Hugo Pino was involved. Pino, a legendary captain from the La Playita fleet near San Jose del Cabo, was with longtime client Apostolo Poulos, a Greek angler who hauled up the 378-pound tuna after a 90-minute battle at the Gordo Banks.It's believed to be the
second-largest yellowfin ever caught on rod and reel in the Los Cabos area, and one of the largest yellowfin tuna ever landed. The area record, according to Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas, is a
383-pound yellowfin caught by Pino & Co. three years ago aboard the boat "Fisherman." The all-tackle world record is a 405.2-pound yellowfin caught last December on a San Diego-based long-range trip in Mexican waters. That struck from the book a 388-pound, 12-ounce specimen that had held the record for more than 30 years.
trolled live bait fish called a chuhuil, rigged to 100-pound-test
Said Brictson: "Hugo Pino is perhaps the most legendary of all
local La Playita pangeros, at least from this generation. He seems to
consistently catch more and larger fish than others do. Hugo guided panga
sportfishing charters for close to 25 years, now he and his sons are mainly
commercial fishermen, though they still do fish all of the big tournament, as
members of the famed "Fisherman" team."
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Apostolo Poulos (red shirt) and legendary Los Cabos captain Hugo Pino (back
right) posing with 378-pound yellowfin tuna caught Wednesday at the Gordo Banks.
Credit: Gordo Banks Pangas