2018 Charter Boat Classic Billfish Release Winners

Anglers who caught and released billfish at the 2018 event were eligible to win prizes.

Courtesy Meredeth Amador

Angler Meredeth Amador caught this striped marlin during the 2018 Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic. There's no reason to pull a billfish aboard a boat if you plan on releasing it. Take pictures of your billfish catch in the water.


The Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic is a free fishing tournament for visiting anglers to win money over four days of fishing. The top cash species are wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dorado. But sometimes anglers catch billfish while targeting those "money" species.

Blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, sailfish and spearfish are release-only in the Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic. Still, the tournament celebrates and awards these catches with prizes from tournament sponsors YETI, Maui Jim sunglasses and AFTCO.

Anglers who emailed a photo or video of their released billfish, caught during tournament hours and under tournament rules, to tournament director Dan Jacobs received an emailed release certificate and were eligible to win prizes through random drawings.

Below, the anglers won prizes via the random drawings:


Maui Jim Sunglasses

  1. Jessica Nuffer
  2. Michael Bonczuk
  3. Andrew Byerly


Yeti Tumbler

  1. Gerald Meyer
  2. Trevor Jones
  3. Bill Miller
  4. Travis Baker
  5. Arnfin Giske
  6. Terry Moore
  7. Richard Dripps


AFTCO Clothing

  1. Dan Boggs
  2. Paul Davis
  3. Roger Droukas