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PREVIEW: CABO TUNA JACKPOT: Bigger, better

Last year several records were set, such as quality of big fish, the number of teams (168, 25 more than 2015!)), and cash payouts ($749,500 to five teams) and this year’s event Nov. 1-4 is poised to be even bigger

Pat McDonell
Director, Cabo Tuna Jackpot

CABO SAN LUCAS -- With 4 months to go, it’s planning time and we have some great ideas for the 19th annual Nov. 1-4 WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament, all ways we can improve your experience at Lands End.

A few reminders...

- The roster is being updated every few weeks at www.loscabostunajackpot.com. Check the roster before requesting a team number to see if someone has claimed your preferred choices. There are three ways to enter, or reserve a number.

- The most simple: Send a check to: Cabo Tuna Jackpot, Western Outdoor Publications, 901 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92672. Make out the check to Western Outdoors. Download the entry form on this website and mail the check and entry form to that address. A fully filled out entry is not needed. Make sure you indicate the team number you want to request on the form or on the check.

- You can sign up by credit card. $100 deposit or $1,000 entry. No optionals can be paid by credit card. Send entry by email (scan) or fax. See below for #.

- Wire the money. Please request wiring instructions from lori@wonews.com and fill out an entry as best you can and fax it to 949) 366-0804 or scan or photograph it and send to Lori@wonews.com. Done.

For signup questions, call Lori at (949) 366-0827. For tourney questions, call Tournament Director Pat McDonell at (949) 366-0256 or email him at patm@wonews.com

The official website has all the details and the updated roster of teams that have signed up. Just go to www.loscabostunajackpot.com for the schedule and the entry forms and information to help plan your stay and forge a tournament plan, and this special preview contains much of that information to fire you up. If you have not competed in the Cabo Tuna Jackpot, you should. It lives up to the slogan of Fish Hard, Party Harder. That may sound like it’s a full-on party with fishing secondary, but that would not be true as there are big bucks at stake, and that is serious business. There were eight fish over 200 pounds brought to the scale over two days, topped by Team Tu Corazon’s 298 pounder that won the title.

But there is a lot of fun, too, with free gifts, three major sponsor drawings, three parties and of course the great Cabo atmosphere you can count on day and night. Say what you will about Cabo, but no venue is the world is better equipped to handle and attract world class tournaments.

Last year Western Outdoor News hosted 168 teams, a 25-boat jump in participation, and we appreciate your support and confidence we will put on a first class tournament.

Here are a few 2017 updates:

- Sponsors are back for more! Several new sponsors have joined the fray for 2017, and nearly every company is back supporting the tournament, led by Costa, Baja Cantina, Solomon’s, Pisces, Okuma, AWR wire, Plano, Yo-Zuri, Mustad, National, Tesoro, Seaguar, Terrafin, Minerva’s, Cabo Escape and many more. Check out the sponsors story on their involvement, Gray Taxidermy, Gricelda’s and more.


Long before the scheduled opening of Registration at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, a line had formed that stretched around the building and down the Malecón. This year, lines will be shorter with a pre-check Tuesday evening and regular check-in will begin an hour earlier, 1 p.m. PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM

- Hotel Tesoro is again our official hotel for the Tuna Jackpot, and tunajp2017 is the discount code for the rooms at the Hotel Tesoro for Jackpot anglers. This year, there are no pre-announced prices for various rooms. Instead, if you wish, book through the hotel website for the room, add the code and you will get 10 percent discount off the price you are quoted. The code only works on the official Tesoro website.

BOOK NOW by calling or go to the website at http://www.tesororesorts.com/los-cabos/
USA/CAN Toll Free 1 877 674 6706
MEX Toll Free: 01 800 837 6767
+ 52 (624) 173 9300 Ext. 1450
caboreservations@tesororesorts.com

For an aerial view of the property and booking access with a click, go to:
http://www.tesororesorts.com/los-cabos/

- We are adding a Tuesday night pre-check for teams with no roster changes. It will held 6 to 9 p.m. at Capt. Tony’s near the Marlin Sculpture. It’s Halloween night. Dress the part for the party. The first 50 teams with ALL THEIR ANGLERS present can pre-check in. We might take more teams if time allows. It is hard to say how many teams will pre-check, but we will be there, having a good time and we hope you join us!


THE COSTA CHARTER on the Cabo Escape will be double the fun for everyone who contributes the donation of $30 towards the Smiles foundation. This year the start boat will have Costa parties both mornings 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., featuring mimosas, and breakfast munchies, and drawing prizes for Costa sunglasses, plus dancing if you are so inclined.

There will be a live band, a fantastic BBQ cranking, and of course bars are open at nearby restaurants Capt. Tony’s, Baja Cantina and Solomon’s Landing. Just make sure all your anglers are there at check in, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m.


THE ROAR of 168 teams is impressive both mornings as teams charge off to their secret honey holes in search of big tuna, wahoo and dorado. PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM

When you arrive you will be given a number, and we will announce the numbers for teams. If you are not back in time for your number, just hop in behind the other teams. Check in with no roster changes will be fast. Wristbands will be put on your team, you will fill out waivers and we will give you your team flags. But we won’t be handing out bags, hats, Mustad hooks, Seaguar fluorocarbon, Hi-Seas wire packs etc. That is the next day. See below. Remember, this pre-check is totally optional, and it will be a fun atmosphere with staff and sponsors there at the Marlin, enjoying the evening.


THE YO-ZURI Welcome Party Nov. 1 at the outdoor amphitheatre features the fun of free gifts, drawings, a video, free shots of tequila as well as key announcements and a review of the 2017 rules.

- The next day, at the official check-in, you can pick up your free gear from Jackpot staff and sponsors. This regular Check-In is Wednesday, Nov. 1 and begins an hour earlier than in past years, 1 p.m. and teams will be checked in four teams at a time. When you arrive, your team will be given a priority number and waiver forms to fill out, and teams will be taken as their number is called, so NO LONG LINES. If you come back late, don’t worry about it you can just get behind the few teams in line. We just don’t want people sitting in the sun all day, in line.


THE EXCITEMENT of unloading a big tuna is part of the experience, both for teams and their friends and families but also the huge crowd at the top of the IGY Marina ramp.

- There will be TWO Cabo Escape Charity Charters on the start boat, sponsored by Costa and Wild Tours, parent company of the Cabo Escape. It’s a blast to be on the start boat. The cost is $30 and it will be catered with food and drink both days. It’s fun and exciting and benefits smilesinternationalfoundation.org, the official charity of the Tuna Jackpot.


THE WEIGH-IN gets crazy with a boisterous crowd as big fish come to the Gray Taxidermy scale. There were eight fish over 200 pounds weighed in last year. PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM

- The Fiesta has been moved to Thursday night at Maria Corona’s, and it will be a sit-down Mexican buffet. Thus, on Friday after two exciting days on the water, you have a free night on the town to relax, rest or rage in Cabo as you celebrate your big win. The Saturday night Awards Dinner for 750 to 800 people is still planned for the Cruise Pier, a great venue, which we will further enhance for comfort and style and service in the second year of use.


RAFFLES are a big part of the event by sponsors. There are three of them, at the Yo-Zri Welcome Party, the Thursday Baja Cantina Fiesta and the awards dinner on Saturday.

Go to loscabostunajackpot.com for updated rosters, the latest news, and "like" us on our Facebook page.


SHOW US YOUR COSTAS is back as a contest. Dress up your crew for the start boat depicting your loyalty and love of Costa sunglasses, and you can win a set of sunglasses for your four-man team.

Pat McDonell is
Director of the Cabo Tuna Jackpot