THE JOURNEY BEGINS HERE THE WORLD'S RICHEST TOURNAMENTS
The Worldclass Fishing Tournament takes place in Los Cabos
If you're looking to test your skills against other sport anglers, than southern Baja and the areas of Cabo San Lucas and the East Cape should be on your list of locations for world-class tournament fishing. Fishing tournaments sprout up every year in Baja but Los Cabos is home to more big-money tournaments than just about anywhere on earth. Tournament season starts in late June and runs into November with events in the East Cape, Cabo San Lucas and out of La Playita or Puerto Los Cabos north of San Jose del Cabo. We list the major tourneys in our Los Cabos tournament schedule but there are several smaller, more remote tournaments that take place throughout Baja Sur. The best part about the tournament scene is you don't have to be a tycoon to enter. Entry fees start in the low hundreds. The biggest money tournament, the Bisbee's Black & Blue, will set you back over $60,000 if you opt to enter across the board. Big fees reward with big winnings. The Bisbee's record is over $3.9 Million to one team in 2006 and nearly $2.5 Million to another in 2012! What does 2017 have in store?
LOS CABOS BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
October 10 – 13, 2017 (estimated, dates TBA)
The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is a three-day big-fish team event with honors going to the team that tallies the most points per pound – prize money goes to the top three teams. A trophy and a smaller cash prize is awarded to the boat releasing the most billfish. The 2012 event was won with a 487lb black marlin that swept the daily jackpots, levels one thru three. Total winnings for team Bill Collector was $167,877.50 along with an invitation to the 2013 IGFA Offshore World Championship to be held in May in beautiful Quepos, Costa Rica.
BISBEE'S LOS CABOS OFFSHORE
October 19 – 22, 2017
The second of three Bisbee events in southern Baja, the Los Cabos Offshore tournament takes place a few days prior to the multi-million dollar Black and Blue. Many teams that fish the big one fish this as well – it's the prefect "pre-fishing" opportunity. in 2013, the tourney attracted 80 teams and 466 anglers with nearly $500,000 in prize money up for grabs. The team aboard Chupacabra came away with top honors for their 583lb blue marlin and a check for $206,973. Second place went to Sneak Attack with a 565lb blue for $189,837.
BISBEE'S BLACK AND BLUE
October 24 – 28, 2017
The big daddy of the them all has paid out big over it's 30+ year history.... two checks come to mind. In 2006 team Bad Company took it all with a check for over $3.9 Million. In 2012, team Frantic Pace did the same to the tune of nearly $2.5 Million. Sure, risking over $60,000 to enter across the board stings, but I bet hoisting a check as big as those takes the pain away quick! Now, you don't need to enter across the board, base entry fee is $5,000 and that can still make for a big payday.
WON LOS CABOS TUNA JACKPOT
November 1 – 4, 2017
$432,000 paid out to nine teams in 2010. $438,000 and 108 teams in 2011. What did 2013 hold? How about a field of 121 teams and prize money of nearly $600,000!! Yep, the WON Tuna Jackpot just keeps getting bigger and better. How so? Well, 2012's tourney is being called the greatest tuna fishing tourney ever held in Los Cabos – it was certainly a record breaker by virtue of the number of big fish. A 372lb cow was the overall winner followed by 11 fish that tipped the scales at over 200lbs.