Here’s an article that ran in Western Outdoor News this week. And while it is not a fishing report per say, that will follow. It is included simply because we are proud of the East Cape Sportfishing Club’s inagural International Tournament and even prouder of our own Esual Valdez and the Dottie B II winning the event!
BY ROBIN WADE
WON Staff Writer
BUENA VISTA—Even though Hurricane Ileana turned left and headed out into the Pacific, it still managed to dump rain, wind and waves on many of Baja’s popular fishing spots. Luckily for the East Cape and the East Cape Sportfishing Club, hosting their first International Sportfishing Tournament, the weather stayed clear on the4 event days.
Created with the goal of uniting all sportfishing enthusiasts in the region, the Club’s mission is to promote sportfishing based on principles and sustainable models; it looks like they are off to a great start. This event had the support of the State, as well as the La Paz and Los Cabos counties and was sponsored Cabo Riviera and Corona.
“We had 34 teams participate, with a total purse of $357K pesos,” Club President Felipe Valdez said, “and the weather was beautiful both days.” Valdez said at the sign ups they gave away lots of prizes from their sponsors and also received the news that the Bisbee family was donating an entry fee to Los Cabos Offshore Tournament in October.”
“The fishing on Saturday went as well as the Captain’s Meeting and lots of fish were caught,” Valdez said. “Only one marlin was brought to the weigh station and while it did not meet the minimum weight of 200 pounds (a 167-pound blue marlin) all of the fish brought in were barbequed and fed the community and participants that evening so it was not wasted. The rest of the billfish were released.”
Valdez said there were also no tuna over 30 pounds caught, making the Dorado Category the main attraction. “The rules state that if there were no qualifying billfish, all the money from that category would roll over to the gamefish category and be split 50-50. As there were no tuna, 100 percent then went to the dorado winners. Also in the rules if this scenario happened, we would pay the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place dorado winners, that way the money was spread to more teams.”
Team Cabo Riviera aboard the Dottie B II with Capt. Vicente Cosio and anglers Esaul Valdez and Cono Gastelum took First Place with a 42.5-pound dorado, earning them $200K pesos, the entry fee to Los Cabos Offshore Tournament and also the Team 1 position for Baja California Sur in the next Big Game Trolling Nationals in Sonora at the end of the September, an Eclipse Guide Shirt from Pelagic. It’ll be the official team outfit for that event and finally a $100 bottle of Tequila Clase Azul Reposado.
Team Fresh Catch aboard the Fresh Catch with Capt. Mario Cota and angler Javier Cota, took Second Place with a 39.3-pound dorado, earning them $45K pesos plus a Penn International two speed 16 VSX reel and a Shimano TLD 25 with a Calstar rod donated by Minerva’s Tackle and the Team 2 spot for Baja California Sur in the next Nationals.
Team Los Cabeños aboard El Loco I with Capt. Alan and anglers Omar Araiza and Tony Araiza took Third Place with their 38.6-pound dorado, earning them $30K pesos plus a Penn Combo rod and reel, tequila and their shot at representing Baja California Sur as Team 3 at the Nationals.