Suddenly, Captain Luis threw the throttle back and we nearly stopped cold. That can mean there’s a marlin on the surface and we were excitedly scanning the sea when he was shouting “Tortuga, Tortuga” and pointing portside. Holy massive Leatherback Turtle!
So what would happen in 2020 of course? A 310-pound yellowfin tuna was landed only three days after the Tournament. The Captain was Francisco Castillo, known locally as “Gachi” and the catch was aboard his Super panga “Regina 2,” a 26-footer. Angler Mike Witoshynsky landed the fish on the outer Gordo Banks close to San Jose del Cabo.
“Let Er’ Ride”, “Double Down”, “Give Me Another Shot At That Money” or whatever you want to call it…” Wayne Bisbee
While there were stripers, sailfish, and smaller blues released, teams struggled to find a winning fish that would meet the 300-pound minimum. Each day there were reports of hooking and ultimately losing fish that would have exceeded 300 pounds.
In the second event of the year, the Los Cabos Offshore marlin tournament shattered both attendance records and the total payout amount. The two-day event awarded eight of the 127 participating teams with its 769 anglers from around the world $1,457,000, breaking the enviable MILLION-DOLLAR mark for the second year in a row throughout its 20-year history.
The Bisbee’s LCO Tournament takes place each October in Cabo preceding the largest tournament held in Baja Sur each year – the Bisbee Black & Blue scheduled October 20 – 24, 2020.
The ongoing Pandemic has affected all activities including the Registration and the Weigh Station which were both moved to the API Cruise Ship Pier.
The marlin showed up here at Magdalena Bay– 36 over the last two days with only two anglers, who also swam with them much of the time. There was also a whole bunch of dorado. The marlin are far out still but large numbers of them…Toby Magbay Lodge
The most productive fishing this week was between San Jaime (more so for billfish) and the Pacific side in general for dorado from 5 to 20 miles up the Coast. Only a few boats headed to the Iman and some areas of the East Cape. Water temperatures are still high, reaching temps between 84 degrees and 87 degrees F.
Of great interest and excitement to larger sport fishers and yachts is the recently discovered offshore fishery that is out of reach of the traditional panga fleets in Loreto, That area has produced extraordinary large game fishing, i.e., yellowfin tuna, black, blue, and striped marlin, as well as swordfish that no one believed existed until recently.
They watched in awe as a huge blue marlin frantically tried to shake loose their heavy black and red, foot-long marlin lure from where the hook was implanted firmly in the corner of the giant’s jaw as it tail-walked its way toward the horizon.
Angler Cole Schwartz from Garden City TX with his 5 foot Dorado 49 lbs on Pisces 42’ Sea Señora – they caught another 5 10-20-pounds.