2018 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament Starts with a Bang

High participation sets the stage for sizeable payouts in the 20th annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament.

Michelle Gaylord, Out Your Front Door

Day one shotgun start of the 2018 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament.


With Tropical Storm Sergio safely north of Cabo San Lucas, the 20th annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament kicked off Sunday evening with final registration, kickoff party and captains’ meeting at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa’s beachside terrace. A total of 52 teams registered in various categories, filling the beachside oasis with laughs and excitement.

Anglers, crew and participants enjoyed food, drinks, music and traditional Mexican dance entertainment all night. Los Cabos Billfish Tournament AFTCO merchandise was available for sale. Fishing-centric raffle items will be given away during the awards presentation on Thursday night, October 18.

The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament continued its dual Bimini shotgun start out of Marina Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San Jose del Cabo. This allows teams to start closer to the fishing grounds, depending on the areas they’re targeting.

A beautiful sunrise and light winds met teams as the fleet raced toward the horizon at the 7:30 a.m. The tournament saw 33 boats leave from Cabo San Lucas and 19 boats head out from San Jose del Cabo on Monday, October 15, the first day of fishing.

The tournament will award more than $642,300 in cash and prizes to fishing teams catching the largest marlin, tuna, wahoo and dorado, as well as the top three billfish-release-points teams and daily high-point-release teams.

The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is hosted by the Los Cabos Tourism Board, and produced by Bonnier Events, in partnership with Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman magazines. For up-to-the-minute hookup and scoring information during the tournament, log onto the live scorekeeper at www.loscabostournaments.com. Also, check Facebook and Instagram for daily updates and photos.

The 2018 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament sponsors include Los Cabos Tourism, Lucas Oil Marine Products, AFTCO Fishing, YETI, Garmin Marine, Playa Grande Resort and Spa, The Marina at Puerto Los Cabos, Transcabo, King Sailfish Mounts, marine artist Carey Chen, Viking Yachts, Galati Yacht Sales, FONATUR, API Cabo San Lucas, Marina Fundadores, Fisherman’s Landing, Maui Jim sunglasses, Arnian Freight Logistics, Marlin magazine, Sport Fishing magazine, Salt Water Sportsman magazine, Shimano Fishing, IWS Scales, Accurate Fishing, Soundview Millworks, Jabsco, Rule, Gaviotas Sport Fishing Fleet, Black Smoke Cabo San Lucas, Hilton’s Realtime Navigator, Marino’s Coffee Shop, Wizzie’s Bar and Grill, Seakeeper, Taylor Offshore, and Papa’s Pilar Rum.