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Jackpot sponsors support event, charity


Some attend and fish, others attend and dream up ways to assist fundraising for the children's charities, while promoting their products at the biggest and richest tuna jackpot in the world

BY PAT McDONELL
Director, Cabo Tuna Jackpot


AT CHECK-IN, many of the attending sponsors provide gifts to entrants.

CABO SAN LUCAS - Sponsors are the key to all tournaments, and no tourney is as connected to its partners than the 19th annual WON Cabo Tuna Jackpot slated Nov. 1-4. The list of sponsors runs from those Cabo-based businesses which assist the event during its four-day run and far beyond, and those who contribute financial support and products, and of course those sponsors who not only attend the event but assist in the task of setting up the venues, showing off product and hosting and emceeing the parties and conducting charity efforts.

We could not do it without the sponsors, who not only love the event, many see it as a way to do something for Cabo's children through charity efforts, and also supporting the region's sportfishing, while promoting their products. Some enter the event, too. After a few years of sitting on the sidelines, they get the itch to try to win.

The following is a alphabetical rundown of the 2017 WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot sponsors, and what their role is in the tourney, and the new products they are offering in 2017.



AFW/HI SEAS: is a fourth-year sponsor in 2016, and ready to get anglers wired up for wahoo, which are showing up solid in Cabo as the event nears. They will have some great crimping tools and wire for raffles, and will be showing off their various products at check-in. Attending will be sales manager Steven Miller.

Said Chuck Buhagiar, WON's advertising director, "This company makes high quality terminal tackle and now they also make trolling lures, and Steven Miller recently was in Cabo and is very excited about the tournament. They are coming in strong for the anglers. Every team will receive will receive a package of their single strand titanium "tooth proof" wire which is knottable, perfect for wahoo."

"Also," said Buhagiar, "they'll be giving away sleeves, rings, swivels, heavy duty swaging tools, etc., for the charity grand prize drawing. Their Mighty Mini Swivels are the bomb, 100 percent stainless steel, very compact and three stronger than brass."

As Tuna Jackpot anglers will learn, AFW is the leading U.S. wire leader producer and the originator of the world's first knottable leader wire. They offer the industry's most complete line of wire products made in the United States. Their brands include Tooth Proof, Surflon, Surfstrand and 49 Strand. They also offer a wide array of advanced products, including kink-free and knottable wire, copper trolling wire and Mighty Mini 100 percent stainless steel tackle. American Fishing Wire continues to make stainless steel wire in its own United States factory located in Westchester, PA. See all their products online at americanfishingwire.com.



BAJA CANTINA: A Cabo mainstray in the tournament sportfishing circles Baja Cantina operates two fabulous restaurants in Cabo and is a major catering company in Cabo. The two Cabo restaurants are Maria Corona in downtown (the site of the Thursday Fiesta) and Baja Cantina on the marina’s malecon. They are again an integral part of the event as a sponsor but they are providing catering and the site for the Fiesta at Marina Corona, and is co-sponsoring the Best Dressed Contest with Fishworks. Best logos and best coordinated outfits for teams will be judged, and the team that wins gets free meals at the 2018 event. And, they are again sponsoring the official angler Tournament Gift bags or coolers, given to each team member at check-in.

Be sure to dine at the Baja Cantina for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the bar is always lively. Look up at the rafters! You will see that their connection to sportfishing and tournament competition runs deep. As for Marina Corona, it is one of the premier Mexican restaurants in Cabo, located two blocks behind Squid Roe and is a beautiful tree-shaded patio location, and it’s massive patio will be the site of the Thursday Fiesta where weigh-in from the day will be announced, sponsor drawings, folklorico dancing, and a slide show of the tournament up to that point.

BAJA CANTINA hosts the Thursday Fiesta at their downtown restaurant Maria Corona’s, which will be when the contests will be awarded, including the Baja Cantina/Fishworks Best Dressed Contest. The event will be sitdown dinner buffet party with drawings, tourney news, an ongoing show of 200 projected photos of the event up to that day’s weigh-in, plus the Baja Cantina girls and dozens of drawings all packed into two hours. THIS is the party to go to.



