Sunday, September 21, 2014

We Are Ready To Fish



Dear Angler

With reference to your upcoming fishing trip:
We are reconfirming your fishing trip at this time.
Yes, Cabo was hit by a hurricane on September 14th but things are getting back on track very quickly.
At this time communications are limited but we are receiving your messages and emails.
All of our Pisces boats are fine and have suffered no damage and our crews are eager to get out fishing.
A couple of the crew members had some damage to their homes, but nobody was hurt.
Many Cabo hotels are due to re-open on October 1st.
If your hotel will not be ready (many had many windows broken) please let us know so that we can assist in finding you alternative accommodation.
Hotel Wyndham on the marina had minimal damage and is priced attractively, we also have some very nice units at the fabulous Hacienda that did not have any damage. These beautiful units will be available at a special rate for Pisces clients for the next few months.
We really want to encourage you to go ahead with your travel plans to Cabo which is how you can best help the people of Cabo after this difficult time.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a message on our U.S line 1-877-286-7938 or by emailing us at info@piscesgroupcabo.com

We look forward to showing you some great fishing!

Best wishes from the whole Pisces Crew

Monday, September 08, 2014

Fish Report Aug 30th to Sep 5th, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 87.5%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 46%, Dorado 48%, Tuna 21%, Other 16%
 

BILLFISH: Although the week was cut short because of hurricane Norbert’s arrival, we still got off to a good start with all except for one boat (the anglers got seasick) catching fish on Saturday. The catch of the day was dorado, with all boats catching anywhere from 3 to 15 each. Dean Malhiot and friends from Calgary, Canada who fished on the Rebecca lead the way with 18! All were caught outside of Golden Gate. All this dorado made Cabolero the standout boat, which hooked and released the only marlin of the day. Geoffrey Simpson from Houston, Texas brought in the 180 lbs. striper in on live bait, out in front of Las Margaritas. Also caught on Cabolero that same day were 12 dorados, ranging from 10 to 20 lbs. The billfish catches did pick up a bit on the next day and throughout the week. Ben and Chelsea Allen from Fort Worth, Texas caught one striped marlin and one sailfish, both released, as well as two dorados and six skipjacks aboard the Flora-T.
Cabolero found itself once again to be positioned in the right area on Sunday, with anglers Hank Smith from Texas and Matt Herbert from California catching one sailfish around 70 lbs., one striped marlin around 140 lbs. and two dorados, all in the area of Golden Gate and Gaspareno.
Monday was a rough day for anglers as one boat had no luck due to seasickness and three others found themselves chasing after marlin and sailfish, which just wouldn’t bite. The Ruthless did land a blue marlin, and a pretty decent sized one at that, weighing approximately 250 lbs., which was released. Anglers Tanner Shultz and Clayton Ruszkowski from Alberta, Canada not only caught this blue, but also a striped marlin that they released, weighing approximately 130 lbs. and one skipjack.  Tuesday was sailfish day! Zachary Eastman from Atlanta, Georgia who fished on the Adriana caught two sailfish weighing around 100 lbs. each out at Cabrillo on caballito bait. The Tiburon and La Brisa also caught two sailfish around the same size, with La Brisa anglers Richard Pryor from Reno, NV and Phylis Horse from Susanville, CA reeling them in and releasing them at Punta Gorda instead. The Rebecca surprised us this day with Mike Pitts and Chris Reneger from Bryan, Texas, catching themselves a blue marlin around 250 lbs. and a striped marlin of about 120 lbs. which was released. Not only did they catch this, but also 14 yellowfin tunas from 10 to 25 lbs. caught on lures outside of the 200 spot. Marlin was caught on caballito bait.
On Wednesday, hurricane Norbert began to come closer and strengthen, making seas a little rougher, but fishing was unaffected by it this day. Daniel Ryan from New York, NY caught three striped marlin this day; making it the most marlin caught by any one boat this week. The marlin were caught out in front of La Herradura on live bait and varied in size from 100 to 120 lbs. approximately and were all released. Ryan and friends also caught one sailfish and one yellowfin tuna around 25 lbs. The port was closed Thursday and Friday due to big waves and stormy conditions caused by the hurricane passing by.

