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20th Annual!

Two decades of excitement: Be sure to secure your Team's Place In The Biggest Tuna Tournament In Baja With A Chance To Win Hundreds of Thousands in CASH and PRIZES! Nov. 7-10, 2018

Pat McDonell
Director, Cabo Tuna Jackpot

The 20th annual WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot is coming Nov. 7-10, 2018, and you should be a part of it! Here at Western Outdoor News we take a lot of pride in putting together the best charters, events and tournaments in the West. They range from our family-friendly local tournaments to the Pro-Am U.S. Open bass tournament at Lake Mead. Included among them is one of our crown jewels: the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament slated for Nov. 7-10, 2018.

THE CHAMPS of North Star who fished on the private boat Estrella Del Norte with their 338-pound tuna, fourth biggest in the history of the tourney.

This exciting event is staged out of Cabo San Lucas at Land’s End. It is the biggest tuna tournament in Baja and offers a chance to win hundreds of thousands in cash and prizes.

You don’t have to be a tycoon to enter. $1,000 will get you and three other friends into the tournament. An array of optional daily jackpots, ranging from $500 and up, sweeten the payback pot. In 2017 we hosted 147 teams and nine of those teams split $677,000, and all the teams and their guests and crews enjoyed the many events connected with the tourney. Our many sponsors are involved, part of the fun, helping put on a great event.

The official website has all the details, including ways to get signed up. Just go to for the schedule and the entry forms and information to help plan your stay and forge a tournament plan. The deadline for the EARLY BIRD DRAWING, sponsored by Capt, Mark Rayor of Jen Wren Sportfishing, is Sept. 7, and you could win a one day charter on Vaquero, a 35-foot Cabo that runs out of the East Cape.

A few notes on changes. There are few of them, but the rules have been clarified. Read them over. The only change is that in the case of a breakdown, a boat may be towed into the weigh area. Unlikely, but it’s partly a safety issue. Bats must still be in the inner harbor by 6 p.m. In terms of the event, the weigh area will see a change. We plan on elevating the weigh scale onto a 4-foot high stage for more visibility and crowd control. And, a digital scoreboard will be use in addition to the standard leader boards.

Finally, the awards dinner on the cruise pier will be streamlined into two hours of announcing the winners, combined drawings, a video and a great meal by Solomon’s Landing. At both the Fiesta on Friday and the awards dinner Saturday, you must buy drink tickets. It speeds up the service, and was a huge success in its first year. The cost is kept low and sales and service are included. Tickets unused both nights can be redeemed at Baja Cantina, Maria Corona’s restaurants and Solomon’s Landing.

CROWDS AT THE WEIGH-IN swell in the evening as the big tuna are brought up the IGY ramp to the Malecon in front of the Tesoro.

Friends and Family:

The key element for our tourney is that it is for everyone who loves Baja and Cabo and fishing - anglers, wives, dads and kids. It's a thrill for everyone as we bring up the fish from the IGY Marina dock to the malecon weigh area, and the cheers when the weight is announced. It's absolutely incredible!

The Parties and FUN:

With the tournament motto being “Fish Hard and Party Harder” you know we know how to throw a party, and there is no lack of fun at the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot.

Tuesday at the Hotel Tesoro Convention area there will be an early check-in 4 to 6 p.m. for teams (all team members must be present for this optional check-in) at the Tesoro Hotel in the conference room area near the lobby of the official tourney hotel, the Tesoro. Last year we had 20 teams pre-check at an evening party.

Then on Wednesday is the mandatory official registration check-in 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the malecon in front of the Hotel Tesoro where you also pick up lots of your sponsor tournament swag, buy official clothing, make any team changes and do all the paperwork. Thursday is the first fishing day, and the fun starts early on the start boat party, and later that day at the Gray Taxidermy weigh scale area. Things get wild as all the big fish hit the docks from 3 to 6 p.m.

