21st Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament Los Cabos

An Annual Charity Convention Hosted by the Hilton Los Cabos

June 22-25, 2017 • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Named after the children it helps — the real stars of the tournament — and the striped marlin in the Sea of Cortez, Stars & Stripes began in 1997 as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. Dick Gebhard wanted to create a fundraiser unlike any other and combine fishing, golfing and music. Since then, the tournament has grown to include seven children’s charities based in Southern California and Mexico.

The Stars & Stripes beneficiaries receive much-needed financial assistance which they can use to expand their programs. Team registration fees pay for all costs of the event. When you make a donation to Stars & Stripes, proceeds are used to match dollars raised by the beneficiary charities, allowing the money they raise to increase and create more impact.

The Stars & Stripes Tournament is now an established golf tournament, fishing tournament and music festival.This world-class charity fundraiser, held yearly in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, combines spectacular deep sea fishing and golfing on Mexico’s finest courses with beautiful accommodations and top-notch musical entertainment. The hugely popular event has raised and donated more than $23 million to worthy youth charities over the course of its 20-year history. More than just a fundraiser, Stars & Stripes creates lasting memories for the organizations it assists, as well as those participating in the event each year.

For full tournament details, head to the official Stars & Stripes website https://www.starsandstripestournament.com or head to their Facebook page for current tournament updates https://www.facebook.com/starsandstripestournament/.

If you would like more information about booking a fishing charter or planning a great luxury vacation in the Los Cabos area please contact Captain Clay Hensley of the Chupacabra. Contact by telephone at +1 928 444-2066 (USA) or +52 624 108-4506 (MX) or by email at chupacabrasportfishing@gmail.com. 

Good luck to everyone during this great event!

** All content has been taken from Stars & Stripes official website and Facebook page.

Pelagic Triple Crown Of Fishing Tournament 2017 In Cabo San Lucas Is Upon Us

One thing you can count on when Pelagic Gear is involved with any fishing, boating, surfing and diving event or product is it will be innovative and full of passion for the sport. This tournament is no different. With the beauty and services that only Cabo San Lucas has to offer, the Triple Crown Tournament continues to draw in worldwide anglers, captains, crew, and spectators year after year. The tournament takes place from June 8th to 10th 2017, so if you are in Cabo during this time, head down to the marina to take in some of the excitement. The target species of the tournament are Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo which are a site to be seen.

One goal of the tournament is to be accessible with big payouts for those that have the passion for sportfishing. This year’s general entry is only $1,500 and all-in entry is $10,000 with cash awards up to $100,000 and by popular demand, there have been some high stakes jackpot options for the opportunity at large sums of CA$H!

The general tournament rules have four (4) divisions:

  • Billfish Release (striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, and spearfish)
  • Tuna Release
  • Dorado Release
  • Wahoo Release

Awards will be presented to teams and anglers for their performance in releasing the most aggregate billfish points and/or weighing the heaviest two-fish total of each gamefish species (tuna, wahoo, dorado) during the two-day tournament.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, June 8th – Baja Cantina, Marina Cabo San Lucas

Team Check-In – 3:00-6:00pm

Captain’s Meeting – 6:00-7:00pm

Kick-Off Party – 7:00-9:00pm

Friday, June 9th – Day 1 Tournament

Mandatory Shotgun Start – 7:00am

Start Fishing – 7:00am

Stop Fishing – 3:00pm

Weigh-in/Documentation – 3:00-6:00pm

Scales Close – 6:00pm

Saturday, June 10th – Day 2 Tournament

Mandatory Shotgun Start – 7:00am

Start Fishing – 7:00am

Stop Fishing – 3:00pm

Weigh-in/Documentation – 3:00-6:00pm

Scales Close – 6:00pm

Awards Presentation – 7:00pm (Baja Cantina)

Download full tournament rules kit, charter info, and team registration form by clicking this link Cabo Summer Slam Info Kit

Get to know the exciting fishing tournament culture in one of the most stunning deep-sea fishing destinations on earth. Where the Sea Of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos offers a one of a kind fishing experience for the angler and spectator, hence why the sport is so well known to the area. Watch last year’s video to get yourself into the spirit of The Cabo Summer Slam.

We hope to see you in CABO!

Chasing The Honorary Super Slam: Fishing Los Cabos

Have you ever dreamed of completing one of the many slams the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recognizes? In the fishing industry, this is one of the highest recognized “trophies” of the sport. There are few things more challenging than completing one of the many slams the IGFA recognizes, from an angler’s perspective.

