PISCES CABO Halloween Fish Report
Capt. Tracy Ehrenberg
November 6, 2017
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
PISCES WEEKLY FISH REPORT
October 30th to November 4th, 2017
Overall catch success rate, all species combined: 89%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 39%, Tuna 16%, Dorado 64%, other 10%.
What a FABULOUS week of fishing! Many billfish caught, including a "baby" marlin of around 8 lbs, which of course was released, and another striped marlin caught and tagged (with satellite tag) by our founder and CEO Tracy Ehrenberg and her team, which included members of Gray Fishtag Research, Costa Sunglasses, and Squid Nation. This tag will provide much needed valuable information on these species of marlin and hopefully aid research and conservation efforts. As if this wasn't exciting enough, one of our favorite fun tournaments of the year took place this week as well, the WON Tuna Jackpot. BIG tuna caught this year, with the largest being 338 lbs, weighed on the first day. Still going strong are the dorado catches per boat and other species caught include thresher sharks, rooster fish, wahoo and a couple yellowtail.
Now, question this week for you all… what would you consider a good day of billfish fishing? 2 fish? Maybe 3? or would you dare to say 6 to 10? Try NINETEEN billfish! Yes, you read that right. To start the week, on October 30th, the 31ft Tracy Ann captained by Julio Castro and mate Martin Gonzalez, set out for the Finger Banks (some 50ft miles from the marina) in search of some billfish for anglers from Canada, Matt and Ray Sawchuk. Well, needless to say, they found their fish. Eighteen of the billfish caught were striped marlin, all weighing about 100-130 lbs each, and releasing all of them. They also caught one sailfish of about 110lbs which was also released. All fish were caught on mackerel bait. Now we just hope these guys had enough strength length in their arms to drink themselves a well deserved beer afterwards.
And not to be sold short, the 28ft Adriana also had a great day of fishing on the 30th, with anglers Kim and Scott Witmoyer catching and releasing 3 striped marlin a little closer to home base, at the Golden Gate area. All fish hit on mackerel bait, were released and weighed between 110 to 140 lbs. They also managed to land a nice 200 lbs thresher shark which they also released.
The next day 61ft Tag Team went out to the Finger Banks to find some marlin to tag, as part of the Gray Fishtag Research program. The group was lucky enough to catch and release 6 marlin, all of which they tagged, with the one satellite tag being placed as well.The marlin hit on ballyhoo bait. They also caught two yellowfin tuna of about 8 to 10 lbs on cedar plugs.
More marlin for 31ft La Brisa, with one striped and one blue caught out at Golden Gate on mackerel bait. The striper weighed about 100 lbs and the blue about 180 lbs. Both fish were released. Anglers, the Ross family and friend, also landed five nice dorado between 15 to 120 lbs each at Las Margaritas, again on mackerel bait.
Then we saw some bigger blues begin to roll in around midweek, with 31ft Cabolero being a great example: two nice blue marlin caught, one of about 180 lbs and the other of around 400 lbs, which were released by anglers from CA. The fish hit on caballito bait and green lures out from the Old Lighthouse about 13 miles. They also caught one football sized tuna on a feather lure. The next day, Cabolero found luck again, catching and releasing a 100 lbs striped marlin, as well as a 150 lbs blue. Both fish were caught on mackerel bait out from Las Margaritas and were released. They also landed three dorado from 8 to 25 lbs each, releasing two.These were caught on feather lures closer to shore towards Pozo Cota area. A great day for anglers Jeff and Sandra Fabbri from Florida.
The other big blue marlin of the week was caught on the 31ft Rebecca, which is back with a bang since being put back in the water two weeks ago after a full refit. Captain Jose Ramon Alucano and mate Luis Cota did well to put anglers from Las Vegas on a nice 450 Ibs blue marlin which hit on a red and black lure about 45 miles out from the 160 spot. Another blue also hit on a petrolero lure, which was approximately 210 lbs. And to finish it off, they landed a nice 25 lbs dorado on a purple lure.
Pisces boats caught a total of 325 fish this week, 67 of them being billfish, which included sailfish, striped and blue marlin, with the majority being released. Thirty-nine yellowfin were caught and an astonishing 208 dorado, with many being released as well.
LOCATION: Migriño, Golden Gate, Las Margaritas, out form Old Lighthouse, 160 Spot.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, calm, a bit of wind on some days. Wave height between 3-4 ft.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 85 F
BEST LURES: Mackerel and Caballito bait, feather and cedar plug lures, red/black, purple lures.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing Fleet by Rebecca Ehrenberg
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