The past three days of Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament fishing were challenging experiences for the 218 Teams! Putting it into perspective, according to CatchStat, there were a total of 70 billfish reported, including 4 blacks, 60 blues, and 6 stripes. Remarkedly only 3 qualifiers were brought to the scale, and sixty-six were released. Only one non-qualifier arrived at the scale! It was a remarkable statement of all the Team members’ judgment about the size of their fish when there were such huge sums of money on the line.Read More
CABO SAN LUCAS, BCS, Mex. October 24, 2022 – Wayne Bisbee, owner, and manager of Bisbee tournaments, proclaimed that the 2022 Bisbee Offshore Series Jackpots amounted to a spectacular $3,469,035 this year, in addition to the millions of dollars awarded in the 42-year-old flagship, the "Bisbee Black and Blue." In addition to the 2022 East Cape Offshore Tournament's payout of $1,286,385, the Los Cabos Offshore tournament hit the million-dollar mark for the fourth consecutive time in its 24-year history with its 2022 total of $ $2,182,650 Jackpot Prizes up for grabs, which resulted in the multi-million-dollar figure.Read More
Saturday morning, the Bisbee Fleet milled about before the Flare Gun start of the second and final day of the 2022 Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, waiting for the conclusion of Wayne's radio update of the event details as well as the recount of the activities at the scale on the first day. When Bisbee finished, he closed with a slight desperation in his voice, "BRING ME A FISH!"Read More
During the past 42 years, Bisbee Tournaments have had many momentous events, including breaking the Million Dollar Ceiling in two of the three events:
The Black and Blue 2003 Que Sera $1,165,230 first Million dollar check ever awarded in a Sportfishing Tournament!
The East Cape Offshore 2022 Stella June $1,286,385
The Los Cabos Offshore 2018 TBARead More
LCO time has finally arrived, and our Bisbee Team is confident this will be another one for the record books.
Around two dozen teams arrived for our "Pre-Registration Day," only to realize they were the Guinea Pigs for introducing Bisbee's new "High-Tech Registration Solution!"Read More
Team STELLA JUNE'S angler, Hugo Pina, boated a 375-pound black marlin on the second day of the three-day event earning the Team a colossal $3,430 per pound payday equaling $1,286,385 of the $1,614,425 shared among the 6 winners of the 97 Teams competing.
This raised the expectations of the Bisbee Teams for another record-breaking year for the two remaining events held in Cabo San Lucas during the last half of October.Read More
Team Stella June’s 375-pound black marlin caught on the second day of the 3-day event held in the East Cape area earned the Team an enormous $1,286,385 payday at Saturday Nights 23rd East Cape Offshore Awards banquet held on the sand in front of the Buena Vista Oceanfront and Hot Springs Resort managed by the Valdez Family for the past 46 years.Read More
Wanna be a millionaire? So did the ninety-seven teams still hoping to get in the hunt on the final day of the 23rd Annual Bisbee ECO! With the first two days of fishing behind them, a few awaiting the 7:30-am start were hoping to add to their successes.
Joe Musich aboard "Buena Fortuna" released a dorado 25 minutes after the flare gun went off – the first fish of the day. Hopefully, he would live up to the name of his boat, translated as "Good Fortune!"Read More
Long after lines out, Team Stella June arrived with a black marlin that was the first qualifying billfish to be brought to the scale during the first two days of competition. The usual debate, "Would it qualify?" ricocheted through the enormous crowd of spectators. The noisy debate continued as the scale was zeroed, and the giant fish was hoisted up. Seconds went by as the numbers settled on the scale and stopped. "THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE POUNDS," Wayne Bisbee declared.Read More
Ninety-seven boats crossed the starting line determinedly – with a plan. Although, admittedly, some looked like they had no "plan" in mind!
Some teams targeted a single species, billfish, dorado, or yellowfin tuna.
Those Teams targeting billfish complained that they found the dorado to be a nuisance. However, most billfish hooked did not meet the Tournament's minimum weight of 300-pounds, so they were released.Read More
The 2022 Bisbee's East Cape Offshore edition begins with 97 teams who, for the third year in a row, are vying for another RECORD-BREAKING TOTAL of $1,614,425, according to the final numbers listed in CatchStat. Anglers from Cabo to La Paz share optimism after the positive results of several successful events for specific species kicking off this season in Baja.Read More
For the 20th time in the 41-year history of the BLACK and BLUE, a ONE MILLION DOLLAR check was presented to the tournament winner!
