This week’s fishing has maintained itself pretty close to last week’s numbers. Steady tuna and dorado catches, and some anglers targeting other species successfully, such as yellowtail, sierra, triggerfish, and snapper. The marlin have started to make somewhat of a move out of the Finger Bank and we have been finding many this week closer to Lands End, from The Old Lighthouse to Los Arcos. And although the Finger Bank fishing has still been successful t it’s no longer consistent numbers of marlin topping 30+ per boat, but more of an average of 8 -15 marlin caught per boat; which is still impressive and of course very fun.
This week dorado numbers have risen and we still have ongoing Finger Bank action, which never disappoints! Although we have seen marlin and tuna numbers go down a few percentage points compared to last week, some of the tuna caught in the past few weeks has been of great size! Most have been around the 20 to 30 lbs mark, but we have seen a couple over 100 lbs hitting the dock. Again, a wonderful week of fishing in Cabo.
More Striped Marlin and Yellowfin tuna this week along with the seemingly never-ending Finger Bank action! Plus an estimated 500 lbs Blue Marlin released aboard Pisces 31’ Rebecca and some fun small game, which included grouper, sierra, pompano and triggerfish. Dorado numbers have gone down quite a bit, but still around for those looking hard to find them.
The amazing Finger Bank action continues! Marlin that was being found closer to Cabo between the Old Lighthouse and Margaritas area are a bit more scarce; showing up in good numbers at the Golden Gate bank instead. Up to 7 marlin caught here by Pisces 35’ Valerie, with an average of 2-3 per boat. Tuna numbers have risen slightly compared to last week, although captains are still going quite a distance to find them. Dorado are also around and smaller game fish have included grouper, wahoo and only a few roosterfish.
Another amazing week of fishing in Cabo! The Finger Bank continues to delight us with EXCELLENT fishing, double digits of striped marlin and sailfish for anyone that heads up there. Blue marlin caught this week as well, along with a larger number of wahoo compared to last week, and dorado numbers holding strong. There has been more variety in what anglers are searching out this week too, but Cabo fishing has proven why its #1 in the world, as those seeking other species have found them, including roosterfish, sierra mackerel and grouper, as welll as tuna. Beginning this week, as mentioned briefly in our previous fish report, the Pisces 32’ Bill Collector landed a monster 201 tuna, to continue their amazing fishing streak!
This bite is like we haven't seen in a long time and the weather cant be beat either. So I’ll get right to it, but first, did you read our stats above? 100% catch success rate this week! That means, every boat we had out this week, all sixty-eight of them, caught fish. The Finger Banks are still producing marlin in the double digits; including a personal record-breaking 60 striped marlin caught and released by Pisces 32’ Bill Collector owner aboard, Mark Chiavetta on November 27th (He also caught and released two silky sharks and landed a few dorado). However, the marlin isn’t just at the Finger Bank. Again this week strong marlin numbers closer by to Cabo, from the Old Lighthouse to Las Margaritas area, where the dorado have shown up too. Double digits of dorado have also been common this week, with boats respecting catch limits and releasing. Tuna are still around, although anglers have been targeting the other species more heavily.
The billfish bite continues this week not only at the Finger but now somewhat closer to the Cabo area, and dorado numbers have climbed drastically as well. Those looking for tuna have also found them, as we see again this week large tuna of almost 200 lbs still being caught by our boats. Another great week of fishing here in Cabo; kicking off a winter season like we haven’t seen in a long time! But the BEST news of all this week was the seizure of a commercial fishing panga and fishermen that were capturing and killing marlin illegally at the Finger Bank by CONAPESCA (fish and game department) and the Mexican Navy. Our boats fishing the Finger had seen these boats many times harpooning marlin and using other illegal techniques to catch and then sell them — even though they are a species that are exclusive for sport fishing. Although our crews reported these sightingsngs, legally there was no way to do anything unless they were caught in the act. This week, our sport fishing industry and government worked together to finally take action. Of the 4 pangas that were fishing and killing vast amounts of marlin illegally one was caught. And although they managed to dump much of what they had caught, 8 marlin (only the body, as heads and tails were cut off) were seized along with the illegal fishing equipment. The panga is in government custody and the fishermen have been detained. This is a big win for sportfishermen, CONAPESCA and Conservationists alike.
I will start off with what I think is a pretty impressive number… There were 376 billfish caught by Pisces this week, out of which 375 billfish were released. 104 of those billfish were caught in just ONE day, while 84 of those were caught by only THREE boats in one day. That’s the kind of billfish fishing we’re experiencing at the moment! Of these billfish the majority were striped marlin caught at Finger Bank, about 50 miles north of Cabo, however, there have also been marlin closer by; just not the double digits as we've seen further North. The billfish caught this week also included sailfish, spearfish, black marlin and even a 415 lbs Blue marlin caught by Pisces 28’ Andrea.
Apart from billfish we had a few impressive yellowfin tuna, including a 270 lbs yellowfin caught aboard Pisces 35’ Knot Workin only two days after the end of the Tuna Tournament (the winning tuna, netting almost $400k was 272 lbs!) and a 127 lbs tuna on Pisces 31’ La Brisa.
And to top it off, many of our boats were entered in the Los Cabos Big Game Charter Boat Classic (the only tourney which boasts free entry if you charter a boat) and we are proud to say we placed in the top three places daily.
An extraordinary week for billfish this week, with FOUR BILLFISH GRAND SLAMS! For those not familiar with the term, a grand slam is when an angler catches three different billfish species in one day. Not to mention, large billfish too, with the biggest, a black marlin, of about 450 lbs.
Fishing this week has still been decent, although numbers did drop a bit compared to last week’s report. However, this may be due to changing weather here in Cabo with some rain closing the port for two days midweek and with somewhat difficult conditions, anglers tended to get seasick. Those who had no problem with the seas, however, did well, especially if they fished a few days. As I’ve said before, although it can be slow, we’ve been surprised with big catches throughout these summer months. This was again the case this week with Pisces 31’ Tracy Ann landing a monster 250 lbs yellowfin tuna. Other species caught this week were mainly blue and striped marlin, a few sailfish and smaller dorado.