The arrival of autumn marks the beginning of the high season and the arrival of millions of national and foreign tourists, mostly from Canada, the United States, Norway, Germany, and Japan, who are looking for fun in an environment of sun, sand, and beaches.
During these tournaments, fishermen must catch the heaviest fish in species characteristic of the Pacific, such as black, blue, and striped marlin, sailfish, swordfish, roosterfish, dorado, tuna, cabrilla, jack mackerel, sierra, wahoo, snook, and yellowtail.
The economic revenue generated by the visit of businessmen and personalities from the artistic world, to mention a few, oscillates between 18 million dollars per event. The start of the premium fishing tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, is headed by the "East Cape Bisbee Tournament, the richest in the world", which since 1982 has been characterized as an iconic event with thousands of dollars at stake.
It should be recalled that in 2000, there was a record of 239 boats participating, the largest number of entries to date. For 2021, with the 41st edition, this tournament surpassed the record prize purse with almost 10 million dollars.
This year, as an initiative to care for and preserve the local marine species, in collaboration with the state government, headed by Victor Castro; the municipal government, headed by Oscar Leggs and the event organizer Clicerio Mercado, the tournament is added to the sustainable tourist attractions of the state.
According to the above, such rule is to penalize the boats that do not comply with the minimum weight of 285 pounds in their catches, which are not entitled to cocks or prizes. A significant fact is that in 1994, Rocky Gentile won the tournament with a 993-pound female blue marlin, the largest ever caught.
Despite the atypical year caused by the pandemic, a total of 17 fishing tournaments were held from July to date. To conclude this edition of tournaments, from November 3 to 6 in Cabo San Lucas, the Tuna Capture Tournament was held. And on December 27th and 28th in Cabo San Lucas, the Dorado catching tournament will be closed.