CABO CIGAR CO.: Owner Lupita Lomelin and her staff are back again for a fifth year as a sponsor and will be providing some fun items. At all the Tuna Jackpot events, they will be rolling cigars with the Cabo Tuna Jackpot wrap on-site at check­-in and weigh-in, and even the awards party Saturday night for those who want the freshest product. Of course, Cabo Cigar has four retail spots in Cabo with a full selection in its humidified display rooms, where you can select the best cigars from Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and other countries. Looking for Single Cuban Cigars like Montecristo No. 2s, Partagas Series D Ni,ber 4s, Cohiba Robustos or Cohiba Esplendidos? Visit any of their Cabo stores to find a Cohiba cigar model, or Vitola, that is right for you.

Lupita and her staff will set up at any event -- weddings are a popular spot for them in Cabo -- and Cabo Cigar Company will be providing cigars and a custom cigar box given to the championship team on stage as they celebrate. For all of Cabo Cigar's services at their stores and at your next special event, see their website at cabocigars.net.



CABO ESCAPE: The official start boat is again the Cabo Escape and will again be hosting dignitaries and staff and friends each day on the start boat. In addition, they will be hosting the fabulous Costa Charity Charters both days, and it’s always a great time with free prize drawings, Thursday and Friday.

Pay $30 and enjoy coffee, mimosas, breakfast burritos and music and dancing after we check in all the boats as the sun comes up. There is not better party boat in Cabo, and when you see the Cabo Escape, you’ll know it is a cut above in every way with a professional staff sure to get your Cabo vibe going. At Cabo Escape Tours, every tour starts with a well-maintained, clean open-air double deck catamaran.

The catamaran is equipped with a level cockpit (lower deck) saloon with a view! Bringing Los Cabo’s beautiful outdoors in. All food is prepared fresh daily for you right on board in their clean kitchen. The Upper deck is equipped with an open-air bar /lounge area with lots of complimentary beverages to quench your thirst with plenty of dance space.

"Our crew is your new best friend with a love for the ocean and passion for customer service; we also have an emcee that will make any tour unforgettable," said Justin Benham, general manager.

Cabo Escape is a diversified company which includes Wild Cape Tours, the Cabo Escape, Cape Legend and the Invita restaurant. Tours include the snorkel fun cruise, breakfast whale watching cruise and the sunset fajitas tour and all operate every day. Keeping in tradition with Los Cabo’s famous nightlife, Cabo Escape is open several nights at the dock as a floating night club. They also offer private charters, weddings, birthday parties and special events with a 200-passenger capacity. Call toll free from the US/Canada 1-866-885-6555 or in Mexico 52 (624) 105-0177 or email info@caboescapetours.com. See more at caboescapetours.com.



CAPT. TONY'S: Capt. Tony’s Restaurant and Bar is a fantastic spot to dine and listen to live music right there marine-side next to Pisces Sportfishing in the marlin sculpture area just below the Hotel Tesoro. Breakfast burritos and bagels before fishing, hot coffee REALLY early? They are on it. The food is killer, especially the pizza, and the prices are very un-Cabo-like, especially at the bar. Check out the famous Famous Tuna Wall with 16 years of history and team results framed, plus the Gray Taxidermy replica of the record tuna, the 383-pound yellowfin by Fisher Man and the perpetual trophy with all 17 previous winners on the plates. You really feel the history of the event while dining. Manager Alex Alvarez and his staff do a great job.



COSTA SUNGLASSES: Dave and Amy Bulthuis and Costa will again be major sponsors the tournament, providing every angler with an event long sleeve T-shirt, and they have dozens of pairs of sunglasses to give away. Costa's involvement goes deep into the fabric of the event on so many levels. Of course, they will have a booth display at check-in, and again sponsor the "Show Us Your Costas!" start boat both days on the luxurious Cabo Escape Thursday and Friday at the Cabo Arch. They will also be doing plenty for children's charities in Cabo. Last year they had a ton of Costa promotional items at their booth and you just named your own price, and that amount went to charity. Those and other efforts generated $54,000 for SmilesInternationalFoundation.org, which conducts free cranial and facial/cleft pallet surgeries for Baja children at two week-long clinics in April and October. Dave B. always comes loaded for bear with clothing and sunglasses for prizes. Stop by and see the new Costa lineup. It's just amazing.

Costa's newest product releases, offered at top tackle shops including Minerva's in Cabo, range from men's top-grade glasses to some pretty stylish items for the ladies.

