This Oct. brought the 16th Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament and the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament back for another year of exciting sport fishing action in the Cabo San Lucas region of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
“But the real winners are a local orphanage for boys, as well as the citizens of Los Cabos,” tournament director Wayne Bisbee told the World Fishing Network. “We caught some good fish and we’re definitely leaving Cabo in better shape.”
Over the last 30 years, ever since Bisbee’s first put Cabo on the map among international anglers, the region has become known as the sport fishing capital of the world due to the many marlin, dorado and other large species of fish that come to feed on baitfish that are attracted to the temperate waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
“Cabo San Lucas is home to one of the world’s most famous sport fishing fleets, several major tournaments every year and the biggest tournament prizes ever,” writes USA Today. “Baja is situated at a place where the cold, nutrient-rich Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California, on some maps) meets the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean.”
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Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
The 16th Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament was held Oct. 14-18, with participating teams hitting the water Oct. 17 to compete for $750,000 in cash and prizes. Anglers worked to catch the largest marlin, tuna, wahoo and dorado, or to release the most billfish during the tournament’s three days of fishing.
“The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament was the first in Cabo to use cameras and technology to score billfish releases, leading to large cash purses for letting billfish go,” writes Marlin Magazine. “The tournament was also the first to introduce a live online scorekeeper in Cabo, allowing participants and fans from all over the world to access what happens on the water and at the weigh scales.”
This year, team Reel Gold’s captain Javier Villavicencio and his six-angler crew had the only boated marlin in the tournament. The 365-pound marlin was the only marlin boated during the event and earned the team First Place, along with all Daily Marlin Jackpots and the Largest Marlin Jackpot. Team Reel Gold’s Richard Matson also caught a 43.6-pound wahoo on the second day to win the Daily Wahoo Jackpot. Total team winnings were $109,200 in cash along with a slew of prizes. Other leading teams making the stage to pick up hardware, cash and prizes included Team Picante 45 and Team Minerva II.
Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore
The 2014 edition of the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament was held Oct. 17-19 and was a “huge success” according to a recap by the World Fishing Network. More than 80 boats competed in the event for more than $421,000 in prize money.
“Overall, the 81 competing teams recorded 25 blue marlin,45 stripers, seven sailfish and one black marlin during this year’s event,” writes the World Fishing Network. “Long known as the ‘Little Bisbee’s,’ the LCO serves as a warm-up for the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament.”
This year, the catch-and-release action was “steady,” with one 322-pound billfish landing angler Fernando Guzman an impressive $50,400 in prize money, along with artwork by David Wirth. Other leading teams included CatchFishCabo.com, which earned $127,100; Galilea, which won top release boat honors; Sasquatch and Loose Crew.
Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament
As the richest sport-fishing tournament in the world, the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament was held from Oct. 21-25 this year and offered more than $2.1 million in cash prizes. Now in its 34th year, the tournament hosted 127 boats, prompting the World Fishing Network to call it “the Black & Blue to remember.” Only black and blue marlin exceeding 300 pounds are eligible for the daily jackpots, while smaller billfish can score points upon successful release.
Team Casa Hogar was the top winner this year, with its crew and 10 anglers bringing in $258,325 in winnings and fishing on behalf of a local non-profit organization that provides food, shelter and education for underprivileged children in Cabo. Other leading teams included Sporty Game, which brought in 337-pound blue marlin with a payout of $1.682 million, along with team Survivor, which earned a $42,187 check for third place, followed by team Baja Banditos, Tepeyacos, Los Tapatios and Mobius.