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Big bucks at stake, and you can do this!


Adding it all up, for $2,500 a person, a 4-man team can be in the thick of the fun and competition, so get a team ready for the 21st annual WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, Nov. 6-9


PEOPLE FROM all walks of life and economic levels come to compete, fish and party in Cabo, and the tourney is designed to allow teams to participate at basic levels. Boats from 60-foot Viking super sportfshers to 22-foot pangas win money each year. The key is to have a game plan, some skill, pre-fish and have a little luck too.

You ever wonder why the You Tube video and slide show on the Cabo Tuna Jackpot on the official website loscabostunajackpot.com has a lot of smiling people in it? Because it's a great time every year at the richest and biggest tuna jackpot tourney in the world.

This year, the tournament makes its 21st run over four days Nov. 6-9 and aims at being at being the "most fun tournament in Cabo." Well, it paid our $840,600 to six teams last year, two of the Cloud Nine and Team Hooray winning we; over $300,000 each. This year we aim to pay out $1million for the time in tourney history.

But it's a fun tournament too It's a description we hear from teams every year. There are always folks who tell staff it was on their "bucket list" to finally enter and try to win. If not to win, certainly experience the thrill of a shotgun start with 160-plus boats surging from the blocks. Bucket list, indeed. This is our 21st year with 163 teams participating last year. Anglers come from all walks of life and economic levels from all over the world. Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Norway, and of course the U.S.


THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS to win and have fun in Cabo at the Jackpot, now in its 21st year, and slated for Nov. 6-9. There's three parties and nightly drawings of Accurate reels, rods, Costa sunglasses and even Cantera Negra tequila to celebrate just being in Cabo! This year there are separate $1,000 wahoo and dorado optionals for more chances to win.

So you've been thinking about going, asking a few friends, fishing, maybe going early and prefishing, doing some partying at the clubs or asking another couple to give it a shot and have some laughs.

Some people comes every year. Many heard about it from friends, or were in Cabo when they saw it going on and decided to try it, or they ready about it in Western Outdoor News or saw ads for it in the IGFA World Record Books or national magazines.

This article is all about putting it on paper, the real costs you will have to go, compete, destroy some brain cells, pull on big tuna, and get tan while back home it's snowing, and what the hell, maybe win a hundred grand? Or two? Or three?


THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS to win and have fun in Cabo at the Jackpot, now in its 21st year, and slated for Nov. 6-9. There's three parties and nightly drawings of Accurate reels, rods, Costa sunglasses and even Cantera Negra tequila to celebrate just being in Cabo! This year there are separate $1,000 wahoo and dorado optionals for more chances to win.

Let's break it down, what it really costs to be in the 2019 Tuna Tournament.

You have to factor in airfare, hotel, boat charter, entry fee, food, tips, and live with optional costs being the obvious: Optional jackpots, bigger boat, partying, bringing a family member or significant other, rental car, high-end sportfisher, etc. and partying. That's right, we already mentioned that.

At its most basic, after everything is factored in, the real costs of entering the Tuna Tournament and being in one or two lower-end optionals for a four-man team is less than $3,000 a person. More like $2,500.

Breaking it down: -- Airfare is $450-$500, which is even less than in previous years. It's far less if you depart from Tijuana and use the bridge, but Spirit Airlines and other American carriers like Alaska offer $250-$300 flights from San Diego on certain days.


THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS to win and have fun in Cabo at the Jackpot, now in its 21st year, and slated for Nov. 6-9. There's three parties and nightly drawings of Accurate reels, rods, Costa sunglasses and even Cantera Negra tequila to celebrate just being in Cabo! This year there are separate $1,000 wahoo and dorado optionals for more chances to win.

So, at the bottom end, a boat charter is $700-$1,000 a day, so $500 is your share over two days for a four man team. That's a starting point, but a basic 20 knot, 28 footer with a Mexican captain puts you in the running no matter what. Especially if you are in the new $1,000 Dorado Optional.

Be aware: Most charterboats for tournaments are 30 to 50 percent higher than their normal daily charter fee due to more time, more tackle prep, longer hours fuel costs and wear and tear on diesels. It's the captain and crew and your ability, too. They have some incentive, too as a charter captain gets 10 percent of all winnings.