"Those sunglasses will be among the many drawings for free sunglasses on the harity start boat charters sponsored by Costa," said Bulthuis. "We will hand out a LOT of our new women's sunglasses in the drawings during the cruise." The two-hour charters Thursday and Friday mornings will be catered by the Capt. Tony’s and Cabo Escape with breakfasts burritos, coffee, juice and mimosas — as it is every year, and is a blast. The charter fee is $30, anyone can come, and all money goes to Smiles International on behalf of Costa and the Cabo Escape that is donating the boat to the tournament each morning. The charters run from 6 to 8 a.m. from the IGY fuel dock down the ramp in front of the Tesoro.

In addition, Show us your Costa's is back and nearly every boat will be photographed as they show their sunglasses and number and if you give Dave Bulthuis at check-in your e-mail, the photo of your boat/team as it goes by will be e-mailed to the team captain after the event.

As for the newest Costa products, "See more of what’s out there" in challenging lowlight conditions with Costa’s new Sunrise Silver Mirror Len, the new lens for 2017. The Sunrise Silver Mirror lens is ideal for low light situations, great for any sight casting applications and Costa’s most versatile lens for changing light conditions.

The Sunrise Silver Mirror allows 30 percent light transmission versus the typical 10-12 percent and does this successfully while maintaining a 99 percent polarization efficiency — making it the highest light transmission of any polarized lens on the market.

"Having been in field testing with some of our pro staff since last summer, the early indicators are we have a game changer," remarks John Sanchez, vice president of product design for Costa. "It will transform the way sight fishing anglers approach wearing glasses throughout the day. The Sunrise Silver Mirror sharpens contrast all day but performs best under the toughest low light conditions, making it ideal for dusk and dawn performance and cloudy fishing days. The mirrored finish also helps deflect harsh light away from the eye to ease eye strain and help reduce eye fatigue."

The Sunrise Silver Mirror features Costa’s proprietary 580 technology offering 100 percent protection from harmful UV light and is currently available in polycarbonate. Polarization film on both the front and back side of the lens reduces the strong presence of yellow light to help eliminate glare, while green, red, and blue hues are enhanced, creating greater clarity and contrast. Scratch resistant and prescription ready, the Sunrise Silver Mirror lens is currently offered in a limited frame selection that includes the Blackfin, Corbina, Fantail, Fisch, Motu, Tuna Alley, Southpoint, and Isabella styles.

For more information, contact 1 (800) 447-3700 or visit the company's website at www.costadelmar.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/costasunglasses or on Twitter @CostaSunglasses.



DREAMMAKER CHARTERS: Dreammaker Charters and Gricelda's Smokehouse, located just a few yards from the weigh-in, has been with the tourney from the very start, with Grace and Dale Cote contributing at so many levels, it's hard to list.

Besides competing most years with its charterboats and won the event one year, the Cote's Smokehouse and charter business has helped WON with the official tourney channel/radio, the mountaintop repeater, designed and welded the new custom Grays Taxidermy scale used today and installed the winch and deliver to the site each year and take it back to the storage yard.

The Cotes also distribute posters and promotional materials and banners for the event throughout the year, and even though it might affect their smokehouse business, a few years ago they set up a church donation of fish at the tourney weigh-in to help the less fortunate in Cabo.

Grace, Dale and their family also provide the tuna carts and manpower to get the tuna to and from the boats, and provide labor to break down some of the venues late into the night. Bottom line, they are great friends, supporters of the event from the very first day, and it would be tough to do the event without them; without their local support and hard work promoting it to local businesses and crews.

Of course, they have a solid business that does a fantastic job processing your catch how you want, whether it's just filleting or smoking it, and they get it vacuum-packed and ready for transport home. See them online at www.dreammakercharters.com. Their facility is on the malecon in the Tesoro Hotel corridor of shops, near Baja Cantina



FISHWORKS: The premier SoCal-based fishing clothing company now in its 21st year is back as the official clothing sponsor of the Tuna Jackpot. They will be donating four $125 gift certificates to the team that wins the Fishworks,/Baja Cantina Best Dressed Contest to be awarded at the Friday Fiesta at Maria Corona. Lawrance Quigley and wife Jamie are in the midst of their 20th year and Lawrence is going full-bore in the business, expanding styles of t-shirts, board shorts, new rough water outerwear, windbreakers, and hats, beanies, logos and very cool patterns. When you wear Fishworks, people know you are a serious angler.

Fishworks was born on the decks of sportfishers where Lawrence worked for 14 years out of Dana Landing and then down in San Diego on the long range boat Royal Star and he took that knowledge and began making durable, wind-resistant and lightweight clothing that the crewmen demanded working long hours in cold and wind, clothing that would be warm and stand up to abuse. His roots are in fishing, but also in surfing as a designer for Oakley sunglasses for whom he worked for 12 years.

