Its not to late to get in on this great event. Last year we took 3rd place. this year nothing but 1st will do! Buena Suerte...... jim
Nov. 1-4 are 2006 dates for Cabo Tuna Jackpot

WON/MERCURY Tuna Jackpot approaching

Parties, casting contest, massive free drawings, shotgun start and huge crowds at weigh-ins all planned for Nov. 1-4 Jackpot, so sign up and plan now for the biggest Tuna Tourney in the world!

CABO SAN LUCAS -- It's back and it'll be bigger, better and more fun than ever. It's the eighth annual WON/Mercury Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot slated for Nov. 1-4.

The event is the biggest tuna jackpot tourney in the world and more than half a million in cash and another $150,000 to $200,000 in prizes are doled out to teams. It starts with a check-in and casting contest on Wednesday afternoon followed by a welcome party with drawings for tackle trips, plus a video presentation of last year's highlights.

Then it's time for the fishing from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and some serious money is won by several teams over two days in the optionals as hundreds watch the weigh-in and the exciting "countdown to cash" at the weigh scale on the mal?con at Puerto Paraiso mall. Thursday night is a day of rest after the first day of fishing, but Friday night's party after the dust settles on the water in Cabo starts off the fun with a video show of the weigh-in highlights, gifts and more drawings of sponsors donations.

Saturday night is a sit-down dinner at the malecon under the stars, and even if you didn't win some of that $500,000 in optional and overall money, there will be another $60,000 to $70,000 in drawings that night, plus auctions of trips and art for charity.

"Some people have the perception this is some high-ticket event. It can be if you want to get in a lot or all of the optionals and hire a high-end sportfisher and stay at a luxury hotel, but then let's imagine you and your buddies fish Cabo or some other area a few days each year on a super panga or some typical charterboat," said WON Editor Pat McDonell, who will share director's duties with Kit McNear. The two men began the event eight years ago on the idea that marlin guys seem to have a lot of fun battling for big money. Why not tuna fishermen?

"If you do that anyway, why not enter at just $700 for a team, get all the free goodies and get a chance to win $50,000 in the overall and have a shot at some rods, reels, tackle trips, clothing and all the drawings? Make the fishing trip something more special. You can enter this event for as little as $700 or as high as $22,000. It's set up for anyone to come down and participate at any level."

For those unfamiliar with the Tuna Jackpot and its rules, this supplement (and the Web site at much of the information you'll need to make a decision and plan your trip.

"Each year we're asked by anglers to make some changes in rules and formats and I think every year we've changed things around to make it better," said McDonell. "Sometimes changes in venues and rules don't work so well, like the year we had the weigh-in at the beach as well as one of the parties. No one liked it, so we changed it. We knew it was a mistake the first day of weigh-in. It's all about the anglers, and it's always a learning process. Added McDonell: "We have every intention of making our eighth annual event better than ever. More prizes, more drawings, more money ? and hopefully better fishing for tuna."

McDonell said this year's Tuna Jackpot will have some added fun and prizes thrown in, and he said to be sure to come to the Friday "Rock 'n Roll" party at Cabo Wabo from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"It's going to be THE party to go to, and we're giving people a little more time to get there this year with the 7:30 p.m. start time," he said. "We'll have a live "cover" band playing the best party songs, $30,000 in drawings, a highlight video, prizes, live projection onto monitors and screens throughout the nightclub, and some fun audience participation. Nothing raunchy, just good fun. There's seating for about 200 people inside, tons of room to stand and dance, a patio with a bar and monitors and two bars. In addition, the weigh scale will be moved back to the side of the malecon away from the stage and closer to the dock and a custom ramp being built for the tourney by the marina.

Two major rule changes asked for by anglers last year will be adopted. One is that teams be allowed to have up to eight people aboard instead of six to accommodate larger vessels that can't be operated safely by a crew of two. The other rule change is that a $5,000 a day optional jackpot has been added.

"Thus, you can sign up at $700 (overall), and any of the following by two-day optionals of $500, $1,000, $2,000, $3,000, $5,000 and now $10,000. "The rules and some sites of parties on the schedule on the Web site are subject to change as we get closer, but the event dates and the fishing days will not change," said McDonell. "If you plan to come down and fish, the first two things you need to do are lock in your hotel reservations because the best hotels (and best rates) fill up that time of year with the tournaments, and be sure to lock up a sportfishing boat, even before you have a full team set."

The boat situation is always in flux.

Said McDonell, "Last year we thought all the Cabo boats were chartered, but that was not the case and many teams gave up trying to book boats. There's always those who bring down boats, and some East Cape charterboats come over, but the majority of teams charter Cabo-based sportfishers. I spoke with Redrum charters in Cabo after last year's tourney and they said they had just ONE boat out of its six or seven sportfishers of various sizes booked for the tournament. We will be working with independent charterboats in Cabo and also the East Cape to direct teams to charterboats they can compete on.

"Our goal is to fill the field of 200 teams in 2006. Right after the event, boats are available from the main charter companies that offer several boats, but they get locked up pretty quickly."

The key thing to remember is this: You can enter for just $700 a team. The second thing to remember? The members of your team can be finalized at any time. And you can add to your optional jackpots as many times as you wish. For more details, call co-director Pat McDonell at (949) 366-0030 (ext 33) or co-director Kit McNear at (949) 366-0030 (ext. 27). Again, check the Web site (www.closcabostunajack pot) for 2006 rules, schedule and photos from previous Jackpots.

For more details, call co-director Pat McDonell at (949-0030 (ext 33) or co-director Kit McNear at (949) 366-0030 (ext. 27). Again, check the website (www.loscabostunajackpot) for 2006 rules, schedule and photos from previous Jackpots.