San Diego's Eleventh Annual

Yellowtail Derby

April 27 - June 9, 2019

A Fishing Competition for the Best Catch of:


Rules, Registration, & Weigh-In


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 50 miles South to 50 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 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. Download The Weigh Slip Here.

The scale registration number and the name of the weigh masters is required. The slip will request the location of the catch. Fish are required to be weighed in daily or within 24 hours of being caught. On June 6th, fish must be weighed in by 6pm.

Weigh Stations

Anglers Arsenal

IGFA Certified

8183 Center, La Mesa, CA phone (619) 466-8455

Mission Bay Marlin Club

2590 Ingraham Street, San Diego, Ca. 92109

Tel: 619-224-8229

Scale is at the Dana Landing Fuel Dock and attendant will weigh fish.

Southwestern Yacht Club

2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego, Ca. 92106

Tel: 619-222-2502

The Marlin Club of San Diego

IGFA Certified

2445 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, Ca. 92106

9 a.m. to Sunset - Tel: 619-222-8677

Call on channel 78. After hours phone numbers are posted to call for weigh service.

Landings that can weigh for the Open Party fleet.

Fisherman's Landing

2838 Garrison Street, San Diego, Ca. 92106

Tel: 619-221-8500

H&M Landing

2803 Emerson Street, San Diego, Ca. 92106

Tel: 619-222-1144

Point Loma Sportfishing

1403 Scott Street, San Diego, Ca.

Tel: 619-223-1627

44 Days of Fishing*

April 27th thru June 9th, 2019

Open to Private Boater Anglers, Kayaks & Open Party Anglers

The Angler's Kick off Party and Seminar on April 27th and the Awards Gala are Sponsored by the Bali Hai Restaurant and Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits.

Special Prize Days For Largest Fish

April 27th - First Day of Fishing Prize
(Sponsors: Balast Point and SportClips)

May 1st - Weekend Prize

May 14th & 15th - Weekend Prize
(Sponsor: SportClips)

May 21st & 22nd - Weekend Prize
(Sponsors: Ballast Point and SportClips)

May 28th & 29th - Weekend Prize
(Sponsors: Ballast Point and SportClips)

June 9th - Weekend Prize

June 9th - Last Day of Fishing

June 10th - Awards Ceremony
(Sponsors: Bali Hai Restaurant and Ballast Point)

Sponsors for these days are Ballast Point and PB Fish Shop

Awards Ceremony & Prize Presentation

Sponsored By Bali Hai Resturant and Ballast Point Brewery

BONUS!!! - The winner is weighed-in on the BP Scale O' Ale and they will receive their weight in BP Ale

June 6th 2016 at the Bali Hai Restaurant 6:00PM

Prize Categories
Junior and Adult categories Special Prizes for the largest fish caught each week
Fishing area

from 50 miles South and West of Point Loma and North to South of the Orange County Line

Derby Headquarters

Outboard Boating Club

2210 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego

Leaderboard & Press Releases

The daily results will also be available on

Press releases will be sent out daily

*Note: The Derby lasts for 44 days and the entry fee allows anglers to fish for as many or as few of the 44 days as they like. All participants have an equal chance to win because the biggest fish wins on all prize days!