Here’s an update from the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. H/T to Evily from Bonnier Corp. PR :
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (Oct. 13, 2016) — The first day of the 18th annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament got off to a banner start on Wednesday, with the fleet of 37 boats reeling in 24 blue marlin and seven striped marlin, numbers that are usually reversed in Cabo San Lucas, where the stripes typically outnumber the blues. The fleet also weighed two wahoo, one tuna and a massive 370-pound blue marlin caught by Brian Walley of team Reel Energy.
Reel Energy won the Level 1 and Level 2 Daily Blue Marlin Jackpots totaling $23,400 in prize money. But the team experienced a bit of bad luck to go along with the good, losing a big blue marlin just 80-feet from the leader when the hook pulled after a three-hour fight.
Team Sea Angel dominated the release category, scoring four blue marlin releases for the day and taking home the Top Release Daily prize worth $8,700 for their efforts.
Reel Quest and angler Dick Landfield got on the board with a 59.5-pound yellowfin tuna that took the Heaviest Tuna Daily award for $5,250. Angler Henry Smith on the Santi i also earned his team a $5,250 paycheck with a 30.8-pound wahoo that scored the Wahoo Daily.
As of noon on Thursday, Reel Energy continues to lead, though they did not enter the largest marlin prize pool. Nobody in the fleet captured a dolphin that beat the 25-pound minimum, so the day one Dorado Daily rolled over into day two.
Sponsored in large part by the Los Cabos Tourism Board in an effort to highlight the area’s exceptional fishery, the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament represents one of the longest running big-game tournaments on the Baja California Peninsula.