09 May 2011. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Fishing Report Courtesy of Picante Sportfishing http://www.picantesportfishing.com
Day One 2011 IGFA Offshore World Championship:
Last night was a beautiful colorful sunset and today was a beautiful sunrise for the start of the 2011 IGFA Offshore World Championship. The morning temperatures started out in the upper 60’s Fahrenheit, but quickly were warming up to our daytime high in the 90’s. Winds were out of the East blowing 11 mph and seas were SSW 3 feet at 14 second intervals. What a great day for the beginning of the most prestigious invitational tournament in the world. At 7:00AM the boats were off and running.
This year all teams are required to provide their own video equipment and verify their catches using strict criteria. Continuous footage must show the catch and full release of the fish to score points. So it will be an interesting tournament.
In first place is the “N’Gor Marlin Cup 2010” team from Dakar, Senegal, on board the Picante Express, Picante Sportfishing’s 32 foot Cabo Express. They started out the tournament with 5 Striped Marlin netting them 1000 points.
In second place with 800 points was team “IGFA Offshore World Championship 2008” fishing the Mexican flag, but from Florida, with 4 Striped Marlin.
And in third place is team “Campeonato de pesca OPEN” from Rio de Janeiro with 700 points which consisted of a Striped Marlin and a Swordfish.
cabo sportfishing - scoring Dorado
Only 2 game fish were weighed, a Yellowfin Tuna of 26 pounds and a Dorado of 30 pounds. Everyone is concentrating on the big points and that means billfish. The waters are still warming. On the Pacific side of the peninsula the water is now in the upper 70’s and on the Sea of Cortez side the water is up to the low 80’s. Hang on for some hot billfish action during the rest of the week.
Tune in tomorrow for more results and see how the current leaders hold out as the water warms up and so does the competition.