This years 20th Anniversary of the Halibut Classic took a hard spin just weeks before the tournament with the unexpected and tragic passing of my very close buddy Vince Dalmaso.
Vince was the winner of the very first ever Halibut Classic with a 17lber, and back when this tournament was basically conceived.
Vinny was also the only angler who had fished every single year of this tournament until his untimely passing on November 12th 2019.
Vinny did finally get his second win in 2017 and connected with a solid 30.5lber while fishing a scampi.
On top of all that, Vince had become the morning check in guy, as well as being one of my weigh in guys and also the one who filled out the weigh-in boards and filled out the info on the large award checks.
Vince loved this tournament more than anything, and enjoyed the friendships and solid vibes from so many of the guys and teams who fish this tournament, so it was only fitting to make this years tournament a tribute to a truly great guy and a solid man....my good buddy Vinny Dalmaso!!
Ok, on with the tournament....
We were blessed once again with some really great weather as reported to me by the teams out fishing.
We had 30 teams this year, and of those 30 teams, we ended up with 9 boated Halibut.
The morning produced some incredible skys for our traditional morning group photo shot taken once again by Frank Price (Mo Betta) and his son Nate.
Once we got finished with the group shots, role call and a quick briefing, the teams were on their way out the channel at a slow pace until they hit the bouy zone in which they could up the throttle.
From there the boats bend it North and head off in search of a winning halibut.
The first boated fish was called in shortly after start, as team "Cali Rose" called in their boated halibut at 7am by angler Craig Brooks. From 7am, things slowed down quite a bit, although we did get some calls of a few incidental catches of some nice local winter time Yellowtail.
It wasn't until 10:03am that tournament control was finally notified of another boated halibut, and this was from team "Long Fin", letting us know that angler Lawrence Warden had put them on the board. It would only be aprox 20 minutes later when the next fish was radioed in to TC at 10:25am
Those fish honors would go to team "Mad Lamb" with angler Brad Messmer boating a halibut and putting them in the mix.
Just 2 minutes later the 4th fish was called in, as team "En Fuego" called in their fish at 10:27am with angling honors going to Gary Lamourex.
From there it took nearly an hour before we would hear of the next boated fish, and at 11:22am we heard just that, as team "Sure Thing" decided it was their time to get in on the action, as angler Jarrod Gilbert put them on the board.
Team "Cali Rose" decided it was time for number two, as they called in their second fish just 3 minutes after "Sure things" fish, as they notified tournament control of their boated fish at 11:25am, with angler Dave Allaband making the connection.
A little over an hour would pass before the next fish was called in, and that fish would go to team "Karibik" with the angler being Rafael Sanchez. Their fish was radioed in at 12:36pm.
The 8th fish of the tournament would come about an hour later, and at 1:46pm we heard from team "Harvey B", that angler Darryl Andersen had put one on board.
The last boated fish we would hear of, came from team "Sea Stalker" as they radioed in their boated fish at 1:58pm. Angler being Josh Luz.
Lets check the lengths & weights....
1- Team Cali Rose, angler Craig Brooks - 34.5" - 20.0lbs *** 3rd Place - $300 - Method - Drift
2- Team Long Fin, angler Lawrence Warden - 31.5" - 12.8lbs - Method - Drift
3 - Team Mad Lamb, angler Brad Messmer - 26" - 9.0lbs - Method - Drift
4 - Team En Fuego, angler Gary Lamourex - 32.5" - 15.6lbs - Method - Drift
5 - Team Sure Thing, angler Jarrod Gilbert - 28.5" - 11.2lbs - Method - Drift
6 - Team Cali Rose, angler Dave Allaband - 39.5" - 28.4lbs - Method - Drift *** 1st Place - $5014
7 - Team Karibik, angler Rafael Sanchez - 24.0" - 7lbs - Method - Drift
8 - Team Harvey B, angler Darryl Andersen - 33.5" - 17.2lbs *** 4th Place - $200 - Method - Drift
9 - Team Sea Stalker, angler Josh Luz - 39.5" - 24.6lbs *** 2nd Place - $500 - Method - Drift
Team - Cali Rose
Team - Sea Stalker
Team Harvey B
Dave Allaband - Team Cali Rose
Brad Messmer - Team Mad Lamb
Rafael Sanchez - Team Karibik
Josh Luz - Team Sea Stalker
2nd Place - Team Sea Stalker
4th Place - Team Harvey B
Boated fish board
My weights and measurments guy Dave T
A BIG thank you to all the teams who fished this years 20th Anniversary of the Halibut Classic, and most especially this tribute year to a real cool dude who was a HUGE part of this thing from the start.
Boat Pictures will come later in this thread, as it took me over two hours trying to put this post together with pics......I was exhausted.
I would also like to thank these Sponsors and helpers who continually show support and help with this tournament!! So in no particular order, big thanks goes out to.....
*Dana Landing Tackle on Mission Bay
*BayPark Fish Co
*Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine
*Chingon Custom Metal Fabrication
*Everingham Brothers Bait
*Team Mad Lamb - Adi
*Team Ashley Dawn
*Team Fish Pye
*Frank & Nate Price - Photography
*Bill Black - Radio Command Post
*Mission Bay Marlin Club
*Jay Snider, Steve Fernandez, Dave Turner - Crew Help
And all the rest who at the moment my tired brain can't come up with.
Thank you all so much!!!
The unknown fisherman