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Sponsors headed up by Mercury Marine and contribute $125,000 in drawing prizes

CABO SAN LUCAS -- Mercury Marine headed up the long list of returning and new sponsors for the 2001 WON/Mercury Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament with $125,000 in tackle, cash and travel trips given away to top teams and anglers in four nightly free drawings.

Several new sponsors joined in this year, including Flexx-Rap's Dave and Lisa Henry who attended and personally gave out six-packs of the multi-purpose tape to each team, plus $2,000 cash in drawings. Baja Directions of Solana Beach was another new sponsor, providing its redesigned and far more detailed Cabo San Lucas area nautical maps free to each team. The maps were printed specifically in time for the Tuna Jackpot, and representatives of the Solana Beach company competed in the event.

The maps, tape, four-packs of Owner Offshore hooks, Chuck Byron artwork tattoos and free drink tickets for the parties were included in the giveaways at sign-in on Wednesday night, plus a Mercury flag for each team. Shimano again sponsored the Thursday part at Squid Roe, with free Tuna Jackpot hats, plus 20 reels, a mix of Tiagra and TLD 30 two-speed reels.

Mercury, of course, provided a huge cash outlay to fund the awards dinner, provided flags for each team at sign-in, sponsored the Friday night party on the malecon in front of the Shrimp Bucket/Mama Rosa's eateries and sponsored a drawing for a free trip for a team and a free entry in the $500 jackpot. Dave Bolton of Mercury also attended and was at each weigh-in, greeted anglers at check-in and helped WON staff give out prizes at the evening parties. Many thanks, Dave!

Other new sponsors include Continental Airlines, which has donated two round-trip airline flights to either South America or Central America (your choice), while Bill Hutchison of Crocodile Lodge in Costa Rica gave away a trip for two people to the lodge for 7 days/6 nights, with 5 days of fishing, food, and ground transportation. Those items were packaged and given away Saturday night in a drawing among all team members of the 16 teams that caught tuna of 100 pounds or larger. Jim Kingsmill of the team Bad Company won the package.

There were more great trips to Alaska, Baja, the Northwest Territory of B.C. and mainland Mexico. There were local charters, clothing and huge amounts of fishing tackle from Cannon, Shimano, G.Loomis, plus hundreds of lures from all the top manufacturers.

The following is the current list of 2001 Tuna Jackpot sponsors, in alphabetical order.

Administration Portuaria Integral (API) -- The Cabo-based agency that controls the marina waterfront graciously allowed the staff of Western Outdoor News to use the marina-side malecon for its two-day weigh-in at the Cabo Hotel Association's weigh scale.

Angler's Center -- This fine fishing accessories store provided (2) $250 gift certificates for two lucky anglers to purchase the fishing tackle of their choice at the Newport Beach store. Contact (949) 642-6662. website www.anglerscenter.com

Area Rule Engineering -- Area Rule handed out $350 worth of its hot Tunobs tuna lures for giveaways in the drawings over the four days, with the bulk handed out the first night at the captains' meeting at Hotel Plaza Las Glorias. These 6 1/2-inch baits are sure-fire deadly on all tuna species. The baits are perfect when fish are feeding on small fish. Call (949) 366-1333 for information. Web site www.arearule.com.

Baja Directions -- The Solana Beach-based map making company has expanded its operation, and its map technology has been expanded to position fishing overlays on NOAA-quality charts for pinpoint accuracy of fishing areas. The lineup of maps will also include freshwater hotspots around the country. One of the first maps to be created in these new formats is the La Paz-to Cabo region, and a special TUNA JACKPOT edition of this map was handed out to every team that entered. See their web site at www.bajadirections.com .

Ballyhood Lures : Ballyhood supplied $250 worth of their tuna-catching lures for the tournament. Web site http://www.ballyhood.com/.

Berkley -- Berkley is a three-year sponsor of the Tuna Jackpot and Brad Heiney of Pure Fishing again attended and assisted WON staff and was on-site in Cabo to answer questions about their products. Trilene fishing line in bulk spools will be handed out as part of drawing packages at each of the four nightly parties. Trilene is known the world over as the U.S. manufacturer of the finest fishing line in the world, and is certainly the choice of big-tuna anglers. Visit www.berkley-fishing.com to see their full line of products.

