96th Dark of the Moon – June 10-15, 2010

The first day of the tournament proved to be challenging as we experienced unusual winds from the East and swell from 4-6 ft. to the occasional 6-8 ft swell. By day 2, however, the seas were back to normal with no wind and relatively flat seas. Air conditioning was not needed day or night and the evenings were very pleasant.

FISH COUNT
Species Number
Stripe Marlin 11
Blue Marlin 1
Dorado 5
Yellow-fin Tuna 136
This was a total of 153 fish caught on 15 Cruisers.

The highlight of my trip anyway was the 451 lb. Blue Marlin I caught on Day 1. I was fishing with Roland Martines of Alta Loma, California.

My latest Great Fish June 11, 2010

Blue Marlin
The Blue Marlin I caught weighed in at 451 lb.

As we headed offshore, it was apparent we were in for a rough day on the Sea of Cortez, 75 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. There was a steady wind out of the East, which is not common for this time of year. It was producing swells of 4-6 feet with the occasional 6-8 ft.

We were trolling three lures with a live bait rod at the ready. After about an hour of rock and roll, the skipper spotted the fish’s tail on the surface. The deck hand responded and tossed out the live bait. As he did, the troll rod on my right bent over and the sound of the reel exploded.

Upon setting the hook, I instantly realized the fish was of formidable size, as the fish stripped 300 yards of 60 lb. test line off the reel in less than 2 minutes. There were no jumps or opportunity to see exactly how big it was. The battle was on, though, and after 20 minutes, it jumped 3 times, then made another screaming run to the north. The deck hand poured water over the reel on three occasions to cool it down, as the fish made several long runs. I didn’t have to worry about being over heated, given that when the boat backed down on the fish several times, I was showered with waves of salt water.

Because of the water conditions, it was impossible to remain standing, and I welcomed the fighting chair. The fish jumped several times and by now it was much closer to the boat and the runs were shorter. The fish and I had been engaged in non-stop physical exertion for 45 minutes, and, aware of the old adage that the longer the battle, the greater the odds that the fish will break free, I was on the alert for possible tackle failure.

The deck hand donned his gloves as I got the fish closer to the boat on several occasions and its runs were now even shorter, but still intense. After 1 hour and 2 minutes, he was able to grab the leader at the swivel. We had made the decision to release this magnificent fish, but in an attempt to elude us it made a final lunge under the boat, ripping the leader out of the deck-hand’s hand and–unfortunately–running into the boats prop, suffering three fatal wounds.

Although I have always released these magnificent fish, in this case, alas, doing so was not possible. However, many many pounds of meat were donated to the local food bank by Chris, owner of the Smoke House.

The Top Skipper and Deck-hand took 5 Marlin 2 Dorado and 31 Tuna in there 3 days of fishing and are shown here with trophy presenter Leslie Fulton from Battleground, Washington.
The Top Skipper and Deck-hand took 5 Marlin 2 Dorado and 31 Tuna in there 3 days of fishing and are shown here with trophy presenter Leslie Fulton from Battleground, Washington.

The Top Skipper and Deck-hand took 5 Marlin 2 Dorado and 31 Tuna in there 3 days of fishing and are shown here with trophy presenter Leslie Fulton from Battleground, Washington.

Ken Hoppe, Novato, California caught a 48 pound Dorado
Top Non-Bill: Ken Hoppe of Novato, California caught a 48 pound Dorado on Day 1.

Ken’s wife Holly took the day money on Day 2 with a 27 pound Tuna
Ken’s wife Holly took the day money on Day 2 with a 27 pound Tuna.
3rd Place Team: Al Hipona and Rich Smith – Daly City, California
3rd Place Team: Al Hipona and Rich Smith of Daly City, California.

2nd Place Team: Ken & Holly Hoppe Novato, California and Rich Adams, Mariposa, California
2nd Place Team: Ken & Holly Hoppe of Novato, California; and Rich Adams of Mariposa, California.

Top Team honors went to: Mike Totey of Albany Oregon and his partner John Kaeser of Seabeck, Washington
Top Team honors went to: Mike Totey of Albany Oregon and his partner John Kaeser of Seabeck, Washington with a total of 581 points.

3rd place Angler: Mike Totey accepted his 3rd place finish awards
3rd place Angler: Mike Totey accepted his 3rd place finish awards.

2nd Place Angler: Vic Balibrera of Livermore, California.
2nd Place Angler: Vic Balibrera of Livermore, California.

Top Angler: John Kaeser repeated as a top angler this year and after accepting his award, made sure Leslie got a big hug... Or was he just overly excited?
Top Angler: John Kaeser repeated as a top angler this year and after accepting his award, made sure Leslie got a big hug... Or was he just overly excited?
Nice job John – 2 striped MARLIN AND 17 TUNA
Nice job John – 2 striped MARLIN AND 17 TUNA
These were the proud anglers and top 3 crews in the June Trip.
These were the proud anglers and top 3 crews in the June Trip.

We are accepting sign ups for the fall event, October 28 to November 2. Be sure and sign up by July 25 for a 5% discount.

June anglers, you get a special deal…

See you in the fall!

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