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Gary Graham – ROAD TREKKER

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Connecting the dots
Between April and May of 2010, two intriguing rumors surfaced stating Robert Ross had reported that on one trip aboard his 55-foot Hatteras, Bad Company, they had caught a 350-pound swordfish, four striped marlin, two sailfish, one mako shark and fifteen dorado. When asked, locals shook their heads with quizzical looks and said they couldn't recall anyone ever landing a swordfish at Loreto.  So the report was ignored.

Then a month or so later came another equally unusual report claiming that the Bad Company had landed two more swordfish. According to a report from Tracy Ehrenberg from the Pisces Fleet out of Cabo, “Loreto again surprised us all, with 2 swordfish being caught…again by Robert Ross aboard the Bad Company on May 31.” She went on to say, “Ross and his crew were fishing 6 miles east of Island Catherine when they hooked the first fish, estimated at 160 pounds. They then went on to boat a 400 to 500 pounder." 

Even WON's Baja reporter, Robin Wade, mentioned the unusual catch in her report.

The reports, aside from being dismissed as being unlikely by locals, drew little attention and soon faded in the usual flurry of the summer reports of stock fishing spots in the Sea of Cortez.

Throughout the spring and summer of this year, Cast N Reel Charters out of Puerto Escondido began to report:

"Blue marlin; Schools of yellowfin, and yellowtail are biting… Here and there you will run into a big dorado...Sailfish are in abundance..."

Responses have not been very favorable:

"Is this a fish report or an advertisement?" asked one.

"Post some pics of your recent activity or some credible evidence that you are not full of s@#t." said another.

So Cast n Reel posted photos that drew even more derisive comments:

"Never seen YF that big caught around Loreto. Interesting."

Instead of connecting the dots, it was easier for anglers to shake their heads in disbelief and stay within their safety zone, fishing the areas they were sure of.

On a return trip from Los Cabos last month, I decided to drive into Puerto Escondido and look up Cast n Reel charters. As I parked, I could see the Bad Company tied up at the fuel dock so I strolled down and began a conversation with the crew about their unusual swordfish catches last year. They eagerly retold the story. Dot connected.

They showed me photos of  the huge tuna they had caught along with a variety of billfish while fishing about 40 miles straight out in the middle of the Sea of Cortez. We were so busy talking about their fishing exploits, that I almost forgot my purpose for stopping which was to find Cast n Reel Charters. When I asked the crew if they had heard of them, they laughed and answered, "That's us."  Another dot connected.

Since then, I recalled that my good friend and now Captain of the C Bandit, a spiffy 75-foot custom sportfisher built in San Diego, had delivered the Bad Company to Robert Ross at Agua Verde  several years ago. When I asked him about the fishing outside in that area, he confirmed that the best action was pretty much out forty miles in the middle of the Sea. Further commenting that if you looked at the sea temp charts it was easy to find the edges and the amount of sea life along them was incredible. And yet another dot.

Another buddy and an excellent Baja angler had just spent a couple of weeks cruising up in the Sea of Cortez this summer. Upon his return from La Paz north, he commented that it had been like a dead zone with few fish. Maybe if he had connected a few of the dots, he would been able to find the action if he had bothered to look out in the middle which is out of reach of the pangas that make up the bulk of sportfishing fleet in Loreto.

It wouldn't surprise me to see more large 'Bad Company-class' sportfishers begin to take advantage of this previously unknown fishery, now that many of the dots have been connected.


been connected, perhaps more  'Bad Company-class' sportfishers will  take advantage of this previously unknown fishery.
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