The first day of fishing in the 2014 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament proved productive, especially for Team Reel Gold.
Alaskan Jason Snyder, currently of Namibia, hooked up to a nice blue marlin at 12:27 p.m., and after a tough 30-minute battle the crew had the marlin on board. At the IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas weigh gantry, the fish weighed in at 365 pounds, winning levels 1-4 Daily Marlin Jackpots worth $20,700 and giving Team Reel Gold the lead in the tournament.
Team Picante 45 earned Wednesday’s Daily Release Jackpot. Team captain and angler David Machado of Gulfport, Mississippi, caught a striped marlin and blue marlin, earning Picante 45 600 release points and the Daily $2,400 Release Jackpot. Team Picante 45 currently leads the Billfish Release Division, followed by Pocket Aces and Solmar.
In the Tuna/Wahoo/Dorado Jackpot, Team Minerva II angler Gary Anderson from Canada weighed a 25.4-pound dorado to take the $2,100 Daily Jackpot. Team Estrella Del Norte angler Gonzalo Gastillo of San Jose Del Cabo won the $2,100 Tuna Jackpot, besting a 180-pound yellowfin after a two-hour fight on 60-pound-test line. There were no wahoo weighed in, so that jackpot rolls to day two of fishing.
After another beautiful sunrise, Thursday’s shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. from both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo sent the teams racing off in the hopes of finding a winning fish. Today is the second of three days of LCBT fishing with cash, prizes and glory on the line.
For all the action, go to the tournament’s live scorekeeper at http://www.loscabosbillfishtournament.com.
Image courtesy Los Cabos Billfish Tournament