I just got back from spending 5 days in Cabo San Lucas fishing the Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament. I take my hat off to Pat McDonald and the crew at WON for doing an outstanding job and putting on a well organized and fun event.
As always the tournament was a huge success with more than 120 entries and a 372 lb beast taking honors. Many more tuna over 100 pounds and a few over 200 were also brought to the scale where Jonathan Roldan was Weigh Master.
Cabo San Lucas is a unique and interesting place. The arch at lands end rivals any place on our planet for beauty and with first sight the attraction to Cabo becomes obvious. My first visit was in 1973 when Cabo was a sleepy little village similar to Buena Vista where I live now.
The place has grown to a large bustling city with tens of thousands of residents and more tourists. Cruise ships visit daily and drop off thousands for the day. The coast line is dotted with high-rise after high-rise resorts packed with tourists.
Walking down the boardwalk near the marina where Jen Wren III was tied up reminded me of a scene from Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy was cruising down Rodeo Drive in his Old Chevy II watching the freak show. As I walked a huge smile came on my face and in my head I could hear Murphy's laugh. I was watching a similar freak show that goes on 24-7 near the wharf. Sex drugs and rock & roll are all available and there are street vendors, time share sales people and ladies all out hocking their wares. You can get anything you want. Although most are pleasant, some of these folks are as agressive as a deckhand pitching a bait to a tailing marlin. I'm pretty sure the vendors see the tails the same as the deckhands and never miss the opportunity to pitch a bait.
The party atmosphere also reminds me a bit of New Orleans. I remember walking down Bourbon Street and being approached by a young boy. He said Mr. " I'll bets you 5 bucks I knows where you gots those shoes". OK, I'm from LA and there is no way the kid could possible know where I bought my shoes. I'll bite 5 bucks I told the kid. "You gots em on your feet!" he replied. That was a quick five. As we came and went the kid would hit me up with another scam but I wasn't going to take the bait again. The following day I saw him again and he said "I'll bets 5 bucks I can tell you how many letters are in your last name". I thought a moment and said you are on! The kid said 12 and my reply was you are wrong, hand over the 5! No, no said the kid. Count the letters your (4) last (4) name (4) totals 12. The kid got me again.
Bottom line is Cabo is a very fun place to visit. Just 65 miles from the East Cape but a world away. I look forward to going back but am glad it is not my steady diet.
Meanwhile since being back home the wind has been relentless. It is supposed to back off tomorrow and we are going fishing. Reports indicate marlin and dorado fishing has been very good off La Ribera and Punta Pescadero both.
Shot gun start
The bite was a slow pick but we finally got bit.
We are having fun now! With jungle rules we were able to pass the rod. Fighting big tuna puts a man to the test.
Waiting our turn at the weigh station.
It is always exciting to weigh a fish
One of our team members was named Gump. Believe it or not his wifes name is Jenny. You can get anything in Cabo. Gump even found his favorate beer, tall Miller lites.
The wild life in Cabo is very aggressive.
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