The Bisbee family has been hosting Black & Blue Tournaments and making major waves in the world of sport fishing each year for more than three decades. Today,the Bisbee’s produce three tournaments each year and two of them just wrapped up in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico.
Held each year in mid-to-late October,the Los Cabo Offshore and the Black & Blue Marlin Tournaments are two of sport fishing’s most anticipated annual events,with anglers from around the world competing for winning purses of more than $772,000 and $3.5 million USD (respectively) in prize money.
“With the beautiful and lively city of Cabo San Lucas as the backdrop,thousands of people crowd the marina walkways to shop,party and watch huge fish being weighed in at the scales in front of the world-famous Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza,” wrote Bisbee’s.”
Black & Blue Marlin Tournament
The first Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament was held in 1981 in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico. Today,the event is held right after the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament in late October and has grown to offer enormous payouts,typically reaching into the millions.
“There are countless ways to gauge success in today’s society. From presidential polls to college football rankings,friends,followers and likes,to stocks and commodities values; these all measure degrees of achievement,standing and wealth,” writes Bisbee’s. “The Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament jackpot is the richest sport-fishing contest in the world.”
The 2016 tournament jackpot was a total of $3,511,900 and there was a field of 121 boats contending. Angler Julio Fernandez and his team Quiteña claimed the biggest share of the prize money,taking a $2,183,000 payout after catching the biggest fish of the week with a 534-pound black marlin.
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
Nicknamed the “Little Bisbee’s,” the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament is a highly social event that takes place each year in mid October,right before the big Black & Blue Marlin Tournament. Friends often meet in Cabo to watch or participate in the event,swapping stories and getting in some fishing before the “Big Show.”
“From its humble beginnings more than a decade ago as a simple get-together for alumni winners,the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament,presented by Orca Coolers,has grown into a world-class event that showcases top angling skills and serious prize money,” wrote BD Outdoors.com.
This year,a total of 108 teams competed for more than $7772,000 USD at the tournament. Angler Rick Daab and his veteran crew aboard Wild Hooker earned the largest payout at $263,951 for catching the largest black marlin at 450 pounds,and winning optional billfish jackpots.
Cabo San Lucas is a luxury,resort-style city situated on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico’s Pacific coast,overlooking the Sea of Cortez. The popular vacation destination is known worldwide for its gorgeous beaches,world-class golf courses,watersports,dining,shopping and nightlife.
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