Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekly Fish Report July 12th to 18th, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 80%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 50%, Tuna 50%, Dorado 8%, Other 10%
 
REBECCA EHRENBERG, WITH EL DICKO - FIRST SAILFISH!

BILLFISH:  We had a big moon this week, which meant some tough fishing during the phase when it was full and the day leading up to it and just after, nevertheless when the fishing was on, it was red hot. Added to this were the abundant tuna catches which were a welcome bonus most days. We were again surprised by the number of blue marlin and sailfish, which combined, outnumbered the catches of striped marlin, something we have not seen in years.  Biggest blue marlin for us this week was a 350 lb’er released aboard Pisces 35 ft. Cabo Listo, by Bryan Brewer from Boston, Mass, just outside the Golden Gate, where he also released two striped marlin. Pisces Bill collector has been on a role recently and this week was no exception – they caught a blue marlin estimated at 250 lbs. plus a sailfish for Robert Click from Plano, Texas, followed by an estimated 280 lb. blue marlin, estimated 150 lb. striped marlin and a tuna on July 15th for Wilkes McCain also from Plano, Texas.  We have a new 31 ft. Bertram in the fleet, “Tiburon”, which sees Rosendo, former deckhand from the Valerie, now promoted to Captain, with Abraham Castro, son Julio (of Tracy Ann fame) as his deckhand, already doing well, with a 300 lb. blue marlin on 60 lb. test line and five tuna for Joe Spinella from Sacramento, CA on July 13th.  A couple of days later, the new boat got their second blue marlin of the week, smaller at around 210 lbs., nevertheless a good catch when added to three tuna for Jonathan and Laura Glover from East, Texas. July really should be called the month of the Texans, as they are here in force and catching a ton of fish.  Sean Low from Middleton (yes Texas) fished La Brita and caught 200 lb. blue marlin and a tuna for the table. Pisces Andrea had a similar size fish, taken on a guacamaya lure twenty eight miles out from Land’s End for Douglas Beyer, from Ohio. Kevin Christensen from Midland, Texas went out on Valerie and did well to release both a blue and striped marlin just five miles off of the Old Lighthouse.  Another new addition to the fleet 50 ft.  “Flora T” had a superb day on July 17th for Fritz Aldine from Austin, Texas, with a 280 lb. blue marlin released, a sailfish released, as well as a 45 lb. wahoo – definitely not released, thirty five miles out from the 210 spot. Ruthless was the top sailfish boat, with three released in a day for Phillip Hale, from Houston. Stripe marlin catches were usually of a single fish, but Bill Collector released two and caught ten tuna up to 111 lbs. for Ollie Oltmer from Belton, Texas – seems like the rebuild of her engines Bill Collector has been doing really well. A little over half of our boats caught billfish this week giving us a total of 11 blue marlin, 18 striped marlin and 17 sailfish.
 
DIANA MELTON FROM HOUSTON, WITH HER 103 LB TUNA CAUGHT ABOARD C ROD

OTHER SPECIES: Boats were just as likely to encounter tuna as billfish this week in Cabo, but the difference was, when found the quantity of fish to be caught was much higher, giving us total catch of 227 fish. Catches ranged from one up to as many as twenty, as caught on Valerie by Jon Killough from Alabama. It was good to see some size on the tuna; twelve year old Ricky Earley from Bellair, Florida landed a 119 lb. yellowfin after it took a green and yellow lure, twenty seven miles out from the Lighthouse. La Brisa also had seven tuna up to 96 lbs. and C Rod a nice 103 lb. fish caught by Diana Melton from Houston. Another new addition to the fleet, a beautiful 35 ft. Cabo “Knot Workin”, likes to fish with kites for tuna and managed to land a 104 lb. fish for Chris Schmitz from Houston, but it was Bill Collector again to take the top spot with a 124 lbs. tuna for Phillip Brantingham from Newcastle, U.K. Dorado catches were on the slow side with just eight total caught for us, though some were sizeable in the 40-50 lb. class. It was a different story in Loreto though, where we heard reports of lone, massive dorado in the 60 to 100 lb. class (which would be an all tackle world record – waiting on the photos). Inshore there were a few grouper and jack crevalle. The panga Gloria caught and released ten roosterfish, with the largest at 40 lbs. for Bryce Rowland from New Zealand.
LOCATION: Between the 11.50 spot on the Cortez to Golden Gate on the Pacific – the tuna schools moved around a lot but were predominately on the Pacific.
WEATHER: Hot, humid with rainclouds threatening over the mountains, thought it only rained further up the Baja in La Paz and Loreto. Seas moderate.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: Very warm 85-88 F
BEST LURES:  live caballito, cedar plugs, green colors, red/black, petrolero, guacamaya