Best Western Hotel Cabo Las Flores -- Another fabulous resort trip for two persons, with a 4-day, 3-night stay. This is a great new hotel in downtown Cabo. Call (877) 660-4477 to learn more about the resort.

Big Tuna Gear.Com -- Two Fish Cleaning Stations valued at $400 are being provided by www.bigtunagear.com, a website that specializes in Internet sales of fishing gear.

Blue Water Tackle -- Blue Water Tackle joined the list of sponsors for the Tuna Jackpot this year. The Solana Beach-based store features all the tackle you need to score big tuna, and even carry a full line of fly equipment. They again attended as a competing team and supplied 12 tournament packages with shirts, lures and hats.

Braid Offshore Products -- Lures, rod belts and harnesses, and a full line of other accessories are highlights of the Braid products, and owner Dennis Braid put together a $1,000 prize package worth of Power Play belts, harnesses and lures. See the website at www.braidproducts.com.

Buena Vista Beach Resort -- This world-class luxury resort, located on the East Cape, gave two anglers in two drawings two fishing packages, 4-day, 3-night trips for two. The fabulous trips include fishing and meals. For more information on the resort call (800) 752-3555.

Burch Ford -- Burch Ford of La Habra again competed and served as a sponsor, handing out two special fishing trips as prizes. One of these great trips is for 5 days and 4 nights for two people, plus two days of panga fishing, at Buena Vista Beach Resort at East Cape. The other is 5 days and 4 nights for two at La Concha Beach Resort at La Paz, plus two days of panga fishing. Both of these exciting trip packages are valued at more than $2,000 and include round-trip air fare from Los Angeles. Call (562) 691-3225 or (714) 525-4736 for more information on Burch Ford.

Cabo Magic -- Looking for a way to unwind in Cabo. Try Cabo Magic's sunset cruise aboard a 35-foot Bertram Sportfisher. Four cruises were given away. The trips are valued at total of $800. Web site http://www.cabomagic.com/.

Cannon Downriggers -- Six Uni-Troll Hp Val-U-Pak high-speed retrieve units were awarded. These feature Lexan and stainless steel construction, 3-digit counter, telescopic boom, rod holder, line release, low profile swivel base, ball storage hook and a limited lifetime warranty. Check out their website at www.computrol.com.

Catchy Tackle -- The newest in fishing-lure technology . . . cast or troll, the spinning rotor creates a unique combination of flash, vibration and a bubble trail that consistently produces. Catchy Tackle provided $800 worth of these hot tuna producers, so tournament competitors could "take one for a spin." Check their website at www.catchytackle.com.

Chuck Byron Galleries -- The renowned San Diego wildlife artist Chuck Byron is the Official Tuna Jackpot Artist and produced the cover for the official Tuna Jackpot Preview and the painting was auctioned off at the awards dinner for $5,400 to Mel and Judy Ostberg of El Cajon. The money was given to a Cabo orphanage for construction of a kitchen. Chuck Byron attended and gave away the painting. Contact his Point Loma Gallery at: (619) 789-7921. Web site http://www.chuckbyron.com/.

Continental Airlines -- Two tickets to anywhere in South America or Central America and were awarded to Jim Kingsmill of team Bad Company as part of the 100-pound tuna package. The two tickets were combined with the trip to Costa Rica's Crocodile Lodge for the awards dinner drawing.

Costa del Mar Sunglasses-- The new Deep Blue sunglasses always make a big splash in Cabo, with six pairs of these wrap-arounds awarded. The polarized sunglasses are made with the finest sun protective lenses that provide optimum color contrast and complete protection from punishing glare and harmful UV rays. See their website at www.costadelmar.com.

Crocodile Bay Lodge -- Crocodile Bay Lodge, located in Costa Rica, is a first-class resort set among 44 acres of tropical gardens. It lies along some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. The waters off Crocodile Bay offer billfish, high-flying dorado, marlin, yellowtail and bigeye tuna. The trip for two for five days of fishing and a 7-night/8-day stay included two tickets on Continental Airlines, which the winner, Anaheim's Jim Kingsmill of Bad Company , can use for this trip or anywhere in South America or Central America. For more information on the lodge, call (800)733-1115 or (877) 733-5146 or visit www.crocodilebay.com.

