Marla's Sportishing, February 7-11th. Ultra Cow and Super Cow Landed

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  1. kdrouet

    kdrouet Well-Known "Member"

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    Day 1:

    - We finally arrived in Puerto Vallarta and we were graciously met by Marla's Sportfishing to pick us up from the airport and take us to the marina. We took advantage of the time we had to grab a late lunch at the marina and had some phenomenal Mexican food. We are all amazed with the quality of food and how little it cost for 6 starving guys.

    - We left the dock around 5:45 pm and we set off to get some bait, the strong cabbies that last forever. We ended up making two stops to load up the tanks.

    - We took off to the fishing grounds and in between the second and third island, we stopped and started to make some squid. In about 2-3 hrs, we made approximately 30 nice squish for tuna fishing

    - The first fish hit of the day hit a balloon cabbie and it was slammed by a monster fish. The line was screaming, the rod went bendo, the line is tight and then slack line, the fish is gone, The fish spit the hook.

    - We still had plenty of time to fish and it was early. The next fish came about 1 hr later on another cabbie on another balloon rig and this time, is stuck, game on. Within 15-20 minutes, the fish came to the boat and was stuck with a gaff. We finally had our first tuna on the boat. The first fish was about 120 lbs.

    - In between moving around and drifting from spot to spot, we started to jig some bottom fish, The first fish was a nice size jack crevalle, which was caught by Mike. This fish was later followed with about six nice quality trigger fish which we end up making some ceviche and some sautéed fish over some rice pilaf. The food on the boat was absolutely amazing.

    - The fishing started to approve during the last 2 hrs before the grey light. We started to see a lot of bird life and tuna crashing everywhere. We ended up with 4 more fish caught on fly lined cabbies.

    - We ended day one with 5 tuna from 80 to 150 lbs.

    Day 2: ULTRA COW
    - We ended up going back to the squid grounds to put more squid on the boat. We ended up with another 20 or so squid. Captain Roberto tells everyone that we are going go to his go to spot for the cows. Around 9:10 am, we are SLAMMED...…………...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. The ULTRA COW swallows a squid on the double trouble balloon rig and dumps about 2/3 of the spool on the Mak 50 SEA II. We thought we were going to get spooled. The dragged was tightened down, and the rod was pulled out of the rod holder. I almost went overboard as the fish was pulling so hard.

    - The battle that just began ended after a 45 minute fight. After the first big run, I was able to make a lot of line back from the stern and then walked the fish to the bow to finish it off. It eventually stopped pulling any line and was eventually brought to gaff.

    - Once we saw how big the fish was , we knew we had a big fish. No one, not even the captain and crew thought that this fish could be a WORLD RECORD FISH. The beautiful specimen was brought to the side of the boat and four guys were needed to pull this monster up. The fished ended taping out at 88 in x 64 in, with an estimated weight of 450 lbs.

    - High fives all around and the celebration began in disbelief that we caught this huge tuna. We should have had it weighed, but we had a medical emergency on the boat that we were dealing with. One of the fisherman was in bad shape and needed to get off the boat. We arranged a panga to pick him up and take him back to shore. He was brought to the hospital for observation. Some had inquired why the fish wasn't taken in and weighed....we were more concerned about our passenger than weighing the fish.

    - Things started to settle down and we were able to land three more fish that day bringing the total to nine.

    Day 3: Super Cow

    - Having just potentially made history, we re-grouped and went back to the squid grounds to make more squid. We made about 15-20 pieces of squid and then headed back to our spot. Unfortunately the bite was slow and we decided to venture off to find another group of fish

    - We eventually made it over the tip of the third island and started to see a lot of bird activity. Captain Roberto set us up nicely. He put us in the middle of the schools. There was a big school of dolphins, skip jacks and tuna mixed in. We ended up getting 5 more fish on the boat, with one being a super cow caught by Matt. The fish measured at 80.5 inches and taped out around 315 lbs.

    - We landed a total of 15 fish, with the smallest around 80 lbs and the largest around 450 lbs. We took home around 600 lbs of the estimated 1000 lbs that were on board.

    I want to thank Marla's Sportfishing for an awesome trip....a trip of a lifetime and memories that will last forever. When my kids ask me if the big fish got away, I will show them the pics and say no!

    Take a look at the short video of the trip.


    Here’s a feature write up of the historic catch

    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/02/record-size-yellowfin-tuna-almost-pulls-angler-overboard

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  2. karlk1125

    karlk1125 Well-Known "Member"

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    Keith, congrats on the tuna of a lifetime!!! That fish looked every bit of 450...just incredible!

    What the ultra caught up at the last island in close?
     
  3. Danny Dinh

    Danny Dinh Newbie

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    Yep, it was caught right next to the Constitution with live squid
     
  4. Corndog

    Corndog Landlocked

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    Discretion is your friend if you want future opportunities. Publicly describing breaking buffer boundaries might best be left out of reports. You never know who might be reading. Just sayin.

    Congrats on the giant!
     
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  5. kdrouet

    kdrouet Well-Known "Member"

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  6. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

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    Congrats on the fish of a lifetime.

    Too bad it didn't make it to the scale, but you had more important issues.
     
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  7. PhatAir4Me

    PhatAir4Me Quit Wishing, Go Fishing.

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    Amazing trip of a lifetime! Thanks for taking me on the ride with that great write up and pics. Good stuff!
     

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