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."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Los Cabos Billfish Tournament Update: Day 1

TOURNAMENT UPDATE: Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is about to start their second day of fishing. Day one produced one qualifying billfish from the 14 teams participating.  Team Reel Gold, a 35 ft Cabo landed a 365 lb blue marlin making them the front runners. Team Estrella Del Norte landed a beautiful 180 lb tuna - these tuna experts look set to hold onto the Tuna Division lead, but let's see what happens in the next 48 hours. Only one qualifying dorado weighed in a little over 25 lbs on Minerva II. Ten billfish total for day one, 4 blue marlin, with just the one qualifier and six striped marlin released.  Day One winning fish photos below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This is the Season of Los Cabos Fishing Tournaments!

October brings along a fantastic weather, with lots of traditional events, from Sammy Hagar’s birthday bash to Halloween’s big time celebrations, but let’s not forget the origins of Los Cabos: fishing!  Even though fishing is the sport you can practice every month in Baja, October is still the season where fishermen from all over the world flock to Los Cabos in hopes to catch the world’s biggest marlin & tuna, and not the least - to have lots of fun in the sun.
These are the Los Cabos fishing events you shouldn’t miss this upcoming fishing season:
1.       Los Cabos Billfish Tournament: 14 - 18 October, 2014 

The 16th annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament is set to open the fishing tournament’s season.  It takes place on October 14 to 18, 2014, with actual fishing dates Oct 15, 16 & 17.  Participating teams will hit the water Wednesday, October 15, in hopes of earning some of the estimated $750,000 in cash and prizes by releasing the most billfish or catching the largest marlin, tuna, wahoo and dorado during the tournament’s three days of fishing. Weigh-ins and billfish release video check-in will be at the IGY Marina in Cabo San Lucas Waterfront next to the ramp at the marina office.  Winners receive an invitation to represent the tournament at the next IGFA Offshore World Championship. www.LosCabosBillfishTournament.com.
2.       Los Cabos Offshore Tournament: 17 - 19 October, 2014
This tournament pits anglers in a competition to top the previous year’s record, also known as the little Bisbee,  actual fishing takes place over two days, Saturday and Sunday and is seen as a great warm up for the main event – don’t be surprised though, this tournament can also payout a lot of money.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams as well as the teams that catch the largest fish in three eligible billfish species.  Winners receive an invitation to represent the tournament at the next IGFA Offshore World Championship. www.bisbees.com
3.       Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament: 21 - 25 October, 2014
Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament is deemed the “world’s richest billfish tournament” with over $4 million in prize money.  Anglers from all over the world converge in Los Cabos to compete for a record marlin.  A traditional dramatic shotgun kicks off this fishing tournament featuring big cash prizes.  As they say, come for the fun, leave a millionaire. www.bisbees.com
4.       W.O.N. Tuna Tournament: 5 - 8 November, 2014
Fish Hard, Party Harder! is the slogan of this traditional Los Cabos tuna tournament.  There are so far  60 boats confirmed  & registered, with  the organizers expecting 100 plus entries!  There are still three weeks until the tournament, so hurry up, book your plane tickets, one of our famous Pisces Sportfishers and accommodation and register here: http://www.loscabostunajackpot.com.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pancho, the local sea lion and consummate beggar, is back!

You were asking us about Pancho, our local sea-lion and consummate beggar.  He disappeared after the storm but showed up a few days ago and we were glad to know he was safe and sound! 

But it wasn’t long before he was up to his old tricks: look what he did yesterday!  Pictured above are Christopher, Kevin and Ritch from Florida, who had a fantastic day aboard Tiburon, Pisces newest 31 ft. Bertram.  They caught &released 4 striped marlins (80-100 lbs), and caught and released several mahi mahis (dorados), and were already planning a fantastic dinner, but Pancho sneaked up on them and stole one fish!  He does look a little bit slimmer now, don't you think? Probably because he had to catch his own meals for a few weeks!