OTHER SPECIES: This week started off strong with all boats catching dorado on Saturday, bringing in a total of 116 dorado on only 14 boats, with all catch limits respected. A total of 208 dorado were caught this week all ranging around 10-25 lbs. and a few that were around 35-40 lbs. and were all found in different spots. Although we saw less of it than of the dorado, the tuna caught this week came in at around the same size, 10-25 lbs., with a few big catches towards the end of our week on Wednesday.

The top boat for dorado, by only a slim margin this week is the Valerie, with Austrian angler Ispas Mihai and friends catching 20 dorados ranging from 10-30 lbs. All dorados were caught on caballito bait in front of Pescadero. The Andrea and local anglers Roberto Violante from La Paz, Francisco Coth, Cristian Mendia and Ricardo Amador from Cabo, also found luck out at Pescadero, catching 16 dorados on caballito bait as well. This same day the Ruthless caught 17 dorados all out at Gaspareno on bait and lures (green and striped).

The Rebecca’s anglers Tim Johnston and Katy Williams from Worden, Montana toped the weight chart for the week with their 112 lb. tuna. In addition to this big guy, they also caught three more around 25 lbs. Tuna were caught 25 miles out from the 200 spot.
Albert and Kathleen Thomasson also caught a big tuna on Wednesday, weighing it in at 82 lbs. They also managed to catch two sailfish around 100 lbs. which they released. All three fish were caught out at the 11:50 spot on petrolero lures and caballito bait, respectively.

Other fish caught this week were mostly skipjacks and roosterfish, and only one wahoo around 40 lbs. caught aboard the Andrea by Jason Manning from San Francisco, CA.


LOCATION: Pacific – Cabrillo, Golden, Gaspareno, Pescadero, 200 and 11:50 spot.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Leading up to the hurricane Norbert’s arrival weather was pretty clear with some clouds and calm waters. Port was closed due to the hurricane on Thursday thru Friday with waves as big as 20 feet at times. Now the weather has cleared up with sun shinning bright once again and waters calming.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 85 F
BEST LURES: Caballito, petrolero, green, purple and white/blue lures

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fishing Report August 23rd to 29th, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 99%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 97%, Dorado 93%, Tuna 14%, Other 16%
 BILLFISH: We had a fabulous week here in Cabo and that was even with the port being closed for two days due to big seas caused by Hurricane Marie that was out in the Pacific. The darker moon in conjunction with more stable water temperatures  was exactly what we needed to get the bite to pick up and boy did it pick up.  All but a few of our boats caught a billfish this week, usually with the bonus of eating fish too. We had just one boat draw a blank and that was because the anglers got sea-sick and asked to come back in. Striped marlin picked up the pace and regained their place as the most abundant billfish in Cabo, followed by good amount of sailfish and a couple of small blues. Cody Brunette, Jacob Lewis from & friends from Midland, Texas had an outstanding day aboard C Rod on August 24th when they caught and released both a blue and striped marlin a 45 lb. wahoo and eight dorados close to Migrino. This same boat did very well a couple of days later when they caught and released a sailfish, two striped marlin, seven dorado and six tuna near Las Margaritas for John Platon and friends from Gig Harbor, Alabama. La Brisa slammed it this day as well, with two sailfish, two striped marlin, three dorado and a tuna for the Alfords & Pollards from Tyler, Texas. Foster Sayles from Galveston fished aboard 28 ft. Adriana and had great success releasing three striped marlin, one sailfish and a dorado at Los Arcos and Margaritas. Flora T newcomer to the fleet, again proved their worth, making the fish report again with a blue and striped marlin released and two dorado boated for Matthew Small, another Texan.  Last but not least La Brisa had a notable catch for Ashley Griffin & party from Houston,  with three striped marlin released and seven dorado. Pisces anglers caught a total of 83 billfish this week consisting of 36 striped marlin, 18 sailfish and 2 blue marlin.
 


