Gary Graham's Blog

Boots on the ground in Cabo after Odile
Observations at Tourney Central

Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula on Sept. 14, hitting Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz, Mulege, Bahia de Los Angeles and others. Stark images of damage and destruction presented a dismal picture in the news and across social media. Post hurricane Odile like zombie apocalypse headlined one worldwide news organization’s account of the disaster.

WAVES FOR WATER working with Yacht Aid Global arranged for the delivery of humanitarian supplies by motor yacht Seven Js, a 156-foot motor yacht which included medical supplies, fresh milk, 1,000 buckets donated by Home Depot, plus in-the-field water filtration kits.

Slowly at first, then gaining momentum, hope conquered the fear and desolation. Local residents, joined by local, regional and national government representatives, rallied in the biggest leanups in Baja's history.

A month after the storm, I arrived as is my annual practice to attend a series of October tournaments. During the month – from the middle of September to my arrival around the middle of October – there had been speculation that the events would be postponed until the Los Cabos Airport was operational, and utilities and communication, including internet, could be restored.

This trip, I flew into the La Paz Airport, and as I landed and drove into the city of La Paz, aside from more military being visible, everything seemed pretty normal. I picked up my baggage and caught a shuttle to the bus stop.

Along the way even a month later, there was standing water on some of the roads. Billboards and light standards which had been no match for the 120+ mph winds could be seen strewn along the roadways and there was definitely some property damage to both businesses and residential areas, but cleanup crews were hard at work piling debris in huge mounds for removal.

IN CABO SAN LUCAS, manager Darren Carey and his crews are working around the clock to make the necessary repairs needed to the IGY Marina.

Yet, aside from a few detours, the main highways were repaired and passable all the way from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas. However, a few blocks off the main roads it was obvious that there was still a lot more work needed before things would return to normal.

While I haven’t visited Puerto Los Cabos Marina, I was informed by the manager that fuel for boat owners is available.

In Cabo San Lucas, Manager Darren Carey and his crews are working around the clock to make the necessary repairs needed to the IGY Marina and although it is not completely restored, the boats are fishing every day and all services are available.

I arrived in Baja in time to experience three major sportfishing tournaments. There have been 225 teams competing in those events over eight days. It’s almost embarrassing to even suggest that it’s not business as usual. It isn't until you look behind the curtain that you realize the herculean effort it has taken to make the tournaments happen. From Mexico's President to the street cleaners, all have hunkered down and accepted the challenge of cleaning up after Odile. They have made their motto CABO STRONG and swathed it in HOPE for a better Baja in the future.


THERE HAVE BEEN 225 teams competing in the three major sportfishing events over eight days in October.

By their own account, literally thousands have flocked from around the world to assist in the recovery, allowing the community to accomplish so much in so little time.

The personal and collective achievements of the people of Baja along with the volunteers will be admired for many years to come. As a group, they have faced insurmountable odds and have set the bar for responding to natural disasters in the future.

Not resting on their accomplishments, they quickly point out that there is so much more to be done and they still need all the help they can get. You can support them simply by visiting and having a good time so they can resume their jobs. Or donate to one of the many organizations that are lending a hand.

ALTHOUGH NOT COMPLETELY restored, all services at IGY Marina are available and boats are fishing every day.

Merit McCrea's Blog

Last licks and kicks
I write this from inside a tent just above 10,000 feet in the mountains of Utah. My Colorado pronghorn hunt turned out better than I could have hoped for, but that’s another story.

The tags were in hand months ago, but with the phenomenal local fishing this fall I can’t help but regret the lost saltwater opportunities these last weeks. I hope there’s still a bite when I get back.

As we draw deep into fall, this season of wide-open yellowfin tuna, spiced up with good shots at bluefin for those willing to put in the time and yellowtail bites all up and down the coast better than any can recall this century continues to crank. Yet the question remains; when will it end? How much longer do we have to get that one last good whack in?

I can’t really guess at when it will finally return to rockfish and sculpin, lings and whitefish for all. It’s hard to say really when that last exotic will boogey down the line and lockjaw up. I’ve seen tuna seasons that rolled on past Christmas, when the first exotic of the new year was really a hold-over from the previous one.

But I can tell you exactly how it all comes down. First comes the weather report. The foxy weather hotty or sage old prognosticator of highs and lows comes on and excitedly forecasts a series of weather fronts, the first two relatively minor, inside sliders, but that third one, our first real winter storm!

“Batten down the hatches, here it comes” they’ll say. Once it clears out, the tuna, yellow, dorado bite is over, done, finito, caput. Even if it clears out and goes north-easy, and Santa Anas pucker up the following week, the fish are now “scattered,” same story different year.

