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FIESTA!

Reactor Watch and Costa Sunglasses, Boardwalk Fiesta keeps it lively for anglers,
contributes to two Cabo children's charities



BY GARY GRAHAM
WON Staff Writer

The teams from the 12th annual WON/Yamaha Los Cabos Tuna Tournament gathered later Friday evening in the same location where only a few hours before the exciting last-minute dramatic ending to the tournament had played out. Now the scales were replaced by a stage for the Reactor Watch and Costa Sunglasses Boardwalk Fiesta. The seven-member troupe of traditional Mariachi's entertained the crowd, fueling the excitement that had begun at the last minutes of the weigh-in when a 208 pounder claimed the 2010 title.


TEAM 13 WON a custom numbered Super Seeker rod. Amazingly, it was the same number as their assigned number 13

After everyone had found their place, Tournament Director Pat McDonell welcomed them to the Fiesta and took a few minutes to recognize some of the individuals who had assisted in the preparation for the event, beginning with Adriana Diaz Lopez and Juan Antonio Baca of the Hotel Tesoro for their cooperation in all of the arrangements for the Fiesta. He commented that it was the first time that the venue had been used for an event of this magnitude, and the hotel staff had done a remarkable job.

He explained that having the weigh station moved from the mall to the host hotel was a challenge that required involving numerous facets of the government, and had not been an easy task. However, having all of the activities in front of the hotel created a great vantage point for the crowds watching the excitement of the weigh-in. McDonell added that WON appreciated their efforts and we will be back. The director also thanked Brian and Dawn Solomon and their staff of Solomon's Landing restaurant who had done a marvelous job of catering the affair.

After going over the basic results of the event that had proved so dramatic over the past two days, he took the time to thank Luis Duhart of Duhart Productions who with his wife Veronica, residents of San Jose Del Cabo, provided all of the video support. Duhart had even hiked up to the top of the rocks to get some fantastic shots of the shotgun starts! When the panga dropped him off on the beach, Luis got wet but managed to keep his camera gear dry. Over the years, the Duharts have taken many memorable photos that are now cherished in the participating teams' scrapbooks.


Soon after, an exciting video of the action the first days of the tourney was then shown by Luis Duhart, along with several hundred candid shots taken by staff and participants prior to the raffle.

Then came the fun, just the panacea after a rough two days on the water that had produced great fishing but plenty of bumps and bruises.

"Anybody know what time it is?" bellowed Mike Bohn, WON National Sales Representative, and then he roared his answer, "Its REACTOR TIME!!" signaling that the 'no-holds-barred, rock -'em-sock-'em, raffle-to-end-all-raffles' was underway. Next, equally as loud, he hollered the COSTA slogan "Has anybody SEEN what's out there???"

Joining him on stage were Chuck Buhagiar, director of sales for WON, Dave Bulthuis, the Costa VP of sales, Scott Lipsett, brand manager for Reactor watches, and John DeVries, VP of Seaguar. All four amigos were equally amped as the raucous WON, Reactor, Costa and Seaguar "giveaway team" costumed in sombreros and ponchos, added to the festive mood as the piles of valuable raffle prizes heaped on the stage were raffled.

For the next 45 minutes, valuable gifts, prizes, trips and ultimately a few of the sombreros, flew off the stage like sales items the day after Christmas.


TEAM 33'S VICTOR LOCKLIN commented that though their boat broke down and they had a tough day fishing, he had scored a nice pair of Costa 580 lens glasses

First, it was Team 113 member Randy Huculiak, who commented that he lost a big tuna, but who won a custom Super Seeker rod, one of a special series of 24 built for the tournament. Then Team 13's Mark Rodriquez also came up to claim his own custom Super Seeker Rod. The number 13 seemed to be lucky in the early going.

Costa's Bulthuis then asked, "How many here are wearing Costa in the middle of the night in the dark? Show me your Costa's! Two over here! How many own Costa's? That's great! When we first began coming here, nobody had even heard of Costas! Now it's fun to walk around the docks and spot those signature blue lenses."

The drawings continued. Team 33's Victor Locklin commented that, although their boat broke down and they had a tough day fishing, he had scored a nice pair of Costa 580 lens glasses.