Monday, July 14, 2014

July5th to 11th, 2014 FISHING REPORT

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 84%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 82%, Tuna 37%, Other 10%


BILLFISH: We had an excellent week here in Cabo with plenty of billfish action; in fact these were the most likely catch to be encountered when out on a charter. The surprising thing though, was the number of sailfish, which outnumbered the marlin this week. Consistent blue marlin catches, also added to the success this week. The blue marlin are not huge with fish seldom being over 300 lbs., nevertheless we had a lot of first ever blue marlin catches for different anglers, who commented on the difference in strength between these and the more commonly caught striped marlin. David Webber from Roland Park, Kansas managed to reel in a blue that took a blue and white lure at the Herradura aboard 28 ft. Pisces Adriana on July 5th, with his fish right around the 250 lb. mark. This same day, Pisces La Brisa went out 30 miles from Land's End where they got Chris & Pamela Trawick from Fort Worth, Texas hooked up to a blue marlin and two striped marlin, that they managed to release. July 6th, saw Pisces Billcollector at the top of the charts with two striped marlin, two sailfish, a wahoo and 51 lb. dorado for the Belus family from Temecula, California - what a day! This same day Rebecca had two sails and a stripe for the Harris family from Houston, Texas. Next day out Billcollector headed to the same spot, just outside the Herrdura, with another Texan family aboard, the Gordon's from Montgomery. They did extremely well to release FOUR sailfish and a striped marlin on live caballito. La Brisa fishing the same area released a 250 lb. blue marlin and a 90 lb. sailfish for Michael & John Miller, from...you guessed it, Texas. Next day out it was clients from El Paso (yes Texas) Ruben Martinez with Sabin, Max and Maya that caught an approximate 243 lb. blue marlin, on a flying fish lure, along with a striped marlin and two smallish tuna for the table. They were quite a way out at thirty six miles, fishing aboard Rebecca. Billcollector not only had the highest one day total for sailfish, but also for striped marlin, when they released three, plus two sailfish on July 9th for Erick & Noah Nickel from San Rafael, California off of Herradura. Several boats out this same day opted to fish a different spot, outside the 150 and 180 spots and did well for blue marlin. Flora T, a 50 ft. Silverton and latest edition to the fleet released a small blue for James Lipari from Clinton Top, MI, whilst Andrea had a small blue for David Schlatter from Superior, Colorado.  Canadian anglers Derek & Luke Russell released two striped marlin and a small blue aboard the very comfortable Speedwell. Rounding out this day was Rebeca with a 250 lb. blue and a 60 lb. sailfish, released for Scott Wheeler & Judy Ciaiti from Escalon, California. Not all of our anglers are from out of town though, Daniel Schoenberg and Karen Kato from Cabo, booked La Brisa on July 11th and were not disappointed with a blue marlin estimated at 240 lbs. and a striped marlin. Pisces anglers caught a total of 55 billfish this week, consisting of 11 blue marlin, 26 striped marlin and 34 sailfish.

OTHER SPECIES: Apart from billfish, tuna was the only other offshore species caught in any real numbers this week, with thirty seven percent of our anglers hooking up to fish in the 20 to 70 lb. class, even though Ruthless lost a sizeable 200 lb'er after two hours of diligent struggle, they did manage to catch eight in 10 to 45 lb. class. Joey Loranc from Houston went out on C Rod and had a great day reeling in eight tuna up to 80 lbs. plus a 30 lb. wahoo -he is going to have a lot of fish for many meals to come. Pisces Andrea also had nine tunas up to 71 lbs. thirty eight miles out from Land's End. Just one 52 lb. dorado was caught by our fleet as well as a pilot shark, some skipjacks, a couple of roosterfish and a needlefish.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Skies partly cloudy with a promise of rain, but now clear, air temps in the 90's, and seas 3-5 feet.

