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Baja Tournament Time
Tournament time can mean different things to different folks. Although the big money/big fish events often dominate the news – where millions of dollars are at stake and huge billfish won’t even qualify unless they’re over 300 pounds – there are numerous local and regional tournaments throughout Baja and Mexico with fewer participants and even smaller cash amounts, or even just trophies, that are very popular.

WON hosts the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot in November, where the top yellowfin often exceeds 200 pounds, earning the winning teams hundreds of thousands in cash prizes.


“Mexico has amazing sportfishing resources offering more than 200 sportfishing tournaments a year in some 250 sportfishing destinations throughout the country,” disclosed Mario GilbertoAguilar, National Commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries.


Both Baja Norte and Baja Sur have their own state-sponsored series that many locals and visiting anglers find challenging … as well as just plain fun.


The “Pesca La Baja” series, in its fifth year, began May 18-19 with its first event in San Luis Gonzaga. Despite its remote location, more than 180 anglers and over 40 boats were registered – the largest number in the event’s history, organized by the Association of Sports Fishing Clubs in Baja California. Many traveled some distance to participate.


After an early flare gun start, boats headed in different directions on the calm Sea of Cortez. The catch for the day included gulf grouper, yellowtail and cabrilla, enough to fill all but one of the categories. The largest qualifying fish was a gulf grouper weighing 26 pounds.


Pesca La Baja’s next scheduled event is in San Felipe, June 22-23, followed by San Quintin on July 20-21, with Ensenada completing the circuit Aug. 24-25.


The Gran Final takes place at Bahia de Los Angeles on Sept. 28-29.


http://www.pescalabaja.com/


It is expected there will be a large turnout of locals again this year with residents of the hosting community enjoying home field advantage. However, they always welcome the competition of visitors from the other areas.


All the venues are within one day’s driving distance from the border, which allows anglers visiting from California reasonable access to the hosting areas.


Farther south in Baja Sur, the Serial Dos Mares Baja Tournaments are the catalysts that encourage sportfishing at a grass roots level by hosting a series of local Baja Sur tournaments in five municipalities annually: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz, Loreto, El Cardonal, Buena Vista, Punta Chivato, Bahia Ascension, Punta Abreojos, Todos Santos, as well as other locations.


Baja Sur Tournament Series are community affairs. They involve most of the local and state government officials as well as resident anglers and their families. Visiting anglers who choose to participate are welcome as well. Entry fees are small; visitors and locals are encouraged to fish in these government-sponsored events, which seem more like fiestas than tournaments. These take place throughout the entire year.


My next stop will be Loreto, where I will be joining the SAC team for a meeting with the state government officials, representatives from the tourism and sportfishing industries and local business owners on June 1.


Later in the afternoon, anglers will register for the fourth Annual Torneo Gastronómico for one of the Serial Dos Mares Baja Tournaments.


It’s a 6 a.m. (local time) flare-gun start on June 2. At 7 a.m. (California time), the Let’s Talk HookUp Radio 1090 with Pete Gray kicks off with the SAC team, Loreto officials, tourist representatives, sportfishing industries , business owners and call-ins eager to talk about Loreto and what it has to offer. If you have a question, please call in during the show.


Tournament weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the award ceremony, to be held during the culinary Festival de la Almeja Chocolata.


There are several more qualifying tournaments scheduled in June preceding the GRAN FINAL held in Loreto. For more information about the remaining events:


*Torneo de Pesca Blue Anchor 2018 - Loreto. June 15, 6 a.m. - June 16, 6 p.m.

*Torneo Bulls Only 2018 - Punta Chivato. June 22, 6 a.m. - June 24, 6 p.m.


For more information, visit – http://www.serialsepada.com/calendar/


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AFTER AN EARLY flare gun start, boats headed in different directions on the calm Sea of Cortez.


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FARTHER SOUTH IN Baja Sur, the Serial Dos Mares Baja Tournaments are the catalysts that encourage sportfishing at a grass roots level by hosting a series of local Baja Sur tournaments in five municipalities annually.


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THE "PESCA LA BAJA" series, in its fifth year, began May 18-19 with its first event in San Luis Gonzaga.


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