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IGFA Yellowfin All-Tackle Record Taunts Loreto Anglers

Jay Yadon from Outpost Charters called my office around noon yesterday, the 29th of August, and left a tense message tinged with excitement, though short and to the point. “I just received word that Robert Ross is hooked up to an estimated 500-pound yellowfin tuna near Catalan Island,” he exclaimed! “I’m headed out now on my boat from Puerto Escondido to assist, and I’ll let you know when we boat it.”

I waited to hear all afternoon, almost as excited as Jay had been. But it was much later that evening when he contacted me again to continue the story; when he arrived, Ross was still fighting the monster yellowfin tuna, and his deckhand was fighting another huge fish that had been hooked around the same time.

The tug of war continued throughout the afternoon as Ross applied as much pressure as he dared to bring the monster fish to the boat. With as much pressure as he was applying, it wasn’t surprising at all when the line suddenly went slack and Ross reeled in the straightened-out hook!

Not a quitter, Ross took the rod from his deckhand and muscled in the remaining large fish that his deckhand had been fighting for hours. This time, Ross successfully brought the huge fish aboard and returned to his home at San Cosme to weigh the big fish on his scale.

It weighed 141-Kilos or 310.2 pounds.

“The local tuna bite has been extraordinary,” Ross observed later that evening. And he was correct. This year there have been seven cow-sized tuna captured in local waters. In January a 424.6-pounder and a 319-pounder were caught by Jorge Lazo, Tijuana; a 242-pound tuna was taken by Ross plus a 212.5-pound fish was caught by Yadon that same month.

Then in July, another one weighing 302 pounds was brought to scale by Frank Kavanaugh from Newport Beach.

yellowfinSo along with the 310.2-pounder Robert Ross caught yesterday, plus another caught by a local fisherman estimated to be approximately 250-pounds, the total is seven for the year so far.

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Wide-eyed, both Ross and Yadon described the scene around their boats as monster-sized yellowfin boiled on sardines just a few feet off the stern. They saw several as well as the one that Ross hooked that were all candidates for topping the current IGFA All-Tackle 427-pound record held by Guy Yocum set nearly six years ago. The remarkable fact is that there are so few anglers on these fish when an IGFA record could be waiting to be broken.

With at least a few more months of prime season left, odds are that there will be more news coming from this relatively unknown fishery before year’s end.

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Gary Graham, the BD Outdoors Baja Editor, has more than five decades fishing experience off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. From light tackle and fly up to offshore marlin fishing, Gary has experienced all facets of this fishery. He's set several fly-fishing world records and in his first year as a member of the Tuna Club of Avalon, he received more angling awards than any other first-year member in the club's 109-year history. He's been involved with many California angling clubs and is the Baja California Representative for the International Game Fish Association. 
Gary's a conservationist as well as a writer and photographer. In addition to two books on saltwater fly-fishing, hundreds of his articles and photographs have appeared in publications around the world. Graham has devoted his life to finding new fisheries and developing new techniques — all of which he shares through his guiding, speaking, photography and writing.