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Grand Prix racer John Hopkins makes fast work of Cabo San Lucas marlin

August 20, 2009 |  1:12 pm

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Tracy Ehrenberg at Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas provided this photo of Grand Prix motorcycle racer John Hopkins (center, with red cap) posing with one of two striped marlin he and his group caught during a recent excursion aboard Valerie.

"They wanted to release both marlin, but unfortunately the second one died, despite 15 minutes of trying to revive it," Ehrenberg said.

It was a productive outing considering that marlin have been difficult to locate this past week, according to most reports. Same goes for tuna, leaving dorado as the most reliable offshore game fish.

Unusually warm water in the Sea of Cortez might explain why the offshore fishing has slowed (inshore anglers are finding lots of roosterfish). Capt. George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said readings topped out at 90 degrees along parts of the 1,000-fathom line.

The water is cooler on the Pacific side of the peninsula, where conditions have ranged from good to choppy. The landing operators are hoping for an upturn in fishing soon.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Grand Prix motorcycle racer John Hopkins, center, and crew display one of two marlin they caught recently off Cabo San Lucas. Credit: Pisces Sportfishing