Bisbee Black and Blue, San Diego angler Charlie Lee wins $3,004,900

Bisbee Black and Blue, San Diego angler Charlie Lee wins $3,004,900

  • Gary Graham, That Baja Guy
  • Oct 28, 2018

CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS, Mexico – A 510-pound black marlin on the final day of the Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament was worth a staggering $3,004,900 to angler Charlie Lee and California-based Team Chinito Bonito.

Total Black & Blue Tournament jackpot payouts amounted to $3,693,625 announced tournament director Wayne Bisbee.

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Bisbee Black & Blue: Lightning strikes twice

Bisbee Black & Blue: Lightning strikes twice

  • Gary Graham, That Baja Guy
  • Oct 27, 2018

Chinito Bonito, a second-year Black & Blue Tournament veteran team, reported their first hook-up of this tournament – a black marlin with angler Charlie Lee in the fighting chair. No stranger to winning, they had landed a 442-pound blue marlin last year, their first year in the tournament, that had earned them $7,020.

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Karma plays a role in Big Game-Big Money Sportfishing

Karma plays a role in Big Game-Big Money Sportfishing

  • Gary Graham, That Baja Guy
  • Oct 26, 2018

Karma was a game changer on Day Two as THE “Karma 3” backed into the IGY slip shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Rumors swirled through the crowd eagerly waiting to see what Bisbee’s 2018 Black and Blue daily winner might be. It was the only fish so far, so there was no competitor at that point. And as luck would have it, no other billfish were brought to the scale that day!

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Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament 1st day winner receives $645,425

Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament 1st day winner receives $645,425

  • Gary Graham, That Baja Guy
  • Oct 25, 2018

As the big fish was hoisted, the crowd gasped while angler Max Briggs confirmed the zeroed IWS Weighmaster scale and waited as Bert Merritt paused until the numbers stopped.  Then he roared … Three Hundred Ninety-Five Pounds as the Team 4 Yahoos high-fived and hugged one another exuberantly.

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Storm clouds flee as Black and Blue begins

Storm clouds flee as Black and Blue begins

  • Gary Graham, That Baja Guy
  • Oct 24, 2018

Bisbee welcomed the large group crowding the stage as he began. “You folks are going to be blown away by the numbers this year. It’s bizarre!  While our number of teams is down, the jackpot is approaching FOUR MILLION DOLLARS and we still have teams signing up.

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Join Us in Honoring Dad's Amazing Life

Join Us in Honoring Dad's Amazing Life

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 15, 2018

We have chosen what we feel is the most appropriate place and time to gather in remembrance and celebrate Dad's life. 

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Bisbee’s Conservation Fund Finds a Way

Bisbee’s Conservation Fund Finds a Way

  • Gary Graham
  • Nov 10, 2017

Nearly 800 anglers and guests joined in a remarkable demonstration of support of the Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund’s first-ever charity event benefiting the projects that were at the heart of the organization when it was established nearly five years ago.  The event was open to the public.

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Bisbee Black & Blue Winners Receive $3,255,750

Bisbee Black & Blue Winners Receive $3,255,750

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 29, 2017

Saturday night was the welcomed finish line for the 120 teams that had fished their hearts out during Cabo’s Black & Blue Tournament.

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C Bandit Black tops field and nearly steals the show

C Bandit Black tops field and nearly steals the show

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 28, 2017

It took the effort of all of the station crew to haul it high enough to be weighed. When it was finally secured, weigh master Techel for the final time this season, counted, “1-2-3” as the number on the IWS digital scale stopped at 569-pounds and Techel called it out. The crowd howled with delight.

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Bisbee Black & Blue produces a flurry of qualifiers on second day.

Bisbee Black & Blue produces a flurry of qualifiers on second day.

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 27, 2017

“Seven qualifiers in one day alone is electrifying; two on one boat and two different species is unusual, plus a last-minute hookup sure made the hump day of the richest tournament on the planet one for the books,” Bisbee marveled.

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Bisbee Black & Blue … Day One a Thriller

Bisbee Black & Blue … Day One a Thriller

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 26, 2017

 All 10 Brothers cheered-on the weigh station crew as they struggled to hoist the second fish. “Hey, we want a new Ten Brothers record” laughed one as the fish slowly settled on the rope. “Three-two-one- let’s have the weight,” begged one brother. Then, the weighmaster drawled out the official weight of 485 pounds!

