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Yellowfin tuna appearance in Sea of Cortez better late than never

August 24, 2009 |  9:29 am

Brian Brictson, 12, and dad Eric pose with a 75-pound yellowfin tuna caught after an hourlong battle at the Iman Bank, where tuna and dorado are keeping anglers busy.

Anglers off San Jose del Cabo and the East Cape are encountering a welcome visitor to these areas of the Sea of Cortez: yellowfin tuna.

The popular game fish, a summertime staple, has been conspicuously absent for most of this summer.

They aren't as abundant as they typically are at this time of year, but they're unusually large. At the Iman Bank, reached by the San Jose fleets, they're averaging 60 to 80 pounds, reports Eric Brictson, who runs Gordo Banks Pangas.

Much larger tuna "could be seen feeding on the surface and would come up to the chummed sardinas," Brictson adds.

The tuna are mixed with dorado, providing anglers with delectable variety.

Beyond the East Cape to the north, the yellowfin appear to be more numerous but slightly smaller. John Ireland, owner of Rancho Leonero Resort, reports a 25- to 40-pound average and says the best bite is at the Las Arenas drop-off.

Dorado are providing the most consistent offshore action throughout this vast region.

Ireland reports a solid inshore pompano bite, with fish to about 10 pounds.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Brian Brictson, 12, and dad Eric pose with a 75-pound yellowfin tuna caught after an hourlong battle at the Iman Bank, where tuna and dorado are keeping anglers busy. Credit: Gordo Banks Pangas

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