The three Bisbee family tournaments wrapped up another record-breaking year as all three 2020 events offered from $1 million to over $4 million while conforming with Government-dictated COVID-19 protocols in Cabo San Lucas.
The East Cape Offshore finished August 7th with 72 teams and had a total payout of $1,110,050, the largest payout in its history.
The Los Cabos Offshore marlin tournament crushed both attendance records and the total amount of payout, awarding eight of the 128 participating teams with 769 anglers from around the world $1,457,000, breaking the astonishing $1 million plateau for the second year in a row.
LCO TOTAL PRIZE MONEY
Sporty Game $837,816.00
Pocket Aces $293,544.00
True Grit $138,760.00
Knot Workin! $85,000.00
Sea Angel $20,655.00
Will 2 Win $10,080.00
The recently-completed Black & Blue, the richest billfish tournament in the world ending October 24, attracted 127 teams and 883 anglers competing for a total payout of $4,649,350 million.
During the three-day event, the conditions changed dramatically as the sea temps soared to an unseasonable 90-degrees. Not only did teams have to contend with sea currents that changed erratically each day but they also had to deal with very rough conditions on the Pacific side.
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. The bottom line was that there were no qualifiers brought to the weigh-station during the 3-day event.
John Dominic, a well-known local angler put it very succinctly, “There were several fish that were hooked and lost every day that could have changed this narrative altogether. However, that’s fishing!”
Winning Release Teams
The First Place Team: Shoe won $62,985 along with trophies.
Second Place winner: Team Overtime took home $21,802 along with their trophies.
Third Place Winning Team in the Release Category: Carpe Diem team members received a check for $12,112 along with trophies.
All participating teams will be refunded their unclaimed prize money.