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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
 

Fantastic tourney rates if you book before June 1!! 

GET YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE HOTEL TESOROlocked up at special rates. See you in Cabo at the Jackpot! Remember, Fish Hard, Party Harder in November. The online jackpot code is TUNAJACK2019.


 

The Hotel Tesoro, the longtime official hotel of the Tuna Jackpot in Cabo, 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.


This is the time to book your rooms for our 21st year. Every event over four days Nov. 6-9 is located in the front of the hotel on the malecon or within walking distance of it. The pool and rooms overlook the marina and the famous Arch.


Go to the direct hotel booking link https://bit.ly/30zc7sb

and if requested, use the promotional code: TUNAJACK2019.

Their ad (which also a direct booking link) at www.loscabostunajackpot.comdenotes the special CTJ rates, not including taxes and fees.


THE JUNIOR SUITEis available with a marina view. Standard rooms (not shown) have options for marina or city view at different rates.


A FULL WORKOUT GYMand spa are at the hotel, accessible from the pool patio.


ENJOY the views at Hotel Tesoro with family, friends and loved ones during, before and after the tourney with special rates discounted even more before June 1.



CABO TUNA JACKPOT PREVIEW: What’s new for 2019?
There’s a lot going on, and more to come. For now, we have three new sponsors in Nomad lures, Chevron’s Techron fuel additive, and Gamakatsu hooks. Plus we separated the wahoo and dorado jackpots into their own $1,000 optionals, there is a new 6 p.m. weigh-in deadline area, and most recently, we added a $20,000 Gray Fish Research Tag optional


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THE CABO START is always exciting to be in the middle of, both days, off Lands End.


Western Outdoor News had a very successful tournament in the 20th year with 163 teams, up from 147 the previous year and a record payout of $840,600 in which two teams won more than $300,000, a first for the tourney. We are predicting the tourney will produce its first-ever $1 million-plus payout.


But for the 21st run there will be some great changes to the event in 2019 when Nov. 6-9 rolls around. To us, it seems like it’s just around the corner. Hopefully for you folks, it feels as though it can’t get here fast enough as we get into the Fish Hard, Party Harder mode as teams sign up and we make preparations for another Tuna Jackpot.


SPONSORS BACK, MORE WELCOMED ABOARD: This year we welcome back nearly all of our loyal sponsors, with three new companies climbing aboard. One is Nomad lures which is really fired up to be a big part of the event. They'll award $500 in product daily to the biggest tuna and dorado/wahoo, plus product for the grand raffle. They're also sponsoring our captains meeting and are planning some other great promotional giveaway for each angler. Stay tuned! Their owner Damon Olsen, who is also their chief designer and runs a mother ship operation in Australia will be coming down to attend.


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GAMAKATSU IS PROVIDING a dry bag backpack to each angler.


Our new hook sponsor Gamakatsu is coming down, and they are coming into the tournament in a HUGE way. First off, they are providing the official team boat flags, nylon, banner style and in color. They are beautiful. One per team, and the few remaining will be available for purchase at the scales on Thursday with all proceeds going to Gray Fish Tag Research. That is not all. Gamakatsu is also providing the official tournament bags for all anglers. These are waterproof dry bag backpacks. They are a dry bag with a roll down top that seals, have sturdy backpack straps and will be adorned with their tuna logo and our tournament name imprinted. Super cool, quality gift for every angler. And, they are sponsoring the new Gamakatsu Karaoke Contest, to be held at the Friday Fiesta among the top five finalists. Details to follow on that one, but start practicing.


Of course, Costa sunglasses is major part of our event every year and the company has built its rep in Cabo on the boats of the Tuna Jackpot. Everywhere you look in Lands End – Cabo is the Sportfishing Capitol of the World -- has captains and anglers wearing Costa shirts, hats and wearing Costa’s top-grade classy sunglasses with their 580 lenses. There is nothing better for your eyes on land and water. Every angler will again receive at check-in a long sleeve Costa event performance fabric shirt with the champions of every Tuna Jackpot imprinted on the back. Maybe your team will get its name on the shirt in 2020? Just catch the biggest tuna in November.


Attending sponsors Dave and Amy Bulthuis also give away dozens of pairs of sunglasses and many many gifts in drawings, and support the Smiles International Foundation charity by sponsoring the Costa Cabo Escape Charters each morning of the shotgun start. Teams should also be ready with their “A game” for the daily “SHOW US YOUR COSTAS!” contest.


accuratepinkvaliantACCURATE’S PINK VALIANT 500 reels, four of which go to the top female team with biggest tuna over two days, with at least two lady members on the team and fishing each day.


Accurate reels is coming back down for a second year, and are bringing a dozen beautiful two-speed reels for drawings, and this year they are also adding four custom two-speed pink and silver Valiant 500 reels (BV2-500-SP) designed for the ladies and engraved 2019 WON Tuna Jackpot on the crossbar. The pink reels valued at $580 each are the only such Accurate Valiant reels in existence. The biggest tuna caught by a team that has at least two women officially on the team and on the water will win all four reels.


