BILLFISH: This week we saw some truly outstanding catches on striped marlin with six plus in a day not uncommon. So we are in suspense as to which way the fishing will go, it could suddenly explode with the never seen before numbers we experienced in 2008 or it could come in waves of super hot fishing days, followed by more standard catches, which by everywhere else’s standards are superior anyway. We just received photos from the Swedish group that are making a documentary and we have to say that the images they sent us are truly some of the most spectacular we have ever seen. Seeing as they are from their upcoming film, we have to obtain permission from them to post these but keep tuned to our blog for these amazing photos of kayak fishing. Billfish action predominantly on striped marlin was kept most anglers busy this week with sixty three percent of boats catching from one to nine fish in a day in the 90 to 160 lb class. All catches were on the Pacific with live bait being the most effective method of getting hook ups. “Shambala” makes the fish report again this week, for eight striped marlin released between 110 to 160 lbs just outside the Golden Gate, as well as three dorado for long time client Barry Suave and family from Houston, Texas fishing with guest Maria Lima from Brazil. On November 26th, 31 ft Bertram “Rebecca” topped even this catch with nine striped marlin released , plus two dorado, just two miles offshore at Gaspareño for the Delaporte family from Bernardsville, New Jersey. Fishing in the same area, aboard “La Brisa” we had Chic McSherry from Scotland, who wearing his kilt fishing for the first time, met with fortune to hook up five striped marlin, with friend Paul Young and also land two dorado. Chic we admire your courage to wear a skirt in the macho Mexican environment of the marina.
Everybody thought Chic McSherry from Scotland was brave when he showed up at the macho Mexican environment of the Cabo Marina, sporting a plaid "skirt".
“La Brisa” scored again, this time with six striped marlin released plus a sailfish for Justin Ardoin, from Lafayette, Louisiana on November 30th. Top anglers though has to go to Lori & Ron Chabot, along with Gerry Richmond from Florida. They had a total of fourteen striped marlin over two days aboard “Rebecca” fishing at Gaspareño and the outer edge of Golden Gate. Pisces anglers caught a total of 95 billfish, consisting of 93 striped marlin and 2 sailfish; all released.
Noboy was laughing in the afternoon though, when Chic reported one of the best catches for the fleet of five striped marlin released and two dorado for him and friend Paul Young. Must have been his lucky kilt.OTHER SPECIES: We had good action on dorado this week, though none of were notable size, with the average being 15 to 25 lbs. Sixty one percent of boats caught this species, though when found the numbers of fish caught was good ranging from one to twenty two with some good catches, close to Cabo in range of the pangas. Pisces anglers caught a total of 161 dorado this week. Tuna catches have slowed down somewhat with just seventeen percent of boats finding this prized catch, nevertheless the total tally on tuna was 67 fish. Top angler for sheer numbers was W. Etten from the Netherlands, aboard “Andrea” for twenty two fish caught up to 44 lbs, just below San Jaime, taken on cedar plugs and caballito (goggle eye). The most impressive fish though was caught by Mark Chiavetta from San Jose, California, aboard “Bill Collector”, he was fishing just above the old lighthouse and caught some smaller fish first around 20 to 25 lbs, but then thought he had hooked the bottom of the sea as he struggled to muscle in what turned out to be a 220 lb yellowfin tuna. The smaller wahoo are still around and “Fearless” was one of the boats that did well on these for angler Robert Alvarado, catching five wahoo up to 20 lbs and seven dorado. Closer to home boats caught roosterfish, needle fish and a few snappers.
LOCATION: Pacific Land’s End to Golden Gate.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: We are starting to feel a winter chill early morning and evenings; we had rain for a couple of hours on the 26th, seas some days calm others choppy.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 76-79 F
BEST LURES: live bait, red/black, guacamayos, cedar plugs.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg