I had doubted the species and location momentarily because Adam Cargill had posted it, a friend that spends his time between Baja and California, fishing professionally; and I assumed this was maybe a San Diego fishing venture. Adam, a Southern California Native is no stranger to big fish, but he wasn’t expecting what happened this Tuesday. Because, turns out, not only did they have one Super-Cow Tuna, but THREE, in the span of 24 hours.
The massive Yellowfin, which weighed in at 365 lbs was caught aboard the “Castigo”, a long range sportfisher owned by Larry Jacinto. Adam says Larry decided to do a bit of last minute trip and head out with 3 friends and crew, which included Adam as 1st Mate and Captain Sean Sadler, who is originally from Huntington but has lived in Cabo now for 23 years.
The crew got word from their friends aboard the Red Rooster about some big fish out at Golden Gate about 30 miles North of Cabo, on the Pacific. Sadler made the call to head to Golden Gate and try their luck. Upon arriving they chunk fished and within 30 mins of chunking they had a “really big one; giant, maybe 380 lbs”, Adam said.
They fought this giant for about 4.5 hours.
The fish died on them when it was after dark already and they began hand-lining it up. But at only about 15 feet from the boat, the line broke off and it sank into the depths.
“We were devastated after we lost this fish, but we were ready to get right back on it first thing in the morning.” Adam said, “The next day I rigged the line with a natural flying fish I had, and immediately had an explosion on it. Again, huge fish, but we missed it.”
The night before, after losing the big one, Adam had made bait; some nice sardines found at the bank. That was his next tactic. He rigged it up on a 100 lbs Spectra with 100 lbs Yo-zuri Pink Fluorocarbon and a 5/0 Owner Super Mutu hook. He handed the rod to Steve Hammerschmidt, a friend of Larry’s from Huntington.
Within seconds, he was hooked up.
After a two and a half hour fight, they had their third monster-fish at the boat, but this time they made sure to get it onboard.
The group was ecstatic, and first measured out the fish, 84 x 59 inches and then weighed it; 365 pounds on the scale.
This is the biggest Yellowfin caught to date for everyone on board, a tough one to beat and definitely one they will never forget.
Their overnight fishing trip culminated with them going 5 for 6 on Striped Marlin, 5 for 6 on Dorado and 1 for 3 on Yellowfin Tuna.
The Yellowfin Tuna bite has remained strong this season in Cabo, one of our best seasons to date, with fish ranging from 100 to 300 lbs almost weekly since September for the Pisces Fleet alone. Just this week we saw Pisces boats land six Yellowfin over 100 lbs, and reports of others landing Yellowfin close to 300 lbs this week out of La Playita in San Jose as well. And of course, not to be forgotten, there was the 345 lbs Yellowfin caught in this year’s WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot by Team Sirena, the 3rd largest fish in tournament history.
*Special thanks to Sean Sadler for all the pictures featured and to Adam Cargill for story details.
-Written by Rebecca Ehrenberg.