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Thursday, August 09, 2018
Some things old and some things new
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Old school…


2018 Gran Final a CLIFFHANGER
After dropping my gear at La Mision, we headed for an unexpected, second event which was a surprise addition to my two-day itinerary — the 26th Annual Tourneo Pesca, Reglamento de Poyas by Club de Caza Tiro Y Pesca based at the Hotel Desert Inn at the waterfront at the north end of Loreto, B.C.S.

This unique affair attracts many families in search of a weekend holiday who call home the area in and around Santo Domingo Valle in the municipality of Comondú del Estado de B.C.S.


Standing in line, many teams in their matching, custom t-shirts were cautiously optimistic as they paid their entry, receiving tournament t-shirts along with authentic “farmers’ straw hats” that seemed appropriate.


Many participants had traveled from the U.S. to enter the event, and regardless of their Spanish or English language skills, local and visiting anglers alike seemed to be able to communicate on common ground — “fish-speak.”


Saturday morning when the roosters began to crow, followed by the distant chiming of bells (perhaps from the tower of the Loreto Mission), 52 teams were at the starting line aboard assorted pangas and other trailered boats waiting for the audible pop of the multiple flare guns to be fired, not in distress but signaling the beginning of the day’s fishing.


A gaggle of local and visiting dignitaries were eagerly watching as the boats roared off into the Sea of Cortez hoping to find a dorado large enough to put the anglers in the winner’s circle, earning them the right to do it all over again in Sunday’s event as well.


While the teams searched for the large dorado in hopes of gaining entry in the next event, another set of teams who had already earned their invitation to compete in the “Grand Final” of the serial "Dos Mares 2018," waited to register for the Sunday fish-off.


When registration opened at noon, there was a line of teams eager to plunk their entry fee money down as well as the monies for various jackpots offered. Throughout the afternoon, the crowd of spectators and registered teams mingled as they were entertained by local musicians, dance troupes and comedians in what seemed more like a fiesta than a registration. Later that evening, it merged into a Captains Meeting conducted by Gonzalo Alamea, Tournament Director, Dos Mares 2018.


The rules were lengthy, and changes included a redrawn grid, a requirement to report the location of any hook-ups, and a rule eliminating any boats with three outboards and/or inboards from entering the tournament. There was little discussion about the rule changes and the meeting went smoothly.


Long before sunup on Sunday, the 115 teams that entered began gathering off the entrance jetty to the marina. At precisely 6:30-a.m. by the rockets’ red glare, the fleet went their way.


Many appeared to head into the sunrise. Rumor had it that the larger dorado caught on Saturday in the 26th Annual Tourneo Pesca and by boats pre-fishing the “Gran Final” had located most of the larger dorado farther offshore. With calm seas and fast boats, the offshore areas were well within range.


By mid-morning, fish hooked, and their locations were reported via VHF. It was clear that this year’s event would NOT be a repeat of 2017’s “slim pickings” for the larger fish.


Twenty-six dorado weighing in the double-digit range were brought to the weigh-station before the official closing time of 4:00-p.m.


“Team Party Boy” led by Jesus Salvador Agundez arrived at the scale a mere 47 minutes after the scale had opened with their 38.8-pound dorado to grab first place … temporarily. But their party was short-lived! “Team Marmakos” and angler Ariel Negrete Alanis with his team’s 42.5-pounds brought their winner to the scale at 12.52-p.m., placing them at the top of the leaderboard.


For the next several hours, Team Marmakos” hovered around the entrance to the scales. Then after carefully eying the catch, they collectively held their breaths as each new challenger’s official weight was announced by the weighmaster before they broke out in boisterous cheers.


When “Team Renovados,” along with angler Gerardo Ivan Prado and the remainder of their team uncovered their huge dorado at near-closing time of the weigh station, “Team Marmakos” gazed at it uneasily as it was hoisted up on the scale.


The weighmaster stared intently at the slowly spinning fish and then at the digital scale, waiting for the fish to stop and the digital numbers settle. Then he bellowed: FORTY-ONE POUNDS (pause) NINE OUNCES! The spectators gasped as “Team Marmakos” erupted in cheers.


For the next 25 additional agonizing minutes, they would hold their breaths, as they watched a few more, much smaller dorado found their way to the scales. Then they erupted in cheers as they preened for the photographers!


The return flight on Tuesday was filled with tournament participants who seemed to agree that the weekend in Loreto could not have been better. Fishing had not been this good for several years; the weather was near-perfect, and the two tournaments back-to-back gave them more chances to catch that one fish. But to top it all, where in the world could you find a more beautiful get-away, with more charming people than Loreto?


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WINNERS LEFT TO RIGHT, 1st, “Team Marmakos” 2nd “Team Renovados,” and 3rd “Team Party Boy”


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STANDING IN LINE, many teams in their matching, custom t-shirts were cautiously optimistic as they paid their entry, receiving tournament t-shirts along with authentic “farmers’ straw hats” that seemed appropriate.


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52 TEAMS WERE at the starting line aboard assorted pangas and other trailered boats waiting for the audible pop of the multiple flare guns to be fired, not in distress but signaling the beginning of the day’s fishing.


TEAM Captain Dorado Weight Jackpots Tournament Awards in Pesos


1st Marmakos Ariel Negrete Alanis 42.5-pounds $118,000.00 $279,000.00


2nd Renovados Gerardo Ivan Prado 41.9-pounds $183,500.00 $167,400.00


3rd Party Boy Jesus Salvador Agundez 38.8-pounds $111,600.00



Sponsor prize Value (in pesos) Awarded to


Egencia Arjona / 140 HP, 4 stroke Suzuki, Suzuki outboard motor $280,000 1st place (Marmakos) 


PMA / Yamaha 01 motor marino FB $260,000 2nt place (Renovados) Yamaha de 75 HP, 4 tiempos


Embarcaciones 01 embarcación de pesca $75,000 Captain of the 1st place team



Álvarez deportiva de 24 pies. (Ariel Negrete Alanis)


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