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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Day One Big Fish Tuna Jackpot Craziness
Friday, November 03, 2017
Day Two 2017 Los Cabos Live Update


Costa Party Boat Sends Off Day Two Teams!
largest event in cabo this season's boats head out
WILL EPIC YELLOWFIN BITE hold up for the 147 boats (most of any Cabo tournament this season!) headed out for the final day of WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot Competition?

Will Epic Yellowfin Bite Hold Up
and Challenge 338 for Championship?

BY RICH HOLLAND
SPECIAL TO WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS

Okay, we're just a couple hours from the scales opening and the crazy thing is that while we have already notched two tuna over 300 pounds (topped by a 338-pound fish) during the first day of fishing, there is a very good chance the Sea of Cortez could produce even bigger fish during this last day of competition during the Western Outdoor News Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament.

Most teams must have had the Cortez in mind, as close to two-thirds of the 147 boats that headed out this morning chose to edge towards Cabeza de Ballena as 7 a.m. and the start flare approached and then make a beeline towards the promised land of the Gordo Banks once the official start time came. It was easily the most lopsided division of boats this reporter has ever seen in many years of covering Cabo events. 

Why not, especially when the fish were biting early and we saw the Estrella del Norte's 338 ( anglers James Rosenwald, Victor Locklin, Luis Roberto Beltran Cazessus), the Zorro's 264 (Come and Take It anglers Keith Gelfand, Shauni Gelfand, Arthur Diestel, Mitchell McKerlie), and the Hook Up's 260 (Indio, California anglers Noe Martin Castro Espinoza, Pablo Acevedo, Juan Aceves and Monique Acevedo) all arrive the moment the Gray Taxidermy Weigh Station opened!

rockin wranglers show us Costas
Giving it their best riff to make a stunning final impression, the Tejas Tuna Anglers rock out on the second morning's start. 

Tropical clouds and the mugginess that arrived with them late on the first day had moved on by dawn and the morning was hot and calm, although the breeze was up from the Pacific by the time fishing started and the Costa Start Party Boat turned back to the famous Cabo Arch for more eye openers, dancing, breakfast and the much anticipated drawing for lots of Costa sunglasses. 

Boats have to come near the start boat to make sure their team number is registered (or else they are disqualified) and that makes for great photos and an excellent chance for team members to greet their supporters on the Cabo Escape, which a fantastic venue for a floating party, what with a funny, hip emcee, a dance music DJ and a staff quick to bring more beverages. 

another winner of Costa sunglasses
Another happy winner of Costa sunglasses during the Costa Start Boat Party aboard the Cabo Escape. Recognize the background? Something archly familiar about it. 

The Cabo Escape is an even better platform for Costa's Dave Bulthuis to execute his weighty duties as the judge of the Show Us Your Costas! contest, a slick idea that has grown into monstrous proportions during the last few years of the WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot. 

costa dave with arch
A great backdrop for giving away Costa sunglasses! Dave Bulthuis of Costa doing what he does best. 

Teams go to great lengths to sway Dave, so much so that he has expanded the possible awards to three places. The winners will be announced at Saturday night's tournament awards dinner on the cruise ship pier. 

To top it all off, all the money from the Costa Start Boat Party ($30 per person each day) goes to Smiles International, a charity that funds local surgeries for children with cleft palates. 

Team 69 Reel Tuna Hookers best dressed
REEL TUNA HOOKERS is the name for Team 69 on the Jen Wren in the 2017 WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot and they have already walked away with the Baja Cantina/Fishworks Best Dressed award.

Smiles International is the main charity of the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot and was also a big part of the Thursday night Fiesta at the Maria Corona restaurant and folklorico dance show. A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the Baja Cantina/Fishworks Best Dressed Contest. 

With a Halloween costume party added to this year's event, it was even tougher for Tournament Director Pat McDonell to make a choice, but he declared that the Reel Tuna Hookers, whose Team 69 is fishing on the Jen Wren, were the clear winners, attributing the award in part to the large following of similarly garbed supporters the team had in tow at all the Tuna Jackpot venues. 
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