100th Dark of the Moon Tournament

June 14-19, 2012 – Hotel Playa Del Sol

Sunrise in Baja   Playa del Sol resort

We found the weather a bit warmer for June, and the July humidity was early. All 27 Anglers and 11 Guests were happy to be back to the beautiful East Cape and Fish With Me’s favorite VanWormer resort, Playa Del Sol. Despite the G-20 affair in Cabo, we all were able to travel to and from the Cabo Airport without incident.

Big game fishing Marlin fighting
Marlin on board Marlin jumping
Marlin fishing action shots

Fish Count

  • 91 total fish
  • 1 Blue Marlin
  • 28 Striped Marlin
  • 8 Sail Fish
  • 46 Dorado
  • 8 Yellow-Fin Tuna

Top Angler

Roland Martines from Alta Loma, California

Top Angler at Fish With Me 100th fishing trip
Top Angler Roland Martines

Roland, who will turn 90 in January, has missed only 2 trips with us since 1992. He captured his 3rd Top Angler honors and did not stop there, as he also took Top Non Bill cash and trophy with an 88 lb. Tuna on Day 1.

The trophies, awards and cash were presented by Trista and Roxy Eckland, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Top Angler at the Fish With Me 100th tournament
Roland Martines, Steve Spies, and Melodie Eckland

Shown here with his partner Steve Spies from Upland, California and Melodie Eckland from Hillsboro, Oregon. Roland and Steve also took home the Top Team Moneys with their 3 Tuna and a Striped Marlin each.

Top Team Moneys at the Fish With Me big game fishing tournament
Top Team Moneys

Steve also received the 3rd place angler award.

Third Place Angler Award
Steve Spies, Third Place Angler Award

Seven Rookie anglers attended this event, and all 7 of them caught their first bill fish.

First Marlin
First Marlin

Charles Scott Sr. age 88 caught his first Marlin proving it is never too late to catch that first one.

The Top Rookie honors were taken by Nicholas Curtice:

Top Rookie Honors fishing
Top Rookie Honors
2nd place Angler: 2 Striped Marlin and 2 Dorado
2nd place Angler: 2 Striped Marlin and 2 Dorado

Curtice also took 2nd place Angler with his total catch of 2 Stripe Marlin and 2 Dorado, the largest 32 pounds.

Curtice’s Grandfather, Stanley Green from Turlock, California took 4th place Angler and together. They were the 2nd place team.

2nd Place Team Anglers
2nd Place Team, Grandfather & Grandson

The 3rd Place Team was Leo McArdle from Burlingame, CA; Al Hipona from Daly City, CA; and Rich Smith from San Francisco, CA:

3rd Place Angler Team
3rd Place Team

The 4th Place Team was Ken & Holly Hoppe & Ken Kanzaki, from San Francisco:

3rd Place Team Anglers
4th Place Team
An announcement from the VanWormer resorts
An announcement from the VanWormer resorts!

Eddie Damau, General Manager for the VanWormer resorts announced they would once again award a free fishing trip in 2013 (valued at over $1400) to the angler scoring the most points in the June or November event this year. Roland Martines scored a total of 279 points for this event and the 2011 winner, John Kaeser from Seabeck, Washington won his trip at the November event last year.

John Kaeser with Eddie Damau receiving his free fishing trip last year
John Kaeser with Eddie Damau receiving his free fishing trip last year

The highlight of Brad Eckland’s trip was the 250 pound Blue Marlin that had to be brought in. It has been 18 years since Brad sought his first Blue. Congratulations! The rest of his family celebrated with him.

Blue Marlin Fishing
250 lb. Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin catch
Celebrating the big catch with the whole family!

The staff surprised me and the group with a cake celebrating this milestone event:

100th Fishing Trip Celebration
100th Fishing Trip with Fish With Me

There are not enough ways to thank everyone involved for the great time and success of this 100th group!!!

A quote from John Ashley-Cooper says it all:

“One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experiences increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions.”

Big game fishing group

Fishing with Jerry in Baja / East Cape

Fishing in East Cape / Baja for big game fish

Big Game fishing in Baja / East Cape at the Playa del Sol resort

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