Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Dec 6 - 13, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined: 98%

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 39%, Dorado 72%, Tuna 7%, Other 37%

BILLFISH:  The Valerie wowed us this week, showing us a nice variety of fish caught last Tuesday.  The anglers caught and released three striped marlin averaging about 110 lbs. out of Migriño and Las Margaritas.  They also caught three dorados and four wahoos out of La Antena and La Lobera.  Marlin was caught on caballito bait, as were some of the dorado, while the others bit on black/red lures.

The Tiburon had a similarly spectacular day towards the end of the week, with David and Caly from California catching and releasing three striped marlin as well as two dorados and a nice 20 lb wahoo.  Fish were caught out of Los Arcos and Pozo Cota, all on caballito bait.

- Nate & Amica and Nathan & Christina from Oregon, went fishing with Ruthless and caught 3 dorados and one wahoo.

OTHER SPECIES: Again, we saw tons of wahoo, which is quite surprising for the season.  Pisces Sportfishing boats caught a total of thirty-six wahoo this week, with the Ruthless being a perfect example of what we’ve been seeing now for the past two weeks; they caught eight wahoo all between 15 and 20 lbs.  However, most wahoo caught by other boats did average about 10 lbs.  The Ruthless caught their wahoo on rappala and blue/white lures.  The Ruthless and anglers Kerry and Matt from Washington also landed three dorado this same day, averaging 15 lbs and releasing one.  These bit on green and tigrillo lures out of Golden Gate and La Ballena.

Dorado took the win for most fish caught this week with 143 fish total.  Most dorado averaged about 15 lbs and Pisces boat Rebecca is a nice example of the dorado caught this week.  Anglers from Idaho caught ten dorados ranging from 10 to 25 lbs., respecting catch limits, as well as one wahoo and one red snapper.  All fish were caught on red/black and blue/white lures out of Golden Gate.

The Flora-T also had an excellent day of fishing catching six dorados all around 20 lbs, caught on green lures, as well as five wahoo around 10 lbs, caught on tigrillo lures.  They also caught and released two striped marlin and one sardine shark, out of Las Margaritas.

As for tuna, we didn’t see too many this week, but we were happy to see the C-Rod and anglers Joe, Cassie, Corey and Trisha all land a yellowfin each, with the biggest weighing in at 112 lbs.  The remaining three tunas averaged 15 lbs. and all were caught on caballito bait outside of San Jaime.

As for other species caught this week, we saw the Diablo Loco panga catch four roosterfish, all released, ranging from 20 to 30 lbs.  Other fish caught this week were skipjacks, triggerfish, sailfish and snapper.

Total number of fish caught this week: 33 billfish, 143 dorado, 13 tunas, 36 wahoo and a variety of others.
LOCATION: Golden Gate, Cerritos, Los Arcos, La Antena, Migriño
WATER TEMP: 77 – 80 F
BEST LURES: Caballito, green, red/black, pink/black, rappala, blue/white.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg

Monday, December 08, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report, Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined: 93%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 46%, Dorado 56%, Tuna 19%, Other 80%

BILLFISH:  Billfish were surprisingly slow this week in comparison to other species caught, but it may have been because people were not going out of their way to find them.  Most of the fish this week were close to shore, so many boats preferred to head up the Pacific coast only a few miles out and catch some nice wahoo and dorado instead of looking for marlin.  However,  La Brisa was one of the boats to show us that if you were looking for the billfish you would find them.  They caught eight striped marlin, all released, ranging from 80 to 140 lbs, out of Golden Gate.  They also managed to catch three nice sized dorados close to Migriño averaging 25 lbs. 

On the same day, the Andrea and anglers Blake and Trevor from Texas, managed to catch and release one sailfish and one striped marlin out of Las Margaritas, and also find luck at Migriño with three dorados and one wahoo. 

Finally, the Ruthless managed to pull off and impressive half day of fishing, catching two striped marlin, around 120 and 140 lbs., which they released, as well as three dorado; making it back to the dock by 11:30 am. 

OTHER SPECIES:  This week was most certainly the week for wahoo.  We saw a few very nice sized wahoo making it to the scales, such as the 40 lb wahoo caught on the C-Rod by angler Baxton from CA.  In addition to this wahoo Baxton and friends caught four more wahoos ranging from 15 to 20 lbs, four dorados, one yellowfin tuna and one striped marlin which was released.  All small game fish were caught out at Gaspareño, while the marlin was caught at Pozo Cota.

