Wild Hooker Wins Los Cabos Offshore

Last-day catch earns $263,951 for Texas group

Wild Hooker wins 2016 Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
The Wild Hooker team celebrates its win in the Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament.Courtesy Danny Matthews Photography

Wild Hooker won the Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament in Mexico's Cabo San Lucas thanks to a 450-pound black marlin caught Sunday, Oct. 16, the last day of the two-day tournament.The Texas-based team won $263,951, from the top tournament entry and all three Day Two optional billfish jackpots.

Go Naked caught a 391-pound blue Saturday to win the second-place tournament and optional jackpot categories, earning the team $235,034. The Nice Ride team won $8,505 after finishing third, with a 366-pound blue.

Sea Angel wins release category at Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
Sea Angel caught five billfish to win the Release Division.Gary Graham

In the Release Division, Sea Angel released four blue marlin and one striped marlin, good for 1,300 points and $50,830. Team Galati followed in second-place, earning, $17,595, while Pocket Aces finished third for $9,775.

“I’m just blown away by how much this event has grown over these past few years in the number of boats and prize money,” said Wayne Bisbee, the tournament director, after the conclusion of Sunday’s awards banquet at the Maria Corona Restaurant. “We’ve come a long way in a few short years.”

Go Naked second place at Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
Go Naked finished second at the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament with a 391-pound blue marlin on the first day.Graham

Thousands of pounds of the weighed fish were donated to the Feeding Los Cabos Kids charity, which provides high-protein meals through support centers in the local barrios.

The event is the second in a series of three Bisbee’s events in the Baja California Sur. The East Cape Offshore, with a similar billfish/game fish format, is held each summer at the Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort. The Black and Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament, the richest fishing event in the world, also just concluded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

boat at Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
Boats hit the water in the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament.Capt. Dave Lear
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament Nice Ride third place
Nice Ride finished third overall and won won $8,505.Gary Graham
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament Team Galati third place
Team Galati finished second in the Release Division and won $17,595.Gary Graham
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament tuna daily
The Pocket Aces team finished third in the Release Division.Gary Graham
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament tuna daily
North Star won the Tuna Daily prize, worth more than $35,000.Gary Graham
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament awards
Sin Duda combined the Top Tuna category plus a tuna daily for a big payout.Gary Graham
Los Cabos Offshore Tournament awards
Sea Fever won the Top Dorado category plus both daily jackpots for close to $100,000.Gary Graham