JUST FOR KICKS
For another week yellowfin tuna stole the show on the East Cape. Just a few billfish and dorado have been landed this week while most boats are returning from a days fishing with fish lockers full of tuna. Porpoise schools holding huge schools of yellowfin have moved closer to shore and have not been hard to find 10 to 25 miles from the beach between Punta Perico and Punta Arena Light house. An occational sailfish or marlin are showing in the porpoise but for the most part it is tuna, tuna and more tuna. Most fish are 30 to 40 pounds with a larger model to 100 surpising anglers once in a while.
After 5 days on the beach working on gear and doing maintainance I couldn't stand it any more. With no charters this week I grabbed our crew and said let's go have some fun. We didn't get 10 miles off shore before sighting a school of spotted dolphin. We didn't have time to get all of our trolling lines in the water when clickers started singing. It didn't take long and we had all the tuna we needed.
When a few other boats showed the tuna became a little more finicky and the bite slowed a bit. Just for kicks I pulled out my Accruate SR12 spinning reel. Being able to cast a tiny live sardine a long way was all it took. BENDO! Loaded with 40# it is amazing how much heat that little spinner will allow you to put on a fish.