Another “Sore Arm” Trip

97th Dark of the Moon

October 28-November 2, 2010

We arrived in the East Cape, hoping to equal or even surpass the group’s Tuna count of 136 in last June’s 96th Dark of the Moon event. We were in for some big surprises as we headed out the first morning.

Morning in East Cape, Baja.
Sun up!

I had the pleasure of fishing with Al Hipona from Daly City, California, who is a frequent participant in these events.  Within minutes of our arrival at a set of shark buoys, Al landed the first Sailfish.

Catching sailfish in the East Cape
Al Hipona's Sailfish

What was to follow would have made “Papa” Hemingway put down his rod and grab pen and paper.  As we fished in a three mile area, catching small skip-jack for bait, we experienced three double hook-ups of either Sailfish or Striped Marlin:

Catching sailfish in East Cape
The best fishing in the world!
Fishing for Striped Marlin and Sailfish in East Cape and Baja
Fishing for Striped Marlin and Sailfish in East Cape and Baja
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A beautiful fish and a beautiful view!
East Cape fishing at its finest.
East Cape fishing at its finest.
The best fishing in the world.
The best fishing in the world.

At 2:20 pm we both agreed to call it a day instead of fishing until the 3:00 quitting time. We headed in with what we thought was a first day lead. None of the other cruisers had been in our area, and our total of 7 Sailfish, 4 Striped Marlin and 1 Dorado was quite a catch.

Sail Fish in East Cape
Al Hipona's Sailfish

However, the lead team turned out to be Larry Cucura and Mike Tugwell from Carmel, California, who arrived at the dock, checking in with 10 Sailfish, 2 Striped Marlin and 3 Dorado!

The second day soon arrived and turned out to be as amazing as the first, which included 2 Yellowfin Tuna in the 50 pound class.

Yellowfin Tuna fishing in East Cape
Yellowfin Tuna fishing in East Cape

These two fish helped Ralph Rhodenbaugh, from Oak Harbor, Washington, and his partner, Robert Debord, from Saginaw, Texas, capture the top spot with 10 Sailfish, 4 Striped Marlin, 15 Dorado and those 2 Tuna. Ralph, a professional guide for Salmon and Steelhead in Washington and Idaho was on his first trip, hoping to catch his first billfish.  He did very well, taking Top Rookie as well as Top Angler.  He caught 4 Sailfish, 3 Marlin, 7 Dorado and the Top Non-Billfish both days–on Day 1 with a 37 pound Dorado and on Day 2 with a 59 pound Tuna.  What a rookie trip!

Fishing awards
Ralph Rodenbaugh and Robert Debord

Al and I found ourselves in second place with 12 Sailfish, 8 Striped Marlin and 7 Dorado.

Fishing in Baja
Al Hipona and Jerry in second place.

Third Place went to Larry Cucura and Mike Tugwell with 12 Sailfish, 3 Striped Marlin and 6 Dorado.  The largest Dorado weighed in at 43 pounds.

The best fishing in the world.
Larry Cucura and Mike Tugwell

The final fish count for this “Sore Arm” event that included ten anglers and twelve cruisers was:

50 Sailfish – 26 Striped Marlin – 46 Dorado – 11 Yellow-Fin Tuna.

OH MY !!!

Another successful Dark of the Moon fishing trip
Another successful Dark of the Moon fishing trip!

Mike Totey from Albany, Oregon, and I presented the awards for this spectacular tournament. We hope to top these results in 2011, so sign up today and reserve your spot.

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