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Surg

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Sergio
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As you know we were scheduled to fish with Bogii for the week, but due to technical difficulties we had to make other arrangements to fish. The three of us were able to meet up at PVR, and take a Cab together over to “Grand Marinas” in Nuevo. Our first day consisted of settling in, and getting some lunch prepared for the next day.

Days 1-3 were scheduled on “Chappy One” for 10 hour charters with the option of making them 12 if fishing was good. We got picked up at our hotel about 6:00am and escorted to our boat. It was a 36’ Luhrs with a nice assortment of Rods, and Reels. On the way out we trolled some jigs, and were lucky enough to hook up on a sailfish that Omar quickly brought to the boat. Later we were able to make Chorras without much effort, and started trolling around the rock. We had a few knockdowns, but not much luck with anything else. After we got back I talked to Capt. Manny and got some dope about where he had his success. He was flying quite a few Flags, and they were filleting fish at the dock. Day 2- I quizzed the Capt of Chappy about where he thought Pacifico got their fish, and was told that he got them at the rock. Unfortunately that was opposite of what I was told so I presented the Capt what I heard. I wanted HIM to decide where to take us based on his experience. We never got that fishy feeling from the Capt on these charters. Half way to the bank I was given an important bit of information. The Capt informed me that he was low on diesel, but we could continue to the bank if we were ok with trolling for 16 miles to conserve fuel. At that point I was not a happy camper, but left it up to the Capt. Sometime later that day one engine would not make full power, and smoked more than the other. I figured that the Turbo went out, and we could only cruise 13kts. We couldn’t get anything to bite that day. Our travel time was increased, and our actual fishing time (at the spot we wanted to fish) decreased due to both complications. Once we neared Nuevo Vallarta the boat ran out of fuel, so we bobbed around until “Chelita” brought us some fuel. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
We feel that this outfit is used to catering to tourists that are not hard core anglers, but the crew was very accommodating to us and we tipped them for that.





Myself

Billy

Omar





 

Surg

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To salvage day 3 I booked us a charter thru Danny Gomez. We fished with his father in-law “Baltazar” aboard his PANGA “Gabriela”.

This turned out to be a great move, as we all ended up with some nice fish at the Rock. The first person to hook up was Omar.


He managed a YFT that taped out over 100#’s.
While he was fighting that Mini Cow another rod went off in the corner! I grabbed it and settled in for a few minutes trying not to interfere with Omar’s fight, but Omar was getting worked. I realized that I might be able to get mine up before him, and shortly after a FAT A$$ Snapper came to gaff!
Once we got Omar’s tuna aboard we took a few minutes to celebrate, and take pictures.





The next rod to go off went to Billy, but unfortunately it was a football size YFT! A short while later I was standing next to a rod that went off, and passed it to Billy since he got cheated on the last tuna.


This one felt like the real deal! After a long fight we got our first view of color!


I sunk the gaff into the YFT that ended up tapping to over 200#’s.

Billy and his Cow.

The mixed bag of trophy fish!

3 Kings!


More later!
 

Surg

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Day 4 was scheduled aboard a nice 30’Persuit called “Chelita”. The Crew was also very flexible and accommodating. Since the full moon was out we didn’t want to leave early in order to be able to fish the evening bite. This was a catch 22 since Thursday was the start of the tourney. We had paid for bait, and a 12 hour charter, but when we left the marina I was informed that we would not have bait due to the late start. For some reason it took us two hours and forty minutes to get to the rock, and we ended up wasting valuable time trying to make bait. We only had a total of 5 hours to make bait and fish.
We did hook up on a nice Dorado, but it spit the hook. The boat was nicely rigged, even had a kite rig, and helium tank that we didn’t use. The mate also remakes wind-on leaders on the boat which was nice to see. I actually had to re splice one I brought that failed on me there. I just wished they would have had reserved bait for us that day. Another thing that really bothered me was that I had asked if the boat had Electronics (GPS, and Fishfinder) in the tower, and it didn’t when I was there. The old Rayarine Electronics at the lower station didn’t even function! I guess we were navigating on the hand held backup GPS that the Captain had.


On Day 5 it was only Billy, and I. We fished the rock with Baltazar again.

Me on Gabriella.



We got rocked by two really large fish, but did manage to bring some to gaff.
Here I am hooked up!





A bit later my largest tuna to date comes over the rail.



Here's Billy Hooked up.


Billy, and Baltazar with his trophy Snapper.




We got to see the sun go down at the rock our last night there.



This was a hint as to what we were comming home to in Cali!



This charter just flowed so well with us. No attitude or cockiness from him. He’s an old school cat that has been fishing all his life in those waters. We can’t wait to get back to fish with our buddy Baltazar!
To top it off his electronics work and he uses them!
I can’t thank Danny Gomez enough for hooking us up!
 

