Tuna's Turn

By Capt. Dave LearOctober 21, 2013, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico:For the second day in a row, game fish were in the spotlight at the 2013 Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore Tournament. Don Whittier and his team aboard Estrella del Norte captured the biggest prize when they weighed a yellowfin tuna that tipped the scales at 201 pounds. Misbehavin’ and EZ-Duz-It also weighed yellowfin weighing 141 and 93 pounds, respectively. No dorado exceeding the 30-pound minimum were recorded“Gonzolo Castilla was on the rod when the fish ate a live bait off Gordo Bank,” Whittier explained. “He was using a Shimano Tiagra 50 spooled with 100-pound braided line and the fight lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. That fish just wouldn’t give up, though. The first time we got it close, it straightened the gaff and took off again. But we finally got it aboard.” Whittier’s boat, an outboard-powered custom cuddy cabin, was built with winnings from previous tournaments.The action for billfish was steady throughout the day, especially by mid-afternoon. Anticipation grew when five marlin were reported boated. Since there were no qualifying marlin on Saturday, a single fish weighing more than the 300-pound minimum to a team entered in all cash categories would have been worth more than $430,000.While the crowd grew around the scales at the Puerto Paraiso Mall in downtown Cabo, so did the tension. In order for their fish to count, boats had to be back in before the 7 p.m. deadline.Teams NWH Baja Raider, Sansil and KSea all made the trek along the marina boardwalk only to hear Weigh-master Jack Teschel announce the undersize results. Finally, with only 30 minutes remaining, Gary Allengena and his crew aboard Titan, a 57-foot Beneteau sailboat, came to the scales. Their fish was well short of the mark as well, but the catch was the first marlin ever weighed by a sailboat in Bisbee’s tournament history.As the spectators slowly dispersed and the 90 boats returned to their slips, the uncertainty was over. On Sunday, it was clearly tuna’s turn to shine. 

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