Western Outdoor News Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot
As its name implies, the team that catches the biggest Yellowfin Tuna is the winner, with an optional gamefish division for wahoo and dorado. It’s held in the first days of November and the entry fee is approx $800 per team (up to 4 anglers) plus the cost of any jackpots you enter. Over $800,000 in prize money is up for grabs.
The major fishing tournaments are listed above, but there are plenty of smaller (but equally fun and challenging!) tournaments in Baja California Sur, including following venues: Punta Abreojos and La Bocana in Mulege, San Juanico and Puerto San Carlos in Comondu, Loreto, Todos Santos and El Sargento in La Paz (October), and La Rivera in East Cape (August). In these locations, the tournaments are usually a part of the towns’ traditional celebrations of their Patron Saint. For example, March 2014 witnessed the second “Fiestas Tradicionales de San José fishing tournament” which stretched from Puerto Los Cabos Marine in San Jose and targeted sierra, tuna, and dorado. The entry fee is around $100 per team of 3 anglers. This event is organized through the LosCabosCity Hall and SEPESCA (State Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture).
Actually many of these local tournaments are part of SERIAL SEPESCA where both local fishermen and visitors are welcome, and they spend great time! The first places get an automatic pass to the final also, that this year will be awarding the winning team a bag of $ 50,000.
Dorado and wahoo are two species highly valued by anglers and the Sea of Cortez hosts many large specimens that are always a fishing challenge. For this yeason, there are two important tournaments held every year; they’re called the Dorado Shoot Out and the Wahoo International Tournaments:
The 10th Annual Dorado Shoot Out Tournament will take place in 2014. The first place winner, the person who catches the largest Dorado, gets a new pick-up Toyota Tacoma 4X4 and there are more than a dozen other prizes to be won. This is a one day tournament scheduled for July 19 at the Van Wormer Resorts in Los Barriles (East Cape) and the entry fee is $800 per team plus the cost of any jackpots you enter.
The Annual Wahoo International Tournament is hosted at the Puerto Los Cabos Marine in San Jose the third weekend of November. The registration fee is around $250 and the past 5th edition (2013) first-place prize was $12,800 plus a car sponsored by the State Government.
In March 2014, the first Annual Rancho Leonero Yellowtail Tournament was organized by the Rancho Leonero resort located in East Cape. Entry was free for guests and $200 for non guests. The first prize was a 5 day stay at Rancho Leonero and other prizes included $1000 cash and accurate reels.
About inshore fishing is the family event and traditional Jansen Inshore Tackle Sierra Tournament, wich gave away new Shimano Stella 18000 reel for the biggest Sierra caught as the first place prize last year. 2014 marks the tournament’s fifth year and it’s held in MigriñoBeach, an ideal beach due to its length and proximity to Cabo San Lucas. The entry fee is about $25.
For more information and exact dates, please feel free to contact us or find the official sites of the tournaments. Good luck and good fishing to all!