| 1,213-lb. Cabo Grande Negro landed after 28 hours!
BY ROBIN WADE
WON Staff Writer
CABO SAN LUCUS, BAJA SUR —This past weekend one angler did, what others can only dream of, land a Grande Negro while fishing out of Cabo San Lucas and a fish of a lifetime. Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Sportfishing called the captain and the angler to get the low down straight “from the horse’s mouth” and filed this report with WON.
“A 1,213-pound blue marlin was caught in Cabo San Lucas Sunday, or should we say Saturday, as the fish took 28 hours to boat,” Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Sportfishing said. Angler Richard Biehl, Traverse City, MI who is credited with the catch said, “That was the hardest thing I ever did in my life by far. It was the greatest experience of my life. I travel all around the world, Africa, Asia and nothing comes close to this.”
Ehrenberg said Capt. Luis Abaroa took off from the dock at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning with two anglers onboard and headed to the 95 Spot, where he thought he could find some marlin. “Lines were in the water and they were trolling by 7:30 a.m.,” Ehrenberg said. “At 8:20 a.m. a huge marlin crashed the right outrigger which was set up with a small Zuker guacamaya lure (orange/green/yellow) intended more for striped marlin. Knowing he only had 60-pound line on a Shimano 50, Abaroa would wait for the fish to take out half the spool then quickly follow him, recover the whole spool of line and then follow again; his objective was to not let the fish go down but to follow him around, and he said it was kind of like taking a strong dog for a walk on a leash.”
As the battle ensued, both Biehl’s energy and the boat’s supplies ran low. “By 5:00 p.m. they were out of food and water and had to resort to drinking the melted ice water in the cooler,” Ehrenberg said. “Abaroa called his brother Frankie, another captain, who showed up with supplies and kept them company. The fish jumped one more time before sunset; this time closer and they reconsidered their size estimate to 800 to 1,000 pounds.”
“By this time Biehl could not go on and Frankie’s deckhand went onboard to work on the fish, as they settled in for the night, with the guys struggling at times to stay awake,” Ehrenberg said. “By noon Sunday they had the fish to the boat and Biehl the angler, said, “It’s a once in a lifetime fish. I want to take him”. That said, they gaffed him and tried to get him on board, but the huge body would not fit through the transom door so they had to leave half of the fish in the water and motor the long way back to port since the fish had taken them on a long ride, ending 30 miles off of the Old Lighthouse.”
“Back at the dock, they had to borrow an electronic scale from another boat which showed 972 pounds, however they could not get it completely clear of the floor, so they ended up measuring the fish; 137 inches long without the bill and a girth of 75 inches,” Ehrenberg said. “According to the formula used, the fish was 1,213 pounds.”
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