Capt. Tracy Ehrenberg
January 8, 2006
Cabo San Lucas - Saltwater Fishing Report
PISCES WEEKLY FISH REPORT
DECEMBER 29TH 2005 TO JANUARY 5TH, 2006
BILLFISH: This big story this week was a huge blue marlin caught on January 2nd, in fact tradition has it that one large blue is always caught the first week of the year, so we were not disappointed. The lucky anglers this year were Michael Connolly a Cabo resident fishing aboard his 38 ft Bertram “Falcon”; first on the rod was Greg Miller, Mike’s guest, who tired after 20 minutes and handed the rod over. The fish took another 20 minutes to land and tipped the scales at 700 lbs. This beauty took a pink and purple lure outside the 95 spot in 75 degree water and was caught on 50 lb tackle. This was the single largest fish, but sheer amount of fish pounds battled in one day has to go to “Blue Thunder” for 21 striped marlin released in a single day (January 3rd) at the Finger Bank (estimate the average weight of 110 lbs per fish), basically 2310 lbs, for a father and twelve year old son team from Laguna Hills, a Charles Wells and his son were thrilled. However as we close this report, we are hearing that the Finger bank is now shut down; we will have a more accurate picture in a few days in regard to this. Other boats that did well were “Rebecca” on December 30th for the Chuplis family with four stripers released and “Valerie” on January 30th for four stripers for Dan and Daniel Wright off of Chileno. There was a marked difference in catches when compared with previous weeks, with the area by the Lighthouse slowing completely down and slim pickings for most boats as the fish spread out and were not easily located. Our overall catch success rate for all species combined was a respectable eighty-six percent with forty-five percent of boats catching billfish. Pisces anglers caught a total of 61 striped marlin, all but one released and one sailfish that was released. It is interesting to note that Puerto Vallarta is seeing good catches on striped marlin, which is unusual- they also have good numbers of sailfish right now.
OTHER SPECIES: Close on the heels of striped marlin this week, were yellowfin tuna, which is not the norm for January, in fact forty percent of charters hooked up to tuna ranging in size from 15 to 100 lbs, with large schools reported for miles, which promptly caught the attention of commercial boats. The tuna a variety of lures, with large fish taking bait. Dorado catches were at twenty four percent with boats seldom catching more than one, usually whilst trolling for marlin and tuna. Inshore there was good action on sierra, skipjacks, white skipjack and some yellowtail to 18 lbs.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Much warmer than usual for January, seas calm, skies partly cloudy.
LOCATION: Starting out at the Old Lighthouse then moving to 20 plus miles off of Land’s End for tuna, Cerro Colorado, Cabeza de Ballena- unusual again, we should still be fishing the Pacific – it’s like the season is ahead of itself by 6- 8 weeks.
BEST LURES: Bait for marlin, assorted lures for smaller game.
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