Team BRANIFF, a FIRST-TIME WINNER aboard a Pisces Fleet boat, the 58' Dona Homa, with Captain Lupe at the wheel and angler Andres Pineda on the rod, caught what turned out to be the largest fish weighed in during the event – a 489-pound blue marlin earning the TEAM over $1,000,000.Read More
After the last team had lost the final hooked billfish on Thursday, Wayne Bisbee, Tournament Director, declared, “Friday, the final day of the 2021 Black & Blue, will be like no other in the history of competitive big sport fishing tournaments in the world.”
“A $9,000,000 shootout between 199 Teams for the largest single-day prize ever awarded in a Bisbee tournament.”Read More
Bisbee announced that Team BRANIFF's catch was worth just over $600,000 since they only entered the $500 and $5,000 Daily Jackpots; however, there is still a possibility of more money if theirs remains the largest fish brought to the weigh-station!
The celebration continued as Bisbee wrapped up, when the clock reached 5 p.m., confirming that "lines out" and that no other fish were hooked up or coming to the scale. So, his announcement caused yet another brief celebration before the Team departed for a well-earned dinner at one of their favorite restaurants.Read More
For the THIRD time in its 23-year history, the Bisbee LCO total awards equaled over a MILLION DOLLARS as well as increasing to 186 TEAMS breaking last years record of 122. Also of note is that 60+TEAMS were FIRST TIMERS in competition for the total payout of $1,961,600.Read More
AWARDS REFUND EXPLANATION & AWARDS BANQUET CHANGE REMINDER
Just a reminder that tonight’s Awards Cocktail Celebration will be at the Maria Corona Restaurant (same place shown in the magazine at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (NOT 7:00 pm to 9:00 as published in the magazine).
We will have plenty of great food, but we will be done early enough for you to go to dinner afterwards should you like. Parking is limited so walking, Uber or Taxi will be a smart move for you.
As for the unclaimed prize money, all money has been claimed except for the $5,000. Daily Jackpot. The Dorado category gets rolled into the Tuna category.
Of the $5,000. Daily Jackpot ($10K in entry fees for the two days), “100% of the available prize money is being refunded”. This is $8,500. per team. You may use that money for the Black & Blue this week or receive a refund check when we all get back home. Just let us know what you want to do.
Thanks very much for being with us, we still can’t believe how much this tournament grew and next year is going to be equally insane, I’m sure.
Looking forward to seeing you this evening at 5:30 and on Tuesday for the Black & Blue as well!!!
All the best,
Wayne, Tricia and the Bisbee’s crewRead More
When registration began at 3 p.m. on Thursday, a few teams were waiting in line to add or delete team members, make their final payment, or pick up their swag. CatchStat had signaled earlier that the LCO tournament was on track to set attendance and jackpot records, so everyone was eager to see what the final counts would be.Read More
BISBEE’S RULES ADDENDUM - EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 14 TO OCTOBER 23, 2021
For the 2021 Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore and Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament
This is a change/addition to what is published in the 2021 tournament magazine’s rules regarding the points/prize money deductions for non-qualifying marlin weighing less than 300 lbs. (specifically rule #18 of the 2021 published “General Tournament Rules”).
Rule #18 remains as is, with the following change/addition:Read More
As the Bisbee Cabo Offshore and the Bisbee Black and Blue drew closer, Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee observed, "The number of teams that registered for the East Cape Offshore in August was 96, an increase of 42%. In addition, the payout was the largest ever at $1,582,975, so we anticipate our Cabo registration numbers will increase as well. And, of course, as numbers increase, so do the payouts. So, we should have great tournaments this year!Read More
The 96 teams entered in the 22nd Annual East Cape Offshore Tournament all had one thing in common – they were still in the hunt on the third and final day for the right fish that could put them on the leader board for this year’s already record-setting event.
