Overall Catch Success Rate 97%
BILLFISH: Regular Pisces client Art Hevener from Philadelphia, started the week out with a bang, fishing aboard “La Brisa” with family and friends, with a catch of two blue marlin, around 200 lbs each and an approximate 130 lb striped marlin; all released at the Golden Gate, with both blues on lures and the striper on live bait. October 3rd, was also a good day for blue marlin, albeit smallish ones with both “Tracy Ann” and “Rebecca” getting solid hook ups, on blue/green lures. Jeff Raben from Scottsdale, Arizona was the angler on “Rebecca” and he was very fortunate to go on to catch seven and a half tuna – with a shark helping itself to lunch as the last tuna was reeled in. “Tracy Ann” had a fabulous day on October 3rd with a blue marlin and two for John A. Guerrieri from Bromn OH and Steve Wood from Haslet TX. The blue marlin was a lure fish, whilst the sailfish were boat taken on live bait. Dennis Strunk from Ferguson Kentucky went out on “Andrea” with this boat deciding to go a different direction to most boats, into the Sea of Cortes and up towards Palmilla to the 11.50 spot, where their hunch was proved right, leading them to release a blue marlin, a striped marlin and land three dorado. Dale Darmante from New York was pleased to release both a striped marlin and a sailfish aboard “Adriana”, also at the 11.50 spot. Last year we had angler Maarten Durant, travel all the way from New Zealand to fish with us aboard “Shambala”, a beautiful 60 ft Hatteras, he was impressed and came back this year and released a blue marlin and a sailfish both on lures at the 95 spot. On October 4th “Rebecca” loaded upon fish, on the Pacific side near Pozo de Cota for Paul Colombo and friends from Chandler, Arizona – they released a blue marlin that took a dead ballyhoo, a nice 40 lb wahoo and seven. Forty-two percent of boats caught billfish, consisting of 11 Striped Marlin were caught, all released, 13 pacific sailfish, all released, and 8 Blue marlin, 7 were released.
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches remain steady, with sixty percent of boats catching fish in the 20-30 lb class, with catches of one to seven fish per boat in diverse areas. Thirty three percent of charters caught tuna, but we are seeing some real size on this species with catches of 100 lb plus fish not uncommon. Biggest one for us however, was by Steve Wood, mentioned also for billfish in this report. Steve hauled in a 210 lb beauty aboard “La Brisa” on a yellow and orange lure, thirty miles from the Old Lighthouse. The same day, “C-ROD caught 10 yellowfin tuna between 20 and 180 lbs in the same area for Rick Rudd from Danville CA. Inshore boats reported some nice multiple wahoo catches on the Pacific, as well as some, as well as some roosterfish and pilot sharks.
LOCATION: Golden Gate, Jaime Banks, 95, 11:50 spot, Old Lighthouse.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: 90 to 92F.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 85 – 87F
BEST LURES: Dead ballyhoo, blue & green, yellow orange.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg and Jorge Narro