Saturday, January 18, 2014

Great Fishing in Cabo - See the Numbers Here

January 11th to 17th, 2014
Overall Catch Success All Species Combined 100%
 Numbers at a glance: Billfish 45%, Tuna 66%, Dorado 5%, Other 11%

BILLFISH: There is no better place to be right now than Cabo, fantastic weather, warmer than average water temperatures and superb fishing in general, with every single boat sent out by Pisces catching fish.  Marlin catches were good, but with a full moon the fish were feeding at night and not quite as hungry during the daytime, nevertheless forty five percent, a little under half of the boats, did manage to hook up between one and four striped marlin. Marlin could be found most days at Golden Gate or close by, but could not always be enticed to eat even their favorite bait, mackerel. Craig Romanisson from Vancouver was out with friends aboard Pisces Adriana on January 11th when the released four striped marlin up to 120 LBS. This same day Pisces Fearless, fishing the same area also had a quadruple marlin day for Ken Dellinger, Ryan Rousser & Kris Owens from McKinney, Texas. The only other boat to have a four marlin day was Pisces Rebecca on the 12th, for Gerald & Mary Schultz from Butesmart, Wisconsin, who also caught a 30 LB grouper. Other boats caught one or two fish, almost exclusively at Golden Gate on live bait. Our total marlin catch was of 34 fish all released.

OTHER SPECIES: Yellow fin tuna catches were fabulous this week, with boats able to load up on fish in the 12 to 30 LB class and occasionally up to 50 LBS.  More tuna was caught than any other fish this period giving us a total of 477 fish and a catch rate of sixty six percent. Catches ranged from twelve to thirty five fish per boat, with the majority caught between 25 miles out from the Old Lighthouse and San Jaime. Dorado catches took a sharp downturn this week with just a few caught. Inshore boat caught some sierra, skipjacks and the odd grouper. Pisces Tracy Ann caught a sizeable thresher shark at 146 LBS, taken by Sam Shrader from Boston, who along with his brothers Steve and Connor also released a striped marlin.  Our surf fishing guide Wesley took out Gerardo Gonzalez from Holister, California, they were fishing for sierra off of Los Arcos when they got a huge surprise, a large lemon shark took the bait intended for the sierra – Gerardo struggled and was coached for 35 minutes until they managed to get the 220 LB shark to the beach, were they took out the circle hook and safely released it. A remarkable achievement on 30 LB braided line and spinning tackle.
LOCATION: Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear sunny skies, flat seas.
BEST LURES: Live bait, cedar plugs, sardines.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 4th to 10th, 2013

Overall Catch Success Rate 100%

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 61%, Dorado 41%, Tuna 47%, Other 24%

BILLFISH: The good thing this week was that we had a perfect score, every single boat we sent out caught something and more often than not, quite a lot of fish. This period striped marlin was the species most likely to be encountered by anglers aboard Pisces boats. We had great catches of other species too, but nevertheless more boats found marlin than anything else. As predicted in our previous fish report, the stacking up of boats off of the Old Lighthouse who were bottom fishing for the stripers, came to an end after three weeks, the fish spread out and charters are moving up the coast, mostly to Golden Gate to find them.  Catches ranged from one to three marlin per boat, with our top boat Pisces Yahoo, having a fabulous day releasing five striped marlin for Greg Stewart from Palin City, Alabama, who also caught a tuna, grouper and two dorado. Our little 28 ft. boat Adriana, really must have flown to be able to get to Golden Gate & back on a half day trip and release three striped marlin for Mike Flanagan from Pennsylvania. This same boat had three big stripers on January 8th, up to 200 LBS at La Bomba & Golden Gate for Joe Xumphonphakdy (yes we questioned that name too) & Megan Laube from New Jersey. It was nice to finally have some live mackerel available – striped marlins’ absolute favorite, improving the odds of hook ups. That said those boats that took caballito for bait also did well.  Sixty one percent of our boats caught marlin this week, giving us a total of forty eight fish, all released.

OTHER SPECIES: Marlin might have been the most frequent catch this week but for sheer numbers yellow fin tuna could not be beat. Our top tuna boat this week was Pisces Rebecca with an amazing catch of fifty fish up to 25 LBS, (many released) for Steve Turner from the aptly named Fishers, Indiana - he along with his friends also release a striped marlin. They fished 38 miles to the south of Cabo on January 10th. This same day Pisces Tracy Ann did not want to be left out, but they went to San Jaime where they were able to catch thirty tuna, two dorado and release a striped marlin for Daniel O’Connor & buddies from Australia.  Pisces Bill Collector went a long way out, forty miles from Lands End, to be able to catch thirty five tuna up to 30 LBS for Jo Ellen Jablonski & party from Illinois.  Forty seven percent of our charters caught tuna giving us a total count of 324 fish.  Dorado catches remain good, with forty one percent of boats catching between one and ten fish up to 25 LBS. One of the better catches was by George Leopold from Santa Fe, California aboard Pisces La Brisa, for ten fish caught at La Ballena on live mackerel and an assortment of lures.  The dorado are more spread out now, but generally were found along the coastline about a mile offshore between the Lighthouse and Golden Gate.  Several boats caught grouper up to 20 LBS as well as skipjacks and the odd sierra inshore. Just a couple of small wahoo were taken and the only other catch was that of a blue shark, a tiny 20 LB specimen, released aboard Adriana by Ken Kinslow from Oklahoma.

LOCATION: Pacific – Golden Gate, Margaritas, San Jaime, Migrino, 30- 40 miles south.

WEATHER: Perfect

AVERAGE WATER TEMP: Water is still warm at 74 F

BEST LURES: Live mackerel, live caballito, cedar plugs, green/black, petrolero