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!