The recent Marina Puerto Escondido Tournament highlights Loreto’s Sportfishing as 30 teams traveled to the iconic, peaceful, Loreto area to compete during the 2nd annual MPE 2-day offshore event. Coincidentally, this was the first big gamefish tournament of the 2021 Baja Sur season.
Hosted by the newest marina on the Baja Peninsula located just 15 miles south of Loreto, it accommodates mega-yachts up to 200-feet. Owners Inmobiliaria JEP and Hamann companies have completely revamped the marina with state-of-the-art slips, amenities, and premium services.
Ideal spring weather greeted the participants, comprised of both local and visiting teams, who met to match their skill and knowledge, mixed with a little luck if need be. The fishing area featured the productive waters of the Bahía de Loreto National Park and the area surrounding the Marina Puerto Escondido. The fishing grounds lived up to their reputation as being one of the most prolific in the Sea of Cortez.
On Day One, the sight of 30 Teams and their boats, ranging in size from 20-foot Mexican Pangas to an 80-foot sport fisher all jockeying for position before the flare gun start, reflected the diversity of the participants. As the flare sailed across the sunlit sky, the fleet accelerated. It was clear some took the inshore challenge of the big yellowtail seriously. Others headed east offshore in search of dorado and billfish. With poor radio reception, it would be late afternoon at the scales before the Teams’ success or failure could be revealed.
Following COVID-19 protocol, face masks were always to be worn and social distancing of six feet of spacing between every person was to be in place throughout the event. Only the angler and their catch could come to the scale, eliminating team photos!
Team Marmakos on Allure was first to the scale with a 31.1-pound yellowtail which was caught in the first hour of fishing. Hunter, San Diego Ca., marveled, “All we caught were cookie-cutter fish like this one.”
Later during the Saturday night awards, Rebecca Ehrenberg, Pisces Sportfishing, riding aboard La Chingona confided that they had found a bunch of marlins and managed to release seven for the day.
On Day Two, as teams gathered at the start line, the winners from the first day had already received their rewards and were buoyed with the confidence of winning. The remainder of the fleet was fueled with determination to not let their second chance to be in the winner’s column be wasted.
That afternoon, teams straggled in after two busy days of action, hoping to be the team with the most releases or the most dorado and yellowtail to weigh in.
The total numbers for the event included 61 dorados brought to the scale and 34 yellowtails. In the release division, 61 billfish released were during the event.
MPE 2021 FINAL RESULTS
CHICLEBOLA yellowtail 34.1-pounds 1st place overall
MARMAKOS yellowtail 31.1-pounds 2nd place overall
TAG TEAM dorado 34.6-pounds first place overall
RETRIEVER dorado 34-pounds 2nd place overall
Six Teams released 61 striped marlins with a tie between Teams TAG and LA CHINGONA that was settled by time.
Total Team Payout $191,498.00
SATURDAY DORADO JACKPOT
Team Reel Estate 19.3-lb. dorado $500\$1,000 $12,500
Team TAG 18.5-lb. dorado $1,000 $20,000
SUNDAY DORADO JACKPOT
Team TAG 34.6-lbs. dorado $500\$1,000\$5,000 $32,500
TEAM SATURDAY YELLOWTAIL JACKPOT
Team MARMAKOS 31.1-lbs. $500 $6,000
Team CANUCKS 31.1-lbs. $1,000 $9,000
Team CHINGONA 20.9-lbs. $5,000 $10,000
SUNDAY YELLOWTAIL JACKPOT
Team CANUCKS 29.9-lbs. $500\$5,500
Team CHICLE BOLA 34.1-lbs. $1,000\$8,000
SATURDAY CATCH & RELEASE JACKPOT
Team HOORAY 8 released $500\$1,000\$5,000.
SUNDAY CATCH & RELEASE JACKPOT
TAG TEAM 6 released $500\$1,000\$5,000.
OVERALL TOURNAMENT TOTALS
Total Tournament Prize Winnings $43,498.00
TOTAL BILLFISH CAUGHT AND RELEASED 61
TOURNAMENT TOTAL PURSE (PRIZES + JACKPOTS)
The final awards were distributed Sunday, May 16, 2021.
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May 14-16, 2021