Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament Weighs in 870.0 lb. Blue Marlin
Second Largest Marlin Weighed in Bisbee’s Tournament History
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO, Oct. 26, 2008—The final events in Bisbee’s Bluewater C.U.P. Series took place in Cabo San Lucas October 17–25, 2008: Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament the 17th–19th and the world-famous Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament the 21st–25th. Overall 184 billfish were caught and ten teams walked away with $3,272,720.00 in cash awards.
Seventy teams competed for $296,760.00 in the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore, an 8% increase over 2007. Mike Cromer, fishing aboard After Midnight, weighed in the first fish, a 385.0 lb. black marlin, and finished in third place with $95,940.00. The second place marlin, also a black, was caught by Ralph Liberatore on The Bottom Line and weighed in at 510.0-pounds earning the team $7,938.00. The last marlin of the tournament was weighed right before the scales closed on the last day. The monster 870.0 lb. blue marlin, the second largest marlin caught in the 28-year history of the Black & Blue, was horsed in by Richard Saccaro on Marlin Master I and won $114,462.00. The largest marlin caught in the Black & Blue was a 993.0 lb. blue marlin in 1994 by the team on Picante.
There were no qualifying tuna caught so all of the gamefish money rolled over to the dorado category. The largest dorado, 56.8-pounds, was caught by Rich Hochrein aboard the Outcast and won $50,970.00. Hikaru Mitsuhashi from Tokyo, Japan, won the Day 1 Gamefish Jackpots for $27,450.00 with a 42.1 lb. dorado. RO.RA. III was the Top Release Team with three blue marlin released for 900 points.