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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to let you know we had a wonderful time in Cabo. Villa Del Arco was beautiful and we could not have asked for a better room or room location. I also wanted to thank you for quickly taking care of the small snag for us at check in so quickly. I was starting to sweat it but it turned out seamless. Our kids want to go again next year, so I am be contacting you sometime in the future. What we loved: - Beautiful resort, excellent location, wonderful suite, good price, great amenities - The food was AMAZING, especially the sushi; seriously, some of the best food I've ever had in my whole life - Bob, you were a pleasure to work with

Molly B, Redmond, WA

We have been meaning to get back to you regarding our stay. The entire complex including all three resorts was really nice. The beach was great and we had no problems with getting chairs at the beach or near the pool. The unit was very nice and the balcony was beyond our expectations. It was big and the view was magnificent. The whole staff at the complex were extremely helpful, courteous,and quick to help with any issue or things we needed. They could not have been better. We really enjoyed our stay and would come back. We mainly ate at the Bella California and found the food very good. Once we had the breakfast buffet and that too was good. We were in town for all of our dinners, and had some great meals at reasonable prices. The rooms were very nice although we were expecting King size beds in all three rooms and only the master had a King the others were queens but we made it work. All in all the unit and complex was even better than we expected and we want to thank you for all of your help and insight. Hopefully we will work with you on another vacation in the future.

Robert C., Deerfiled, Illinois

Hi Bob, the trip was great. The resort gave us a free upgrade to a suite with a full kitchen and separate master bedroom. And the back patio was huge and we had a hot tub in the backyard area. It was incredible. We never sat through any sales pitches. Just had a great time. Thanks for everything. Melynda

Melynda, Austin, TX

Thank you so much for the use of your condo and all the helpful hints in planning our trip. We had a great week. Hope to come back and visit again The girls had a great time experiencing the night life in Cabo as did we. Thanks Again, John and Jane

Praise the Lord! God is so good! We had a great time, we connected with the kids in awesome ways. We did lots of fun things like para sailing, wave runners, atv's, mini sub., lovers beach, surfing and spa. But I must say the highlight for all of us was doing Bible studies together as a family and each child did skits from the Bible, it's unforgettable. God Bless, Mitch, Kristine, Melissa, Tyler, Ariel Soule

Had a great time! Perfect weather every day; wonderful condo, both A and B sides and a great view. Loved Mi Casa and also La Galondino! Thanks for the recommendations. All in all we had 10+ families there and everyone enjoyed it very much! We had two showings by the on-site real estate agent, and so we were rewarded with a gold card which was greatly appreciated and saved us several $$, so that worked out well. We had the place spotless when they toured, so good luck with the potential sale!! We'll contact you again when we return. Many thanks, Sue and Greg and Lori J.

Sue W., Shorewood, MN

Thank you so much! I had a great time in Cabo and the resort was beautiful. It was extremely relaxing, the staff was very kind to me. I would love to go back, Juan the hotel manager was very accommodating and so helpful at check in and throughout my whole stay. Gisela at the spa took excellent care of me daily!! Francisco and Manuel the bellman where regularly as helpful, the housekeeper Sandra was awesome. The information you provided prior to my arrival was a great help, and made my entrance into Mexico very smooth, knowing what to expect prior was wonderful. The transportation information in which you gave me was used and went smoothly. This was all so important for I was traveling alone. Thank you for everything.

Hope Andrews, Florida

Hi Bob..... We had a great time in Cabo...Loved the accommodations, the rooms were great. Loved the view of Land's End. The food was the best I've had at an all-inclusive, as were the drinks. When I ordered a beer it came in a can, not a dixie cup. It was a little confusing at first on what was included, because we had to sign for everything, but got that figured out, and was no problem. Will definitely stay here again. I am planning a trip for about 6 couples, so if you could send me some information to pass on that would be great. Thanks for all you help. Patsy

We immensely enjoyed our vacation in Cabo. We would definitely go back. In fact, when we asked our children where they liked better, Cabo or Disney World, they both said Cabo hands down!!! The resort was beautiful, and I felt fully prepared for what awaited us, thanks to you. The service was great, the beaches were some of the best I have ever been on. The girls enjoyed the Kids in Paradise program (at Villa del Palmar). They even made some new little friends that they are keeping in contact with through the mail. I parasailed for the first time, which was awesome. And we rented a car for a day and drove to Todos Santos. It was definitely a calm and relaxing vacation - one I look forward to taking again. Thank you for all your help and we will definitely keep you in mind when we are ready to return to Cabo.

Kelly Bolger, Independence Missouri

We liked Villa Del Palmar. It was a good place for the kids, clean and the beach was excellent. The unusual thing was literally everyone there was on an all-inclusive deal except for us. I personally don't like those all-inclusives though and would rather order specific higher end liquor/beer or wine and eat there OR in town when I want without regard to the all inclusive deal...so it worked fine for us! The rooms were nice/spacious and the people friendly! No complaints! It was an excellent vacation.

Rick F., San Carlos, CA