Giant tuna wins Tuna Jackpot


Huge tuna, $64,000 dorado, a quarter million dollars to one boat

RICH HOLLANDPublished: Nov 07, 2008

Big fish and big money dominated the last day of the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot , including  the second biggest tuna in the history of the event, a 244-pound yellowfin landed by the owners of the Redrum fleet, Ryan Donovan and John Donovan on the Reel Rum with Luis Vela and Americo Andres.

That  fish wiped out a 131 pounder weighed earlier in the day by the Bad Market team of Tom Pianko and Lloyd Nelson that had the cash in the $500 and $1000 daily jackpots nailed down early in the second-day weigh-in, the same jackpots entered by the Redrum. Those two pots combined earned the Reel Rum anglers $37,400. Add the $32,980 for first place in the overall jackpot and that means they won a total of $70,380.

The monster cash award went to The Bottom Line team captained by Mike Menas, which once again swept the remaining jackpots, this time with a 101.6-pound tuna. That added up to $122,000, which combined with their previous day´s winnings and third place in the overall jackpot amounts to a total of $271,346.

The minimum weight for the wahoo/dorado jackpot was lowered to 25 pounds and several wahoo and dorado topped that mark, but it was a 40.1-pound dorado on the Picante Dream that earned $64,000 (the combined two-day pot) for Dale Braun, David Turner, Maura Braun and Penny Turner.  

The panga Dr. Pescado added $3880 for second overall jackpot (a 145.4-pound tuna) to their first day winnings of $11,800 to end up with $15,680 for team members Jaime Rendon, Victor Hurtado, Aaron Demeyere and Jose Ruiz.

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