• Gary Graham -- That Baja Guy
  • Oct 28, 2023

Finally, the delayed Registration arrived, and the Bisbee Team had wisely opened several hours earlier than planned. As Teams waited, they could check out all the many auction and raffle items offered by the BISBEE FISH & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FUND Team displayed outside—items in front of the lavish Luxury Avenue building.

When the doors opened this year, Teams were introduced to the most sophisticated Registration System in Bisbee’s 43-year history observed by long-time participants Dave and Geri Christman and many others.

On the right side of the entrance was Jordyn Bisbee and her crew who assisted Teams with all the necessary documents ranging from fishing licenses to boat ownership papers that the Mexican government now requires.

The Teams were processed remarkably quickly, considering the historically never-be-done schedule changes and the myriad of ways offered to participate in both Los Cabos Offshore and Bisbee Black and Blue.

Outside the Weigh-Station Team under Trish’s husband, Jake Pavlou managed the distribution of nine hundred Team bags throughout the day well into the evening. Teams, spectators, and locals all moseyed up and down the sizzling Malecon with many Sponsors and Vender’s booths.

Cabo Max

Late in the afternoon a Bisbee favorite “Cabo Max” took the stage to entertain the crowd until Registration as completed.

It was well after 8 p.m. when Wayne Bisbee and Clicerio Mercado took the stage for the Captain’s Meeting. After a series of announcements followed a review of the Tournament schedule and rules with Mercado providing the Spanish interpretation.

The program continued with the lighting of the Bisbee Marlin Torch interrupted briefly by Cabo’s own Elvis impersonator.

Before the presentation of the colors by the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department Volunteers.

Plus, Mariachi Cabo and two different Folkloric dance groups are entertaining. Followed by an extraordinary Fireworks display to kick off the two-day event.


Thursday Morning at the start line the gathering of over 210 teams aboard a remarkable array of boats ranging go fast center consoles to 90’ luxury yachts powering up at precisely 7: 00-AM can best be shown by never been seen before aerial video provided by Baja Vida’s new “Land, Sea, Air you-tube video."

Slightly after One o’clock the first billfish (black marlin) of the tournaments was reported boated and on its way to the scale by “Stella June”. As the boat backed into the slip spectators crowed the rail to get a glimpse of the large Black Marlin laying in the cockpit.

Beginning the debate among themselves and the weigh station crew whether the fish would meet the qualifying weight of 300 pounds. At the scale, the debate continued as the fish was hoisted up. After the scale was confirmed to be zeroed Weighmaster Bert shouted out the weight of three-hundred-sixty-eight-pounds as the team led by angler Jakob Gonterman and spectators cheered.

The crowd on the Puerto Paraiso Mall continued to grow and by the timelines out of the water at 5:pm, it was shoulder to shoulder. As Carey and his crew climbed atop the scale and began flinging their bead Neckleses to the excited crowd below.

After Lines Out at 5-pm, the Gamefish crowd began to arrive first in the lineup was


1        North Star Juan Guillermo Amado          Yellowfin Tuna          93.8


2        Encantada         Matthew Clifton        Yellowfin Tuna          70.3

3        Cinco Estrellas     John Weathers    Yellowfin Tuna    65.1

IE with tuna

4        I & E Ramon Ozaruga  Yellowfin Tuna    56

5        TEAM EPIC         Jeff Smith   Yellowfin Tuna    54.8

Team Real Gold

6        Reel Gold   Klarence Scholing         Yellowfin Tuna    52

7        Rock N Reel         Brent Coon Yellowfin Tuna    43.8



go Deep Team
1. Go Deep Go Cabo Tsuyoshi Itakura Dolphin 37.52-POUNDS

2. Cortez Anglers Everardo De La Toba Dolphin 36.93-POUNDS

3. Cheers James Porteous Dolphin 31.5-POUNDS