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59th San Blas Fishing Tournament Employs 'Catch and Release'

Marc Murphy - CVB Riviera Nayarit
June 26, 2019

The Historic Port of San Blas is ready to welcome the 59th San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament 2019 to take place at the Marina Fonatur from June 27-30, 2019. For the first time in 59 years, the tournament will employ the “catch and release” format.

Organized by the Tepic Sport Fishing Club, the tournament is considered one of the Riviera Nayarit’s signature events and the best of its kind in the entire Mexican Pacific. The event has the support of the Nayarit State Sport Fishing Association as well as the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Francisco Navarrete Buhaya, director of Nayarit’s fishing tournaments, said this year’s event promises to be an exciting time for sport fishing aficionados; the highlight is that the organizing committee has decided to follow the worldwide trend of preserving the species and adopt the “catch and release” format.

“Everything changes—over the past 60 years we’ve seen an endless number of events that have changed history,” said Navarrete. “To be able to be able to hand down this beautiful sport to future generations, from June 27-30 we’ll be witness to this new method that has become a worldwide trend—and we won’t be left behind.”


 + Categories: sailfish, marlin, mahi-mahi and tuna. Catch and Release format.
 + Registration is MXN 25,000 per boat. (There will be a discount for fishermen affiliated with the State Sport Fishing Association.)
 + The confirmed teams are from different areas in Mexico including Guadalajara, Mexico City, León, San Luis Potosí, and Veracruz, among others. Fishing crews from the United States and Canada will also participate in the tournament.


First Place: MXN 300,000.00 + trophy
Second Place: MXN 200,000.00 + trophy
Third Place: MXN 100,000.00 + trophy
Fourth Place: Registration for the 7th La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament 2019 + trophy
Special Prize: Registration for the 7th La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament 2019 (For the group of fishers with the next highest score after 4th place.)
Special Raffle: New 2019 Nissan March Active A/C

For more information, visit Club de Pesca Tepic.

Riviera Nayarit reaffirms its status as a first-class tourist development, an example of the growing and successful tourism industry in Mexico. The destination works vigorously to attain its goal of attracting more and better tourism to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

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