Hasta Luego muy bueno at Poco Bueno
July 18, 2015 at 11:51 p.m.
Updated July 18, 2015 at 11:53 p.m.
PORT O'CONNOR - For nearly two hours Saturday, the hundreds that gathered at the dock near the Fishing Center waited.
They waited for the rumored 116-inch blue marlin caught by Mojo that could've unseated current offshore division leader Hasta Luego - which caught a 112.5-inch, 575-pound behemoth on its 55-foot Viking sport fisher Friday - the first day of the Poco Bueno fishing tournament.
But when the weigh crew helped lift the fish to the deck where it was measured, hoisted then weighed, Mojo just fell short.
Make that a pound short.
Their catch netted 115.5 inches - and 574 pounds - just a pound short of Friday's big haul - as Hasta Luego pulled in the top prize of the invitation-only, family-run tournament.
"That just always how it is," said tournament coordinator Walter Fondren. His father, Walter W. Fondren III, started the event in 1969. "For the first one to come in and be as close as it did, it was pretty wild."
Lady Adele finished third with their 106-inch, 508-pounder brought in Friday night.
Honky Tonk (452-112 3/8) was fourth, followed by Done Deal (421-101.5). Over The Limit brought in a 393-pound, 101-inch blue that unseated Whoo Dat's 389-102.75 catch - the first big fish brought in Friday.
Saturday's first offshore boats also brought in a variety of other fish, including dorado and tuna. Two-man teams gain points for pounds in the inshore portion of the tournament - one of the oldest in the U.S.
The Jugheads - Ken Lester and Brandt Boone - kept their Friday first place at Master Angler in the inshore division with 57.15 points. Sore Thumbs - Tom Lempa and Troy Tucker - won first in redfish with 30.45 points and Blow Up Brothers won trout with 29.6.
Tide Runners won largest redfish at 8.35 pounds, unseating Victoria's own Redfish Dogs. The team of Arvin Pakebusch and Dawn Pakebusch turned in the heaviest redfish Friday. Team Moody won largest trout at 7.4 pounds.
Red Dawn's Camp Bailey and Corby Robertson, of Houston, won Master Angler in the flyfish division with 34.8 points.
"I think we should win ... hopefully," said Bailey, after Saturday's weigh-ins. "We caught three reds, and we hope it's enough."
It was enough for the team, who has competed every year in the tournament since the flyfishing portion was added in 2008. His 27 3/4, 7.25-pound redfish was also the largest.
Poco Bueno's return this year was much-awaited after last year's offshore portion was canceled due to inclement weather.
All went as planned Friday, and an even bigger crowd showed up Saturday.
"It's always a great time," Fondren said.
It was, too, for Hasta Luego.
"They had the best fish," he said.