The Tiburon crew and anglers Terry and Mathew had an excellent time fishing on this same day, catching eight wahoo!  They landed one of the biggest seen this week, weighing it in at 48 lbs, with the rest ranging from 15-20 lbs.  They also caught and released one striped marlin out at Golden Gate, while the wahoos were found at La Ballena.  Wahoos hit on rappala lures, green and black/red.

As for the dorados, the Ruthless and anglers from Indiana showed us that the mahi are still around, and in good size too.  They caught twelve of them all around 20 lbs out by Golden Gate on green lures.  They released five dorado as well as one striped marlin and, to top it off, caught three wahoo as well.  The wahoo bit on tigrillo lures and weighed about 20 lbs.

The tuna on the other hand did slow down a bit, but also because most anglers were interested in the fish closer to shore.  The tunas have been out a little further, but even with this, the Andrea and anglers from California managed to catch eight on feathers and cedar plugs out of Elias Calles. 

The Valerie really committed to find their anglers the tuna they wanted, going 30 miles out from the Lighthouse, and it paid off, they landed thirteen tunas all averaging from 15 to 25 lbs. They also caught and released a nice sized striped marlin of about 160 lbs.  The marlin was caught on caballito bait, while the tunas were caught on feathers.

Other small game seen this week were a few small sardine sharks that were released on the Knot Working, caught along with three yellowfins 22 miles out of the 200 spot. 

The Cabolero was a fine example of the many other small game fish caught this week, with one roosterfish, released, five sierras, one needlefish and one amberjack all caught in the same day out of the Lighthouse and Los Arcos. 

LOCATION: Migriño, La Ballena, Golden Gate, Gaspareño, Pozo Cota.
WATER TEMP: 79 – 82 F
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Nov 22-28, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 91%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 77%, Dorado 48%, Tuna 45%, Other 15%

On the photo: Charles Snyder from Texas, Jeff McGuffin and Greg Taylor from New Mexico, were fishing last week aboard Valerie and had time of their lives. Pictured with marlin, before they released it back to the sea.

BILLFISH: What a time to be in Cabo, truly there is no better time of year, the weather is fantastic and the fishing incredible – whales are starting to show up too.  Temperatures are a little warmer than usual which could account for the late season blue & black marlin and sailfish that were caught this last week.  Bill Collector has to be boat of the week for a couple of red hot days, starting with November 22nd, when anglers Michael Romero & Trent Warness from Oregon were on board.  They did what many anglers long to do in a lifetime, let alone in one day.  They caught and released a 350 lb. black marlin, released a 250 lb. blue marlin and four striped marlin, as well as catching two dorado!  All this just one mile from Los Arcos – an outstanding achievement; three types of billfish in one day, including an elusive black.  A couple of days later Captain Julio from Bill Collector had Dan Whiteside and friends from Corpus Christi, Texas on board as they headed up the Pacific to Golden Gate.  They had a great time releasing a 250 lb. blue marlin, as well as two striped marlin around the 100 lb. mark, nine tuna and a dorado.  Our friends from Sweden made their annual trip to Cabo and fished a total of eight days, we still haven’t been able to tally their catches but they did extremely well.  One highlight was for Kjell Ljunggren, Stefan Trumstedt & Jen Bergstrom, aboard Rebecca with five striped marlin and two sailfish released, plus three dorado on November 22nd.  Group leader for the Swedes is Anders Lundgren, who fished with Mikko Pederson and Lars Papp aboard Tracy Ann had a fun but exhausting day on the 23rd, releasing six striped marlin and catching fifteen tuna and two dorado.  Live bait was the most effective way to get hooked up to a billfish this week, with the Pacific producing most catches.  Seventy seven percent of Pisces anglers caught billfish this week, giving us a total catch off 110 fish, consisting of 100 striped marlin, 4 blue marlin, 1 black marlin and 5 sailfish. 

OTHER SPECIES:  Dorado and tuna remain in the area, but should start to decline as we head into December, nevertheless, with the warmer seas, they may just choose to stick around.  Forty eight percent of our boats caught between one and six dorado, most on the small side and hence released.  Tuna catches were slightly lower than those of dorado with forty five percent of our charters catching one to twenty plus tuna, though none were of notable size this week, but rather in the 15 to 30 lb. class.  There were a few small wahoo caught and inshore some sierra, roosters, triggerfish, grouper and skipjacks.
WEATHER: Perfect
LOCATION:  Pacific, Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, cedar plugs, feathers, green, orange, petrolero.
Based on the catches of Pisces SportFishing by Tracy Ehrenberg

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report, Nov 9 - 14, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 100%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 61%, Dorado 84%, Tuna 28%, Other 30%

