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 prize (nearly $4 million) ever. Baja’s location just happens to be at a place where the cold, nutrient-rich Sea of Cortez meets the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean. This convergence of waters attracts baitfish and the game species that eat them in a way few other places in the world do, which is why Cabo is home to so many successful fishing tournaments.
There are a half-dozen well known fishing tournaments, beginning as early as May, but we thought you’d like to know what’s coming up.
Bisbee’s sponsors three large tournaments in Cabo San Lucas every year of which the East Cape Tournament is held first, usually in late July. An IGFA Offshore World Championship Qualifying event, the tournament is open to any team that wishes to register. Targeting black and blue marlin, as well as tuna and dorado (a.k.a. dolphinfish or mahimahi), more than $400,000 in prize money is at stake in the competition. The next tournament, Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore, is a traditional October tournament and is generally considered a “warm up” for the third Bisbee’s tournament, the Black and Blue, which is held just a few days later. In 2006, one masterful team from Kona boated away from the tournament with nearly $4 million in prize money. With millions of dollars up for grabs every year, Bisbee’s Black & Blue is generally considered the richest fishing tournament in the world.
Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
Held a week or so prior to the final two Bisbee’s tournaments in October, the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is an open registration format that includes prizes for the top three catches in three eligible billfish categories (may include blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, spearfish or sailfish). There are also catch and release awards given for those anglers who choose to release the billfish they bring to the boat.
Western Outdoor News (WON) Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot
The WON Tuna Jackpot is one of the latest tournaments of the season. Occurring in early November, the tournament is open any team that registers and awards hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to anglers who boat world class tuna in the waters off Cabo San Lucas.