By Pete Thomas
A 424-pound yellowfin tuna, falling just three pounds shy of the world record, was caught Tuesday in the Sea of Cortez beyond the Mexican resort city of Loreto.
According to Pisces Sportfishing, the behemoth was landed by Jorge Lazo, of Tijuana, after nearly a two-hour fight aboard the vessel Rampage, captained by Robert Ross.
Lazo used a live mackerel as bait, and fought the fish on 50-pound-test line with standup gear.
Only a handful of yellowfin tuna have surpassed the 400-pound mark (fish topping 300 pounds are rare). The 427-pound world record yellowfin was caught in 2012 south of Cabo San Lucas, on Baja California’s tip.
Loreto, farther up the Baja peninsula, is not widely known as a hotspot for giant yellowfin tuna. But it’s not overlooked by serious tuna anglers.
On Monday, Lazo, who is Ross’ son-in-law, caught a 319-pound yellowfin. Ross caught a 267-pounder.