LOCATION: Herradura, San Jaime, 20-30 miles off of Lands End, 11.50, 8 miles off of Cabeza de Ballena, 150 & 180 spot.

BEST LURES: Live bait, green/yellow, purple, orange/black, cedar plugs, and feathers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fishing Update June 21st to 27th, 2014 It's Hot!

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 92%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 79%, Tuna 31%, Dorado 25%, Other 6%
 


BILLFISH: What a great week in Cabo! Not only did we have our resident striped marlin but we also started to see some consistent blue marlin catches as well as the odd sailfish. First blue marlin of the week was caught by Lester Matlock, June 23rd, twenty eight miles out from the 11.50 the fish took a live caballito and was estimated at 184 lbs. before being released from the Pisces La Brisa. The next day out La Brisa headed to the Cabrillo area and managed to catch a blue marlin just past the 200 lb. mark and two sailfish for fifteen year old Kash Sisk from Emory, Texas who was fishing with his father Heath – sounds exhausting and it was, so they headed in and were back in port by 11.00 am. On June 24th Pisces 28 ft. Andrea went out to the Herrdura with Scott Marcantel from Louisiana on board who was shocked to get not one, but two blue marlin; both released, with the largest 350 lbs. and the smaller one 200 lbs. They also boated two tuna for the table. Heath & Kash Sisk were out again on La Brisa on June 24th  and released another blue marlin that was around 180 lbs. Pisces Andrea caught a smaller blue marlin, later in the week for Karl & Larry Mengers, from Alberta, Canada at the 11.50 spot after it took a live caballito.  Other members of the Mengers family, Mark, Mike & Burt, were out on Pisces Valerie this same day and released a 200 lb. blue marlin along with a striped marlin; both caught on an orange and black lure. Top striped marlin boat was Bill Collector for releasing four up to 120 lbs. plus a 100 lb. sailfish for Darrell Rosen & Geno Inman, between San Jaime and the Old Lighthouse. So it seems blue marlin were concentrated in the warmer waters of the Cortez while stripers were found on both the Pacific and the Cortez. Seventy nine percent of our boats caught billfish this week, breaking down into 68 striped marlin, 8 blue marlin and 7 sailfish. All but two fish were let go.  

INGRID CARTER FROM NEW ZEALAND LANDED THIS 58 LB DORADO ABOARD SHAMBALA


OTHER SPECIES: The billfish catches were good but parallel to these great catches took place on dorado and tuna. Although we didn’t see any tuna of impressive size there were plenty of fish in the 5 to 25 lb. class with the San Jaime & Pacific producing the best catches, though the odd one was picked up on the Cortez side too. Cedar plugs were the best option for tuna and our anglers caught a total of 131 fish with catches per boat ranging from one to twenty in a day. After marlin this was the second most abundant species. Dorado catches increased substantially this week not only in number but in size.  Some fish were just over 40 lbs and the largest of the week was 58 lbs. caught by lady angler Ingrid Carter from New Zealand, aboard Shambala - others ranged from 5 to 25 lbs. Panga Gloria had an outstanding day for our client James Elmer from Louisville, on June 21st when he caught a twelve dorado, twenty skipjacks and a 40 lb. roosterfish  - limits only were kept. Speaking of roosterfish, Pisces Bill Collector caught the biggest we’ve seen in a while, at 60 lbs. for Tim Patten off of shipwreck beach. We had a couple of pilot sharks with the largest estimated at 100 lbs. aboard the Yahoo.
WEATHER: We had some local rain for about an hour on Tuesday, with the Port getting close, despite most of the boat already being out fishing – they just came back a little earlier, which made the crews happy as the Mexico vs. Croatia game was on in the World Cup. Otherwise hot in the 90’s seas calm to moderate.
LOCATION; San Jaime for tuna, marlin were found from the Old Lighthouse to Punta Gorda, dorado closer to shore in the same area.
AVERGE WATER TEMP: 81 F
BEST LURES: live caballito, orange/black, green, cedar plugs.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fish Report June 14th to 20th, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species combined 89%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 54%, Tuna 32%, Dorado 24%

BILLFISH: This week the very first Pelagic Summer Slam tournament was held in Cabo, a fledgling touranment seeking to promote sportfishing & local charter boats at an affordable price. Twenty eight vessels entered and the event was well received. Top boat was Go Deeper with ten marlin released and winnings of $9502.00. In the gamefish division third place was for a 58 lb wahoo aboard Sneak Attack which netted winnings of $585.00 followed by a 89 lb tuna aboard Bob Marlin which won $1462.00 then a 104 lb tuna aboard Ripper, also entered in the jackpots, who won $9802.00. One of the best Pisces catches this week was that of Timothy & Tony Cain fishing with  Bruce Esser from San Antonio, Texas. They were out on Listo on June 10th & released an approxmate 200 lb blue marlin, two striped marlin and boated a dorado. June 11th was a good day too, when Pisces Rebecca release five striped marlin for Gordon Clark and friends from California, who also caught a 26 lb tuna. Other boats caught between one and four marlin each, but catches were not always easy. We had windy weather then it got super hot as a hurricane formed south of Baja, causing huge waves for the last couple of days of this report. The catches were spread out from the 11.50 spot on the Cortez side to Golden Gate on the Pacific. Pisces anglers caught a total of 59 billfish this week, with ll but one released. Respectable catches seeing as we had full moon and an abrupt water temperature change. 


OTHER SPECIES: It was great to see some nice tuna catches this week with Pisces Andrea the top boat for boating an impressive 187 lb'er for Scott Gayer from Kenai, Alaska, one of eighteen he caught outside of San Jaime - his other fish ranged from 18 to 20 lbs only. Brett Simmons from Colorado got a work out from a 200 lb plus tuna that he fought for ove two hours, before losing it; he didn't draw a blank though, as he also releaed a striped marlin aboad Andrea close to the Golden Gate. For sheer numbers the tuna outnumbered all other gamefish in Cabo this week, with 125, caught by out anglers. Dorado catches were fair to good with twenty four percent of our boats catching from one to eleven up to 40 lbs. Chris Kaminski from Valparaiso, Indiana has been fishing aboard Ruthless with captain Leon for years and we can see why; he was able to catch eleven dorado, a tuna and a nice 40 lb wahoo. Inshore there were some big jack crevalle up to 50 lbs, as well as the odd roosterfish and skipjack.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot, a.c is on at night already, skies clear, seas had some swells mid to end of week.
LOCATION: 11.50 spot to Golden Gate, San Jaime for tuna.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 73 F
BEST LURES: live bait for marlin, cedar plugs for tuna, green colored lures and live bait for dorado.
Base on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg

Fish Report June 7th to 13th

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species combined 89%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 54%, Tuna 32%, Dorado 24%

BILLFISH: This week the very first Pelagic Summer Slam tournament was held in Cabo, a fledgling touranment seeking to promote sportfishing & local charter boats at an affordable price. Twenty eight vessels entered and the event was well received. Top boat was Go Deeper with ten marlin released and winnings of $9502.00. In the gamefish division third place was for a 58 lb wahoo aboard Sneak Attack which netted winnings of $585.00 followed by a 89 lb tuna aboard Bob Marlin which won $1462.00 then a 104 lb tuna aboard Ripper, also entered in the jackpots, who won $9802.00. One of the best Pisces catches this week was that of Timothy & Tony Cain fishing with  Bruce Esser from San Antonio, Texas. They were out on Listo on June 10th & released an approxmate 200 lb blue marlin, two striped marlin and boated a dorado. June 11th was a good day too, when Pisces Rebecca release five striped marlin for Gordon Clark and friends from California, who also caught a 26 lb tuna. Other boats caught between one and four marlin each, but catches were not always easy. We had windy weather then it got super hot as a hurricane formed south of Baja, causing huge waves for the last couple of days of this report. The catches were spread out from the 11.50 spot on the Cortez side to Golden Gate on the Pacific. Pisces anglers caught a total of 59 billfish this week, with ll but one released. Respectable catches seeing as we had full moon and an abrupt water temperature change.
OTHER SPECIES: It was great to see some nice tuna catches this week with Pisces Andrea the top boat for boating an impressive 187 lb'er for Scott Gayer from Kenai, Alaska, one of eighteen he caught outside of San Jaime - his other fish ranged from 18 to 20 lbs only. Brett Simmons from Colorado got a work out from a 200 lb plus tuna that he fought for ove two hours, before losing it; he didn't draw a blank though, as he also releaed a striped marlin aboad Andrea close to the Golden Gate. For sheer numbers the tuna outnumbered all other gamefish in Cabo this week, with 125, caught by out anglers. Dorado catches were fair to good with twenty four percent of our boats catching from one to eleven up to 40 lbs. Chris Kaminski from Valparaiso, Indiana has been fishing aboard Ruthless with captain Leon for years and we can see why; he was able to catch eleven dorado, a tuna and a nice 40 lb wahoo. Inshore there were some big jack crevalle up to 50 lbs, as well as the odd roosterfish and skipjack.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot, a.c is on at night already, skies clear, seas had some swells mid to end of week.
LOCATION: 11.50 spot to Golden Gate, San Jaime for tuna.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 73 F
BEST LURES: live bait for marlin, cedar plugs for tuna, green colored lures and live bait for dorado.
Base on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg

Fish Report May 24th to June 6th



May 24th to June 6th, 2014
Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 88%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 62%, Dorado 17%, Tuna 14%, Small Game 22%

BILLFISH: This fish report covers a two week period, as we were at our new secret location last week; an undiscovered & incredible Baja fishery where we shall begin operations shortly.   The Cabo fishery remained robust this period with plenty of striped marlin, sharks and even a few sailfish making an appearance, all this despite a sudden sharp drop in water temperatures around Land’s End, where satellite images show a distinct cold pocket of water. Nevertheless a lot of boats did well, as they headed out to the temperature breaks and found in the most part smaller stripers. At the start of this period boats headed into the Sea of Cortez and fished the 11.50 spot, which is where Jeremy Ross, released four marlin in the 120 to 130 lb. class aboard Pisces Ruthless. The next day out this same boat released two marlin plus a 70 lb. sailfish for anglers from Austin, Texas. Catches increased slightly and on May 26th Mark Chiavetta had six to the boat (Bill Collector) up to 150 lbs., which were successfully released.  Next day out it was five released for 28 ft. Adriana and anglers Brent Crafton & the Watters brothers. Hayden Watson from Bend, Oregon caught and released five striped marlin on May 29th ranging from 60 to 110 lbs. aboard Pisces Listo. At the end of May, the temperature dropped and boats headed in the other direction up to the Pacific where more free swimming marlin were found mixed in with dorado and smaller game. Pisces Rebecca was the one to hit gold off of Cerritos, with six marlin released for Billy & Diego Lagarde, Jorge Sanchez, Luis Garcia – just shows we go wherever the fish are. This same day Pisces Listo headed to Golden Gate and released four marlin & a pilot shark as well as boating a nice 40 lb. dorado. The fish were not as concentrated as they had been on the Cortez side being found from the Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate.  Sixty two percent of our boats caught billfish resulting in catches of 139 striped marlin & 5 sailfish – all but two marlin were released.
OTHER SPECIES: We had plenty of action on smaller game this week and it was nice to see the tuna finally making an appearance which should have happened in April. The cooler water also brought a surge in inshore catches for species such as rooster fish, jack crevalle, skipjack and amberjack. The roosters were from 10 to as large as a 46 lb’er caught aboard Andre by Roger Skaggs and were found off of the Lighthouse.  We had mixed shark catches again this week with the largest being threshers up to 110 lbs.  also caught on Andrea by Monte Brosmer from San Antonio, Texas.  We had a small pilot shark as well as a hammerhead all released. Dorado catches were at seventeen percent with our two top boats catching thirteen apiece, Rebecca & the panga Gloria – with two kept per angler and the rest released. Other boats caught between one and four, usually no more than 20 lbs. in weight. The tuna catches were sporadic with just fourteen percent of boats catching between one and eighteen fish also no bigger than 20 lbs. and found at one their favorite spots, San Jaime on the Pacific. We had a handful of wahoo, but none of any real size at 30 lbs. average.
LOCATION: Starting out 11.50 spot to Punta Gorda then changing to the Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Was baking hot, now much cooler with winds on the Pacific seas are a little choppy.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: from 82F down to 68F around Cabo and 73 F at Golden Gate now.
BEST LURES: Live bait, ballyhoo, blue & white feather for tuna, cedar plugs, red and black for wahoo.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg

Monday, May 26, 2014

Why so many sharks - see the Fish Report here:

MAY 17th to 23rd, 2014
Overall Catch Success Rate 100%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 86%, Dorado 18%, Sharks 36%


