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A Little Bit about Cabo Fishing

Take a stroll around the Cabo San Lucas Marina late afternoon or early evening and observe the hundreds of fish flags flying from the charter and private boats.

Yes, hundreds of flags.  The fall fishing season is hot.  All fishing expedition companies are reporting an unusually large amount of fish in the warm waters surrounding Cabo.  Not only are the smaller species in evidence, such as Dorado and Wahoo, but the large bill fish are appearing.  Recently, a 100 pound marlin was boated in an open panga.

The increased fish activity is good news to the participants and observers of the upcoming Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin Tournament.  Billed as the richest billfish tournament in the world, with the most million dollar winners, an expected 200 teams will compete for four million dollars in prizes.

The entry fee for this tournament is $5000 U.S. or $63,100 U.S. per team.  There are no limits on size or number of boats and both private and charter boats are welcome.  The target species is the Black or Blue Marlin with a modified release format.  Black or Blue Marlin must weigh 300 pounds to qualify.  Any Black or Blue brought in under that weight will result in a penalty for the team.

The Bisbee started in 1981 with 6 teams and $10.000 U.S. cash awards.  Last year 94 teams participated with 485 anglers resulting in $1,926,715 U.S. in cash awards.  The highest overall purse was $4, 165,960 U.S.

But the Bisbee is not just all about fishing; it has become one of the major social events of Cabo San Lucas.  October 19th is registration day when the teams will check in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall.  The excitement is high.  The atmosphere is electric anticipating the days to come.  The marina becomes a street fair with booths selling their wares or information on life in Cabo.  Most of the local charities are represented and anglers and guests are seen on the marina greeting friends and announcing to one and all “We’re going to win it this year!”

The local population flocks to the marina to join in the festivity.  Food and drink are to be found everywhere.  This is the place to be on the afternoon of October 19th.

The following morning at 8 a.m. the tournament officially begins with the famous shot gun start.  The shot gun start is a mighty sight to behold.  BANG and all 200 boats will head out of the harbor to the spot they know the big fish is waiting.

Cabo San Lucas is fortunate to have captured some of the winners of this famous tournament as part time residents.  Having encountered a representative of Cabo San Lucas Real Estate, they were well prepared to use their winnings to purchase their dream get away.  Now fishing is not just the time of the Bisbee but any time of the year. 

Many former participants return year after year even though they no longer fish the tournament.  They will be seen on the marina at the Kick-Off Cocktail Party and every day as the boats come in with hope that they have the winning fish. These same aficionados of the billfish sport will be watching the shot gun start from the terrace of their villa or balcony of their hotel room.  But they will not miss this important event!!

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:26 AM by Nick Fong

Comments

katherine said:

want to live & work in Cabo, how is the economy? how is the timeshare business doing are the resorts hiring? love your condo @ Mananas love that area...how safe for single woman to drive down with some furniture...never entered fish contest have been around during all the fun

# October 19, 2010 4:13 PM

nick said:

the economy is definitely better than 2009.  we still aren't back to what it was 2-3 years ago but people are making a living again in cabo.  very safe drive down the baja but as anywhere it is advisable to travel with someone else.  the resorts are hiring for good timeshare sales people and many will train you too.  

# October 19, 2010 4:42 PM
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