OTHER SPECIES:  After the rains is a good time to fish dorado, as they congregate underneath floating debris making them easier to find, but then again, the catches were getting consistent even before the rains. This week they were the most widely caught fish in Cabo, giving us a total catch of 222 fish equivalent to ninety three percent catch success rate. Catches ranged from one to fifteen fish up to 20 lbs. There was a tie for top dorado boat this week between Adriana and Valerie, who both caught fifteen each in one day – of course limits were respected.  Tuna catches slowed way own with just fourteen percent of our boats catching school size fish. There was one massive tuna caught out of San Jose the day before the port was closed that weighed in at 335 lbs, aboard Gordo Banks pangas – this fish easily makes the top ten of the largest tuna every caught here. The only other fish we caught were a few wahoo up to 45 lbs. and skipjacks.
LOCATION: Pacific - Los Arcos, Gaspareno, Migrino, Pozo de Cota, Golden Gate.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Heavy rain on the 25th followed by rough seas on the 26th & 27th, when the port was closed.  Now hot and humid with partly cloudy skies.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 85 F
BEST LURES: Caballito, ballyhoo, green, purple, petrolero, blue and white

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fish Report August 16th to 22nd, 2014



Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 94%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 62%, Dorado 85%, Tuna 19%, Other 24%

Brian Meadors Aboard Rebecca Three Striped Marlin Released


BILLFISH:  The bite in Cabo has definitely picked up since our last report, with a 20% increase in billfish captures up from 44% to a 62% this week.  Our turnaround may be due to water temperatures becoming more stable and to the moon being in its darker stages. Temperatures on land have been around the 90’s, accompanied by high humidity, sunny to partly cloudy skies, and even a few showers in San Jose del Cabo and the Pacific side. 
The Shambala stands out this week, with an impressive capture of two marlin species for anglers Katie Gorman and Kris Couillard, both from Massachusetts, and Deb & Kim Barrow from Washington state not only did they land a 240 lbs. blue marlin, on a green lure, they also caught and released two striped marlin estimated to be around 120-140lbs, on live bait and as if that was not enough, they went on to catch a wahoo, dorado and seven tuna – pretty impressive for this all girl team.  All their action took place at the Pozo de Cota area of the Pacific side close to shore.
The Rebecca also did well out on the Pacific side near MigriƱo, for Brian and Linda Meadors from Texas. They caught and released three Striped Marlin in the 80-120lbs range on live caballito and also caught tuna and twelve skipjacks – they could have done even better, as they hooked two blue marlin both of which got off, but that left a lasting impression on this couple, for a trip that Brian said “I will remember forever”.
The Ruthless one of our ever popular 31 ft. Bertram’s, caught and released two striped Marlin in the 100-130lbs range, as well as a sailfish estimated in the 80-90lbs range for Kent and Trevor Hughes from Austin, Texas.  A few days later this same boat caught a 252 lb. blue marlin & eight dorado for William Acker from the same town. On August 20th, another one of our Bertram’s, this time the Tiburon had a great day for Brade family from Midland, Texas when they released a blue marlin, just shy of 200 lbs. & two striped marlin, whilst boating a dorado for the table. Valerie had a superb day for Joe & Shelly Martini from Florida on August 21st at the Golden Gate, when they released four sailfish on a combination of lures and live bait and also boated four dorado. Newcomer to the fleet Flora T II had a muscle tiring day for Kelly Johns and friends from Dallas when they released a blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish and caught twenty five dorado, twelve of which were released. Michael Harrell out on La Brisa was very fortunate to hook a black marlin at Golden Gate, which they tried unsuccessfully to release – it was a young fish at 182 lbs., but they were able to release a striped marlin and boat five dorado.  Pisces anglers caught a total of 46 billfish this week, consisting of 33 striped marlin, 9 sailfish, 3 blue marlin & 1 black marlin.
 
Scott & Wesley William from Texas - La Brisa 35 lb wahoo, two dorado, one marlin relased
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches soared this week to a whopping 85% making them the most widely caught species in Cabo this period. The good thing is they were fairly close and spread along the Pacific coastline meaning most boats could find them. Catches ranged from on to up to twenty five fish with the average right around five fish per charter. They took pretty much anything, live bait or lures in a variety of colors. Our total dorado catch was 264 fish.  Tuna catches dropped a little more this week with just 19% of boats catching usually just a single fish, the only exception was Tiburon who caught twelve up to 35 lbs., twenty miles off of Balmaceda for Doug & Eve Pena. A half dozen wahoo were caught but none more than 38 lbs., but nevertheless much appreciated by those who got to eat them. The only other species caught was skipjack.
WEATHER:  Mostly sunny, hot and humid, with clouds threatening rain that never came. Seas were moderate with swells on some days.
LOCATION: Pacific side from the Lighthouse to Golden Gate.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 86 F
BEST LURES: Live caballito, green, orange & assorted colors.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weekly Fish Report August 9th to 15th, 2014

