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MAG BAY 33 - 2 Pages

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FISHING MACHINES + FISH TRIALS Style and Quality Merge with Famous DNA about 30 live caballitos — bigeye scad — from the panga-style boat of a local bait vendor to the Mag Bay’s 70-gallon pressurized transom livewell. A 40-gallon pressurized livewell lies beneath the aft deck. SWELL TRIP D Mag Bay VP Barrett Howarth jumped in the water to get this shot of the new 33 off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. This boat serves in Cabo’s famous Picante fleet. 7 66 M A R C H 2 0 1 6 7 Antonio Romero soon joined us, and we were off, idling out the main channel amid a veritable herd of boats, all heading to sea for a day of fishing. The Mag Bay’s SeaStar Solutions Optimus electronic power steering allowed us to easily maneuver among the fleet. We planned to target yellowfin tuna at the San Jaime Bank, about 22 nautical miles from the iconic rock arch synonymous with Cabo San Lucas. At a stop outside the harbor, we transferred COURTESY MAG BAY YACHTS (ABOVE), JIM HENDRICKS (2) Darkness still enveloped Los Cabos Marina as I met Barrett Howarth, vice president of Mag Bay Yachts, at the Picante Sportfishing docks on an early December morning. “Ready to go fishing?” he asked while carting bags of ice down the gangway to our boat. “You bet,” I replied. The Mag Bay 33 tugged at its dock lines. This particular 33 is the latest addition to the vaunted Picante fleet of fishing boats in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Even in the dark, the Mag Bay draws a lot of attention. One reason is its lineage. Howarth’s father, Mike Howarth, was a founding partner of Cabo Yachts. Barrett helped build Cabo boats from an early age. The father-son team started Mag Bay Yachts in 2014, developing the inaugural model, the 33, in the same facility where Cabo Yachts was born, in the high desert of Southern California. Those who know the legendary line now anticipate great things from Mag Bay. Yet even without the history, this Mag Bay turns heads. Its broken sheer, flaring bow and contoured tumblehome in the stern quarters lend it a unique, captivating style. Capt. Eduardo Gonzalez and first mate The Mag Bay 33’s cavernous anchor locker features an electric windlass and an anchor roller that is integrated into the stem. As the sun peeked over the horizon, Gonzalez accelerated and turned southwest. The Michael Peters-designed twin-stepped hull lifted nicely as a pair of Yamaha F300 outboards propelled us to 38 mph at 4,500 rpm. A big storm in the Pacific pushed mountainous swells in our direction. The boat confidently met each and landed smoothly on the back sides. I felt nary a drop of spray, whether perched on the 42-inch-wide bench-style helm seat or standing abaft the 33’s well-appointed rigging station. Conditions grew more challenging near the bank. Capping waves decorated the increasingly steep swells. Though Gonzalez eased back the speed to 26 mph, the soft ride continued to impress me, as did the stability of the 10-foot beam in the trough. FIRST MARLIN Gonzalez used the sonar and charts displayed on the twin flush-mounted Simrad NSS12 evo2 screens to confirm that we were on the spot, then brought the speed down to about 8 mph. Howarth and Romero deployed the outriggers from underneath the hardtop to troll small skirted lures. They also set two flat lines with similar lures. Soon we noticed frigate birds circling, and splashes underneath them, west of the bank. Gonzalez advanced the Yamaha electronic throttle to close the distance quickly, then slowed to trolling speed as we approached the action. The port outrigger line instantly snapped free as the rod bent over hard and line peeled off the 30-wide lever-drag reel. “Marlin!” yelled Gonzalez. One hundred feet astern, a striped marlin went airborne. Once. Twice. Three times. I picked up the rod as the crew cheered. At this point, I appreciated the padded coaming bolsters encircling the interior. With 26-inch-high gunwales in the stern, the bolsters nicely cushioned my legs just above the knees. Within 15 minutes, the marlin was boat-side. Gonzalez wired and held the fish for a few quick photos before releasing it. Only afterward did we realize that this was the first marlin caught aboard a Mag Bay 33. Kudos to the Picante crew for breaking the ice. TUNA TOWN The water suddenly swarmed with school-size yellowfin tuna. Howarth and crew cast metal jigs for them and enjoyed multiple hookups. The level deck and 3-foot-high forward gunwales allow as many as four anglers to fish from the spacious bow area. Twentyfive-inch-wide walkways aside the console made it easy to walk back to the 58-by-98-inch aft cockpit to land a fish. On this Fish Trial, the crew landed a variety of offshore species, including one very special striped marlin. It was the first marlin ever caught on a Mag Bay

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BOATS FISHING MACHINES + FISH TRIALS MARCH 2016 / VOL 31 — ISSUE 3 + BOAT TIPS We kept six tuna, icing them in one of two 73-gallon fish lockers flanking the aft deck. A third 220-gallon fish box resides under the foredeck, and it can be optionally plumbed to serve as a third livewell. To rinse off the blood and slime from the diamond nonskid sole, the crew used a coil hose connected to the aft raw-water washdown. There’s a second raw-water bib forward. These are mirrored by two fresh-water washdown outlets. MAHI MISSION With marlin and tuna checked off the list, we headed closer to the coast...

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