Paul Leader Memorial - San Diego Team Open

2-day_Champs_2017             19TH Annual San Diego Team Open                                 Winners: Mike & Kevin Martin

Paul Leader Memorial San Diego Team Open 

Sponsored by El Cajon Ford & Viejas Casino

 Saturday & Sunday

September 15th & 16th, 2018

DSC_0084        Paul Leader -  El Cajon Ford  (Former President)                       October 27, 1937 to August 8 2017

Paul was the President and principal owner of El Cajon Ford since 1980. Paul was always involved in causes that promoted the welfare and achievements of young people, giving to numerous charities including the Lakeside Rodeo, Lakeside Optimist, the San Diego Chargers Blood Drive and so many, many more. 

Paul was renown across America for his support of bass fishing and was called “the Godfather” of local bass fishing. He was enshrined in the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park in 2002, charter inductee of the San Diego Bass Fishing Hall of Fame by the San Diego Council of Bass Clubs.   Mr. Leader was recognized for his dedication to bass fishing and contributions to the sport when he was inducted into the San Diego Council of Bass Clubs’ Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in the Hall of Champions.

Paul Leader started the El Cajon Ford San Diego Team Open 20 years ago as a way to honor many of his regular customers. No one in San Diego has been a better ambassador for the sport or done more financially for bass fishing at any level than Mr. Leader.

The El Cajon Ford San Diego Team Open, is the area’s most lucrative and challenging bass tournament each year.  No other tournament has anglers fish El Capitan and Lake San Vicente one day and then require the field to switch lakes the next day. 

The winner is picked based on points, not pounds. The entry fee is a very reasonable $400 for a two-angler team and covers insurance, gate fees, entry into the Leader Bonus pool, barbecue dinner and raffle. The Top prize is $6,000, and there is $1,000 for big bass and $1,000 for biggest stringer.

Good Day Anglers,

The Paul Leader Memorial - San Diego Team Open Two-Day Open is just around the corner. The Two-Day Open is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday September 15th & 16th on Lakes El Capitan and San Vicente. The entry form for this event can be download by click the Entry Form & Downloads Link on the right side of this page.

The team meeting will take place Friday September 14th, 2018 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St, Lakeside, CA 92040.  We will have a catered BBQ at team regristration with T-Shirt for Sale and drawing for lake and starting positions.  All teams that are finishing the event need to have their entry forms filled out and mailed back to San Diego Team Series Prior to Registration.  

Late sign ups and check-in will start at 4:00PM. Food will be served starting at 5PM with the team meeting getting underway after everyone is checked in and fed. One member from each team must attend this meeting.  The awards ceremony will commence at 4:00PM at the Lakeside Rodeo Ground on Sunday.

As in the past 18 events, this will be a two day tournament with half the field fishing one lake on day one and the other lake on day two. Winners in this event are determined by points earned, not necessarily by total weight brought to the scales. 
      1.   Mail entries with payment to:
            San Diego Teams
            3324 Cottonwood Springs Lane
            Jamul CA 91935
      2.   Fax, mail or email Team Entry Forms.  
      3.   Entries need to be recieved by Wednesday September 12, 2018 for
            early entry.  All entries recieves after the 12th will be late sign-ups
      4.   Drop off entries at your entry form at the local tackle store with a check or cash the Wednesday                     before event day.
      5.   Signup at the tournament team meeting, Cash Only at this time.  No credit cards please.

There's lots more happening at The Paul Leader Memorial San Diego Team Open this year, but it cannot happen unless you sign-up. We are looking forward to seeing our friends as well as making new friends at this year's events. The fishing for these two tournaments will be better than ever, with the fun, excitement and prizes being the “icing on the cake” !

Last Updated on Aug092018


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