ALUMINUM BOAT TUNA AND MIXED SPECIES FISHING WITH REBEL LURES
Nov. 12, 2006, Torrance Eddy, Buena Vista, East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
This has been an extraordinary week. I left the Piedras Gordas Beach, near the Pemex in Los Barriles, at about 5:45 a.m. It was still pretty dark but I now have a running light. I was headed to some 170 foot deep water off the beach of the little village near the mouth of the canyon from San Bartolo, or about one-third the way to Punta Pescadero.
Naturally I trolled all the way with my two "usual suspects," #14 Rapala Magnum blue mackerel and 5 inch Rebel silver blue.
Just about 100 yards from my destination, I saw some bait being chased a very high speed so I wandered over to the general area.
Suddenly line started screaming off my Jigmaster using the Rebel. Twenty minutes later I boated a 22 pound yellowfin tuna. My eyes nearly fell out of my head when I saw what it was. I was guessing another Toro. I didn't have very much ice and I wanted to treat this fish well. So, I sliced the gills, for bleeding, and poured five gallons or so of salt water over what ice I had and headed home. With my 2 horse motor, it took about an hour to get back. I released a 3.5 foot needlefish and a small bonita. I landed at 9:30 a.m. I plan so eat one filet and smoke the rest.
Nov. 9, 2006:
On Tuesday, I got underway very early. I have added a single 360 degree white running light to my boat. So I was able to get ready on the beach in the dark and leave before the sun came up. It was my plan to go a little down the coast from Rancho Leonero about 1/2 mile out. But just off Rancho Buena Vista, about 500 yards, I had a double sierra strike and hookup. And happily, I boated both sierra. The strikes occurred at exactly sunrise, 6:30 a.m., mas o menos. One was 27 inches long and the other 26 inches, bigger than I usually get.
I fished the general area for another hour and took two smaller ones. Then I decided to fish out beyond the boats in Los Barriles. There I caught two needlefish to use later for triggerfish bait. At about 10 a.m. the wind blew me off the water.
Today, my mission was to catch a bunch of needlefish for triggerfish bait for fishing with the Aguilar brothers Friday or Saturday morning.
I left the beach at about 7 a.m. Using about a five-inch surface rebel, black and gold, and not jointed, my first fish was a triggerfish, yes, a triggerfish on a surface lure.
Over the next 90 minutes, I took two needlefish and three ladyfish. All the ladyfish were caught while fishing right in front of the Palmas de Cortez pier. When the fishing their slowed down, I headed for Buena Vista and slow trolled close to shore all the way to Rancho Buena Vista Hotel without anything more than an occasional bite.
I decided at that point to try for some Sierra. It was about 10 a.m. I started trolling a blue Rebel Fastrack directly away from shore right at the hotel and caught a 24 inch Sierra at about 400 yards in 20 feet of water. I fished the area for another hour and took two more. There were lots of fish surface feeding on bait fish. I thought they were Sierras at the time.
After trolling twenty minutes without a strike I headed home trolling parallel to shore in 20 to 25 feet of water. At about halfway home I had a big strike on a Rebel Fastrack silver-black. This was a very strong fish. The Fastrack hooks do not lend themselves to horsing in a big, strong fish. So, the fight lasted between fifteen and twenty minutes. I should have known what it was with that hard a fight. It was Jack Crevalle between 15 and 20 pounds, estimate by Elias Aguilar. Happily, I know someone who likes to eat them.
Now this part is the truth.
Shortly after landing, a very good looking young (most are young to me) woman in a black bikini wanted to know if I caught any fish and if I wanted to sell one. It turned out she lives across the street from me, that street being Highway 1. So, I gave her a small Sierra inasmuch as it was for only two people. She's a realtor and is living in and selling this fancy, big house for $1.5 million.
East Cape weather today was calm but with enough breeze to be comfortable. The water was so calm, that I was able to come into the beach bow first.
I find launching easy up to waves not higher than 2.5 feet. Landing is and entirely different matter. While not difficult, it is tricky and takes good timing and concentration. I don't have a motor big enough to speed onto the beach. But that is hard on the boat. So, I would do it as I do regardless of the motor size. I land parallel to the beach and get out of the boat before reaching the beach but not before the water is shallow. I let the waves push the boat up onto the beach and hold the boat onto the beach as the wave recedes. Then when a bigger wave comes in I let it take the boat further up the beach until after five minutes or so it's not going to get higher. Then I pull the boat up the beach with my 4x4 high enough to get the motor, cooler, electronics, etc., off the boat and into the car. Then I pull the boat up the beach until it is high and dry.
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