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Friday, November 03, 2017
Day Two 2017 Los Cabos Live Update
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Split Decision! A Tale of Two Brothers


WON Tuna Jackpot's Dramatic Final Day
biggest fish that won cash
BIG ENOUGH FOR BIG BUCKS -- The Tequila Teasers weighed in this fat 239-pound yellowfin early in Day Two and held on to the lead in every option then entered, and they entered enough to win $132,800.

Another crazy day of big
fish stories, joy, heartache

BY RICH HOLLAND
Special to Western Outdoor News

CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS (Nov. 3, 2017) -- The much anticipated showing of cow yellowfin on the second day of the 19th Annual Western Outdoor News Cabo Tuna Jackpot had a promising start, a stirring finish and some bitter disappointment all mixed into three hours at the Gray Taxidermy Weigh Station. 

The very first fish was a beautiful 248 pounder, an excellent start yet worth absolutely nothing as far as cash goes, since team was not entered in the daily jackpots and even third place in the overall Tuna Jackpot was an out of reach 260 pounder from the first day. 

So when Mark Rayor pulled the Vaquera up to the IGY docks across from the Tesoro, that meant his team's fish still had an open playing field on the options board. They immediately set a solid standard with a 239-pound yellowfin tuna that would hold on for the entire day and take the $500, $1000, $2000 and $3000 daily pots. 

Not that we didn't see one studly 200 pounder after another and nearing the end of the day wishful thinking had them all looking like the one that would top Rayor and his Tequila Teasers team.

Meanwhile a boat claimed the $5000 with a tuna less than 100 pounds, a boat came in across the board with 98 pounder and for a long while held both the $5000 and $10,000 dailies. 

Along the way a 36.9-pound wahoo caught by the What A Journey team withstood many challenges, including a 36.8-pound 'hoo, when finally it appeared their luck had run out. Weighmaster Billy Egan announced a weight of 41 pounds for a wahoo and the crowd erupted. Only problem was the team didn't enter the $1000 wahoo/dorado optional, so the fish was not eligible for the cash. 

It was getting late, dark and somehow hotter as the afternoon entered the final stretch and that's when Overtime came and flexed their across the board muscle with a 181-pound tuna an took over the top end dailies. 

But the docks were crowded with boats still and there were definitely big fish out there that made the 6 p.m. cutoff, and maybe some big fish that didn't as family friends tried to follow up on the cell phone calls they received from anglers. 

Look, it's a really long story and you'll see more here and every detail in the next issue of Western Outdoor News, just know that Reel Quest and Wild Hookers, both weighed big tuna. And they tied with identical 195-pound tuna. And there's more to it than that...but it's necessary to mention that two other, bigger, much bigger, fish also were brought to the docks...too late. 

More later. Buenos noches and thanks to our many great sponsors in attendance: Costa, Okuma, Yo-Zuri, Pisces Fishing Fleet, Solomon's, Gricelda Smokehouse, AWS, Seaguar, IGY, Cabo Cigar and Fishworks.
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