With unbeatable weather conditions and many species to target in diverse areas, this week was a great one! Marlin numbers are strong and fishing has been more consistent, with only two out of 70 boats out this week not catching fish. Again, seeing upwards of 3 striped marlin per boat was not unusual, as well as very nice “smaller game” fish of very decent size, such as red snapper, grouper, yellowtail and wahoo, all upwards of 20 lbs.
Marlin numbers continue to impress this week, with over 60% of boats catching them, as well as two sailfish caught and released. Some boats continue to catch up to 3 or 4 marlin a day, along with some dorado and other small game fish. A few nice yellowtail are included in the small game catches this week, giving us great foreshadowing of the season to come. This week the fishing grounds changed from the last few months, where fishing had been found consistently on the Pacific at Golden Gate. Now fish such as marlin and dorado are being found mostly south close to the 11:50 or East past Punta Gorda. Some fishing still out on the Pacific by Los Arcos and Migrino and of course small game closer to shore in diverse areas.
With weather conditions this week being a bit more difficult, not many boats went out searching for tuna and anglers preferred to place their bets on marlin or stay closer to shore and fish for small game, which has been a lot o fun lately. This strategy paid off well, with the fishing being split pretty evenly between marlin and small game, plus a few dorados scattered through.
This week the marlin numbers jumped back up again, with 70% of boats catching striped marlin. Dorado numbers remained strong, but the tuna was nonexistent. Fishing was a little tougher this week, not as consistent, but those that did find fish, found many, with top boats catching up to 6 striped marlin each. We also had a spectacular catch, of one of the rarest fish we’ve ever encountered, only seen twice before in the 40 years of our fleet’s existence.
This week we saw dorado catches increase, topping billfish, which we hadn’t seen happen this year yet. The season is beginning to slowly change, and we are also seeing the tuna pick up a just a bit. 132 tuna were caught this week, although only 22% of boats caught them, but this gives you a better idea of what the tuna buzz is looking like in Cabo at the moment. Boats are still going very far to find them though, not many will go the distances Pisces boats go to catch fish, guaranteed. Small game catches are still strong, with Pisces Valerie making our list for top boat for small game this week.
Great weather and great fishing in Cabo this week, with 63 out of our 65 boats catching fish. Marlin numbers are still the strongest with Golden Gate being the go-to spot for odds at catching numerous billfish in one day. More dorado have been showing up there as well, and tuna has been showing up fairly closer in than last week - although many boats still have to go out several miles to find them. Other species such as grouper, snapper, rooster fish and sierra are being caught closer to shore.
Continuing from last week, we’ve seen the striped marlin catches abounding with slightly more dorado and many small game fish of good size caught as well. Crews have done a great job of landing tuna for those anglers hoping to catch them, by going out long distances to find them.
It has been a truly magical week of fishing here in Cabo. Not only has the weather been delightful, an average of 80 F, with nice crisp mornings, but to top it off, whatever species of fish anglers targeted this week, they found. If you’ve dreamed of ever catching a marlin and you want to almost “guarantee” your odds, now is the time to be here. The trend continues as last week, to be upwards of 3 marlin caught per boat, with top performers catching up to 10. Those who targeted tuna and dorado also found them and small game fishing has been off the charts. Big sierras, very nice sized groupers and a few rooster fish thrown into the mix. Of course lots of triggerfish, sheepshead and others too.
Once again, fantastic fishing this week. The striped marlin bite is ON, but we are seeing good numbers of smaller game fish and we still have some dorado too. And since fishing has been relatively close, anglers have had the opportunity to target a few different species in one trip, making for very fun fishing and lot’s of fish caught.
Again, what a week! 2018 shows no signs to disappoint any time soon… Great marlin catches out at the Finger Banks and Golden Gate, with all stripers and one blue caught this week and even more dorado. Yellowfin tuna catches slowing down quite a bit and anglers having tons of fun with smaller game fish like grouper, sierra and red snapper, to name a few.