The 15th Annual Van Wormer Resorts Dorado Shoot Out was held at Hotel Palmas De Cortez saw the richest jackpot in tournament history awarded to the winners. This year’s tournament saw 125 boats with more than 400 participants all hoping to win a 2019 Volkswagen Amarok 4x4 diesel pickup and more than $145,000 in cash jackpots. The $145k jackpot was the biggest in the tournaments history, even though there where 19 less boats from the record 144 boats in 2018.

This year’s winning team, Team 52 Card Pickup with Anglers Chris Moyers, Aldo Ojeda and Jimmy Diaz was made up of local business owners that teamed up to fish the event on the 28’ cruiser El Loco out of the Hotel Palmas De Cortez. Captain Allan and deckhand Victor put the team on a 25.1lbs. dorado early in the day and ended up being the winner.  The dorado was landed at approximately 9:30am by angler Aldo Ojeda, but was not weighed until almost ten minutes to 4pm. The team was across the board in all the jackpots so they won the VW Amarok and took all of the $145k in cash.

Second place went to a familiar name to the tournament Team Borrachos with Anglers Don Southard, Bill Refice and Rhonda Butler. Team Borrachos has won the event two prior years and was in line to win their third title until Team 52 Card Pickup weighed in with just 10 minutes to go in the tournament. Team Borrachos fished on the 28’ Cruiser Bite Me and landed a 20.2lbs. dorado to secure second place.

Third place went to the father and son team of Michael and Colton Burton fishing on the 28’ Cruiser Chureya. The father and son team landed at 19.0lbs. dorado to take home third place in this year’s tournaments.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants! We hope to see you all back again for next year’s Dorado Shoot Out which will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020.


1. Aldo Ojeda  25.1lbs.

2.  Don Southard  20.2lbs.

3. Michael Burton 19.0lbs.

4. Mark Wilson 17.3lbs.

5. Mark Dalessi 17lbs.

6. Chuck Cooper 16.1lbs.

7. Herb Cranton 15.6lbs.

8. Mauricio Guluarte 15.6lbs.

9. Brian Norgard 14.8lbs.

10. Ken Megaard 14.6lbs.

11. Jenrry Vera 12.1lbs.

12. Mike Rennie 12.0lbs.

13. Cosmo Goss 11.9lbs.

14. Dean Gordon 11.2lbs.



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