BILLFISH: It’s a bit hard to write this section this week as marlin catches were slow….however, as we close this report, there have been better catches of striped marlin and a couple of sailfish. Our total tally for the days covered in this report was just three fish. “Andrea” had two of these, the first for Tim and Terry Veenstra from Prince George, Canada, at Punta Gorda on live bait. The other aboard this boat was on March 28th, in the complete opposite direction at Jaime Banks, caught by Edwin Baxter from Pennsauken, New Jersey, also on live bait. The third marlin of the week was aboard “Ruthless” on March 31st just four miles off of Los Arcos, by the Patrick & Deisato brothers all from Colorado….as well as the marlin they got a cabrilla and a couple of chopos. March is traditionally the slowest month of the year for marlin, so the catches are not too surprising; however, water temperatures continue to be higher than normal for this time of year which could be a contributing factor. All the marlin caught were released.
OTHER SPECIES: The top big game catch in Cabo this week was yellowfin tuna, with “Tracy Ann” being the top scorer but in order to achieve this, they had to go a long way; 43-45 miles out from Cerro Blanco. On March 30th this boat caught ten up to 30 lbs with a combination of feathers, cedar plugs and lures for John & Jeannie Coogle, Ron &Diana Techa from Omaha Nebraska. Next day out they managed to get another eight with cedar plugs and tiger type lures for the Stacke family from Chicago, Illinois. Other catches of tuna ranged from one to five fish giving us a catch success rate of twenty two percent for this species. Dorado catches dropped down this week, resulting in just three single catches. Smaller species inshore accounted for forty nine percent of all catches this week. The number one catch was sierra or Spanish mackerel with boats catching up to eighteen in a day. Not to be sniffed at; this species is fun on light tackle and delicious to eat. Other inshore catches were of “chopos”, jack crevalle, pompano, cabrilla and triggerfish.
PHOTOS SHOW OUR TOP TWO BOATS THIS WEEK, ANDREA FOR MARLIN AND TRACY ANN FOR TUNA.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot and sunny, seas calm.
LOCATION: No one set location both the Cortez and Pacific: 36-45 miles off of Cerro Blanco, San Cristobal, 95 spot, Punta Gorda, Los Arcos, 95 spot, Jaime Banks, Las Margaritas plus others.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 71 F
BEST LURES: Live bait for marlin, cedar plugs, feathers, petroleros, tigrillos, guacamayas.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg