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Van Wormer Wahoo Tournament Attracts Crowd

Calm seas greeted the 44 teams of 147 anglers August 26 as they waited for the flare of the shotgun start for the first Wahoo Gold Cup.

Most teams were counting on either their information gathered by pre-fishing or word of mouth from others on which way to go … up or down the Baja coast or in some cases straight out.

The sun peeped from behind the glowing clouds as the flare soared toward the horizon and the teams sped off in different directions, hoping for a winning wahoo or at the least, the largest dorado or tuna for bragging rights.

VHF radios crackled that morning as captains conversed among themselves. Some reported missed fish, while others confirmed catches. Most said little, not wanting to give away their location or size of their catch. By mid-morning, the wind had picked up and a few white caps could be seen on the horizon.

Back at the weigh station, the tournament crew was rushing around, completing final preparations as rumors of teams headed for the scales were becoming a reality.

Spectators crowded around as 13 of the 25 wahoo that had been reported caught were brought to the scale before closing along with a yellowfin tuna and two dorado.

Later that evening, following dinner, a raffle and introductions, the recognition and awards were presented to the winning teams.

“Congratulations to all the anglers! It was an amazing 2017 Wahoo Gold Cup and we hope to see all of you again next year for the second Annual Wahoo Gold Cup on August 25, 2018,” exclaimed Eddie Dalmau of Vanwormer Resorts.

wahoo cup3rd Place Wahoo Weight: 33.1-pounds Team #: 2 Angler’s Name: Joey Wyonan Boat Name: Miss Petunia

2nd Place Wahoo Weight: 38.7-pounds Team #: 23 Angler’s Name: TJ Rosenberg Boat Name: Anzuelo

1st Place Wahoo Winner of the 2017 VW Go l and cash prize of $13,200 (pre-tax) Weight: 55.5-pounds Team #: 42 Angler’s Name: Sergio Daniel Sandoval Boat Name: Flecha Recta

Winner of the $200, $300, $500, & $1,000 Jackpots Team #: 42
Angler Names: Sergio Daniel Sandoval, Jose Francisco Gonzalez, Jesus Guadalupe Gonzalez & Francisco Javier Cota
Boat Name: Flecha Recta Weight: 55.5-pounds
Total amount of $23,630. (pre-tax)

Largest Dorado Weight: 17.2-pounds Team #: 24 Angler’s Name: Glen Groh Boat Name: Ju-Kate

Largest Tuna Weight: 75.4 -pounds Team #: 10 Angler’s Name: Luis Zuniga Boat Name: Mi Sueno

Total Jackpot Money $23,630.

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Gary Graham, the BD Outdoors Baja Editor, has more than five decades fishing experience off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. From light tackle and fly up to offshore marlin fishing, Gary has experienced all facets of this fishery. He's set several fly-fishing world records and in his first year as a member of the Tuna Club of Avalon, he received more angling awards than any other first-year member in the club's 109-year history. He's been involved with many California angling clubs and is the Baja California Representative for the International Game Fish Association. 
Gary's a conservationist as well as a writer and photographer. In addition to two books on saltwater fly-fishing, hundreds of his articles and photographs have appeared in publications around the world. Graham has devoted his life to finding new fisheries and developing new techniques — all of which he shares through his guiding, speaking, photography and writing.