Fishworks keeps their line, now expanding, in key fishing tackle outlets.

"We don’t see ourselves as a niche company," he said last week at his San Clemente warehouse and office. It’s a family operation with his wife Jamie, son Fisher, 18, and daughter Ruby, 16, all helping get the product out to retailers. "We think we appeal to everyone who fishes, -- the surf fishermen, the guy on a partyboat, a Cabo guy, a skiff fisherman, a long ranger. I don’t want to pigeonhole our appeal."

His product line is amazing, available online via certificates for the Best Dressed Contest, plus you can bid on a Fishworks clothing package at the Awards Dinner Silent Auction on Saturday night to benefit the SmilesInternationalFoundation.org charity.

For details on Fishworks, just go to fishworksproducts.com



GRAY TAXIDERMY: Bill Dobbelear will be in Cabo and donating 200-pound class mounts for charity effort plus big-fish mounts for the wahoo/dorado optional.

Gray Taxidermy has been in the marine taxidermy business for over 50 years and has produced over 500,000 fish mounts. As the largest marine taxidermy company in the world, their team takes pride in producing the finest quality and most life-like mounted fish available. Who better to support and sponsor the world’s largest tuna tournament in the world than Gray?

As general manager of Gray Taxidermy, based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Dobbelear is an avid offshore angler and one of the pioneers of deep drop fishing for swords off the Florida Coast. He's a passionate angler who's also dedicated about giving back to the local Cabo community.

Gray is also the sponsor of the Wahoo/Dorado Optional, which means that both the largest wahoo and the largest dorado over two days get a free mount for the team captain. Of course, Gray will also be creating for the champs the largest tuna caught during the event.

Whether you want to match your trophy catch exactly or just decorate the walls of your home or office, Gray Taxidermy is the place to order when you want the absolute best quality and durability. Gray has been sponsoring WON's tournaments for years, with each of the winner's team captain shipped a free fish mount.

Their thousands of available molds ensure that your selection will be an exact replica of your fish. Or, if you prefer, they will be happy to paint your trophy to any picture that you may have. Call (800) 452-5501, talk to your charter captain or visit www.graytaxidermy.com.

Gray can create a beautiful mount for most any game fish species. After stopping by their office jammed with their quality mounts that is next Pisces on the marina malecon, stop by a few doors down at Capt. Tony’s Restaurant to see the Cabo tournament record, a 383 pounder by team Fisher Man. Gray is also the sponsor of the weigh scale area, and each year usually kicks in a special drawing prize for the charity efforts, and has been a major contributor to the factor tour and Florida coastal and swordfish fishing trip auctioned off by several fellow sponsors that raised over $25,000 last year.



KINGFISHER CHARTERS, SITKA: Kingfisher Lodge in Sitka, Alaska supports all of WON's saltwater events, and again is giving away two three-day, four-night trips, each valued at $2,195. That is almost $8,600 in two free trips for a total of four people. One of the two-person trips will go to the Yamaha/Kingfisher Guess The Winning Fish’s Weight Contest, and the other trip for two will be offered up in a silent auction Saturday night for charity. Kingfisher is a premier lodge in Sitka, with top guides and equipment. WON hosts a trip every fall and the fishing is always off the hook. The lodge offers great food, great fishing and accommodations and it just happens that Sitka is one of the most beautiful cities in the state with a wealth of history. It's trip that creates some amazing memories.

Owner Seth Bone and his staff of Kingfisher Charters offer a first class all-inclusive Alaska fishing trip for a reasonable price. For more information, call (800) 727-6136, or go to www.kingfishercharters.com.



MARINA CABO SAN LUCAS: The IGY Cabo San Lucas Marina is one of the finest facilities in the world, and it is not an easy task keeping the equipment up to date and working, but they do it as though they were in a major coastal city.

The Cabo Tuna Jackpot is the biggest tournament of the year in Cabo, and the marina officials have set up a temporary but full-size dock ramp at the weigh-in area and each year moves two huge tour boats from the docks at key periods to allow sportfishers to safely back into the massive slips with their fish, and dramatically roll them up to the awaiting crowd. In addition, they allow the official start boat the two-deck party ship Cabo Escape to dock at the IGY Fuel Dock, to pick up passengers before the boats check in out at the Arch. For more details, look at www.igy-cabosanlucas.com.



