The Baja season is still in the formative stages and the tournament list continues to grow. From San Felipe to the tip of Baja, the calendar already consists of every kind of event imaginable to whet the competitive appetite of anglers with varying skill levels.
THESE FIVE EVENTS are held in remote towns on both the Sea of Cortez and the West Coast of Baja Norte.
The following are the events that I’m aware of through the end of July:
(The five) 2016 Pesca la Baja Sport Fishing Tournaments
These five events are held in remote towns on both the Sea of Cortez and the West Coast of Baja Norte. Inexpensive, they are local affairs sponsored by Sepesca Baja California; not only do these grass-root affairs attract the local residents, but they also appeal to a growing number of visitors from across the border. Their popularity has grown from the camaraderie that exists among the participants.
1. San Felipe, B.C. — May 13 and 14.
2. San Luis Gonzaga, B.C. — June 10 and 11
3. Bahía de los Ángeles, B.C. — July 15 and 16
4. San Quintín, B.C. — Aug. 19 and 20
5. GRAND FINALE Ensenada, B.C. — Sept. 23 and 24 http://www.pescalabaja.com/p-pescalabaja2015english.php
Mulege Dorado Tournament, June 1 – 4
June 1-- Captains meeting. June 2 , 3 and 4 -- Fishing 2 out of 3 days dictated by weather followed by Saturday night Rib Dinner at Geckos. Sunday Awards Banquet at Jungla Jims.
For more information contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Punta Chivato, Bulls Only — Dates not available at press time.
Los Cabos, Stars and Stripes Charity Tournament, June 23 – 26
The annual Stars & Stripes Tournament, a sportfishing, golf, and music festival benefiting youth charities, has been held in Los Cabos since 1997. This event has benefited youth on both sides of the international border, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County, scholarship programs for Mexican youth, as well as medical services for facial reconstruction and many, many additional charities.
Stars & Stripes has raised and donated more than $20 million to worthy youth charities both in California and Baja over the past 19 years making it the one of the largest tournaments of its kind in the world. More Info: http://www.starsandstripestournament.com/
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Golf and Dorado Tournament, June 29 - July 2
Registrants will tee off at the new Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay Golf Course for an inaugural golf tournament on Thursday, June 30, followed by two days of fishing.
With an entry fee of $2,000 per team (up to four members), participants will receive a kick-off cocktail reception at the resort, an entry into a two-day fishing tournament with a shotgun start, an entry into the one-day golf tournament, a tournament polo shirt and cap, and a seat at the awards celebration dinner. First-place fishing tournament winners will take home $5,000, and second place will follow with a certificate for a four-day, and three-night stay for two at the host hotel. Daily jackpots of $500 or $1,000 will be up for grabs as well. More info: http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com/dorado2016
Tripui Sports Fishing Tournament, June 30 – 2
Sign-up for the 8th Annual Tripui Sports Fishing Tournament will be on Thursday June 30, and fishing will be Friday and Saturday, July 1 – 2. Mexican Buffet Fiesta will be held Friday night and the awards dinner will be held Saturday night.
The purpose of this event has always been to raise donations for local Loreto area needy groups. This should be another fun-filled event.
If you have any questions or if you plan on entering contact: Bud Dees, Tournament Director Email: email@example.com Mexico Phone: 011-52-613-133-0044 Magic Jack: (661) 771-2163
Fishing for the Mission, July 7 thru 9
Thursday - July 7 - 4:00 p.m. Sign up at the Marina. COST: $200. US Dollars Cash Only! Entry fee includes four shirts, ($10 extra per shirts), one goodie bag per boat, four Tri-Tip meal tickets and raffle tickets. WALK UPS ARE WELCOME AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION! PRE-REGISTER your BOAT by emailing the President at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the name of the boat/team and team shirt sizes. Four shirts per boat.
Friday - July 8 - Day 1 of the Fishing tournament. Weigh in will close at 4:00 p.m. sharp. In the evening a raffle for all the captains of Loreto.
Saturday - July 9 - Day 2 of the Fishing tournament -- again the scales will close at 4 p.m. sharp. 7 p.m. Awards/Closing party begins.
Committee: Chris Wheaton, Jim Duggins, Jerry Heart, Doug Cox, Jaime Gonzalez.
More info; http://www.fishingforthemission.com/index.asp?m=1&page=27
12th Annual Van Wormer Resorts Dorado Shootout – July 16 (Palmas De Cortez & Playa Del Sol).
There will be optional jackpots available of $200, $300, $500, and $1,000. One team will walk away with a new 2016 Pickup Truck during this one-day tournament. Largest dorado wins! For more information www.doradoshootout.com or contact Kit McNear at email@example.com.To make reservations (877) 777-8862.
While dorado are the most popular target of many of the events, the formats and entry fees are varied enough to satisfy the requirements of Baja anglers wanting to have some fun. And maybe with a little skill, tempered with a lot of luck, many can cash in or load up with some great prizes up to and including a brand new pick-up truck.