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Staff and Sponsors: Thank You!


Packard returns as assistant director after major back surgery


BY PAT McDONELL
Cabo Tuna Jackpot Director


Mike Packard

Many staff and sponsors and the many supporters and vendors in Cabo who made the event run smoothly. It is a huge event, and complicated, and next year Nov. 6-9 it will be more so with streaming internet video, blogging minute to minute at the weigh-in and video feeds at weigh-ins and the awards so people can see the action from afar.

Mike Packard was back this year as assistant director after one year off to recover and rehab after the most major back surgery imaginable. He was amazing, and his progress made him possible to handle all duties but lifting anything heavier than a Corona beer. It was great to have him again and I believe the anglers did, too. He's been with the event since I started it with others here at WON 15 years ago.

It takes a team, and maybe even an army to make this tourney happen, and the staffers here in the U.S at WON headquarters, and those in Cabo who worked their butts off. Most are volunteers who come back year after year because they love the event and the team camaraderie. Like me, they and are now back to their normal lives after a week of intense work and fun.


STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.

The onsite staff was made up of Brandon Hayward; Carol Lynn Collette; Judy Passerello, Rebeca Ruiz, Jill and Jonathan Roldan; Chuck and Rhonda Buhagiar; Mike Packard; Bryan Harris; Mike Bohn, Bill Jubb, Lori Jepsen and Cindy Boyer.

Then there are the sponsors, who are the lifeblood of the event as contributors of prizes and advertising and other forms of sponsorship that make the event possible. Often they show up year after year and help in so many ways it's hard to even recount them all. People said I looked more relaxed this year. Well, I HAD to be more relaxed this year for health reasons. So I depended on people more. It's called delegation, and it really is the best way to run an event.


STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.

Sponsors in Cabo were Rick Ozaki of Avet reels, Steve Tagami of Mustad, Dave Bultheis (and wife Amy) of Costa, Ed Tschernoscha of Lomita-based Baja Fish Gear ( Ed's our 2005 champ!), John DeVries and Gerry Benedicto of Seaguar, Bill Dobbelear of Gray's Taxidermy, Lupita Lomelin of Cabo Cigar Co. John and Evelyn Boyer, of Eat Me Lures, Minerva and Bob Smith of Minerva's Tackle in Cabo, Tracy and Marco Ehrenberg and her staff, Luis Tirada of National, Jose Luis Cruz of Wyndham Cabo San Lucus Resort and their entire staff, Darren Carey and Jose Esquitel of Cabo Marina, Brian and wife Dawn Solomon, and Marcela Gomez of Solomon's Landing Restaurant, Dale and Grace Cote of Dreammaker charters, Pamela Lorenz of WIN-Team, Jeff Gammons of Terrafin, the ownership and fantastic crew of the Cabo Escape that was out new official start boat both days.


STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.

Vendors in Cabo who helped the event run smoothly were Hector Ojeda of Ruth's Chris (awards dinner), Claudia Semperio (tent and fiesta rental), Erwin Witt of Beduin films (video), Gaston Montano (on-site video/audio); Salvador Uribe and Doranne Lopez Pacheco of Puerto Paraiso mall (awards); Hector Trillo, shipping, and the staff at Captain Tony's restaurant (catered the Wyndham/Cabo Escape Charter for charity).


STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.

STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.

STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.

STAFF, CABO-BASED SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS MADE IT ALL HAPPEN onsite at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, starting at setup and all the way through four days of the event's flare gun starts on the Cabo Escape, weigh-ins at the Gray's Taxidermy scale and nightly parties.