Monday, December 22, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Dec 13 - 18, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined: 100%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 30%, Dorado 88%, Tuna 6%, Other 30%

BILLFISH:  We started of the week nicely, with Bill Collector and anglers from Tennessee catching and releasing a nice sized 500 lb blue marlin caught on a petrolero lure out of the Lighthouse.  They went on to catch eight more dorados as well.

The Rebecca also caught a nice blue marlin this week, but this one was found out of Gaspareño, making anglers Scott and Allison very happy.  The marlin was caught on a green/orange lure and was released.  Dorados bit their colorful lures too and even took some live bait, allowing the anglers a nice dinner that evening.  The dorados weighed from 15 lbs, to 30 lbs.

There were also a few striped marlin this week, with the La Brisa catching two of around 140 to 160 lbs, that were released. They were caught on caballito bait out of Los Arcos, by anglers from Delaware.  They also caught eight dorados on caballito bait and blue and green lures out of Las Margaritas.

The Valerie also did well with the billfish, although more so with the yellowfin, which were tough to find this week. They caught two striped marlin that they released as well as six yellowfin tuna and fourteen dorados!  Tunas were caught all on cedar plugs, while the dorados, five of which were released, landed on green and tigrillo lures outside of Golden Gate.

OTHER SPECIES: We saw an impressive amount of dorado caught this week!  Even with fewer boats out we saw almost double the number of fish caught compared to last week.  The fish have been found in the same locations, even though water temperatures have risen a few degrees, making the water amazingly warm for the season. 

The Andrea had a busy day, reeling in nineteen dorados and releasing nine, all ranging from 15 to 35 lbs.  The fish were caught on caballito bait and on a range of colorful lures outside of Migriño and Gaspareño.  Anglers were Jonathan and Randy all the way from Alberta, Canada.

The Tiburon caught twenty dorado and released five, as well as three yellowfin that were found around Golden Gate and Pozo Cota area.  Dorado were caught on lures and bait and tuna on cedar plugs and petrolero lures.

The wahoo brought some “yahoos” out of anglers from California, as vessel and crew on our 42 ft Yahoo caught three wahoo of about 20 lbs each.  They were caught on red and yellow lures, as well as bait.  The group also caught thirteen dorados out of Migriño.

We also caught plenty of roosters this week.  The Diablo Loco panga showed us how it’s done close to shore, catching and releasing three roosterfish, one of which was about 40 lbs.  They also caught two sierra outside of La Bomba.

Total number of fish caught: 17 billfish, 261 dorado, 9 tunas, 11 roosterfish, 6 wahoo and 7 sierras.

LOCATION: Golden Gate, Los Arcos, Las Margaritas, Gaspareño Migriño
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear skies, but some days with rough seas
WATER TEMP: 77 – 81 F
BEST LURES: Caballito, green, yellow, pink, tigrillo, colors
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg

Pisces Team Wins La Playita Dorado Tournament

Past weekend saw 76 local boats compete in the La Playita Dorado Tournament.  Team " Pisces" (aboard the Rebecca) consisted of J.R Alucano, Luis Cota, Bruce Montano and Rebecca Ehrenberg - beat out everybody with the winning fish reeled in by Captain J.R.  

It was a close call as earlier in the day, Rebecca had an even bigger fish on the line that was stolen at the boat by a sneaky sea lion, despite the crew frantically tossing bait fish into the water to distract the greedy beast, he obviously had a penchant for dorado and showed no interest in the measly bait.

After the heist, the team was silent, too disappointed to say a word - they knew it was the winning fish. They went on to find other fish, six more in fact, but none could measure up to the one they had lost.

The clock ticked on and they started to sweat - they had headed to the Pacific but the weigh in was in San Jose, about 20 miles away, lines had to be out at 3.00 pm and all fish had to be weighed by 4.00 pm. They began troll back, when Luis' sharp eyes saw a dorado honing in on one of his new lures.

God was smiling on them and they registered a solid hook up on what ended up being the winning fish -29.4 lbs earning them a nice cash prize and the brand new 23 ft panga pictured below. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report Dec 6 - 13, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined: 98%

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 39%, Dorado 72%, Tuna 7%, Other 37%

BILLFISH:  The Valerie wowed us this week, showing us a nice variety of fish caught last Tuesday.  The anglers caught and released three striped marlin averaging about 110 lbs. out of Migriño and Las Margaritas.  They also caught three dorados and four wahoos out of La Antena and La Lobera.  Marlin was caught on caballito bait, as were some of the dorado, while the others bit on black/red lures.

The Tiburon had a similarly spectacular day towards the end of the week, with David and Caly from California catching and releasing three striped marlin as well as two dorados and a nice 20 lb wahoo.  Fish were caught out of Los Arcos and Pozo Cota, all on caballito bait.

- Nate & Amica and Nathan & Christina from Oregon, went fishing with Ruthless and caught 3 dorados and one wahoo.

