Oct. 18–20, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The 37 teams that raced off from the shotgun start found great weather during the final fishing day of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament. The fleet encountered a few big fish, but no one got one big enough to bring back to the scales. This put Team Bill Collector’s 483-pound black marlin in position to sweep the Levels 1 through 3 daily marlin jackpots. The catch also won the Largest Black Marlin category and earned the team first place in the overall team division. Bill Collector’s Capt. Julio Gonzalez also won the Top Captain Award. The team, from California, was made up of Mark Chiavetta, Rick Sanfietta, Mitch Maggetti, Jim Glass and Don Broche. The team took home $167,877.50 and earned an invitation to the 2013 Offshore World Championship.
Team Bad Medicine made a move on the final day, catching a blue marlin in the morning and then converting a quad sailfish hookup during the final hour of fishing. Team Bad Medicine caught one blue marlin, one striped marlin and had four sailfish releases for a total of 1,000 points, winning First Place Billfish Release Team and Second Place Overall Tournament Team and the Day Three Billfish Release Jackpot. Angler Gary Mowat caught a 42.2-pound dorado on Bad Medicine to win the Day Two Dorado Jackpot. Total winnings for Team Bad Medicine totaled $43,753.75.
Team Galati added a blue-marlin release in the morning on the final day, giving them a total of 600 points and the Second Place Billfish Release Points Team, Third Place Overall Team and the Daily Billfish Release Jackpot. Team Galati took home $30,200.
Team Picante 45 won the Day Two Billfish Release Jackpot and Third Place Billfish Release Points Team. Capt. Daniel Carrera and anglers Jose Antonio, Sud Ramon, Francisco Muniz, Carlos Muniz, Jorge Garcia, Javier Garcia, Francisco Garcia, Pedro Romero, Luis Orantes and Pedro Orantes, from Spain, won a total of $11,500.
In the Tuna Wahoo Dorado Division, Team Reel Gold won the final Daily Dorado Jackpot with a 39.1-pounder caught by Richard Mabon from Alaska, with Capt. Jose Nunez. Teammates Jason Snyder, Austin Snyder, Jeff Snyder, Mayra Batista and Ed Rosol won $9,753.75.
Team Wild Hooker caught a 247-pounder on a 61-foot Blackwell
on the final day to sweep the tuna
daily jackpots. Wild Hooker captain Randy Parker put owner-angler
Allen Stuart Jr. from Louisiana on the 227- and 247-pound tunas, which resulted in winnings of $19,507.50
for the team. Teammates included Kenny Hyatt, Shane Obrien, Charles Bowman, Rolando Gonzales and Chad Herren.
The 2013 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament will take place Oct. 15 through 19, 2013.