Overall Catch Success Rate: 78%
Billfish: 35%, Tuna: 16%, Dorado: 19% , Other 36%
After seeing the Marlin bite turn up last week, we saw a slight lull beginning midweek with fishing starting to pick back up into the weekend. Where we were seeing 3 to 4 Marlin Released per boat, this week anglers were lucky to release one or two marlin, with a total of 20 Billfish Released for the fleet. We did have some wind pick up that may have affected this, although they were not extreme wind speeds, they did reached about 15 knots max.
Dorado catches were good, although the number of fish caught was less, most fish averaged between 20 and 30 lbs each. And finally this week we saw some Yellowfin tuna action! Nothing huge yet, but fish ranging from 10 to 30 lbs.
Our “Other” Species category was a fully mixed bag, with good catches ranging from Jack Crevalle, Sierra Mackerel, Grouper, Ladyfish, Triggerfish, Yellowtail, Roosterfish and more. For a total of 101 fish caught for the week.
Pisces 42’ Yellowfin Center Console, “Tejas”, had a fun day with anglers David & Jon Duperier and friends releasing 2 Striped Marlin around 120 and 140 each. Marlin took ballyhoo at Destiladeras. They also landed 2 Dorado, one of about 15 lbs and a 34 pounder.
Pisces 62’ Chasin Tail released 2 Striped Marlin of about the same size this day too, but they were slightly closer to home, fishing out of Punta Gorda area using dead and live Caballito bait.
Pisces 42’ Yahoo headed to the 11:50 Spot to find their Marlin, which was about 120 lbs, released on Caballito bait. Plus anglers landed a 30 lbs Dorado on a green lure outside of Cabo Real.
Yellowfin showed up until the end of the week, with Tuna landed on the 11th of May at the 11:50 Spot. Pisces 31’ Ruthless and anglers the Hermes fam and friends from Victoria, TX, landed 9 Yellowfin from 10 to 35 lbs each. Fish hit on cedar plugs and other lures. Plus they also released 2 Striped Marlin on green/black lures at the 11:50.
Pisces 37’ Viking BBII found their Tuna this same day, but out on the Sea of Cortez side. They headed near Frailes and landed 6 Yellowfin between 10 and 30 lbs each.
Next day, Pisces 28’ Andrea had 7 Yellowfin between 10 and 40 lbs, also at the 11:50 Spot. For angels John Faller and Steve Olsen. Pisces 30’ Karina landed another 2 Tuna and Skipjack as well, theirs hit outside of Cabrillo.
In our “Other” catches: Pisces 60’ Happy Ending had a nice half day inshore at Cabeza Ballena with 11 Jack Crevalle, all weighing around 12 to 15 lbs.
Captain Roberto Sandez of Pisces 35’ Valerie and angler Corey Pitt and Jessica McNeal stayed inshore and got their share of todo eating fish. They headed to Migrino area while chumming and landed Sierra Mackerel, Bonita, 8 Ladyfish, 2 Sheepshead and others.
Pisces 35’ Knot Workin’ also landed some Sierra Mackerel at the Old Lighthouse, 4 Total, plus they landed a 21 lbs Dorado on Ballyhoo at the 95 Spot.
Captain Jaime Gonzalez, Pisces 42’ Caliente, is a known deep sea fishing expert, again this week he landed some nice Grouper of about 20 lbs each at Palmilla, on mullet bait.
Pisces 66’ Friday Bank had a Dorado of about 15 lbs at the 95 Spot and then headed closer to shore for some bottom fishing fun, they landed a small Grouper and 8 Ladyfish there.
Pisces 27’ Panga Tres Amigos with Captain Francisco and anglers Joe McMullen and Ken Piepgras from Arizona had a fantastic day inshore. They released 3 small Roosterfish on Caballito and also released a Jack Crevalle and Skipjack. They finished out the day with a 15 lbs Yellowtail.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some wind picking up, up to 15 knots, making for some chop.
WATER TEMP: 73 – 77 F
BEST LURES: Live and dead caballito, ballyhoo, cedar plugs, chumming.
BEST LOCATIONS: Lots of different areas towards the Sea of Cortez side: From Cabeza Ballena to Palmilla and Punta Gorda to Destiladeras. Old Lighthouse & between 95 and 11:50 Spot. Migriño.
Based on the catches of Pisces Sportfishing Fleet, by Rebecca Ehrenberg