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Cabo San Lucas waters yield 525-pound blue marlin

September 14, 2009 | 10:07 am

Anglers aboard Spartacus pose with 525-pound blue marlin landed by Chris Fuller off Punta Gorda in the Sea of Cortez.

Tournament season is close at hand off Cabo San Lucas and already anglers are trying to figure out where the big billfish are lurking.

The high banks beyond Punta Gorda in the Sea of Cortez might be one area. That's where local resident Chris Fuller last Monday landed a 525-pound blue marlin that inhaled a live skipjack tuna cast out as bait.

It was the largest marlin captured in the region in months.

As for general fishing, yellowfin tuna remain abundant and some boats are posting double-digit catches. They range from 15 to 60 pounds, reports Tracy Ehrenberg at Pisces Sportfishing.

However, the fish are widely scattered and those high scores are the exception, according to Capt. George  Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing.

Landrum reports that striped marlin appear to be gathering at the Finger bank north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side of the peninsula. He had not heard of any blue or black marlin catches this week, but fall is the peak season for these species.

Dorado and wahoo catches have been sporadic.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Anglers aboard Spartacus pose with 525-pound blue marlin landed by Chris Fuller off Punta Gorda in the Sea of Cortez.

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