Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined: 85%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 32%, Dorado 58%, Tuna 9%, Other 34%
BILLFISH: Fishing was a bit slow this week compared to last. We saw scattered catches of marlin, wahoo and smaller game, but not in high numbers like the weeks before. The only billfish caught this week were striped marlin, but it may have to do with the weather, cool and cloudy, and water temperature, that as we have mentioned before, is warmer than usual. Stripers prefer waters around 70 F, and we are still experiencing temperatures as high as 78 F, so these factors may be adding up. However the Rebecca boat and angler Brad from Arizona caught two striped marlin, the most by any one boat, out of the Antena on mackerel. Brad and friends also landed nine dorados ranging from 15 to 25 lbs and one 15 lb wahoo. These were caught on green and blue/white lures.
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado and wahoo have again lead this week with most fish caught for other species, although the dorado were a little harder to find. Sunday and Monday were great days for dorados, with most boats catching up to ten or more dorados each. Anglers Brenda from Pennsylvania and her friends had just this luck, catching 10 dorados in one day, aboard the Tracy Ann. However, other days were slower with dorado catches, and we saw boats heading closer to shore to catch sierra, roosters, skipjacks, triggerfish, jack crevelle, yellowtails and red snappers, finding them in quite good numbers. For example, Knot Workin caught one 22 lb yellow tail out of Pozo Cota, one wahoo on caballito bait, four seabass and one red snapper all in the same day.
As for wahoo, numbers remain pretty high, with 31 wahoo caught this week; the largest weighed in on the Halcon at 36 lbs and was caught on caballito bait outside of Golden Gate. They also caught one striped marlin which they released.
Tuna have remained slow, but the Flora T, who went looking for them landed seven ranging from 10 to 25 lbs on cedar plugs and feathers out of Los Arcos. They also reeled in a dorado out of Pozo Cota. There were a total of twenty-five tuna caught this week on eight boats.
Total number of fish caught: 27 billfish, 173 dorado, 25 tuna, 31 wahoo, 4 seabass, 4 snappers, 13 jack crevelle, and 3 yellowtail.
LOCATION: Pacific: Golden Gate, Los Arcos, Pozo Cota, Gaspareño
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Mostly sunny with some cloudy days, fresh, calm seas.
WATER TEMP: 74-78 F
BEST LURES: Caballito, green, yellow, blue/white, tigrillo, colors
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg