Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament

Welcome to the official blog of the Western Outdoor News/Yamaha Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot tournament.

We'll be using this site to offer the latest updates leading into the event and will also post daily results and highlights of the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot competition, parties and giveaways. More information and entry forms are available by clicking here or at the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Web site.

Tesoro offers rate discount before June 1
Here we go!! 
Get ready to Rumble at Lands End!


The Hotel Tesoro, the longtime official hotel of the Tuna Jackpot in Cabo, has announced its rates for the tourney and its discounts until June and promotional code.

This is a great hotel to stay at right at all the festivities and last year the new manager and staff were simply outstanding in supporting all aspects of the event. Western Outdoor Newsand its staff could not ask for a better partner. This is the time to book your rooms for the Nov. 6-9 event, in our 21st year.

Go to www.loscabotunajackpot.com and click on their logo on the right side or their ad on the home page and use the promotional code: TUNAJACK2019.

There are special, discounted rates for anyone who books their rooms by June 1. Their ad denotes the special CTJ rates, which before any taxes and fees are:

Rates By June 1/After June 1

Standard Room No View, $93/ $102
City View $106 / $116
Marina View $122 / $138
Jr suite, Marina View $146 / $165

GET YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE HOTEL TESOROlocked up at special rates, and they are even lower by 10 percent if you sign up by June 1. See you in Cabo at the Jackpot! Remember, Fish Hard, Party Harder in November.

MASTER SUITE, marina view


DINE and drink at the hotel or at the many nearby restaurants and bars as the hotel is in the center of Cabo's marina district.

A FULL WORKOUT facility with a view of the marina, free to use by guests. Plus a spa with full services. 

Reserve your team # by March 1


Deadline has been moved up to March 1 to keep your 2018 spot this year’s event; two rule changes are announced

Western Outdoor News had a very successful tournament in the 20th year with 163 teams, up from 147 the previous year. But for the 21st run there will be two changes to the event in 2019, and one deadoine for signups has been moved up due to increased interest in the tourney and early signups. First off, the deadline for reserving your team number is now March 1. More on that later.

Rules: One change will be a new spot for the 6 p.m. weigh-in deadline for boats. It will not be the inner harbor. It has been too dangerous as boats speed in to make the deadline, creating issues with the harbor police and other boaters, so the outer harbor will be the designated spot that will be videotaped and manned, just outside the jetty.

More details the Nov. 6-9, 2019 Tuna Jackpot will be forthcoming, but the Wednesday through Saturday schedule will remain the same, and the same sites will be used for parties, check-in, and weigh-in. All sites are, of course, subject to change, but the sites all got excellent reviews, so we hope to keep things the way they are and make improvements and refine the experience for the anglers.

The second change is that the $1,000 wahoo/dorado optional is now replaced with separate $1,000 optionals. The 30-pound minimum on both is in effect the first day but if a qualifying dorado is not caught the first day the minimum will be lowered to 20 pounds. The 30-pound minimum for wahoo will remain in effect both days. “This has long been a goal, and the feeling among anglers is that is time to divide them up so there are more chances to win,” said director Pat McDonell. “You can target tuna and get a big dorado, but in most cases, wahoo are specifically targeted and usually are much bigger, making the dorado an irrelevant species in that optional. Now teams will be able enter the dorado only $1,000 optional and have a shot at both tuna and dorado.”

For any questions about the event to sign up and reserve your current team number, send in $100 to Western Outdoor News. Use the entry form. Full boat and team info is not needed to reserve your 2018 number.

We will reserve 2018 team numbers until MARCH 1, and then we start assigning numbers in sequence --unless your 2018 number is still available or you request a number still available.

Your signup contact islori@wonews.com. Note on any entry or check that you are requesting a specific number.

See you all in November!

RESERVE YOUR 2018 NUMBER NOW FOR THIS YEAR! You can reserve your number right now with a credit card by going to this link and paying the refundable $100 fee. If you not enter the tourney in full, that amount will be returned to you. If you sign up, that $100 will be credited toward your team $1000 entry fee.


Full-color coverage of epic event in flip-page full-color supplement : Click and get all the details and results!


What a tourney,join us in 2019, Nov. 6-9! Details at www.loscabostiunajackpot.com

WON Tuna Jackpot Pays Record Return: Field of 163 boats gets 8 over 200 pounds

Cloud Nine is Tuna Jackpot Champ and Hooray also sweeps daily cash; Let's do it again next year! Nov. 6-9, 2018

The Cloud Nine weighed a 272-pound yellowfin tuna the first day of the 20th Annual Western Outdoor News Cabo Tuna Jackpot to top a field of 163 boats and earn a record $392,800.

CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS – The Cloud Nine team claimed the WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot Championship title and the lion’s share of the record $841,600 tournament payout with a 272-pound yellowfin that barely made it to the scales in time. Their single team payout set another Tuna Jackpot record as on awards night they were handed a check for $392,800!

That total reflects a sweep of the daily jackpots and the $68,000 award for overall biggest tuna.

The second day’s victors aboard the Hooray were also in all the daily jackpots and that’s shown in their check total of $324,800 — the sum of the $500, $1000, $2000, $3000, $5000 and $10,000 optionals up for grabs each day. Pushing up the total was the fact 22 teams were “across the board” in the $10,000 pot, another record.

The Bad Medicine won $8000 for second place overall in the Tuna Jackpot with its second day 266 not entered in the daily pots, with $4000 going to the La Sirena for third overall as their 256 was surpassed on day one by the 272.

The side Wahoo/Dorado daily jackpot was hotly contested both days. Ted Dake’s team on the Make My Day took the $56,000 pot the first day of competition and second day optional money was well earned by the Texas Ticklers team captain by Greg Sterner of San Antonio, as they cashed their $56,000 check with a 57-pound wahoo.

Full coverage of all the great parties, near misses, big catches and Cabo will be found in the upcoming Cabo Tuna Jackpot Review special section of WON and on the website. There will be a digital flip page version of the Review next week.

Also, dates are set for the 2019 edition, Nov. 6-9. The website www.loscabostunajackpot.com will have an entry form available by next week. There will be two changes to the event. The wahoo and dorado optional will be split into two $1,000 optionals. The tuna optionals will remain the same. And, the deadline for weigh-in remains 6 p.m. but boats will have to make that deadline at a manned and videotaped spot TBD at the outer edge of the harbor for safety reasons.

The second day's flare gun start surrounding the Cabo Escape was another wild one with 163 boats charging off to their hotspots.


Cloud Nine Overcomes Adversity With Two Cows
Engine Trouble Nearly Sinks Cloud Nine
before they weigh $324,800 Day 1 Best

Boat limps to the Tuna Jackpot slip just 
in time to hoist 272 and 230 pounders

The Cloud Nine team entered the harbor with just 3 minutes to make it to the weigh station dock and proceeded to sweep all the jackpots with this 272.

What seemed like an anti-climactic day of one quality yellowfin after another failing to best the across-the-board 256-pound beauty weighed in by John Domanic's Sirena team soon after the WON Tuna Jackpot scales opened at 3 p.m. Thursday changed abruptly when word came that the Cloud Nine had somehow made it to the tournament dock in front of the Tesoro just in time to weigh in their tuna. 

We knew they had at least one big fish aboard because they had radioed their good friend Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Sportfishing to say so -- also adding they were about 38 miles out with a blown transmission and a desperate fix that left them with only somewhat more than 10 knots of speed to work with. 

Luckily it was a flat calm, hot day in Cabo and its surrounding waters and Greg Lewis' crew brought not just one, but two of the 6 yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds weighed in by the 163 boats competing the first day of the 20th Annual WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot. 

First of all there was a delay as numerous photos were taken as the biggest fish was taken off the boat. Then there was joyous celebration when assistant tournament director Billy Egan announced the weight of 272 pounds. Like the Sirena, the Cloud Nine was in all the daily jackpots -- $500, $1000, $2000, $3000, $5000 and $10,000 -- and they literally snatched the total of $324,800 from both fate and the downhearted team now delegated to second.

Then there was the question of whether the 256 would even hold its place in the overall jackpot. The huge crowd around the scales had thinned out considerably when it was announced Cloud Nine had another fish to weigh. While not big enough to oust the Sirena's yellowfin, the 230 pounder did claim the third spot in the overall.

For now. Scales open at 3 Cabo time and there will be regularly updated reports on the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Facebook page. 

Tuna Jackpot Day One Weigh-in Update
Day One Jackpot Updates

Another good looking tuna, a 220. Ten minutes to go, signing off on this side. Big boat with BIG minutes away but going slow due to mechanical problem. Have to make it around by 6. Check Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Facebook page for the final news for the evening and back here for a complete update later. 

The Burro just weighed a 227, another big sigh from the crowd as the across the board team captained by Bradley Erickson of Edina, MN fell short of our leading 256. Erickson donated the fish to our local charity. 

Big fish on the way. There is also word the Cloud Nine  has a very large tuna and a blown transmission. They were 38 miles out and doing 10 knots at lines out at 4

Okay with weights fairly high we have had a few near misses on the wahoo and a 215 pound tuna on the Quijote by the Tulsa Tunadoes team. They also had one of the close wahoo, a 39.2

Quality fish showing up early. Ted Dake on the Make My Day weighed a 43.3-pound wahoo to set the bar on the wahoo/dorado jackpot.

Top wahoo

John Domanic on the Sirena just weighed a 256! Across the board!

Team 140 headed in with a big fish. La Brisa weighed  a 158.9, congrats!

Capt. Chris McMillan's Texas-based team 10 on La Brisa is in the $500 and $1000 jackpot. Also heard of at least one more good fish headed in for weigh-in once scales open at 3.

Heard that Team 10 is 7 miles out and headed in with a good fish. 

What will it weigh?

Just about to open the scales (3 p.m.). No boats lined up waiting with 300 pounders like last year.

We're Underway as 163 Boats Head Out for Glory!
Record Payout Anticipated As 
Tuna Jackpot Sends Out 163 Boats

A sold out Costa Start Boat Party on the Cabo Escape followed a flotilla of sportfishers of all sizes out of Cabo Marina early this morning as the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot got off to day one of fishing with 163 teams on the roster.

Although final numbers have not been posted, a record payout is expected once the two days of fishing that kicked off this Thursday morning off Land's End finishes at the close of the scales at 6 p.m. Friday. Scales open each day at 2 p.m. for the boats to bring in their catch. 

The tournament field is loaded with past champions and the current hot boats rolling in with tournament victories in the series of fishing events that spreads from the East Cape to Cabo from August into the fall. Once again the Tuna Jackpot has the largest number of boats fishing an event.

We'll be posting here and on the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Facebook page and the WON Facebook page once the fish start hanging. 

The Costa Start Boat Party had 120 paid participants and the proceeds all go to Smiles International, the official charity of the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot. They were rewarded with drawings for Costa sunglasses, backpacks and even a couple bottles of Cantera tequila! Fish Hard, Party Harder!

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