It’s fairly easy to predict that we in SoCal will get at least a sprinkle just before Halloween, just enough to scare kids and moms (we dad’s are mostly good with it however it turns out). Is trick-or-treating going to get rained out?

But if the “sprinkler” lacks the horsepower to really crank up 20 knots of southeast wind ahead of it and brown the coastal waters with run-off, the bite can come right back for at least a marginal resurgence, given good weather afterward.

The nail in the coffin to our best season ever will be the roofer’s rainstorm.

Interestingly we tend to have either wet or dry winters, not average ones. And often we get only a few bits of rain early in the season followed by mostly cycling in and out of beautiful offshore conditions.

Basically, once you hear that forecaster correctly predict an “inch-of-rain or more in coastal areas, 2 to 5 inches on south facing mountain slopes, possible winter storm warnings forecast,” well you have just a day or two to get in your last kicks and kicks in on exotics before it’s all over.

After that it will be all about rockfish and waterfowl in SoCal, so avoid the scenario where you sit in the rain on the way to work and mope about not having gotten your fill of the tuna and dorado. We’ve got a ways to go, and I hope I do too.

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Merit McCrea is saltwater editor for Western Outdoor News. A veteran Southern California partyboat captain, he also works as a marine research scientist with the Love Lab at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute. He can be reached at:

Grady Istre's Blog

Introducing your puppy to water work
When I first began training dogs as an amateur, back in the days more years ago than I care to mention, it was a “rule” that puppies should be a year old before being introduced to water. The philosophy went something like this: don’t scare the little guy; wait until he’s mature enough to handle any unforeseen circumstances; if he gets spooked, he’ll never be a good water dog. Now, I’d like to tell those old-schoolers: “That’s bull!” I think puppies should become acquainted with as many different situations as they can handle as soon as practically possible.

There may be exceptions, of course, there always are. There may be very shy pups that need to be brought along with a patient hand and those pups could be slow to mature in every way. Those exceptions are sometimes large pups that develop later due to their size alone. But, most puppies gain confidence through overcoming small fears and these accomplishments provide a great foundation for future training.

I like to take my pups to as many different environments as possible, as young as possible. Just taking them on walks can be instructive. Seeing different landscapes, watching birds, meeting people — it all adds up. I also like to have my pups watch the older dogs work. I keep them on a leash in a safe place where they can relax and observe everything that goes on in the field.

But, when I introduce a pup to water, I like to do that alone with him in a controlled situation. The best situation is to find a nice sloping bank where there’s easy access and where you can wade in yourself. I usually throw an object the pup is already familiar with, that he’s already retrieving, like a ball or a sock, or even a bumper. If he goes out for the retrieve, then that’s great, but, if not, you can wade in and get him to follow. If he doesn’t go along readily, you can carry him with you and gently set him down in the shallows where his feet can touch the bottom. He’ll probably head for the shore, but that’s okay.

Next, you can carry him out with you, throw the object toward the shore (because that’s where he wants to go anyway) and he’ll retrieve that and take it with him to the shore. If you can progress to wading out and having him follow for a retrieve, that’s great. But, if not, just having him get into the water and/or making any kind of a retrieve at the water’s edge is enough to accomplish for a first effort. The goal is to have this first session fear-free and easy. Always quit on a positive note, even if you’re not completely satisfied with the outcome.

The same process goes with introduction to birds. If you’re encouraging your pup’s birdiness early, you can blend two lessons nicely. Once the pup is chasing clip-wing pigeons in the yard, you can move that playfulness to the water. Making water work joyful and exciting is the key. These beginning lessons are a great start toward making your puppy into a belly-busting water dog.

Have fun training!

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Grady’s articles appear in WON every other week and he can be reached at

Gary Graham's Blog

¡Buen viaje!
Recently, as is customary this time of year, I returned to Baja for the fall tournament season. When making my reservation this time, however, due to the aftermath of Odile, international flights into Los Cabos were not resuming until Oct. 8. Although flights have resumed (earlier than promised) and carriers are ramping up their schedules as rapidly as possible, I elected to depart from Tijuana and fly to La Paz, which offered me more options.

Truth be known, that was where my very first trip to the Baja interior began back in 1969 with my son Greg. But that’s another story.

AS PROMISED, UPON arrival Gonzlez processed my bus ticket and arranged for a driver to transport me to the bus stop.

