Pisces Fish Report November 12th to 18th

Overall catch success rate, all species combined: 94%

Numbers at a glance: Billfish 61%, Tuna 21%, Dorado 25%, other 31%. 

Great fishing again this week, with only a few boats missing out on catches. Marlin like we hadn’t seen in a few years for this season and fun smaller game fish as well, including rooster fish, wahoo, jack crevelle and some sharks. 

To start off the week 32ft Billcollector caught and released 9 striped marlin between 100 and 160 lbs on mackerel bait out of La Herradura. They also landed two sailfish there as well, of about 90 lbs each, which landed on mackerel bait and were released. Then, out past the Old Lighthouse they caught two dorado on  feather lures, one of which they released. And as if this wasn’t enough for the day, they also landed one silky shark of about 100 lbs on mackerel bait. Anglers included owner Mark Chiavetta and friends from CA.

Anglers Lennart Arrenius and Ulf Christiansson from Europe had a few good days of fishing, with 5 striped marlin and one sailfish caught on the 12th aboard the 31ft Tracy Ann and two striped marlin and three yellowfin tuna caught the next day as well. All the billfish were released and caught out from La Herradura both days, on mackerel bait. The yellowfin were caught about 23 miles out from La Herradura on cedar plug lures and weighed between 15 and 20 lbs. 

And again, big tuna showed up this week, as 31ft La Brisa, and anglers Mark and Sherryl Stoltenow from Washington landed a 210 lbs tuna as well as five others weighing between 10 and 20 lbs. The fish were caught outside of the 95 Spot on feather and hoochi lures.

210 lbs tuna caught aboard 31ft La Brisa

55ft Flora T and anglers from Woodlands, TX,  also caught some tuna the next day, although nowhere near as big; three yellowfin of about 15 lbs each caught out from the Old Lighthouse on feather lures as well as four marlin landed there on mackerel bait. All marlin were released. Also landed, one skipjack on cedar plug, which was released.

Then we saw 42ft Hot Rod and anglers from CA, land 5 striped marlin, 4 of which they released; again out form the Old Lighthouse about 15 miles on mackerel and caballito bait. They also caught and released 2 silky sharks of about 100 lbs each.

Closing out the strong marlin catches this week was the 31ft Rebecca, with anglers David and David C. Kaminski and Mathew Gray from Indiana catching and releasing 12 marlin of about 100 to 120 lbs each out from the 180 Spot about 10 miles on caballito bait. 

Linda and Terry Smith with their 17 marlin caught and released aboard the Rebecca

As for other catches besides marlin this week, anglers Andrew and Dylan Tochterman, regulars of ours, caught one dorado of about 20 lbs aboard the La Brisa at about 40 miles out from the 240 Spot. They also found 27 yellowfin tuna there! all around 10 to 20 lbs. The tuna landed on cedar plugs, feathers and hoochi lures. Also landed there was a white skipjack of about 10 lbs.

La Brisa went looking for smaller game fish for anglers Jim, Mike and Tom from Indiana and found luck again, this time out from Elias Calles area, with one dorado, one roosterfish, one jack crevelle and one wahoo! The dorado was about 15 lbs and caught on a feather lure, while the roosterfish, which hit on mackerel bait  and was released, weighed about 8 lbs. The jack, also released, weighed about 5 lbs while the wahoo weighed about 15 lbs. 

Pisces boats caught a total of 528 fish this week, with 212 being billfish, 176 being yellowfin tuna and 78 being dorado, with the majority released.

LOCATION: La Herradura, Old Lighthouse, 180 Spot.

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear skies and calm seas, with wave height reaching about 3 ft average.


BEST LURES: Mackerel bait, cedar plugs, feathers.

Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing Fleet by Rebecca Ehrenberg