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Bowman Bluewater and Ichthyo-Sys® fishing products are pleased to announce the fourth annual Flying Mako™ catch and release fly fishing tournament, to be held in San Diego, California on July 20, 2012. This year's event will be hosted by On The Fly Fishing Charters

The purpose of the tournament is to promote sustainability, conservation and sound management of mako sharks and other apex predators.

Proceeds from this unique charitable event will be donated principally to the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (, a 501(c)(3) charity, in support of their scientific research on shortfin mako sharks (Isurus oxyrinchus). Final accounting of all receipts and expenditures will be provided to sponsors and tournament participants.

Mako sharks are one of the world's top gamefish. They are world-renowned for their aggressiveness and wild acrobatics when hooked. Highly visible when enticed within casting range, mako sharks readily take flies near the surface, and provide great photo and video opportunities both in and out of the water during their frequent aerial displays!

Mako shark cruise by
courtesy John Sherman

The waters off San Diego provide a unique opportunity to fly-fish for these incredible game fish. The Pacific Ocean off Southern California is a nursery for juvenile mako sharks, providing an abundant supply of fly-rod sized fish ranging from 10 to 250 lbs.

The Flying Mako™ tournament will enforce a strict catch-and-release policy for all sharks hooked and fought to the boat. Barbless hooks are required. For obvious reasons, participants are not allowed to lift sharks out of the water!!

The $250 team entry fee includes a Tournament Reception and charity auction at the end of the day.

Flying Mako trophy

Winners will have their names engraved on a plaque on the perpetual Flying Mako™ Tournament trophy housed at the San Diego Fly Shop (

Teams may use their own boats, or book prospective Captains separate from the entry fee. Interested teams should sign up early, as slots and potential guides knowledgeable in finding and catching mako sharks out of Mission Bay, California are limited.

Contact Captain Dave Trimble at (928-380-4504, for more information.

To register, send a check or money order made payable to: "Flying Mako Tournament" to Capt. Dave Trimble, 7710 Hazard Center Dr. Suite E, #237, San Diego, CA 92108.

Registration deadline is July 1st, 2012.

Persons or companies interested in sponsoring this unique event should contact Dave Trimble.

Other Attractions:

In addition to great fishing, contestants will frequently see blue whales, free-swimming marlin, Ocean sunfish (mola mola), hammerhead sharks, and pods of Pacific white-sided dolphins.

The setting is also great for a relaxed mid-summer family vacation, as Mission Bay is located next to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. Disneyland is about an hour north.