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Fish Hard, Party Harder


Thursday Night's Yokohama Boardwalk Fiesta and Raffle
keeps the energy flowing at in Cabo

Great meal, tackle drawings, free Yokohama event t-shirts and Yo-Zuri lures
for attendees fired up the crowd of more than 350

BY GARY GRAHAM
WON Staff Writer

Before a backdrop of Yokohama signs, Bruce Buckles, Yokohama Manager, O.E. Dealer Sales, welcomed the nearly 300 attendees to the malecon for the Thursday night Fiesta in front of Brian Solomon's popular Solomon's Landing. Yokohama sponsored the Fiesta and was one of the major sponsors for the Tuna Tournament.

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NORM AND SUE Paul, Team #1, won one set of Yokohama Tires for a passenger car of light truck with up to 18-inch rims, plus four Reactor watches by placing their winning sticker on the scale.

Flashbulbs popped and mariachi's played as everyone arrived and received a free Yokohama t-shirt designed for the event, and they also enjoyed the camaraderie and the outstanding barbeque buffet prepared by Solomon's Landing chefs. Brian Solomon himself table-hopped making sure that everyone had plenty of food and it was up to his high standards.

The record breaking 383-pound tuna weighed in by Oscar Daccarett, captain of Team No. 90 on the boat, the Fisherman, was the primary topic of conversation at each table. This monster-sized fish had kicked off the celebrations upon its weigh in at the scales right after they had opened at 2 p.m.

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A PANAMA TRIP FOR one week for one angler by Avet Reels worth $5,000, was won by Pat Lockhart, a lucky member of team 94, on the Hook Tender. Lockhart also won Corona gift packs for the whole team.




Pat McDonell, WON Editor and Tournament Director, began the swag-fest by naming the winner of the Yokohama Sticker Contest. Upon registration, each team member was given a numbered Yokohama WON sticker which was to be placed around town, hopefully being THE ONE Pat spotted at a certain time on Thursday (a time only known to him, which in this case was 11 a.m.). The owner of the sticker which Pat spotted would win four (4) Yokohama tires for a passenger or light truck up to an 18-inch rim in diameter plus four Reactor watches. At or after 11 a.m. Pat arrived to begin setting up for the afternoon's weigh in and found the winning sticker on the scale posted by Norm and Susan Paul, on the Unreel, Team #1. It was a good choice of placement as Pat also serves at the weigh-in emcee.

With Eat Me Lures and Corona girls assisting, the raffle giveaways continued in rapid succession:

  1. A custom Seeker Rod built for the Tournament worth $350 was won by member of Team #59 on Renegade Mike, Robert "John" Boyer.
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    STANDING BEFORE A backdrop of Yokohama signs, Bruce Buckles, Yokohama Manager, O.E. Dealer Sales, welcomed the nearly 300 attendees to the malecon for the Thursday night Fiesta in front of Brian Solomon's popular Solomon's Landing.
  3. Another custom Seeker Rod was won by member of Team 46, Dora, Patrick Maynard.
  4. Four pairs of Costa Del Mar sunglasses were won by member of Team #30, on Solmar IX, Joseph Botkin.
  5. Larry Orden, member of Team #103, Bullrider, won a bulk spool of Berkeley Big Game Line, plus a pair of Costa del Mar sunglasses.
  6. One year's subscription to Terrafin, and a bulk spool of Trilene Big Game Line, went to Team #30, Solmar IX's, Robert Soper.
  7. Bill Jubb won an Eat Me Lures Pack plus one week stay at the Eat Me Lures Casa in Cabo San Lucas. Bill was a member of Team #67, Bob Marlin.
  8. Costa del Mar Sunglasses plus a one year's subscription to Terrafin and one Eat Me Lures pack went to Bob Mullen from Team #25 on Cabolero.
  9. Two Eat Me Lure Packs plus one Custom Seeker Rod was won by Team 54 member on Hot Rod, John Peelman.
  10. One Corona Pack, plus one Eat me Lures Pack was won by member of Team 42, Jarocha's, Juan Flores.
  11. A Panama trip for one week for one angler by Avet Reels worth $5,000, was won by Pat Lockhart, a lucky member of team #94, on the Hook Tender. Pat also won Corona Gift packs for the whole team.
  12. The final drawing was for one set of Yokohama Tires for a passenger car or light truck with up to 18-inch rims. This was won by member of Team 25, Cabolero, Walter Omerod.

While not everyone won a raffle prize, everyone was a winner. George Large of Yo-Zuri had provided a special gift lure for every attendee! By 9 p.m. the stage which had been piled high with giveaways had been emptied and the party continued as the revelers lived up to the tournaments motto, "Fish hard, party harder."