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.

Cabo Fishing Update: Catching Stripe Marlin in the Sea Of Cortez

This week we headed out on the Sea Of Cortez in with repeat clients JB and Ashley Cox, and JB’s parents. The last time we saw the couple they were on their honeymoon in Cabo and had a great time out on the boat with Capitan Clay Hensley and crew. Here is the video made on their last visit. It paints a great picture of what a day on the boat is like.

 

Upon their recent return, they brought some great luck with them as we had 9 stripe marlin on the lines throughout the day. As you can imagine, this was the perfect recipe for another exciting day.

It is always a pleasure to have you and your crew onboard JB! We look forward to more great footage from our day on the water. And until next time, keep your lines tight!

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. 

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!

 

 

Stars & Stripes Marlin Tournament

The Stars and Stripes Annual Charity Fishing tournament ended this weekend. After having a very slow start on Friday finding cold green water and only a couple Dorados, we made a 40-mile move for Saturdays fishing and found the Stripe Marlin right off the bat catching a double header less than 15 minutes in. We ended the day going 7-10 on the Stripes and raising a 400 pound Blue that never ate rallying to tie the Go Deep for top points in tournament. The tournament was fantastic and the banquet unbelievable raising over $2,700,000USD total and $270,000USD for the children of Los Cabos.
It was great event and I hope I can fish it in years to come.