Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wouldn't you have liked this to be your 16th Bday?

We are always thrilled to hear when people have a good experience with us, especially when we can help fulfill  a young person's dream, with a memorable experience.

We received this letter from Judy Marshall who brought her 16 year old grandson Nick, down to Cabo for the ultimate fishing adventure.

Below are Judy's comments which really made us feel good, especially in regard to our crews

"Hi just wanted to let you know how wonderful our experience was with the Pisces fleet, best of all we caught and released 2 marlin. The boat, the excitement of the morning boarding, out to the sea but the very best was wonderful captain Nicholas and his mates, the skill at handling the boat, fishing and making the 2 days we spent with them just the best. Your organization should be proud to have such skilled people as part of the team.  

Thanks for a great vacation and the very best 16th birthday present a young man who loves fishing could possible have sincerely,

Judy Marshall."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fishing News Update

MARCH 19th to 26th, 2011

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 58%

BILLFISH: So we are in March, we know what that means, traditionally slow marlin catches – I like to call this the “March Doldrums”. Marlin are present and are seen often, but getting them to bite is a completely different issue. On one day last week one of our boats reported seeing eight marlin at Punta Gorda but couldn’t get any interested in bait, they referred to them as “window shoppers”, this boat however (Adriana) did manage to hook a swordfish, which they battled for two and a half hours before it broke off. The fish was estimated to be 250 lbs and was played by Richard Tootle from El Reno, Oklahoma. “Tracy Ann” also spotted a swordfish this same day 40 miles out from the 180 spot but had not luck in enticing it. These weren’t the only swordfish in Cabo this week, we also heard of another boat, “Go Deep” that landed a 300 lb. swordfish. The only people excited about marlin this week are the scientists, they think the behavior they are exhibiting could mean that they are mating and the researchers will be out with their equipment, trying to capture larva. We know that this is just a temporary situation and very common at this time of year. The good thing is though, that there is quite a bit of action inshore for delicious yellowtail, sierra and other small game. Despite this some boats did get lucky with marlin; “Tracy Ann” was the hot boat this week with two marlin released on the same day at Destiladeres by Tom & Dawn Oliphant, David Taylor & Larry Walters from Houston. Both fish were around 150 lbs and took live caballito. “Attitude Adjustment” caught a marlin this same day but in a completely different location, 22 miles out from the Old Lighthouse. This one was also around 150 lbs and was released by Bruno Sasson from San Diego. “C-Rod” was the other boat that caught a striped marlin at Punta Gorda for Jim Carey & Jim Croce….sounds like a famous duo…but these guys are from St. Louis MO and in fact it was John Croce, John Carey also and Ale Corey. Ten percent of boats caught marlin this week out total was four fish. The la niña current, present on the Pacific is a continuing factor in slower catches, but this will be ending soon.

OTHER SPECIES: Yellowfin tuna catches were fair this week with a little over twenty percent of boats landing between one and fifteen fish. “Ruthless” was the top tuna boat with fifteen caught off of San Jose by Josen and Jim Carmock from Newport Beach, California – all took cedar plugs and were up to eighteen pounds. Top tuna day ended up being the 23rd, when the word went out that San Jaime was the hot spot. Boats zipped up the Pacific and then out from San Jaime between twenty and twenty five miles. “Rebecca” did best this day with eight fish from fifteen to a nice fifty pounder for the Power family from Klamouth Falls, Oregon. A very enviable catch this week was aboard “Bill Collector” a double header on wahoo accomplished by Timothy Reedy from New York & Ray Majesty from Glenview, Illinois. The fish took green colored lures just three miles out from Chileno and weighed 45 and 65 lbs respectively. Great catch! Inshore there were yellowtail up to 30 lbs, sierra, roosterfish and other bottom fish. Small game catches accounted for thirty four percent of the catches this week.

WEATHER: Some partly cloudy days, Sea of Cortez calm, Pacific with whitecaps some days, mix of hot days and cooler nights.

LOCATION: Punta Gorda, Destiladeres, San Jaime, Old Lighthouse,



BEST LURES: Live caballito, cedar plugs, green.

Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg

We had two hook-ups on elusive Broadbill Swordfish, this week; generally considered the most prized of all billfish catches. In most places in the world they are caught at night. Here in Cabo we catch them during the daytime. They are occaisionaly found dozing on ther surface and if a bait is presently exactly correctly you may get a hook up if they are very hungry. Captains often say they try to smack them on the bill with the bait, to cause an automatic reaction to get them to bite. They have very soft mouths and the hook often rips out.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Latest Fish Report

