Thursday, May 13, 2010

IGFA World Offshore Championship Results

Today was the close of fishing for the IGFA World Offshore Championship where  a total of forty teams from 16 different countries battled it out to see who would take the title of best in the world. Fishing was slow for the anglers, as the marlin have not yet arrived "en masse" to the Cabo area, even though we have heard reports of fish further up the Pacific. A total of sixty marlin, thirty five wahoo and six tuna were caught. The unofficial result for the tournament puts Mexico in first place for the second year in a row.  The Mexican team had a total of seven marlin released over the four day event plus two wahoo givingt them a total of 2196 points.  A team from the Bahamas took second plkace with five marlin released giving them 1500 points and third place went to the USA with four marlin and 1200 points. It looks as if Hernando Gonzalez will be top angler again this year too. The Mexican team shown in the photo consisted of Oscar Daccarett, Rafael Garcias, Daniel Fisher, Jobe Villavicencio and Hernando Gonzalez. Just shows to go when fishing is tough the locals have an edge. Way to go guys, congratulations.

May Fishing First Part


April 29th to May 4th, 2009

Overall Catch Success Rate 84%

BILLFISH: All things considered fishing was pretty good this week that is when boats actually left the dock. With the media machine in full swing and with the majority of people actually believing what they said, Cabo experienced a flood of cancellations, including that of the IGFA World Offshore Championship, which was set to start on May 11th. Despite not a single case of swine flu in our whole state and with our ideal geographic location keeping us far from the germs, people generally “freaked out” and decided to skip Mexico, which has been devastating to the economy. Not only that, but Mexicans are being discriminated against around the globe, for example popular Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez was not allowed to land his private plane in Peru or Ecuador to refuel simply because of his nationality……and people are upset about the way our citizens are being treated. However, we know Mexico and especially Cabo have a lot of loyal fans who will return shortly. Those that did make it down this week enjoyed a catch rate of fifty percent on striped marlin. This is an improvement on last week, but with the weather still not ready to fully commit to warmer temperatures, we still aren’t seeing the catches that we would like. Right now we have a big moon and it is windy in the afternoons; once the wind dies down we will see a huge improvement on marlin catches. Our top boat this week was “C Rod” with three striped marlin released and one dorado boated for Yvette, C.A and Elliot Bailey from Albuquerque, New Mexico, fishing with Noel Carte from Nevada City. All their fish were caught on live bait 20 miles out from Cerro Colorado. “Tracy Ann” also did well to release two stripers on May 1st, 13 miles from the 150 spot for Greg & Margaret Kjos, who were fishing with Kim & Marie Griesman, all from Minnesota. Pisces anglers caught a total of 13 marlin this week all of which were released.

OTHER SPECIES: Marlin was actually the best catch this week followed by dorado with forty four percent of boats catching between one and four fish up to 30 lbs, caught in diverse locations with lures being the best way to hook up. Yellowfin tuna catches fizzled somewhat as the week progressed, resulting in a sixteen percent catch rate, however “Ruthless” did very well on May 2nd for Wes Readinger, Greg Cunnington & Jeff Pierce from Fullerton, California; catching 20 yellowfin tuna up to 30 lbs, 1 yellowtail and 4 sierras. Inshore there were catches of giant squid, quite a few skipjack, the odd roosterfish, a few yellowtail and jack crevalle.

LOCATION: Six to thirty miles off of the Old Lighthouse 95 and 150 spots, five to twenty miles off of Cerro Colorado, Cerro Blanco five to twenty miles.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Light winds in the morning with a bit of chop, then calming before the wind picking up in the afternoons.


BEST LURES: Live caballito, green colored lures.

Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg