Day 2 (Friday) Teams keep the Weigh Station Rocking

  • Gary Graham-That Baja Guy
  • Aug 7, 2023

The start on the second day went off like clockwork. All 98 Teams lined up well before the "Rockets Red Flare" sailed above Buenavista's Resort Beach Hotel at precisely 6:30 am. Many boats headed south, while fewer turned northward.

The chatter on secret channels was all about the sea temps, which were in the high 80s. Many Teams elected to focus on the Gamefish Categories and Jackpots (Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna), while others chose to tackle Billfish in both Catch and Release Categories.  In the Release Category, all Billfish, including Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish, and larger Black and Blue Marlin required a minimum weight of 300 pounds. Any fish brought to the scale failing to meet the minimum weight would be penalized one point per pound.

Just before noon, Team "Wild Hooker" boated what they were sure was a qualifying Black Marlin.

Around noon, Stella June, who had celebrated a great first day with angler Jazz Moorhead boating a Black Marlin, once again raced back to the Weigh Station. Unfortunately, their Catch failed to meet the minimum weight. Their Black on this day weighed only 285 pounds, costing the Team -15 points.

Late in the day, Team Oso Blanco Redrum Sportfishing, angler Toby Nunn, landed a Blue Marlin that failed to meet the minimum. It weighed only 205 pounds.

In the Gamefish Division, the top three Dorado were El Patron, and angler Myles Fattalah's Dorado, weighing 38.1 pounds. It was the largest for the day, along with Team Laguna Madre, angler Ramon Acevedo, for his Dorado weighing 37.7 pounds, and Team Buffalo Sportfishing, Tawni King, Dorado weighing 33 pounds.

Heaviest Tuna Day 2

Rank Team Angler        Species       Points

1        Caprichoso Aristoteles Regalo        Yellowfin Tuna    85.9 pounds.

2       Encantada Matthew Clifton  Yellowfin Tuna    61.8 pounds.

3        La Buena Vida     Juan Cota  Yellowfin Tuna    56.9-pounds.

1        Wild Hooker    Jeff O'Bryant              Black Marlin    380 in across the board

 Heaviest Dorado Day 2

Rank Team           Angler        Species       Points

1        El Patron    Myles Fattalah    Dolphin      38.1.

2       Retriever    Hector Cortez      Dolphin      37.8.

3        Team Laguna Madre    Ramon Acevedo Dolphin      37.7.

4       Buffalo Sportfishing     Tawni King Dolphin      33.

 Heaviest Tuna Day 2

1        Caprichoso Aristoteles Regalo        Yellowfin Tuna    85.9.

2       Encantada Matthew Clifton Yellowfin Tuna    61.8.

3        La Buena Vida     Juan Cota Yellowfin Tuna    56.9.

Total Species Count Day Two Friday

Black Marlin          3
Blue Marlin            8
Dorado                  7
Sailfish                  5
Striped Marlin       8
Yellowfin Tuna      7

Catch Count         38

Although respectable numbers for Day Two, Staff and Teams eagerly awaited what Day Three would bring.