October 26, 2021, Bisbee Black and Blue—Team BRANIFF, first time winner aboard the 58′ Dona Homa, with Captain Lupe at the wheel and angler Andres Pineda on the rod, caught what turned out to be the largest fish caught during the event – a 489-pound blue marlin earning the Team $1,134,350.
“The just-completed 41st Bisbee Black and Blue knocked it out of the park, “according to Wayne Bisbee, Tournament Director. We were literally blindsided by this year’s extraordinary attendance and jackpot increases.
The total Jackpot is an enormous $9,725,000, a massive increase of 76% from our prior year, the highest amount ever recorded in a single year in the history of the Money Sportfishing Tournaments on the planet. Along with an equally notable 56% increase in Teams from 127 in 2020 to 198 in 2021, all verified by CatchStat.
Bisbee observed, “The remarkable increase resulted from the growing popularity as well as the lessened COVID 19 protocols.”
However, the Bisbee Black and Blue reflected a severe change in conditions left in the wake of Hurricane “Pamela” that came within 50 to 100 miles of Los Cabos before veering east toward mainland Mexico.
For several weeks, the storms that had gone through before the tournaments left unsettled conditions and extreme currents that impacted the billfish fishery surrounding Baja’s tip.
However, Remarkably the event had three first-time winners in the event this year.
2021 Black and Blue Winners
1st Place – BRANIFF, Andres Pineda Braniff, 489-pounds $1,134,350
2nd Place – The Brass, JC Siddoway, 305.00 pounds $732,550
Reel Pushy 1st Release $110,500
Listo 2nd Release $38,250
Bull Rider 3rd Release $21,250
The 41st Bisbee Tournament series displayed remarkable growth in 2021 in each of the three events.
Bisbee’s 22nd East Cape Offshore held in Buena Vista, BCS, MX, teams increased 35% from 72 Teams in 2020 to 96 in 2021. As a result, the total Jackpot increased to $1,578,100, exceeding last year’s record of $1,100,000 by over 42%.
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