Bisbee’s Buenavista Offshore Tournament Ends with Record
Growth, and is the first East Cape Tournament to approach
1/4 million dollar payouts in history!
This year’s Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore
Tournament, also presented by Snell Real Estate was just
completed on August 6th where a record 56 boats
competed for $243,060.00 in prize
Although there were hundreds of billfish and
game fish to be had, it took until the third and final day
of fishing to get a marlin to exceed the event’s 300 lb.
minimum weight. This 344 lb. blue marlin was caught by
lady angler Charlene Sanford fishing with husband Adam
onboard their 35 ft. Scopinich “Adam's Folly". The
Sanfords are from Colts Head, New Jersey, and reside in the
East Cape for a good part of each year. They earned a
total of $224,244.00 for their fish, and it was the
event’s only qualifying marlin. This is the largest
individual payout by far in East Cape tournament fishing
history. “We fished tournaments from New Jersey to St.
Thomas to Isla Mujeres for 30 years, and took a 10 year
break from the tournament circuit in 1994” said the Sanfords.
“This is a fantastic way to break back into the tournament
scene and we’ll be back next year” they continued. Their
Captain was Gaspar Macklish Marron from La Ribera, BCS,
In addition to billfish, the tournament
format also pays awards for the largest dorado and tuna for
the event. These awards went to the “Que Sera” where
angler Cliff Wilson from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico who caught a
53 lb. dorado while fishing with teammates Dennis
Rahlves from Carefree, Arizona and Brad Curtis from NSW
Australia. The boat captain was Buenavista local J. Mike
The largest tuna was 48.5 lbs. And was
caught by Bodo Meschkat onboard the “Dusty B III”,
captained by Vicente Cosio Cota from Buenavista BCS Mexico.
Anglers on the team were Togo Hazard and Derek Tresize from
San Diego, CA and Esaul Valdez from Buenavista, BCS, Mexico.
Each team won $9,408.00.
The cumulative amount of billfish released
for the tournament was 116. This consisted of 64 striped
marlin, 24 blue marlin, and 28 sailfish.
The top three release teams were:
1st Place Release Team-
with Captain Jesus Soto Ruelas from Los Mochis, Sinaloa,
Mexico. They released 3 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin and
1 sailfish. The anglers were:
Robert Chatham from Carmel, CA,
and Jesus Soto Ruelas, Lyle Older, Luis Naffarante,
Julio Caesar Angulo and Jim Moodenbaugh all from Los Mochis
2nd Place Release Team-
“The Bottom Line”
with Captain Thomas "T.J." Dobson from Cabo San Lucas BCS
Mexic. The team released 1 blue marlin, 4 striped marlin
and 2 sailfish. The anglers were:
Michael and Caren Menas from Lake
Zurich, IL, and Ruben Talacios and Carmelo Navarrete both
from Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico.
3rd Place Release Team-
with Captain Sam Talbert from Vero Beach, FL. Who
released 2 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin. The anglers
Dan, Dave and Elijah Rosenthal and Bobby
Dobson from Oxnard, CA.
The weather and sea conditions throughout the
event were absolutely beautiful, and awards banquet being
held on the beach, at water’s edge directly in front of the
Buenavista Beach Resort was an incredible ending to an
As the tournament’s hosts, Buenavista
Beach Resort owners Mr & Mrs. Jesus “Chuy” Valdez, and their
sons Esaul, Axel and Felipe punctuated the weeks
enjoyment by providing their usual awesome service and
accommodations at their beautiful hotel, where everyone
always feels at home. As the sun set during the awards
ceremony, the tiki torches were lit, the record amount of
cash awards were presented and great food and plentiful
drink was had by all. As the evening went on, it was said by
many that they’d be back next year with even more fellow
anglers in tow.
Remaining 2005 Bisbee’s Events:
Black & Blue is October 25th –
29th (fishing days 26th, 27th
& 28th). All of the
tournament functions will again take place at the beautiful
Puerto Paraiso Entertaiment Plaza. We’ll be updating you
with new special events as they develop.
The Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament
will be October 21st – 23rd. It
will again be held in conjunction with the Pete Lopiccola
Billfish Tournament. You can fish in both tournaments
simultaneously. This gives you a chance to win even more
prizes, and in addition to fishing for marlin, tuna and
dorado, you’ll be “Fishing For A Cure” since
their proceeds go to Cancer research. Registration will be
at the Costa Real Resort.
Bisbee’s tournaments are brought to you with
the support of many great sponsors. We ask that when making
your purchasing decisions you first give our sponsors an
opportunity to provide you with their quality products and
2005 GREAT SPONSORS
Snell Real Estate (www.snellrealestate.com):
independent real estate broker specializing in the finest
properties in Los Cabos. They are recognized as the area’s
leader having pioneered the use of US Title Policies in
Mexico for all of their transactions, and third party
insured US Escrow accounts, and by understanding the local
laws regarding ownership in Mexico. Founded in 1987, Snell
is the exclusive representative of Villas Del Mar of
Palmilla, Cabo Del Sol, Punta Ballena as well as over 85% of
the available residential oceanfront property in Los Cabos.
DIAMOND LEVEL: Costa Real Resort,
Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza, Buenavista Beach Resort,
Bisbee’s Baja Tackle, Baja Life Magazine, Bisbee’s El Fuerte
Charters, Bisbee’s Los Cabos Open Golf Championship.
PLATINUM LEVEL: Bertram Yachts &
MarineMax Brokerage, Dockwise Yacht Transport, Eagle Claw,
Jim’s Air Charters, Knight & Carver, Mikelson Yachts, Penn
Reels, San Diego Marine Exchange, Underwater Lights, Villa
La Estancia, West Marine, Worldwide Aviation Group and
GOLD LEVEL: Cabo Chips, Cuervo
Tequila, Geno Perches Photography, Vertez Entertainment,
Joseph Henry Watches, Marina Costa Baja, No Worry’s, Pelagic
Gear, Pure Fishing, Sufix Line, Superior Wind Technology,
Whistler Water, and Ultra Femme.
SILVER LEVEL: AWOL (Adventures
Wothout Land TV Series), Baja Cantina, Cabo Villas Resort,
Costa Del Mar, Mako Vodka, National Car Rental, Precision
Marine Hardware, Roff’s Satellite Imagery, Senor Greenbergs,
and Thomas Spangler Photography.