| A lucky Jackpot in 13th year
This one is
in the books and as director of the Cabo Tuna Jackpot I could not have asked for a better
tournament, because I was damn nervous about it being the 13TH
ANNUAL Jackpot. Scary stuff during Halloween week.
There was such a
great vibe all week. There was the
great Cabo Magic
team story with Cindy and Orville Henseler who won the event with a 213 pounder after deciding to come down on a bucket list decision after an industrial accident a little over a year ago claimed Orville's leg. They just said, things can really change in a moment, and let's go to the Tuna Tournament! Amazing story too of a 4 hour, 55-minute battle by Oroville, and he wanted to gaff the fish, too. They weren't in the optionals, just the overall with the $800 entry, so they didn't win a lot of money, but so what! They were thrilled, and so was everyone else.
Then there was the $17,000 raised for charity with the help of Costa and Seaguar reps in Cabo and all the anglers. The money, every dime, is divided between two Cabo children's charities. And...and the weather and fishing
was superb all week. Even I got to fish a few days before the event got busy for me. I fished with friends. Nothing big, but all good fun on small tuna and dorado on the light tackle.
But oh brother did the fishing for tuna ever go off on 100- to 200-pound
fish the second day when 23 tuna over 100 and three over 200 came to the scales
before a crowd that had grown larger each hour. The tournament had 28 tuna over
100 pounds come to the scales. It was a busy two days at the scale with 17
teams weighing in Day 1 and 26 teams weighing in the second day.
Was it the most dramatic
one-day weigh-in the event’s 13-year history? Yes. There must have been 500
people watching and yelling (and holding their breaths) as team True VII brought their fish to the scale at
the 11th hour. It was because True VII was across the board in the tuna optionals. The fish, a pound
heavier than Bottomline’s 205 pounder, was a crushing blow for four teams that were clinging to
cash on the leader board.
optional), Bill Collector ($500/$2,000 optionals ), Wild Hooker ($3,000 and $5,000), and Maybe
Manana ($10,000 optional)
had to watch as the scale read 206 pounds, and in a mere second the $158,520 in
all those optionals was swept away from four teams and into the True VII team’s pockets. That left only the wahoo/dorado optional money of $36,000 for Reina de Wahoo and the overall money for the champions on Cabo
Magic to lay claim
All told, eight teams won money this year. The record for the event is nine money winning teams, from last year. Consider this: Had True VII not come in with that 206 pounder, there
would have been 11 teams in the money this year.
stories and photos in WON, on this site and on Facebook (see the link at www.loscabostunajackpot.com) and just take a lesson from our 2011 champions Orville and
Cindy Henseler on Cabo Magic who decided life is fragile and capricious, and there’s no
better time to than the present to make every second count.
Here's some more info on the event, and the 2012 tournament...
VIDEO ON YOU TUBE
but Cabo Tuna Jackpot video from our official videographer Ervin Witt of Gringo
Gazette TV will be up on You Tube within a few weeks of the end of the event,
or by Turkey Day. All facets of the event were filmed and the video will be,
like all You Tube video — free to
link to and watch. Enjoy! As time
goes on, more videos will be posted by teams.
Year’s Event: Nov. 7-11, 2012
for the 14th annual Cabo Tuna Jackpot. It’s planned, as always, for
the first Wednesday through Saturday of November, so this year the tourney will
be staged AFTER Halloween and after the elections, Nov. 7-11. There will be NO major schedule changes, although
check-in may be held at the new Wyndham Hotel pool now under construction,
salsa party may be added, as well as a special charity champagne charter on the start boat Oceanus the second day for ladies who are
not fishing. We’re always looking for ways to have more fun.
The cost to
enter will not change, $800 for a team of up to four anglers, plus
jackpots. A new entry form will be
created soon, so watch for it in the coming weeks.
company is interested in sponsoring the tournament next year and even attend
the tourney, please contact WON’s Chuck Buhagiar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McDonell is director of the Cabo Tuna Jackpot. He can be contacted at
MAKE IT HAPPEN!
was charity or for helping build welcome bags for anglers, donating prizes,
sponsoring parties or bringing down prizes for drawings, TUNA JACKPOT SPONSORS
make it happen for the tuna tourney.
sponsors were John, Cindy and Evelyn
Boyer of Eat Me Lures, Pam Lorenz of WIN-Team investments, Steve Tagami
and Tom Kurtz of Mustad products, John Devries and Jerry Benedicto of Seaguar
fluro and super braid lines, George Large of Yo-Zuri lures and monofilament,
Jeff Gammons of Terrafin satellite imaging maps, Scott and Tracy Lipsett of
Reactor watches, and Ed
Teschernoscha of Baja Fish Gear.
companies unable to attend were
Yamaha, Global fish mounts, Kingfisher Lodge in Alaska, Plano tackle
boxes, Avet reels, Calstar rods,
Lowrance, and Let’s Talk Hookup.
on-site at the event were Tracy and Marco Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet and their
staff, Jose Luis Cruz and Rafael
Sanchez Navarro of the Wyndham Hotel, the entire staff of the Marina Cabo San
Lucas, National Rental Car, Brian and Dawn Solomon of Solmon’s Landing
Restaurent, Dorrane Pacheco and
Salvador Rico of the Puerto Paraiso Mall, Dale and Grace Cote of Dreammaker Charters, and Hector Ojeda
of Ruth’s Cris Steakhouse.
Get the details
supplement has all the information on the event with most of the photos, but if
you’d like to download photos, see more of them, sign up for next year, link
up to video taken during the event and even sign up for next year’s event to
get that special number (7 is taken), there are three ways to go online.
official website of the Tuna Jackpot at www.loscabostunajackpot.com has video links, sponsors links, a
schedule for next year, archived stories and results, and downloadable gallery
photos to see and pull off.
WON website www.wonews.com is the place to
sign-up for 2012 via credit card by going to “events” and scrolling down. At
this point, you can sign up for the team portion at $800 to secure your team
number. And, on the wonews.com home page, you can check the Cabo Tuna Jackpot
blog (click on see all blogs if it’s not showing at the top) for any breaking
The Cabo Tuna Jackpot Facebook site
(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Cabos-Tuna-Jackpot/166153743473431) is a
great spot to read about the event and comment. You can go to the
www.loscabostunajackpot.com site and click on the link/logo on the right side.