A BIG WIN
North Star team on Estrella Del Norte lays claim to $233,540 and the title of Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament champion in the best two-days of tuna fishing ever recorded in Cabo.
BY PAT McDONELL
CABO SAN LUCAS -- What can you say about this year's Cabo Tuna Jackpot that gives it justice for its ramifications. The tourney, held over four days in Cabo San Lucas saw its field of entrants return with so many cow tuna in two days of that it could be said that Cabo witnessed it's greatest two days of big tuna fishing ever.
THE BOATS CHARGE OUT from the arch the first day. The event had 121 teams.
Certainly it was the best fishing ever for the 14 years the Cabo Tuna Jackpot has been held. There was one tuna over 300 pounds, 11 over 200 pounds and more than 25 over 100 pounds brought to the scales.
The size of the fish was not the only thing that grew this year. We had 108 teams last year, but this year we had a field of 121. We offered $438,000 in price money in 2011. This year it was $564,000.
The fishing over two flat glass days on the banks was topped by Team 40, North Star, on the Estrella Del Norte, made up of James Rosenwald, David Luhitta, Carlos Beltram and Edward Beltram, which nearly broke the tournament record for fish and single tournament winnings by bringing to the Gray's Taxidermy scale a 372-pound yellowfin on the second day before a huge crowd.
That monster fish, second only to Team Fisherman's 383-pound fish three years ago, earned them all but one of the daily optionals on day two and also took 85 percent of the overall money.
TEAM 40 ON THE ESTRELLA DEL NORTE WON THE EVENT for 2012 with this monster 372-pound yellowfin weighed in on the second day that that won them nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
When you total it all up, they won $233,540.
In terms of charity, various efforts created a fund of nearly $15,000 for children's charities in Southern Baja.
Here's the quickie version but full details will be published in a few days in WON and wonews.com with a 16-page special supplement in the newspaper with more than 100 photos and four stories. There is also a You Tube video being created by Bedouin Productions of Cabo and will be ready in a few weeks with links to it from the loscabostunajackpot.com website.
The top teams results, basics
Team 29, Team Peligro, caught a 262 pounds yellowfin tuna on day 2 and placed third overall and wion $2,420. Their team is made up of Alex Romans of Greenfield CA, Paul Anthony of Bradley Calif. Wyatt Duncan of King City, and Nic Azoona of King City.
SUNRISE IN CABO the first day.
It is hard to believe that 262-pound yellowfin would finish third, but that shows the quality of the fish that came in.
Team 68, Maybe Manana, made up of Brad Stevenson of Glenview, Bob Stevenson of Lake Havasu and William Lewis of Eugene Oregon caught a 221-pound yellowfin on the first day to win the $10,000 optional for $36,000 and followed that up the next day with a 97.7-pound yellowfin , the last weigh-in of the day that filled that category, In total, they won $72,000.
Team 82 on the Baja Bait, made of John Silva of Westchester CA and Michael Chad Lynch made 4 tenths of a pound could for a big payday yesterday, catching a 30.4-pound wahoo to lay claim to both days of the Wahoo/Dorado optional for a total of $79,200.
Team 60 on the Santana, weighed in a 224-pound tuna and win the day 1 $2,000 and $5,000 optionals to lay claim to $92,000. The team is made up of Jesse Santana of Riverside, Sean Nerenburg of Beumont, CA and Augustino Pino of San Joe Del Cabo, whose team won this event in 1999 14 years ago on the Estrella Del Mar.
Team 89 Renegade Mike, made up of Kyle Kramer and Matt Heckler of Spring Valley Ohio, Joe Dicicco of Bellbrook Ohio, and Capt. Mike Tumbeiro weighed in the first day's biggest fish of 266 pounds to place second overall for $4,890 and won the Day 1 $500, $1000 and $3,000 optionals for a total of $95,290.
THE WEIGH-IN WAS A MADHOUSE, especially the second day when the 372 pounder was weighed in by weighmaster Mike Packard.
Team 40, North Star, on the Estrella Del Norte, made up of James Rosenwald, David Luhitta, Carlos Beltram and Edward Beltram, nearly broke the tournament record for fish and single tournament winnings by bringing to the Gray's Taxidermy scale a 372-pound yellowfin on the second day before a huge crowd. That monster fish, second only to Team Fisherman's 383-pound fish three years ago, earned them all but one of the daily optionals on day two and also took 85 percent of the overall money.
The North Star team members received four Reactor watches engraved, four handcarved circle hook trophies, and a certificate for a mounts for Grays Taxidermy and a custom Cigar Box filled with the finest Cabo Cigar Company cigars wrapped in the Cabo Tuna Jackpot logo.
Note: Next year's event is slated for Nov. 6-9. Entry forms will be available soon. And there will be more details on the event here in the next week, with a gallery of photos added, and a link to the official You Tube Video. Stay tuned.
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