For this trip, Volaris Airlines ( offered an alternative flight to La Paz. Their website in English was easy to navigate and, in addition to a choice of flights, had a Chinese restaurant-style menu approach offering choices of customizing flights and costs, up to and including a shuttle departing from the San Diego Train Depot or Lindberg Field, both of which would take me across the border to the Tijuana airport. Prices were competitive and in a few minutes I had my confirmed reservation for an 11 a.m. departure, complete with a shuttle.

Prior to printing out my boarding pass on the morning of my flight, I contacted another company that I had recently been introduced to: Ecobajatours ( My email inquired if they had a shuttle from La Paz to Los Barriles.

Allowing ample time for traffic delays, we left Lake Elsinore at 6 a.m. and arrived at the San Diego Train Depot in plenty of time for the 8 o’clock shuttle, which departed promptly.

The ride to the border in the Greyhound-style bus was uneventful and we soon pulled up at Mexican Customs where we removed our luggage and carry-ons for inspection and purchased an FMM, required to enter the Baja interior. In a few minutes, we were out the door; driver and bus were waiting and we re-boarded.

The Tijuana Airport was next and after exchanging some dollars for pesos and checking my bag, I made my way to the assigned gate. Remarkably, the entire time lapsed from boarding the shuttle in San Diego to my arrival at the gate was less than 90 minutes.

Checking my email, I saw a reply from Ecobajatours. Alejandro Gonzlez, ( who explained that since the storm, they had discontinued the shuttle service because of lack of visitors. However, they could arrange to take me to the bus stop to catch a bus that departed an hour after my arrival. He explained that they had an office at the La Paz Airport and would take care of everything after I arrived.

As promised, upon arrival Gonzlez processed my bus ticket and arranged for a driver to transport me to the bus stop. The cost, including the bus fare to Buena Vista was $140 in pesos plus a tip. I had a short wait and was pleasantly surprised to find that the bus was air-conditioned and comfortable, and a new adventure was in store for me. When I arrived, my total trip time from boarding the shuttle in San Diego to my destination in Los Barriles was slightly more than eight hours.

Although the entire region was whacked pretty good by this year’s storm season, the recovery has been remarkable. Since my arrival, I have driven to the tip and back with only a few minor detours. Of course, repairs are ongoing and in evidence, but there is little signs of the destruction that we read about.

All the tournaments normally scheduled for October and November are going forward. I attended the Registration and Captains meeting for the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament at the Playa Grande overlooking the sparkling Pacific last night and while participation was down, with 14 boats, Tournament Director Dan Jacobs assured me it was business as usual. He and his staff have gone all out to make the event a success.

Those same sentiments were echoed by Wayne Bisbee, Tournament Coordinator for Bisbee Tournaments, which will begin in a few days. "We’re pleased with the turnout thus far. That would not have been possible without everyone, from government officials to cleanup crews and persons in-between, who have pitched in to bring about this rapid recovery," he said

Pat McDonell, editor of WON and director of the Tuna Jackpot Tournament coming up Nov. 5-8, confirmed, "Response for our event has been exciting. The signups were off the charts before the hurricane, then slowed of course, and is now picking back up. I expect to be in the 120-boat range when all the dust clears.”

Don't let what happened in September spoil your trip to Baja. Look for alternative means of travel if you need to and enjoy the adventures associated with them. Isn't that why you began coming to Baja in the first place?

¡Buen viaje!

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

A Free $800 team entry into the Tuna Jackpot
A Free $800 team entry into the Tuna Jackpot?


Part of a Cabo Charterboat Program to boost tournament participation after Hurricane Odile

THE BISBEE’S two tournaments resulted in having 30 boats in the Baby Bisbee’s over two days for a total of 60 charter days, and in the Black and Blue, 50 teams were in the drawings just before check-in and that resulted in 150 new charter days for boats that were not being used in the tourney. There are few anglers in Cabo right now, so the Cabo Charterboat Program not only put more boats in the water, but also has brought more people down to Cabo to play in the tournaments. Above, numbered poker chips were used to match up the boats with anglers. In the Bisbee’s Back and Blue Marlin event. As this is being written, the first two marlin over 300 pounds weighed in in the B&B Wednesday were on drawn boats. PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM


The Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Tournament check-in yesterday signed up 130 teams yesterday at the Wyndham and today is the first day of fishing. The larger field, bigger than last year's by 30 boats, was aided by a Cabo Charterboat Program that granted a free entry to any team willing to get a into a drawing for a set-price $800-a-day charterboat that signed on for the unique one-time only program.

Again, It's a one-time deal, and 50 boats were booked this way for Bisbee's as teams got a shot at fishing the famed tourney without having to pay the $5,000 entry. The tab for every entry was picked up by an anonymous donor who wanted to see as many charter boats as possible to be in the tournaments this year as way to help the economy.

