Friday, February 19, 2010


FEBRUARY 9th to 17th, 2010

Overall Catch Success Rate 84%

BILLFISH: The season is ahead of itself now, with March type fishing already here, all we need are for the red snapper to start biting and it will really be like March. In the meantime billfish catches have been on the slow side with just twenty percent of boats finding and hooking up to them. Our boats caught a total of thirteen striped marlin this week, not that great, unless you were the lucky angler that got to pull one in. "Tracy Ann" was our best marlin boat, releasing two on February 9th plus three dorado for Marrott & Collin Gardner from Alamosa,. They fished quite a way up the Sea of Cortez at Destiladeras, which is a good run and not something you can do on a half day. Both marlin took live mackerel as did the dorado a little before they reached the marlin location. A few day later, "Tracy Ann" scored again with two marlin on February 13th for Brian Dunn from Palm Beach, Florida and Billy Mayne from Milton, Florida, they also got a dorado; both marlin took live bait at the same location mentioned and the dorado took a petrolero lure. Although Tracy Ann did well at this location other marlin catches were in different locations, such as the 11.50 spot and, 30 miles south of Cabo and 15 miles out from Todos Santos and five miles out from Cabo Bello. "C-Rod" got our only sailfish of the week, also at Destiladeras were they managed to boat a dorado and six skipjacks also for Tim Maciejak from New Albany, Indiana. All billfish were released this week.

OTHER SPECIES: The number one catch in Cabo this week was sierra, with our boats loading up on a total of 300 fish up to 12 lbs. When the marlin fishing could not be guaranteed, many anglers opted for fun and a more sure catch with this Spanish mackerel like fish. On light tackle they are a good fight and are absolutely delicious to eat. Many were thrown back as some catches were ridiculous like 45 aboard "Tracy Ann", for the Hillberg's and Knights from Puyallup, Washington; they also caught eight roosterfish and two dorado at the outer part of Golden Gate on the Pacific. "Rebecca" had 35 sierras at the same spot for David Pedrsen from Palmdale, California. "Bandito" caught a fair size mako shark that was estimated at 80 lbs on February 12th close to Golden Gate for Josh Stokley from Birmingham, Alabama. We had a couple of other mako's released, but this was the largest. Two wahoo were caught, both on the small side at 19 and 22 lbs respectively. Roosterfish catches were the best we have seen in a long time with catches of up to eight fish in the 10 to 30 lb class. The odd cabrilla, yellowtail and fair catches of skipjack were also had. The yellow fin tuna have moved on and we had just one this week.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Skies party cloudy, no clear, rain one day, seas calm.

LOCATION: No one set place, Sea of Cortez, Pacific, Destiladeras, Golden Gate, Elias Calles, from Cabeza de Ballena to the Old Lighthouse three to four miles out.

AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 74 F (this is higher than normal for this time of year, it should be 70 F)

BEST LURES: Live bait, petrolero, trigrillo.

Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg



Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fish Report

FEBRUARY 1st to 8th, 2010

Overall Catch Success Rate 93%

BILLFISH: The billfish catches are still not what we would like them to be and we attribute this to warmer than normal weather for this time of year and the lack of a consistent bait supply. Added to this is the fact that the marlin are spread out, meaning there is no one location that is consistently producing them, giving us a feeling more like March type fishing. Towards the close of this report marlin were found very close, two to three miles off of Santa Maria on a couple of days. On February 2nd, "Tracy Ann" fishing twelve miles from San Jose released a striped marlin and got a 50 lb mako shark for Denny Vopat and Frank Polina from Reno, Nevada. Our only boat to get more than one marlin was "Rebecca" on February 8th, three miles before the 95 spot with live bait, for Ralph Kratz and Doc Kammerzell from Washington, State. "Rebecca" also got a marlin and two yellowfin tuna on February 6th on the outside of the 95 spot; the marlin on a live mackerel and the tuna on cedar plugs, for Javier Garcia and Luis Trevino from Monterey, Mexico. "Andale" released a marlin just two miles from the popular snorkeling beach of Santa Maria for Jack Sugameli from Lake Wyle S.C on February 8th, estimated at 130 lbs. Just twenty percent of our boats caught marlin this week, even though the slack was filled with smaller game, so most came back with something. Pisces anglers released a total of six striped marlin this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Dorado was the most likely catch this week with forty three percent of charters catching one or two in diverse locations on both bait and lures with weights between 15 and 30 lbs. Twenty six percent of boats caught yellow fin tuna, but when found the catches were better than those of dorado, with catches of between two and twenty five fish up to 25 lbs. Top tuna boat was "C Rod" who had the twenty five mentioned for James Elton, Brad Griffith, Nick and Brian Etto; the fish took cedar plugs, feather and small lures 30 miles from the 180 spot. "Andrea" did well to catch seventeen at the Jaime Bank for Ken Kendrick and friends from Colorado and Oklahoma. When fishing was slow boats headed in shore and had fun with light tackle catching sierra (Spanish mackerel) when in the right spot, boats were hooking up to 30 in a few hours, with many released….this toothy inshore fish, makes for excellent eating. Boats also caught some skipjacks and jack crevalle as well as a couple of mako sharks.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: We had one unusual day of unexpected quite intense rain, otherwise seas were calm to moderate and skies mostly sunny.