entered in the 22nd Annual East Cape Offshore Tournament all had one thing in common – they were still in the hunt on the third and final day for the right fish that could put them on the leader board for this year’s already record-setting event.Read More
In the Tuna Division, the only tuna brought to the scale was by Team “Don Julio,” by Sean Feeney, from La Costa, Calif., who also has a vacation home at Ranch Leonero. Often a participant in other local tournaments in the area, including the Las Palmas Dorado Shootout that his Team has won in the past, Team “Don Julio” will receive a total of $34,425. for their efforts.Read More
Early morning cloudy skies combined with thunder booming in the distance greeted the 97 East Cape Offshore teams as they gathered on Day One for their first day of competition. It was an impressive sight as boats ranging from 24- to 80-feet crowded the start line as the seconds ticked down to the 7:30-a.m. start.Read More
First, this past Thursday, we had an absolutely awesome movie premier event for “Blue Miracle” at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas, TX.Read More
Baja Cantina was buzzing Saturday night when Wayne and Tricia Bisbee began the abbreviated awards’ program honoring the Top Release teams of the Bisbee Black & Blue tournament. Observing that there were fewer trophies than he had expected on the table, Wayne Bisbee commented, “I gotta’ say it’s different…a lot different.”Read More
The “virtual crowd banner” awaited the arrival of a qualifying fish weighing over 300 pounds as it hung over the Weigh Station for the three days of the Black & Blue tournament. And this was not counting the pre-fishing days the 127 teams scoured the waters off the tip of Baja on boats skippered by some of the finest Captains in the world.
Waiting impatiently, Wayne Bisbee, Tournament Director, each passing day would grumble, “Bring me a damn fish!”Read More
Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing just posted the following
"I just hung up the phone with local and well respected Captain Javi Abaroa of the 34’ Luhrs “Whatta Journey”, with team “5 More minutes” onboard. They hooked up to a Blue Marlin at 12:38 PM today and fought their fish for over 5 hours!!
Two fish were brought to the scales that did not qualify and this was the last boat hooked up, all lines out, and if they made it happen, the marlin would turn them into Millionaires...Read More
The following morning, before the start boat left the dock, Carlos Mendoza Davis, Baja’s Governor, and other state officials presented Wayne and Trish Bisbee with a special plaque, honoring the Bisbee family and their deceased father, Robert “Bob” Bisbee for his decades of support in Cabo San Lucas and Baja.
The Governor commended them saying, “We wanted to recognize Robert “Bob” Bisbee and his children Wayne and Trish along with the entire Bisbee family for their ongoing support for Cabo San Lucas over the past 40 years.Read More
This year, the first billfish of the day arrived before the weigh station had opened at 2:00 p.m. at the API Pier. The incoming team had dedicated their catch to the kids at the orphanage as a tribute to their longtime fishing buddy, surfer, and friend, Donnie Lovett, “Blackfin Donnie.”Read More
When LCO registration finally closed, and all the information was reviewed, the results were astounding. The Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament broke last year’s record! This was amazing as it was the first year the tournament purse broke $1 Million. With 10 additional teams over last year’s 118, this year’s field of 128 is competing for a purse of over $1.44 Million!Read More
Forty years later, the three Bisbee Family events have exceeded the ONE MILLION DOLLAR THRESHOLD at least once, distributing 18 checks exceeding $1 million dollars to individual winning teams.Read More
I hope everyone is doing very well as the tournaments draw near. Both October events are shaping up great, and there’s still a ton of fish in Cabo!
In the past couple of weeks, Cabo lightened their Covid restrictions one more level and are planning to go even further in the coming weeks. This means that all of the local businesses can operate a bit more freely and they’re more than ready to see all of you!
We are happy to announce that following several months’ assistance and direction from various Mexico and Baja Federal, State, and Municipal Government agencies establishing necessary protocols for a safe event, the much anticipated “21st Annual Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament” will be held at the Buena Vista Oceanfront & Thermal Resort.Read More
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — As the crew of the Stella June dug into plates of Asian fusion at the Chubby Noodle on sleepy Paseo de la Marina, captain Evan Salvay ran his fingers through hair shaped by a day’s worth of saltwater, wind, broiling sun and spiking anxiety.Read More
Bisbee Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund’s program, a unique mix of the raffle, live auction, entertainment, and a top-tier firework show, was included in the distribution of $4,584,450 to various category winners of the three-day fishing tournament.Read More
Aboard Tranquillo, owner Ken Cofer started the team’s day off with a sailfish release. Although it was not the right kind of fish, it was an encouraging sign of things to come.
On they trolled for the next hour or so in search of the “big one.” And then they had a “be careful what you wish for” moment – a double hookup for anglers Amanda Cofer and Bill Pino, and this time it was the right kind!Read More
Teams Wild Hooker and True Grit won the extraordinary sums of well over $1 Million each on Days One and Two of the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament in Cabo San Lucas.
