Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 84%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 61%, Dorado 20%, Tuna 14%, Small Game 5%
BILLFISH: This week was bit on the up and down side, but that was due to the seas rather than the fishing. With hurricane Cosme to the south of us, there was no immediate threat to the Los Cabos area as it spun westward into the Pacific, but it did cause some very big seas, which led to the port being closed partially for a couple of days. The large swells continued for several days causing a number of anglers to get sea-sick and asking to return to port. Those that persevered though usually had a successful day and at the close of this report, fishing was as good if not better as it was a few weeks ago with boats releasing record numbers of striped marlin. The Stars and Stripes Charity tournament which is the classiest and most philanthropic tournament held in Cabo, took place this Friday and Saturday and despite bumpy seas the first day, turned in record numbers of marlin caught and released, 299 in fact the best in the history of the 17 year old tournament. Some of the better catches this week were aboard Pisces C Rod with five striped marlin released for Phong & Lisa Voung from Texas who were fishing with Oli & Carlos Vicente on June 27th. This same day both La Brisa and Tracy Ann released four marlin each between the Herradura and 11.50 spot – with the boats using live mackerel, live caballito, frozen ballyhoo and guacamayo lures. Pisces Tracy Ann had experienced a quadruple marlin catch the day before at the 95 spot, closer to Cabo, for Sawley, Kristi and Sawley Jr Wilde form Gillette, Wyoming. Frank & Chris Fabiani from Anaheim California fished aboard Pisces Rebecca and were our top anglers on June 22nd, with four marlin released. Pisces anglers caught a total of 55 striped marlin this week, all but one released.
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches are beginning to become more regular, with twenty percent of boats hooking up to fish in the 15 to 48 lb. class, however, it was rare to catch more than one and all were hooked whilst trolling for marlin. After the two month absence of yellowfin tuna, Pisces Cabolero found them outside the 95 spot and managed to catch eighteen football size fish plus a dorado for Mark Baziak and friends. Cabolero however, was the only boat to have any success for this species, except for single small one aboard Ruthless. Inshore there were a few jack crevalles and rooster fish, but otherwise the shoreline was too rough to fish.
LOCATION: Punta Gorda, Destiladeras, 11.50 spot, 95 spot, Herradura, Cabrillo sea mount.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Skies mostly clear, humid and hot due to hurricane to the south, rough seas up until the end of the week.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 73-76F
BEST LURES: Live mackerel, caballito, ballyhoo, green/orange/yellow lures.
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg