The Los Cabos region of Baja California Sur is home to some of the world’s most popular deep sea fishing tournaments. From world championships to charity events, there are sportfishing tournaments in Cabo San Lucas year around. Some tournaments like the Bisbee’s Black and Blue have purses that can potentially exceed $1,000,000 while others are more focused on bragging rights of who brought in the biggest catch or most fish of the day. Sportfishing can be fun for everyone, and beginners and seasoned anglers have an equal opportunity to walk away with the trophy from one of these world renown fishing tournaments in Cabo San Lucas.

IGFA Offshore World Championship: The largest offshore fishing tournament series in the world, the IGFA Offshore World Championship brings in the best anglers from all around the world. In order to participate, anglers must have won first place in one of the qualifying tournaments. There are more than 110 qualifying tournaments around the world and the final championship takes place in Cabo San Lucas. The Offshore World Championship is the premier tournament in Cabo San Lucas and the best international sport-fishing event in the world. The championship takes place over a one week period in May every year and participants are by invitation only. http://www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com/

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament: Fish all day and party all night during one of the most popular tournaments in Los Cabos. This tournament is a competitive angler’s dream, with huge prizes and the potential for an invitation to the IGFA. This is one of the qualifying events for the IGFA Offshore World Championship. The required tournament base-entry fee is $5,000 and the tournament takes place every October. Anyone can join this tournament that has an $850,000 purse, with enough prizes and large billfish for everyone. http://www.loscabosbillfishtournament.com/

Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournament: Arguably the most famous and popular tournament in all of Baja California is the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament. Since it started in 1981, the tournament has taken over Cabo for three days every October. Anglers of all skill levels can join in the fun and excitement of catching the giant Black and Blue Marlin that surround the Baja Peninsula. The base entry fee is $5,000 but teams that want to join in all the jackpots can spend as much as $63,000 in entry fees. Private and charter boats get their best tackle out for the annual event that historically has paid out more million dollar winners than any other sport. Every year, around 200 teams compete for the $4 million in cash awards. http://www.bisbees.com/

Bisbee’s East Cape Fishing Tournament: The Black and Blue tournament may be the biggest and richest, but the East Cape Fishing Tournament is just as much fun. Every July, around 60 teams of anglers head to the traditional Buenavista Beach Resort in the city of Buenavista. The entry fee is only $1,200 and there are over $350,000 in cash prizes. One of the unique things about this tournament is that both Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna are added to the competition. http://www.bisbees.com/Local/tournaments/indexECO.htm

Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament: The third of the popular Bisbee’s tournaments is known as the “Little Bisbee’s” and is frequently used as a warm up for the big event the following week. In 2008, there was an 870 pound Blue Marlin caught in this tournament, the second largest ever caught in Bisbee’s history. With a $1,200 entry fee, the event expects around 70 teams to fight for a purse of over $300,000 in cash awards over the two day period. The Los Cabos Offshore Tournament also targets all the big sportfishing species including black, blue, and striped marlin, sailfish, spearfish, tuna, and Dorado. http://www.bisbees.com/Local/tournaments/indexLCO.htm

Stars and Stripes: A much different type of event unique to Cabo San Lucas is the annual Stars and Stripes charity festival. Instead of just a marlin fishing tournament, this event has a fishing competition, golf competition, and a music festival that all help to raise funds for kids. “It’s All About The Kids!” is their slogan because they are committed to helping the world’s most precious resource; our kids. Proceeds go directly to Big Brothers Big Sister of Orange County, Miracles For Kids, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America. So while you are having a great time catching marlin and Dorado or playing 18 holes on world class golf courses, you know your money is going to a good cause. The main events take place at the Hilton Los Cabos every June. http://starsandstripestournament.com/

Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot: The Western Outdoor News and Yamaha sponsor the annual Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot which has been bringing top anglers to Cabo for over 12 years. This premier event is open to everyone and is the cheapest tournament to enter with only an $800 minimum entry fee. There are over $650,000 in cash prizes, seven optional jackpots, and sponsored parties all three nights. Beginning and experienced anglers enter the Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot for a chance at reeling in the catch of a lifetime. The annual event takes places in the beginning of November and has around 100 teams vying for the numerous prizes available. Don’t pass up the opportunity for a low cost tournament with big payouts and a lot of fun. http://www.loscabostunajackpot.com/

Puerto Los Cabos World Cup: Another great Cabo San Lucas fishing tournament is the Puerto Los Cabos World Cup at the end of every October. The event has two separate divisions, the Black & Blue Division and Tuna Division, which anglers can choose to participate in one or both simultaneously. There are over $1.2 million in cash prizes, optional daily jackpots for each division, and miscellaneous gamefish prizes. The minimum entry fee is a little steep at $4,000, but it pays off with great cash prizes, world class sportfishing, and an exciting atmosphere in Los Cabos. An awards banquet wraps up the event with a free VIP concert, usually featuring famous classic rock musicians. http://www.igtournaments.com/plc-worldcup.htm

The International Governors Cup Tournament: This annual tournament took place just a few days before and was a qualifying event for the IGFA World Championships. It was the most affordable marlin fishing tournament in Cabo San Lucas with entry fees as low as $1,500. The event used the proceeds to purchase carbon mitigation credits, establishing itself as one of the only eco-friendly fishing tournaments. The rest of the proceeds went to several local orphanages around Baja California Sur. Unfortunately, the Swine Flu outbreak in 2009 caused the organizers to cancel the event and they are still trying to get it going again. Hopefully 2011 will be the return of the exciting marlin tournament. http://www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com/events/international-governors-cup-tournament

For more information about fishing in Los Cabos, read our extensive Cabo San Lucas fishing guide.