That same program is now offered for the Tuna Jackpot as details have been finalized and contracts signed.

We will start with 10 teams, fill those slots, then move to 20 if enough people sign up for the drawing. You pay for the 2 days of charters, but no $800 entry fee which is paid by the donor, you can add any jackpots, and you have a day to pre fish as the 5 p.m. The drawing (at this time) will be at the Cabo marina marlin sculpture two days before the event begins. WON's only involvement is to conduct the drawing, and we require teams to send us the two-day charter payment, which we then relay to the charter boat at the drawing. That way we know we have a commitment. There are no refunds once the charter fee is paid either by cash, wire, or bank check to WON.

It is first come-first served, and we start with 10 boats, and teams already with charter boats are not eligible. That is part of the donor's rules. If you have signed up for the tourney and have not yet booked a charter boat, you can get in on the drawing. That charter fee is very reasonable for a tourney, and unlike Bisbee's, there's time to pre-fish a day, and that is something you work out with the boat when you "meet" them at the Monday 5 pm drawing. The two day charter, after 16% Mex. sales taxes is $1,856. For details on signing up, call Denise at 949 366 0030 ext 25. This is a quick decision thing as -- again -- we will take the first 10 teams.

It's a cool program, and pretty fun, and it keep the numbers up and half the $800 goes to the overall jackpot so everyone benefits, the other $400 goes to the team for its dinners, clothing etc. Just like any other team.


Here is the official Cabo Charterboat Program announcement and terms

Want to fish the Cabo Tuna Jackpot and don’t have a charterboat? Or funds are a little low? Well, there is a unique, one-time program in place for the Big Game tournaments of October and November.

The Cabo Charter Hookup program is designed to simultaneously help the Cabo San Lucas charter boat industry bounce back from Hurricane Odile and offer opportunities and for people to fulfill their dreams of fishing the Cabo Tuna Jackpot slated Nov. 5-8.

This year the first 10 to 20 teams who agree to hire a local Cabo charter crew will have their $800 tournament entry fee paid by the Cabo Charter Hook-up program.

“Cabo San Lucas has been so good to us throughout the years, we are grateful to have this opportunity to give back,” said a Charter Hookup Program spokesperson in Cabo. The program is being funded by an anonymous “patron” who wants every reputable charterboat in Cabo to be in the Bisbee’s and Black and Blue tournament and Tuna Jackpot tournaments.”

Here's how it works:

This year, the first 10 teams who agree to hire a local Cabo charter crew will have their $800 tournament entry fee paid by the Cabo Charter Hook-up program.

In an effort to level the playing field for everyone, a few stipulations have been set:

1. Each charter captain will have to agree to a standard same-across-the-board fee of $800/day.

2. All anglers taking part will agree to be assigned their charter crews randomly at a pre-tournament drawing ceremony. The Tuna Jackpot drawing will take place the day before check-in on Monday at 5 p.m., Nov. 3 at the marlin sculpture on the Cabo male con.

3. Each team must register and pay the charter boat fee of $800/day plus 16 percent in taxes ($256) to save their spot as one of the first 10 teams. The amount of $1,856 must be paid to WON by cashiers check or wire, B=Ni credit cards or personal checks. If you choose to prefish with the team you get in the drawing, then you pay that directly to the charterboat after the drawing.

Team Details:

1. The offer is only good for the first 10 teams that register and pay the charter boat fee of $800/day plus applicable taxes. It is only 10 now, but the number could grow to 20 boats, a spokesman said.

2. The offer is good for the base entry fee only and does not include jackpot entries or other side events. Teams may enter additional jackpot categories; however, these categories are not part of the offer and must be paid in full by the team prior to the start of the tournament.

3. This offer is open to any team that would like to participate, as long as they agree to hire a local charter that is randomly assigned to him or her at a pre-tournament drawing ceremony.

4. The team must register and pay for the charter boat fee ($800 day plus applicable taxes) in order to save their spot as one of the first 10 teams. If the fee is not paid, the team has not earned the free entry. Teams already in a booking arrangement with charterboats are not eligible.

Charter Boat Details:

1. Must be registered as a tourist vessel with all relevant safety certifications

2. Between 30 feet LOA and 40 feet LOA.

3. Available for the full two days of the tournament

4. Agree to terms and conditions (no extra fees, no mileage limit, etc.)

Any charterboat operator who wants to register should contact Michelle Nataro, Relief fun coordinator of the Cabo Charter Hookup, at (cell) 624 129 8961 in Mexico, or from U.S. or Canada at 011-52-1-624-129-8961, or email her at


How to Register: Register your team by filling out an entry form at and mailing it to WON headquarters opn the address given on the form, with the $1,856 charter fee (which includes 16 percent AVI taxes), and any optionals. Mark the appropriate boxes in the entry form. There is no “box” for the charter fee, just the optionals. The $800 entry for participating Charter Program Teams is by the Program’s fund.


