Smile Rooster!

Roosterfish

My wife and I went down to La Paz, Mexico (the Roosterfish Capital of the world) for her birthday. We booked out trip with www.tailhunter-international.com (tailhunter international) and when we booked it We set out to fish for 3 days with 3 goals.... yellowfin tuna, large roosterfish and a marlin of any color (black, blue or striped). Day 1 we caught small football sized tuna, dorado and bait fish. Day 2 my wife caught more tuna, and not just any tuna, she outfished EVERY single angler on the water that day with a 65lb yellowfin beast! Took her and hour to reel it in but never handed the rod off..... Day 3, we set out to go for rooster or Marlin.... we hooked into 2 roosterfish right at about the same time, My wife was unable to reel hers in due to her arms and wrists still like Jello from the day before with the tuna. I reeled both her and I's rooster in and they weighed in at 55 lbs and 60 lbs and yes my wife's was bigger..... After we got a photo of them and released them back in the water we set sail out past the island for Marlin..... 5 mins in we nailed a marlin... wait, my wife nailed a marlin.... again she tried to fight it for about 15 mins and was getting NO WHERE so she passed the rod off to me and I fought the 200 lbs beast for an hour and brought him to the boat. We had full intention to release him but he came to the boat draggin blood so we kept him....... Thats our story and here are our pics!

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kcfan23 says ... on Sunday, Jun 12 at 9:43 PM

the fish was actually donated to all the bystanders on the beach waiting to hear what was caught for the day! That 200 lb marlin actually fed the family it was donated to for almost 2 months! I felt so good about that! My intent was to release him!

kcfan23 says ... on Sunday, Feb 27 at 3:10 PM

Actually the fishing trip to Mexico was for her birthday! She loves to fish the foreign waters of Mexico @ Gary, the marlin was NOT going to survive going back in the water! We tried to put him back, but our experienced skipper said he would not live

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Feb 12 at 8:22 PM

Hey Gary, the marlin was gonna die. Why waste the meat when you can put it to use or donate it to the country it came from? One dead marlin from sportfishing is not going to hurt the population, blame the commercial fisherman who rape the ocean.

OSNative says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 6:45 AM

I can't believe you took your wife to Mexico on her birthday and went fishing and your still married. I hope you did something else special for her or you might be shopping in Paris on your next birthday.

lancespring says ... on Wednesday, Feb 9 at 4:01 AM

Gary: Recreational fishing from the USA is not what is harming the Marlin population. It is all the foreign commercial fishing that is doing the damage. They drag lines that are actually miles long with numerous hooks on them.

Bennicus says ... on Tuesday, Feb 8 at 10:01 PM

Awesome fish. Since you decided to harvest the marlin what did you do with it? A client has told me he donates his unintended keepers to a food bank or mission.

paulkline says ... on Tuesday, Feb 8 at 11:12 AM

Great pictures! I enjoyed looking at them. I've never seen the Rooster fish before. Thanks for sharing!

Gary McKenzie says ... on Tuesday, Feb 8 at 10:34 AM

That is a real shame you killed that marlin...should have released it even if it was bleeding.

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