What are the multi-million dollar fishing tournaments in Cabo this year?

What are the multi-million dollar fishing tournaments in Cabo this year?

Los Cabos was built as a beach and sport fishing destination. As far back as 1950s And The sixtiesthe fly-in resorts of Baja California Sur were specifically targeting fishermen Marlin fishing In particular to become the calling card of the region.

Championships eventually followed, with Bisbee’s Black and Blue, Founded in 1981, becoming the most durable and prestigious. Today, this event is accurately referred to as “the richest fishing tournament in the world.” The prize pool for the last two events, in 2022 And 2023averaging more than 10 million US dollars.

The rich fishing in the seas and bays near Los Cabos has made the area a world-class destination for competitive anglers. (Egy Marinas)

As Bisbee has grown over the past few decades, it has added two additional tournaments: Championship East Cape Maritime Los Cabos Offshore. This trio of annual events offers a multi-million dollar prize pool and receives the lion’s share of publicity in connection with Los Cabos’ fishing tournament season. This is correct. Bisbee creates a Lots of income For the local economy, the fish caught help feed the area The poorest population.

But other tournaments in the region have also crossed the $1 million threshold — such as the Capo Tuna Grand Prix – and a few others are on the cusp of achieving this feat. Fishing competitions are becoming increasingly lucrative at the top level, although it should be noted that dozens of tournaments are held in Los Cabos every year. For many participants, the attraction lies not so much in the potential profits as in the experience itself.

What time of year is tournament fishing season in Los Cabos?

Tournament fishing season runs from June through November. As long-time visitors to Los Cabos know, the fishing is good year-round, but catches are seasonal. Not surprisingly, given Los Cabos’ reputation for black and blue marlin fishing, the season coincides with the black and blue marlin fishing season. Best times of the year To catch these fish. However, other species found locally, such as striped marlin, tuna, dorado and wahoo, are also a target in many tournaments.

Where are the tournaments held?

Cabo San Lucas Marina is the main launching point for most of the highlights, but East Cape Los Cabos is also a sacred place during tournament season, especially small fishing destinations like Buena Vista and Los Barriles. Fishing is done in marine waters. For Bisbee’s Black and Blue Championship, for example, boats are restricted to entering inland 40 miles from Cabo San Lucas.

Which tournaments have already announced their dates for 2024?

Here’s a look at how this year’s season is shaping up, major tournament dates, entry fees, and prize pools.

Triple Crown Fishing Championship – 6 – 9 June 2024

Fishing competitions have become increasingly lucrative at the top levels, with many tournaments offering prize money in six figures or higher. (Egy Marinas)

Watersports apparel maker Pelagic kicks off the 2024 Los Cabos fishing tournament season with the 10th edition of the collegiate fishing competition, with anglers and women targeting billfish such as striped marlin, as well as tuna, wahoo and dorado.

Base entry is $3,500 per team, with $59,000 across the board for all prizes and challenges. The cash prizes are expected to reach $500,000.

(Bisbee East Cape Offshore). – July 30 – August 3, 2024

East Cape Offshore begins the 2024 Bisbee season on July 30, with cash prizes awarded to the top three finishers in the marlin, tuna and dorado categories.

The base buy-in for the event is $1,500 per team, with an additional fee for daily prizes ($32,000 “all-in”). Last year, the total tournament payout dropped to just under $1.8 million.

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament – 8 – 12 October 2024

October is the biggest month for fishing tournaments in Cabo San Lucas, thanks not only to Bisbee’s two money-rich tournaments but also the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, another important local event. The fishing was great during this tournament In 2023with a record 583 striped marlin caught and released by 42 competing teams. Billfish (Stripe, blue and black marlin or sailfish and spearfish) and game fish (tuna, wahoo and dorado) are the targets of the participants.

The basic entry is $5,000 per team, or $49,000 USD across the board to be eligible for all prizes and challenges. more $750,000 It was paid to last year’s winners.

Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore – 15 – 19 October 2024

Commonly known as “Little Bisbee’s”, to distinguish it from the “Big Bisbee’s” Black & Blue Tournament also held in October, the event has been held annually since 2002.

Base entry for teams is $1,500, with $32,000 needed for “blanket” entry into all prizes and challenges. Total payments 2 million dollars for this tournament in 2023, despite scheduling challenges posed by Hurricane Norma.

Bisbee black and blue – 22 – 26 October 2024

Team Stella June, winners of last year’s Bisbee’s Black & Blue, took home a whopping $4.4 million prize. (Bisbee)

This is the granddaddy of them all, the “Millionaire Maker” who earned his fame due to his huge returns. Last year, for example, the team Stella June He had the largest winning return in the history of the tournament $4.4 million surpassing the previous record set in 2006, when Bad Company netted $3.9 million). Meanwhile, payments last year totaled $9 million, or just short of the record 2022 payments At $11,651,300, it is the largest prize pool in the history of sport fishing.

Base entry for this tournament is $5,000 per team, or $71,500 across the board for all prizes and challenges. Prizes are awarded to Top five catches Of black and blue marlin, assuming they meet minimum standards 300 lbs.

Capo Tuna Grand Prix – 6 – 9 November 2024

In this tournament, the best tuna fishermen in the world over the past years were crowned 25 yearsthanks to exceptionally profitable payouts that crossed the $1 million threshold in 2019, and have hovered over the past three years at nearly $1.5 million.

It is expected to be the primary entry 1000 dollars, or about $20,000 across the board based on 2023, although registration information for 2024 has not yet been released. Meanwhile, the Fisherman team’s tuna record of 383 pounds in 2009 remains the standard by which all winners are judged.

Chris Sands is the local Cabo San Lucas expert for the USA Today 10 Best travel site, writer of Fodor’s Los Cabos travel guide, and a contributor to numerous sites and publications, including Tasting Table, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, Porthole Cruise, Cabo Living and Mexico News Daily. His specialty is travel-related content and lifestyle features focused on food, wine and golf.

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