What an outstanding week for Pisces Sportfishing, every single boat that went out caught fish and several of them, for that matter.  Although billfish weren’t the majority fish caught this week, the fleet still managed to catch 72 marlin and six sailfish , with all but one marlin being released.  Chic from Scotland aboard the Valerie, managed to start off the week very well in this department, catching and releasing five striped marlin and eight dorados.  This made Valerie the boat with the most billfish catches this week.  However, we did see quite a number of boats catching sailfish this week as well.  The La Brisa had an outstanding day on Tuesday, with Ladean and Dorren and friends from Tulsa, OK, releasing a sailfish around 80 lbs as well as a striped marlin.  They also caught 25 dorados and two wahoos!  Dorado catch limits of two per angler were respected; both billfish were caught outside of Gaspareno.
Barbara and friends aboard the Tiburon also managed to catch and release two sailfish and one nice sized striped marlin around 180lbs on caballito bait outside of San Jaime and Pozo Cota.  They also caught one dorado on a blue and white lure in the same area.

Dorado topped the charts for the number one species caught by our boats, with all but twelve boats this week landing at least one.
It was hard to choose which was our leading boat this week as so many did an outstanding job and caught many fish, however the Rebecca wowed us with an awesome catch of 25 dorados and two striped marlin.  Again, dorado catch limits were respected and both marlin were released.  The dorado were all caught on lures, both white and blue as well as green, out at Gaspareno.
The Bill Collector had a great day on Saturday, with twelve dorados and four yellowfin tunas reeled in by Linda and friends from Virginia.  The dorados averaged about 20 lbs and the tuna averaged about 30-35 lbs, all were caught outside the Cerros de Arena and San Jaime on cedar plugs and blue and green lures.  The anglers also landed one striped marlin and one sailfish, both released.
The Listo, with anglers John Delaney and friends from Arkansas found luck outside of Golden Gate catching 18 dorados and four wahoo on lures and one striped marlin, released, on caballito bait.  The Andrea and anglers from New Jersey found wahoo and dorado luck at Migrino and Golden Gate, catching seven wahoos and thirteen dorados on lures: green, purple, and white and blue.
Other species caught this week were sierra, roosterfish, grouper, skipjack and bonitas.

LOCATION: Migrino, Golden Gate, Gaspareno, Pozo Cota, San Jaime.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: A few windy days but mostly good conditions.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, blue/white, purple, yellow and tigrillo.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg

Monday, November 03, 2014

Fishing Report, Oct 25 - 31, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 92%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 67%, Dorado 68%, Tuna 8%, Other 9%

This week got off to a great start, with an exciting catch on the C-ROD of a nice black marlin, by anglers from Beavercreek, Ohio.  Mark and William fought the 248 lbs black marlin for over two and a half hours before bringing it to the boat.  Not only this, but they also caught four striped marlin which they released, and two dorados.  The black marlin was caught on live bait out of Los Arcos, while the other marlin were caught at Pozo Cota.  Not bad for a day’s fishing!

The Rebecca and angler David from Puyallup, WA, had a good day on Tuesday, catching and releasing 5 striped marlin caught out of Las Margaritas on live bait.  Tom  from Snoqualmie, WA, was the lucky angler this week in terms of blue marlin.  He caught one of the only two blues of the week aboard the Halcon, which he released, weighing approximately 220 lbs.  He also managed to hook a dorado and a tuna weighing around 15 lbs.  Total billfish caught this week were 60 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin and 1 black marlin, all but one were released.

Nice wahoo 48 lbs caught on Ruthless.

Coming to Cabo all the way from France, angler Luc and friends impressed us this week by catching the most dorado out of any boat, by far.  They caught 18 dorados, releasing nine.  Catch limits allow 2 dorado caught per angler.  The dorado were caught on caballito bait and lures, with Las Margaritas being one of the most productive locations.  The group also caught two striped marlin and one impressive wahoo around 40 lbs caught on a guacamayo lure.  

Next in line with most dorados caught this week were Ruthless and Bill Collector with 8 dorados each, all caught on caballito bait and green and blue lures.  As well as Anglers Ronald and Helen from Granbury, MO, who caught two striped marlin and five dorados on live bait and green and striped lures.  Cenk from Vienna, Austria, did well catching the small game fish, reeling in three dorados and two roosterfish on caballito bait off of Migrino.  Only two boats caught Wahoo this week, with anglers Linda and Terry from Oklahoma aboard the Rebecca, and Michael and George from Birmingham, AL, aboard the Ruthless, finding luck with their black and red lures.  Of course, the third wahoo was caught by our Frenchman Luc Trasglise on the Ruthless as well.  The three wahoo caught this week were caught on different days but were still all found in the Las Margaritas and Pozo Cota area.

