Tuna Challenge Events

Important Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge events are listed below in chronological order. Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar so you don't miss one!

Our Captain’s Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held at

UPSES Portuguese Hall
2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
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Early Bird Entry Deadline

Friday, July 31st, 2019

All “Early Bird” entries must be postmarked on or before this date.

Please Note: The registration fee will change to the higher rate after this date.


Captain’s Meeting

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 6PM

Located at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106

One team member must be present at this meeting. Team captains may begin picking up captains bags and goody bags starting at 4PM while the tournament entry registration proceeds. At 4:30PM there will be food available for purchase and an open bar (no host) followed by the mandatory Captain’s Meeting at 6PM covering rules and fishing information.


Tuna Challenge Tournament

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 5AM

Lines are in the water and the tournament begins.


Weigh-In

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 4:00PM-9:00PM
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 7:00 AM-9:00AM

All eligible fish must be weighed in from the boat of entry at either the San Diego Marlin Club or the Dana Landing Market and Fuel Dock in Mission Bay no later than 9:00 AM the morning of the Awards Banquet and Auction.

Trailer boats are not permitted to remove their boat from the water and drive the boat to a weigh in station for the purpose of weighing fish. Please note that anglers fishing on a Chartered "6-Pack" boat must follow regular weigh in procedures.


Awards Banquet and Auction

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10AM

Located at Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106

Banquet tickets for this event are only $15 per person. Raffle tickets are $2 each. Buy 100 or more tickets at a time and get a free Make A Wish Tuna Challenge beer glass while supplies last. (Maximum 6 per customer) This year, in addition to our Giant Mega Raffle with 100 chances to win, we will be holding very special Progressive Raffles with exceptional prizes at the $100, $200, $300 and $500 levels. We have also designed special books of raffle tickets that will make it so much easier to keep track of your raffle ticket numbers.

Important 2019 Dates

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2019 Tournament Form



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 volunteers@tunachallenge.org.