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2018 CABO TUNA JACKPOT RULES



It is the sole responsibility of the participating anglers, captains and crews to know and abide by the tournament’s rules. By entering the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot they acknowledge such and agree to all rules.

Rule clarification on No. 1


THIS PHOTO has nothing to do with the rules, but we needed something to drawn your attention to them.
  1. A team can have one to four anglers on the official roster, and a boat crew can fill any of those four slots. There will be a maximum of four anglers per team who can fish, and a crew of up to two people who cannot fish. Crew CAN chum and set lines and gaff, etc, but NOT pull on fish. The other two spots can be guests but cannot assist in the fishing in ANY way. Nor can they act as “spotters.” You can switch out crewmen and guests over the two days. But you cannot switch out anglers. If a crewman is on the roster as an angler, he or she cannot be switched out as a team member. If he or she is replaced as a crewman on the second day, you can bring on another crew person, but you will have one less angler who can fish. So, the max you can have on a boat is eight people – four anglers, two nonfishing crew (can’t pull on fish) and two nonfishing guests. No exceptions.

  2. All participants must possess a valid Mexican fishing license on both days of fishing. Anglers checked by a Mexican authority who do not have a valid Mexican license will cause their entire team to be disqualified from the tournament. To avoid delays and other problems, it is highly recommended you obtain a Mexican license and boat permit before entering Mexico.

  3. There is no limit or restriction on when and how much bait can be obtained prior to the shotgun start. Teams can obtain bait (buy it) one half-hour past the 7 a.m. shotgun start. The PURCHASE of bait must be completed by 7:30 a.m.

  4. All boats fly the official tournament flag. It is not grounds for disqualification, though. The official channel is 28.

  5. All boats must be behind the official starter's boat prior to the 7 a.m. flare gun start. There will be a visual boat check-off starting at 6:15 a.m. outside the harbor entrance. All boats must attempt to report in fish on the tournament channel that are estimated at over 100 pounds. Locations need not be disclosed on the radio.

  6. Lines out at 4 p.m. Boats must be inside the inner harbor in front of the Marina Cabo San Lucas Official/scale area by 6 p.m. the official deadline for weighing in fish. The scale at Marina Cabo San Lucas in front of the Tesoro will open at 3 p.m. (rule change, from 2 p.m.)

  7. Any boat deemed operating in an unsafe manner will be disqualified from that day's fishing. No fishing boundaries will be required either day.

  8. There are few restrictions on tackle other than the fish must be taken on hook and line using rod and reel. More than one team member (not crew) may fight the fish, and team members or crew may assist the angler by touching the main line at any time during the fight. The rod may touch the boat railing during the fight. Use of outriggers, teasers, downriggers, spreader bars, kites and balloons are allowed. DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED (new rules for 2016). Green Stick trolling rigs are not allowed. Crew members may touch the rod briefly before handing off to an angler. It may not be passed back to any crewman at any time.

  9. Only three tuna, one wahoo and/or dorado may be weighed per day, per team.

  10. It is the responsibility of the team to decide which fish to weigh prior to docking at the weigh area. So, a team can bring in three tuna as well as one wahoo OR one dorado. The team must choose which fish to enter in the dorado/wahoo optional.

  11. Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. of the fishing days, no vessel entered in the tournament may be involved in handing off or receiving anything from another vessel whether that vessel is entered in the tournament or not. The tournament director may choose to grant special permission in advance to a team to waive this rule in the event that someone's personal safety or health is at risk. No disabled boat can be towed back to Cabo so a fish can be weighed in on time. No fish can be brought back by another boat whether it is in the tournament or not.

  12. It is recommended that all anglers and crew attend the scheduled Angler/Captains' Welcome Meeting. If they do not attend, they automatically accept and agree to be bound by all of the instructions announced at the meeting.

  13. Overall, $500 of the $1,000 entry fee, and 80 percent of the daily jackpots will be paid back to anglers. The team that catches the biggest tuna over the two days wins 85 percent of the total cash in the entry pool. Second largest tuna wins 10 percent of the cash in the entry pool. Third largest tuna wins 5 percent of the cash in the entry pool. In jackpots, the winning team/captain takes all cash in the pot. Of the total amount awarded for first, second and third places in the entry pool and in the optional jackpots 90 percent will go to the team and 10 percent will go to the boat captain of the charter boat if that boat is chartered. If not chartered, the captain's winnings is divided among the team members as they see fit.

