Yes. The Blue Miracle true story confirms that Hurricane Odile damaged the building in mid-September 2014 when the storm hit Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula, wreaking havoc on the city of Cabo San Lucas. The cash-strapped Casa Hogar orphanage, which provided food, shelter and educational opportunities to underprivileged boys (and eventually girls too), was put under an even greater financial burden. An average of 40 boys called the then-six-year-old orphanage home at the time.
For the most part, no. Unlike Dennis Quaid's character in the Blue Miracle movie on Netflix, the real-life skipper of the boat that Team Casa Hogar chartered was not named Wade Malloy. The true story behind Blue Miracle reveals that the skipper's name is actually Ernie Cossio. He is a native who runs the successful charter fishing business Ernie's Cabo Fishing out of Cabo San Lucas.
Aside from their similar gruff appearances, Cossio doesn't share many similarities with Dennis Quaid's character, who is a washed-up fisherman. For one, we found no evidence that Cossio had ever previously cheated to win the tournament. Also, Capt. Ernie Cossio's vessel, nicknamed Mucho Bueno, is a much nicer and far more capable boat than the rundown vessel that Wade Malloy (Dennis Quaid) captains in the film, which is fittingly nicknamed Knot Enough. Making Wade a down-on-his-luck captain of a barely capable boat might make for a better underdog story, but it's not in line with reality.
Much like in the Netflix Blue Miracle movie, in order to help Cabo San Lucas' impoverished, hurricane-ravaged communities, Bisbee's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund's "Cabo Relief Fund" was set up. It included the "Bisbee Cabo Charter Hook-up" that helped to put local charter captains back to work. An anonymous donor offered to pay the tournament's $5,000 entry fee through the fund for any team that paid to use a local boat in the Bisbee's Black & Blue Fishing Tournament. This allowed the boys of the Casa Hogar orphanage to enter, as well as 49 other teams. -HuffPost
Team Casa Hogar included 10 anglers: Juan Anaya, Eduardod Arnaut, Jonathan Bernal, Geovanny Cabanas, Ramon Carmona, orphanage director Omar Venegas, Capt. Ernie Cossio, Alan Galindo, Jose Galindo, and Moises Manriques. The boat they chartered for the competition was the Mucho Bueno (pictured below), a 36-foot 1998 Luhrs Convertible skippered by Ernie Cossio.
Yes. The Blue Miracle true story reveals that the director of the orphanage, Omar Venegas, did have fishing experience but the tournament was his first time fishing marlin. "We won the Bisbee's Marlin World Tournament … my first time fishing a marlin," angler Omar Venegas said after the win. "First time in a famous tournament and First Place, let me tell you ONLY GOD does this miracle. God, the only God, creator of all that exists today. He decided to bless Casa Hogar Cabo A.C. with this huge prize!" -BD Outdoors
Just weeks after Hurricane Odile tore through the tournament's host city of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 125 teams (some sources state 127) competed in the five-day marlin fishing tournament, which was held with the help of Dallas-based Bisbee's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund as well as various sponsors. In the end, $2.14 million in prize money was awarded to the winners of the competition. -Mexico News Daily
While researching the question, "How accurate is Blue Miracle?" we learned that the team was able to subdue the large fish after a 43-minute battle. "We were at Destiladeras in the Sea of Cortez using live bait and caught nothing. The water temperature was 83 degrees. We switched and put a Hi-5 Petrolero Lure on and three minutes after it was in the water we got our bite," said Capt. Ernie Cossio, skipper of the team's vessel, the Mucho Bueno.
Yes. After angler Omar Venegas reeled in the biggest qualifying catch of the tournament, a 385-pound blue marlin, Team Casa Hogar was awarded the overall team prize for the fish, the tournament jackpot, and the Day Two $500 Daily Jackpot. The team, made up of 10 anglers plus crew members, also won the "Top Captain Award" for their angler captain, Ernie Cossio. In researching the Blue Miracle true story, we learned that Team Casa Hogar gave all of their $258,325 in prize money to the struggling orphanage that had been looking after the boys on the team. -Elite Traveler
Despite reeling in the biggest qualifying fish, Team Casa Hogar wasn't the top cash winner of the tournament. That honor went to the team Sporty Game, which caught a 337-pound blue marlin on the last day, which helped them earn a payout of $1.68 million. -Mexico News Daily
No. According to the orphanage's website, they state that "while there is no financial benefit to Casa Hogar for this movie, we are hopeful that Blue Miracle will raise awareness and sensitivity for private Social Assistance Centers in Mexico, most of which, like ours, operate as charities without government funding."