Day One– Wednesday, June 29th…As day turned to night in Los Barriles, well after all the boats had anchored in front of Hotel Palmas De Cortez, word began to spread throughout the hotel of a boat that had not made it back. That boat was the Jukate with Captain Luis Araiza, Deckhand Andres Cota and their three fishermen Jim White of Maui, Hawaii, Gene Kent of Orange County, California, and Randy Ludlow of Salt Lake City, Utah. After many attempts to contact the boat by radio, the hotel staff decided to send out a search party in hopes of finding the missing vessel. Little did the hotel staff know that the boat was not lost at sea, rather was in the middle of an epic battle with a monster Yellowfin Tuna. The Jukate hooked the tuna at approximately 1:00pm right at the Ocho-Ocho. The tuna was caught on a Caballito (mackerel) with a Trinidad TN40 reel with 60# Ande line and Calstar Rod. At approximately 5:00pm the guys had the fish to the boat, but a failed attempted at gaffing the fish turned what could have been a 4 hour fight into a 7 ½ hour fight. After 7 ½ hours and 5 guys taking 4 turns a piece, the tail wrapped tuna was finally landed. It was not until 10:40pm that the Jukate finally made it back to the dock of Hotel Palmas De Cortez. When it was all said and done this Yellowfin Tuna weighed in at a very impressive 204lbs.
Day Two– Thursday, June 30th…The buzz throughout the fleet that morning was all about the 7 ½ hr. battle that had ended only 8 hours earlier. It did not take long before all the talk would shift to the Monster that was being battled on board the Rude Girl with Captain Jose Verduzco, deckhand Rafael and guest Ryan Gordon of Rancho Cucamonga, California who had come down with the Harwood Construction group. Ryan made quick work of the biggest wahoo landed this year, which took him only 30 minutes to land. The 80lb. wahoo was caught on a Repala also near the Ocho-Ocho, 30 miles north of Palmas De Cortez.
Day Three- Friday, July 1st…Just when we thought we had seen it all. As a matter of fact I had already begun writing this fishing report. Word came over the radio that the Mahitini with Captain Oscar Verdugo, Deckhand Nestor Escobedo and angler Ted Kirschner from Rancho Cucamonga, CA who also came with the Harwood Construction group had landed a 506lb. Blue Marlin. I raced down to talk with Ted about the Blue and he told me that he had landed the Marlin using a pink and blue (Salt and Pepper) lure and landed the fish just 5 miles in front of the lighthouse in La Ribera.
All in all it was a great week in the East Cape. We saw lots of Roosterfish up to 60lbs., Dorado up to 45lbs., Pargo up to 30lbs., as well as cabrilla, sierra, yellowtail, striped marlin, sailfish, skip jacks, amber jacks, jack cravalle, tuna and blue marlin. Air temps. continue to be in the upper 90’s and water temps. continue to be in the low 80’s.