Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin fishing tournament has more than 40 years of history, and Los Cabos has been part of that history for more than 30 years.
Every October hundreds of ships from all over the world come to Los Cabos to take part in the biggest competition of its kind. They sail at dawn for 5 days trying to catch the biggest Marlin possible and claim prices that are in the magnitude of millions of dollars.
Bisbee’s tournaments in 2021
This September 23 a conference was held to share the details about this year’s Bisbee’s Black & Blue tournament and the Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament. In the table were: Brenda Castillo, from FONMAR coordination, Juan Javier Garcia, Coordinator of sport fishing for FONMAR, Dorane López, PR for Puerto Paraiso, A big shopping mall in which the weighting ceremony takes place, and Jaqueline Lisiaga, from the legal department of Wild Cabo Tours.
This Table was put together to show the support of the participators of the competition, but also the constant help and support of the authorities. And at the center of the Table, was the host, Exedio Mercado. Coordinator of sport fishing tournaments in Baja California Sur and the representative for Bisbee’s Tournaments for the last 31 years.
Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament will take place from the 14 to the 16 of October with only two days for fishing (15 and 16) and an award ceremony on October 17.
Bisbee’s Black & Blue will take place from the 19 to the 23 of October, finishing with a dinner celebration in the Espigón dock. During these 5 days, the boat Cabo Scape will be taking those interested in watching the opening shot every morning
The tone of the Conference was of proudness for the history behind the competition, and confidence in that everything is going to go as planned. Right now everything in the legal department is going as expected, the hurricane season seems to be working with their schedule and even the Covid-19 situation is expected to just keep improving in the next few weeks.
But there are no guarantees.
In the year 2000 Bisbee’s had the historic participation of 239 ships. After that they expected the tournament to keep growing and started panning for something even bigger and better. And then September 11 came. In October 2001 just 138 ships participated.
Last year there were 126 participants fighting in the 40-year anniversary celebration for the biggest price pool the Bisbee’s Black & blue has ever had, 4.6 million USD was in the line but no one was awarded as the winner. This year 35 teams will return to compete in a 2020 category, for a price pool of 1.6 million USD. That in addition to the 2021 competition, that is expected to have a price pool of 4.5 Million USD.
This year more than 125 ships with teams of 4 to 12 fishermen are expected to come to Los Cabos from all around the world. Only 20% of the competitors are expected to be national teams from all over México, but right now there are registered teams the rest are from Guatemala, Costa Rica, New Zeland, Australia, every state in the USA, Canada, teams from all across Europ, and even a couple of Japanese teams.
Even if the Covid-19 is improving, it was remarked the importance of keeping the proper protocols in line. Bisbee’s is back to normal, just the new normal.