Friends of Rollo. Other event sponsors include the Port of San Diego and United Pier and Shore Anglers of California.

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