A surprising catch this Saturday, with Pisces 31’ La Brisa hitting the docks with a swordfish, found on the surface close to shore and caught on 40 lbs test.
Changing weather, again this week, made for some challenging fishing as water temperatures varied and fish didn't stay long in the same areas. We had two days of strange thick fog that rolled deep into town and a bit of wind on some days. This would happen and then the next day, turn up the heat, then back up to fog and cooler water… Still though, we had good marlin numbers, 85 released total for 40 boats. Dorado and Tuna were scarce, only a couple caught, but the inshore fishing held up. BIG rooster fish again this week, and lots of them, plus some yellowtail, sierra, bonita, snapper and some triggerfish.
This week’s fishing was not as consistent as last week’s, which we attribute mostly to the inconsistent weather. The water temperatures, although not drastically, did lower to around 76F, whereas ending last week we saw them at about 82 F. Winds again brought difficulty to fishing, as speeds hit up to 20 Knots; but this time not only on the Pacific but also on some parts of the Sea of Cortez (although wind picked up mostly after midday). With this said though, we did begin to see the dorado finally start to show up, and in slightly bigger numbers. On the East Cape there were reports of a few dorados of about 50 lbs each which is great news especially with the Dorado Shootout Tournament coming up in Los Barriles, July 20th. Marlin numbers totaled 126 releases this week, down from last week (but in all fairness this also has a lot to do with the two tournaments that took place then, the Pelagic and ILLTA). Tuna was scarce, mainly because anglers preferred not to go out the 40 miles to find them with the weather conditions. Instead, they stuck by closer for the marlin or headed inshore for roosterfish, sierra mackerel and snapper, which were very productive; for example, we had 8 roosterfish released on one boat on its best day.
A Staggering 263 Striped Marlin were caught by Pisces boats this week and ALL were released! We had two tournaments take place, the 79th Annual ILTTA Tournament (International Light Tackle Tournament Association) and the start of the Pelagic Triple Crown Tournament. We are proud to report that three of our boats placed in both tournaments, with Pisces 31’ Tracy Ann taking 2nd place in the ILLTA and Pisces 37’ Tag Team III taking 2nd Place in the Tuna division of Pelagic, along with Pisces 72’ Tag Team taking 3rd in the Billfish division. We are also happy to announce that all seven of our Pisces boats placed in the top 10 of the ILTTA Tourney. Outside of billfish, dorado and tuna were very slow, although we did see two big tunas caught by boat Retriever and another out on the East Cape by Van Wormer fishing; the tuna were 257 lbs and 234 lbs respectively; showing size that the big tuna bite may start soon. The only dorados caught this week were too small to keep.
This week’s fishing was very successful; especially if you were looking to catch marlin. One hundred and twenty-two striped marlin were caught and released total by Pisces boats this week only. The week did start off slightly slower for the billfish, but picked up nicely by midweek, with several boats returning with up to 5 marlin released each. And although the weather was a little gloomy and the wind did pick up on some days, it was mostly on the Pacific side (marlin fishing has been further South or on the Sea of Cortez). Even with this, the inshore fishing on the Pacific was also fruitful, with roosterfish, snapper and yellowtail being the top producing fish.
Another great week of fishing in Cabo! Quite a few highlights this time around, as we also had one of our Pisces boats, Pisces 72’ Tag Team, participate in the 1st Annual Robert Ross Tournament in Loreto, bringing back 1st place with 22 billfish released! In Cabo, we saw decent numbers of striped marlin around too, with the top boat being Pisces 31’ Tracy Ann with 5 Striped marlin released in one day. Tuna and dorado were slow, with only a few caught of each, but the inshore fishing was excelente. Again, Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle and Red Snapper, along with some Yellowtail, Grouper and Triggerfish, were the main catches.
This week the weather has remained pretty stable, with only one or two days of strong winds, but this didn't seem to affect fishing much. The inshore action picked up quite a bit, with roosterfish, sierra and jack crevalle being the main targets. Top boats caught and released up to 13 roosterfish in one day. Marlin catch and release percentages also remained constant, although many boats did spot many marlin but struggled to get them to bite. With that said, the top boat, Pisces 31’ Tracy Ann, released 5 stripeys. And, seems like we’ve been closing out the week with great wahoo catches. Again, a nice wahoo caught on Pisces 31’ La Brisa, estimated at 60 lbs.
We were very happy this week to see that the weather and the fishing have improved! We are up over thirty percentage points in our overall catch success rate this time around, with 63 out of 66 boats catching fish! Winds have died down for the most part (only a few where they picked up intermittently) and water temperatures South of Cabo have risen a few degrees; with this the marlin have shown up. In total this week, our fleet caught and released 60 Striped Marlin with an average of about 1-3 per boat, and some boats releasing up to 5 marlin each. Tuna numbers did fall slightly, but mostly because anglers chose to target marlin over them; but those who did go for the yellowfin found them in good numbers and sometimes found luck with a marlin release too. The largest tuna this week was caught on Pisces 38’ C Rod, weighing approx. 120 lbs with owners aboard. Other catches have included a few dorado, jack crevalle, roosterfish, ladyfish, skipjack, bonita and even one or two makos.
Anglers and crews this week did a great job of making the best of the day, even with some rough weather and inconsistent fishing (which is not rare for this time of year). What did help though was that the tuna numbers still held this week, and we saw a spike in dorado catches compared really, to the rest of the year so far. We had seen only 1 or 2 dorado caught per week total, whereas this week we saw a total of 18 dorado caught by our crews. Inshore fishing is still producing nice fish, with roosterfish still around, along with yellowtail, sierra, bonita, red snapper and others. A few nice wahoo made the catches this week too. Marlin have been “fussy eaters” this week, with crews often seeing them and pitching baits, but not much interest on their part; and difficulty getting them to bite on the troll as well. With this said, our top marlin boat this week released 3 striped marlin in one day.
Although this week presented one extraordinary catch, with the 814 lbs Blue Marlin caught by Pisces 31’ Tiburon (which is actually presumed to have weighed more than that.. more on this later), most fishing this week was somewhat inconsistent. April tends to have more inconsistencies in the fishing, compared to other seasons, and these past weeks have been hard to peg. The fish have been moving quite rapidly and the bottom fishing and small game have gotten quite some pressure from all Cabo fleets because of it. The tuna on the other hand, have turned up again, even if far out and even if not the largest specimens. There still have been a few marlin releases, with 1 marlin released per boat on average, and a great day looking at 5 striped marlin released at Golden Gate. A few dorado sprinkled in to the catches of sierra, roosterfish, ladyfish, jack crevalle and yellowtail.