Then, the entire Team 7 won the new Reactor Gravitron, the ultimate in tide watches, featuring tide charts. "Anywhere on the planet," Lipsett told the crowd, "it will tell you the tides."


AND THE RAUCOUS WON, Reactor, Costa and Seaguar giveaway team, costumed in sombreros and ponchos, added to the festive mood as the piles of valuable raffle prizes heaped on the stage were raffled and excited anglers, wives and guests checked their tickets hoping tonight was the night for luck to be in their corner!

The drawings continued as anglers in the perfect Cabo evening air, relaxed, drank and hoped for a little luck on land.

-- Team 62, 580 Costa Sunglasses, Reactor Heavy Water Analog Watch.

--Team 10, Randal and Denise Wren; Two Super Seeker rods, two coils of Seaguar 100-pound Fluorocarbon Premier, the best they make.

-- Team 54, Bob Vincent; Costas, Reactor Watch.

-- Team 23, Mike Bise; Reactor Fallout Watch.

Then Bulthuis announced the awarding of the 50-50 for $50 Contest money to winner Scott Golden, Odessa FL. Costa took entries at the captains meeting a few days earlier at $50 a ticket. Half the money goes to the two Cabo Children's charities, the other to the winner, plus four pair of Costas for the team! You might say it was a "Golden" moment for the team!


THE ENTIRE TEAM 7 members won Reactor Gravitrons, the ultimate in tide watches

"Part of this event is to leave Cabo a better place than we found it, by being able to give back to the children here," said Costa's Bulthuis. "We appreciate Scott and everyone else who purchased a ticket and next year we will figure out a way to double the number of tickets sold!"

Then the four sombrero'd hosts on stage announced a new contest.

"We are going to do something a little different now; this is going to be fun," said Bohn, who with his antics, poncho, sombrero and fun attitude reminded anglers of Seth in Super Bad, the movie. "Okay, you guys are going to go home and send me your photos...we are calling it "Parting Shot"...a shot of everyone partying with your Costas. Then by Wednesday, the 10th of November, at 12 midnight, by email, we are giving away a trip to Alaska for two, plus two more watches, probably a $4,000 dollar package! The new e-mail address is: tuna@wonews.com Tonight when you are out dancing, or tomorrow, Seaguar, Costa or Reactor watch would give you a little edge, there will be a gigantic collage of photos submitted in the review issue, and the center photo will be the winner!"


Other drawing winners continued to come to the stage after hearing their ticket drawn.

-- Team 11, Barbara Morris; Costa Lady Isabella sunglasses, Reactor MC2 mother of pearl, the #1 selling ladies watch, spool of 200-pound test Seaguar fluorocarbon.

-- Team 96, Jeff Van Abel, James Mansbridge; Four coils of Seaguar 100-pound flourocarbon, four Costas.

Then Bohn added to the charity fund. He auctioned off a trip for four to RW Lodge on the Kenai River, 6-days of fishing for fishing for halibut. Then Reactor added two Reactor watches, two 580 Costa sunglasses to the pop, and it generated a bid of $3,100, and in true auction bid style, the second place bidder was offered the same trip at the same bid, and he accepted. The two anglers, Ken and Bobby, had two great prize packages AND contributed a needed $6,200 to benefit the two Cabo children charities.


Having All of the activities in front of the hotel created a great vantage point for the crowds watching the excitement of the weigh-in

That was followed by a few more drawings of Eat Me Lure packs, and Seaguar line before the anglers downed the last of their drinks, and headed off into the night, either to sack out after two days of fishing in rough water, or party into the Cabo night.


THE SEVEN-MEMBER troupe of traditional mariachi's entertained the crowd, fueling the excitement that had begun at the last minute weigh-in

AFTER EVERYONE HAD found their place, director Pat McDonell welcomed everyone and took a few minutes to recognize some of the individuals that had assisted in the preparation for the event

TEAM 11'S BARBARA MORRIS won Costa Lady Isabella sunglasses, a Reactor MC2 mother of pearl ladies watch and a spool of 200-pound test Seaguar fluorocarbon