CABO SAN LUCAS — Team Chupacabra showed the rest of the sportfishing world a thing or two about big game fishing landing a 326-pound blue marlin plus a 350-pound black on day 2 scoring a total 676 points earning them top team and Captain honors in the 37th Annual Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament.
Chicago-based Team Ten Brothers, however, walked off with the largest winnings overall, $961,518.75, for its three-day angling effort.
Total winnings for all teams in all categories including daily jackpots amounted to $3,255,750.
This year’s fishing tournament – held at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez – 807 anglers on 120 teams accounted for 14 black marlins, 54 blue marlins, 10 striped marlins and one sailfish. The hookup-to-catch conversion rate was 88 percent.
Also of note was the 462-pound black marlin reeled in by Danny Hogan (Wild Hooker).
Vidal Garcia Luna and his Team Tiliches out of Puerto Vallarta reportedly reeled in a 325-pound blue marlin.
All of the fish brought to the scales were donated to Hope for Los Cabos, a charity operated by Jen and David Limpert that helps feed the hungry. The catch amounted to 11,249 pounds or 33,747 meals.
2017 Bisbee Tournament Winners
Ten Brothers $961,518.75
Go Deeper 60 $876,350.00
Wild Hooker $439,987.50
Pocket Aces $39,100.00
Sneak Attack $21,802.50
Chinto Bonito $7,020.00
Photos courtesy Gary Graham