Reviews

There isn't anything you didn't think of. Everything is in a good place, we love it. The housekeeper was very thoughtful and pleasant. The villa is both clean and vibrant, we have never been to a villa that is so clean. Thanks for sharing your home with us. P.S. we will tell all friends about 1208!

This was a great trip. I got the opportunity to see so many of the things that I have only seen on TV. The fishing was a blast and I know that we will talk about it for a long time. Thanks so much for making all of this happen for us. We will be back some day. How much more enjoyable could anyone stand! Great time, good people, sights and fishing. Certainly we will be enjoying the area again. Thanks so much to our hosts!

Hello Bob, Thanks for the great condo in Cabo. Last year we stayed at Villa del Palmar at a friends condo and we had to wait one day to get an ocean view room. The best part about booking with you was that I was guaranteed an ocean view and I didn't have to wonder what I would get when I arrived. Villa del Arco is in an ideal location, close to town and quiet enough to walk on open beaches. We will certainly return and book through Destination Vacations. Thanks again. Charmaine

Charmaine Pape, S. Lake Tahoe California

Bob, The family had a great time. We had an unbelievable whale sighting, jumping in the air and all, from our Jet Skis! What a trip. Even got some pictures. The place is really very nice. Unbelievably clean, and employees were very kind a gracious, and spoke pretty good English too! We declined the food plan, and found some pretty good places in town, via the concierge and owners. The vendors were a little annoying, but I guess I wasn't expecting it. Thank you for hooking us up and working with us on the room. We did enjoy room service on our last evening with Grandma and Grandpa and watched the Academy Awards. It was really comfortable. Thank you - Regards, Gail

WOW! There is so much I can say about our wonderful trip to Cabo and it all started with the superb service we received from Bob Easton! Bob took me under his wing and put up with my MANY emails which were loaded with questions. As our arrival date drew closer, Bob kept up with my questions, responding every so quickly, completely, and honestly. The transaction for booking the room was handled flawlessly and without incident. I did quite a bit of preparation for our trip, but the one thing I was the MOST relaxed about was knowing where we were staying. Book a room through Bob and you WILL NOT be sorry! Villa del Palmar is MUCHO FABULOSO! The accommodations and resort are truly luxurious and the service is wonderful. We stayed in a one bedroom suite and did not leave for the first two days we loved it so much. You will get the best value when you book through Bob Easton and I would definitely book with Bob again! A perfect 10! Overall Rating : Best

Derek Berndt, Atlanta Georgia

Very nice place. Staff was able to repair the master bedroom toilet that had a sticky valve. Everything else was fabulous. The unit layout is perfect. On the extremely positive side, my business partner has a number of investment type properties and has been staying in different type properties around the world, and yours is the best he's ever been in and was quite impressed. Your Cabo guide is great and you were right on with the restaurant recommendations. We ate lunch at Tobascos everyday, although their prices have gone up a bit... Thanks again, and we hope to come back some day.

Ray V.

Thank you for the great price on our all inclusive stay at Villa Del Arco. We did do a tour and purchased too. We did use your travel guide for advice but didn't eat outside of the resort this time.

Mary W., Surprise, AZ

Thanks for taking the time to come to La Gringa marina to meet us before our sunset cruise! We had a wonderful time in Cabo with our family. The penthouse suite at Villa Del Arco was beautiful. We had our New Years Eve dinner there, steaks on the grill and could see the fireworks from our room. It was great to have a hot tub right there. We ate most of our lunches at the Buccaneer and went into town for dinner. Your recommendations were helpful. The kids enjoyed the kayaks and jet skis. We appreciate all your help in arranging transfers and the sunset cruise. It was a very enjoyable trip for our family. Hope to see you again sometime.

Nancy S., Penn.

The entire process from start (gathering info) to finish (booking) was easy and painless. I sent Bob several emails with questions and he got back to me quickly and with more details than I had expected. I travel a lot and continue to be impressed with Bob's outstanding professionalism and follow-up. Thanks you for all your efforts and going beyond the call of duty - You are a credit to all you encounter. Service:10 - best Value:9 - outstanding Attractiveness:10 - best Overall Rating:10 - best

Stacey, Bay Area California

Just wanted to thank you for helping us book the Villa in Cabo. Everything turned out great, and the place was nice. Hiten