March 12th to March 18th, 2011

Overall Catch Success Rate 75% For All Species Combined

BILLFISH: Marlin catches are steady this week with twenty seven percent of our boats releasing striped marlin. Top marlin boat this report was “Adriana”; they did a good job on the 12th for Ken Ciardiello and son from Connecticut releasing a total of three striped marlin between 120 to 130 lbs at Punta Gorda on the Sea of Cortez. On the 15th, Bryce Weempe and friends from Texas had a great day too, as they were fortunate to release two stripers estimated between 140 to 150 lbs this time a little bit closer, at Cerro Colorado; they also caught two football size yellow fin tuna – hooked with cedar plugs. This same day but on the other side, at the Golden Gate, on the Pacific, Stephen and Andrew Seifert from Appleton, WI released one striped marlin about 160 lbs aboard “Rebecca”; they boated one tuna for a nice sashimi dinner. On the 18th, Rick Mully and friends from Canada released one striped marlin aboard “La Brisa” and boated eight yellow fin tuna between 20 to 25 lbs which took cedar plugs. Pisces anglers had nineteen striped marlin this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches were on the slow side this week, with just a couple of boats making it back to the dock with yellow flags flying. On the 12th, “Ruthless” caught a 30 lb dorado for Richard Borsch and friends from Calgary, Canada they then went on to release a striped marlin as well. Both fish took live caballito. This same day James Marigliano and friends from Dallas, TX, landed a 30 lb dorado aboard “Great Escape Jr”; they went all the way to the Cabrillo Sea Mount, where they did well to release a striped marlin in the same location. Tuna was the top catch of the week, with thirty four percent of boats catching between one and twenty fish. Most of them were “football” size (12 to 25 lbs) though some were a little larger at 40 lbs, now and then. Top tuna boat this week was “Tracy Ann” who on the 17th had Stacy Douget from Sweeney, TX aboard. They boated a total of twenty yellow fin tuna, thirty five miles out from Jaime Bank on the Pacific side; the fish took cedar plugs. On the 12th, “Tracy Ann” scored again, this time for Denise and James Wind from Long Beach, NY with a total of nineteen tuna between 20 to 25 lbs as if this wasn’t enough James was very lucky to go on to release his first striped marlin at Punta Gorda. On the 16th “La Brisa” had a great day for Tore and Don Kragerud from Las Vegas, NV they had plenty fillets to take back home as they reeled in fifteen yellow fin tuna from 25 to 30 lbs; they took a combination of lures, nevertheless they had to head out a way; thirty six miles out from Cerro Blanco. This same day, Greg and Tamara Ukranichuk from British Columbia had a busy day with twelve tuna from 15 to 40 lbs, twenty two miles out from San Jaime. On the 12th, “Valerie” landed a dozen tuna as well for Gary Allison from Henderson, NV; the fish took a combination of cedar plugs, feathers and hoochis. William Jungersen went out fishing with captain Ricardo Agundez on March 17th and landed ten 20 lbs yellow fin tuna aboard “Great Escape Jr”. Sierra catches are still on, with seventeen percent of our boats catching these little guys. Anglers who focused inshore did well catching sierra, sea bass, bonitas, skipjacks & lady fish.

As to other species, we also had one mako shark on the 16th aboard “C-Rod” for Michael and Cheri Judge from Iowa; the fish was successfully released and it was estimated on 150 lbs. Earlier in the day they had caught a skipjack and decided to save it for bait, guess who got it? ….Yep the shark.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies. Mostly calm seas with a few choppy days, great weather overall.

LOCATION: Pacific Side – Golden Gate, Migriño, Old Lighthouse, Cerro Blanco, Margaritas, Gaspareño, Cerritos, Elías Calles, San Jaime, Los Arcos

Sea of Cortez – Chileno, 95 spot, Punta Gorda, 11:50 Spot, Santa Maria, La Playita, Barco Varado, Chileno, Cabrillo, Destiladeras, Cabo Real


BEST LURES; Cedar plugs, rapalas, hoochis, tigrillo, purple, blue/white, feathers

Live bait: caballito, ballyhoos, sardine

Based on the catches of Pisces by Ale Almada & Tracy Ehrenberg.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Latest Fish Report

