Pisces Fleet, Fish Report March 22-28, 2024

Overall Catch Success Rate, All Species Combined 95.44%

Billfish Catch Success Rate, Billfish, 41.52%% Dorado 64.81% Tuna 44.44% Other Species 33.33%

Captain Pepe and Mates Ulises, Ramon, and Dulce, on the “CHASIN TAIL,” a 62-foot Viking, were thrilled to have Usain Bolt and his buddy, Norman Tracey, fishing with them. Usain is a retired Jamaican sprinter and an eight-time Olympic gold medalist. Many consider him the greatest sprinter of all time. Born on August 21, 1986, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Bolt is 6’5″ and weighs 207 pounds. He holds world records for the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 × 100 meters relay.
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While the striped marlin count has recently dropped, the larger dorado in the 15 to 20-pound class has moved in to replace the smaller dorado caught a few weeks ago.

La Chingona backing into the slip

Based on the reports, Captain Miguel aboard the 46-f00t Viking, “La Chingona,” was excited that boats were catching dorado at both Gaspareno and La Ballena Banks, only 25 miles from the Marina.   

When Christopher Barnes and Jeff Kunitz arrived for their trip, Captain Miguel recommended they head in that direction. They agreed, and off they went. Meanwhile, Mates Nestor and Joel set up the tackle.

With calm seas and little wind, they covered the distance quickly. When they arrived on the bank, the sea temp was 71 degrees, and the water was clean. To make a long story short, they did find the 20-pound dorado they were searching for. However, that was it! They had to settle for five striped marlin caught and RELEASED on cocinero/ballyhoo for the remainder of the day!

Another excellent example of “going with the flow” is the “TRACY ANN,” a 31-foot Bertram, run by Captain Julio Castro and Mate Raul Leal, who had a group that traveled from Analise, Michigan: M. Chelotti, Erin M. Chelotti, Richard C. Chelotti, Richard W. Chelotti, and William M. Chelotti on board.

They managed to catch twenty-nine three to six-pound toothy sierra mackerel on cuchy (a small baitfish) at the Migrino Bank, which usually bites through the line and gets away. However, they are fun to catch on light tackle and a prime ingredient for some of the finest ceviche made in Baja!  

“MY WAY,” a 45-foot Viking with Captain Arturo and Mates Daniel and Josue demonstrating the importance of ensuring the entire Serb family had a memorable family day to remember! Family members included Andrew, Alianna, Christian, Ethan, John, and Julie, all of whom had traveled the distance from Michigan.

The family caught an eight-pound dorado on a jig, 15 three to six-pound b0nito, and finished with four red snapper weighing up to eight pounds, four miles from the Afuera Del Cerro. The crew ensured the family had a memorable day, judging from the gang’s smiles in the final family photo.

Later in the week, fishing two miles from Afuera Del Cerro Bank, the “TIBURON,” a 31-foot Bertram with Captain Rosendo and Mate Gomez Carlos Santos (with George Gallegos from Orinda, California, as angler), found him two striped marlin to release in the 100 to the 120-pound range that took a live bait (cocinero), plus one 15-pound dorado that took a Ballyhoo, and a skipjack weighing approximately four pounds.

Captain Ricardo Escamilla and Mate Jose Escamilla took the Abby Mellen, Cooper Mellen, Jonathan Mellen, and Suzy Wirta family from Portland, Oregon, out on the “YAHOO,” a 42-foot Bertram to the Migrino Bank, where there were various Baja species to target, including sierra, grouper, ladyfish that leaped repeatedly trying to throw the hook, and skipjack tuna the behaved more like a yellowfin tuna sounding to escape, providing an exciting day on the water for the entire family.

“KNOT WORKIN,” a 35-foot Cabo Flybridge run by Captain Israel and Mate Abraham, kept Chelsie Gray, Kellie Lillybridge, and Zachary Folandall from Ferndale, Washington, fished on the Pacific Side of the Baja Tip up north off the Los Arcos Hotel. 

There, they caught and released a striped marlin, estimated to weigh 110 pounds, plus multiple dorado ranging from 15 to 20 pounds, located just a handful of miles offshore, allowing them to view the beautiful hotels overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

 Summing up the week, the striped marlin slowed down from a month ago with the cooler sea temps. Conversely, the larger dorado in the 10 to 25-pound class has increased noticeably in the recent daily counts. During the past week, in addition to those popular species, jack crevalle, skipjack, bonito, grouper, red snapper, sierra, ladyfish, mako shark, cabrilla, and the always popular roosterfish have been caught, and yellowfin tuna, and wahoo have been spotted.

As April settles in, the sea temperatures should begin to climb, which usually yields more baitfish, including sardina, mackerel, Ballyhoo, and cocinero.That attracts more species to the party. Good luck and tight lines!

LOCATION: Los Arcos, Magrino, Pozo Cota, Afuera Del Cerro, Palmilla, Margarita, and Gaspareno Bank,
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Some medium-sized waves, wind midday – between 5 and 11 kts.
BEST LURES: Mackerel, Ballyhoo and Cocinero, Cedar Plugs. and marlin lures.

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