HECTOR MONTANO of the Cabo agency API shoots off the flare gun on the Cabo Escape last year to signal the 147 teams to begin fishing the first day.

As always, you can expect a number of party and celebratory events contests (National/Fishworks' Best Dressed, Kingfisher Lodge's Guess The Winning Fish Weight, Show us your Costas!) over the course of the tournament that are sure to be fun, exciting with more than 50 drawings and hundreds of prizes and trips.

On Friday we again have the start boat party and final weigh-in, and an evening party to celebrate your big win. We have some real fun in store for you! All contests will be awarded at the Friday Fiesta to liven things up, and streamline the awards dinner the following night. By the way, ALL people who come to the Fiesta will be given a ticket at the entrance for the drawings, so if you have guests paying the $40 entrance fee, they can win too. Be ready to go up on stage.

Then comes the grand finale and Saturday night awards dinner party at the Cruise Pier with 800 anglers and guests, the gala event catered by Solomon’s Landing where we have more drawings and crown the new champions! And, we will hold a silent auction for Smiles International Foundation. Last year we raised $20,000 for cleft palette surgeries for children of Baja.

Go to for updated rosters, the latest news, and “like” us here on our Facebook page. If you need any further information or have any questions please direct them to or call 949-366-0827 to speak with Lori. Leave questions about the tourney for me at

2018 Cabo Tuna Jackpot Schedule*

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Voluntary Pre-check for teams who have no roster changes, 4 to 6 p.m. Angler packets, hats, bags and shirts will be distributed only.   Wednesday check-in will be where you will pick up various sponsor gifts, buy  dinner or Cabo Escape charter tickets. All anglers must be present on the team to fill out waivers. Tesoro Conference Hall through glass doors.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: The official team Check-in 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tesoro Cabo Marina weigh-in area. Yo-Zuri Welcome Party with free gifts, tequila shots, video showing, optional amounts announced, and drawings, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheatre.

Thursday, Nov. 8: Costa Shotgun start 7 a.m. at the Cabo Arch; Start boat is the Cabo Escape, leaving IGY fuel dock at 6 a.m. sharp; Annual Costa Charity charter, 6 to 8 a.m. on start boat Cabo Escape, first of two. $30 PP. Includes all mimosas, coffee, orange juice, champagne, breakfast burritos. All proceeds to Smiles charity. Gray Taxidermy Weigh-in 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Lines out at 4 p.m. Weigh-in ends at 6 p.m. or until all eligible fish are weighed.

SHOW US YOUR COSTAS is a contest that has taken on a life of its own for teams. There are several contests and drawings that add fun to the event.

Friday, Nov. 9: Costa Shotgun Start at 7 a.m. the Cabo Arch; Weigh-in 3-6 p.m.; Annual Costa charity charter open to all guests on luxury start boat Cabo Escape, leaving IGY fuel dock at 6 a.m. sharp with mimosas, breakfast burritos, coffee and prizes! $30 a person (all proceeds to Smiles charity), lines out at 4 p.m. Gray Taxidermy scale closes at 6 p.m. or until all eligible fish are weighed.

Friday, Nov. 9: Baja Cantina's Fiesta at Maria Corona Restaurant in downtown Cabo. Doors and bar opens and music starts at 7:30 p.m., Live band, Mexican buffet dinner and foklorico entertainment begins at 8 p.m. and at 8:30 staff begins announcements of day's results, Show Us Your Costas! Contest, Fishworks/Baja Cantina Best Dressed, Kingfisher Big Fish, National Rental Car Sticker Contest, plus sponsors' drawings. All guests (team members and those who paid $40 as guests to attend) are eligible to win the drawings. Special tickets will be given out at the door.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Cabo Tuna Jackpot Awards Dinner, on cruise line pier. Bar opens at 5:30 p.m.; Live band starts at 6 p.m., dinner is ready at 6:30; Smiles International charity Silent auction. All sponsors tackle drawings begin at 6:30; awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m., ends at 9 p.m.