Trip Report: This is What Hooking a Massive Marlin Feels Like

The reel’s drag began to scream for what seemed to be several minutes. Most of the line that Harry had worked so hard to retrieve was now back in the water after the fish made a long run. But Harry continued to fight the fish, pulling back hard on the rod each time to gain line, only to lose half that much again as the fish resisted. - Chris Day

[This is a fishing trip report from Chris Day. His son, Harry, won a guided fishing trip for two to Cabo and took Chris fishing. Read on to hear more about their fishing adventure.]

Chris Day: The highlight of the trip was catching a striped Marlin on the first day of fishing. We hooked up with the massive fish just after reaching the fishing spot. We could see the fish on the line, jumping in the distance, when Harry took a seat in the fighting chair and took the rod.

Here is the rest of the story- all of which is totally true.

Harry sat with his feet firmly planted on the foot rest. He was pulling the rod back, then working quickly to reel in the line as he let the rod come forward, gaining only a few feet of line with each stroke. He went on like this for about 45 minutes, which is when the fish surfaced close to the boat. I could see the relief on Harry’s face – it seemed the battle was nearly done.

The fish showed us it had other plans.

The reel’s drag began to scream for what seemed to be several minutes. Most of the line that Harry had worked so hard to retrieve was now back in the water after the fish made a long run. But Harry continued to fight the fish, pulling back hard on the rod each time to gain line, only to lose half that much again as the fish resisted.

Another hour passed, and the fight was still on as Harry labored hard. We both wondered if landing this fish was ever going to happen. And then Harry started to gain line more easily with each stroke. The fish resurfaced with several vicious head shakes, and Harry hauled it towards the boat. The crew grabbed the fish and brought it aboard. Harry had won a battle with a fish that weighed at least 50 pounds more than he did. After a few pictures and some high fives, the crew helped us revive the fish and it swam away from the boat.

Harry and I were so excited to be on the water that first day. The reality had set in – we really had won a fishing trip of a lifetime.

Fishing on the second day was challenging, as we didn’t catch any fish. We didn’t even get a bite. However, the bright, sunny day, 80 degree weather, and beautiful scenery made up for the lack of fish.

My top three memories:

- Catching The Marlin

- Sea lion being fed on our boat

- ATV tour on Friday

For equipment, we used Penn reels, baitcasters which took a little for us to get used to. The Blue Sky Cabo Charter boat was fantastic, 43’ long, with two bathrooms and two bedrooms. Also, we were surrounded by the most amazing deep blue water we’d ever seen.

The staff and guides were so friendly. The boat crew and captain worked so hard to put us on fish. Ambassador Quinlyn did an awesome job organizing the trip, picking our hotel and showing us around. We even had fish tacos for the first time in an authentic Mexican restaurant.

We would certainly do it all again and hope to get back to Cabo someday. To sum it up, the trip was a great father and son fishing adventure.

Our next dream trip? Oregon, Washington, or Alaska for steelhead fishing.

Thanks again and tight lines.

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[Text edited and condensed for clarity, Ed.]