November 4th to 23rd, 2011
Overall Catch Success Rate 95% (all species combined)
BILLFISH: We have had a hectic few weeks and have been unable to produce a fish report, so here is a roundup of what has been happening. First we are happy to report that we have had a taste of some of the incredible catches, like we had back in 2008 at this time of year. Case in point would be “Shambala” who on November 21st released seven striped marlin, fifteen wahoo and fifteen dorado for Barry Suave and friends from Houston at the outer edge of Golden Gate. There were quite a few catches of double striped marlin days mixed with lots of dorado, but we also had blue marlin too. “Attitude Adjustment” released an almost 400 lb blue for a client from Australia, Marco Zimit, which they hooked on a blue and orange lure off of San Jaime on November 6th. Both “Bandito” and “Adriana” also had blue marlin at the Los Arcos area in the 200 to 300 lb class. We have also had a group from Sweden that are producing a documentary and are fishing from kayaks. They have been very pleased with the action they have been guided to by the crew of “La Brisa”, even though releasing one of the marlin caused them to capsize their kayak. Forty three of charters have caught billfish, consisting of 72 striped marlin 9 sailfish and 3 blue marlin.
OTHER SPECIES: This could be called dorado month, with our boats tallying up a total of 746 fish this report, with sizes averaging 20 lbs per fish. Everything has been on the Pacific with dorado found at most of our popular fishing spots. Mostly lures have been productive though some have also been caught on live bait. Eighty five percent of boats caught dorado with catches ranging from one to thirteen fish. Tuna catches dropped considerably but there have been some really big fish 200 to 300 lbs and we also know of a new Cabo record which will be posted on our blog shortly. What was really nice was to see the amount of wahoo being caught, though most were babies and released. Nevertheless, Bill Collector did have a couple of 50 lb’ers. Boats often caught four in a day and the most was fifteen aboard Shambala. Our total wahoo count was 44 fish. Inshore we had some roosterfish, pompano, skipjack and small cabrillas.
LOCATION: Pacific, Lighthouse to Golden Gate, popular spot was Gaspareño, Los Arcos, Golden Gate.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Beautiful…mostly sunny skies, though we did have our first rain of the year during the night last week which lasted three hours and damped the dust down. Slight chill at night, seas mostly calm.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 78-79 F
BEST LURES: Live bait for striped marlin, orange/yellow, green, black lures.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg