December 18th to December 23rd, 2010
Overall Catch Success Rate 88.58%
BILLFISH: Billfish catches showed a slight improvement this week but are still on the slow side, nevertheless our boats are still seeing marlin – getting them to take bait has been the more difficult task. Although yellow fin tuna remained the main target of anglers, twenty three percent of our boats did manage to catch billfish this week. The 22nd was the best day for billfish when we had such catches as those aboard “Tracy Ann” for a group from Ontario, Canada with one striped marlin released at Los Arcos. “Rebecca” also released one striped marlin for the Fransen family from Oklahoma at the same spot. The Morgan´s from Mesquite, TX had a fun day aboard “Bill Collector” releasing one striped marlin as well as boating three dorado and five yellow fin tuna between 20 to 30 lbs. This same day “La Brisa” released one striped marlin and caught thirteen yellow fin tuna between 15 to 45 lbs for Martin Sisk and family from McArthur, Ca… god job guys! On the 20th, the Stephenson family from Camargo, OR caught one striped marlin and one yellow fin tuna at sixteen miles out from the Jaime bank.
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches continue steady with twenty percent of our boats catching between one to eight fish. On the 21st, “Attitude Adjustment” did very well for Dennis Elliot and friends from Oklahoma boating eight dorado in the 30 to 40 lbs range, twenty seven miles out from Cerro Blanco; the fish took a combination of lures and live bait. Actually we should mention that this day the captain rescued a couple of tourists on a panga – they were bobbing around in the ocean and have no idea how lucky they were that Captain Edgar spotted them and came to their assistance. He could not leave them there, so they towed the panga closer to the shore and let them use his mobile to call someone to pick them up. Special thanks to Dennis Elliot for his kindness and understanding, as his fishing day was cut short. This same day “La Brisa” boated six dorado between 20 to 30 lbs for Hagan family from Kansas City, KS; they also caught five yellow fin tuna. Tuna catches were still number one this report with fifty two percent of our boats catching between one and twenty seven fish. Top tuna boat was “Valerie” on the 20th for Cameron Blair and friends from Edmonton, Canada landing twenty seven yellow fin tuna, pretty much all football size, which took cedar plugs and hoochis. Another group from Canada out on “Tracy Ann” was not far behind with twenty tuna for James Giffin and friends from Ontario; they went twenty nine miles out from the 210 spot. The next day “Tracy Ann” did well again for Todd Kershbaum w family and friends from Houston, TX boating sixteen tuna between 15 to 40 lbs; they tried the same spot as the previous day, which worked out for them. On the 22nd Larry Hollington and friends from Georgia had a good day aboard “Valerie” boating twelve football size tuna; they will have plenty fillets to take home. On the 21st, Chuck Weatherly and friends from Kansas City, KS caught five yellow fin tuna aboard “Adriana”, one of them weighed 70 lbs – the largest of the week; they were fortunate to release a striped marlin as well. Our total tuna count was one hundred and forty three fish.
As to other species we had some rooster fish, Spanish mackerel, amberjack and jack crevalle.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies, seas mostly calm, cooler mornings.
LOCATION: Pacific Side - Golden Gate, Los Arcos, Migriño, Gaspareño, La Ballena, Old light house, San Jaime, 180 spot, 210 spot, Cerro Blanco,
AVERAGE WATER TEMP. 74 F
BEST LURES; Cedar plugs, tigrillo, green, red/black, green/yellow, red/orange, petrolero, rapalas, hoochis, guacamayo, white/blue
Live ballyhoo and caballito
Based on the catches of Pisces by Ale Almada & Tracy Ehrenberg.