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The Cabo Blanco Fishing Club and Col. C. J. Tippett

That is Col. Cloyce Joseph Tippett on the right, shaking hands with Alfred C. Glassell, Jr at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club in Peru… on April 20th, 1958. Oh, and the fish are… really big.

On April 20th, 1958, the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club hosted their First Annual North American Big Four Match at their clubhouse in Peru.
Peru is in South America, but the Big Four were North American fishing teams, and this was the first tournament, so maybe they were still working on the event title.

The tournament was a big game fishing event, and the fishing  (blue-fin tuna and black marlin, in this case) was extraordinary and made history, as did the members of the club.

There were teams representing the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast, the Pacific Coast, and The Club, comprised both of members and guests, many of whom were big names in sportfishing history.

The Club team consisted of Colonel Cloyce Joseph Tippett, Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., and S. Kip Farrington, Jr.

And they won!
Their two catches, one 270 pound blue-fin tuna, and one 398 pound black marlin, won the big cup that day.

Tip is the tall guy on the right in the photo, shaking hands with Alfred C. Glassell, who is also tall. The other teams are in the background along with the fish.

Tip wrote about his time with the Club at Cabo Blanco and the book is getting closer to being ready… please sign up if you want to be notified when it comes out.

At the same time that Tip and the team won the tournament, another kind of “fishing” had started, but this time, Tip was the intended catch, and the angler was… a woman!

 

 

 

Col. C. J. Tippett at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club

Col. C. J. Tippett caught a 240 lb Bluefin Tuna at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club on March 2, 1959. When he wasn’t setting aviation records, he was going for fishing records!

A major and exciting part of my grandfather’s upcoming aviation history biography is the big game sportfishing that he did at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club in Peru in the 1950s and 60s.

This was a legendary time in sportfishing, and Col. C. J. Tippett, known as Tip, was at the heart of it as he served on the Board as an honorary member. He was the club manager, and he fished alongside some of the biggest names in billfishing history.

On March 2, 1959, Tip landed a 240 pound Bluefin Tuna on rod and reel, which was not a world record, or even a club record… but it was a delicious source for the Club’s gourmet dinner menu. This was not his first and only Bluefin Tuna catch, he brought in so many fish that his granddaughers now feel compelled to contribute to the IGFA’s effort toward the Billfish Conservation Act.

It was a Monday, so Tip must have been pulling a long weekend away from his day job in one of the highest civil aviation posts of the era, working for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The Bluefin Tuna is a predatory fish and eats smaller fish, as well as squid. Tip’s usual bait was bonito, caught on hand lines by the boat crew or Tip’s daughter, Sue, when she joined her Dad at the Club. The bluefin tuna was not only huge, as tall as Tip and twice as wide, it was also a rocket. The fish can move incredibly fast through the water and puts up a stunning fight when hooked.

Back in Tip’s day, conservation was not yet part of the big game fishing world, but many of the millionaire members of the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club went on to lead conservation efforts. The fish that Tip caught in the 1950s and 60s would sell today for thousands of dollars each.

The book, as well as magazine articles about his story, are coming out soon… and I’ve got a mailing list building for people who want to be notified when the stories come out.

I never, ever, use that mailing list for any emails other than my own, and you can sign up here.

The stories of the Club in Tip’s memoir have me hooked tight.

 

 

 

 

 

Col. C. J. Tippett fished the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club in 1957

Col. C. J. Tippett, known as Tip, fished with some of the greatest sportfishermen in history. On January 19, 1957, he caught a 337 pound Bluefin Tuna on rod and reel.

Back in 1957, Col. Cloyce Joseph Tippett caught a 337 lb Bluefin Tuna on rod and reel at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club in Peru.

He was part of the most legendary time of big game sportfishing in history. He wrote about it in his memoir and I’ve turned that into a book which is getting closer and closer to being ready to order.

Tip caught the Bluefin on rod and reel on January 19, 1957, which was a Saturday, which was handy, because during the week he was busy being the Director of the South American Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  It was the day after the first round-the-world, non-stop, jet-powered flight record was set. It was fourteen years after Tip had set one of his own first-in-flight records.

The Bluefin Tuna catch was not a world record… the current IGFA tackle record is 1,496 pounds, but it was a huge fish that was as tall as he was.

I know that it is Bluefin, from the picture (coming soon to a riveting magazine article), because the pectoral fin does not reach to the second dorsal fin, and the second dorsal fin is higher than the first.

Tip was the manager at the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club, and I believe that Bluefin Tuna was one of his favorite catches because it added nicely to the Club dinner menu. He also caught thousand-pound Black Marlin…. but that was on another day and is another story!

The book, as well as magazine articles about his story, are coming out soon… and I’ve got a mailing list building for people who want to be notified when the stories come out. I never, ever, use that mailing list for any emails other than my own, and you can sign up here.

 

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