In early Jan., we reported that monster tuna of the cow-sized yellowfin variety were being landed in Loreto. Eyes rolled, and heads shook. “Never heard of yellowfin that size in these parts,” muttered one local.
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Now, one of those monster tuna is a pending IGFA record!
Friday, Cast n Reel was fishing at Benitos, about two miles from El Seco. “Chapas,” a local panga fisherman that always gives Robert Ross a heads up when the giant yellowfin tuna show at the South Reef at El Seco.
Called Ross on the VHF radio and told him there were some 300 to 400-pound tuna feeding on the surface.
Robert Ross, from Playa San Cosme, fishing farther out in the Sea of Cortez at the Trench aboard his 37-foot Boston Whaler Rampage, picked up and sped toward the spot. During his run, he hailed the “Cast n Reel,” a local charter boat belonging to his son-in-law, Jay Yadon, to inform him to go catch one of the tuna that were busting over there. However, it turned out they had a triple hookup on yellowtail by a crew of inexperienced anglers. They needed to land.
Meanwhile, Ross slid up next to the Chapas panga to set up. Before he could turn the boat around and get ready, a 300- to 400-pound fish exploded off his stern feeding on sardina. He pinned a sardina on his angler’s center rod equipped with a PENN 50 and flung it into the melee. One of the huge tuna inhaled the bait several feet off the stern of the Whaler.
This was by far the largest fish he had ever encountered. Back at the beach, the monster fish required six to carry the huge fish to the IGFA Certified scale on the beach at Playa San Cosme where it weighed in at a astonishing 302-pounds!
Meanwhile, C n R boat hooked and fought another monster of their own that ultimately broke the line on the lighter yellowtail outfit equipped with only 40-pound line.
These catches underscore the impact that the new Marina Puerto Escondido will have on local sportfishing, as larger sport fishers arrive in the area, capable of fishing farther offshore than the smaller sport fishers and pangas in the past. No longer is Loreto going to be dependent on only the traditional dorado and yellowtail fishery closer to shore.
According to the website, Yadon, owner of Outpost Charters in Loreto, offers the 40-foot, twin-screwed Cast n Reel, a Luhrs Express and allows up to 10 guests.
Slips at newly-completed Puerto Escondido Marina facility are filling up fast as the word gets out about the safe harbor and the many services offered to the larger sport fishers.
News of the monster tuna along with a robust blue marlin fishery offshore will certainly draw some larger sportfishers to the area this summer to check it out for themselves.