AUGUST 9th to 15th, 2015
Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 70%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 44%, Dorado 27%, Tuna 22%, Other 27%



BILLFISH: People are so used to incredible fishing in Cabo, that it is hard when we get a few up and down days. With full moon on August 9th and a big moon all week, boats were hard pressed to have consistent fishing – they would do great one day, then were “skunked” the next, for no apparent reason – though we did notice a couple of degrees drop in water temperature. Our seventy percent success rate would be considered decent anywhere else but we are used to spoiling our anglers with much better rates. However, as usual those that hit it did very well. Michael Dexter from Norman, Oklahoma headed offshore thirty six miles aboard Pisces 31 ft. Ruthless, where he was able to release two blue marlin, just under the 200 lb. mark on August 10th. Ruthless followed up with another blue marlin this time at San Jaime for Briana & Ben Moyse from Chicago on August 12th, then did well again on the 13th with their third blue marlin of the week, estimated at 235 lbs.,  as well as a striped marlin for Texan angler Matthew Adamson. Top one day billfish boat, was 31 ft. Rebecca, with Linda & Terry Smith, Mike & Pam Kelleher & Mike Sparkman from Norman, Oklahoma (again) on board on August 12th, when they released EIGHT sailfish and a striped marlin outside the 210 spot – all took live bait. Rick Walsh from Cleveland, an old friend and client, was out on Rebecca on August 9th and managed to release two sailfish, nice catch, but not amazing, so why did he make the fish report? Well he told us that he had a nice tuna on for thirty minutes, with the fish over 100 lbs., when “Flipper” passed by and cut the line with his mouth, true story….now we don’t know if the dolphin (porpoise) was named Flipper but it did cut the line. Not hard to believe as it is a known fact that dolphin and tuna go together. You want to find tuna, then look for a school of dolphin (porpoise) and the tuna will be underneath. One of the better days was August 11th, though when we saw Cabolero catch a 215 lb. blue marlin, thee tuna and three dorado for Pete & Rita Chow form Denver, Colorado. The Rebecca was lucky again and released a 220 lb. blue marlin for Timothy Lynch from Florida and our new 31 ft. Bertram Tiburon also released a blue at San Jaime, around the 200 lb. mark  for Nick Lopez from Brea, Georgia. Sailfish again outnumbered the Cabo staple striped marlin, though some of them were quite small at 60 lbs. Our total billfish catch was 36 fish, consisting of 13 striped marlin, 7 blue marlin and 16 sailfish.



OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches are on the climb and surpassed those of tuna this week. Twenty seven percent of our boats caught dorado up to 30 lbs. Tiburon caught the most dorado at the Golden Gate for Joe Hibbard & Glenn Slomin from Miami Beach – they caught fourteen and released eleven as well as four skipjacks.  Catches were of between one to six fish over a wide area, but generally speaking the Pacific was better.  Tuna catches were a little lower at twenty two percent and catches of one to nine per boat. Weights varied from 15 lbs. all the way up to a 113 lb. fish caught by David Pincus from Houston aboard 28 ft. Andrea. Believe it or not the most abundant fish this week was skipjack with a mixture of both the good eating white type as well as the black.  They were caught up on the Pacific side, fairly close to shore near Migrino.  Something to do when nothing else was biting and a lot of fun on light tackle. Our total skipjack count was 164 fish.  Wahoo is the best eating fish around and we had a couple of boats to catch these at around 40 lbs. Linda Smith from Oklahoma caught three roosterfish aboard the panga Gloria off of Chileno.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot with some clouds, we had a couple of brief rain spells, like ten minutes each, but no real rain. It did rain quite heavily at San Jose airport as well as La Paz, Swells on a couple of days, but mostly calm.
LOCATION: Golden Gate, Sea Mount, Migrino, Herradura, Los Arcos, San Jaime, 210 up to 35 miles out.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: Slightly cooler water, down to 84 F
BEST LURES: live bait, cedar plugs, feathers, green/yellow,  blue/white

Saturday, August 09, 2014

August 2nd to 8th 2014 Fishing Report

Overall Catch Success Rate, All Species Combined 74%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 51%, Tuna 35%, Dorado 12%, Other 9%
 