The easiest way is to wire the money after faxing in the entry form. Denise can be reached at at or call (949) 366-0030, ext 25. Denise will provide wiring instructions. No credit cards, please.   

More details: WON will take 10 teams, first come, first-served, for the drawing for the 10 boats that have contracted out with the program. If more quality boats are available, more teams will be in the drawings. It will happen quickly as the tourney is approaching quickly and teams not in the event and outside the area have to make travel arrangements. The deadline for signing up is Oct. 31.

“We should have 10 teams quicker than that. Bottom line, it’s a unique program to get as many boats and their crews in the marina working, and that’s good for the area after the hurricane,” said director Pat McDonell. “We were approached on the program and we feel that starting with 10 boats is wise, and then we will add more as the check-in approaches.”

McDonell said he wanted to make it clear that while the boats in the program have been vetted and have the speed and size to compete, WON is not responsible for any breakdowns or other issues.

“They are boats, good ones, but things happen. It’s a bit of a gamble when you go into the team/boat drawing. The first day of fishing in the Black and and Blue, the first two weighable fish over 300 pounds were caught on these charter boats. THe underdogs are doing amazing already. Look at it this way, the charter cost of those teams fishing over three days is less than the fuel bill of the yachts in that tournament. These captains are getting a chance to fish in big money tournaments and win 10 percent of the pot, they are going to go all-out for the teams.”


Tourney update:

The region took a huge hit, but the cleanup has brought it back in record time, so all is ready for the 16th annual Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament, Nov. 5-8

CABO SAN LUCAS, Baja California Sur — The countdown begins. As of Oct. 24, we have 87 teams signed up, with more coming in for the 16th Annual Western Outdoor News/Yamaha Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament. Last year, we hosted 136 teams, and the last four years, the tourney has grown in size.  




THE MARINA LOOKS to be in great shape in this photo taken just before the start of the Baby Bisbee’s that ran Oct. 18-19. PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM

Gary Graham is down in Cabo now to cover the marlin events and send back photos of the region, particularly the marina. The place looks rebuilt, and while it has a ways to go, it is ready for tournament and cruise ship season. 

Here are some aspects of the tournament to remind you about as there is still time to enter, and charterboats are available. 

CHARITY CHARTER: There is the third annual Costa Charity Charter on Friday morning for non-entrants on the beautiful party boat the Cabo Escape that is the official start boat both days. All proceeds from the $20 Costa-sponsored charter go to Baja children’s charities. It’s a blast! It’s beautifully catered by Pisces and Tony’s with breakfast food and drink (mimosas too!), and the $20 we charge is not enough, so if you want to donate more, great. There are a lot of charity efforts going on. We will be out to break the $20,000 mark.

This tourney website at is chock full of links to sponsors, information on the tourney, features, links to the official tourney (can be seen on a PC only, sorry) and its Facebook page.

The strength of a tournament is not how many teams it hosts. It doesn’t hurt, but the true indicator is the sponsorships; and I am not kidding, but we have everyone back, more coming down to party with us, and there are some new companies, too. We’re very excited that this year we have Reactor watches, Simrad electronics, and Mudhole rod components are joining the fold of sponsors.

TV SHOW! Reactor and its beautiful watches stepped away last year but they are stronger than ever and fired up to come down and be a participating and attending sponsor. Reactor sponsors the Bill Boyce’s Baja fishing show ( on the World Fishing Network (WFN) and the filming this year on Boyce’s team will be on the show. 

SIMRAD RADIO CONTROL: There’s so much to get excited about this year. Simrad is coming down for the first time, and their marine electronics line-up is cutting edge. They are providing a GPS/Fishfinder unit, two mounted marine radios and providing two high-end hand-held radios as the official Simrad Radio Control. This year we plan to work with teams far more during the fishing days, with Mike Packard answering questions about rules and the schedule. New this year is that we are requiring any significant hook-ups to be radioed between 3 and 4 p.m. before lines out (4 p.m.).

WELCOME BAGS: Okay, the bags we gave out last year were BIG. This year at the welcome party, as the music plays by Tres Huevos on the stage, you’ll be walking through the check-in line and getting so many free items it may take a while. An event hat (choice of pink, rust and plaid), an official cooler tote bag, Mustad hook packs, Simrad face buffs/sun protectors, beer coolies by Mudhole and also Deep Blue Marine/Simrad, Toggs cooler wraps, Eat Me Lure official boat flags (1 per team), Costa event long-sleeve t-shirts, American Fishing Wire/HiSeas wire packs, Seaguar fluoro coils for each team, free Terrafin maps of Cabo, and much more.

