Monster Tuna, miss the party

So what would happen in 2020 of course? A 310-pound yellowfin tuna was landed only three days after the Tournament. The Captain was Francisco Castillo, known locally as “Gachi” and the catch was aboard his Super panga “Regina 2,” a 26-footer. Angler Mike Witoshynsky landed the fish on the outer Gordo Banks close to San Jose del Cabo.

40th Annual Bisbee Black & Blue Tournament. Ends with Millions of Dollars Left on the Table

While there were stripers, sailfish, and smaller blues released, teams struggled to find a winning fish that would meet the 300-pound minimum. Each day there were reports of hooking and ultimately losing fish that would have exceeded 300 pounds.

Marina Puerto Escondido produces a 377-pound Blue Marlin

Of great interest and excitement to larger sport fishers and yachts is the recently discovered offshore fishery that is out of reach of the traditional panga fleets in Loreto, That area has produced extraordinary large game fishing, i.e., yellowfin tuna, black, blue, and striped marlin, as well as swordfish that no one believed existed until recently.

Super cows cavort

Brothers Jesus and Gerardo Bañaga from La Playita headed out on their 23-ft. panga Friday in search of billfish, as there have been quite a few blues and blacks caught in the area.

Circling the area only once, this super cow-sized yellowfin tuna leaped out of the water and pounced on their bait. The fish ran for an hour straight, with the guys in hot pursuit, trying to avoid getting spooled.

Baja Wahoo, Roosterfish crow-Yellowfin return

I fished again for my first limit of the season in a good afternoon bite. I usually fish alone but as per the current protocol requirements in this time of disease, I had along with me, Captain Ruben Duran. Ruben is always good company and there is no denying that having a competent and personable Capitan makes a long day on the water easier. We caught five wahoo, including a couple of double hook-ups, five small yellowfin, and a nice dorado! …Bill Erhardt