BILLFISH: Fishing was not easy this week, with some boats running up to 40 miles, though usually for tuna and still blanking out, whilst others stayed in around the 20 miles mark and did better. There was no set recipe for success an even though seventy five percent of our boats caught fish, this is not as good as we expect. It’s hard to say why, but we feel the weather is not as hot as it should be….if you are visiting you would say we are crazy, “it’s baking out there”, but we should have more tropical storms out in the Pacific; it seems they are taking a different track towards Hawaii at this time, plus we had a waxing moon all week with full moon happening the last date of this report. The sea surface temperate satellite maps tell the story too; the water is blended near Cabo with no clear temperature breaks. Nevertheless, billfish were the number one catch for Pisces anglers this week and though some boats got “skunked” others had remarkable catches. Pisces 28ft Uniflite Andrea had one of the top catches of the week on August 3rd for Jace Richards & Julia Worden from Aubrey, Texas on board.  They fished 25 miles from the 180 spot and released two blue marlin up to 210 lbs. & two striped marlin around the 100 lb. mark – the blues took lures and the stripes took live bait. This same day 31 ft. Cabo Cabolero had a slightly larger blue at 250 lbs. that took a  Petrolero lure at the 95 spot for Peter Martine from New York, who also landed a 30 lb. dorado. We are seeing quite a lot of juvenile blue marlin; with Speedwell having a 146 lb’er die on them & a 170 lb. striped marlin that was successfully released for Jay Wiviott from Long Beach, California.  The next day out this same boat did manage to release another small blue and a striped marlin at the 11.50 spot for Aubrey Pilgrim from Long View, Texas. Some unlucky anglers from Boise Idaho had a big blue on for over three hours that they struggled with, before it got off – captain J.R of the Rebecca told us the fish took a “tigrillo” lure and was just shy of 400 lbs. Speedwell must have had their blue marlin radar on this week as on August 5th, they released another smallish one, just under 200 lbs., a striped marlin & a sailfish for the Jacobson & James’s from Laguna Beach, California. Brad, Charles & Bradley Shields from Georgia, chose to go out on our 38 ft. Blackfin C Rod and were not disappointed to release a 300 lb. blue marlin, an 80 lb. sailfish and boat six tuna.  The Pereda family from Coral Gables, Florida’s request was to target blue marlin. They chose to go with captain Abel of the C Rod and were thrilled to exceed their dream, releasing a blue marlin around 220 lbs., a striped marlin and a sailfish, at the Cabrillo sea mount – the blue marlin took a tigrillo lure, the striped marlin a dead ballyhoo and the sailfish a live caballito. The 31 ft. Bertram Ruthless, captain by Julio Castro did well to release two striped marlin and boat a wahoo and tuna for Grant Cowie and friends from Laguna Beach. Pisces anglers caught a total of 38 billfish this week consisting of 22 striped marlin, 11 blue marlin, and 9 sailfish – with three fish kept, the rest released.



OTHER SPECIES: Tuna catches dropped off this week, due to perhaps the presence of commercial boats in the area; still, thirty five percent of our charters did find tuna, though in lesser numbers than previous weeks. Most tuna caught by one boat was for Lawrence Young & friends from Houston, Texas who caught sixteen up to 20 lbs. at the 95 and 11.50 spots – Lawrence also released the only shark of the week, a 70 lb. pilot, aboard the 50 ft. Flora T. The largest tuna however, were caught aboard 28 ft. Andrea by Justin & Stacey Counterman from Pennsylvania. They caught a total of six 28 miles out from the 150 spot, with three small up to 20 lbs. and the others weighing 80, 90 & 120 lbs. respectively. Catches per bait ranged from one to nine fish giving us a total catch of 107 fish. Dorado catches were quite a bit slower with just twelve percent of our charters hooking up to fish around the 20 lb. mark. Yahoo the 42 ft. Bertram did the best for Dorado with the largest fish of the week, a 40 lb’er, for Mike Goedecke from Lake Charles, Louisiana and also for numbers for catching five in one day on August 4th. The only other fish to be caught were few wahoo and skipjacks. Biggest wahoo of the week was 48 lbs. caught aboard Ruthless for Grant Cowie from Laguna Beach, CA after it took a Petrolero lure.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot, sunny, partly cloudy, rough seas on a couple of days, now dead calm.
LOCATION:  all over the place – 20 to 40 miles out from Land’s End, Herradura, 95 spot, 11.50 spot, Cabrillo Sea Mount, Elias Calles, Moros Prietos, Barco Varado, and Punta Gorda.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 86- 87 F
BEST LURES: Blue marlin lures – trigrillo, petrolero, striped marlins live & dead bait, sailfish live bait, tuna cedar plugs, dorado live bait and yellow & green lures.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Here's the Fish Report!