At all events, every day, Cabo Cigar Company will be wrapping custom cigars, and will have plenty of ready-to go, freshly wrapped cigars with the Cabo logo. Minerva’s will again be offering a new short-sleeve t-shirt with custom artwork, and these shirts at the check-in are the only shirts for sale for the event, and every dollar goes to the kids charity fund.

DRAWINGS: We can’t list all the stuff for drawings, but the Grand Raffle will have four of every item we have for the drawings. That means four of the dozen Avet reels, four of the 22 big game Cousins rods (They are beefy, super high quality, and are made for BIG tuna), four Reactor watches, four hotel stays at the Wyndham, Seaguar fluoro packs, Mustad hooks, Plano tackle boxes. It’s $10,000 worth of stuff. Oh yes, one of the Simrad marine mounted VHF radios is in the mix. All the tickets to the drawings over four days are as usual, at $5 each or five for $20, go to the charity fund. This is your way to contribute to local families. 

EVENTS: Speaking of events, the site areas for the tourney will remain the same, thanks to the Cabo San Lucas officials, many of whom will be on the Costa-sponsored start boat Cabo Escape the first day. The mayor of Cabo has the most fun of anyone as she signals the official start of fishing and teams go roaring off into the distance. If you have not experienced something like the Cabo start, it is worth coming to the tourney as an entrant. Hang on, it’s a wild ride. And of course, the Show Us Your Costas Contest will be back by popular demand as will be the Yamaha Guess The Biggest Fish’s Weight Contest.

BEST DRESSED CONTEST: Yes, its back. Good for a free entry into next year's event.

FRIENDS/FAMILY: Many people ask about bringing family or wives, or friends. The Tuna Tourney is a great event to frame a vacation around. There are two sit-down dinners, three parties with drawings and video shows, friends and guests are welcome on each boat (2 allowed if room), the Friday Cabo Escape Charter from 6 to 8 a.m., and the exciting four-day event culminates after four days with a gala sitdown dinner for 650 people catered by Ruth’s Cris at the beautiful Puerto Paraiso Mall next to the marina as the sun sets. It is Cabo at its most relaxing and elegant as the town celebrates it’s sportfishing legacy.

So, you have a team, and how do you enter?

You can pay the team entry online by credit card at (go to WON events on the home page and scroll down to the Cabo logo). You can sign up by credit card as a team, but not for any of the six tuna optionals or the wahoo/dorado optional. You must mail in optional entry money by personal or bank check with an entry form, or add those jackpots by wire transfer, with an entry form e-mailed or faxed or mailed.

For any information regarding your method of payment, wiring instructions, contact Denise at Don’t worry, she’ll walk you through the easy process and provide wiring instructions. We do not publish those instructions, so call Denise. For details on the tourney, call (949) 366-0030, ext. 33 for Pat McDonell, director of the event. This website will provide a lot of answers about the tourney with a great video, features, sponsors links, the link to the Facebook page if you are looking for a team, plus a gallery of photos and more.

Remember, the website (see WON Events) is the only site in which you can enter online as a team, by credit card for $800. 

Pat McDonell is editor of WON, and directs the Western Outdoor News saltwater tournaments in Cabo, Catalina and Dana Landing.

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 current roster

Brief Registration Report Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot 2014

1 Minerva III USA

Team Captain Team Anglers 4 To Fish

Jerry Garcia Marty Robinson Tony Phillips Gary Hanson

2 Attitude Adjustment USA

Team Captain Team Anglers AMZ

Joe Zuccolotto Robert Ellenwood Chiara Zuccolotto Ariana Zuccolotto

3 Karma III USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Buckeye Tuna

Jamie Greer Lance Gildner Dave Dunton Mike Joseph

4 Tuna Time, 31 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Club 50

Jim Arrey Robert Balash Chuck Mullins

5 El Pargo II USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Tim Christensen Doris Stephan Mark Thomas Manuel Cesana Chong

6 Tracy Ann, Bertram, 31 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Casting Cousins

Robert Deal Robert Marks Jim Judy Nancy Judy

7 El Nuevo USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Hillbilly Yacht Club

Randy Matz Fred Stevens Barbara Morris Tawnya Stevens

8 Ruthless, Bertram, 31 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Wasabi

Lawrence Martin Ann Chilos Gramm Baker Charlie Chilos

9 Fish Cabo USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Purity Organics

Nick Koretoff Christine Koretoff Steven Koretoff David Koretoff

10 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Michael Denton Jr. Brian Lent Scott Smith Jamey Wright

