19 October 2011 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Tournament Report by PicanteSportfishing.com
The 2011 Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore Tournament took place this weekend and the fishing was good. A near record 69 teams consisting of 348 anglers took to the seas for the 10th annual Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore tournament. Just as happened during the Los Cabos Billfish tournament not many big billfish were hooked. A total of 51 billfish were caught during the two day tournament. There were 2 Black Marlin, 13 Blue Marlin, 18 Striped Marlin and 18 Sailfish. The tuna count was 13 Yellowfin Tuna and there were 24 Dorado brought to the boats. And the hook-up conversion rate was 78.46%. The problem was not the number of fish, but the size. The only species that was caught of any size were the Yellowfin Tuna.
Three Marlin were brought to scales and the closest to the minimum 300 pound weight was a 297 pound Black Marlin brought in by the Fisherman. You could feel the tension as the fish was weighed. Some people were sure that it was a winner and others were shaking their heads in doubt. But the proof is in the pudding and the pudding was the official tournament scale that showed the weight at 297.
The top Yellowfin Tuna were a 204 pound fish brought in by the Wild Hooker, a 187 pound Yellowfin brought in by the Go Deeper and the 180 pound fish brought in by the Zhao.
In the Dorado category there was only one fish that qualified and it was a 37 pound fish that ended up taking all the jackpots and landed them a cash prize of $55,250. That’s almost $1500 a pound.
In the release category, the 1st place team was El Budster with 600 points, in 2nd was Picantesportfishing’s Picante 45 with 600 points and in 3rd was Go Deeper with 500 points. Well that was the warm up for the big tournament which started today, Wednesday with an 8 o’clock shotgun start: Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Tournament