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August 06, 2009

Baja Striped Marlin

Targeting striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas

A Day in Cabo

The past couple years have seen some truly remarkable daily catches of striped marlin. "Four years ago I caught caught 22 fish on Christmas day, and nobody believed me," says Drew Andrews, whose 58' Bertram, Get Over It, is a fixture in Cabo. "These days you have to catch a lot more than that before nobody believes you."

Last November 8, Get Over It caught 197 striped marlin. "It was all about preparation," says Andrews. "We had 400 baits and 200 leaders tied." His crew of five are all deckhands and anglers. "You'd kill a single deckhand," he says. They made bait at Golden Gate Bank at 8:30 a.m. With two anglers on the bow and the balance in the cockpit, the captain continuously maneuvered the boat to maximize hookups. "We had at least two fish on at all times," says Andrews. "We used 100-pound leaders and circle hooks, hooked the fish, let the leader out of the rod, brought it back on and broke the fish off. Our fish were on for no more than a minute. " The marlin bills chafed the leaders just enough to break right above the hook. Then the crew tied on another hook, baited up and repeated the process. "We set out to catch 200 marlin," he says. "We had used everything on the boat that resembled bait by 6:00, and we'd hit 197 and that was it. I don't think I'll do that again. It's almost not any fun. I'd rather just have a good day."