JUST NINE FISH WEIGHED IN DURING 25TH ANNUAL
BISBEE'S FISHING TOURNAMENT AT CABO SAN LUCAS
Oct. 21-27, 2005, Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces Fleet, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
This Cabo San Lucas sportfishing week saw the 25th Bisbee Tournament take place. Pickings were pretty slim for the field of 185 boats, as only nine fish were weighed in over 300 pound.
In regular fishing, we saw very decent catches of striped marlin as well as a few late season blues and sailfish.
Overall fifty-four percent of our Pisces Fleet sportfishing charters caught billfish.
The week started out well for Robert Bonvito and Charles Gragg from Pleasanton, Calif., as they released three striped marlin, just two miles off of Pozo de Cota on the Pacific. They also landed a nice dorado aboard "Adriana".
"Blue Thunder," a beautiful 60 foot Hatteras, had an outstanding fishing day, releasing a blue marlin, a sailfish and three striped marlin on the Cortez side.
"Happy Boy" had a great Bisbee's pre-fish day for Mike Hall and friends, releasing a blue, a striped and a sail, close to Cabeza de Ballena.
"Rebecca" released three striped marlin and landed a dorado for Stacey & Steven Roxberg from Mound, Minn.
Pisces Fleet's Cabo San Lucas charter fishing boats fished both sides and used both lures and bait.
The stripers tended to prefer live bait, whilst the blues hit on lures. Pisces anglers caught a total of 71 billfish this week consisting of 67 striped marlin, 2 blues and 2 sails. All but two stripers were released. Average weight on the striped marlin was 120 lbs.
Dorado was king in Cabo San Lucas this week with 62 percent of charters landing fish in the 15 to 30 pound class over a widespread area on both the Pacific and Cortez.
Tuna catches were not that great, but then again, most captains were concentrating on billfish. We know that there are big tuna out there; a record 303 pound yellowfin was taken during the Bisbee.
Wahoo catches were on the slow side at Cabo San Lucas, with just a few fish between 40 and 60 pounds. Inshore pangas, caught nice roosters, skipjacks and bonita.
Cabo San Lucas weather had clear, sunny skies, seas mostly calm on the Cortez tending to be choppy on the Pacific, water temperature 81 degrees.