Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament returns to Cabo

LOS CABOS, Mexico—One of the most popular fishing tournaments in the world returns to the cape of Baja California, as the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament will be held at Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Oct. 22-26.

The shotgun start will be on Oct. 23 at 8 a.m., with tournament fishing continuing throughout the day until 5 p.m. All lines must be out of the water by 5 p.m. Fish weighing will take place at Puerto Paraiso Mall from 2-9 p.m. All boats must be in the harbor by 9 p.m. The same schedule will be in place on Oct. 24 and 25.

An awards celebration will be held on Oct. 26. The celebration will be at 6 p.m. at the A.P.I. Cruise Ship Pier. Cocktails and dinner precede a video presentation and benefit concert. There will also be a raffle and silent auction benefiting the Green Scholarship Program and a tagging program.

There were 83 teams and 313 anglers registered for the tournament as of press time. Species up for grabs are blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, Pacific sailfish, spearfish, swordfish and sailfish.

Payouts are $31,000 for the top tournament team, $54, 405 for tournament jackpot and $6,045 for top captain. There are also several daily jackpot prizes available. Chinito Bonito was the top team at last year’s Black & Blue Tournament, followed by 4 Wahoos and True Grit.

Bob Bisbee started Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament in 1981. The tournament’s largest purse ever was in 2006, when the overall cash payout topped out at $4,165,960.

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