Day Three has arrived, and the other 124 teams are looking for the opportunity to stand on the awards stage alongside the first two lucky teams on Sat. Night to accept a similar check. If that happens, it could be three approximately $1.3 Million checks issued on three consecutive days … another world record.Read More
Day 1 of the 39th Annual Bisbee Black and Blue began as not one, but two spectator boats headed out to watch the flare gun start of the event. Cabo Wave, loaded with dignitaries, staff, press, and spectators, was followed by a second spectator boat, also filled with overflow spectators eager to watch the start of the competition for $4.5 million – the largest sportfishing tournament purse in the world.Read More
The 39th Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament – a record $4.5 million payout extravaganza, according to director Wayne Bisbee – is shaping up to be as substantial as the recently-concluded Los Cabos Offshore event.
The 126 teams entered in this three-day tourney are poised for an early morning start.Read More
From start to finish – with virtually no downtimes – the just concluded 2019 Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament was a bang-up event, made more so by the $1,274,150 distributed when it was all over.
“Blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, and two tuna brought home the paydays for 120 entries of 480 anglers plus boat captains and crews working both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean out of Cabo San Lucas,” said event director Wayne Bisbee.Read More
There were 192 fish caught or released during the two-day event, including ten dorado but no qualifiers, 95 striped marlin, 61 blue marlin, ten black marlin, and one lonely spearfish.
He added that was not bad for the two-day event. Over 2,400 pounds of fish were donated by the teams to “Feeding Los Cabos Kids,” whose staff and volunteers cleaned and delivered the fish that provided an estimated 7,557 meals for the kids and their families through their efforts since 2015, they have served Children’s Rehab and feeding centers through neighborhoods in the barrios surrounding Los Cabos.Read More
Winning both Day One and Day Two jackpots, plus getting the heaviest billfish for what is the largest payout in the history of the East Cape Offshore Tournament ever – “Team El Suertudo” collected a whopping $619,800.Read More
Prior to the 7 a.m. start, 66-teams crowded the start line as the flare rose across the horizon for the second and final day of the Bisbee East Cape Offshore Tournament. Would it be decided in the first inning or last at-bat?Read More
During the fiesta on the beach later, teams seemed optimistic and sure they would have a shot at the nearly $400,000 still left in the jackpot for Day Two.Read More
However, on the winning side, the total jackpot increased to a record $790,000, the largest amount in the 20-year history of the ECO.Read More
What the caterpillar perceives as the end,
to the butterfly is just the beginning.
When 2018’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament punctured the One Million Dollar mark last year with its two-day format, the Bisbee Team heeded the input of its participants who urged the East Cape Offshore to match the LCOT format.Read More
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.Read More
Bob Bisbee Sr., patriarch of the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournaments phenomena, peacefully passed away June 14, 2018 in the north Dallas Metroplex, leaving behind a legacy, a loving family and a huge circle of friends.Read More
Anticipation soared, and the excitement built as many boats and teams arrived for the upcoming Bisbee tournaments. Their mere appearance in Cabo was the promise of fun-filled days ahead for locals and visitors, veterans and newcomers alike.Read More
We have chosen what we feel is the most appropriate place and time to gather in remembrance and celebrate Dad's life.Read More
“May Bob Bisbee's Spirit touch our fish and honor his legacy …”
With the above tribute inscribed on Team Awesome’s East Cape Offshore Tournament shirts, their wish to include and honor the man who founded the Bisbee tournaments was underscored.Read More
“In spite of it seeming as though there were long quiet spells on the VHF during the three days, the outcome of this year’s ECO was impressive!” Wayne Bisbee observed. “There were qualifiers brought to the scale all three days.Read More
Still, it was enough to add to the frustration of those teams searching for the right place at the right time – looking for their chance to make the Leaderboard for a shot at some of that ECO record-setting $657,125 prize money.Read More
Day One began with a touching tribute to Bob Bisbee in the morning. This is the one of a few tournament he has not attended in person, but we believe he was with us in spirit -- watching the day play out, as he always has.Read More
Throughout the afternoon was a steady, but not overwhelming, stream of participants wandering through the hotel’s large dining room which was decorated with mounts of the marlin, dorado and yellowfin tuna, reminders of the targets of the teams for the next three-days of fishingRead More
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.Read More
Saturday night was the welcomed finish line for the 120 teams that had fished their hearts out during Cabo’s Black & Blue Tournament.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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 yearRead More
There were 671 anglers and crews consisting of 114 teams who competed in the 19th Annual Los Cabos Offshore Tournament held October 19 - 22 in Cabo San Lucas and the winners carried home $823,500 in prize money. To quote Wayne Bisbee, “The “Los Cabos Offshore” can’t be called the “Baby Bisbee” any longer … it’s all grown up!”Read More
Pandemonium broke out at the scale as spectators, photographers and staff all jostled for a better view of the fish. When the fish had settled on the scale, with gusto, weighmaster Jack Teschel bellowed out the weight at 574-pounds, verifying that this “Hail Mary” turned out to be the largest fish of the 2017 Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore Tournament.Read More
As the committee boat idled toward the rising sun, Wayne Bisbee mused, “Looks like we are going to have great weather for the tournament; the 114 teams should be pleased.” His comment was an understatement! The first day’s fishing was a show stopper with three qualifying billfish and one yellowfin tuna brought to the scales by closing time.Read More
He concluded by updating the final tally to 114 teams with 626 participants competing for $822,450 in cash prizes. “If you had asked me thirty days ago, I never would’ve thunk it!” He grinned.Read More
A huge “attaboy” and THANK YOU from the entire Bisbee team and the participants to each of the 2017 Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors. They are the glue that helps make the events a huge success every year. For a complete list of those sponsors please visit https://www.bisbees.com/
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.