OTHER SPECIES: Again, we saw tons of wahoo, which is quite surprising for the season.  Pisces Sportfishing boats caught a total of thirty-six wahoo this week, with the Ruthless being a perfect example of what we’ve been seeing now for the past two weeks; they caught eight wahoo all between 15 and 20 lbs.  However, most wahoo caught by other boats did average about 10 lbs.  The Ruthless caught their wahoo on rappala and blue/white lures.  The Ruthless and anglers Kerry and Matt from Washington also landed three dorado this same day, averaging 15 lbs and releasing one.  These bit on green and tigrillo lures out of Golden Gate and La Ballena.

Dorado took the win for most fish caught this week with 143 fish total.  Most dorado averaged about 15 lbs and Pisces boat Rebecca is a nice example of the dorado caught this week.  Anglers from Idaho caught ten dorados ranging from 10 to 25 lbs., respecting catch limits, as well as one wahoo and one red snapper.  All fish were caught on red/black and blue/white lures out of Golden Gate.

The Flora-T also had an excellent day of fishing catching six dorados all around 20 lbs, caught on green lures, as well as five wahoo around 10 lbs, caught on tigrillo lures.  They also caught and released two striped marlin and one sardine shark, out of Las Margaritas.

As for tuna, we didn’t see too many this week, but we were happy to see the C-Rod and anglers Joe, Cassie, Corey and Trisha all land a yellowfin each, with the biggest weighing in at 112 lbs.  The remaining three tunas averaged 15 lbs. and all were caught on caballito bait outside of San Jaime.

As for other species caught this week, we saw the Diablo Loco panga catch four roosterfish, all released, ranging from 20 to 30 lbs.  Other fish caught this week were skipjacks, triggerfish, sailfish and snapper.

Total number of fish caught this week: 33 billfish, 143 dorado, 13 tunas, 36 wahoo and a variety of others.
LOCATION: Golden Gate, Cerritos, Los Arcos, La Antena, Migriño
WATER TEMP: 77 – 80 F
BEST LURES: Caballito, green, red/black, pink/black, rappala, blue/white.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg

Monday, December 08, 2014

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report, Nov 29 - Dec 6, 2014

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined: 93%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 46%, Dorado 56%, Tuna 19%, Other 80%

BILLFISH:  Billfish were surprisingly slow this week in comparison to other species caught, but it may have been because people were not going out of their way to find them.  Most of the fish this week were close to shore, so many boats preferred to head up the Pacific coast only a few miles out and catch some nice wahoo and dorado instead of looking for marlin.  However,  La Brisa was one of the boats to show us that if you were looking for the billfish you would find them.  They caught eight striped marlin, all released, ranging from 80 to 140 lbs, out of Golden Gate.  They also managed to catch three nice sized dorados close to Migriño averaging 25 lbs. 

On the same day, the Andrea and anglers Blake and Trevor from Texas, managed to catch and release one sailfish and one striped marlin out of Las Margaritas, and also find luck at Migriño with three dorados and one wahoo. 

Finally, the Ruthless managed to pull off and impressive half day of fishing, catching two striped marlin, around 120 and 140 lbs., which they released, as well as three dorado; making it back to the dock by 11:30 am. 

OTHER SPECIES:  This week was most certainly the week for wahoo.  We saw a few very nice sized wahoo making it to the scales, such as the 40 lb wahoo caught on the C-Rod by angler Baxton from CA.  In addition to this wahoo Baxton and friends caught four more wahoos ranging from 15 to 20 lbs, four dorados, one yellowfin tuna and one striped marlin which was released.  All small game fish were caught out at Gaspareño, while the marlin was caught at Pozo Cota.

The Tiburon crew and anglers Terry and Mathew had an excellent time fishing on this same day, catching eight wahoo!  They landed one of the biggest seen this week, weighing it in at 48 lbs, with the rest ranging from 15-20 lbs.  They also caught and released one striped marlin out at Golden Gate, while the wahoos were found at La Ballena.  Wahoos hit on rappala lures, green and black/red.

As for the dorados, the Ruthless and anglers from Indiana showed us that the mahi are still around, and in good size too.  They caught twelve of them all around 20 lbs out by Golden Gate on green lures.  They released five dorado as well as one striped marlin and, to top it off, caught three wahoo as well.  The wahoo bit on tigrillo lures and weighed about 20 lbs.

The tuna on the other hand did slow down a bit, but also because most anglers were interested in the fish closer to shore.  The tunas have been out a little further, but even with this, the Andrea and anglers from California managed to catch eight on feathers and cedar plugs out of Elias Calles. 

The Valerie really committed to find their anglers the tuna they wanted, going 30 miles out from the Lighthouse, and it paid off, they landed thirteen tunas all averaging from 15 to 25 lbs. They also caught and released a nice sized striped marlin of about 160 lbs.  The marlin was caught on caballito bait, while the tunas were caught on feathers.

Other small game seen this week were a few small sardine sharks that were released on the Knot Working, caught along with three yellowfins 22 miles out of the 200 spot. 

The Cabolero was a fine example of the many other small game fish caught this week, with one roosterfish, released, five sierras, one needlefish and one amberjack all caught in the same day out of the Lighthouse and Los Arcos. 

LOCATION: Migriño, La Ballena, Golden Gate, Gaspareño, Pozo Cota.
WATER TEMP: 79 – 82 F
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Rebecca Ehrenberg.