Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Sport Fishing - Customer Review

We received this review from Greg Jackson on our Facebook page, and wanted to share it with you:
 "Went fishing with Pisces on February 11th and 13th February 2015.  We fished on the La Brisa and Rebecca.  The first day on the La Brisa weather was nice with calm seas.  Fishing was slow but that is fishing. The Deckhand Roberto and Captain Rey were spot on when we did hookup.  We had one marlin shred 3 baits but couldn't get him hooked up.  After 6 fish and 5 hookups we did manage to get 3 in the boat; 1 marlin and 2 Dorado.  The 2nd Day was on the Rebecca.  Again Captain and Deckhand, sorry dont remember their names, were spot on when we did get hooked up.  We only seen one marlin but did get 2 Dorado.  The day was unusually cold and the seas were rough.  So the Captain was quite busy with the boat.  

I have taken several different Charters out of Cabo and Pisces Sportfishing is the only one I would use again. There were issues with the other Charters but I will not mention them here.  The resort hooked up 3 and one other I chartered.  I will give a shout out to Pat for her patience with the Crazy guy that must have sent 500 emails.  Lastly the Marlin was released, and the Dorado sure did taste good.  What we didn't think we would eat we gave to the Captain to distribute how he seen fit.  They were prepared at an outdoor cafe about 50 yards from the boat.  A place simply called Fisherman's.  The guys on the Dock in the morning were very helpful with getting us to our boats.  I felt we were rushed a bit.  But I think we should have gotten there earlier than 06:30 as there were others wanting to get to their boats also.  This same group of guys were also waiting at the Boat as it backed into the slip, wanting to know if you were taking your catch, if you wanted it mounted and letting you know that almost all the restaurants on the wharf."

- Greg Jackson 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Feb 14 - 20, 2015

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 73%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 26%, Dorado 47%, Other 30%

BILLFISH:   This week was a bit frustrating as the start of the week was pretty slow, with the fish moving around a lot and being hard to pinpoint, so what was a productive area one day, drew a blank the next.  Marlins were few and far between so even our top billfish producers struggled to get hook ups.  On one day Tracy Ann decided to go the opposite direction of everybody else and met with success for Dave Mabuy & Dave Farrell, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, when they released two striped marlin in front of Palmilla & Cabeza de Ballena on the Cortez side on February 14th, which was a nice achievement on a day when most boats got “skunked”.  Debora & Ricky Keller from New York headed out on 28 ft. Andrea on February 15th and travelled a long way, thirty two miles out from Land’s End to be exact, but they did end up releasing two striped marlin.  One of our better days was February 16th, when nearly all the boat managed a marlin each plus some dorado.  Top boat was 31 ft. Bertram Rebecca who released three marlin between 100 lbs.  and 140 lbs. at the 11.50 spot for Robert & Tammy Felinski from Texas.  This same day Tiburon our newest 31 ft. Bertram had two marlin released in the same area.  At the end of the week we saw catches again pick up when boats again released an average of one marlin and a lot of dorado.  Captain Rey and La Brisa did better than average at the close of the week with two striped marlin released, a dorado & three skipjack for Eric Baker and party from Delphi, Indiana.  The water is still warmer than normal for this time of year and the striped marlin have still not arrived in huge numbers, however Flora T spotted swordfish that they baited without success and Ruthless had a 350 lb. blue marlin on.  Twenty seven percent of our boats caught billfish, which is up from the previous week, giving us a total of 25 fish. 

OTHER SPECIES:  Dorado was the most widely caught fish this week but even though catches were excellent, even this abundant fish was missing in action a couple of days.  Best day for dorado was February 19th when boats had fast and furious action, with Ruthless and Valerie getting twenty plus fish in the Elias Calles and Gaspareno areas as well as several skipjacks.  Weights were nice at 15 to 30 lbs. and on this our best day, the dorado were hungry for live caballitos.  Adriana did well for Cindy & John Jacober from Ohio with nine dorado and a striped marlin released in the same area.  The average catch per boat was closer to two fish per boat.  Forty seven percent of our charters caught dorado giving us a total of 186 fish, with many released.  Bill Collector was the only boat to catch a shark this week, not a huge one but they did release the 60 lb. mako at Punta Gorda for Troy and Ada from Michigan.  Inshore there was a lot of skipjack, some sierra and triggerfish, as well as a few amberjack, needlefish and roosters.

LOCATION:  Gaspareno, La Ballena, Elias Calles, 95 spot, 11.50, Punta Gorda, Chileno, Los Arcos, Golden Gate.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Great – clear sunny skies and calm seas.
BEST LURES: Live caballito & frozen ballyhoo.

Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dramatic review from one of our clients, not the usual story

We just received this dramatic review from one of our clients, not the usual story. Read on:

"We fished with the Pisces group in February on La Brisa with Captain Ray.  The boat was in top shape, well maintained, all gear good as well. Pisces is a well organized company, licenses were waiting for us, lunch was pre ordered and all onboard.  They took good care of our catch, packaging and freezing was taken care of.

On the first day we caught and released a marlin, at around 09:30 a distress call came over the VHF, the crew immediatly pulled the gear and throttled to the spot were a man was swept off the rocks while fishing.  We arrived on scene and spotted the victim floating face down, in my 23 years as a Coast Guard rescue specialist it was apparent that he was deceased.  Captain Ray manuevered as close as possible to try and recover him, he got within 3 meters, however we were now in the danger zone, the swell was heavy and he wisely would not allow the crew to jump in, this was now a recovery.  He then got his boat out of the surf zone.  The Cabo rescue boat arrived shortly after, the victim was pushed onshore by the surf and 2 officers on the beach recovered him.

During this call for help, not one other boat came to assist, we passed at least 15, still fishing.

Captain Ray should be reconized for not only his excellent seamanship but for his compassion, he was the only boat to respond to a fellow man in distress.  I salute him.

He is a heck of a fishing guide as well.  Look forward to fishing with him next year."

Brian M.

Visited February 2015

**Our heros are Captain Rey in navy blue, deckhand Fernando in red an Rey Jr in orange.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Jan 31st to Feb 6th, 2015

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 96%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 16%, Dorado 95%, Other 22%
BILLFISH: This week we had picture perfect weather, flat seas, tons of whales, lots of fish; but they weren’t billfish.   The catch rate for marlin remains low even though this week more fish were spotted and our catch rate climbed a few points up to sixteen percent.  Slowly but surely more fish are being caught.  This week we did have a full moon which usually means slower catches due to the fish gorging all night with better visibility and not being so hungry during the day.  Nobody got more than one marlin in a day, but more boats were able to achieve that single fish.  All the fishing was on the Pacific side and some quite close.  Stephen & Karen from Sacramento took a half day trip aboard “Attitude Adjustment”,  not something we normally recommend, but seeing as this is a fast 46 ft. vessel they nipped up the coast and were able to release a 130 lb. striped marlin and boat two dorado off of San Cristobal and were back a little after 11.00 am.  La Brisa had a superb day on February 5th for Bob & Matthew from New York when they released a 135 lb. striped marlin and caught twelve dorado up to 25 lbs.  The striped marlin took live caballito and was from 120 to 150 lbs. in weight.  Pisces Sportfishing anglers caught a total of nine striped marlin this week, all released.

OTHER SPECIES:  Practically every boat out caught dorado this past week, with the catches varying from one to twelve fish per boat in the 15 to 25 lb. class.  Dorado took a variety of live bait such as caballito, sardines and ballyhoo as well as lures; in other words they were hungry.  Tracy Ann was the top dorado boat, scoring a dozen up to 30 lbs. on February 5th for Ian and Wendy from England at Pozo de Cota.  Ninety five percent of our charters caught dorado giving us a total of 233 fish.  A few of the boats went strictly for small game and did well on sierra up to 6 lbs.   A group from Florida out on Andrea caught eighteen plus a couple of dorado.  There were also some small sea bass and amberjacks as well as few skipjacks.  The wahoo run may be over as we only had a few of this species this week which is a dramatic drop. 
LOCATION:  Pacific, Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate, with Pozo de Cota, Margaritas and Cerro del Golden being the most productive.
WEATHER:  Perfect in every sense.
BEST LURES:  Live caballito, ballyhoo, green, orange/black.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Jan 24-30, 2015

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 93%

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 12%, Dorado 83%, Wahoo 39% Other 16%

Jean Dufresne & Nancy Rancourt from Quebec, Canada, with their 140-150 lbs striped marlin. The fish was successfully released.

BILLFISH:  Pretty slow numbers for billfish this week, but that is not to say that fishing is slow.  There was a lot of activity but mostly on dorado.  We had a glimmer of hope, that things were getting better at the end of this period, when Pisces La Brisa caught and released three marlin between 100 and 120  lbs at the Cerros de Arena on live caballito and landed a dorado, for French anglers Yves Jovitteau & Jean Claude Gerard.  Pisces Valerie also had an outstanding catch this same day in front of the Old Lighthouse, when Rob Garza & Joshua Milton from Crow Point, Indiana, released a 120 lb striped marlin then went on to catch six dorado up to 25 lbs and a small wahoo.   Tracy Ann always seems to be in the news and this week was no exception; on January 25th a group of Canadian anglers were on board fishing at the Cerro del Golden when they were fortunate to hook and successfully release two striped marlin up to 130 lbs and boat four dorado.  Pisces top of the line 55ft Flora T II, had an excellent day for Javier & Mario Gonzalez from Austin, Texas, who had fun fighting a 130 lb striped marlin that again took a live caballito and then went on to land three wahoo and a couple of dorado.   So what’s going on with the marlin?  It’s hard to say but the season seems to be messed up – warmer than normal, less bait and then when we spot them they don’t seem to be hungry.  The water is a great color there is plenty of marine life; tons of bait in the bay which the sea lions are feasting on – we even saw a school of porpoise less than 500 yards off of the Hotel Hacienda – guess we have to patient.   Pisces anglers caught a total of eleven striped marlin this week.

OTHER SPECIESDorado dominated this week, being found over a wide location but mostly on the Pacific between the Old Ligthouse and Golden Gate.  Top catch was aboard Pisces Rebecca for Suzanne & Chris Rafetto from Los Angeles, Ca. they were fortunate to catch fifteen fish up to 25 lbs, releasing a good many of them at the Cerro del Golden on a combination of bait and lures.  Other catches ranged from one to ten fish with sizes from 12 to 30 lbs.   A whopping eighty three percent of our boats caught dorado giving us a total fish count of 242 fish, with kill limits respected.  Wahoo catches remain the best they have been in years; even though the fish are small they still make a delicious meal.  Peter Mann & Dean Sjoyren has one of the better wahoo days, catching seven on rapalas off of Gaspareno as well as two dorado aboard Tracy Ann.  John Vinzant & friends were not far behind with five caught aboard Ruthless also on rapalas with a couple of dorado added to their catch around the 20 lb mark.  Another group from Canada headed up by Terrance Henry from Alberta, caught one of the biggest fish of the week, a 150 lb pilot shark which was released – they also got a dorado for the table.  Inshore some of the boats caught sierra, a few needle fish and skipjacks.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Unusually cloudy with light rain showers, now clear.  Seas calm with wind coming out of the Cortez on some days.
LOCATION: Pacific – Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate
BEST LURES: Live caballito, rapalas, green colors.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg.