Overall Catch Success Rate 99%
Numbers at a glance: Marlin 65%, Dorado 61%, Tuna 17%
BILLFISH: We have not had a lot of anglers in town, which is shame because fishing is good and we know it is cold everywhere else – it is worth coming to Cabo for a weekend right now. Striped marlin catches were good throughout the week with boats averaging one to two each on most days in the 100 to 160 lb class. Thankfully live mackerel was readily available which we believe to a positive factor in the catch rate. Los Arcos and Golden Gate seemed to be the way to go, but strangely enough, on January 29th boats did an about face and fished the other extreme of Destiladeres on the Cortez side where they found marlin, before switching back to the Pacific the following day. There is a micro climate around Cabo; the seas and calm and there is no wind, but once you pass San Jose it is windy. The best marlin day was at the end of this report when we saw Pisces Adriana, a 28 ft boat catch and release four striped marlin for a couple that described themselves as “a desert lizard and a polar bear” Suzy Hertzman from Arizona and Patrik Hertzman from Sweden, who travelled from Europe to release these four fish at the Golden Gate. This same day we saw Pisces Great Escape Jr release three marlin for Kevin & Jamie Henderson from Greenacres, Washington as well as Pisces Andrea releasing three marlin, plus two skipjacks for Wayne & Warren Gyorfi from Canada. Sixty five percent of our boats caught striped marlin this week resulting in a total of 25 stripers, all of which were released.
OTHER SPECIES: It was great to have a revival on the tuna this week; commercial tuna seiners swept through him over a week ago and swept them all up, but I guess a new school moved into the area of San Jaime, resulting in some great catches. Tom Shave and his friends from Fort McMurray, Canada, were out on Pisces Tracy Ann and loaded up with 23 tuna, releasing some and also boating a dorado, they even saw a marlin but couldn’t get a hook up. This same day Pisces Bill Collector really went overboard catching 50 tuna of which they released 30, plus ten dorado were caught, for Mark Chiavetta & friends from Jose, California. Tuna were not found but a lot of boats, but when located the catches were excellent – just seventeen percent of charters caught yellowfin but the total catch was of 100 fish. You had a better chance of catching dorado this week; sixty one percent of boats, in fact did and catches ranged from one to fourteen fish, with weights between 15 and 30 lbs. One of the best spots for these was two miles offshore at Los Arcos on the Pacific. Charter boats also caught white skipjack in shore – in other words the type you can eat, as well as a few sierra. We are now offering surf/beach fishing with an expert guide, American born, Mexico raised, Wesley is now available for excursion with groups of up to four anglers and usually has high success rates. This week he caught jack crevalle up to 20 lbs, red and dog tooth snapper and even a large roosterfish. He has success catching sharks from the beach too, with some large copper sharks in the last month.
LOCATION: Pacific - Los Arcos, Migrino, San Jaime, Golden Gate; Cortez Punta Gorda, Destilideras.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 72 F
BEST LURES: Live mackerel, green lure, ballyhoo, cedar plugs, and feathers.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg