San Carlos, Mexico



Oct. 12, 2006, Matt Blair, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico fishing:

The Cantina Cup fishing tournament is hosted by Cirrus Visual Communication and the San Carlos Marina Cantina. It was started as a way for local sport anglers to enjoy the competitiveness of a jackpot fishing tournament and raise money for the local charity, RESCATE, an organization that provides 24 hour emergency medical care to local residents and tourists.

The results of the Second Annual Cantina Cup fishing tournament in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, are impressive regardless of which side of the Gulf one prefers.

San Carlos, located just north of Guaymas, is about two-thirds of the way up the eastern shore of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, and is just about the last stop for the summer migrations of billfish.

Every October, the fishing around San Carlos, which is always pretty fantastic, is absolutely incredible. The fishing weekend of Oct. 7-8, 2006, was incredible with 142 marlin, 8 sailfish, 2 wahoo, and 34 dorado caught in two days. No, that isn’t a typo. During the Cantina Cup tournament, 142 marlin were caught in two days, with just 34 boat entries. Ninety-eight of those marlin were caught on the first fishing day of the tournament.

Truly, the weekend of Oct. 7-8, 2006, was epic in the long and distinguished fishing history of this Sonoran town. The 139 anglers in the 2nd annual Cantina Cup won’t soon forget it. For two days in October the fishing gods smiled, the weather was fantastic, the water was perfect, and records were broken.

Last year’s successful tournament brought back the locals, and some new faces as well. This year’s results could very well put this tournament in the ranks of the must-fish tournaments that make the Sea of Cortez famous.

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A special thanks goes out to the tournament volunteers and sponsors: Long Realty, Pelican Cove Resort, Remax First Choice Realty, Blue Water Tackle and Marine,, Marina San Carlos, Star Marine Center, and Doug Buck’s Castaway Adventures.

This year’s champion boat, D & D, took home over $15,000 in prize money.

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