Los Cabos Offshore 2014
After suffering the devastating effects from the worst storm in decades, it’s going to take time for Cabo San Lucas to fully recover. But this sport-fishing mecca took a major step forward this past weekend as the 2014 edition of the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament concluded with 81 boats competing and more than $420,000 in prize money on the line. Even though the bite was slower than normal, anglers and residents alike were upbeat and thankful the event was held.
Category 4 Hurricane Odile slammed into the tip of Baja less than a month ago and for a while it was doubtful there would be water and electricity, let alone a fishing tournament. “You’re going to hear a common theme for the next week,” Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee told the assembled group at Sunday night’s awards celebration at the Baja Cantina Playa Restaurant on Medano Beach. “We know it was difficult to get here with flights and all, but on behalf of my family and all these people here in Cabo, thank you very much for making that effort and showing up. Cabo really needed these tournaments to kick-start the economy and we’re very appreciative you made it. So give yourselves a round of applause for making it happen.”
Even though some large marlin were lost, the catch-and-release action was steady, yet only one billfish that met the 300-pound minimum weight was brought to the scales. Angler Fernando Guzman, fishing aboard Los Rudos, landed his first marlin on Saturday after it ate a live cabellito bait. The 322-pounder earned Guzman and his team a payday of $50,400.
Team CatchFishCabo.com was the other big winner this year. With a combination of the top tuna in the game fish division, anglers Paul DeLuca and Erik Esteves recorded two yellowfin weighing 69.6 and 60.7 pounds, respectively, to sweep the daily game fish jackpots. No qualifying dorado (30-pounds plus) were weighed either day. The team, fishing aboard Deep Color, earned a check totaling $127,100 for the pair of yellowfin.
Galilea won top release boat honors for 2014. The team released two blues and one striped marlin over the weekend. Sasquatch was second in releases and scored the most quantity with six striped marlin and one sailfish landed. Loose Crew was 2014’s third-place release team with a black and blue marlin to its credit. The teams all earned Costa sunglasses for releasing the most billfish.
Overall, the 81 competing teams recorded 25 blue marlin, 45 stripers, seven sailfish and one black marlin during this year’s event. Long known as the “Little Bisbee’s,” the LCO serves as a warm-up for the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, which gets underway today.
Now in its 34th year and recognized as the richest sport-fishing tournament in the world, the B&B will have an expected field of 110 boats or more. Fishing begins Wednesday, October 22, and continues through Friday. Like its predecessor, it is a major accomplishment the B&B is being held in the aftermath of Odile.
But here in Cabo San Lucas, life and the tournaments are moving forward.
By Capt. Dave Lear