PISCES FISH REPORT
May 12th to 18th, 2012
Overall Catch Success Rate 80%
BILLFISH: This week was an exciting and active week in Cabo, with lots of international visitors in town. Before the week for the IGFA World Offshore Championship kicked off, we began hosting a group from Holland who decided to have fun competing against each other aboard pangas and now this week they will go on to use 31ft Bertrams in their informal event. The IGFA tournament kicked off on Monday with 48 teams signed up from all over the world. First day saw fast and furious action with hook ups reported before 8.00 am and Pisces “Valerie” taking the top spot for releasing eleven striped marlin for the Cabo team, seeking their fourth consecutive title as world champions. On the first day of the event 139 striped marlin were released; an impressive number. Day two was even better with 152 striped marlin released. Day three saw the Cabo team on the Pisces 42 ft Bertam “Yahoo” managing to release fifteen marlin, other outstanding boats for us in the first few days were “Great Escape Jr.” releasing twelve marlin in one day and “Rebecca” for releasing nine. The fourth day of the tournament saw the fishing shut down as a cold wind blew from the Pacific, which was blanketed in fog, as water temperatures dropped. From a third day catch of 102 marlin it dropped to just 8 on the final day. The winners were for the fourth time were the Cabo team with a whopping 7400 points for catching 37 marlin, with the second place team from Spain totaling 19 marlin and 3800 points and third place with 3600 points going to Portuguese team for 18 marlin. In our regular Pisces news our anglers caught a total of 151 striped marlin this week, all released as well as on sailfish with the last two days slowing down considerably due to the colder weather.
OTHER SPECIES: Not much by way of dorado or tuna this week, with just three dorado and one small tuna but inshore the pangas we sent out did very well at the start of the week, until the cold weather hit. We had a roosterfish bonanza this week totaling 85 caught and released, with Salsa being the top producer; eleven in one day for Jaap Hoorenman and Bernand Kortmann from Holland. The weights on the roosters are 10 to 25 lbs. Also plenty of activity on skipjacks, jack crevalle, fair amounts of yellowtail, sierra and one boat had thirteen pompano released in on day. A 200 lb mako shark was released aboard Petrolero.
LOCATION: 11.50 and Punta Gorda for marlin, small game from Land’s End to the Old Lighthouse.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Nice on Cortez until Friday, Pacific whitecaps and fog, now calmer.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 67-73 F
BEST LURES: ballyhoo, caballito, and hoochis.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg