For fishing enthusiasts, October is a truly exciting month in Cabo San Lucas because of several world-class Fishing Tournaments lined up. The “October FishFest” kicks off on the third week of October as it marks the highly anticipated Los Cabos Billfish Tournament 2018.
The LCBT is a three-day event that sums billfish points per pound and the honor goes to the team that garners the most billfish points. It was founded by The Los Cabos Hotel Association and Los Cabos Tourism Board. The prestigious tournament began as an event marketing and media program which eventually led to the initial catch/photograph/release system of billfish.
From October 14 – 18, 2018, the waters of Cabo will be bustling with fishing charters as big game anglers from different parts of the world vie for the chance to show off their angling skills and at the same time win big cash prizes and accolades.
Looking back at last year’s big winners
Last year’s Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament was a successful event where 43 teams competed for their share of the $534,600 prize money, plus trophies and other prizes. A total of 102 billfish catches were recorded during the three days of competition, plus 61 blue, 31 striped, six black, and one short-bill spearfish.
On the first day, Wild Hooker won the Daily Marlin Jackpot with a 303-pound black marlin while El Torito bagged the Daily Tuna Jackpot with a 214-pound heavyweight. On the same day, Nana III brought home the Daily Wahoo Jackpot with its 25.4-pound catch and Expedition won the Daily Release Jackpot with one black and two blue marlin.
On day two, angler Murray Wright of Reel Gold hooked a 347-pound black marlin and the crew boated their catch after a grueling four-hour battle. Team Reel Gold garnered the Daily Marlin Jackpot and accelerated to the top of the overall Team Division leaderboard. Guy Yucom reeled a 27.5-pound wahoo on the El Suertudo and ended up nabbing the Daily Wahoo Jackpot while John Schultz landed a 63.7-pound yellowfin tuna aboard the Feelin’ Azul, which earned him the Daily Tuna Jackpot. Another big win on the second day went to Team Fish Tank when they conquered the Daily Release Jackpot with three blue marlin catches.
On the last day, Bryce Schell won 1st place Tuna Daily Jackpot when he reeled a 146.80-pound yellowfin aboard the C-Rod followed by Steph Desbiens with his 67.70-pound yellowfin aboard the Feelin Azul. Hector Rodriguez Munoz landed a 25.60-pound wahoo aboard the Sneak Attack which earned him the Daily Wahoo Jackpot. Chupacabra and Fish Tank tied up for the Daily Release Jackpot because they both released five blue and one striped marlin on the third day.
The big winner of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament 2017 is Team Reel Gold headed by Captain Roberto Marquez and his crew who conquered the first place overall slot despite experiencing a setback on the first day when one of its members, angler Jon Crawford tore a quad muscle. With an all-in entry, Team Real Gold won a whopping $203,760, the largest payout!
Upcoming Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament
This year is extra special because the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of promoting billfish catch and release and supporting Los Cabos, Mexico as a top sport-fishing destination.
If you want to enter the tournament, you should know that the LCBT 2018 is comprised of three entry levels namely: (1) $5,000 base entry for up to 6-person team; (2) daily jackpots for the biggest tuna, wahoo and dorado “TWD”; and (3) daily billfish release jackpots “DBR”. You may enter in one, two, even in all three levels if you’re confident with your skills.
Teams that pay the base entry may join any of the Optional Weighed Marlin Jackpots: Tuna/Wahoo/Dorado Jackpot, Overall Billfish Release Points Jackpot, and Daily Billfish Release Jackpot.
Teams that do not want to enter the base entry have the option to take part in the “TWD” Jackpot Entry for $1,500, plus $100 per registered angler and the “DBR” Jackpot Entry for $1,000, plus $100 per registered angler.
Although the tournament is open to all anglers, the LCBT committee reserves the right to deny tournament entry of any individual, organization or corporation, if for some reason that the individual or group does not meet the official tournament criteria.
What species are eligible for LCBT? During this annual fishing tournament, the limelight is focused on the big ocean dwellers such as the blue, striped and black marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dorado, spearfish, and sailfish.
In line with the tournament’s 20th anniversary celebration, the event will highlight billfish releases and make it a significant part of top team standings. Taking advantage of the modern developments in photography, the upcoming tournament will be using a streamlined catch, video and release system to efficiently record and keep track of billfish releases.
According to LCBT’s director Dan Jacobs, in terms of point system, blue and black marlin releases will be given 300 points while striped marlin, sailfish and spearfish releases will be equivalent to 50 points. When it comes to team division, weighed blue or black marlin that meets the 300-pound minimum will receive one point per pound. While all undersized marlin brought to the scales will get a penalty of 300 points plus two points per pound the fish is underweight. Jacobs also confirmed that the tournament will continue the tradition of offering optional jackpots.
This year’s Kickoff Party, Final Registration, Captains Meeting and Gala Awards Banquet will be held at the Playa Grande Resort Beachside Terrace. While the weigh-in and billfish release video check-in will be at the Marina Fundadores weigh station, located next to Fisherman’s Landing Restaurant and Breathless Resort.
If you’re interested to enter the Annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, you can get in touch with Phantom Sportsfishing Charters to book a fishing charter to Cabo. Who knows, you might end up as one of the big winners this year and go home with a lion share of the prize money? The clock is ticking so better not waste time and register now by printing and filling out the online registration form and sending it to Lynda Wilson, Assistant Tournament Director through any of the following:
1) Mailing Address:
Dan Jacobs, Bonnier Corporation
460 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
2) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Fax: 407-637-3531
Disclaimer: This post is intended to highlight the upcoming Los Cabos Billfish Tournament 2018 (all rules and awards mentioned in this post are considered unofficial). Take note that the official rules and awards will be distributed and announced at this year’s registration check-in and captains meeting.