-- Hotel: Two rooms, $125 a night with breakfast at the Hotel Tesoro. Real cost per person is $70 a day, 5 nights, $340 including taxes.

-- Entry fee: $225 a person, your share of the $1,000 for a 4-man team.

-- $1,000 dorado/wahoo optional ($500 a day) and $500 tuna optional ($250 each day) for those two optionals, $400 is your share.


THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS to win and have fun in Cabo at the Jackpot, now in its 21st year, and slated for Nov. 6-9. There's three parties and nightly drawings of Accurate reels, rods, Costa sunglasses and even Cantera Negra tequila to celebrate just being in Cabo! This year there are separate $1,000 wahoo and dorado optionals for more chances to win.

-- Food? You have to eat anyway, but you get free buffet breakfasts and two dinners from us with the hotel and your entry. You can eat cheap in Cabo, or dine at 5-star spots.

-- Just for the hell of it, rent a car at National (our official rental car agency and they offer special tourney prices through the Cabo website) for $200. For that, $50 is your share.


THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS to win and have fun in Cabo at the Jackpot, now in its 21st year, and slated for Nov. 6-9. There's three parties and nightly drawings of Accurate reels, rods, Costa sunglasses and even Cantera Negra tequila to celebrate just being in Cabo! This year there are separate $1,000 wahoo and dorado optionals for more chances to win.

-- Tips: $100 for two days is your share.

-- Bait: $50 is your share.

-- Food over 5 days. (Minimum $400)

That's pretty much it. The total per person (Each person's costs or their share of team costs):

$400 airfare
$500 for the share of the charter boat
$340 for five days at Tesoro (double occupancy)
$225 entry fee
$400 for two optionals ($500Tuna and $1,000 wahoo/dorado)
$50 for bait
$100 for tips
$60 for National rental car
$400 for misc (food, etc)

Total $2,475

Compare: A trip and flight to Alaska is $3,000 for three days fishing. $2,500 to El Salto for bass fishing, $2,000 for any trip to the East Cape with two days fishing.

When you come to Cabo and bask in the sunshine and tequila and nightlife, you don't just have dinner and go to bed after a day of offshore fishing. We test your endurance for fun and competitive fishing. You have a chance to win $160,000 at that level of entry and option, you get a ton of free gifts (hat, bag, t-shirts, Gamakatsu bag, Nomad lures, Seaguar fluorocarbon, Costa shirts) three parties with prize drawings, two dinners, several contests (Guess The Fish Weight, National Rental Sticker, Show Us Your Costas!, Fishworks/Baja Cantina Best Dressed), a special catered Wild Tours charter (that $30 goes to SmilesInternationalFoundation.org) for non anglers on the second day's start boat Cabo Escape, two weigh-ins and two shotgun starts that will get your heart pumping. Guaranteed.


THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS to win and have fun in Cabo at the Jackpot, now in its 21st year, and slated for Nov. 6-9. There's three parties and nightly drawings of Accurate reels, rods, Costa sunglasses and even Cantera Negra tequila to celebrate just being in Cabo! This year there are separate $1,000 wahoo and dorado optionals for more chances to win.

And there is the charity aspect. This past year, we raised about $27,000 for SmilesInternationalFoundation.org for facial and cranial surgeries of Mexican children. Every cent goes toward surgical instruments and other direct costs for the surgeries. Now, as we like to say, are not a charity event, but we and our sponsors like Costa and Minerva's and Wild Tours make it fun to contribute at any level.

So, get a boat, bring a boat, borrow a boat. Cabo is safe. You can bring family, party or just relax and drink a beer or margarita with your buddies by the pool and smoke cigars and relax. Your call, your tournament. It's your chance to win money, get on the cover of Western Outdoor News and loscabostunajackpot.com and (and likely on the full page ad in the IGFA Record Book). $2,500? It's not cheap, but it's not a cruise down the Rhine with the wife for $14,000, either. Get a team together, and while fishing hard and partying harder, make some history at the biggest, richest tuna tournament in the world.