Dorados -- This San Diego-based band has three CDs and 25 fishing songs such as "Bad To The Bone," "Barracuda Blues," "Hooked On Hookin' Up" and "Dream Paddy." Several CDs and cassettes of their albums "Hooked on Hookin' Up (their first), followed by "Papa Was A Fishin' Man" and their latest, "Fishin' Train" were given out. The band just signed with a record label and will produce a fourth CD, a compilation of the Dorado's best songs, due out soon for nationwide retail distribution. Twenty CDs were among the prizes in Cabo. Check out their web site at www.dorados.com for their next shows, their new projects, record deal and be sure to order your CD today.

Fishworks -- Fishermen can be comfortable and dry in these high-quality clothes. All shirts and shorts were designed with the fisherman in mind. Fishworks has supplied the WON staff with comfortable clothes while they work under the hot Cabo sun. Fishworks also put shirts, shorts, hats and four $100 gift certificates on the line. Fishworks' Pam Quigley attended the event, helped check anglers in on Day 1, and also kicked in $1,000 for the fourth biggest tuna. For more information call (949) 493-3233 or visit www.fishworksproducts.com.

Flexx-Rap -- The "Fisherman's duct tape" has a 1,001 uses. It's perfect for protecting fingers, binding rods, fixing things, you name it, it will come in handy in an emergency. This year, Flexx-Rap gave each team six-packs of the tape at check-in and every night at each of the parties, the Flexx-Rap cash awards were handed out, five crisp $100 bills from Dave and Lisa Henry of Flexx-Rap who were on-site to dole out the cash, plus more rolls of Flexx-Rap and Flexx-Rap clothing. Contact Flexx-Rap at: www.flexx-rap.com and by phone at (805) 472-2681.

Fred Hall and Associates -- Generously provided booth space at the Long Beach Fred Hall Show to help in the promotion of the Tuna Jackpot Tournament. Bart and Jenny Hall again attended. Web site www.fredhall.com/ .

Furuno -- Makers of outstanding commercial grade marine electronics for the pro to the private boater. Furuno prizes included a fish finder, a chart plotter/fishfinder and a radio. These are top-of-the-line marine electronics, and it's no secret that the Furuno lineup has everything you need from radios to the most sophisticated side-scanning sonar in the world. See the website at www.furuno.com.

G. Loomis Rods -- These superb fishing rods should be in everyone's arsenal for all types of fishing and 20 anglers will have new ones thanks to G. Loomis. They gave away 20 of their big-game Pelagic saltwater rods for tuna and other gamefish. These rods are valued at $300 each and were awarded at the parties in free drawings and to the winners of the dorado and wahoo competition. The website address is www.gloomis.com; telephone is (800) GLOOMIS.

Hook Sportfishing Charters -- SoCal's most diverse charter service can put you onto the best charterboat on the West Coast and Cabo, the Captain Hook II, a luxurious Miller 60-foot yacht/sportfisher with 30 mph and faster speeds to get out and home quick, plus an experienced crew led by Capt. Todd Mansur. Hook Sportfishing also books the lodge at Lake El Salto in mainland Mexico for big bass action with Billy Chapman's operation, plus great duck and wingshooting, and another great trip Hook handles is Big K Ranch in Oregon, the hotbed for smallmouth bass and fishing hospitality at a first class ranch/resort facility. See their website at www.hooksportfishingcom. Hook Sportfishing Charters donated 150 polo shirts, custom embroidered with the official Tuna Jackpot Logo on the chest and Hook Sportfishing Charters on the right sleeve. These shirts were worn by staff, attending sponsors with the rest to be given as awards in nightly drawings. Each shirt is a $30 value. Web site www.hooksportfishing.com.

Hook & Tackle Outfitters : Hook and Tackle is well-known for its beautiful nautical shirts and quality fishing shorts. Tournament anglers at the four events were given $650 worth of Happy Hour Shirts. The website is www.sportailor.com or call (305) 754-6559.

