It is Make A Wish Tuna Challenge Time!


The Make A Wish Tuna Challenge took a break in 2017 and was greatly missed. The tournament made a comeback in 2018 with 45 boats and 212 anglers participating and the good news is that the Make A Wish Tuna Challenge is back again this year!

This note is to remind you that the tournament is fast approaching and is being held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 with a Captain’s meeting on Friday evening, August 23, 2019.  It is actually a three day event when you add the awards ceremony, barbecue and raffle to be held at the Portuguese Hall on Shelter Island on Sunday August 25, 2019.

This is always a fine event and in addition to being a great tuna tournament, it serves a much higher purpose in raising funds to benefit the Make A Wish charity.  Since 1994 the Tuna Challenge has raised well in excess of $3,000,000 to benefit the Make A Wish Charity and has helped fund many wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions. The 2018 Tournament raised $86,000 to help grant wishes to kids with critical illnesses!

The list of prizes up for the winning is truly spectacular and includes lots of fishing tackle, stays at fishing resorts and marine related and other prizes that are too numerous to list here.  You have a chance at winning prizes with the fish you catch and there are also incredible raffles and some spectacular things that are up for both silent and live auctions.

The tournament has award categories for juniors and adults with a small boat and a big boat division as well.  The cost for entry is $105.00 for adults and $40.00 for a junior.  The entry fees include a tournament t-shirt and a ticket to the awards banquet.

You can go to the Make a Wish Tuna Challenge web site and get all the details and sign up information at

Please come out and participate and enjoy this fine event!  It is a win-win situation as you can have a good time, have a chance at winning some great prizes and in the process enjoy the warm feeling of benefiting some kids who are in need of some good cheer.

Best Wishes!


Bob Vanian

976-Bite Fish Reports