BD gives thanks to our great sponsors and volunteers who made the 2019 Yellowtail Shootout tournament a success for everyone!
Of course, we would like to give thanks to all of our sponsors who share their time and great products to reward those who won both in fishing and in raffles. A special thanks to Costa, the headline sponsor now for the Yellowtail Shootout Tournament seven years running.
The incredible BBQ was provided by the crew from Traeger and beer was provided by Firestone Walker Brewing.
We also are grateful to our Gold Level sponsors, many returning, who make the event a success for everyone!
We also want to thank our fishing teams and say congrats to the 2019 Yellowtail Shootout winners:
Presented by Costa Del Mar
TEAM HANGTIME – 102.7 lbs
Teera Saivichit and Jack Dalla Corte, 26′ Blackman “Hangtime”
Congratulations to Teera Saivichit and Jack Dalla Corte for winning the 2019 Yellowtail Shootout! They weighed in three yellowtail totaling 102.7 lbs., with a big fish of 37.1 lbs., caught on live squid.
Their first-place finish netted them $5,000, 4 pairs of Costa Sunglasses with hardcases, Costa backpack and hats, A YETI 76 Tundra and 4 YETI Ramblers, Unlimited Gold Tower membership to BoatUS, a Traeger Tailgater 20 grill with cover and pellets, a Fishing Syndicate FSC 900M, Filletco Premium Cutting Board, 2 custom made gaffs by Morita Customs, an Accurate Valiant BV-600 Reel, spools of 30lb, 40lb and 50lb Fluoro Premier by Seaguar (12 Spools total), ½ scoop of bait at Everingham Brothers, $100 AFTCO gift certificate, 5 framed yellowtail prints by Dexter Knives, an Avet HXJ4.2, a Seeker SSR 8030-8, a United Composites RCE800Mega-C, and a 1 year subscription to FishDope.
Team Hangtime also won $2,500 for catching the largest yellowtail by a BoatUS Member and swept the $100, $200, $300, and West Coast Marine Biggest Yellowtail jackpots, for a total of $26,710 cash winnings!
Presented by BoatUS
TEAM IRONCLAD – 75.6 lbs
Frank Pitetti, Aaron Mendez, Satid Tanampai, Beau Peltz, John Huston, and Terry Peltz, 38′ Topaz “Ironclad”
Team Ironclad finished in 2nd place with a total weight of 75.6 lbs. They won $2,500, 2 pairs of Costa Sunglasses with hardcases, a Costa backpack, a YETI Hopper Flip and 4 YETI Ramblers, Filletco Premium Cutting Board, ½ scoop of bait at Everingham Brothers, $100 AFTCO gift certificate, Seeker SSR 8030, a Fishing Syndicate FSC 800M, an Avet HXJ4.2, Bloodydecks swag bag, $25 gift certificate from Squidco, a United Composites RCE800Mega-C, a Bubbla Blade 7’ Gaff and 4” hook, spools of 30lb, 40lb and 50lb Flouro Premier by Seaguar (12 Spools total), and a 1 year subscription to FishDope.
Presented by YETI
TEAM RICKDICULOUS – 70.9 lbs
Rick Windbigler, James Dragoo, Dan Green, Steve Honn, Steve Fernandez, and Brandon Paciotti, 40′ Riviera “Rickdiculous”
Team Rickdiculous was close behind with 70.9 lbs. to finish in 3rd place. They won $1,000, a Yeti Loadout bucket and two Yeti Ramblers, $100 gift certificate to Dana Landing, a Bubba Blade gift pack including their new gaff, a Costa backpack including a pair of sunglasses and hardcase, Spools of 30lb, 40lb and 50lb Flouro Premier by Seaguar (12 Spools total), $100 AFTCO gift certificate, ½ scoop of bait at Everingham Brothers, a Seeker SSR 7040, a Fishing Syndicate FSC 800L, Filletco Premium Cutting Board, and a 1 year subscription to FishDope.
TEAM GET KNOTTY – 53.9 lbs
Miguel Martinez and Steve Methey, 38′ Rampage “Get Knotty”
Team Get Knotty weighed in with 53.9 lbs. for 4th place, winning $750, a Yeti loadout bucket, ½ scoop of bait at Everingham Brothers, a Costa backpack including a pair of sunglasses and hardcase, $80 gift certificate for Dana Landing, 2 Nomad Design Lures, $25 gift certificate to Squidco, and 1 year subscription to FishDope.
TEAM TEKILA – 50.2 lbs
Thomas Morgan, Scott Morgan, Joey Morelli, Tyson Hempel, Adam Cargill, 31′ Oceanmaster Express “Testa Dura”
Team Tekila finished in 5th place with 50.2 lbs. to win $500, a Costa duffle bag, a pair of Costa Sunglasses with a hard case, a Bloodydecks swag bag, a $40 gift certificate to Dana Landing and a $25 gift certificate to Squidco.
West Coast Marine Yellowtail Jackpot
TEAM HANGTIME – 37.1 lbs
BoatUS Tuna Jackpot
TEAM LOS BASTARDOS – 15.4 lb. yellowfin tuna
Another boat, Team Reel E-ZE, boated a massive 274 lb. bluefin tuna during the tournament. But in a stroke of bad luck, they were stopped by the US Coast Guard for a routine inspection. Although the Coast Guard was courteous and understanding of the time deadline during the inspection, Reel E-ZE unfortunately arrived 15 minutes too late, disqualifying their catch from the tournament.
At the awards banquet, Team Los Bastardos surprised the entire crowd by handing over the $2,500 prize to Reel E-ZE after hearing the story about their delayed arrival. The awesome sportsman-like gesture rightfully earned a standing ovation from everyone in the room in one of the coolest moments in the history of the Yellowtail Shootout tournament.
“To catch a fish that big, on any day, it’s a fish of a lifetime. But to catch a fish like that on tournament day and then have the Coast Guard stop you…you gotta stop, it’s the Coast Guard. Rules or no rules, they won. It was a unanimous decision – [giving them the prize] was the right thing to do. It was a no-brainer.” – Drew Palmer, Team Los Bastardos
West Coast Marine Parker Boats Jackpot
West Coast Marine offered up a $500 jackpot for the largest yellowtail caught on a Parker boat, won by Team Maverick with a 19.5 lb. yellowtail.
The tournament also featured a new Balloon Jackpot for the top three teams picking up the most mylar balloons. Team Hangtime won 1st place with 15 balloons and won 3 pairs of Costa Sunglasses with hard cases. Team Zenmar Offshore won 2nd Place with 14 balloons and won a Costa backpack. Teams Los Bastardos, Lord Calvert, and shopfishheads.com tied for 3rd place with 10 balloons and each won Nomad Designs swag pack of lures. Thanks to all the teams for removing a total of 218 balloons from the ocean!