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San Diego’s 9th Annual International Yellowtail Derby – April 29 – June 4, 2017

Will you be fishing the San Diego waters during the months of April & June, 2017? Specifically, from April 29th through June 4th? San Diego’s International Yellow-tail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego’s famous Yellow-tail Derby of the 50s and 60s. The Derby is for 38 days, but anglers can fish for only one day or for all thirty-six days. And all participants have an chance to win the big prizes because the biggest fish wins!

The Derby is open to both private boaters and individual anglers who will fish aboard the famous San Diego Open Party Fleet. Don’t take the chance you’ll land the big one and miss out on the fun and prizes – Sign up to fish today! Fish One Day Fish Any Days The Biggest Fish Wins!

International Yellow Tail Derby Rules, Registration, & Weigh-In

The Rules

Anglers will fish under standard IGFA rules with the exception of gaffs longer than 8 feet are allowed for the open party fleet anglers.

The fishing area will be increased and designated from as far 80 miles South to 80 miles West of Point Loma Light to the Orange County Line.

Anglers can submit only the largest fish of a species each day for the contest.


Click Here to register online; register at most Bait and Tackle shops; or Click Here for an Entry Form to mail to International Yellowtail Derby, c/o John Campbell, 3960 West Point Loma Blvd. – Suite H347 – San Diego, Ca. 92110.


Weigh-in can be accomplished at the weigh stations listed below. Weigh slips will be available online or available at the designated scale locations.

The History Of The International Yellowtail Derby

San Diego’s original Yellow-tail Derby ran for 28 years, from 1946 to 1973. It was sponsored and produced by the San Diego Jaycees. It was a multi-month event with qualifying periods and finals. Prizes ranged form cash to cars, trailers, trips and fishing gear. It built up to where every year more than 10,000 anglers competed and many from LA, Orange Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and often won. Last year, at the urging of Stephen Cushman, Chairman of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners, John Campbell took up the challenge and resurrected the Yellow-tail Derby. Mr. Campbell’s extensive experience in the fishing community made him an ideal candidate to resurrect the tradition of the Derby, including being the IGFA Representative for California 7 years, Sales Manager for South Coast Sport fishing Magazine, and originator of the fishing section of The Log Newspaper. So last September, the first annual running of the new International Yellow-tail Derby got underway and was an unqualified success. The fishing window was 8 days. This year, anglers will have up to 36 fishing days to fish – April 30th to June 5th, 2016. Anglers choosing from only one day to fish to all 36 days will have an equal chance to win a prize, as the biggest fish.

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