Coos Bay Launderers Lead Tuna Classic Series

(OREGON TUNA CLASSIC PRESS RELEASE)

The Port of Ilwaco was buzzing with excitement as the community rolled out the red carpet in anticipation of the arrival of a record 80 teams of fishermen for the second leg of the Oregon Tuna Classic Tournament Series. Welcome signs were everywhere greeting participants, volunteers and spectators. Community leaders figured 1,600 to 1,800 people were in town for this event which gives a huge boost to the local economy.

The offshore conditions leading up to this event was an issue again and people had their fingers crossed waiting for the announcement on Thursday whether they would be fishing. As the weekend got closer mother nature blessed them with calm seas and plenty of fish. Saturday morning 68 teams motored out of the Ilwaco channel and at the end of a very long day 49 teams handed over 5,505 pounds of fresh albacore to the local food banks of Clatsop County and Ilwaco.

Saturday evening the tent was packed with over 500 people as we crowned a new champion for the Ilwaco leg of the tournament series.

Top honors went to a very deserving team, one that has fished all of the OTC events from the very beginning and one that has been a big supporter of what this is all about. A team we are very proud to crown this year’s top dogs of Ilwaco…Team Just Keep Fishing with 126.25 lbs.

TEAM JUST KEEP FISHING (ABOVE) TOOK FIRST PLACE AT THE ILWACO O.T.C. EVENT, THOUGH COOS BAY'S TEAM GREEN LIGHTNING LAUNDRY NOW LEADS THE OVERALL STANDINGS HALFWAY THROUGH THE FOUR-EVENT TOURNAMENT. (OREGON TUNA CLASSIC)

Our second place is on a roll as this is the second time in two events they have made the podium..Team Green Lightning Laundry came in with 122.65lbs. Third place was our port captain and his crew for this event. What a great way for being rewarded for doing an excellent job organizing the logistics for this ports event…Team Key West with 120.30lbs.

The leader in the points standings for the official invite to the IGFA Offshore World Championships is now Team Green Lightning Laundry followed closely by Team Just Keep Fishing and Team Engage.

–Del Stephens

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