Next month the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will host the inaugural IGFA SoCal Swordfish Open in the famed waters off Southern California, celebrating both an iconic game fish and fishery. With the swordfish bite already starting to heat up, the action should be in full swing come tournament time.
The fishing days for the IGFA SoCal Swordfish Open will be Friday, November 12th and Saturday, November 13th. The awards ceremony will take place mid-day on Sunday, November 14th at the Dana Point Yacht Club. The inaugural, two-day tournament will require strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules and will have both weight and release categories. To encourage maximum participation throughout Southern California, the tournament will offer three official weigh stations: The Marlin Club in San Diego, the Balboa Angling Club in Newport Beach, and the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club in Oxnard.
Southern California is the birthplace of big game fishing and that tradition continues today,” stated IGFA President Jason Schratwieser. “We are very excited to expand our tournament reach to Southern California and engage with the passionate anglers in a fun and competitive tournament, pursuing one of the most iconic game fish of all time.
There is a maximum of four anglers per team, and the entry fee is $350 per angler. The entry fee covers all tournament awards and includes your ticket to the awards ceremony featuring free food and beverages, as well as an impressive tournament bag filled with quality gear from tournament sponsors. Teams can pick up their tournament bags during the week of the tournament at one of three locations: Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego, Melton International Tackle in Anaheim, and Eric’s Tackle Shop in Ventura.
As a Southern California native, I’m particularly pleased to see the IGFA launch this new tournament,” said IGFA Vice Chairman and Tournament Committee Chairman Chase Offield. “The IGFA and big game angling have deep roots in Southern California and I think this tournament will help reinvigorate the IGFA’s presence and relevance in the area.
For more information or for any questions, please contact IGFA HQ at [email protected] or 954-927-2628. You can also visit the tournament website by visiting here: https://igfa.org/igfa-socal-swordfish-open/.