“Slams are so prestigious because they require the angler to catch a collection of some of the most elite and elusive game fish … requiring an enormous amount of angling skill and determination, great chemistry with captain and crew, patience with Mother Nature, hungry fish and a little luck!” states Rob Kramer, president of the IGFA in an article written for Marlin Magazine. (Source: http://www.marlinmag.com/royal-billfish-slam-fishing-world-record)

Are you aware of the difference between a slam and a world record? There are differences and rules that must be followed to be recognized as a slam holder. Slams must be weighed onboard and are highly recommended by the IGFA to be released, whereas world records must be weighed on land and kept by the IGFA. One big difference is that a slam can never be beaten, the title holder has that recognition for life, whereas a world record can be beaten.

If you find the title of being a Slam holder appealing, you are not alone. There are many anglers out there chasing the goal, first being recorded in 1992 and growing in popularity since. The record holder for the most Grand Slams is 17, held by Gabrielle Knapp of Stuart, Florida.

On board the Chupacabra off the shores of Los Cabos, Captain Clay Hensley and team has assisted anglers in catching a Grand Slam, reeling in a blue, black and stripe marlin all in the same day. Captain Clay Hensley, as an angler, has personally caught a Triple Slam twice and a Double Super Slam (2 sailfish, 2 white marlins, 2 blue marlin and 2 swordfish in one day) off the shores of Venezuela. First mate of the Chupacabra, Jason Douglas, as an angler, has caught an elusive fantasy slam as well. The experience of these two as anglers is reflected in their knowledge on board.

Below is a list and definition of the different Grand and Super Grand Slams recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). In green are all the species that are found off the shores of Baja California Sur in the Sea Of Cortez or the Pacific Ocean. 

Defining the 10 BLUE-WATER GRAND SLAMS:

For a grand slam, three *3 species from that club’s list of recognized game fish must be caught (by the angler) on the same day; to nail a super grand slam, four *4 species are required.

**Offshore Grand Slam 3* and Super Grand Slam 4*
**Eligible species:
blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, white marlin, sailfish, swordfish, and spearfish

Only 15 anglers have qualified for the super grand so far.

**Atlantic Offshore Grand Slam 3* and Super Grand Slam *4
**Eligible species: tunas – bluefin,
yellowfin, bigeye – and mako shark, with the provision that one billfish may be substituted for any one species.

Only 4 anglers have qualified for Grand Slam and the Super Grand Slam Club has no members, offering serious exclusivity.

**Mediterranean Grand Slam *3 and Super Grand Slam *4
**Eligible species: swordfish, spearfish, albacore and bluefin tuna. 

No angler has yet qualified for the Mediterranean Grand Slam and 1 angler has the honor of the Med Super Grand Slam Club.

**Pacific Offshore Grand Slam *3 and Super Grand Slam *4
**Eligible species: bluefin,
yellowfin and bigeye tuna, and any billfish.

4 anglers have the Pacific Grand Slam and none for the Pacific Offshore Super Grand Club.

**Tuna Grand Slam *3 and Super Grand Slam *4
**Eligible species:
yellowfin, bluefin, bigeye, and albacore. 

1 angler claims the Tuna Super Grand Slam and none for the Grand Slam

Defining the 3 BLUE-WATER ROYAL SLAMS:

Royal slams require an angler to catch all listed species, though he/she has a lifetime (not just one day) to do so. It’s taken much of a lifetime for many royal slam club members to realize that goal. Catches can be recognized retroactively so they can come over decades in multiple locations, multiple boats, crews, and captains. The three royal slam clubs are based on types of fish:

**Billfish Royal Slam
**Nine required species:
Pacific sailfish, Atlantic sailfish, Pacific blue marlin, Atlantic blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, white marlin, swordfish and spearfish.

A total of 89 registered anglers have at this time earned the honor. Some have done so multiple times.

**Tuna Royal Slam
**Eight required species: Atlantic or Pacific bigeye, blackfin, bluefin, dogtooth, longtail,
skipjack, southern bluefin and yellowfin

Only 3 registered anglers make up the Tuna Royal Slam Club.

**Shark Royal Slam
**Nine required species: blue,
hammerhead, mako, thresher, tiger, white, tope, whaler and porbeagle. 

There are 4 registered anglers that currently qualify as members.

If you would like more information about the species of the Grand, Super Grand or Fantasy Slams that are available in the Los Cabos area please contact Captain Clay Hensley of the Chupacabra to book your charter in the Quest to gain the honor if becoming a Slam title holder. Contact by telephone at +1 928 444-2066 (USA) or +52 624 108-4506 (MX) or by email at chupacabrasportfishing@gmail.com. 

Rare Whales Spotted While Team Pelagic was Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas on the Chupacabra

It’s not always about the fishing… wait who am I kidding, IT IS always about the fishing, though the underwater world is absolutely fascinating. There is still much to be discovered and understood about the on-goings of the deep sea. It is this mystery that keeps man on his toes, continuously diving deeper in hopes of new discovery.

Occasionally, while trolling the Sea of Cortez, quoted to be the “Aquarium Of The World” by famous explorer Jaques Cousteau, we come upon rare creatures of the deep. Due to the constant evolution and access to new technology man is able to capture moments in time, that at one time in history were purely word of mouth myth.

Here we are, with Team Pelagic Gear on board, trolling along, patiently waiting for “The Big One” to hop on the line, when we notice an odd group of marine mammals on the surface. Due to the fact that it was nowhere near the time of year to see whales in the area, we curiously and cautiously moved closer. Luckily, Team Pelagic only travels with the most modern filming equipment, as you can see from their many fantastic videos. They pulled out their drone and were able to get a non-intrusive closer look that the rare creatures we saw before us. You can see the full footage in the video below.

 

With further research, we believe we were able to identify the creatures as Beaked Whales.  Beaked whales are one of the least known groups of mammals because of their deep-sea habitat, mysterious habits, and apparent low abundance. Among air-breathing animals, beaked whales are some of the most extreme divers, with some species regularly diving for an hour at a depth over 3,300 ft.  The longest and deepest foraging dive recorded is 137.5 minutes at 9,816 ft. This is the greatest dive-depth known for any mammal. Beaked whales are moderate in size, ranging from 13 to 43 ft and weighing from 1 to 15 tonnes. Their key distinguishing feature is the presence of a ‘beak’, somewhat similar to many dolphins.

The film below shows the pod of 13+ whales hanging out one the surface of the sea. We did catch some great fish that same trip off the shores of Los Cabo’s, yet this amazing and rare spectacle was a site to be seen. You just never know what you are going to come upon when fishing these intriguing waters. To book your own once in a lifetime experience aboard the Chupacabra contact Captain Clay Hensley by email:chupacabrasportfishing@gmail.com or by telephone 1.954.401.8133 (US) or 624.108.4506 (MX). We look forward to having you on board.

Spring Break In Cabo San Lucas

With it being that time of year, Spring Break 2017 is upon us. The Cabo San Lucas streets are filled with half clothed kids looking to forget their school filled days back home and be liberated in the easy going Mexico lifestyle of margaritas and cervasas on the beach. For a taste of Spring Break in Cabo check out the link below.

Though the beaches are busy the waters are quiet. Though, there is a glimmer of hope in the near distance. Reported striped marlin being caught and we are now, turning the corner back to the great fishing conditions that the shores of Los Cabos are known for.

If you have ever wondered if San Jose Del Cabo, the sister city to Cabo San Lucas, seeing as many spring breakers as the famous Cabo San Lucas, the answer is no. The atmosphere of San Jose is a more mature crowd, though it’s a great place to have fun and only a 25-minute cab ride from San Lucas, San Jose offers more a more cultural experience. With art, restaurants, an organic market and exclusive night clubs, it’s a very different experience.  If you are staying in the San Jose area and are looking to head out for a day of fishing, a morning snorkeling trip or a romantic sunset cruise in comfort and luxury, the Chupacabra is the boat for you.

If you are staying in the San Jose area and are looking to head out for a day of fishing, a morning snorkeling trip or a romantic sunset cruise in comfort and luxury, the Chupacabra is the boat for you. With a SeaKeeper Giro reducing the roll %80+ and the Chupacabra crew knowing all the best spots, you are guaranteed a trip you will not soon forget.

Contact Capitan Clay Hensley for booking and prepare to actually enjoy Spring Break 2017.

Tel: +1 928 444-2066 (USA) or +52 624 108-4506 Email: chupacabrasportfishing@gmail.com

Here’s our latest video to get you inspired for your next trip! Enjoy!

 

 

The First Annual NFL Hall Of Fame Cancer Charity Fishing & Golfing Tournament Hosted in Cabo San Lucas

This year marks the first annual NFL Hall Of Fame Cancer charity tournament in Cabo San Lucas. The tournament consisted of two days of golf and one day of fishing with approximately 25 registered fishing vessels. Each registered boat will included at least one NFL Hall of Fame Great or NFL Legend. With the Chupacabra being owned by Dr. Blake Stamper, being involved in a cancer charity tournament is a tradition the team tends to continue. 
 