MINERVA'S TACKLE: Minerva's Tackle in Cabo is the official clothing retailer of the tournament and will be not only competing in the tourney with its Minerva I, II and III fleet of top-notch sportfishers and captains, but will be selling clothing at the check-in and other venues, and also at their fantastic tackle shop in downtown Cabo. Half of the profits from the clothing will go to the children's charity fund.

If you need anything for fishing -- clothing, top-of-the line rods, Okuma reels, Costa sunglasses, new line on your reels, the latest ands hottest in lures and Seaguar fluoro, Minerva Smith and Bob Smith have it. They have been serving Cabo sportfishing and the community for 39 years and have supported the Tuna Jackpot from its inception 19 years ago. You can reach them from Baja by calling 011 52 624 143-1282 and from the U.S. 1 (909) 266-3154; Web: minervas.com.



MUSTAD HOOKS, TOOLS: Steve Tagami will be in Cabo, on site and presenting Mustad big game hook packs to every team at check-in, plus more hook packs for drawings, plus clothing and free hats for teams that weigh in.

Tagami is a great guy to have around as an attending sponsor — easygoing and devoted to the company, and always ready to chip in. He loves being in Cabo, and as you might imagine, he gets excited when teams - especially the winning teams - use Mustads. The biggest one of those at the tourney was the 2012 winner, the 372-pound fish, and a bunch of the other monster fish over 200 pounds are caught on Mustads. Not long after behemoth was brought the scale, Mustad had the distinction of seeing what is now known as the Million Dollar World Record fish, a 427, landed in 2012 by the Suertudo team on a multi-day trip out of Cabo.

Mustad's unique, three-stage opti-angle sharpening process provides all the benefits of a chemically sharpened needle point including quick and effective penetration in combination with incredible strength and durability. Mustad's Nor-Tempering process Makes UltraPoint up to 30 percent stronger than conventional hooks, for more confidence when battling the big ones. In Cabo, Minerva's has a full range of Mustad's on sale



NATIONAL RENTAL CAR: National Rental Car has been the official Cabo Tuna Jackpot rental agency in Cabo for several years and for 2016 they have a special offer for all Tuna Jackpot Tournament teams and guests. Go to nationalcar.com.mx and enter the code tunajackpot2017 or call the 877 number to get the special rate valid through Nov. 15.

This year National is offering a week’s car rental for free in a special drawing at the tourney, so hang onto to those red drawing tickets.

Of course, our advice is to not hassle with shuttles and taxis. Be met at the airport exit by a friendly National rep, get whisked to the nearby, air-conditioned office, and drive to Cabo and anywhere else in the region at your own schedule. Don't take chances with other agencies. The National fleet of cars is top-of-the line, and have a full array of vehicles to choose from. It's a busy time of year when the Tuna Jackpot rolls around, so reserve your car now. See their ad in this supplement, or go to the ad and logo link on the website www.loscabostunajackpot.com or call now at 1 (877) 567-43572. In Mexico, call 01 800 716 6625.



OKUMA REELS: Okuma is again the official reel sponsor of the 2017 Cabo Tuna Tourney and will be at the event, showing off their saltwater product line for 2017 and beyond. Okuma has some amazing new big-game stuff they introduced at the recent national fishing show in Orlando. Okuma is a natural partner in the Tuna Jackpot as their lineup of Makaira reels are known for their big-tuna catching features around the world.

"You can’t go wrong with these Makairas on the big fish, because they have great drags, are bulletproof over months of catching big fish and their drags stay consistent," said Capt. Mike Tumbiero, who owns the 31-foot Bertram charterboat Renegade Mike in Cabo. Last year he put CTJ director Pat McDonell onto a 223 pounder on a Makaira 50 reel and rod combo.

The company will bring down a dozen of their reels for drawings prizes, the Grand Prize Raffle and the silent auction for charity. The lineup will consist of four Makaira SE’s and eight assorted Andros A Series 2-speeds and Metaloids.

For more details on their wide range sportfishing products, see okumafishing.com.



PISCES SPORTFISHING: Pisces Sportfishing is as integral to the tournament as any company in its history. The fleet of boats is always booked in the event, and Marco and Tracy Ehrenberg and her staff at the office also serve as the official Cabo signup site for Cabo teams.

