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October 20, 2008

Single 415-pound black marlin sweeps 2008 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

The tournament took place October 14-17, 2008

An unusual situation faced the anglers Friday in the 2008 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament - going into the third and final day of fishing, no qualifying billfish had been weighed. A single last-minute fish could easily sweep many of the tournament categories for an all-in team, and that is exactly what happened.  Team Karma brought a 415-pound black marlin to the scales early in the day, and the largest black ever to be weighed in tournament history also earned Karma the largest-ever cash payout to a single team - $559,250!

Team Karma's sweep included all four levels of the Carter Chevrolet Daily Marlin Jackpots, the Playa Grande Winner Take All Marlin Jackpot, all three places in the Los Cabos Team Division, and, since no blue or striped marlin were ever weighed, all three species categories in the Big Fish Division.

In the release categories, Summertime took the King Sailfish Mounts Daily Release Jackpot for Day Three worth $7,000 with four releases while Get Over It put three more on the board to barely edge out Summertime and take the Berkley Most Billfish Releases award with 21 billfish released - an honor worth $26,500.

Nothing much changed in the Tropical Enterprises Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado Jackpot Division standings on Friday, with the three leading fish going into the final day of fishing carrying over to secure tournament wins. Summertime's 56.9-pound dorado, Hang 'Em High's 44.5-pound wahoo and the 181.1-pound tuna brought in by Picante Express on Day Two all earned those teams $11,883 each.

Daily tournament recaps are available at