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There's a bunch of ways, involving gifts, contest and big bucks

When you sign up: Right off the bat, you are a winner of sorts because you each get a wristband at check-in and with that, entry into three drawings. That wristband gets you into two dinner parties, drawings for a lot of free tackle, a commemorative Baja Cantina -sponsored Cabo Tuna Jackpot backpack, a Costa event L/S shirt, an official event hat, and when you check in you get all that and then you start down the line of sponsors under the tents who hand you Mustad hook packs, wire leaders from Hi-Seas, Costa t-shirts, official flags, Seaguar fluorcarbon, Frogg Toggs neck coolies, Terrafin color satellite maps and more. Fun stuff.

PRIZES ARE A BIG PART of the event at the three nightly parties. We love to give free stuff away with the help of our sponsors, many of who attend the event because it's a great time in Cabo all the time.

The Overall Payout. The biggest fish over two days places first and that means you and your teammates are the champions for 2018. Then there is second or third place, and depending on how many teams are in the event, 85 percent of the overall money is given out to first place, 10 percent goes to second place and 5 percent to third. If the boat is chartered, the captains receive a check from WON, 10 percent of the team's winnings.

Optionals: There are six tuna optionals and one dorado/wahoo optional. The amount you pay is good for two days. Example, the $1,000 optional is $500 a day. We take 20 percent off the top. The payout is 80 percent, each day, in each optional, and you win by bringing in the biggest fish in each optional. Look at last year's history for the NINE teams that won. Normally seven to eight teams win money. We expect OUR PAYOUT TO BE OVER $700,000 THIS YEAR.

WIN WITH FREE COSTA OFFICIAL EVENT SHIRTS at check-in, sip beers, pick up some Mustad hook packs at check-in, make sure you get a 2018 team flag, your coils of Seaguar flouro, Hi-Seas wire packs, and Tuna Jackpot hats, Costa performance shirts, Baja Cantina duffle bags and hats, Baja Cantina backpacks and more to be announced...there's a lot of ways to win. WON PHOTOS

Drawings and contests. Sponsors and WON have a lot of fun contests. Here they are.

-- Kingfisher Guess The Winning Fish Weight Contest: The winner gets a trip for one person worth $2,400 to Kingfisher Lodge in Alaska. Announced at the Friday Fiesta at Maria Corona Restaurant. If there is a tie on the guesses, itŐs a coin flip, or a drawing if more than two who guess correctly. If no one picks the exact weight, it is the closest weight.

-- Fishworks/Baja Cantina Best Dressed/Logo Contest: The whole team wins free meals at BC in 2018, and a $125 Fishworks Clothing gift certificate for every member of the team. Well be checking you all out at check-in and on the boats. Announced at Baja Cantina's Fiesta at their fabulous Maria Corona's Restaurant.

-- $10,000 Grand Prize Charity Drawing: Four of everything the sponsors have provided (Plano Tackle boxes, Tesoro hotel certificates(4), Costa sunglasses, Mustad hooks, Seaguar leader, Accurate reels, Calstar rods, Yummy Lures, Hi-Seas wire and crimping setsÉ itŐs a lotÉTickets bought all four days cost $5 each, $5 for $20.

THE BIGGEST payout in event history was by Team Reel Quest in 2917, at $331,950 as they swept the day 2 optionals and the $10,000 daily optional the first day.

-- The National Rental Car Sticker Contest: The National Rental Car folks have great deals on rentals for tourney anglers, and they have a sticker for the boats. At the start boat, when you show your number and the National Tuna Jackpot sticker is on the boat, you are in a drawing for a free rental car package from National.

-- Show Us Your Costas! At boat checks before the starts, we see the most creative ...Dave Bultheis of Costa picks the winning team that gets four pairs of sunglasses.

-- Awards dinner Charity Silent Auction: More great deals for you to bid on, all donated by sponsors and local Cabo vendors. Two of the items are a trip to Alaska and Jon Pettey gold tuna pendant.

See you Nov. 7-10. And good luck fishing and in the contests.

TEAM TEXAS TUNA weighed in a big fish but also won the Best Dressed contest by Fishworks and Baja Cantina. They were dressed to Óto the ninesÓ every day, always a new outfit for the entire team and their other members of the group who came down. They came to party, and look good doing it!

SHOW US YOUR COSTAS! is back as a contest. Innovative ways of displaying Costas or the Costa logo during the two starts at the famed Arch will earn the team a set of sunglasses.

SOMETIMES winning means just having a great time, and what the heck, you might win a drawing, or take the prize at the silent auction for charity.