|Dorado & Tuna Catches Were Steady, Even Though Marlin Was The Most Likely Encounter|
BILLFISH: Striped marlin catches remained steady this week with the exception of one day, when boats saw lots of stripers but could not get them to bite. Nevertheless sixty three percent of charters managed to catch between one to six marlin per day, with a good number also loading up on tuna too. Weights on the marlin were good with the average size 120 to 170 lbs. The marlin were found to be more spread out this week ranging from four miles off of Cerro Blanco to Destiladeras and we are now seeing a spill over into the Pacific off of the Old Lighthouse. Best one day marlin catch, was for “El Gallo” on June 3rd, for six marlin released for the Schmitz family from Gainesville, Texas at Destiladeras; all on live jurelito . “Tracy Ann” also did very well with four striped marlin and one sailfish, released on June 8th for Bob Arrit & Steve Keane from Omaha NE, fishing with Troy Traycke from Washington & Steve Pearson from Wilsonville, OR at the 11.50 spot and Destiladeras. Next day out theyA headed back to the 11.50 area and released another four marlin, this time for Louis Abbott from Encinitas Ca. Top boat for sheer numbers though, has to go to “La Brisa” on June 4th for four striped marlin released, a sardine shark and seventeen tuna off of Cabeza de Ballena and the 95 spot, so pretty close to Cabo, for Hector Bonilla & Jaime William from Mexico City. Pisces anglers caught a total of 50 striped marlin and one sailfish this week, all released.
OTHER SPECIES: Although more boats caught marlin than tuna, when boats came across this species the catches yielded higher numbers with catches from one to seventeen fish, though none of unusual size – average was 15 to 25 lbs. Fifty percent of charters caught tuna and our total catch was of 122 fish. The tuna were found between the 95 spot and San Jaime on the Pacific with the most effective lure being cedar plugs. Dorado catches dipped off a bit but were still decent with twenty nine percent of charters catching one or two fish in the 15 to 30 lb class found over a widespread area. Inshore amberjack, jack crevalle and yellow tail were caught. The area close to El Tule yielded roosterfish in the 10 to 30 lb class. “Sirius” the panga released a hammerhead shark and we also had the sardine shark mentioned above.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear sunny skies, weather was hot with the effects of Hurricane Adrian way out in the Pacific being felt somewhat. Weather has now cooled again with some wind on the Pacific.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 80 F
LOCATION: 11.50 spot, 95 spot, Destiladeras, San Jaime, Cabeza de Ballena, and Cerro Blanco.
BEST LURES: Live bait, jurelito, caballito, green colors, cedar plugs.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg