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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
In the Blink of an Eye


Fiestas Tradicionales San José, 2018
Recently, I took a last-minute trip to Los Cabos and my long-time friend Lynn Rose suggested Posada Real, a hotel owned by a friend of hers Guillermo Cepeda, which was located a mile or so outside of San Jose del Cabo along a stretch of beach commonly called Hotel Row fronting the Sea of Cortez.

I usually have my home away from home, the Roadtrek, which I have been known to park overnight on a surface street for convenience in lieu of an RV park if there are none in the area.


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ALL OF THIS plus the property is located right on the beach overlooking the Sea of Cortez with both a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.


I decided to give the hotel a try for my three-day stay as I was attending one of the Copa Campeones Calisureños Baja Tournaments series based at the Puertos Los Cabos Marina. It was conveniently located, almost a straight shot via the toll road that runs behind the airport.


Turning onto the Paseo Malecon, the street where the Posada Real was located,it appeared to be filled with huge, multi-story hotels shielding the Sea of Cortez from view and I regretted that I didn’t have my Roadtrek. The Google map voice directed me toward my destination, which, thankfully, was tucked between the first two huge hotels.


A friendly security guard directed me to the lobby of the small, authentic 152-room Mexican hotel that, as it turned out, has been in the Cepeda family since 1997 … a rarity these days and perfect for my short stay. Plus, it was an ideal location, close to the marina at Puertos los Cabos.


I attended the registration at Puertos Los Cabos Marina for the “Torneo de Pesca Deportiva Fiestas Tradicionales”– a qualifying event for CONAPESCA’s Gran Final held every August in Loreto. It was one day of fishing, targeting wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dorado.


Registrations began at 2 p.m. with a steady stream of teams arriving to sign-up and look at some of the various sponsors’ products on display until the 8 p.m. close.


It was a great opportunity for me to catch up with some of the teams I had met last August at the Gran Final along with meeting more teams that entered this event; as well as seeing sponsor products. By the time registration closed at 8, 39 teams had signed up, according to my amigo Clicerio Mercado, tournament coordinator.


Sunday morning at 7, teams departed from both Puertos Los Cabos and IGY Marina at Cabo San Lucas. There were simultaneous flare-gun starts coordinated by VHF radios.


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ALL AFTERNOON, TEAMS arrived and weighed their catches.


All afternoon, teams arrived, weighing their catches, then joining in the impromptu fiesta with mariachis providing the background music as many other teams awaited the 4 o’clock closing.


Some of the family members of the teams swam in the cove and others fished from the channel jetty. Still other spectators huddled around with handheld VHF radios and cell phones that buzzed with reports of fish landed in all three categories.


The lead in the dorado and tuna divisions changed as heavier fish were brought to the scale. Teams held their breath as fish in each category were brought to be weighed. As the weights were shouted out, they were greeted with either cheers or groans by winning and losing teams.


The yellowfin tuna division was the cliffhanger, with the final tuna of the day clinching the win with a weigh-in of a 44.9-pounder by Captain Carlos Beltran Colzessus aboard the Feeling Azul. The two heaviest fish in the other two categories were a dorado at 19.7-pounds and a wahoo at 21.3-pounds.


A specially prepared fish buffet of ceviche and fish tacos made from the teams’ catches was served to the anglers and their families.


If you are looking for an opportunity to participate in a genuine “grassroots-style,” no frills Mexican sportfishing tournament, participate in one of the Baja Sur Tournament Series events listed. I promise you will make new friends; plus, you never know, you may win an invitation to participate in the “Gran Final” held in Loreto next August. Hope to see your team there!


Posada Real turned out to be a real find for a variety of reasons: First and foremost, it is very economical with attractive rates including meals and liquor if you chose. It’s centrally located – within walking distance of town – and a short cab ride away from the Puertos Las Cabos Marina for fishing. All of this plus the property is located right on the beach overlooking the Sea of Cortez with both a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.


List of Winners

70 Torneo de Pesca Deportiva

Fiestas Tradicionales San José, 2018

Yellowfin Tuna

1st Place $49,000 pesos

Team Name: Feeling Azul Weight: 44.2 pounds

2nd Place Pass to the Grand Final

Team Name: Alejandra

3rd Place Pass to the Grand Final

Team Name: El Anzuelo

Dorado

1st Place $48,000 pesos

Team Name: Los Indecisos Weight: 19.7 pounds

2nd Place Pass to the Grand Final

Team Name: Casa Panga

3rd Place Pass to the Grand Final

Team Name: Jaqueline

Wahoo

1st Place $48,000 pesos

Team Name: Hook Up

Weight: 21.3 pounds


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IF YOU ARE looking for an opportunity to participate in a genuine “grassroots-style,” no frills Mexican sportfishing tournament, participate in one of the Baja Sur Tournament Series events listed.

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