Tuna this week were few and far between, but the Listo and its anglers Alan and Aleisha from Colorado managed to land a decent size yellowfin off of the Old Lighthouse, weighing 20 lbs.

Linda and Terry after their successful fishing day.
 Total fish caught this week were 60 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin and 1 black marlin.  Dorado impressively topped the charts at  a whopping 135 fish this week, 4 tunas, 5 roosters and 3 wahoos.

LOCATION: Pozo de Cota, Migrino, Golden Gate, Los Arcos, Margaritas, Cerros de Arena.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Smooth sailing this week once again.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, blue/green and tigrillo.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fishing Report: October 16th to 24st, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 93%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 73%, Dorado 60%, Tuna 13%, other 20%

BILLFISH: It was great to finally have anglers around the marina in more than a trickle and thankfully the fishing did not disappoint with multiple marlin catches and good amounts of smaller game.  Andrea got us off to a good start, when the crew helped Mark and his team Sasquatch, from Washington, catch and release four striped marlin and boat a dorado on October 18th, whilst La Brisa followed up with three marlin releases this same day. James Jr and friends, from El Paso, Texas entered the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament aboard Attitude Adjustment and did extremely well to catch two blue marlin the same day at Destiladeras, unfortunately though, they were doubtful they would make the minimum weight of 300 lbs., estimating the fish at 220 and 270 lbs.  Respectively, which meant they went back into the water to put on a few more pounds for next year.  La Brisa with Argentine anglers on board, had the most unusual catch, by way of three local fishermen whose panga had broken down and drifted 14 miles –thanks to the sharp eyes of deckhand Fernando Noyola a tragedy was averted and they were towed back to port. Manuel from Cancun was out aboard C Rod during the Bisbee and had the same situation as Attitude Adjustment, they got the fish on, but they weren’t big enough – they released a 250 lb. blue marlin and a striped marlin the same day (Manuel you should have entered the released division like we suggested).  Pisces Valerie had Florida angler Roger on board on October 22nd who was fortunate to catch and release a blue marlin as well as a tuna and a couple of dorado. Attitude Adjustment had their third blue marlin of the week on October 23rd, this one estimated just shy of the 300 lb. qualifying tournament weight, at approximately 280 lbs., for Trent from Tomball, Texas.  Pisces Sportfishing anglers caught a total of 74 billfish this week, consisting of 63 striped marlin, 6 blue marlin and 5 sailfish.

OTHER SPECIES: Dorado could be counted on most days to keep fishermen busy as they reeled in fish up to 30 lbs., with as many as eight being caught per boat.  The best place to find dorado was on the Pacific between Los Arcos and Migrino.  Roger from Inverness, Florida got a bit too much excitement on his second day out aboard Valerie they hooked a mako shark that the captain Roberto estimated to be 200 lbs., they wanted to release it and usually would cut the line as close to the hook as possible. Deckhand Salvador, known as “Pollo”, or chicken by the rest of the fleet, decided he didn’t want to lose a new, large hook, he thought the shark was stunned and reached down to try and free the hook – big mistake, the shark sprang into action and caught his arm, leaving him a souvenir of a tooth embedded in his forearm and a nasty cut.  Thankfully he was not seriously hurt but did new a few stitches… puts a whole new meaning on “chicken (pollo) of the sea and the shoe was definitely on the other foot!   Tuna catches were at thirteen percent but anglers were not seriously after them, nevertheless we did see some come in, with Mark C. having a nice catch of eight of them, with the largest 82 lbs.  Our Argentine group headed up by Mariano de la Rua had several days of great fishing and wanted to try inshore one day aboard Rebecca. They did well catching and releasing a couple of roosterfish, a red snapper, grouper, needlefish, five skipjacks and a couple of bonita.  We had several wahoo this week, with the largest 48 lbs. caught aboard Ruthless.
LOCATION: Golden Gate, Pozo de Cota, Migrino, San Jaime, Punta Gorda, Margaritas, 11.50 spot, Destiladeras.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Perfect all week.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, live skipjack, green/black, black/red, and orange/black.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bisbee Black & Blue Final Day!

