Thursday, August 14, 2008

Comments on large marlin

We have received several aggressive emails from anglers berating us for the dead, almost 900 lb marlin – which we didn’t kill. This fish was caught at the East Cape aboard a boat called Rude Baby. Yes, we are still pro-conservation, yes we still actively promote catch and release. Our release rate is 98.5% and we release thousands of marlin a year. However, the law in Mexico allows each angler holding a fishing license to kill one marlin per day. In Cabo we have a self imposed agreement, which lowers this to one marlin per boat per day, between local fleet owners. We talk to anglers ahead of time and suggest that they release their billfish, but, if they decide to keep one, they are within their rights. Nearly all anglers prefer to release. Some fish die, some anglers want the meat. The tiny percentage of what is kept by sportsfishing is not even a drop in a bucket to what commercial boats take. It’s funny but during big money tournaments like Bisbee, nobody says a word about the fish being killed. Even pro conservationists participate in these tournaments and that is their decision. You can be a conservationist, but it does not mean that you never kill a fish.

Birthday toast aboard Bill Collector

Our good friend Johnny Mack Powers fished recently and celebrated his wife birthday aboard Bill Collector, as you can see he had a great time, caught fish and went home happy. Thanks Johnny for continuing to fish with Pisces we appreciate your loyalty.

Just thought I would drop you a note to let you know what a great time we had, caught a lot of tuna 17, 30 to 40 pounds, 3 large dorado up to 40 pounds, and one sailfish, a pequeno one, but our friend Eric had never caught one so, it was worth the trip to watch him. As you know the Pisces crew was great ( Juan / Adriana / both Jorge's ) They helped me have a surprise birthday party on the boat 8/8/08 with cake and champagne. We really got her and all of us and the crew had a toast, she will never forget this birthday. Captain Julio and mate Esteban are the best, we really enjoy their company they can make a dull day of fishing fun and a great day of fishing the BEST. So far no dull days or skunks, after seven trips, knock on wood. Each morning the boat smells of pine soil. Can't wait till December, and the Finger Banks. For the money Bill Collector the best crew / boat going in Cabo, and we have been coming down since 1995.

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Here is the toast...


Here is Eric's sailfish, jumping off...