Monday, June 29, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report June 20th to 26th, 2015

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 98%

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 16%, Tuna 80%, Dorado 4%, Other 12%

BILLFISH:  Another great week for fishing in Cabo!  Or we should call it the Tuna week!  We have been waiting for the tuna to appear down in our waters and did not disappoint to our anglers at all, but let's come back to our Billfish which was great.  Carl Smith and Joseph McCorvey from Hockley, Texas fought a Blue Marlin weight estimated over 180 lb. aboard Pisces Ruthless with our beloved Leon Camacho who yesterday put again a Blue in his line participating with the Stars and Stripes Tournament.  Brad Rau from Minneapolis released another blue, weight estimated of 250 lb. at Palmilla area.  Pisces Adriana boat got a blue marlin 14 miles out of Cabo Real with a “clown lure”, (local name by the Cabo crews) with a variety of colors.  The Striped Marlin has been spreading in different areas of the sea of Cortes to the Pacific side, from  Palmilla, to the 11.50 spot, in front of the Cabo Bay going out about 30 miles out, the Old light House spot and other fishing grounds over the Pacific side all the way to San Jaime.  The Marlin is everywhere and this is a glance of the upcoming high season!  On June 22nd Pisces Flora T with Captain “Toto” put Brad Jauer´s group in action with two striped marlin released and one yellow fin tuna at the 95 spot, visiting from San Antonio, Tx.  We had two sailfish released in the same fishing ground aboard the 28ft Adriana, weight estimated  60 lb. for Ana, Jennifer y Tony Gonzalez visiting from Alburqueque, New Mexico.  The Billfish was spotted mainly with live bait, the traditional “caballito”.  Pisces Cabolero did fantastic releasing three striped marlin weight estimated 130 lb., six dorados and two tunas with the group of Brian Nugent, Barker, Allison, Brock and Couch from Florida and Georgia.

16% of our boats caught billfish this week breaking down in 45 striped marlin,  3 blue marlin one of them was lost during the fight and two sailfish total of 50 billfish.  All the fish were successfully released but one that unfortunately got wrapped in the line.

OTHER SPECIES:  The yellow fin tuna was outstanding and impressive, boats spot from six, twelve, and twenty tunas per vessel!  Tim Gray, Gary Chawk from Palo Alto, Ca. shared Pisces Adriana boat with Ashley and Dominic Richard from Orange County and managed tunas from 20, 30 50 and 80 lb.  Dominic was celebrating his birthday!, what a way to spend the day reeling huge tunas!  Outside of the 180 spot Pisces C Rod found tunas from 10 to 130 and 150 lb. for The Solomon family visiting from Alpharetta, Georgia;  Tracy Ann reeled a 100 lb. with Dylan and Thomas Eads and Mark and Markus McGuire from San Clemente, Ca. give them a good fight.  Again with Tracy Ann Bobby Samuel´s group from Midland, Texas fought 130 and 150 lb. tunas, 30 miles out of the 95 spot.  Pisces Bill Collector did good catching tunas ranging in the 160 lb. outside of the 11.50 spot with Michael and Becky Hurley from Virginia.  31ft Rebecca with Jr. and Luis  did their own action with tunas of 130 lb., 21 miles out of the Cerro with the group of Carter, Beavers and Baxter from North Richland Hills, Tx.  Aboard Pisces Valerie Amy and Troy Strawn and Kelly & Mike Ayers fought 2 tunas of 180 lb. for over 3 hours!  On the 11.50 spot 35 miles out.  As to Dorado or Mahi Mahi our crews were able to spot some and caught about 20-25 lbs 28 miles out to the South with 31ft La Brisa with Hazlett and Kline party visiting from Dana Point, Ca. and C Rod great and tasty catch!

80% of our boats caught tuna, breaking down in 256 tunas and 10 dorados.  Our crews released three pilot sharks in Punta Gorda between 60-90 lb aboard Ruthless with the group of Noynaert & Gidley visiting from College Station, Tx. And aboard Bill Collector with Erika Fritz and Barret Blevins, New Braunfles, Tx. Panga Salsa had a good day with Tom Eads group bringing amberjack, sierra and skipjacks ranging from 5 to 10 lb. and panga Gloria did great with one rooster, one red snapper and needlefish from 20 to 18 lb. with Clay Montgomery from Minnesota.

WEATHER: The summer started officially, a little windy over the Sea of Cortes and Pacific side which gives a nice cool sensation to everybody local and tourists. Calm seas.
LOCATION: San Jaime, 180 spot, 210 spot, Cabrillo,35 miles out Old light house, for tuna, marlin were found from the 11.50 spot, 95 spot, 30 miles out of the hill, the Old Lighthouse to Punta Gorda.
BEST LURES: live caballito, orange/black, green, guacamayo, payaso, green-blue and cedar plugs.

Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report June 13 - 19, 2015

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 90%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 62%, Tuna 12%, Dorado 11%, Other 49%

BILLFISH:  Cabo San Lucas experienced great fishing again this week with striped marlin remaining steady and more sailfish starting to appear.  As well as billfish we are starting to see more table fish showing up, with dorado starting to put in an appearance as well as some nice tuna and a bunch of inshore fish.  The honeymoon with the 11.50 seems to be over for the time being as the fish moved on to other locations.  With the concentration broken up boats were able to manage catches of one to four marlin per day, when not heading out in search of tuna.   Pisces Listo released four stripers up to 140 lbs. off of Lands’ End for the Moore family from Colorado Springs – the fish a took a combination of live bait and lures.  This same day, June 17th, Pisces C Rod also released four marlin between Lands’ End and the lighthouse, all on caballito for a group from Brea, California.  The fish were spread out from Land’s End to Palmilla and on some days were closer to Chileno.  A few sailfish were picked up with the marlin and averaged 70 lbs.  Pisces anglers caught a total of 99 billfish this week with all but two released – 96 striped marlin and 3 sailfish.

OTHER SPECIES:  This week was a virtual bonanza with wahoo, tuna, dorado, sharks, jack crevalle, triggerfish, bonita, roosterfish, needlefish, grouper, snapper and amberjack caught.  What anglers were most excited about were the tuna, with some huge fish being caught well over 100 lbs., whilst others caught school size fish in the 15 to 25 lb. class.  Some of the better catches of tuna were out of the 180 spot and Destiladeras, which is up past San Jose.  Brett, Brianne, Tyler & Briley Bradford, from Texas had a great day aboard Rebecca landing dorado and a tuna that nudged in over 100 lbs.  Only twelve percent of our boats targeted tuna but they managed to catch a total of 42 fish.  Dorado catches were a little slower, but this won’t be for long, as the summer progresses their numbers should climb.  It was nice to see some wahoo of a good size in the 40 to 50 lb. class.  Doneene Loar from Treasure Island, Florida landed a beautiful 51 lb. specimen aboard Pisces Andrea as well as a dorado.  Sharks remain in the area, mostly pilot sharks in the 70 to 80 lb. class, as well as one black tip – all were released.  Michael Sandman from Ellenberg, Washington caught a very nice roosterfish, estimated at 50 lbs., as well two huge sierras one was reported to be 18 lbs., which if they had verified would have equaled the all tackle world record set in Ecuador in 1990.  Lots of jack crevalle this week with boats catching a marlin or two then fishing or jacks closer in with catches of up to seven fish in a day.  Many boats had fantastic mixed days, such as Flora T with two striped marlin released, a 40 lb. wahoo and three jack crevalle for a group from Dallas.  Another example would be C Rod with two marlin released, a pilot shark released, one tuna and three jack crevalle.

: Windy on the Pacific, sunny but breezy, seas mostly calm on the Cortez side with wind in the afternoons.

LOCATION: Pacific for roosterfish, needlefish  & other small game, near the lighthouse, other species at Cabeza de Ballena, Lands’ End, Cabo Real, Palmilla.


BEST LURES: Live caballito, orange/black, black/green, green/yellow.

Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report June 6 - 12, 2015

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 80%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 76%, Other 33%
Striped marlin by Kim Lawhead, released on Pisces Tracy Ann
They look so much better alive & are a valuable resource to keep tourism jobs safe for the future.
Please do not consume marlin at restaurants & taco stands. It is illegal & there are other options, let the change began with you!

BILLFISH:  With hurricane Blanca close to Cabo last week, the Port Captain closed the harbor to all navigation for three days as a precaution, so numbers are lower this week, due to the fact that simply less boats went fishing.  The water was a bit different after the storm in that it was quite green, but did not have much debris, as rains were not heavy.  It’s generally true that after a storm it takes a couple of days for fishing to settle down as the crews have to relocate the fish, currents and water temperatures and this was the case this past week, where for the first few days after the port was opened, quite a few boats were “skunked”.  On the other hand we had some nice catches of blue marlin, which are a little early this year due to hotter than normal weather.  The largest blue for us was caught aboard 38 ft. Pisces Speedwell  estimated at 350 lbs. caught the 11.50 spot by James & Sally Sullivan from San Antonio, Texas  on a guacamaya lure;  they also released a striped marlin estimated at 120 lbs.  On June 9th Pisces La Brisa fished the same location and released a 250 lb. blue marlin which took a live caballito as well as a striped marlin for the Burnell family from Lafayette, Louisiana.  This same day Pisces Rebecca had an exceptional day for Frank & Ulrike Hevener from Pennsylvania, with a blue marlin a little under 200 lbs. and three striped marlin; all were caught at the 11.50 on live bait.  The Panga Poseidon fought a 250 lb. blue marlin six miles out from Chileno before eventually losing it.  They weren’t the only losers; Pisces C Rod released a pilot shark for Thomas Hathaway and then spotted a swordfish which they successfully hooked up on live bait at the 95 spot.  The fish was a good size between 250 and 300 lbs. and very tough on 50 lb. test.  They reeled away for hours, until the anglers were exhausted and handed the tackle over to the crew, who also pumped away at the rod until they had it almost to the boat, where it broke off after the six hour fight.  We did hear of another swordfish the same day, making it back to port around 150 lbs. on another boat – the green water always seems to draw them in.   Striped marlin action was good this week with catches of one to three marlin common per boat.  Our hottest boat was Pisces Cabolero with six released on June 10th for David Clarke and friends from Anderson, South Carolina. The fish ranged from 90 to 130 lbs. and took live bait at the 11.50 spot.  June 11th, saw Pisces Tracy Ann & Rebecca, both 31 ft. Bertram’s, have almost identical catches, as they each released four striped marlin and a pilot shark each.  Pisces anglers caught a total of 63 striped marlin, 3 blue marlin and 1 sailfish this week – only two fish were kept.
Roosterfish release aboard Panga Poseidon, Pisces Sportfishing Cabo, Mexico

OTHER SPECIES:  Most of the action other than marlin this week for Pisces Sportfishing boats concentrated on smaller game aboard pangas, where we saw good numbers of roosterfish, fair amounts of grouper, jack crevalle and the odd snapper and triggerfish.  Pilot sharks are still around and found amongst the marlin but not in the same numbers as previous weeks and are now a little smaller in the 60-70 lb. class.  We only had a couple of small dorado and tuna but know that some other boats did find some big tunas in the 50 to 150 lb. class.
LOCATION:  11.50 and 95 spots.
WEATHER:  Stormy weather with winds up to 70 mph on the Pacific and some rain, followed by bumpy seas for a couple of days, then calm.
BEST LURES:  live bait, guacamaya

Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Report May 29 - June 5

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 80%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 69%, Sharks 15%, Dorado 12%, Other 10%
Greg & Zane Cantrell from Tennessee release a striper aboard Andrea.
BILLFISH:  Even with a full moon this week, billfish catches were very good. The striped marlin are still present in good numbers with the 11.50 spot still holding as the top location.  As the week progressed the weather became very muggy as a depression formed below us that turned into Hurricane Blanca – not all bad, that kind of weather, when it gets really hot, produces blue marlin and we had two this week.  Speedwell had anglers Dave Thelen, Scott Wolf & Emily West on board when they hooked blue marlin on a guacamaya lure that was estimated at 230 lbs.  - they also caught a 20 lb. dorado.  On the last day of this report Valerie  had anglers from Alberta, Canada n board, headed up by Daniel Loeb – their fish also took a lure, but a yellow and green one and was estimated at 250 lbs.  The striped marlin stuck to live bait and Yahoo was fortunate to release five marlin up to 150 lbs. just below the 11.50 spot for Carey & Richard Kernion and friends.  This same day, June 1st, Tracy Ann was not far behind with four marlin in the same class for the Ross family from Lufkin, Texas.  There were plenty of other catches of one to three fish per boat per day and even a sailfish.  Marlin were by far the most abundant species this week accounting for sixty nine percent of the catch.  Pisces anglers caught a total of 73 billfish consisting of 70 striped marlin, 2 blue marlin and 1 sailfish – 98% were released.
Trey, Tyler & Patrick three friends fished aboard the aptly name panga  “Tres Amigos” – nice mix.
OTHER SPECIES:  Over a decade ago catching sharks was quite common, then we went through dry years where hardly any were caught and when they were, they were small in the 20 to 40 lb. class.  Thing have changed and they have made a comeback with multiple shark catches common right now and of different varieties.  For instance on May 30th Yahoo had an outstanding day for the Bryan family from Mississippi, releasing two striped marlin two thresher sharks over 100 lbs. and one pilot shark around 80 lbs.  D.J Novotney also released two thresher sharks around 120 lbs. plus a striped marlin aboard C Rod and Valerie released three pilot sharks between 70 and 80 lbs. as well as landing our only tuna of the week for David McBride and party from Louisiana. Our only wahoo of the week was a 40 lb’er caught aboard  Bill Collector by Mark Chiavetta.  The pangas we sent out caught jack crevalle, grouper, triggerfish, sheephead and bonitas.
LOCATION: Sea of Cortez 11.50 spot.
WEATHER: Hot and humid all week, with tropical storm Blanca causing the port to be closed at present.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, green/orange/yellow, dorado colors.

Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing by Tracy Ehrenberg.