BISBEE DAY THREE, FINAL DAY: Nathan Visser from team Baja Bandidos just showed up with the first qualifier of the day a 320 lb blue marlin. This team is entered in the $1000 K daily jackpot, but will have to wait and see if they are in the money. Sporty Game are across the board and have just boated a fish. Gaviota 4 also have one on board and are in the $500 daily. Check back here and we will update you when these boats reach the dock to weigh their fish.

Fishing Report: October 8th to 16st, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 93%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 59%, Dorado 79%, Tuna 10%

        Pancho, expert fish snatcher, surprises these anglers aboard Pisces Tiburon

BILLFISH: It’s great to finally have something to write about as boats gradually begin to get out fishing after the hurricane.  Fisherman are hardy, not easily deterred by  and are slowly trickling back into Cabo to take advantage of the fabulous fishing that the month of October offers.  Some of the first anglers to visit Cabo, came all the way from Denmark; Henrik had fished all over the world trying to catch a blue marlin on what had been a 25 year mission, but all it took was for him to come to Cabo to realize his dream.  He released his 150 lb blue along with a sailfish at Punta Gorda, aboard Pisces La Brisa on October 9th.  Florida anglers Christopher, Kevin & Rich had an amazing time aboard our new 31 ft Bertram Tiburon on October 13th , when they released four striped marlin and caught fifteen dorado, of which five were released and one was stolen by Pancho the sea lion.  Jeffrey and Cassandra from Eagan, Minnesota had a fabulous day aboard La Brisa, where they were kept busy catching and releasing two striped marlin and a sailfish, as well as reeling in five dorado.  Tiburon continued on a roll and managed to release a sailfish and catch sixteen dorado, for Jessie and Amanda, from Lafayette, Louisiana at Los Arcos – but they ran into the same problem, a sea lion thief.  Basically the catches this week had the same pattern, usually a single striped marlin or sailfish, combined with a bunch of dorado.  Pisces anglers caught a total of 23 billfish this week consisting of 18 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin and 4 sailfish, all released except for the blue that died and one other striper that was kept. 
                                   Ehrrrr, do you think you could let go of my nose now?

OTHER SPECIES:  Dorado was by far and away the top sportfish this week, with seventy nine percent of Pisces charters catching from one to seventeen fish in a day.  This is common for this time of year and also after a storm, when they congregate under floating debris.  The best catches of dorado were on the Pacific side from Los Arcos to Migrino and Pozo de Cota, with weights from 10 to 30 lbs.  They liked live caballito and sardines as well as a variety of lures – in other words they are hungry.  Tuna catches were slow, but that is because nobody is targeting them with dorado and billfish being so close.  There was one large one in the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament that weighed 180 lbs, so we know they are out there.  Cabolero was very fortunate to catch two wahoo for Edward and Williarm as well as thirteen dorado – size on the wahoo was not great at 20 lbs, but any size wahoo is tasty.  The only other catches we had were those of a few skipjacks.

LOCATION: Pacific, Los Arcos, San Jaime, Margaritas, Pozo de Cota, Migrino, Cortez – Punta Gorda.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Great; clear sunny skies, calm seas – one day there were whitecaps on the Pacific.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, live sardines, blue/pink, guacamaya, blue/white.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bisbee Black & Blue Gets Underway with 130 Teams!

This morning saw the first day of the biggest fishing event on the Cabo calendar and thanks to the donation by a generous philanthropist, of fifty paid entries to the event, the team numbers were boosted to a whopping 130 teams. Here is the first qualifying fish of the tournament a 394 lb blue marlin caught by Dan Tosczak from Victoria Canada, aboard Bucanero.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

La Brisa's Successful Rescue Mission

These three men are extremely fortunate, they were out in their privately owned panga off of Lands End, about two miles offshore, when their boat broke down.  They were local guys and did not have a radio on board or GPS.  One of the guys did have a cell phone and managed to call a friend who was a fisherman, to say they were in trouble and were about two miles off of Cabo, but could not give him an exact location.  The fisherman friend put a message out on the radio saying there was a panga broken down and drifting to keep an eye out.  At the same time ten boats begin a search and rescue mission.  Pisces La Brisa was done with their fishing day and started to head in with a group from Argentina on board.  Fernando Noyola is one of our youngest deckhands, so has sharper eyes than anybody, he thought he spotted something on the horizon.  Nobody else could see anything but he insisted there was something there and asked the clients if they would mind checking it out.  They detoured and headed out to the spot Fernando indicted and sure enough it was the disabled panga.  They had drifted fourteen miles out in just a few hours! As you can imagine they were extremely relieved.  When asked why they went to check it out, instead of heading home for a Sunday afternoon rest, Fernando replied “It was those guys today, you never know when it might be you."