Tracy and Marco work with local officials to pave the way for the event to run smoothly as much of it is held on the public malecon. It's the details and keeping the event and local officials feeling involved and welcome. That is just a small part of the Pisces involvement, not just in the tourney but in Cabo sportfishing in general. Tracy's reports to the media about the fishing in Cabo, including tournament results for all events, are hugely valuable to Cabo San Lucas. And, then there are the charitable efforts by the Ehrenbergs that focus on the children of Baja, where the need is so great.

This year, Tracy will again serve as the bilingual translator for the event, and she does it with such skill, she could work at the United Nations! For details on the Pisces operation, see piscessportfishing.com.



PLANO TACKLE BOXES: Several Plano tackle bags and other assorted tackle storage systems as well as several travel rod tubes will be awarded in drawings. Of course, Plano has been a proud sponsor of the WON/Cabo Tuna Jackpot for nearly every year, with a ton of great new bags as giveaways to lucky anglers in free drawings.

For more information, visit planomolding.com.



SEAGUAR FLUOROCARBON LEADER AND BRAID: Seaguar has been a sponsor of the tourney for 18 of the event's 19 years. This year the company will be at check-in and providing one coil of 100-pound fluorocarbon line to each team and have bulk spools of its 16-strand hollow core Thread-Lock braid for drawings.

In addition, they will have 600-yard spools of 60-, 80-, 100- and 130-pound Threadlock hollow core braid for fourth to the 10th largest fish, a $600 value to each team.

It debuted two years ago and is a top seller. It’s amazing, and so easy to connect.

Seaguar Blue Label made from PURE flouro, making it more abrasion-resistant and invisible to fish fluoro you "need to succeed" in tournament fishing, and if you have any doubts, in 2012 when the winning team North Star from the Estrella Del Norte, wheeled their fish up the IGY marina ramp the second day, the Mustad hook connected to the Seaguar fluoro leader was still in the fish's jaw. Yes, THAT fish, the 372 pounder that claimed $233,000 and change. That could be you this year.

Look, Seaguar is the No. 1 fluoro in the world, and it's hard to even count the IGFA world records and big-game tournament wins for the line. At check-in, you can see all their new product lines.

So what is so great about Seaguar? Well, it has 34 percent better knot strength than leading competitor fluorocarbons.

Seaguar is the original, and plenty of products have come into the market since, but no fluoro is more clear, UV-resistant, chemical-resistant, non-absorbant, high-density and impervious to cold conditions.

Seaguar.com is the place to check out the product line, Stop by Minerva's in Cabo and ask Minerva and Bob Smith about the product line. It's jammed on the wall racks for good reason. It makes the difference.



SOLOMON'S LANDING: Brian Solomon, owner of Solomon's Landing restaurant, has been a 18-year supporter of the Tuna Jackpot. Only Dreammaker Charters and Gricelda’s Smokehouse have been sponsors that same amount of time. That’s loyalty.

While fishing is his passion, his restaurant on the malecón is an obsession, a focal point for his life as a chef.

"We are about quality. We don't charge what we should for the quality of our food because everything is the best quality and prepared by our Cordon Bleu-trained chef and his staff. But I'm not in it to get rich. It's about having a great product at a great location and being successful."

He has more than 80 employees working at two restaurants, both side-by-side on the malecon. This year he is again the official caterer of the 2017 Awards Dinner at the massive cruise ship pier, as big as a football field, with a massive amount of room, with unobstructed sight lines to the stage from the tables, and there are even docks if you want to take a water taxi directly to the event, step up to the pier and order a drink.

See more at solomonslandingcabo.com.



TERRAFIN: Jeff Gammon of Terrafin Satellite Imaging will again be at the Cabo Tuna Jackpot check-in handing out free color images that are the most current possible to the event, and will be donating several annual memberships to his SST service.

He said, "November is coming up fast, and at Terrafin we're looking forward to this year’s Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot tournament. We plan to be in attendance at the tournament again this year. Terrafin has provided satellite imaging for Baja Sur for over 16 years and has been a sponsor of the tournament since 2007. In that time we've had great support from the sportfishing community down here, and made some good friends that we're happy to see every year. And share a few tequilas!"

At the captains meeting / registration they will be providing each team with printouts of the most recent satellite shots, so look for their table across from registration.