BILLFISH: This week saw great fishing in the Los Cabos area, with hotter than normal weather producing some great catches. We did not have as many sheer marlin numbers this week but boats regularly caught between one and four billfish each. The fishing moved a little northward, towards Punta Gorda, but the 11.50 spot still produced the goods too. The marlin are ranging in size from 90 to  180 lbs and are taking live bait. Darren Wyckoff from Spokane, Washington aboard Pisces Rebecca one of a half dozen boats that achieved four marlin in a day  - he also caught a nice 30 lb dorado for the table on May 17th. May 19th was a day when we saw big stripers, with La Brisa releasing one just over 180 lbs for Milford Ballard & Steven Jones from Amarillo & Corpus Christ, Texas; their other three marlin were feisty, but not as large. With eighty six percent of boats catching marlin, those that didn’t were deliberately looking for something else  - and they succeeded as every boat we sent out caught fish this week. Hot, weather, nice seas  - we even saw schools of bait, right on the shoreline of the main beach. It shows the weather is beginning to warm up as we released a couple of sailfish this week. John Ireland reporting seeing  700 lb swordfish that he followed around for an hour and a half trying to get to take his bait – with no success, but we did receive a picture from Bob Manroe who actually caught one, we don’t have the details but it looks to be between 300 -400 lbs. Pisces anglers caught a total of 99 striped marlin & 2 sailfish this week, with all but two fish released.
OTHER SPECIES: What really surprised us this week was the number of sharks, we have never seen shark catches like these, with threshers, hammerheads & pilot sharks being found in with the marlin. We caught a total of 20 sharks this week, with the majority of them released, but boy, did our equipment take a beating.  For example, James Haefner, Maurice Sherman & Jeff & Leslie Taylor, were out on Pisces Bill Collector on May 20th and released two striped marlin, a 140 lb thresher shark and a 160 lb thresher shark that took them three hours and forty minutes to subdue. This same day both Ruthless & La Brisa also released a thresher shark as well as marlin. Bill Collector seemed to be the shark boat this week, as they released three pilot sharks up to 180 lbs AND a thresher shark and a striped marlin – all on May 22nd for the Mann family from Detroit.  Rebecca earlier in the week released two thresher sharks up to 130 lbs, plus a hammerhead shark and two striped marlin for our good friends Gerald Richmond & John Mason. Please note that there is a ban on hammerhead sharks for any kind of fishing as of May 17th until June 17th, there is also a permanent ban on catching white sharks by any method in Mexico.  Dorado catches were on the slow side with just five boats finding fish up to 30 lbs. There were no yellowfin tuna but we did hear of some nice ones in the East Cape are. The pangas that we sent this week did well on skipjacks and also got few jack crevalles and amberjack, plus the odd dorado.
LOCATION: 11.50 spot & Punta Gorda.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Nice – except Thursday when we had some wind in the early morning hours, followed by a little rain. Seas are calm.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP:78 F
BEST LURES: Live bait.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Superb Marlin Catches in Cabo

May 10th to 16th, 2014
Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 90%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 86%, Dorado 8%, Sharks 12%



BILLFISH: No doubt about it, this past week there was a definite focus on marlin catches.  The phenomenal fishing continues aided by much warmer than normal water temperatures, in fact we can’t remember the water being this warm so early in the year, so much so that we are hearing of blue marlin being caught already.  Shambala fought & lost one this week and another fleet also had one. In most of the world Friday the 13th is considered “bad luck”, in Mexico however they say “don’t get married or board a boat on Tuesday the 13th” but the fishing this week, threw that saying right out the window, as we it was the most productive, with multiple marlin catches headed up by Ruthless, skippered this day by Captain Julio Castro, while his boat is being rebuilt.  Julio managed to get his long time clients Gary & Susan Hall from Washington, hooked up to ten striped marlin at the 11.50 spot. Pisces Rebecca released seven marlin this same day for the Senderak family from Avon, Connecticut & Hollywood, Florida. Bill Collector was in one of the top slots also with six marlin released for Mark Tuttle & the aptly named Robert Fish.  La Brisa had Texans on board who released five marlin and a sardine shark that was around 110 LBS.  These were the more prominent catches, though the average was two to three marlin per boat per day.  Pisces C Rod did well to release eight stripers up to 160 lbs outside of Punta Gorda for the Reynolds family from Midvale, Utah on May 16th.  Catches did dip during the full moon but are already rebounding.  Pisces anglers caught a total of 126 striped marlin this week, with just two kept.