SocalKev

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Feb 23, 2008
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So Cal
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Kevin Drom
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Sold it! Charters only.
Hey Surg, looks like you caught some nice fish despite all the starts and stops. What day did you catch up with Manny at the dock, I'm guessing the 10th. I fished with them that day, we came in flying 8 tuna flags. The majority of those were caught at the bank on the kite, but nothing of the size you guys got!
Sorry we didn't hook up for a cerveza, maybe next time.
Great report and pics!
Later, Kev
 

killemall

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Feb 23, 2007
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venice
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jordan
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54 Hatteras, MVP
sounds like the trip almost really turned into a nightmare! i am fishing with Danny G in december and cant wait! those are some nice pargo!
 

Aleta

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Apr 1, 2003
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Newport
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Clarke
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3070 Pursuit
Congrats Surg.

Nice fish
 

reeleminross

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Mar 24, 2005
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Ross Purnick
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great report Surg! It is a fishermans paradise! Looks like you had a great time! I was surprised how hard those big snappers can pull, were you?
 

Reel Obsession

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Oct 26, 2007
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Battle Ground WA
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Tim
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26' Seaswirl Striper
Thanks for the post and great photos Surg. Looks like you picked up some great fish. Headed for Cabo in three days, can't wait. Can I ask what you took the pargo on?
 

osago

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Jul 29, 2007
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Palmdale
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Oscar
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20ft, Proline,Tuna Tale
Great job on those fish Surg!! Baltazar is the man,I fished with him 2 weeks ago and he put us on some nice fish.Your right on, Baltazar has a great attitude and we really enjoyed fishing with him.
 

Surg

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Feb 2, 2004
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Sergio
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Kev- I called and talked to Manny on the phone. Unfortunately our ride was from Chappys and was in a bit of a hurry to get us away from the marina, so I couldn't go there to chat. We'll have to meet up next time.

Todd- I think you mean CHHHHAAAAAABBBBBBBYYYYYYYY.

Ross- They can really pull! My buddy swears that I was on a COW due to the initial run that it took, but I felt rocks before the hook pulled on one.

Tim- One came on a live Skippy, and the other came on a Cabalito.

One more memorable moment was like this.

While we were chunking hard to get something to go on the panga, I told Baltazar to put something on the downrigger while we drifted. He gave me a strange look when I suggested him to put a chunk on it. It ended up getting hit on the way down by a nice YFT! I wish I had the camera rolling at that point! We all had a great time there, but there was definitely a learning curve. Next time we will bring more wind on leaders, bait making rigs, hooks, and other terminal tackle, but most importantly we will be armed with experience.
 

slydawg

Always wishin' I was fishin'
Jul 14, 2004
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Billy
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WWW - 25’ Proline
What a trip! I have video of my snapper. Basically got bit right before we pulled the lines in. I slid the drag up to full and pulled my hardest! Those things are tough. I decided I WOULD NOT GET ROCKED again, LOL!
 

aloharob

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Sep 9, 2004
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Rob
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40' Cabo Flybridge "Magellan" and 19' Boston Whaler "BobKat"
Sounds like all things considered a great trip even if not everything went as smoothly as you'd have liked. Great report and AMAZING pics. Glad you guys had a good time down there.
 

5150dude

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Nov 12, 2006
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Dave
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Hey Sergio!
With all the hard work you do, you deserve a trip like this.
Great post. And congratulations.
Dave
 

Gmoney!

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Aug 31, 2005
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G
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nope
nice work Surg, great pics. We all learn the hard way who we should and shouldnt fish with. At least now you know. Obviously you didnt have much choice on this trip, but luckily Danny came through to hook u up.

Downrigger chunk is definitely a good idea, Scott was telling us we need to let out a lot of line so that the chunk bait goes down the water column with the rest of the chum chunk. I was thinking why not just use a sliding sinker and match it to the current, but downrigger probably gets the chunk to exactly the depth the fish are at, if you have the electronics to know what that depth is. But very important to let that chunk bait get down the water column, if you dont give it line it gets caught in the current and goes up the water column, away from the fish.
 

reelworld

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Jan 12, 2007
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Benicia
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Mike
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28ft Maxcat, Nighthawk
Great report and pics
Can't go wrong with Danny, Baltazar or the Osuna Bros.
 

Surg

SwordfishGear.com
Feb 2, 2004
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Sergio
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Here's the pictures that Omar took. Much nicer then mine!

Please visit his site for more awsome pictures.

Seaside Studios Photography


El Capitan- Baltazar


Billy showing us how it's done.


Pelagic / Shimano doing their thing.


Warming up on the Gaff.


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Surg on the Gaff! Holy Cow.



Cowabunga Dude!




Omar and his YFT. 1


Omar getting hungry.


My trophy fish for the trip.


The Black Pearl.. LOL..