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

Our family of 6 had a wonderful time at gorgeous Villa Del Arco. I was very impressed by Destination Cabo. In particular, Bob was very informative and patient with all my questions. He secured us a great room at a great price, and he took care of all the details, making the trip planning much easier for me. It's very difficult to find accommodations in which our family can be together without having to book 2 separate rooms, so this hotel is a gem to me. It was a pleasure doing business. This is the first vacation ever, that I was not ready to end, and I cannot wait to return. Thank you Bob and thank you Villa Del Arco, for an outstanding vacation. Sincerely, JoAnn O. Chicago

JoAnn O., Chicago

Wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time at La Estancia. The staff is top notch. The facility very well taken care of, beautiful. Our room was huge! We also booked transport with Transpacifico, and would recommend that to everyone! The only way to go! Only wish I would have read my voucher again before getting off the plane. DO NOT listen to anybody coming out! Go directly to your driver is right!! Overall, we would come back and loved our stay! Thank you very much! Heidi

Heidi Houser, Preston Washington

Bob, Great time. I think Arco has upped their attention to detail....wonderful new SVS(I think thats the service). We felt llike we were at the Taj Mahal and royalty. Very nice touch!! And yes the towel colors are the same tan stripe. Thanks Again...til next visit.

Wende B., Navato, CA

Hi Bob, Just got back from Cabo last night. The villa was more than we expected and the pools, grounds and restaurants were outstanding. We had a great time with our children and grandchildren. The biggest problem we had was no soap in two of the bathrooms. Of course housekeeping took care of it immediately. Life's problems should be fixed so easily. Fishing was tough but managed to bring home a 50 qt cooler of mahi mahi fillets. Thanks for arranging the transportation. Transpacifico were both punctual and courteous. Best, John

John Giuffre, Montgomery Texas

Dear Bob and Sue, Just wanted to thank you for setting up the timeshare rental for us at Villa del Arco....and in particular for all the wonderful (and very useful) information that you sent us on Cabo. We tried several of the restaurants that you suggested and found them all to be pretty good. I think our favorite was the little place on the beach next to the resort - great breakfast, and also a very useful happy hour (7am to 7pm!!) with the best Margaritas on the beach. The timeshare unit (actually 2 units, 3104A and B I think) was huge, we were very pleased with it. Nice location, right next to the pool at the front, we could almost jump in the pool from our balcony... We did get hassled a little to attend presentations, but we have a fair amount of experience at this (we own a Marriott timeshare in Phuket) so no problems really. All in all, a great trip - our daughter loved it (the trip was for her 21st birthday), the weather was perfect, and the fishing was good!! Thanks again - and we will be sure to recommend you to anyone who is thinking of a timeshare or vacation in Cabo Kind Regards, Laurence and Te

We had an amazing time, AGAIN! The villa was very clean when we arrived and besides the phone issue...trust me, I did not want to make any calls, everything worked great and was in tip top condition. The kitchen is very well stocked with everything you would need to make a gourmet meal. Everyone is extremely friendly there at Estancia and even remembered my name down by the pool. Looking forward to Thanksgiving next year!

Todd P., Seattle

My wife and I absolutely loved our 10 day stay at Villa La Estancia in Los Cabos. We stayed in Villa 1208 and the unit was amazing! With the hotel units being owned it is calmer and more elegant than most of the other resorts there. One of the highlights of our vacation was going out of the Marina on the "La Gringa Boat Tour" with our new friends. It is Cabo's newest powered catamaran tour, offering unforgettable whale watching, snorkeling and fun filled sunset tours that include the iconic Cabo Arch at Land's End on the confluence of the tranquil Sea of Cortez and mighty Pacific Ocean. The La Gringa crew was fun, informative, friendly and entertaining. They served us up a delicious lunch and snacks, chips, guacamole, and Mexican salsa with complementary open bar and soft drinks. We saw Blue whales and had a fantastic lunch then enjoyed snorkeling the calm, fish filled shallow waters off a secluded beach. The entire trip was first class and a great value, we are looking forward to going back soon. Thank you! David & Tricia

Dave and Tricia, Lake Oswego

We had a great time! The villa was excellent & the transportation to & from airport was right on time! Perfect- we'd do it again!

Lisa F., Roseville, CA

Thank you for your assistance with our last minute reservation to Cabo. We have stayed many times at Villa Del Palmar, and this time was just a great as every other visit. We appreciated the quick response and good price and everything was arranged just as reserved. I had never stayed in a studio here before, and was pleasantly surprised at the size of the room and especially the full size kitchen. Much more comfortable than studios at other resorts that I have been to. My daughter and I had a great time! Thanks again, and I have already recommended you to my sister. Susan

Susan C., Sammamish, WA

We had a wonderful trip and the accomodations were very nice. We enjoyed the room location by the pool. The restaurant was excellent and the staff very good. Thank you for your assistance.

jill Blackmon