  14. The official minimum weight for tuna, wahoo and dorado is 30 pounds in the overall competition over two days and the optionals. Wahoo and Dorado over 30 pounds are backup species for tuna, in the overall only. There is no backup species for any optionals. (This rule has been clarified for 2016)

  15. In the event of a tie in any overall or optional pool, a coin toss by the tournament director will determine the winner if there are two teams. More than two teams tying will result in a drawing among the teams. If no eligible optional jackpot fish are caught the first day, the jackpot money rolls to the second day. If no eligible jackpot fish are caught the second day the money rolls back to the first day winners. In the unlikely event that no eligible fish are caught over both days, refunds of the entry amount (minus $500 tournament operation fee) and jackpot amounts (minus 20 percent tournament operation fee) will be given, via mail.

  16. Mutilated fish in which the ability of the fish to fight has been compromised will not be weighed in. The tournament director will make the final decision, with no protests allowed since it is a visual judgment call.

  17. Any team or individual receiving monetary winnings is required to provide to Western Outdoors Publications a social security number and a current address. A signature will additionally be required for receipt and acknowledgment of winnings. Team captains of teams that win money will be required to meet WON staff at to apply for their winnings which will be sent by check via mail immediately after the event.

  18. Wristbands will identify team members and must be worn at all times. These will be distributed to team captains at check-in. The wrist bands are your ticket to the three free, hosted parties. If availability permits, special wristbands will be sold at $60 each for non-team members or crew who wish to attend the parties or just the awards dinner. (Guests are not entered in the regular drawings, but guests can enter the GRAND CHARITY RAFFLE ($5, $20 for five tix)

  19. All decisions by the tournament directors and advisory board are final.

  20. All monetary winners will be subject to a lie detector test at the discretion of the tournament director. If any angler declines to be tested, his team is automatically disqualified from receiving any monetary awards. The lie detector test will be used as one of, but not the sole, determining factor in any decision by the tournament directors and the advisory board.

  21. The tournament director reserves the right to alter starting and finishing times to coincide with weather, tides and probability of better fishing conditions.

  22. All verbal protests and supporting evidence must be presented to the tournament director(s) immediately upon returning to Cabo, followed by a written protest no more than 30 minutes after the verbal protest. Evidence will be ruled on by both tournament director and the staff advisory board prior to the next day's events. Any verbal or physical abuse or threats from entrants toward Jackpot staff is cause for a team's disqualification.

  23. WON reserves the right to deny any teams' or individual's entry. Also note that the above rules are subject to change prior to the event.

  24. Teams which weigh in fish cannot continue to fish that day. All boats that weigh in fish the first day are subject to a thorough boat inspection at the dock by a tournament staffer.

  25. No spotter planes are allowed to assist teams in any way the two days of fishing.

  26. All boats must visually check in with the tournament start boat (the Cabo Escape) between 6:15 a.m. and 8 a.m or will be disqualified for that day's fishing. The start boat and staff will be on the water until 8 a.m., either at the arch or at its slip. Call radio control at channel 28 if the start boat is not visible.

  27. Safety is No. 1. No boats on the flare start shall "shoot" between the rock and arch at the start, which means all boats must run to the fishing grounds on the OUTSIDE of the outer rock. There is no automatic penalty, however. Disqualification of a team or teams is up to the discretion of the tournament director on both days.

  28. All decisions on rules interpretations requested by anglers and made by ONLY by the tournament director are final.

  29. The use of the Green Stick, a commercial rolling method with a mast, a "bird" attractor and multiple clips from the main line are not allowed.

  30. By order of the fisheries department, all team members must present their fishing licenses at weigh-in when bringing a fish to the scale. They will be returned at the scale area before you leave (make sure you have them for second day's fishing).

  31. Prizes: All prizes must be won and accepted by a team member with a team wristband. Fellow members can accept a prize on behalf of another team member if he is not present.

  32. By order of the fisheries department, all team members must present their fishing licenses at weigh-in when bringing a fish to the scale. They will be returned.

  33. Try to have fun, treat all anglers and crew and staff of the event with respect. (Easiest rule of all)

* The use of the Green Stick, a commercial rolling method with a mast, a "bird" attractor and multiple clips from the main line are not allowed.

* By order of the fisheries department, all team members must present their fishing licenses at weigh-in when bringing a fish to the scale. They will be returned.