Chinito Bonito crew claims $3 million prize at Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament

Angler Charlie Lee reels in 510-black marlin to win big prize.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — The first Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament without its namesake paid out a large award to an angler who reeled in a 510-pound black marlin on the final day of competition.

Angler Charlie Lee won a prize of $3,004,900 for his 510-pound black marlin catch. The prize far exceeded what Lee previously won at the tournament; his last cash-out was $7,020.

Lee, from San Diego, and his crew caught the marling aboard Chinito Bonito. The prize money was far and away the highest amount of this year’s tournament.

The prize marlin put up a fight for 1 hour and 37 minutes before being boated. Lee and his crew headed back to the tournament base, where they weighed the marlin and confirmed the award.

The next highest prize amount was $544,250 to the crew of 4 Yahoos, which finished in second place.

True Grit won $44,175 for her third place finish. Other awardees were El Suertudo ($65,195 – First Place Release), Overtime ($22,567.50, Second Place Release) and Quitena ($12,537.50 – Third Place Release).

The total payout was $3,693,625. There were 114 teams competing in this year’s event, which was held (as it always is) off the southern tip of Baja California (where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet).

The tournament was somewhat affected by weather, as Hurricane Willa provided rough conditions for anglers early on, but the last day of fishing was reportedly met with calm waters and blue skies. Fishing took place from Oct. 18 to 21.

A memoriam for Bob Bisbee, who died earlier this year, was held on Oct. 22, one day after the tournament.

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