Big apologies go out to our faithful fish report readers… it’s been a while since we’ve gotten an update to you all.
As some of you may know, Tiffany, our incredible office manager, and her husband Benny welcomed their son Maximiliano into the world on day 2 of the Western Outdoor News Tuna Jackpot, November the 9th.
We had 19 teams fishing with us in the tournament so things were crazy busy, and losing Tiffany didn’t help.
Furthermore my wife, Brooke Donovan, who handles Stay and Play Packages for us has been on maternity leave as well. We are expecting twin girls next Wednesday.
This being said, we have been extremely short staffed without the two ladies that keep things straight for Dad and I.
On to the fishing already right!
Fishing has been great this fall and early winter guys. Lots of big Blue and Black Marlin were being caught before the Billfish tournaments. Seemed like everyday another boat was releasing a Blue, most were in the 250-400lb range, but a few bigger fish as well. Right before the first tournament, the Los Cabos Billfish, we had a big storm come through and it really screwed up the water. Only one Marlin was weighed during the LCB. My team lost a 400+lb fish about 50 ft from the boat, and lost another Marlin after getting it to leader 3 times. Couple hundred thousand dollars in potential winnings lost with the TWO that got away!
We then fished the Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore and one of our boats, 19’s Toy, won the top Tuna honors. Finally, we fished the Bisbee Black and Blue and again fishing was slow for the Big Marlin. Only one fish made the qualifying weight of 300+lbs.
Non-tournament anglers enjoyed tons of Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin and Wahoo during October.
November brought the Western Outdoor News Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, not only the tournament with the longest name, but a ton of fun. This year we had 19 boats fishing under the RedRum banner. Lots of teams weighed fish, and this year more fish over 200lbs were weighed than any year in tournament history. That being said, a 372lb whopper took top honors, and unfortunately, they were not aboard a RedRum boat.
November also brought lots of Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo, and quite a few Sailfish.
Fishing is still hot, as are the water temps, with lots of Dorado and Marlin hanging around the Lighthouse Bank. This is also the time of year for runs up the Pacific to the Finger Bank to chase huge schools of “feeder” Striped Marlin. Finger Bank trips are a few extra bucks to cover fuel expenses, but 15-20 Marlin releases a day are not uncommon.
If you are interested in a long range Finger Bank or even Magdalena Bay trip, give us a call and we can work out the logistics.
Once again, sorry for the lack of reports, all is good at RedRum, just extremely blessed to be very very busy with more clients than ever and very blessed to be understaffed due to 3 new additions to the RedRum baby crew.