CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (Oct. 14, 2016) — With a good number of blue marlin still in the area, the 37 teams fishing in the 18th Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament left the docks on Thursday with visions of the man in the blue suit dancing in their heads. Cabo’s tremendous fishery stepped up once again, and the fleet managed to catch 13 blue marlin, 18 striped marlin and one black marlin.
The big story of the day came into the dock around 3 p.m., when team Pangalisa backed into the weigh slip with John Domanic’s 378-pound black marlin in the cockpit, scoring the team $23,400 in prize money. Domanic’s fish barely edged out Brian Walley’s blue marlin from day one in the Base Entry Team Division.
Team Feeling Azul took home the Day Two Tuna Jackpot with John Schultz’s 28.2-pound yellowfin, earning $5,250, while longtime Los Cabos tournament angler Joe Assenza of the Oh So Rojo weighed in a 28.10-pound wahoo to take home the Day Two Wahoo Jackpot worth $5,250.
Team Sol Pursuit rocketed to the top of the Daily Release Jackpot by scoring 1,600 points for four blue marlin releases. Those four blues earned the team an $8,700 windfall. Beast of Burden finished right behind them, releasing two blues and two stripes worth 1,200 points.
At the start of the third day on Friday morning, Sol Pursuit held a narrow lead as several teams continued to battle for the Overall Release Prize. Because both of the teams that have boated marlin so far are only entered in the Level I and Level II Daily Jackpots, the Level III and Level IV Marlin Dailies, as well as the Big Marlin category, are still up for grabs. The Big Fish Jackpot is also still open, along with the Dolphin Dailies, as no one landed a dolphin over 25 pounds during the first two days of fishing.
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.