11 Redrum/Reel Medicine USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Stink Finger

Rick Bradley Shelly Bradley Mack Earls Ken Oxborrow

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Brief Registration Report Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot 2014

12 Pochos Charters USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Almost Free

Brian Coltey Charles Christiansen Mark Dengate Duane Rothstein

13 El Diablo USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Pillage

Ron Bauer Alan Kleiven Connie Bauer Thomas Rux

14 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Job DeHorta Otto Paredes James Coiner

15 The Hurricane Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers The Big Ka Tunas

Jeff Mangion Blair Mangion Mike Darden Mikal Darden

16 Mucho Loco 1 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers AOTB1

James Strum Edward S Smith Edward C Smith Randy Hall

17 Pocket Aces USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Pocket Aces

Mark Hinkle Chris Smith Steve Hayashi Pete Razdobreev

18 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Mark Keeney Robert Huhn

19 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Reel Destiny

Larry Haynes

20 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Ruben Villasenor Kelly Villasenor Scott Goodnight Crystal Goodnight

21 Viviana USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Baja

Alberto Sotelo Tacuba Jose Alberto Curiel Perez Greg Wood

22 Listo USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Tuna Stalkers

Jimmy Fuston Doug Riehle Jim Hale Joe Gampper

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:36 PM 2 of 8

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23 Greys Light USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Texas

Richard Meyers Damon Faught

24 Knot Workin USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Off The Hook

Chip Johnston Bryan Newcom Kimberlee Johnston Teri Hefner

25 Jen Wren USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Chick Sticks

Bob Solee Scott McKenzie Arthur Volforsky Vahan Takoushian

26 Top Gun, 30 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Kings Men

David Anderson Adrain Ocampo Henry King

27 El Budster, 29 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers CAN-AM Tuna Bandits

Jordan LeSage Dustin Smith Terry Maxwell Joseph Beaman

28 El Regalo USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Scott Dilley Jonathan Behr Albert Behr Tim Jennings

29 Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers Grumpy Old Men

Robert Leach Ronald Gillen Derek Lane Peter Cavaretta

30 Margarita Too USA

Team Captain Team Anglers El Borracho Gringos

Mike Brendel Jeff Palmer Dick Choate Jason Maxon

31 Viviana I USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Tundra

Richard Berghoefer James Merk Donn Laird Robert Fohey

32 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Norcal Chasers

Jason Gonzales Jamal Miles Art Garcia

33 Minerva VI, Tiara, 33 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Hook Line & Drinkers

Kevin Dunn Ed Ben Jr. Steven Dodge Joe Morgan

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:36 PM 3 of 8

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34 Carolina, California, 28 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers S.F. Bay Anglers

Greg Welch Lauren Franco Manny Silva Harry Mack

35 Gaviota X, Crystaliner, 33 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Peter Marquez Virginia Krippner Carrie Streahle Mark Streahle

36 El Cazador USA

Team Captain Team Anglers El Cazador

Matthew Chancellor Myril Hoag Troy Atchley David Coker

37 Alejandra USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Idaho

Scott Miley Ted Higgenbotham Chris Larsen Jeff Fremonth

38 Don Lino IV Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers Eh Team!

George Agrey Lorne Witts Rick Witts Jason Witts

39 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Ricky Cruz

40 Bad Medicine USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Over The Limit

Travis Gage Kirsta Gage Adam Chunn

41 Viviana Fleet USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Richard Poore Isabel Poore Marco Tagle Roberto Villarino

42 Solmar VI, Luhrs, 34 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Ziggy

Victor Ziegler Dana Tompson Chuy Diego 

43 Mucho Loco II, Bertram, 32 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Joses Hookers

Brent Johnson Mike King Keith Domke Jose Ruiz

44 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

William Jubb

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:36 PM 4 of 8

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45 Stimulator, Bertram, 54 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Stimulator

