Roosterfish are not considered good-eating and most anglers release them, but this giant specimen appears to have been kept for a photo opportunity, and perhaps for food.
Pisces Sportfishing's Mario Bañaga answered Ivan's request to come down with his camera and a brief story and two photos are posted on the Pisces blog.
The blog post states: "Captain Ivan got an early start, despite the rain aboard his 22 ft panga 'Gloria' with angler John Sato from Palm Springs, Ca. [Sato] hooked up this beauty just fifteen feet from shore, on a live caballito at Cerros de Arena. John took 40 minutes to subdue this huge rooster on a Shimano TLD 15 spooled withe 30 lb test line. The fish weighed 75 lbs."
It's among the largest roosterfish caught in years off Baja California Sur, but still pales to the all-tackle world record 114-pound specimen that was landed in 1960 in the Sea of Cortez near La Paz.
-- Image showing Capt. Ivan with roosterfish is courtesy of Mario Bañaga