|Just one fish for three days in Cabo
NOTE: Gary Graham is covering the event for WON and forwarded this
report from Dave Lear along with his (Graham's) photos this morning. A full report on the
Bisbee's, by Graham, will be in WONEWS next week.
Day Three Ends With No Qualifying
Fish so Frantic Pace gets optional money and wins $2.4 million the event with day 2 fish
By Dave Lear
CABO SAN LUCAS -- When a qualifying fish has to be 300 pounds, you never know what kind of event you are going to get, even with the top billfish anglers and captains scouring the waters off Cabo.
Th weigh-in area saw just one qualifying fish brought in, on the second day, and it was all it took.
The last day of competition for the
32nd annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament concluded Friday (today) and
again no qualifying fish were weighed. In fact, only one qualifier was weighed
for all three days, yet it was a definitely a money fish. The first-time team
aboard Frantic Pace boated a 465-pound blue marlin on Thursday and with
blanks the other two days, the team is now in line to sweep all cash divisions.
If the unofficial results are verified, Frantic Pace would pocket $2.4
million, which really isn’t a bad payday for one day’s worth of work.
During the Bisbee’s Los Cabos
Offshore Tournament last week, two marlin over 500 pounds were weighed, along
with lots of big tuna and dorado. Conventional fishing wisdom would normally
predict that big baits would attract big fish so the prospects of a typical
Black & Blue were expected. Only someone forgot to tell all but one marlin.
Capt. Sammy Talbert, skipper of the Sneak Attack and one of last
week’s winners, didn’t have an answer for the slow pace. The boat did release a
small blue to score in the Release Division.
“I was marking fish today, but they
were all down deep,” Talbert explained while turning in the team release
verification. “They just didn’t want to come to the surface.”
Angler Chris Mott, fishing on Shambala, did weigh a blue
marlin on Friday, but it failed to meet the 300-pound minimum. That fish was
fooled by an orange Hi-5 Petrolero lure in Grid C-5. Actually, all the
qualifying fish in the last couple weeks have been taken on lures rather than
“We even had spinnerbaits, cane
poles and crickets out there and they just weren’t working,” Mott said.
As it stands now, Frantic Pace will be cashing in
at the awards banquet Saturday night at the Puerto Paraiso Mall in downtown
Cabo. Sea Angel, Sneak Attack and Chupacabra are the top
release teams, all with one fish based on time of release.
Thursday's report.. an incredible bit of luck earns the winning fish on second day
The team of Andrea McQuade, Brooks Pierce, Charles Free,
Charles Guastello, Angler, Dave Sanchez and Dennis Milks score a 465-pound blue
marlin on second day of the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tourney, and pick up
first and second day optional money
BY Dave Lear, Bisbee Tournament Correspondent.
CABO SAN LUCAS -- Being
a superstitious lot, anglers often say they’d rather be lucky than good. For
the first-time team aboard Frantic Pace, luck and skill both
came into play today. Angler Dave Sanchez and his crew miraculously boated a
465-pound blue marlin during the second day of the 2012 Bisbee’s Black &
Blue Marlin Tournament after an 80-minute fight and a near-tackle failure. For
their efforts, they stand to earn a cash prize of nearly $1.425 million, or a total of $2.4 million if no qualifying fish are caught the third day, Friday and the optional money rolls back..
“The time in the chair went by really fast,” a tired but
excited Sanchez said at the scales. “That’s my biggest fish ever. But right now
I think I’m ready for a nap.” This is the first time the Kansas City, Missouri
angler has fished the Black & Blue. “I’ll definitely be back again next
year, though,” he promised.
Veteran skippers Josh Temple and Tony Berkowitz were working
the cockpit when the marlin pounced on the Hi-5 black-and-purple Cabo Shaker
lure. As the fish got closer to the bright-orange 52-foot Pacemaker boat, they
realized the heavy snap swivel holding the leader and lure had opened. Temple
gingerly leadered the fish and Berkowitz sank the gaff point home. When the
fish was finally in the cockpit, they discovered the only thing connecting the
line to more than a million dollars worth of marlin was the 1/4-inch bend in
the swivel. The rest of the stout metal wire in the leader was almost straight.
“I’d rather be lucky than good any day,” a grinning Temple
said afterwards. “But that was just a little too close.”
The action offshore definitely picked up Thursday after a
slow start to the 2012 event. The chatter on the tournament radio frequency was
steady throughout the day. But when Frantic Pace was asked when it was coming to the scales after boating the
fish, loud whoops and yells were broadcast throughout the 106-boat fleet. With
no qualifying marlin on the first day, the daily jackpot rolled over to
Thursday. Since it was entered across the board in all cash divisions, Team Frantic
Pace will earn more than $1.422
million for the catch.
This would not be the first million-dollar winner in the
tournament. That honor goes to El Gallo in 2008. Last year Tiger Spirit also landed a marlin that was worth more than
$1 million. Since its inception in 1980 the Black & Blue, the world’s
richest fishing tournament, has awarded more than $55 million in cash prizes.
The final day of fishing starts at 8 a.m. Friday morning off
the famous Los Arcos rock formation in Cabo San Lucas. The daily jackpot for a
team entered across the board is $711,450, another nice payout for the biggest
fish over 300 pounds. On Thursday night, however, the Frantic Pace team is feeling really, really good.
ANGLER, DAVE SANCHEZ
IN center joins teammates for celebratory shot of Don Julio tequila.
FRANTIC PACE won the Bisbee's and $2.4 million with the event's single qualifying fish the second day. WONEWS.COM PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM