Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 87%
BILLFISH: This week’s report could be called the marlin report, because by far and away they were the number one catch in Cabo, with the 11.50 spot the hottest spot in the area. This is good news as on Monday the 14th the World Offshore Championship Tournament, is taking place organized by the maximum authority in the sport fishing world IGFA (International Game Fish Association). This week we saw plenty of wise international teams, get into town early to practice with local crews and techniques ahead of the main event, which is spread over four days of fishing. The anglers fish on a different boat every day, randomly selected by a draw at check in and can only use 30 lb line and catch fish unassisted. Seventy four percent of our boat caught between one and five marlin per day with the odd boat here and there “skunked”. A group from Los Angeles, consisting of Bob Alvarado, Mark Taylor, Rick Pires and Greg Keir, were our top boat for releasing five striped marlin aboard “Fearless” on May 10th on ballyhoos. Gary and Sue Hall long time clients and friends from Snomohosh, WA released four marlin up to 150 lbs on May 9th aboard “Tracy Ann”. Matt Rainwater from Fort Worth, Texas, loves to fish on “Bill Collector” with Julio and no wonder, on his several trips this week he caught and released sixteen marlin, caught a dorado, went inshore one day for small game and even got skunked one day, but no complaining from him. “Valerie” had a quadruple marlin day on the 5th for Murray Brummer and friends from Colorado, fishing at; you guessed it the 11.50 with a combination of live caballito and dead ballyhoo. Pisces anglers caught a total of 65 striped marlin this week, with all but one released.
Picture here by Mario Bañaga, he went out on Tracy Ann to get some pictures, they spotted this marlin off of Cabo Bello. Nice to see the circle hook in action doing exactly what its supposed to do, hook the fish where is not going to do any damage.
OTHER SPECIES: With everybody hot and heavy after the marlin, not many people tried for other species, though we did have a few dorado picked up on lures and bait in the same area. Nicest dorado was caught by Australian, Ross Martin, which weighed 40 lbs and took a ballyhoo. Inshore boats caught some rooster fish up to 20 lbs, a few yellowtail up to 20 lbs and cabrillas up to 25 lbs.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Sunny and warm on Cortez, still cool on Pacific, seas calm.
LOCATION: 11.50 spot. Inshore, Lands End to Old Lighthouse.
WATER TEMP: 68- 72 F
BEST LURE/BAIT: Caballito & ballyhoo
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg