Overall Catch Success Rate 85.08%
BILLFISH: We are still missing the good fishing of January for stripers like the past years, but the odd weather has made a change this year. The water is too cold that feels like March, some of our anglers had even seen some swordfish; it’s early for their season. Nevertheless, seventeen percent of our boats caught billfish this week. We had double marlin days such as on the 11th aboard “Shambala” for Sean Gunn and Hunter Hale from San Antonio, TX they released two striped marlin at out of San Jaime bank; they were also lucky to boat four yellow fin tuna. On the 6th, Lee Zimmerman and friends from Boston, MA released two stripers as well aboard “Bandito”; they were busy too reeling in ten football size tuna. The next day, “Bill Collector” did well too with two striped marlin, both released for the Matarese family from Carney Points, NJ; they caught two nice 30 lbs dorado for dinner. This same day, the Koch family from Denver, CO had a fun day aboard “Rebecca” releasing one striped marlin and boating ten yellow fin tuna between 20 to 30 lbs, one dorado and one mako shark at San Jaime bank on the Pacific side.. Well done guys! At the end of this report, “Tracy Ann” released another striped marlin for a group from Sweden and caught six yellow fin tuna; the fish took lures, chilliwili and cedar plugs respectively. We had a total of fourteen striped marlin all released.
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches are still, with the same rate from last week with eighteen percent of our boats catching between one to two fish. On the 10th, Tommy Engstrand, Roger Vesti and Andreas Andersson from Sweden caught two dorado aboard “Bandito”; the fish took tigrillo and cedar plugs lures. On the 6th Jamie Archer and friends from Toronto, Canada always loyal with captain Nayo Winkler aboard “El Gallo” caught a nice 35 lbs dorado and went for the in shore fishing and had fun catching eighteen Spanish mackerel and four bonitas. Tuna catches are on the lead again with forty four percent of our boats catching between one to twenty two fish. Top tuna boat this week was for the “Andrea” on the 9th, James and Sarah Hsiao from Orlando, FL were really busy reeling in twenty two yellow fin tuna between 10 to 25 lbs; the fish took a combination of lures. Several boats did well on this day actually; “Tracy Ann” was second with nineteen tuna for Mark and Jonathan Klins and friends from Charlotte, NC. “Ruthless” was just behind with sixteen tuna for Lee Boese and Tore Greco from British Columbia; they went down of San Jaime bank. “Rebecca” also present, boated fifteen yellow fin tuna for Robert Kowalski, Mitch Long and Todd Wellington from Olympia, WA. On the 7th, the Hamner family from Sacramento, CA caught sixteen tuna between 20 to 30 lbs aboard “Valerie”; they boated one 30 lbs dorado as well.. Congratulations! Also from Sacramento, CA Harry Bunfill, John Molis and Marco Grandinetti had a similar catch aboard “Adriana” a day before with fourteen tuna in the football size range and one 30 lbs dorado; they went thirteen miles in front of Pedregal. Pisces anglers caught a total of two hundred and forty yellow fin tuna this week.
As to other species we had a lot of Spanish mackerel in the area with twenty five percent of our boats catching between one to twenty six fish. Another species were rooster fish, jack crevalle, yellow tail, bonitas and a mako shark.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies, some windy days in the morning, seas mostly calm to a few choppy days, cooler weather
LOCATION: Pacific Side – Cabeza Ballena, Migriño, Old light house, San Jaime, 180 spot, 210 spot, Cerro Blanco, 120 spot, Pedregal, Herradura, Pozo Cota, Los Arcos, Margaritas Elias Calles, Gaspareño, Pescadero
Sea of cortez - 95 Spot, , Chileno
AVERAGE WATER TEMP. 71 F
BEST LURES; Cedar plugs, tigrillo, green, red/black, rapalas, hoochis, purple, feathers, yoyos, green/yellow, petrolero, mackerel color
Live caballito, mackerel, ballyhoo, sardines
Based on the catches of Pisces by Ale Almada