Folks are talking about it being too late for big tuna inSan Jose however not only did we catch our largest super cow ever here on Dec.14, 2009 (guesstimated at 370 via tape measure)… we’ve always done well way into December. Of course water temps, currents and clarity are the defining factors (as well as the presence of forage fish), but we’ve always liked December because the Banks become less congested after all the tournaments are over.
With that said, there is another one-day tourney coming up next week (Puerto Los Cabos, Dec. 8) that should be LOTS of fun. High stakes it isn’t, only $500 to enter and a new truck as 1st Prize, however should be loads of fun.
This week proved to be lots of fun as well, many wahoo hooked and landed (mainly because we were prepared for them). As this is a personal passion of ours (read…mine), you could easily find me on the docks just by looking for the smile with two legs. Twenty to sixty pounders put our new fillet knives to the test, and they passed. Nothing finer than grilled medallions of ‘hoo side by side with fresh, lightly-grilled veggies from the local farmer's market. And How!
Oh… I guess I should talk about more than just wahoo. School yellowfin, a bit bigger than footballs are still hangin’ close to Iman as well as the roving dorado attracted by all of the movement. This movement includes zipping pangas and buckets full of sardines tossed as chum by the fleet. I truly think that sometimes we create our own “Bite” by the amount of free-swimming bait chucked overboard.
Really nice dorado have been hung this week at the Co-Op rack in Playita and a friend/potential client who I teamed up with a favorite local pangero of mine (because we were full) landed big tuna over 200 lbs on two consecutive days. Like the line in Silence of the Lambs, “Yes sir, she was a rather large girl…” Both of ‘em. The one day we invested in Cows this week paid off after sweet Jenith was pinned to the rail for nearly three hours… see photo. Note: Striper died due to swallowing an entire 12" tandem-hooked lure. Sad crew and clients but happy congregation at our church.
Speaking of which, Striped Marlin are cooperating to the West and many boats are reporting multiple releases each day that they are able to make the corner. The fish are steadily moving south and unlike previous weeks, boats aren’t having to make the long run up to Pescaderos. Shortly, we will be working the 95 and 1150 spots to the south for our upcoming marlin trips and we will of course report our findings.