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Make-A-Wish? Tuna Challenge
Welcome to the Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge. We hold an annual tuna tournament and fundraiser in San Diego with all of our proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation? of San Diego, Inc. Since 1991, we have grown to become the largest tuna tournament in the continental United States.

The Tuna Challenge 2005 was a complete success raising $300,000. This donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation? of San Diego will help to fund 25% of their wishes this year! Congratulations to Curtis Parker from the team ?No Limits? for being this year's Grand Prize winner. To see the results, placements, and photos from this year's tournament see below:

2005 Tuna Challenge results (PDF)
Photos from this event


Great News!
Private Boats Can Now Register Online
All private boaters who are interested in the tournament can now register quickly and safely online using a credit card, check, PayPal, and mail-in form. Register your private boat now.


One Ticket Gets You a Chance to Win a $35,000 Skeeter Boat!
Of course the more tickets you buy the better your chance of winning this gorgeous new boat! This year, in addition to our regular Giant Auction and Mega Raffle, Tuna Challenge is holding a Super Grand Raffle Prize for a fully outfitted Skeeter ZX20 Bay Boat. It comes with a four stroke Yamaha engine, Lowrance electronics, and trailer - all professionally rigged by our friends over at AIM Marine. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Tuna Challenge Gala Awards Banquet at Silver Gate Yacht Club. Interested? Who wouldn't be! Take a look at some of the details of this awesome boat and accessories:

115HP 4 Stroke Yamaha outboard
Lowrance Color Fish Finder
Lowrance GPS
Lowrance Marine Radio
Professionally rigged by Aim Marine
Tickets are also currently available at these fine retail establishments:

Noah's Tackle (Kevan Branchfield)
4837 Convoy Street
San Diego, CA
(858) 496-9277

The Greek Sombrero (Pete Saridakis)
12891 Highway 94
Jamul, CA
(619) 669-1979

For more raffle information or tickets call Marty Morris (619) 583-5132 or email


New Sport Boat Division!
This year, individual anglers who have been unable to fish in the Private Boat Division of the Tuna Challenge Tournament will have the opportunity to participate in a terrific new way! Thanks to the generosity of Jan Kirk and Pacific Outdoor Adventures, two boats, the Samurai (65 ft.) and the International Star (80 ft.), will carry limited loads for the exclusive use of tournament anglers.

Sport Boat Division participants will compete in their own category and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. The 1st Place Finisher will win a Shimano Tyrnos 2 Speed Reel (TYR 2011) and a Tallus Stand Up Rod (TLT66 L), the 2nd place finisher will win a mid-range fishing reel or an overnight fishing trip for (2), and the 3rd place finisher will win a custom fishing rod! (prizes subject to change) In addition, all anglers will receive an official participation bag, which includes a tournament shirt, awards banquet ticket, and individual angler bag.

A special tournament entry fee of $35 for the Sport Boat Division (written to Tuna Challenge 2006) has been set for this year. Boat Fees for a 1 ? -day fishing trip including Mexican permits will be $235 for the Samurai and $250 for the International Star. Boat fees may be paid in 2 installments and will be paid directly to Samurai Sportfishing or International Star Sportfishing. The tournament application must accompany the tournament entry fee. You may download the Sport Boat Application (PDF) or sign up at the Tuna Challenge Tournament Booth at both Fred Hall Shows. You may also sign up at the Pacific Outdoor Adventures Booth, next to the H&M Landing Booth at the Fred Hall Shows.

Hurry, spaces will fill up fast! First come, first served!


Join Us at West Marine in Point Loma on September 2nd
Please join us on Saturday, September 2nd, from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the West Marine Pt. Loma Store, for a very special Make-A-Wish event. The 2006 Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge Committee, will receive 5% of all sales for this day, to help grant wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions here in our San Diego area. So please save up all of your boating and fishing shopping to do on September 2nd! There will be free family fun with children receiving balloons and all attendees enjoying free hot dogs and sodas (while supplies last.)

