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Oscar Daccarett, captain of the championship team, and governor will donate the nearly $170,000 in winnings to the Baja fishing tournament circuit


Series promotes Baja fishing

BY GARY GRAHAM

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HIS ENDURING FRIENDSHIP with El Gobernador Narciso Agundez Montaño was evidenced at the Tuna Jackpot tournaments awards which the governor attended to celebrate his friend Oscar's success.

CABO SAN LUCAS -- Last May, Senor Daccarett was featured in WON as one of the founders of the Circuito Copa Gobernador Tournament series. An ambitious project, Oscar and Baja Sur's El Gobernador Narciso Agundez Montaño began in 2006 to introduce sportfishing to the various communities, involving not only the local adults in the many small communities that dot the coastline of the state, but the children as well.

Grinning from ear to ear with his son, also named Oscar, at his side, Daccarett confided that catching this gigantic; 383-pound tuna he caught at the Tuna Jackpot was a lifetime dream of his. This monster-sized tuna was one of the five largest rod and reel yellowfin tuna ever landed, and the largest tuna ever caught in this tournament by 65 pounds. Daccarett was quick to note that the catch was a team effort and could not have been accomplished without his friends, Hugo Pino and his son Augustine, and of course his son Oscar who were all part of the crew on the Fisher Man.

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GRINNING FROM EAR to ear with his son, also named Oscar, at his side, Daccarett confided that catching this gigantic; 383-pound tuna was a lifetime dream of his.

This was not the first time he has won an event. His first "win" was in 2001 in the Bisbee's Black and Blue Tournament. But tournament competitions aren't his only successes; it is fair to say that the 57-year old Oscar is a "successful over-achiever" in many ways. His titles are many: Husband, father, businessman, entrepreneur, Baja Sur State Commissioner of Sport Fishing and noted local philanthropist are just a few of the many.

He and his wife Claudia Daccarett have been married over 33 years and have produced two sons that he is very proud of, Oscar and Juan Carlos Daccarett Casas. Both sons are involved in Natural Stone, a successful business that Senor Daccarett founded shortly after he arrived in Los Cabos in 1998 from the Mexico mainland.

His enduring friendship with El Gobernador Narciso Agundez Montaño was evidenced at the Tuna Jackpot tournaments awards which the governor attended to celebrate his friend Oscar's success and to recognize the local charter fleet, the fabric of the Los Cabos community. The governor took the opportunity to present a proclamation and declare his appreciation to Western Outdoor News' contribution to sportfishing in Baja Sur.

Senor Daccarett and El Gobernador Narciso Agundez Montaño had split the tournament entry fee and it should be noted that they donated the nearly $170,000 in prize money to the Circuito Copa Gobernador Tournament series, once again, giving back to the Baja communities. To date this highly successful tournament circuit has held 46 events with over 12,000 participants. In addition to the cash prizes, ten 23-pound pangas with 90 hp outboards have been awarded to locals.

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THE NEXT MORNING Senor Daccarett was eager to top his previous days catch.

While catching the tuna was an outstanding achievement, I don't think we've have heard the last of Oscar Daccarett. Sunday afternoon, after receiving his accolades at the WON Tuna Tournament banquet, Oscar had moved on. Yvonne and I found him at the boat draw for the IGFA Offshore World Championship which is being held in Cabo San Lucas, and which began Monday, Nov. 9. 2009, only two days following the end of the WON Tuna Tournament!

Congratulations, Oscar, and good luck!