Team Hayseeds Wins 2013 Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament

Team Hayseeds Wins 2013 Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament
Baja California Sur, Mexico: A lush, amber hay field is non-existent in the arid landscape surrounding Baja’s Buena Vista region. But for one team this week, blue waves did turn into green. The self-proclaimed Team Hayseeds, a trio of buddies from Oregon, captured the only qualifying marlin for the 2013 Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament to sweep the billfish categories. A record 70 boats competed for $638,000 in prize money during this year’s event.Angler Rodney Normand, Grant James and Chris Connelly, joined by local captain Alejandro Cota and mate Carlos Cota aboard Eclipse, won $44,100 after landing a 337-pound blue marlin late on the last day of fishing. The group took all Top Billfish Team Awards with the catch.Another local boat, La Hielera, with Chucky Van Wormer on the rod, was the big money winner for the week. A 192-pound yellowfin took the top tuna honors, along with the first two days jackpot money, for a total payout of $63,150. The rest of the gamefish prize money was evenly split.Team Oso Loco is $24,225 richer, thanks to a Day One Dorado weighing 44.6 pounds. Jesus Corona Mendez was the angler responsible for that catch. Another crazy team, Poco Loco, followed up with a 46.6-pounder the second day. Ryan Donovan’s effort won his team $24,225 as well.The Cabo Sportfishing team also earned a $24,225 payday when angler Gerald Roberts outlasted a tuna tipping the scales at 146 pounds. Those yellowfin winnings were courtesy of the Day Three daily tuna jackpot division.Team Hot Rod lived up to its name by weighing the largest dorado for the event, a 47.8-pound bull. By taking the overall Dorado title and adding the last day’s jackpot, the team won $38,925 in prize money.In the David Wirth Release Division, Fishing for Business came out on top with 1,900 points. The team released nine striped marlin and one blue. Crank It Up was second with three stripers, two blues, one sailfish and the only black marlin released for the week. One & Only was the third-place release team with five striped marlin and three blue marlin on its ledger. The teams are taking home beautiful David Wirth prints for their accomplishments.Two teenagers led their family team to the Costa Top Junior Angler Team title. Thirteen-year-old Spencer Dow released three striped marlin, while his 15-year-old brother Riley added another striper release and weighed a dorado. The boys, fishing with their grandparents, were awarded Costa polarized sunglasses for their fun summer vacation.“All in all we had a pretty killer week of fishing,” said Tournament Director Wayne Bisbee at the awards banquet at the host Hotel Buena Vista Resort. “We caught a lot of fish, just not the right one. Still, 214 billfish, plus 36 dorado and 12 tuna boated is not too shabby. Best of all, our release ratio was nearly 100 percent. “We also had a new record number of entries at 70 boats and our overall purse jumped more than 25 percent to $638,000. With the additional slips at the Cabo Riviera Marina and the new levels of prize money, the East Cape Offshore just keeps on growing. In the next year or two this little event will join the ranks of the select few million-dollar tournaments in the world.”
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