BILLFISH: The year New Year has started out pretty well with over eighty percent of boats catching fish; however jthe majority were not marlin. Tuna were actually the top catch this week, which is what happened at the beginning of last year too. The first week of January there are not too many anglers here which means fewer boats go out and less fish are caught. Nevertheless there were several boats that had double hook ups on stripers around the Golden Gate and Jamie Bank areas. None of our boats fished January 1st as everybody gets a day off but January 2nd turned out to be the best day of the week for us, when “Rebecca” released two striped marlin between 120 and 140 lbs and caught three tuna at the Jamie Bank for Steve Stergy from Toronto, Canada. This same day “Valerie” released two marlin twenty miles out from the Old Lighthouse for Brent Stutsman & Tim Cain from Novato, Ca. They also got a tuna for the table. On January 4th, Riley DeWitt from Waco, Texas did very well to release two striped marlin aboard “Yahoo”, at Golden Gate, with less than desirable bait , which was jurelito, or little jack, as well as catching a dorado and a snapper. This week the moon has been waxing so with the bright night sky fish have been feeding during the evening hours and are not as hungry during the day. Twenty percent of our charters caught billfish this week with ten fish caught and released.
OTHER SPECIES: Tuna was king this week with fifty five percent of charters catching from one to fourteen fish in the area between the Old Lighthouse and Jaime bank. Our total tuna count was 150 fish, in the 18 to 30 lb class. Like last week cedar plugs and green colored lures seemed to do the trick in getting them to bite. “Andrea” was the top tuna boat with eighteen caught 22 miles off of the lighthouse for Matt Cleary and friends from Sydney, Australia. Dorado catches dropped off considerably this week with just fourteen percent of boats catching just one or two fish, the exception was “C Rod” who caught six dorado for Austin Vander Lee from Stettler, Canada at the outer Golden Gate; he also caught a striped marlin & ten sierras inshore. “Valerie” had some guests from Beijing, China who were thrilled to catch a 70 lb mako shark & eight yellow fin tuna. Inshore we again saw some good action on sierra or Spanish mackerel and pargo, or small snappers.
|Some good size sierra and some pargo, or snappers shown here being held by brothers Mike and Jeff Hulquist, from Alaska and Washington, O.K now which one do you think is Captain Franciso from Salsa?|
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Much improved this week, we finally got some sunshine and seas were calm most of the time. The whales are here too.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 72-74 F
BEST LURES: Cedar plugs & green colored lures, for marlin live bait, which was caballito or jurelito, very little mackerel available.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg