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If this your first Tuna Jackpot, here's some signup basics

You can sign up now, add anglers and optionals later, and change your team roster as late as check-in at Cabo,
but there are restrictions and deadlines in terms of payment


Okay, you are fired up about going for the first time, but it all seems to be a lot to organize, doesn't it. Do not fear. As the director and the guy who designed the event's format, it's designed to be so easy and fun you'll regret you didn't try it before now.


THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM

So, we suggest this basic rule for those average first-timer. Treat this tourney like a typical fishing trip, throw down the $225 an angler if you have three buddies who will go, and that is pretty much it. A few years ago the Cabo Magic team, a married couple from Pennsylvania, put the trip on the credit card went as a bucket list item after the husband lost his leg in an industrial accident. They won the tourney.

So go casual, go fun, go big-time or somewhere in between, but just go. Here's some basic tips on entering your first CTJ.

-- You can compete for just $1,000 a team. And, any size boat can be used -- either your boat, a friend's or a charterboat.

-- You can sign up now for that $1,000 entry either online at www.wonews.com (click on "WON events" and scroll to the logo) by credit card or via mail by personal check.

You can work out the details of your team and your jackpots, if any, just before the tourney. Nothing in terms of your team makeup is set in stone until check-in. But you cannot enter in Cabo at check-in, nor add jackpots. Do that before you get down there.


THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM

The website www.loscabostunajackpot.com is an informational site only. It does not allow for online sign-up. Only www.wonews.com accepts credit card payment. Credit cards are not accepted for optionals, only the $1000 team entry. Wiring money is the easiest of all options the later it gets, especially after Oct. 2 when personal checks are not accepted. Any payment questions, direct them to Lori at lori@wonews.com and (949) 366-0827.

-- Teams are two to four people. Your boat can have up to eight people (four anglers, two guests and two crewmen). Only the team members can fish, of course. You can put your crew on the team to fill in the slots if you wish. Or list your wives or friends as team members so they can win prizes, and go to the parties without paying extra. They must ALL be at check-in to sign waivers and get their angler bags. Don't miss that part!

-- You can sign up now even if you don't have all your team members and charter details ironed out. You can add jackpots and change team members between now and the event, and you can add jackpots by mail or wire with faxed or mailed entry update. Don't just send a check without the entry form filled out again. The final team rosters will be changed/set at check-in Nov. 2 when you pick up welcome bags and team packets.


THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM

-- There are deadlines for signing up. Some basics: You can sign up online for the basic team entry by credit card at www.wonews.com but any additional jackpots have to be paid by mail with a personal or cashiers bank check. We take personal checks for jackpots until Oct. 2, and after that, we require bank certified checks or wired funds.

-- Cabo sign-ups: You can obtain sign-up sheets at the Pisces Sportfishing office on the marina, fax the entry to us, and wire the money to us at WON. Contact lori@wonews.com for wiring instructions. Note: Pisces will not take direct payment for the event. That has to come through the WON offices in San Clemente, Calif. through Lori at (949) 366-0827.

-- Booking a boat: Start looking now, or bring your own. If you charter a boat, and win money, we directly pay 10 percent of the winning to the captain. Not the owner of the boat or the crewmen. Be aware of that.

-- Taxes: We pay by check two weeks after the event, and we pay Mexican taxes for you, and then if you are U.S. resident, we will 1099 you, applicable on your end if you take the funds into the U.S. We pay each team member based on individual percentages you tell us (and sign for), so there are no later disputes and one person does not bear the full tax burden. Consult a tax pro on how to approach the situation.


THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM

There's a lot of other aspects of the event to know. The Tesori Hotel is a great spot to stay, central to the event. There are the three parties. There is the Friday charity charter for anyone who wants to have a great experience watching the start from the beautiful spacious double-deck Cabo Escape party boat, or official start boat for several years.

If you have any questions, go to the website and you will likely find the answer. If not, the director of the event is Pat McDonell. Reach him during office hours at (949) 366-0256, or patm@wonews.com.


THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM

THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM

THE TOURNAMENT is in its 18th year. It is the largest tourney in Cabo each year, and the biggest tuna tourney in the world. But it is affordable and a lot of fun with parties, check-in gifts, a charity charter for non anglers and three big drawings for sponsors products, and of course the charity element that benefits SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. PHOTOS BY DANNY MATTHEWS AND GARY GRAHAM