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Black & Blue underway

Black & Blue underway

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 25, 2017

By the time the final team had submitted their paper work and paid their entry fees, there were 120 teams registered and the cash prizes totaled $3,211,825 which was higher than it had been in 2016.

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Pub Crawl Bisbee Style

Pub Crawl Bisbee Style

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 24, 2017

Today is the beginning of the final Bisbee tournament of the season, the 37th Annual Bisbee Black and Blue, October 24-28. This event primarily targets black and blue marlin weighing a minimum of 300 pounds to qualify. All other species, including striped marlin, sailfish and spearfish, are released with special prizes for the top release teams. The Black and Blue also features a special Saturday night Award celebration with Auction, Raffle, and David Pack's "Legends Live" Charity Benefit Concert.

This year

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Medano Hotel & Suites - New Partner-Sponsor

Medano Hotel & Suites - New Partner-Sponsor

  • R. Wayne Bisbee
  • Aug 21, 2017

Located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, we’re very happy to welcome the brand new Médano Hotel and Suites as our host hotel this year.  

 

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Pacifico Index

Pacifico Index

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 23, 2016

There are countless ways to gauge success in today’s society. From presidential polls to college football rankings, friends, followers and likes to stocks and commodities values, all measure degrees of achievement, standings and wealth. The benchmark for the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament, the richest sport-fishing contest in the world and presented this year by Orca Coolers, is the unofficial Pacifico Index. By all accounts the 2016 edition was a resounding success with an overall purse of $3,511,900 at stake for the 121 boats entered.

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Homecoming

Homecoming

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 21, 2016

It was a fitting end to the 36th annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament. The SoCal team aboard C-Bandit was the last to the scales Friday night with a solid contender definitely in tow. Russ Armstrong was on the rod when a black marlin ate a live 12-pound yellowfin tuna near Vinorama right at noon. Even though it stayed down at first, Armstrong suspected it was a good fish. As he applied more drag, the black came alive and started leaping out of the water 200 feet behind the transom.

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Jackpot

Jackpot

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 21, 2016

It wasn’t the biggest marlin Julio Fernandez has ever caught. And it wasn’t the hardest fighting fish, either. But the black marlin he landed Thursday morning in the 2016 Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament will be the most memorable, without a doubt. Catching a fish worth close to $2 million dollars tends to stand out, regardless.

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Close But No Million

Close But No Million

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 19, 2016

The Bisbee’s Black & Blue, presented by Orca Coolers, is well-known as the world’s richest sport-fishing tournament. But for those who have competed in or followed the event over the years, it’s also known for its high-stakes drama. Many a winning fish has come to the scales in the last day or last hour throughout the B&B’s 36-year history. So Wednesday’s scenario on the first day of fishing added a somewhat early twist.

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Enchilada Grande

Enchilada Grande

  • By Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 19, 2016
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High Stakes

High Stakes

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 25, 2015

It takes confidence to bet heavily when the stakes are so high. Yet that’s exactly what Team Tranquilo did this past week during the 35th edition of the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament.

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North of the Border

North of the Border

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 23, 2015

Last day theatrics are old sombrero for the Bisbee’s Black & Blue and the 35th edition was no exception. With no qualifying marlin on Thursday, the jackpot for a team entered across the board on the final day was worth $1.8 million. That didn’t take into account the difference between US and Canadian dollars, however, or optional jackpots.

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The Partnership

The Partnership

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 22, 2015

Putting on a tournament the size and scope of the Black & Blue is no easy task. Besides coordinating 121 teams from around the globe, weighing trophy fish and distributing more than $3.5 in prize money, there are tons of behind-the-scenes logistical details to consider.

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Close But…

Close But…

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 22, 2015

The pressure was building like water in a tea kettle. Hundreds of spectators were milling around, the nervous energy palatable. Rumors spread faster than a California wildfire. But it was no state secret. Everybody for 10 square blocks knew what was coming.

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Name Game

Name Game

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 21, 2015

Team names are always an interesting subject in a highly competitive tournament like the Black & Blue. Many reflect tackle themes, regional loyalty or bravado. Some are clever phrases while others aren’t publishable on a family web site. But all represent the spirit and personality of the individual teams entered. The first day of the 2015 Bisbee’s Black & Blue, with more than $3.515 million on the line, certainly underscored that point.

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