Tim Bell Jeff Murphy Lynn Radabaugh Bruce Chubb

46 Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers B.C. Buds

Robert Oliver Mike Miller Larry Gawne Wayne Nadasde

47 Redrum USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Ha "Tuna" Matata

Randal Wren Denise Wren Kyle Heppner

48 Auriga, Viking, 60 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Stallion

Jim Boushka Greg Crooker Carl Frenkel Mike Wood

49 Caliente USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Just Add Tuna

Wade Smith Todd Rice Joe McKinnon Michael Vise

50 Ole Ole, Blackfin, 32 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Four Reelz

Marcello Martinez Philip Martinez Cherie Wilson Sky Allphin

51 El Torito, Bertram, 31 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers El Troyito

Kemp Ipsen Dave Cleveland Troy Cornelius Dean Macluso

52 Gaviota, 33 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Sooner Tuna

C. Scott Sanders Mike Floyd Loyd Lyon

53 Solmar I USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Sierra Gold & Coin

John Engelhardt Will Kinyon Arwin Mclare Artie Leplattenier

54 Andrea USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Lone Stars

Keith Gelfand Shauni Gelfand Arthur Diestel

55 Cheers I USA

Team Captain Team Anglers WIN-TEAM

Pamela Lorenz Patrick Smith

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:36 PM 5 of 8

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56 Bill Collector, Cabo Express, 32 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

David Bick Jim Brown Wayne Smith Billy Williams

57 Rebecca, Bertram, 31 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Wicked Pissah

Thomas Quimby Eric Surette Patrick Perseille

58 Playin Hooky USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Playin Hooky

Carter Christensen Cathy Hartle Steve Hartle Dana Reed

59 Gaviota VI USA

Team Captain Team Anglers West Coast 707

Rick Laiwa Christeen Laiwa John Calkins

60 Tail Chaser II USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Texas Tuna Ticklers

Greg Sterner Arlen Krueger Billy Rieck Dustin Friesenhahn

61 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Smokin' Reels

Scott Randall Carlos Ramirez

62 La Brisa, Bertram, 31 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Shocker

Timothy Atteberry Richard Nagel Richard Krawiec

63 Go Deeper USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Mile High Tuna Chasers

John Whitmarsh Steven Constable Rod Deries Terry Minniok

64 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Igor Ivanov Alex Golubev Julian Kapchinskiy Brian Jones

65 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers OverServed

Craig Christopherson Cody Christopherson David Frausto

66 Burro III USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Bradley Erickson

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:36 PM 6 of 8

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67 Rising Sun USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Minnie Lou

Victor Locklin Jason Wrice Manuel Gil

68 Rum Runnin USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Spencer's Spirit Fishing Team

David Van Wart Robert Montalto Thomas Kayhart Thomas Rindos

69 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Deep Blue Marine

Scott Golden

70 Bob Marlin, California, 28 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Fat Farmers

Bart Scofield Jim Campbell

71 Dona Meche USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Peligro

Alex Romans Wyatt Duncan Paul Anthony John Romans

72 Moracha Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers Sask Rough Riders

Mark Hordeski Ken Hembling Jesus Zenteno Roza Soano Liseth

73 19's Toy - Redrum USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team RedRum

Ryan Donovan Joe Catania Kent Sommen Sal Catania

74 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Dale Braun Maura Braun George Stetanic Gloria Stetanic

75 Santi 1 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Truschke

John Truschke Joann Truschke Bob Donofrio Susan Donofrio

76 Cabolero Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers Team "Cerrotos Beach"

Walter Ormerod Harold Pospisil Ken Rumohr Wayne Crosbie

77 Angelina, California, 28 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Team Tuna Down

Stu Webber Scottie Ryder Russell Broussard Ralph Pundt

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:36 PM 7 of 8

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78 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Maarv

Attila Szamosszegi Zoltan Ember Ivan Pallos Tom Scilagyi

79 Dragon Canada

Team Captain Team Anglers Reel Affair

Brian Kask Johnny Katona Shaun Karp Harley Smith

80 Mucho Bueno, Mexican Cruiser, 28 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Pacing The Cage

Scott McPhearson Kansfew Peterson Ray Gardner Mike Brackin

81 Minerva II, Bertram, 33 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers The Looney Tunas

Greg Patton Bill Patton Mark Karpenko

82 Reel & Deal Mexico

Team Captain Team Anglers Reel & Deal

John Pentz Ignacio Iberra Pino Miguel Angel Castro Castillo

83 Chivato USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Don Julio

Gary Bisgrove Eduardo Leiva

84 Jen Wren III USA

Team Captain Team Anglers El Grande Atun

Todd Rogers David Waskiewicz Jeffrey Martin Robert Jones

85 Make My Day USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Make My Day

Theodore Dake Edgar Amador Omar Quin'ones Miriam Dake

86 Hot Rod, Cabo Sportfisher, 40 Ft. USA

Team Captain Team Anglers Hot Rod

John Peelman John Horton Gerald Roberts

87 USA

Team Captain Team Anglers

Tom Brindley Dan Hoffman John Camp Jr John Camp Sr

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:09:37 PM 8 of 8

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