JULY 19TH TO AUGUST 1ST, 2014
Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 92%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 68%, Tuna 64%, Dorado 15%, Other 10%
 


BILLFISH: This report covers the last two weeks as we were unable to get his out last week – but boy was the fishing good. The most unusual thing we saw this period was the amount of sailfish being caught, which have never before outnumbered marlin, but which have for the last couple of weeks. Besides a mix of billfish we saw great numbers on yellowfin tuna as well several wahoo and a few big dorado. Andrea our 28 ft. Uniflite had an outstanding week with some incredible catches – the best day for this boat was July 21st when Michael Long Sr. & Jr. were aboard with Michael Knize, all from Dallas. They caught an approximate 280 lb. blue marlin, a 250 lb. black marlin, a sailfish and 84 lb. tuna, 40  lb. dorado and lost a wahoo – now that’s a fantastic day! This same boat also had our largest billfish of the week, a blue marlin close to 400 lbs., which was released outside the 11.50 spot for New Zealand anglers Ross Whitmore & Brent Mitchell who also released a striped marlin.  The Wilder family from Taft, Texas also had a super busy day aboard Pisces Cabolero, releasing a 300 lbs. blue marlin and three sailfish, as well as landing a couple of yellowfin tuna up to 50 lbs. Our new 31 ft. Bertram, Tiburon, is already making a name for itself; on July 25th they had the Vega family aboard from Baja and caught a 200 lb. blue marlin, three sailfish, two tuna and a 40 lb. dorado. C Rod, Shambala & Yahoo all had blue marlin a little between 180 under 300 lbs., which they released. Bob & David Thompson from New York had an amazing day Pisces Valerie, catching & releasing eight sailfish and eleven yellowfin tuna. Striped marlin catches were rarely more than one fish, though there were a few boats that managed two in a day plus some smaller game. Pisces anglers caught a total of 98 billfish, consisting of 50 sailfish, 35 striped marlin, 12 blue marlin & 1 black marlin. All but five fish were released.
 

OTHERS SPECIES: We saw great numbers on yellowfin tuna this period giving us a total catch of 694 fish. Some of the tuna were of a good size, such as a 103 lb ‘er caught aboard C Rod, by Diana Melton from Houston, Texas who also went on, with friends, to catch a total of twenty fish, twenty miles out from the Herradura. Matt & Bob Trent from Oklahoma City caught twelve tuna aboard Andrea, with their top fish weighing 100 lbs.  On July 22nd Judy Durr from Farmer Ville, Louisiana caught seven tuna up to 95 lbs. as well as a striped marlin aboard Rebecca. Sixty four percent of our charters caught tuna, which when found, produced multiple hook ups. Dorado catches were considerably slower and tended to be picked up whilst trolling for billfish. The largest dorado was caught by John Carnes from Woodlands, Texas, weighing in at 65 lbs. aboard Yahoo. Mark Chiavetta from San Jose, California was fortunate to catch two wahoo 45 and 55 lbs. respectively aboard Bill Collector as well as land twenty tuna up to 100 lbs. and release a striped marlin. There were a few other wahoo as well as some bonita, roosterfish, plus one mako and one pilot shark.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot, sunny, partly cloudy, port closed one day due to a local - storm that brought rains and sudden rough seas, which have now calmed.
LOCATION: Cabrillo, 11.50 spot and outside this location, Herradura, off of Land’s End, boats travelled 3 to 33 miles offshore.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 87-88 F
BEST LURES: Tigrillo (orange/black), guacamaya (orange/green/yellow), green & white, ballyhoo, caballito, cedar plugs.

12 Year Old Catches Big Tuna

Some kids luck out and their parents bring them to Cabo for summer holidays. This was the case for 12 year old Ricky Earley who landed this tuna, that was heavier than he is. The fish weighed 119 lbs and was caught by this young man aboard Pisces Valerie. Well done Ricky!

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.