The Los Angeles Times reported a successful conclusion to the Fiesta de 976tuna tournament in Baja California’s East Cape region. Sea of Cortez marlin and dorado are stuffed with squid, so it has been tricky to get them to bite.
However, Mary and Kenny Cochran of Torrance caught and released their first marlin, and Mary won the dorado contest with a 47-pound mahi-mahi.
Also releasing their first marlin were Lamar Lee and Emmett Olvera of Costa Mesa.
Winning the Bass Pro Shops/976tuna surf fishing portion of the contest — by landing a multitude of species from the beach — was Steve Kechichian, a 13-year-old taking a break from his far more significant battle against leukemia.
One of the greatest moments was when Paul Harris of Agoura Hills and his brother, Jeff, were greeted by a 23-foot whale shark that swam alongside their boat long enough to tempt them to jump overboard and catch a Baja sleigh ride.
Concluding the Tournament was the partying, required of any Baja fiesta, at the Palmas de Cortez hotel bar.
Cabo nightmare continues
East Cape fishing is unseasonably poor, and a chief factor might be unrelenting fishing by large-scale commercial purse-seiners.
“Bad news was the seiners showed up again and wrapped all the fish,” Fly Hooker Sportfishing Capt. George Landrum glumly reports. “The government allows it and now we don’t have anything to fish for.”
It makes no sense to allow such a large commercial fishing operation so close to — even within sight of — tourists who contribute millions annually to the economy.
But when have Cabo San Lucas Mexican fisheries laws, and the means by which they’re enforced, made sense?