Team “El Suertudo” won top dollar at the 20th Annual Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore fishing tournament with a 381-pound blue marlin caught in the first hours of the first day.
The $619,800 was the largest payout in the history of the event, according to tournament director Wayne Bisbee. The total prize payout for all categories in the big game fishing tournament was $771,599.50.
Sixty-five boats with 260 anglers competed during the two-day event in Baja California’s Sea of Cortez.
The winning blue marlin was caught by team member Bruce McDonald in 21 minutes. Team “El Suertudo,” from Southern California, is a frequent big game fishing tournament participant and money winner, acknowledged Bisbee.
Other winners included Team “Carajos” from Sinaloa, Mex., with four blue marlin $6,587 for 3rd place in the Release Division; Team “Tag Team,” Southern California, $11,087.50, four marlin for 2nd place in the Release Division; and Team “Second Wind,”, $34,255 for 1st place with three blue marlin and four striped marlin in the Release Division.
The Day One Tuna Jackpot went to Team “Snafu” with a 50.8-pound yellowfin worth $18,275. The Day Two Tuna Jackpot went to Team “Hotel Buenavista” with a 60.8-pound fish worth $31,395. Day Two winning angler was Esaul Valdez of the host Buenavista Beach Resort Hotel while his brother Felipe won Day One.
The tourney’s biggest dorado (mahi-mahi) was a 34-pound fish caught by Team “Los Compadres,” Los Barriles, BCS, worth $50,200.