Rare tuna catch from shore attracts pack of giant roosters – For The Win

Theo Anest accomplished a rare feat recently by landing a yellowfin tuna from shore, while using spinning gear, on Mexicos Baja California peninsula.

But as Anest reeled the 37-pound tuna toward the beach, another remarkable event occurred: Several massive roosterfish, seemingly attracted by the commotion, accompanied the hooked tuna into the surf zone.

This placed them within fly-casting range and before long, local guide Lance Peterson was battling an estimated 80-pound roosterfish on a fly rod.

The tuna was spotted and specifically cast to, Peterson, owner of Lance Peterson Fishing, told For The Win Outdoors. I was hoping a few of its buddies would swim in for a look as it neared the beach, and sure enough there were some curious onlookers; mostly giant roosters.

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The catches were made early last month in Baja California Surs East Cape region. But photos were not shared until last week, with Peterson describing the event on Facebook as a truly rare double hookup from shore.

Catching yellowfin tuna from shore is not unheard of, but its rare considering that the pelagic fish are generally found in schools several miles offshore.

Roosterfish, however, are a coastal species prized by East Cape anglers because of their exotic appearance, size and power. Anglers typically release their catches to preserve the vulnerable fishery.

Peterson was searching for roosterfish when he spotted the yellowfin tuna feeding on forage fish. He texted Anest and told him to bring spinning gear.

Anest, a sales representative for Scott Fly Rods, arrived with a long spinning rod and cast a silver metal lure toward the tuna.

They never quite came into fly range but we could see waves of them passing through an area 40 to 100 yards off the beach, Anest recalled. As soon as I hooked the tuna, 100 curious grande roosters that were lurking in the vicinity followed that tuna in.

However, when Lance made that cast we were still certain they were all tuna until about 20 giant combs [roosterfish dorsal fins] came out of the water.

Added Peterson: We had sighted several tuna that day, but they were lock-jawed. Eventually Theo stuck one. The commotion brought in several fish to investigate, among them a pack of giant roosters.

I was convinced I had managed to hook the smallest specimen in the group, which makes me wonder how big the others were!

Anest kept the tuna, while Peterson released the roosterfish after posing for a quick series of images.

Any roosterfish over 50 pounds is considered a prize catch, especially on a fly rod. The all-tackle world record a 114-pound roosterfish caught off La Paz, north of the East Cape has stood since 1960.

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