This year, ECO had a great turnout, best fishing and the first time in the history of the event that qualifying marlin over 300 pounds were weighed all three days.
Don’t miss the remaining Los Cabos Offshore, October 19 - 22, 2017 and Black & Blue, October 24 - 28, 2017. Hope we see all of you there.
In closing, Bisbee thanked the Valdez Family of Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort for their help and hospitality adding that the dates for next year are July 31-August 4, 2018.Read More
The tournament awards ceremony to hand out out eleven checks to the winning Teams totaling $590,375. Will be held on the beach overlooking the Sea of Cortez in front of the host Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort beginning at 7:00 p.m Saturday evening (8/5/17).Read More
Meanwhile, a mere seven minutes later, Team Tag Team’s Hunter Heryford arrived at the scale with a 39-pound dorado that would be the largest of the tournament thus far, though they were not in the “Gamefish Division.” Heryford managed to lure it in on a “Zucker” black and purple in a click under 30-minutes, their only bite of the day.Read More
As the two crews whooped and hollered, drowning out the sounds of camera shutters clicking, Wayne Bisbee confided, “This is the first time in the history of the ECO that all the jackpots were covered in the first couple of hours.” Little did he know, but by the time for “lines out,” there would be four qualifying billfish brought to the weigh station:Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The normal association of the word avalanche is massive walls of snow pummeling down a frozen mountain pass. Or in the case of arid climates like Baja California Sur, pebbles triggering rocks triggering boulders in a raucous cavalcade until it all comes to a pulverized rest in the arroyo far below.Read More
The first day of the 2016 Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament started with a big bang and that doesn’t even count the 8 a.m. flare start that sent 108 boats racing off in search of big fish and even bigger prize money. A total of more than $773,000 is at stake in this two-day event. By the time the scales closed 12 hours later, six marlin had been hoisted aloft, along with three qualifying yellowfin tuna. Marlin must weigh at least 300 pounds, while tuna have a 40-pound minimum.Read More
The ‘Little Bisbee's” is little no more. The Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, long known as the diminutive warm-up for the Black & Blue, has announced its presence with authority. One hundred and eight boats competing for more than $773,000 in prize money proves that, thank you very much. And if there was still any lingering doubt, a look at the team rosters confirms the popularity of this combo billfish/game fish format. Take Juan Barraga and his crew, for example.
Owner Rick Twamley, fishing aboard his 60-foot Hatteras Bull Rider, made a first and lasting impression by boating a 427-pound blue marlin on the first day of the 2016 Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament. That fish, captured on a green and yellow dorado lure after a 68-minute fight, earned Capt. Lucas Parelta and the team the top payout of $340,701. The total purse among this year’s 65-boat fleet was $543,825.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Christopher Altbaum picked the perfect time to catch his largest tuna ever. The Go Deeper/Sea Fever team member outlasted a hefty 238-pound yellowfin to claim the top daily honors in the second and last day of fishing in the 2015 Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament.Read More
The 2015 Los Cabos Offshore Tournament was one for the record books, literally. With an all-time high of 95 boats, an overall purse of $629,300 and top dollars to the winning boat, this “warm-up” for the Bisbee’s Black & Blue has certainly come into its own.Read More
John Peelman and Team Hot Rod know what it takes to win. The Fresno, California angler and his veteran crew adapted to difficult conditions and brought the winning fish to the scales Friday afternoon to earn top honors in the 2015 Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament.Read More