The 2018 Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge will be angling for a good cause in San Diego with the annual three-day tuna fishing tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish San Diego. This event is the largest tuna fishing tournament in the continental U.S., raising over $3.5 million to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses in our community.

The Tuna Challenge’s humble beginnings date back to 1990 when it began as an intra-club tuna tournament. The Kona Kai Anglers created the tournament to bring some friendly competition to the organization with Frank Baptista and Jim Nicoletti deserving much of the credit for founding the Tuna Challenge. Two years later, the tournament became an invitational event with fishing clubs from all over San Diego participating. In 1994, the Kona Kai Anglers decided that they wanted to donate the proceeds of the tournament to a charitable organization and Make-A-Wish San Diego was chosen as the beneficiary.

This year’s tournament will take place August 24 – 26. It’s looking to be an epic summer for yellowtail fishing and anglers will compete for amazing prizes such as multi-day fishing trips to Alaska and Mexico, fishing gear, boat equipment and much more. Hundreds of fishing enthusiasts from all over the country will participate in the tournament and attend the awards banquet celebration at Portuguese Hall. Open to the public, this celebration includes raffles, auctions, tournament awards, and a delicious fish fry luncheon. All proceeds go directly to Make-A-Wish San Diego.

At Make-A-Wish, the goal is simple: to come into a child’s life during a difficult time and provide hope and a much-needed break from the daily challenges they are forced to face. With your help, we can make even more wishes come true in the years to come.

For more information, or to register for the Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge tournament, visit or call (858) 707-9474.