OTHER SPECIES: There has not been a lot of action on smaller game as the marlin fishing has been so good, that boats concentrated on what equaled success.  Dorado catches were on the slow side with just a handful making it back to the dock; on very nice one was caught by Steven Sandoval from San Diego – his fish was caught on a dead caballito four miles out from Santa Maria and weighed 49 LBS.  More sharks were caught than dorado this week; generally in December & January is when we see small makos and some threshers but as the water gets warmer we see more of a variety.  George Day, David Morse & Joseph Acevedo from South Lake Texas caught two pilot sharks on May 16th, aboard Pisces Bill Collector that were quite large at 130-140 lbs.; they also released a striped marlin and quite an unusual catch of a sting ray. Ruthless had a small 50 lb. pilot shark & the panga Gloria released a 40 lb. mako. We did hear of a few nice size tuna being caught at the East Cape, but there were none in Cabo.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot, with daytime temps in the high 80’s, clear blue skies, seas calm with some chop on the Pacific.
LOCATION: 11.50 spot to Punta Gorda.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP:  78-79 F
BEST LURES:  live bait.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

390 LB GROUPER SHOT BY LOCAL SPEAR-FISHERMAN

This massive fish was shot by local Nathan Visser - the monster tipped the scales at 390 LBS, here is the story in Nathan's own words:
 "Got this cow in 45 feet of water about 30 miles north of Todos Santos on the Pacific.  It took 4 shots and 3 guys to bring him to the surface.  After I put the first spear in it dragged me and Roberto Contreras around for 10 minutes before Luis Espinosa could get close enough and take another shot.  Before he got back to the surface, my spear pulled out.  Roberto then went down with his gun and put the third shot in.  Meanwhile I reloaded my gun and went back down with my spear (which now had a broken/bent flopper) to put the 4th shot in it.  He then floated to the surface and it was over"


Saturday, May 03, 2014

Fishing Shows Improvement April 26th to May 2nd, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 87.5%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 73%, Dorado 14%, Small Game 11%
 


BILLFISH: The week started out a little shaky with boats not quite sure where to go as the marlin were spread out and hard to locate, so they headed up towards San Jose where the odd marlin was found as well as a bit of small game inshore.  Pisces Rebecca was one of the fortunate boats to actually find fish off of La Playita on April 27th. They caught and released four striped marlin up to 120 lbs. and boated a dorado for John Majewski, Al Ainsworth & Jay Long from Waco, Texas.  This crew knew there were on to something and headed back to this spot a couple of days later, where this time they managed to release five marlin, up to 160 lbs. for Thomas Migas from Idaho. Things changed mid-week though, when the crews discovered that the marlin had returned to one of their old haunts, the 11.50 spot and to a lesser degree the 95 spot. This day saw Robert & Christina Marshall from Temple, Texas achieve one of the best catches of the week aboard Pisces Listo, with five marlin and a 70 lb. sailfish released. This same day Rebecca, La Brisa & C Rod all released four marlin apiece making for very satisfied clients all round. It as was a shame that there were less people out fishing this week, there seemed to be a lot of people in town but many opted to stay on the beach. May 1st, a national holiday in Mexico, saw La Brisa hook Chris & Janice Smith from Sahuarita, Arizona up to four marlin, which they released.  C Rod out the following day released another four marlin, fairly big in size with one fish estimated at over 160 lbs. for Brian Crawford and party from Gulfport Mississippi.  Seventy three percent of our boats caught marlin this week giving us a total of 85 striped marlin and one 1 sailfish.
OTHER SPECIES: Boat focused on billfish more than anything else this week, nevertheless there was some dorado caught, only fair with just fourteen percent of boats hooking usually a single fish, no more than 25 lbs.  La Brisa caught a smallish 25 lb. wahoo and inshore there were some jack crevalle, skipjacks & needlefish. Surf fisherman Wesley had a day where his guests caught five jack crevalle and two red snapper.
LOCATION: Sea of Cortez, La Playita, 11.50 and 95 spot.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 74 -75 F
WEATHER CONDITIONS: clear sunny skies, seas moderate, turning calm.
BEST LURES: Live