The NFL Hall Of Famers that joined Captain Clay Hensley and Team Chupacabra for a day of fishing in Cabo San Lucas during the tournament were Ray Guy of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Warren Sapp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.  
Ray Guy* is a retired American football punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL. Guy was a unanimous All-American selection in 1972 as a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, and was the first pure punter ever to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the 23rd overall pick in 1973. A six-time NFL All-Pro, Guy is widely considered to be the greatest punter of all time and has been a seven-time finalist as a modern era candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame on August 2, 2014, becoming only the second pure kicker and the first pure punter so honoured.
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Warren Sapp* is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and won multiple awards. Sapp played in the NFL from 1995 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. Following Sapp’s NFL career, he was an analyst on NFL Network until 2015. At the time of his retirement, Sapp was one of only eight defensive players in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl, be named Defensive Player of the Year and win a Super Bowl or pre-Super-Bowl NFL title.
 
Team Chupacabra ended up winning 4 of 5 categories in the tournament. Our day on the water was filled with laughter, joking and banter. We were happy to be a part the event and have the special guest on board that we did. Rest assured there was never a dull moment with this crew. Being out on the water on a fishing charter in Cabo San Lucas is always a good day. 
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A heartwarming spin to this story is that just the week before the Chupacabra hosted an child cancer survivor and entrepreneur named Luke Lang. Luke won a trip on the Chupacabra years before at a silent auction and has been back on the boat a couple times sense. This young mans inspiring story and soul brightened our day. Through his struggle with cancer he experienced embarrassment while receiving his chemo treatments because of the hospital gown he was made to wear. He shared with us that wearing the gown made him feel even sicker and he set out to create a solution. He created a kids clothing line with easy snap sides for children receiving chemo treatment. He is also an advocate for many cancer research organizations and a source of strength for many children who are affected by cancer . For more information or to support Luke’s Fastbreak’s head to their website: Www.lukesfastbreaks.com.
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We had the NFL Hall Of Famers sign a special football for Luke and were able to have one of our sponsors hand deliver it to him in Texas. The synergy of the events is definitely news worthy. What a great feeling to be a part of a cancer charity tournament and give a gift to a cancer survivor. 
 
*Player information sourced from Wikipedia

Sport Fishing in Cabo San Lucas from December to January with Chupacabra – What’s Biting?

December is a great month to visit Cabo San Lucas. The weather is perfect ranging from mid to high 70’s with medium humidity. With this type of weather comes great fishing too. Striped marlin, yellow fin tuna, dorado, and wahoo are just waiting to bite. These fish bite at different times of day, so if you book a half or full day, morning or afternoon you have a great chance of getting something on the line.
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January brings temperatures in the 70’s with much sunshine to be enjoyed. There is a large variety of fish biting during this month. If there is something on your bucket list to catch, this would be a great time to book a Cabo fishing charter. With striped marlin and dorado biting on the Pacific side and yellow fin tuna biting in the Sea Of Cortez, you can dream of a great day on the water. Other varietals found at this time of year are rooster fish, trigger fish and Spanish mackerel, with many surprising opportunities as well.
February has a slight shift in humidity, meaning a slight change in the available catch. Striped marlin are still biting, as well as smaller yellow fin tuna. We also start to see sea bass, pompano, grouper, and snapper. There is a sense of mystery in the sport of fishing as you never really know what is swimming below you waiting for your bait often until it is close enough to the boat and the thrill of the catch is rushing through your veins.
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A bonus about coming during this time of year is the whale migration that is taking place. While on board, the chances of seeing one (or more) of these majestic creatures passing by is a true sight and quite likely.
All in all the Pacific Ocean and Sea Of Cortez accessed around Los Cabos offers a very exciting and unique fishing experience, especially when aboard the luxury fishing vessel Chupacabra. With the expert crew, the latest electronics, and the Seakeeper Giro installed (reducing roll by over 80%) , you can guarantee a balance between service, adrenaline and comfort for all on board.
Personalization of packages available through Captain Clay via phone
USA: 01.928.444.2066 or MX:52.624.108.4506 or email chupacabrasportfishing@gmail.com.

Los Cabos Bill Fishing Tournament 2016

With the busiest month of fishing tournaments behind us, it’s a perfect time to give an update of the excitement experienced here in Cabo San Lucas over the tournament season. As always, these tournaments bring all the big players to Cabo San Lucas. This creates an atmosphere of comradely, competition, pressure and sportsmanship. This brings Cabo to life in a way that no other event does. With some of the largest cash prizes on earth available, one can feel a the richness in the air.