"We'll also be available for any questions. If you need any help getting our Terrafin Mobile app set up on your phone or tablet we can give you a quick tutorial. One of our favorite features of the Tuna Jackpot is the contributions they make every year to local charity organizations, this year it is again SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. We'll be trying to help out a bit too, with a raffle to win a 5-year Terrafin subscription. It’s $10 for a ticket, and all proceeds will go to the tournament charity. Stop by the booth!"

Visit their website at terrafin.com, or give them a call at (800) 993-0939.



TESORO CABO SAN LUCAS RESORT: The Tesoro is the official hotel of the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, and has been for most of its 19 years in Cabo. While it has gone under several names -- Plaza Las Glorias, Tesoro -- has seen improvements each year on its facilities.

A new pool and patio/restaurant area was finished three years ago, as well as new workout room and beautiful spa below the pool patio. Before that, a new lobby and convention room area was built, complete room refurbishing, which has gone several steps farther for 2017 with $1 million in improvements, including new furniture inside and out, and updated bathrooms and high-end glass-door showers.

The biggest advantage for Cabo visitors and especially tournament anglers, is the value you get for the rooms, the view and the location, just steps from the Cabo Marina. The views from the marina-side rooms. Fantastic, especially the sunrise as you look out at the beautiful Arch.

To get the great hotel rates for the tourney, go to www.loscabostunajackpot.com and click on the logo, and be sure when you call the hotel or e-mail them that you give them the code, "tuna" for 10 percent off the current rate.



YO-ZURI LURES: Yo-Zuri is back again, sponsoring the Captain's meeting and showering the anglers with their latest product. The company is doling out $500 worth of 2017 Yo-Zuri tuna lures for DAILY Biggest Tuna and $500 in wahoo lures for the largest DAILY wahoo or dorado. In addition, they will bringing down packs of lures for the drawings, and a ton of free hats as gifts at the Captains' Meeting.

The Yo-Zuri Sashimi 3D Series are the only lures in the world to hold three new international patents; Color-Change Technology, 3D Prism Finish and Wave-Motion Vibration.

Color-Change Technology imitates the natural color changing behavior of fleeing baitfish, which excites fish to feed. When the lure changes direction and color, the reaction strike occurs. The 3D Prism lens doubles the light reflection attributes which attracts fish from long distances. The third patent is the Wave-Motion Vibration which is sensed by the fish's lateral line enticing them to investigate the source.

These lures also take advantage of a fish's ability to see the "Ultra Violet" light spectrum by featuring true UV colors and UV attack points at the belly hook. For more information, visit yo-zuri.com.



YUMMEE FLYERS: A new sponsor and one that fits perfectly into the big tuna tournament slot is Yummee Lures, which was originated in 2001 by Jim McKeral and his wife Judy who have owned Carolina Lures for 25 years and are based in Hiawassee, Georgia. McKeral wanted to come up with a lure that would attract surface bites on heavy tackle, and through trial and error over years, perfected the Yummee Flyer that imitates a flying fish and now comes in six sizes and styles. Most Yummees skitter across the surface under a kite, but McKeral says he also has one that is a diver that can be used with a downrigger and high speed Z-Wing planers. He says they also work great in combo with marlin lures, the Yummee being clipped on at the marlin lure’s snap swivel so it looks like a gamefish is chasing a flying fish. And, multiple small Yummees are killer in daily chains.

Yummees are wildly popular for the new SoCal bluefin bite but they have been used for big game all over the world, especially off Cabo, and particularly in tournaments that have time limits and heavy line is critical. Last year, the Reel Quest swept the Day Two tuna optionals last year and won over $300,000 last year and that team caught at least five tuna over 150 pounds over the two days. That includes their second place 274 pounder, on the Yummee.

The most popular size is the 9-inch, he says, but the 8-inch is new and has great surface action on the wings that is even more desirable for tuna and other big game on the troll. McKeral is providing a set of Yummees for the drawing at the first night’s Welcome Party, plus other promotional items. Check out Yumeelures.com for the newest products that he ships all over the world. And the website also shows the various rigging methods. Keep in mind, knockoffs with similar names are not the same, he said. The rubber-type material in knock-off Chinese products degrades, stiffens, often melts and do not have the same skipping characteristic, which guarantee the Yummee will flip back upright. The devil is in the years of design and the plastic formula. One Texas angler, disgusted with cheaper knockoffs, ordered an overnight pallet of Yummees. The shipping order alone was $50,000. The pros know the difference, or find out quickly enough.

Look for more intel at www.carolinalures.com or yummeelures.com.




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