I got an amazing opportunity this week to fish San Benedicto, part of the revillagigedo islands(about 250 miles south of cabo san lucas) on an incredible private boat with a buddy of mine, 2 of his brothers, his dad (Owner of boat) and 2 of his dads friends who were both great guys. The Boat owner had wanted to fish that island for 20 years and I was lucky enough to be invited along. Along with us was the captain named Luis who is a great guy and long time captain for the owner on his various boats over the years. The boat is a 70ft Mikelson and was a dream to fish on. Big comfortable boat, with luxury all around. Twin Cat powered. Even had stabilizers to further smooth out the calm pacific swells we were blessed with on our trip. Coming home we had the best uphill weather I have ever experienced on any boat. Down hill there was some wind and chop for the first 6-10 hours, but the 2nd travel day and next 4 days was simply perfect weather.
heres a map of where we fished, we left from cabo and motored about 35 hours to the fishing zone.
The big boat ready to go.
Galley interior salon area
My foreward room
Crew quarters,laundry area and engine room walk way
Big 19'.8" beam. Makes a damn nice fishing deck
Perfect cabo weather ready to roll out
Upper deck seating area with dual drivers stations
Some pics of the island and a few of the wahoo we Got, We ended up with 21 wahoo 2 yellowfin tuna (27 and 35lbs) threw back an amber jack some trevelley and a few other things during 2 days of fishing at the island. Sorry i didnt take more pics, i just had a disposable camera on this amazing trip unfortunately and 27 exposures went fast :( I will post more when my friend gives me his pics. Hope you enjoy the pics.
Dosent get much better than nice grade Wahoo on a big private boat, at a place few have ever fished. Trip of a lifetime!!
We didnt weigh any wahoo but almost all of them were amazing grade, to compare for size the tuna were 27 and 35lbs
The tackle that worked was black marauders, black and orange marauders stuff like that, also heavy wired feathers, but the birds were all over those so it was a pain, we had to keep the lures deep in the water. I have never seen so many birds following the same darn lure in my life. Another problem was the sharks, we lost almost as many wahoo as we caught (keep in mind we caught 21 in 2 days) because if the fish wasnt in fast it was gonna get sharked. But when you did get sharked you got to see an amazing show with 2 or 3 sharks exploding out of the water attacking the wahoo, it was like a planet earth episode :). We also saw manta rays that were the size of a queen bed all over the place, the island is just covered in lava and ash with a few small inlets, anchorage was easy and calm. Its really an interesting place and im so glad I was able to go. You can tell by the shapes cut into the island this place gets beat hard with weather at times. But we had perfect weather the whole time to make it an all around amazing unforgettable trip
bloody hoos on ice:)
Wow, trip of a lifetime.
What is the yacht tender on the bow, a zodiac? That is one dang fine fishing boat.
I 'll be you didn't see much boat traffic out there. Looks very remote. The vastness of the Pacific
Ocean mystifies me. You would'nt want to slip off walking around the bridge out there.
When I looked at your pictures my first thought was I'll be their are some big sharks around there.
What did y'all encounter Makos? Looks like a good place for Whites. Lot's of very nice Hoos in the pics.
Next time bring a better camera
Thanks for posting.
The inflatable is a Novurania i think its 12ft or 14ft with a 50hp 4 stroke yamaha. We had it stocked with water incase we had to leave the boat in an emergency, along with epirbs and life rafts onboard. The owner, skipper and passengers all understood this was a serious trip and we had to be aware of how quickly things could go bad out there. A 4 million dollar yacht ran aground at the island last year and sank during a storm last year at the island. There are several shallow rocks even quite a ways offshore that we had to pay attention of. We had our 72 mile radar on the whole time and never saw another boat show up on the screen for 3 days, I have done many trips where we were out on big commercial boats looking for giant yellowfin, but always was in contact with other vessels, this was just us out on the water, a feeling of true freedom if you ask me. Yes it was amazing being at such a harsh volcanic place where no life exists and it regularly gets hit with major hurricanes. The sharks were Galapagos sharks, didnt see any whites, thats usually up north, guadelupe island espically.
Awesome post! I'm still drooling!
I fish out of Los Barillas 2 to 3 times a year which is just south of the red dot on your map denoting the Sea of Cortez right next to the island of Ceralvo.
We pounded the Tuna in June (boated 80+ in 3 days of fishing) decent amount of Striped Marlin, not so good Dorado.
But...we were on 28', 8.5' beam shit boxes...not a multi-million dollar sportfisher!
I was not even aware of that those Islands existed there.