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   Wednesday, October 5, 2016  

quick trip "out there" pics to follow.

 This was an example of why when planning an overnight trip to the seamounts, plan on at least a couple of nights.  Most of our trips are 4 nights and 3 full days of fishing, a grueling trip, but no better opportunity in the world to experience the kind of morning that we had today.  An abbreviated version of 3 nights/2 days (chugging there and back overnight) is perfect and allows you to go where you may need to go.   The trip we took was too short.
Our departure was delayed a day due to a generator rebuild and repaint that took a few more days than planned.   Pat Renfro, one of my partners in the Dragin Fly, we had plenty of patience watching out investment come out shining like new.
We headed out mid morning yesterday, hoping to run into the tunas and catch enough of them for the trip and to take down to the lodge where I will be tarpon fishing TOMORROW!   By late afternoon we should be arriving at our first seamount for the afternoon bite.   Everything went as planned, found the tunas, caught the tunas, got to the seamount and missed a blue marlin.   That was the only marlin we were to see that day. 
Today, after a nice night and calming seas, we got up at daylight, had coffee and hot breakfast while steaming to another seamount.  Arrived.  Fished.   Fished some more.  Caught bait.  Live baited.  Nothing.   Honestly, we were pretty bummed out, having to be due back in Los Suenos by late afternoon.  
On the way home we passed by the seamount that we fished with only one bite the afternoon before.  I’m glad that we did.   First bite on a lure we pulled off.   Second bite on a bitch bait.  Sancocho.   Another sancocho.   Wow, talk about feeling low, then another lure bite and we’ve got a release.   Another Laceration Lure on my side and another blue marlin release.  Immediately, on the same green Pedro, we hook up again, Pat getting that release.   Then we concentrated on the pitch baits, throwing to marlin now coming in hot on the teasers.   With 3 blue marlin releases, really quick, we’re tickled to see our fourth on a pitch bait after the dirty work we were doing earlier.    Pat was putting out the pitch bait when a marlin came up on his bait, but it wasn’t a blue, this time a striped marlin.  The next fish that popped the rigger out of the clip was also a striped marlin.   He was holding 3 blue marlin releases and 2 striped marlin releases before 10:30 in the morning. 
Our thoughts wandered to a grand slam, but with Pat having two of the 3 necessary billfish releases to qualify, with a pair of sails, he could accomplish few have every done, a double grand slam in the same day.
We make bait and fill the tuna tubes, hoping to run into those tuna on the way to the edge, which has been having a good sailfish bite, with some of the charter boats having as many as 20 bites in a day.   We find the tuna and now everyone in the lodge and the village is having tuna.  I’ll leave it at that.
Up on the edge is where the black marlin live, all we need is a pair of sails for Pat’s individual double grand slam in a single day, but a black, now that would be something.   I think that they call 4 in a day a Super Grand Slam.
 Here we go, into the fleet of 4 or 5 charter boats and we quickly raise a sail.  Pat makes a sancocho. (A sancocho is when you miss a fish and you real in only the mashed head of your bait.  Sacocho is the names of a soup made out of mashed vegetables, not pure like mashed potatoes, but squashed, kind of like the head of your ballyhoo.   Sancocho can be used as a noun or a verb, for example, I sancochoed the last three sailfish, but I’m going to get the next one.   It can also be used to describe one who makes many sancochoes, also called a sancochero.  ).   The pressure is on.

Pat cleaning hooks his next sailfish giving him one grand slam, only one sailfish to go when BAM, the left teaser explodes with a marlin bite.   I felt a little guilty at the time, but I pitched my marlin pitch bait at the same time Pat’s hit the water, I may have even beat him, but either way, I wanted in the game…….and I got the bite, dropped back, nothing, the bite again, dropped back and hooked up this time.   We clear the lines and Pat brings in his pitch bait just as my fish jumps, it’s a damn  SAILFISH (that ate the marlin bait) and the marlin is still behind the  boat, but Pat’s bait is out of the water and the marlin fades off.   My sailfish jumps off, serves me right, and we never see the marlin again.   We can only guess if it was a black or a blue, up on the edge like that, chances are…….
Pat still needs a sail to finish his double grand slam and he’s having a little trouble connecting, missing the next two fish in a row, then he hooks up solidly when another rigger pops and we’ve got a double header.   Release on both and we are heading to the dock, leaving that marlin for another day.
Blue marlin, sailfish for me today, hopefully a tarpon TOMORROW
In short, we were 4 for 9 on blue marlin, 2 for 3 on striped marlin and 3 for a bunch of sailfish.  Oh, and the tunas. 
posted by Capt. George Beckwith at 6:09 PM




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