A Massachusetts angler on his first trip to Cabo San Lucas, to celebrate his 60th birthday, spent four wearying hours Thursday reeling in a mighty swordfish.
Al Monte was with his two sons aboard the Tracy Ann out of Pisces Sportfishing, but battled the 391-pound broadbill by himself about six miles beyond the Old Lighthouse on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula.
Swordfish catches are rare off Cabo San Lucas, which is world-famous for its marlin fishing. Perhaps a dozen are caught each year.
The Montes earlier the same day caught and released striped marlin weighing an estimated 140 and 160 pounds.
The Tracy Ann is captained by Julio Castro, who has a knack for finding marlin and big fish. Martin Gonzalez is the regular deckhand.
Last fall this crew was aboard the same cruiser during the catch of a 749-pound blue marlin.
-- Information for this report is from the Pisces Sportfishing blog