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Pelagic Rocks Cabo With Its 2nd Annual Rockstar Tuna Tournament Fishing Report - November 08, 2019

Date of trip: November 08, 2019
Posted November 12, 2019 by FishTrack Member
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Pelagic’s popular Rockstar Tuna Tournament made its mark on Cabo last week with an event packed with good times, rock-n-roll vibes, and large yellowfin tuna.

The Pelagic Rockstar Tuna Tournament is a team event with cash, trophies, and awards to well over $150,000. Awards and cash prizes are presented to anglers and teams for catching the heaviest yellowfin tuna during the two-day tournament, as well as optional daily jackpots for tuna, wahoo and dorado.

Amplified by the high voltage live tunes of Lady Electric Band, teams enjoyed tasty food from Baja Cantina Bar y Cocina in Marina Cabo San Lucas, who played host for team check-in, captains meeting, and kick-off extravaganza; as well as refreshing libations from premier sponsors Flor de Caña Rum and Heineken. The Pelagic super-raffle kept things rolling as several teams walked away with some premium gifts from the brand, including: AquaPak backpacks & duffel bags, high-end Pelagic Polarized sunglasses, End Game Fishing Gloves, Insulated Drink Tumblers, & much more.

The Pelagic retail tents were set up along the boardwalk and featured limited edition Rockstar Tuna Tournament apparel, including hats, tees, and performance fishing shirts.

As the warm, Baja sun rose over the Pacific Ocean on day one of fishing, the tournament fleet lined up between Cabo’s famed ‘Lands End Arch’ and the Official Rockstar Tuna Tournament start boat – the infamous Baja Cantina Center Console. At exactly 7:00am, a single flare shot to the sky signaled captains to rev their vessel’s engines and throttle up towards the horizon in search of giant yellowfin as the Rockstar Tuna Tournament had officially begun.

The official weigh station hosted marina-side by Gricelda’s Smokehouse was opened promptly at 3:00pm, at which time teams were asked to bring their heaviest tuna, wahoo, and dorado to be weighed and scored.

No stranger to the spotlight, it was 2018 Pelagic Rockstar Tuna Tournament and Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot champions, Chinito Bonito, who stole the show during the day one tournament weigh-ins. Besting the fleet with a beautiful 162.7 lb. yellowfin tuna caught by Davis Ahn on a rigged flying fish, Team Chinito Bonito swept all the daily tuna jackpots while sitting atop the leaderboard after conclusion of day one of the two-day tournament.

With sights set on pushing Chinito Bonito off the podium, the tournament fleet had high hopes and XXL tuna dreams going into day two of the Pelagic Rockstar Tuna Tournament. Radio chatter was lively prior to shotgun start with teams excited about the prospects of a closer body of fish that was moving with pods of porpoise on large shoals of bait.

The call for “lines out” signaled teams to stop fishing at exactly 3:00pm at which time the weigh station was once again opened to score team’s heaviest yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dorado.

First to the scales was Wyatt’s Torch with a tuna that looked like it would contend with Chinito Bonito’s day one yellowfin. A crowd gathered as the team anxiously awaited the announcement of their contending tuna. When the scales finally rested, the 161.7 lb. yellowfin ultimately fell just shy of the mark but was a very respectable tuna that awarded Wyatt’s Torch third place overall in the tournament. Combined with multiple day two jackpots, the team collected winnings accumulating to $25,600.

Would anyone be able to dethrone Chinito Bonito?

In true dramatic form, the last team to make their way to the scales for the tournament was Porque No. As they marched their tuna to the weigh station, the crowd knew it was a large fish and could very well contend for first place. Upon being hoisted on the Rockstar Tuna Tournament certified scale, the weight was announced with elation from the team at 166.3 lbs. Earning first place overall as well as a day two jackpot, Team Porque No was awarded the championship trophy and a payout of $21,100.

While Chinito Bonito did not claim first place, they did accept the largest payout of the event. Combined with their second place finish, plus a sweep of day one tuna jackpots, and a high-rollers day two jackpot, they were able to walk away with $67,700.

An awards celebration was hosted that night at Baja Cantina as winning teams were announced with trophies and prizes handed out.

Here’s how the rest of the numbers played out:

TUNA DIVISON

1st Place – PORQUE NO – 166.3 lb. Yellowfin Tuna - $21,100

2nd Place – CHINITO BONITO – 162.7 lb. Yellowfin Tuna - $67,700

3rd Place – WYATT’S TORCH – 161.7 lb. Yellowfin Tuna - $25,600

DORADO JACKPOT

TEJAS – 18.3 lbs. - $6,400

PELAGIC would like to thank all tournament participants and our generous sponsors for making this another incredible event south of the border. We hope to see you all again in November 2020 for the 3rd Annual Pelagic Rockstar Tuna Tournament!

Next up in the Pelagic International Tournament Series Tour: 4th Annual Pelagic Rockstar Offshore Tournament – Marina Pez Vela [Quepos, Costa Rica] – January 10-12, 2020.
 
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