This week was the tale of two bites, the inshore roosterfish bite and the offshore yellowfin tuna bite. Pisces boats focused on the inshore roosters in the first half of the week, landing some very large specimens that were sure to give any angler a thrill as they reached anywhere from 45 up to 60lbs. While we saw the tuna bite get hotter in the second half of the week, with some boats landing fish from football size in large numbers up to a fish in the triple digits.
Striped marlins are still making a return and were the main feature this week, 79% of all Pisces boats caught fish. Inshore gamefish made up the bulk of catches this week, with many boats landing roosterfish in the 10-45lbs range.
This week we saw a fairly good catch success rate for the boats that went out, the week started with just two boats and then on the 7th and 8th we had a port closure due to strong wind conditions, which lead to rough seas. Striped marlin made up the bulk of the fish encountered by Pisces crews this week, with some inshore fish, such as: yellowtail, roosterfish, jack crevalle, grouper and red snapper, as well as the odd wahoo.
This week we saw some declines in our catch success rate, with some days being quite good fishing, and others not so much. However, those who caught fish had a nice little variety of inshore fish, as well as striped marlin mostly. The main species caught inshore by Pisces boats this week were ladyfish, red snapper, roosterfish, yellowtail, skipjack, jack crevalle, and sierra mackerel (as well as the odd wahoo offshore). Top boat this week in terms of marlin catches was the Pisces Bill Collector, captained by Juan Carlos Lopez, they managed to catch and release. . .
This week saw a complete turnaround and went offshore, we’ve been talking about the great inshore fishing that we’ve been having for about the last month or so. Now it seems that the striped marlin bite is starting to come back. Boats were mostly offshore between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas at the 11:50 Spot and the Cabrillo seamount, chasing after striped marlin. We had an amazing day on the 22nd with 42 striped marlin released (100% of all marlin caught), most boats landed multiple marlin catches on caballito live bait, from anywhere between 3-5 striped marlin being landed per boat.