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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Oregon Tuna Classic final leg encounters rough water this past weekend, but catches were good

The Oregon Tuna Classic came to an end this past weekend in Garibaldi, Oregon, and while the weather made it tough to get out to the fishing grounds 30 out of 53 teams managed to catch fish.

In all 187 tuna were brought in with a weight total of 3,272 pounds.

The winning team Garmin-Bad to the Bone donated an extra 50 fish, and their total weight of fish in the classic weighed 124.70 pounds.

Second place went to No Quarter Given with 122.90 pounds, and third place with 116.50 pounds was Team Scarab. The Big Fish Pot went to Sea Ya with a 30.30 pound tuna.

The Oregon Tuna Classic series is an IGFA World Championship qualifier event.

Team Garmin-Bad to the Bone held the lead after the Ilwaco Classic held on July 27-29, and the second place Team Defiance had mechanical boat problems which prevented from leaving port at Garibaldi.

The weather was pretty bad on Saturday, but 24 teams braved the elements and headed out into the ocean.

The first place team through last Saturday was Ellie’s Anglers with 140.60 pounds, and second went to Garmin-Bad to the Bone with 129.80 pounds, and third with 123.20 pounds was last season’s overall champion Team Kingfisher. The Big Fish Pot went to Garmin-Bad to the Bone with a 34.90 pound tuna. Total tuna for the first day was 3,083 pounds as several teams donating additional tuna to the Oregon Food Bank.

The Oregon Food Bank received a total of 6,355 pounds of tuna.

Team Garmin-Bad to the Bone donated their first and second place winnings back to the Oregon Tuna Classic.

The Ilwaco and Garibaldi events donated 16,955 pounds of tuna to the Oregon Food Bank, and local food banks of Pacific County.

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