Hurricane Odile: Cabo Relief

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For many fishermen, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is either a place of great memories, a regular fishing destination or something that’s on the bucket list. Just about two weeks ago Cabo took a direct hit from one of the worst recorded hurricanes in its history – Hurricane Odile. Many homes, businesses, marinas and charter boat fleets were severely damaged – some completely wiped out.

There has been an astounding response from both the Mexican government and the private sector to help the area and people recover, but there is still a long way to go. We want to point out two organizations that are making a difference and encourage you to help in any way you can.

The first is through the organizers of what we have always considered our sister tournament: Bisbee’s Black & Blue. The Bisbee’s set up a Cabo Relief Fund and seeded it with $250,000. The fund has two main goals – the first to get shelter in place for those without, and the second to help rebuild the charter boat industry. You can learn more about the Bisbee’s efforts and make a donation at www://

One of the charities we support, Reel Life International, is also making an effort through boots on the ground involvement. They are looking for volunteers to join them in travelling to Cabo October 21-28 to provide relief and assistance alongside their local church partners. Specific projects will include construction and medical relief. To learn more, email Mike O’Neal at

Julia Brakhage

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