Cabo San Lucas' Picante Sportfishing reports the blue marlin have arrived
Outposts will attempt to post the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, saltwater sportfishing report, courtesy of Team Picante from Picante Sportfishing, each week:
After all the ups and down of the last few months, it looks as if the summer routine is settling in. With baitfish not being around and the striped marlin bite being on and off, it has been a disappointing spring. Lots of striped marlin have been seen sunning on the surface -- some boats reported seeing a dozen -- but few seemed interested in lures or live bait.
It was just a matter of time before the blue marlin made their way to the underwater mountains surrounding the Baja Peninsula. With water deep blue in color and temps in the low 80s, this was the week it happened. June 23 started it off with Picante's 35-footer, Salsa, leading the way. With Capt. Juan Carlos Lopez at the helm, the Turchin family hooked a nice blue marlin, estimated at about 400 pounds. The fish took some coaxing but finally took, and then it put on a show with some great runs and jumps. After about an hour and a half, the fish was released.
Also, Capt. Emiliano Arenas, aboard the Picante 45, put the Sherman family onto some real fishing memories -- before lunch they caught and released two blue marlin. Both were about 225 pounds, and were firsts for both anglers. The group also boated some nice tuna.
On June 25, another blue marlin was caught on the Salsa for the Hagedorn party. But the boat of the day ended up being the 32-foot Cabo Picante Express, with Capt. Antonio Romero. Mark Rowan and his friends, fishing in the 13th annual Stars and Stripes tournament, caught and released four striped marlin.
Total Picante Sportfishing fleet total for the week: four blue marlin, 15 striped marlin, two dorado, four wahoo and 43 yellowfin tuna.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: One of the marlin caught (and released) on the Picante 45 this week. Credit: Team Picante
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