LOCATION: Take your pick…..Santa Maria, Palmilla, Los Arcos, San Jaime, Desteiladera, 45 miles from Lighthouse (looking for tuna), Ellias Calles.


BEST LURES: Live mackerel, cedar plus, guacamayos, red/orange, green/yellow.

Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Smart’s Have Great Trip

Tracy and Company, as usual our annual fishing trip with ya'll was a tremendous success. On 11-8-09 aboard the Ruthless with Captain Leon and Beto we caught 8 Dorados, 1 Striped Marlin (caught by my brother-in-law Pat Collins his first Marlin about 180 lbs.)and a 50lb Wahoo (my personal best) on 11-10-09 aboard the Adrianna with Captain Enrique and Fernando we asked for a shot at some Rooster fish after 30 minutes that request was satisfied and we went on to catch many Dorados and my 9th Striped Marlin on your fleet. Once again thank the Captains and crews for a great time and we will be back next year.

Ron and Mary Helen Smart

Friday, February 05, 2010

The Road Works are Finally Finished

Great news after more than a year the roadworks of towndown Cabo are finally finished and it was worth the wait. Streets have been widened and traffic flows more freely. To be honest it was really tough whilst they were doing this work, taking at times up to 25 minutes to get from the Pisces office on the marina to the highway.....but take a look at the result, Boulevard Marina is shown in the photo.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Latest Fish Report

JANUARY 21st to 31st, 2010

Overall Catch Success Rate 86%

BILLFISH: This week was on the slow side for marlin, with just twenty-eight percent of charters catching stripers from 110 to 150 lbs, nevertheless boats were able to pick up other species, resulting in an overall catch rate of eighty six percent for all species combined. On January 27th, "Spartacus" did well to release two striped marlin 30 miles offshore towards San Jaime, as well as land a dorado and tuna for Aaron Rasty and friends from Chicago. This was the only boat to catch more than one billfish. Other boats caught a single marlin in different locations such as near the Old Lighthouse, by Cerro Colorado and close to Santa Maria; so basically some were really close whilst others were thirty miles offshore – all were on live bait. "Bandito" had a good day on January 24th for Jordan Hoover from Last Vegas and James McNally from Ontario Canada – they released a striped marlin and caught a 60 lb hammerhead shark and a dorado. Stephen Pate from Houston, Texas had a good day on the "Tracy Ann" releasing one striped marlin and catching ten tuna from 10 to 18 lbs, just four miles from Moros Prietos. Towards the end of the week mackerel, the preferred food for marlin began to move into the area and we began to see more consistent marlin catches; if they stay around we can expect to see an increase fairly quickly on the billfish catches. Pisces anglers caught a total of 12 striped marlin; all were released.

OTHER SPECIES: Dorado were the number
sportfish again this week with forty four percent of boats catching between one and six fish up to 25 lbs. They took an assortment lures in diverse locations, giving us a total of 43 fish. Yellow fin tuna catches were at twenty one percent, with some boats landing up to ten, such as "Ruthless" on January 21st for David Martin and Walter Bend from Los Angeles, California. We did have several hammerhead sharks this week and "Andrea" actually had two that weighed approximately 40 and 60 lbs, caught three miles off of Cabo Real, caught by Robert Pope from Denver fishing with Tedd Budd from Chicago. A couple of wahoo were caught but were small at 18 and 20 lbs respectively. Inshore sierra, yellowtail, skipjacks and roosterfish were caught.

LOCATION: Pacific from Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate two to thirty miles out and also on the Cortez one to three miles out from Santa Maria to Cerro Colorado.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies, calm seas.


BEST LURES: Live bait for marlin, green/yellow, red/black lures for dorado, cedar plugs for tuna.