Irish Setter -- Looking for a quality fishing shoe? Irish Setter has introduced six fishing shoes to help you remain dry, avoid slipping and give you support. Irish Setter gave away 20 shoe gift certificates, valued at $100. For more information, call (651) 388-8211 or visit www.irishsetterboots.com.

Let's Talk Hook-Up -- Pete Gray attended his third Tuna Jackpot and broadcast his two-hour radio show Saturday from the patio of the beautiful Hote Hacienda. Call the show at (619) 291-2912, or *690 from a cell phone, on the office line at (760) 941-FISH. You can listen to the show on the show's website www.hookup690.com.

Master Baiter's -- Tournament anglers won a Puerto Vallarta overnight charter for 4 people on the High Maintenance. The trip is valued at $2,000 and will put anglers on some great offshore action. For more information, call 011-52-3-20-00498 or visit www.mbssportfishing.com.

Melton International -- Once again, this Anaheim store hosted a special seminar for tournament, and for the event supplied five gift certificates for lucky anglers to load up at Melton's. Tracy Melton also competed with his Bad Company team. Call Melton's at (714) 978-9192 for more information. Web site http://www.meltontackle.com.

Mercury Marine -- Title sponsor of the event. In addition to providing sponsorship money to hold the event in Cabo, Mercury provided over 800 t-shirts for anglers at the tournament. Telephone (800) MERCURY. Website is www.mercurymarine.com.

Neptune Adventures -- Neptune Adventures worked with the Fiesta Inn and La Playa Sportfishing to offer a great 4-day/3-night trip with 2 days of panga fishing, a $1,200 value. For more information, call (888) 875-4700.

Owner Hooks -- Kat Shitanishi and Dennis Yamamoto were on hand for a third year of sponsorship with their quality product, and four-packs of Offshore hooks were handed out to each team and hundreds more packs given in free drawings over four nights. Telephone (714) 668-9011. Web site http://www.ownerhooks.com/.

Pacific Pro/Williamson Lures -- Approximately $250 worth of Williamson Lures for tuna angling were provided to lucky anglers. Call them for details on their great lures at (949) 675-8797.

Performance Tackle -- Five gift certificates of $100 were given away. Call (562) 430-7671 for more information.

Plano Molding Company -- Tuna Jackpot anglers were awarded 24 high-quality saltwater tackle boxes. These Plano boxes are perfectly suited for ocean fishing, with a huge capacity for carrying a wide range of baits. Website information is available at www.planomolding.com; telephone is (630) 552-3111.

Pure Fishing -- No one has a more complete array of fishing lines than Berkley, with Big Game, FireLine, Whiplash, XT, XL, Sensithin and more in their arsenal of monofilament and braided lines to meet every need. Twenty bulk spools of Trilene Big Game fishing line were given away during the tournament. Contact: (800) 237-5539.

Rapala -- Tournament fishermen had a shot at one of the seven dozen Magnum lures supplied by Rapala. These lures have long been a standby for tuna anglers. For more information call (612) 933-7060 or see www.rapala.com.

Reel Saver -- Sponsored the tournament with 10 kits of reel lube and cleaner for the anglers to take care of their reels. Each kit was valued at $20 for $200 worth of reel care.

Reel Shields -- You spend lots of money on your reel, why not protect it with a Reel Shield? $200 worth of Reel Shields were given away at the tournament.

ReliefBand -- This unique product offers anglers drug-free relief for sea sickness. There were 12 bands up for grabs. For more information, call (800) 973-0378 or check out their website at: www.reliefband.com.

Riviera Sportfishing -- Riviera Sportfishing stepped up the plate for this year's Jackpot by kicking in four charters on the Bongo valued at $1,200. They also supplied four individual day trips on the Team Riviera. Web site www.rivierasportfishing.com/.

Robert's Fish Mounts -- A replica of the 218-pound yellowfin that won the first annual Tuna Jackpot was provided by Robert's and is now in Cabo with a perpetual plaque on which will be added the boat names of teams that win the overall jackpot each year. The mount is on display at the Pisces Fleet office on the malecon near Hotel Plaza Las Glorias.

Seagaur Fluorocarbon -- The company that invented fluorocarbon line was again a big part of this tournament. They offer fluorocarbon leader spools in tests from 1 to 400 pounds. Genuine Seaguar Fluorocarbon practically disappears in the water and that ultra-low visibility means it is far less likely to spook the fish. Seaguar gave out $500 worth of Fluorocarbon lines in various size tests. Telephone (561) 336-2280.

