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Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’
Over the past decade, it has occurred to me that WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot’s core attraction is not particularly the fishing, the place, or even the parties that are at the root of its remarkable popularity.

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AS TEAMS, MANY many in their team uniforms ranging from t-shirts with serious, humorous and in some cases risqué team names emblazoned on the backs. Photo by Gary Graham


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DURING THE FOUR-DAY event there are various drawings and contests allowing team members to win in many different ways. Photo by Gary Graham


Rather it’s the teams themselves that have become so wrapped up in an infectious camaraderie that they transcend the intense competition. Some, wearing the number of years they have participated included in their logo as their badge of honor — making it a validation of sorts -- and attesting to the fact that they belong to the fraternity of teams that has grown to the largest turnout ever, 168 teams in 2016.


Oct. 31 – Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Marlin Sculpture: After that huge turn-out, a pre-registration has been offered to the first 50 teams who have no roster changes allowing them to avoid the long line of Wednesday afternoon’s registration. Those teams can pre-check in if all their anglers are present to fill out their waivers – (no exceptions) ! They will receive angler packets and team flags only. Swag will be handed out at regular check in on Wednesday.


Of course, since it just happens to be Halloween, the tournament committee couldn’t resist the opportunity to add an additional party. So, if you have nothing else to do on Halloween night you can meet the staff in a casual setting with a live band, no-host BBQ party, held between Capt. Tony's and Solomon's Landing restaurants/bars.


Nov. 1 Wednesday afternoon: Registration 1 to 6:30 p.m.beneath a welcome Baja sun there is always a festive affair setting the tone for the event. As teams, many in their team uniforms ranging from t-shirts with serious, humorous and in some cases risqué team names emblazoned on the backs, move though the line past staff who are finalizing registration and passing out WON swag, then on to the sponsors booths where they receive sponsors’ products. Old friendships are renewed and new friendships are established as the music blares in the background.


The fun begins and the real world is left behind as registration is followed by the Yo-Zuri Welcome Party with tequila shots, free gifts, miscellaneous announcements, announcement of optional amounts, video showing, and drawings begin at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater.


Nov. 2 – Thursday: Costa Shotgun start 7 a.m. at the Cabo Arch. (Start boat is the Cabo Escape leaving IGY fuel dock at 6 a.m.) For $30 each day, the start boat, the Cabo Escape, offers the Costa Charity Party on behalf of SmilesInternationalFoundation.org . There is catered food and drink, including mimosas. A great way for the Team’s family and friends to see the flare gun start before dancing and partying, in the name of charity, prior to returning to the IGY Harbor. Charity raffle tickets for both days’ start boat will be available at the Costa booth from Dave and Amy Bulthuis on Wednesday at check-in.


Gray Taxidermy Weigh-in 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Lines out at 4 p.m. Weigh-in ends at 6 p.m. or when all eligible fish are weighed.


Baja Cantina's Thursday night Fiesta at Maria Corona Restaurant in downtown Cabo. Doors and bar opens and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Mexican buffet dinner and Folklorico entertainment begins at 8 p.m. and at 8:30 staff begins announcements of day's results plus sponsors' drawings.


Nov. 4 – Saturday: Cabo Tuna Jackpot Awards Dinner, on Cruise Line Pier. Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Mariachi music starts at 6 p.m., and dinner is ready at 6:30. Guess the Fish Contest, Silent Auction, Live Auction, and all sponsors tackle drawings begin at 6:30 p.m. -- awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m.


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GRAY TAXIDERMY WEIGH-IN 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Lines out at 4 p.m. Weigh-in ends at 6 p.m. or when all eligible fish are weighed. Photo by Gary Graham


For the uninitiated who have never participated in a Los Cabos Tournament, this event continues to be fine-tuned year after year under the watchful eye of Pat McDonell, Tournament Director, and his staff, to ensure that the “Fish Hard, Party Harder” promise is not overwhelmed by the intense, two-day competition.


Of all the tournaments held in Baja Sur, this is by far one of the most user-friendly. If you and your buddies or family are looking for a soft entry into the world of “Big Fish/Big Money” tournaments, this is a great place to start without breaking the bank … if you get my drift.


Don’t be one of those “woulda’, coulda’, shoulda’” folks who hesitates and misses the time of their lives.


For more info: http://www.loscabostunajackpot.com/2017_coverage/schedule.php


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SHOW US YOUR COSTAS! At boat checks, before the shotgun starts, we see the most creative. Photo by Gary Graham


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