The Tuna Challenge Committee members will be there to sign up Junior and Adult anglers to fish in the tournament (September 30 - October 1st) in both the Private Boat and Sport Boat Divisions. We will have lots of information available about our terrific upcoming Tuna Seminar on Thursday, September 7th, and will have our gorgeous special grand raffle prize, the ZX20 Skeeter Bay Boa (winning ticket to be drawn at the Tuna Challenge Banquet on October 1st) on display and will be selling tickets for a chance to win.

The Pt. Loma West Marine store is located at 1250 Rosecrans St. We hope to see you all there and joyously celebrate the "Power of a Wish" together. We'd like to express our profound gratitude to Mick Fritzsching and West Marine for this extraordinary opportunity to partner with them, to bring special joy to children's lives.


Western Outdoor News Subscription Special
For all fishing and hunting enthusiasts who sign up to renew their subscription or purchase a new full price subscription to Western Outdoor News on a special site that has been created for us, WON will generously donate $20 of each subscription purchased to the Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge 2006. This is a great opportunity to help "kids" get their fondest wishes and receive a quality newspaper that keeps all of us who love fishing, informed about the very latest happening. Please help the kids out by signing up today at the Western Outdoor News Subscription Special


Tune In to 1170 AM from 4-6 PM for Tuna Challenge Tournament Highlights
This year, we're very fortunate to have the All Outdoors Radio Network (KCBQ- AM 1170) join us for a live broadcast of their great show, right from the Tuna Challenge Banquet on Sunday, October 1st. The two wonderful hosts of the show, Capt. John Grabowski and Ed Zieralski, will be their all day to talk fishing with all interested fishermen and women attending. Then, right after the conclusion of the Tuna Challenge Awards Banquet, from 4-6 p.m., Capt. John and Ed will announce and interview the lucky Tournament winners, the grand raffle prize winner of the Skeeter Bay Boat, and let everyone know about all of the exciting happenings from the Tournament and event.

If you can't actually attend our Tuna Challenge Banquet in person, be sure to tune in to hear the latest Tournament results and all the happenings on the All Outdoors Radio Network (KCBQ- AM 1170) on October 1st, and every Sunday from 4-6 p.m. with hosts Capt. John Grabowski and Ed Zieralski. They will make sure the anglers get the very latest fishing information.

Thanks John and Ed for your generosity and support in bringing your "LIVE" show to Tuna Challenge this year. We look forward to an exciting fishing tournament and your great live broadcast as well.


Wishes Do Come True!
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 77 chapters in the United States and its territories and 27 international affiliates on five continents. All all of the proceeds from the Tuna Challenge go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. Read more about some of the wishes that have been granted by donations such as ours.

Important 2006 Dates
Pre-Tournament Seminar
Thursday, September 7th, 7PM
Captain's Meeting
Friday, September 29th, 6PM
Tuna Challenge Tournament
Saturday, September 30th, 5AM
Awards Banquet and Auction
Sunday, October 1st, 10AM

New Sport Boat Division!
Individual anglers will be able to participate in this year's tournament by signing up for the sport-fishing boats graciously made available by Jan Kirk of Pacific Outdoor Adventures, Inc. Download the Sport Boat Flyer (PDF) for more information.

Sign up to Participate
If you will be fishing on a Private Boat you may Register Online or download and mail in our Private Boat Application (PDF).

If you are an individual you have the option of signing up on a Sport Fishing Boat (PDF) and going out with a group.

Review the Rules
You may download the Tournament Rules (PDF) at any time. Please make sure that you and your fellow anglers have read over them.

Looking for a Team Member
Are you an angler who doesn't have a boat but wants to fish the tournament? Are you a skipper who needs an extra angler onboard? Please attend the Pre-Tournament Seminar to find other interested members.

Still Have Questions
For Tuna Challenge Tournament Inquiries please contact Marty Morris via telephone (619) 583-5132 or email.

Volunteers Needed
Every year Tuna Challenge is made possible with the support of generous volunteers, from the awards banquet and fileting fish to collecting donations and much, much more. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact Laura Wellnitz.
For more information contact Jim Walsh (619) 981-2625 or email
Copyright ? 2006 Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge