New World Record Dorado
A LOT OF BULL?
One thing about fishing in Cabo, you NEVER know what you might have on the other end of your line. When that reel starts to sing, get ready, it could be the fish of a lifetime.
It was going to be a short day as I was heading back to San Diego on an Alaska afternoon flight. Little did I know? How short my fishing day was going to be.
I grabbed the poll and fought the giant fish standing up for the first ten minutes. At that time I decided that it was time to sit in one of the fighting chairs. I have caught a lot of big fish over the years. But this one for some reason felt different.
As I fought this monster fish, Salvador maneuvered the boat moving forward and around to the left. This was a smart fish that had no intention of joining our fishing trip.
After about fifteen minutes the fish jumped for the second time. After the second jump Salvador and Chuey both yelled out together Dorado, Dorado, Dorado. Yes, it was a BIG Dorado. None of us knew at that point how big. As I kept fighting the fish Salvador kept maneuvering the El Budster. When you are fighting big fish like this. The captain is just as important as the individual holding the rod. Salvador and I have fished together for eleven years. This combination has proved to be a winning one.
As I reeled the fish within thirty feet of the El Budster, I was overwhelmed by the size of this monster fish. I had never seen a Dorado this big. Not in the sea, a picture, movie or record book. This was a BIG, BIG BULL DORADO. Now to get it gaffed and into the boat.
On his first attempt Chuey was successful in gaffing the Dorado. As soon as the fished was gaffed Salvador was next to Chuey’s side with a short baseball bat. This was used to subdue the Dorado before it was put into the El Budster.
After a few minutes, which seemed like an hour, the massive Bull Dorado was brought on board. What a magnificent fish. The total fighting time was about thirty minutes. We all agreed that it was time to head to Cabo to get the fished weighted and measured.
Upon our return to the Cabo Marine a small crowd had gathered. The word was spreading, “grande Dorado, grande Dorado.” Salvador and Chuey carried the big Bull to the scale for the all important weighting and measuring. As the Weigh master put it on the scale, a hush came over the gathered crowd. Cuantos kilos tiene? Cuantos kilos tiene?
We had our photograph taken with the fish and stayed around to answer questions for the locals and the tourists. Others had their picture taken with the big Bull Dorado. The atmosphere was a festive one that catered a lot of smiles and good feelings.
Yes, it was a day to remember. As they say in Spanish, “Una dia especial.” Next time you
want to fish in Cabo San Lucas. Give Salvador a call. Who knows, you might just set a new World Record….