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.