18th Bisbee ECO Shatters Records

18th Bisbee ECO Shatters Records

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 5, 2018

“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.

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Bisbee ECO Third day yields more qualifiers

Bisbee ECO Third day yields more qualifiers

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 4, 2018

“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.

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$657,125 prize money serves as incentive for more teams

$657,125 prize money serves as incentive for more teams

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 3, 2018

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.

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Glory! Glory!

Glory! Glory!

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 2, 2018

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. 

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Bisbee East Cape Offshore draws a crowd

Bisbee East Cape Offshore draws a crowd

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 1, 2018

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 fishing

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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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2017 Bisbee Offshore finishes with a flourish

2017 Bisbee Offshore finishes with a flourish

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 24, 2017

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!” 

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Team Hooray’s  574-pound blue stuns the field

Team Hooray’s 574-pound blue stuns the field

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 22, 2017

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.

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One man one fish

One man one fish

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 21, 2017

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.

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Registration frenzy

Registration frenzy

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 20, 2017

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.

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The Anticipation is infectious

The Anticipation is infectious

  • Gary Graham
  • Oct 19, 2017

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/Sponsors/List.

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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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ECO A Big One for Bisbee Record Book

ECO A Big One for Bisbee Record Book

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 7, 2017

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.

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Sometimes Barely is Enough

Sometimes Barely is Enough

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 5, 2017

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).  

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Take a Time Out

Take a Time Out

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 4, 2017

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.

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Wayne’s World

Wayne’s World

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 3, 2017

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:

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17th annual Bisbee East Cape Offshore Payout to be $584K

17th annual Bisbee East Cape Offshore Payout to be $584K

  • Gary Graham
  • Aug 2, 2017

Soon Wayne Bisbee, flanked by his interpreter, Clicerio Mercado, called the Captains Meeting to order and announced that 64 teams were entered with the total amount growing by $40K to a respectable $584,000.

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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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Avalanche

Avalanche

  • By Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 17, 2016

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.

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Skirt Chasers

Skirt Chasers

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 15, 2016

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.

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In the Shadow

In the Shadow

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 15, 2016

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.

 

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BULL RIDER LASSOES LARGEST MARLIN TO WIN  2016 BISBEE’S EAST CAPE OFFSHORE TOURNAMENT

BULL RIDER LASSOES LARGEST MARLIN TO WIN 2016 BISBEE’S EAST CAPE OFFSHORE TOURNAMENT

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Aug 12, 2016

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.

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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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Yellowfin Fever

Yellowfin Fever

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 19, 2015

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.

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Winning Combo

Winning Combo

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Oct 18, 2015

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.

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Hot Rod Roars Into Winner’s Circle

Hot Rod Roars Into Winner’s Circle

  • Capt. Dave Lear
  • Aug 8, 2015

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.

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