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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 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.

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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 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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