Elite offshore fishing tournaments have this magnet-like pull that attracts avid big game anglers from different parts of the world to the waters of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the month of October. This is a highly anticipated month because there are several world-class fishing tournaments that are scheduled to take place like the renowned Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament which is set for October 23-27, 2018.
Each year, the city of Cabo San Lucas becomes a center of whirling activity as thousands of people gather here to shop, party, and witness numerous game fish being weighed in at the scales in front of the Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza.
The prestigious Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournaments namely the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore in Buenavista held every July and the Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament and the Black and Blue Marlin Tournament both held every October have been taking Cabo waters by storm for more than 30 years.
The Black and Blue Marlin Tournament, the biggest of all three events was founded in 1981 by Bob Bisbee. It started with six teams with a cash purse of $10,000 which later evolved to more than 150 teams with millions of dollars worth of winnings at stake. The event amassed its biggest overall cash payout of $4,165,960 in 2006 which also happens to be the largest winnings in sportfishing history.
Last year’s big winners
A total of 120 boats joined the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament 2017 which produced a total catch of 79 billfish, including 54 blue marlin, 14 black marlin, 10 striped marlin, and a single sailfish. Last year’s total tournament cash including all jackpots amounted to an incredible $3,255,750 which was paid out to the winning teams.
Team Chupacabra claimed the highest glory at last year’s tournament championship when they garnered 682 points after catching two billfish, a 356-pound black marlin and 326-pound blue marlin aboard the 64-foot Hatteras on Day Two. Although the team earned the highest title, they only came in fifth in terms of payout totaling $69,907.
Ten Brothers from Chicago, fishing aboard the 32-foot Blackfin Dream Weaver finished fourth place in the point system but they went home with the biggest cash prize of all, a hefty $961,518.
Go Deeper 60 got the second largest prize of $876,350.00 while C-Bandit, fishing aboard the 75-foot Titan secured the third top winnings worth $764,966.
The wonderful thing about this fishing tournament is that it’s not all about the profit because it knows how to give back to the community. In fact, all the fish brought to the scales last year were donated to a non-profit organization called Hope for Los Cabos which used the catches to come up with 33,747 meals.
Upcoming Annual Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament
If you’re passionate about angling and want to know how it feels to be in control of the fishing reel on the next fishing competition, why not book a Cabo San Lucas sportfishing charter and join the upcoming tournament? The event is just around the corner so don’t waste any more time and register online now.
The tournament is open to all provided that participating anglers, captains, crew members, and guests abide by the Tournament Rules that are published/amended during the Captain’s Meeting. There is no prescribed limit to the number of members per team, however, all members must be signed up during the registration.
Teams may enter either the Tournament Base Entry for $5,000 or the Release Division for $2,500. Teams also have the option to enter both for $7,000, however, if you enter the Release Division only for $2,000, you may not participate in the Daily Jackpots. There are different entry fees for corresponding Daily Jackpots which range from $1,500 ($500 Daily Jackpot) to $30,000 ($10k Daily Jackpot). The Chupacabra Challenge ($20K Daily) requires an entry fee of $60,000.
The Daily Jackpots are optional, meaning it’s up to you to join or not but once you decide to enter a jackpot, you are obligated to enter all fishing days of the tournament.
The amount allocated for each Daily Jackpot is first divided evenly between the days of competition. Then on each day, 100% is awarded to the team that ends up the heaviest qualifying black or blue marlin of the day that is also entered in the Daily Jackpot. In the event that there is no winner on a particular day, the prize is carried on the following day. If it is the last day and there’s no winner, it rolls back to the biggest fish caught in the category.
For the Overall Tournament Teams, cash prizes are given to the top five teams that garner the most billfish weight points.
For the Overall Tournament Jackpot, cash prizes are handed to the top three teams based on the single heaviest qualifying black or blue marlin.
For Top Captains, cash prizes are given to the top three captains who accumulate the most billfish weight points.
This year’s fishing tournament period kicks off with the Bisbee’s 2nd Annual Pub Crawl on October 22 then followed by Registration, Distribution of Team Bags and Captains Meeting on October 23.
The official three Fishing Days is from October 24-26; the Shotgun Start is set at 8:00 am and the tournament fishing ends at 5:00 pm (lines must be out of the water by this time). The Weigh Station is open from 3:00-9:00 pm in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall; boats that are inside the harbor entrance by 9:00 pm can still come in for weighing. The tournament caps off with an Awards Celebration on the last day, October 27.
Disclaimer: This post is intended to feature the upcoming Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament 2018 but the official rules and awards will be distributed and announced at this year’s Captains Meeting.