Tuna Time!

No, not the sandwich, We’re visiting the tournament that catches the tuna fish
BY: CHARLIE TUNA

Although scientists have told us the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean are heating up, building towards a strong El Niño event that could rival the intensity of the record 1997 Nino that wreaked weather related havoc across the globe,  it’s been pretty mild in Los Cabos this year.

So far we’ve been hit by assorted tropical depressions, a tropical storm, and a hurricane that got away but left lots of rain up and down the Baja and Southern California coasts. The fishing has been good. Now, that’s a priority. Especially now that the big fishing tournaments are bearing down on us. They start in Los Cabos and the East Cape.

starkist.jpgAn exciting and popular tournament that’s coming up this October 24 is the 3rd Annual Van Wormer Resort Tuna Shoot Out. The format will be a tad different this year, as it’s the biggest yellowfin tuna that will win. The largest tuna caught on October 24 will win approximately $35,000 (based on 100 teams entering). This is a one day tournament, so anyone can win. There will be more than $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs and entry fee is only $500 per team. There are terrific prizes for the top three teams that catch the largest tuna, and optional cash jackpots of $300, $500 and $1,000 and a new $2,000 jackpot with an 85% return.

There are great raffle prizes of tackle, lures, rods, tackle boxes, gift certificates and return trips to Van Wormer Resorts. And, as ever, there will be lots of swag from sponsors. The awards dinner will be held at Hotel Palmas De Cortez on the East Cape on Saturday, October 24th at 7:00 pm.

New this year: There will be three starting locations, with one each in La Paz, East Cape, and Puerto Los Cabos. Start time is at 7:00 am at each location, with the weigh in at Palmas De Cortez in the East Cape between 1:00 and 6:00 pm. Security will be on duty from Friday night the 23rd starting at 7:00 pm until Saturday morning at 6:00 am for all boats anchored in front of Hotel Palmas De Cortez. (Obviously, there have been some boats gone missing from there. Not really missing, we all know they putt putt over to the mainland, it’s not that far.)

VHF radio repeater will be used to give constant weight updates to all participating boats. Agencia Arjona or Baja Mark in La Paz will serve as event information locations, as well as the marina office and store at Puerto Los Cabos. For information or to sign up, look up: vanwormerresorts.com.