March 3rd to March 11th, 2011

Overall Catch Success Rate 72.92%

BILLFISH: Despite a dip on marlin catches this week, thirty percent of our boats released striped marlin. The majority of the boats met with success in the Sea of Cortez, between the 95 spot and up as far as the Gordo Banks. The Top marlin boat this week was definitely “Tracy Ann”, with two double-header marlin days and the rest of the week one a day, with the exception of a single day when they saw them but couldn’t get a hook up. First double marlin day for “Tracy Ann” was on the 10th for Charles Meissen and Dave Schroder from Colorado; they ending up sharing a boat and did very well releasing a marlin each, both estimated around 150 lbs, released three miles out from the 95 spot. On March 8th, they had another double marlin day for birthday girl, Susie Hodnik from Juno, Alaska. Both the fish were released at Cabrillo sea mount and took live caballito. Susie was thrilled as this was her first marlin ever – way to go Julio & Martin; what a great birthday gift. “Adriana” did well too on the 5th for Mike and Melissa Brightwell from Springfield, Maryland. They did well to catch two stripers this time on the Pacific in Migriño area. They released on of the fish and estimated at 170 lbs and the other died during the fight –this one proved to be the larger of the two weighing in at close to 200 lbs, larger than usual. On the 7th, Larry and Saundra Dunsnoor from Klamath Falls, OR released one striped marlin which weighed approximately 160 lbs again, board “Tracy Ann”. This one was found at a favorite haunt of striped marlin, Golden Gate. On the 4th, Doug Noonan and friends from Florida had a great day, guess with whom... Yeap “Tracy Ann”! They were not even trying for marlin, instead they wanted to concentrate inshore and managed to hook up twenty sierras and a bonita at Gaspareño; on their way back to the dock with all the lines out of the water, Martin, deckhand, saw a marlin jumping out of the blue. Now, Martin is young lithe and eager, he leapt to the bait well had a caballito on the hook in no time, cast it with accuracy right in front of the marlin and got a hook up. It was Doug´s turn and his first marlin. He reeled and reeled under the watchful eye of Nicolas Winkler, skippering that day, and with some coaching managed to get the fish boatside for a couple of photos, before releasing it. He was extremely appreciative of crew’s skill. Thank you Doug for stopping by to the office and share your story. Pisces anglers had seventeen striped marlin this week; all released except two.

OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches were better this week, but not great. Nine percent of our anglers managed to find this species. We had a couple of good sizes though, such as on the 5th aboard “Fearless” for Christopher Garcia and friends from New York City, NY who caught a respectable 40 lb dorado, taken at thirty miles out from Chileno bay; they also boated two yellow fin tuna between 15 t& 30 lbs; the fish took a combination of lures. On the 10th, Scott Towers and friends from Littleton, CO landed a 35 lbs dorado aboard “Adriana” and they caught one 20 lbs tuna as well. The same day, “Ruthless” caught another dorado from the equal size hooked with a blue/white lure for Tyler Mincemoyer from Philadelphia. Tuna catches were slightly better this week with fifteen percent of our boats catching between one to eight fish. The best day was on the 5th for Carla and Bill Davis from Pawley Island, SC they boated eight yellow fin tuna between 25 to 30 lbs fifteen miles from Cerro Blanco, all the fish took cedar plugs. They were lucky to release one striped marlin too. Early in the week, “Andale” caught six yellow fin tuna on feathers for a group from New York; most of them were football size. Catches are still steady with nineteen percent of our anglers hooking up to these tasty but tough fighters. On the 10th, Michael and Cindy Hulquist from Alaska had a good day aboard “Salsa” panga with a total of fifteen sierra from about 8 to 10 lbs; all caught with hoochis. On the 3rd, William Bartow tried the same boat and caught fifteen sierra as well as releasing a couple of rooster fish and a jack crevalle, close to the old lighthouse. We had a few yellow tail this week, on the 3rd the McLean´s from Florida caught ten of these fish (great for sashimi) aboard “La Brisa”; they went for a half day so they focus on inshore fishing and caught eight sierra and one 25 lbs sea bass. Other species; we had yellow tail, rooster fish, sea bass, trigger fish, mako sharks, grouper and a lot of bonitas.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies. Mostly calm seas, great weather overall.

LOCATION: Pacific Side – Golden Gate, Migriño, Old Lighthouse, Cerro Blanco, Margaritas, Gaspareño, Cerritos, Elías Calles

Sea of Cortez – Chileno, 95 spot, Punta Gorda, 11:50 Spot, Santa Maria, La Playita, Barco Varado, Chileno, Cabrillo


BEST LURES; Cedar plugs, rapalas, hoochis, green, guacamayo, yellow, blue/pink, yoyos, tigrillo, green/white, purple, blue/white, red/black, feathers

Live bait: caballito, ballyhoos, sardine

Based on the catches of Pisces by Ale Almada & Tracy Ehrenberg.

Tyler Mincemoyer and friends from State College, PA with a 30 lbs dorado aboard "Ruthless"

Doug Noonan pictured with his first marlin released aboard "Tracy Ann"

Friday, March 11, 2011


The Tsunami that was supposed to hit Cabo today was a bit of a non-event and we are not complaining.
It was tough on  anglers who couldn’t go fishing and more so for those who were unable to reschedule.  

Here is a short clip of what was happening, which you can see was not anything really. It was kind of cool to get a glimpse of a yester year Cabo though, when there was hardly any activity, in this now popular tourist resort. Beaches were completely empty due to the local authorities closing all of the coastline as a precaution.

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Tsunami Advisory for Cabo

While Cabo is under a Tsunami Advisory according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center this means that strong currents are likely, and a wave of between 4 and 10 inches is possible. In others words there is not much to be worried about. We send out our condolences to the people of Japan.
If you would like to check out any tidal events at the Cabo Marina, this is the link to our webcam. We urge you to be patient as it is currently saturated by the number of people attempting to view it. Estimated times for any sort of activity is between 9-11 am Mountain Time.
Pisces Cabo Marina WEBCAM