Before we get into the 2019 changes, all designed to make it a better and safer and more fun event, be sure to book your rooms at the Hotel Tesoro, especially before June 1 as the official host hotel situated in the middle of the Jackpot action is offering a special 10 percent off an already discounted rate for all rooms. See more on the web page at http://www.loscabostunajackpot.com/2019_coverage/tesoro.php and click on the link ads or logo, or just call the Tesoro.


COMPETE AT ANY LEVEL: Among the changes for the tourney is that we are making it possible for teams to win at ANY level, high or low in the optionals. We are well aware that teams play at the level they feel comfortable at, and that is why they are called “optionals.”


THE NEW TUNA OPTIONAL: At the high end, while all optionals for tuna remain, a $20,000 optional at $10,000 daily has been added for this year. This optional is called the Gray Fish Tag Research Tuna Optional with 85 percent of the money going to the biggest tuna among teams that enter it (it will payout each day like the others), 10 percent to the tourney, and 5 percent to Gray Fish Tag Research to purchase satellite fish tags that run $5,000 each.


The only stipulation for entering that $20,000 tuna optional is that only teams that enter across the board can enter the new optional. There were 17 teams across the board last year, a record for the tourney that started in 1999. We are hoping the high roller teams will go for the big money and help Gray purchase satellite tags for research – and perhaps push the total payout over the $1 million mark for the first time.


WAHOO AND DORADO HAVE OWN OPTIONALS: For the teams that want to compete but not play at the high roller table and still go after the title of 2019 champion, the $1,000 wahoo/dorado optional is now replaced with separate $1,000 optionals. The 30-pound minimum on both wahoo and dorado 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. The Optional separate optional allows more teams to compete for big money each day. And, teams looking for tuna are more apt to hook a big dorado than a wahoo because wahoo are more tackle specific (wire leader, etc). So when you are fishing tuna, you are also fishing for big dorado. You want to be in that optional as you look for tuna.


WEIGH-IN DEADLINE: Another change, asked for by anglers and the marina officials is a new spot for the 6 p.m. weigh-in deadline for boats. It will not be the usual inner harbor area just off the weigh-in docks, which is far too dangerous as boats speed in to make the deadline and marina patrols are ignored. Thus, the outer harbor will be the designated spot that will be videotaped and manned, at the outer jetty. 6 p.m. Don’t be late.


THE SCHEDULE: More details will be forthcoming as we work with sponsors and vendors and restaurants, but the Wednesday through Saturday schedule will remain the same, and the same sites will be used for parties, check-in, and weigh-in. The awards dinner catered by Solomon’s Landing at the cruise pier was a huge hit, and each year it gets better and better for the anglers. The weigh area in front of the Tesoro will again be held Thursday and Friday, there will be two shotgun starts, and two shotgun (flare) start charity parties 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on those days aboard Wild Tours’ beautiful party yacht Cabo Escape, with Smiles International benefitting from the $30 charter fee collected by the sponsor, Costa sunglasses. Catered by Capt. Tony’s, and the bubbly will be poured and be ready to cheer on the teams and then get ready for drawings for Costas and then dancing.


There will again be a 1 to 4 p.m., early check-in at the conference center on Tuesday at the Tesoro. Sign in, avoid the lines and come back the next day for the swag by sponsors. The regular check-in will be Wednesday on the malecon and a welcome party at the Marlin sculpture between Solomon’s Landing and Captain Tony’s, and a Friday Fiesta at Maria Corona’s Restaurant. All sites are subject to change.


For any questions about the event to sign up and reserve your current or new team number your signup contact is lori@wonews.com. Note on any entry or check that you are requesting a specific number. All team numbers are up for grabs as the “reserve time” has passed. We will assign team numbers to open slots on the roster sequentially unless you request a number. The roster is published on the website and is updated every few weeks for now, and then weekly in the last few months.


See you all in November!


Pat McDonell,

Director


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THE SCHEDULE IS subject to change for event, but there are eight events to look forward to from Check-in to the Awards Dinner with two days of weigh-ins in front of the Hotel Tesoro, the Costa Start Boat Charter on the Cabo Escape, the Friday Fiesta at Maria Corona Restaurant, and more.


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GET A GREAT deal at the Hotel Tesoro, and book by June 1 for special rates.


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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


JUNIOR SUITE


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
RESERVE YOUR NUMBER!!!

 

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.


https://www.wonews.com/pc-361-141-los-cabos-tuna-jackpot-nov-6th-9th-2019-deposit.aspx


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


http://forum.wonews.com/3dissue/201811233cab/index.html


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.

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Cloud Nine Overcomes Adversity With Two Cows
Engine Trouble Nearly Sinks Cloud Nine
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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. 




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