Team Chupacabra wins 37th annual Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament

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.

37th Bisbee's Black and Blue TournamentOne of the most notable catches of the tournament was a 569-pound black marlin reeled in by Bill McWethy and his crew aboard C-Bandit.

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

Team                                    Winnings

Ten Brothers                          $961,518.75

Go Deeper 60                        $876,350.00

C-Bandit                                 $764,966.25

Wild Hooker                          $439,987.50

Chupacabra                           $69,907.50

Fastball                                  $62,985.00

Pocket Aces                           $39,100.00

Sneak Attack                         $21,802.50

Eugene                                   $12,112.50

Chinto Bonito                       $7,020.00

Total                                    $3,255,750

Photos courtesy Gary Graham

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