The Make-A-Wish® Tuna Challenge of 2016 kicked off in San Diego with a Captain’s Meeting on Friday, August 26th, 2016. The competition itself began at 5 AM on Saturday, August 27th with more than 86 teams with upwards of 370 anglers all vying to catch the biggest tuna. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end the winner was Skipper/Angler Tony Dileva, who caught the biggest Tuna in his Mikelson Nomad!

The Winning Fish


Winner Tony Dileva via[/caption]

Tony Dileva’s winning fish was a Blue Fin weighing in at 259 pounds. That gigantic Tuna was just 259 pounds of the nearly 6,200 pounds caught and weighed over the course of the competition. The proceeds from the event went to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, an organization that grants wishes for children who have medical conditions that are life-threatening. It’s a great cause that all involved were happy to raise funds for.

The Organization behind the Tuna Challenge

Mike Smith, the chairperson of the Tuna Challenge committee, helped the entire committee raise funds throughout the year totaling over $150,000. All of these funds will be donated to Make-A-Wish®. The adult angler who caught the largest scoring tuna received the Richard Thomas Memorial Prize. There was also a lady angler award that was given, as well as a junior category for kids aged 15 years or younger. Special awards were also given, and the awards banquet was held at 10AM on Sunday, August 28th at the Silver Gate Yacht Club in San Diego.

Tony Dileva won his tuna aboard his Mikelson Nomad from us here at Mikelson Yachts in San Diego. The M59 Nomad Long Range Cruising Sportfisher is an impressive model in the Mikelson fleet, and is a great trawler with a highly efficient 12 – 16 knot mid-range cruise speed. It comes with standard twin QSC-600 Cummins diesels, and has a 2,000-gallon fuel capacity for the long trip ahead. Want to own your own Mikelson Nomad or any other in our fleet? Come down to Mikelson Yachts in San Diego, and we would be happy to assist you! We offer custom interior and exterior yacht design and also have multiple new and pre-owned models available. We would love to get you cruising in one of our yachts, so contact us today!