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Congratulations to Cloud Nine, Champions of 2018

THE CHAMPIONS, Team Cloud Nine, celebrate their $392,800 victory and paycheck after claiming the Cabo Tuna Jackpot title on Saturday at the awards dinner. Team Cloud Nine’s 272-pound yellowfin the first day took all the tuna optionals and eventually the $68,000 first place overall money for the record payout.

OFF THEY WENT, all 163 teams vying for a record payout in the 20th annual Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot held Nov. 7-10. Seen fish over 200 pounds were officially weighed in. Another 200 pounder, a 266, came in just over deadline the second day. Six teams shared a record payout of $841,600.

The 20th annual WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot was topped by Cloud Nine's 272 pounder
worth a record $392,600 to take the title in a 163-team battle

Great weather greeted the anglers on the 20th annual WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament that finished up Saturday. There were big fish on the banks but more of them were targeted on the porpoise to the outside.

While this website and Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot blog will have more details in a few days, suffice to say the fish and weather and anglers all combined for what many say was the best event on the tourney’s history.

There have been bigger fish, well over 300 pounds in other years, but the jump of teams from 147 last year to 163 this year and the prize money leap from $639,000 to $841,600 in one year awarded to six teams further established it as the biggest tourney in Mexico, and the richest and largest team tuna tourney in the world.

The winning fish was 272-pound yellowfin the first day by team Cloud Nine, a locally owned sportfisher by Greg Lewis that was across the board in pay-ins and loaded up on $392,800 for taking all the optional tuna money for $324,800 and another $68,000 in overall first place winnings to reach that single team payout for the event.

Another team, on the Hooray, was also across the board, won all the second day tuna optionals for $324,800 with its 241-pound tuna. Weather was calm with no storms both days of fishing Thursday and Friday, and the 800-person awards dinner under the stars on the Cruise Ship Pier Saturday night capped four days of fishing and celebrating Cabo San Lucas as the Sportfishing Capitol of the world.


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