Shimano/American Fishing Tackle Co. -- One of the world's largest tackle manufacturers again provided some of the hottest Shimano saltwater reels for prizes at the tournament. As one of the largest sponsors of the tournament, their prize contribution last year and this year is valued at a whopping $7,500 and includes 10 TLD 30 II 2-speed reels and 10 Trinidad reels, plus they sponsored the Squid Roe party and donated Tuna Jackpot hats for each angler at the door. Check out their website at www.shimano.com. Telephone is (800) 833-5540.

Soloman's Landing --- This is the place for casual outdoor but fine dining in Cabo on the malecon in front of Hotel Plaza Las Glorias. Solomans provided10 dinners and 20 free margarita coupons and hosted a "Meet The Jackpot Staff" party after the captain's meeting in which free drawings were held for tackle, clothing and dinners at Soloman's.

Solmar Hotel -- The Solmar Hotel in Cabo San Lucas provided free stays for anglers in drawings. The Solmar is a great place to call home while you're in Cabo. Their website address is: www.solmar.com. For more information, call Cabo Resort Reservations, Inc. at (800) 344-3349 or (310) 459-9861, FAX (310) 454-1686; or email to CaboResort@aol.com.

Surefire Lighting Products -- All fishermen need a sturdy, corrosion-resistant personal light to help them gear up before the sun rises. Surefire has a light that's perfect for all kinds of anglers whether you chase cow tuna or stocker trout. Surefire supplied $1,600 worth of top-of-the-line lighting products for giveaways and prizes . For more information call (800) 828-8809 x184 or visit www.surefire.com.

Tag and Brag Clothing -- This Southland company produces a large line of outdoor clothing specifically tailored with the angler in mind -- fishing shorts, windbreakers, t-shirts, caps, sport shirts and vests. The Tag & Brag items are made from water-resistant materials and feature special lined pockets, velcro flaps, etc. to hold all those little things a fisherman carries. They donated $500 worth of shorts, shirts and t-shirts. Their website can be found at www.tagandbrag.com. Telephone is (800) 355-6441.

Trans Cabo --Trans Cabo is the "Official Transportation Company" of the Tuna Jackpot. Located at the Los Cabos Airport, Trans Cabo features an upscaleoperation with a seasoned bilingual staff. Trans Cabo is the only company offering $2 million dollars in liability insurance for each client. Among the many services offered by Trans Cabo are personal meet and greet attendants for both your arrival and departure, private airport transfers, food and beverage catering for your boating activities, a selection of Suburban, Express van or coach transfers, hospitality desk assistance and special VIP services. Safe and secure, Trans Cabo has a brand new fleet of 19 vehicles, making it the premier destination management company on the Cape. Reservations may be made by calling 01152114-60888. By e-mail to direct messages to intsales@transcabo.com.mx or for reservations, transcabo.com.mx transcabo.com.mx.

Villa La Estancia -- This luxurious condominium development area in Baja offered a fabulous prize package for the tournament and a drawing to guess the weight of the biggest fish, good for a Shimano reel and G. Loomis rod. Check out the website at www.villalaestancia.com. Telephone in Baja is 011-52-114-38121.

Waterfall Resort -- Alaska's beautiful Waterfall Resort is where anglers can target salmon, halibut and lingcod just to name a few. The resort features great fishing boats, excellent guides and top-of-the-line gear. The Waterfall Resort is supplied WON with two trips for two people valued at $6,300 each. For more information call (800) 544-5125, or visit www.waterfallresort.com.

Yo-Zuri Lures -- A great selection of offshore fishing lures were given by Yo-Zuri. Octopus skirts are known around the world for their fabulous colors and fish-catching ability. Their Bulb Squid and Soft Squid baits are among the finest for tuna fishermen. Also big in the Yo-Zuri line are the Bonita trolling lures, the hard-body, high speed trolling lures that can be deadly on tuna. Also featured in the prizes this year were 25 Hydro Magnum trolling lures. Check their website at www.yo-zuri.com or call (561) 336-2280.