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With kick off of The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament from October 12th to 14th this year, it being the first of the three major fishing events through October and November. With 37 boats and 204 anglers participating in the 18th annual tournament, it was the perfect start to the tournament season. This article is dedicated to sharing the experience and sending out necessary congratulations, as well as celebrating a victory of our own. We would like to thank the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament for putting on a fanatic event. We would also like to thank Los Cabos Tourism for the role they played and all others involved in this very intricate and spacial event.

A little bit about The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, it is a three-day team event with top team honours going to the team that tallies the most billfish points per pound. The tournament pays down to third place (first, second and third) for each category. There are release trophies and cash prizes are also awarded to the top three teams scoring the most billfish release points. Optional marlin, tuna, wahoo and dorado jackpots also award cash and prizes.

The chart to the right is a list of different fish available to qualify in this tournament, as well as the number of teams and anglers involved. The numbers of how many were caught over the entire event are listed as well. This chart has been taken direct from the http://www.loscabostournaments.com the website of the event that streams live updates as the event continues allowing people to follow from shore as well as world wide.

Team Chupacabra would like to congratulate each and every team that was involved in this event. Without each other it would not be possible to come together and enjoy sport fishing the way we do. It is the love of the sport that brings people to Los Cabos to fish the Sea of Cortez, named by Jaques Cousteau as the “Aquarium Of The World” and the Pacific Ocean, embracing the unknown of what really lies beneath the surface.

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Congrats to everyone!! And thank you to all the sponsors!!

Wahoo Daily Winners:
Team Santi I – Day 1 Wahoo Winners – $7,875 and prizes
Team Oh So Rojo – Day 2 Wahoo Winners – $7,875 in winnings
Team Reel Gold – Day 3 Wahoo Winners – $7,875

Tuna Daily Winners:
Team Reel Quest – Day 1 Tuna Winners – $7,875 and prizes
Team Feeling Azul – Day 2 Tuna Winners – $7,875 in winnings
Team Rocky Mountain Hooker – Day 3 Tuna Winners – $7,875

Release Points Tournament Winners:
Team Sol Pursuit – 1st Place Overall Release Points winners – $17,500 in winnings
Team Reel Quest – 3rd Place Overall Release Points & Day 1 Tuna Winners – $16,575 and prizes
Team Sea Angel – 4th Place Overall Release & Day 1 Release Points Winners – $16,575 and prizes

Over All Winners:
Congratulations to 1st Place Team Pangalisa who earned $84,650 and great prizes
Team Reel Energy – 2nd Place Overall – $58,400 in winnings
Team Chupacabra Sport Fishing – 3rd Place Overall – $226,050 in winnings

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Team Chupacabra was able to take 3rd place overall but win the largest cash prize. A teams winnings is calculated by how much they pay to play. We may not have had the biggest fish that week, but we did have the biggest cheque, and as a result the biggest celebration. We can not wait for next year and the years to come.

Los Cabos Bisbee Black & Blue Fishing Tournament 2016

Bibee Fishing tournaments attract participants and vessels from around the world. The tournaments have entry categories for anglers of all levels of skill, affluence and experience. Meaning that anyone that enters has the opportunity to win millions. There are 3 tournaments per year; East Cape Offshore, Los Cabos Offshore and The Black & Blue. They are held between August and October each year. This is the 36th annual Bisbee Black & Blue tournament, starting back in 1981 by Bob Bisbee. The largest cash out winnings was in 2006 with a record breaking jackpot of $4,165,960, to this day a world record jackpot.

The Bisbee is more then fishing. Over the years thousands and thousands of dollars have been donated by winners and the tournament, to multiple charities worldwide. It is as much of a family affair as it is a celebration.
If you have never experienced it it is five days of organized chaos in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Los Cabos. There is an average of 150 boats entered that race off at the gunshot starting point from stunning Land’s End. There is still a level of relaxed atmosphere even though there are million dollars on the line.

Team Chupacabra will be entering this years Bisbee Black & Blue in Cabo San Lucas. They placed 6th overall at this years Each Cape Bisbee tournament with 6 recorded catches over the 3 day tournament. It is Capitan Clay’s 22nd second year in the tournament, his first year being in 1995. He has won just under 2 million dollars in the tournament to date. The crew and anglers of the Chupacabra are optimistic as they believe that preparation and research are key ingredients to tournament success.

Watch for updates on the Chupacabra
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as the tournament unfolds.

To book a charter contact Capitan Clay via email at chupacabrasportfishing@gmail.com or phone (US) +1-954-401-8133 or (MX) 52-624-108-4506.