Hugo Buelna of La Paz was the winner of $1,400,000.00 pesos with a Blue Marlin weighing in at 225 pounds.Manuel Amarillas Vanegas
The 6th Annual La Paz Gold Cup Black and Blue Marlin Tournament was once again a hugely successful event with 64 boats registered for the 2 fishing day tournament held September 13th to the 16th. Although participants were anxious to see what the weather conditions would be like for the event, with heavy rains and electrical storms hitting the area recently, the 14th arrived to almost perfect fishing conditions. The Port Captain authorized the waters safe and at 7:30 am, the boats were off and several big catches came in throughout the day.
With major sponsors Maravia, Palermo’s, Playa La Paz and Pedegral La Paz stepping up with healthy cash donations, the event ran smoothly and without any major hiccups.
The first place marlin went to Hugo Buelna from La Paz and his team “Camila”, who on the first day of fishing, captured a blue marlin weighting in at 225 pounds which held on to win the grand prize of $1,400,000.00 pesos and for the captain, an additional $150,000.00 pesos which was added to the purse by the organizing committee last year.
Second place went to Javier Cota and his team Doratea II from Buena Vista, BCS with a blue marlin weighing in at 204 pounds to take home the $300,000.00 peso prize.
First place in the dorado category went to Antonio Talamantes and his team “Borracho y Amigos” with a catch from the first day of fishing weighing in at 42 pounds.
Tournament organizers had decided to once again hold this year’s event at the Municipal Pier, which is located just off the malecon in downtown La Paz. The event was very accessible to local traffic and many came out in the afternoons on the fishing days to take part in tournament activities on the pier. Tournament up-dates were readily available.
The tournament was capped off with a Gala Dinner on Sunday, the 16th at Palermo’s where awards and prizes were given out.
It is important to note that thanks to the generosity of their sponsors and all the participants of the La Paz Gold Cup for the past four years, the tournament has been able to donate over $2.5 million pesos to the charities DIF, the Ciudad de los Niños Orphanage, Oncoreto and La Paz Rotary Club Balandra. This year, the tournament happily announced that they would be adding a fifth charity, the Shriners Club of La Paz and Los Cabos, to their list of beneficiaries in 2013.