CHARTER CRUISERS FISHING UP THE PACIFIC SIDE
Nov. 17, 2006, Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces Fleet, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
Pisces Fleet's overall catch success rate for all species combined this week was 87 percent. We saw great fishing at Cabo San Lucas this week, with just a few charter boats getting skunked and the rest having a good mix of striped marlin, the most numerous billfish, sailfish, and even an odd black marlin.
Pisces Fleet's marlin catch success rate this week was 55 percent. Pisces anglers caught caught a total of 88 marlin of which 82 were released.
After marlin, dorado was the most numerous fish caught in Cabo San Lucas waters this week, with 50 percent of Pisces boats landing between 1 and 18 fish.
Dorado were found over a wide fishing area on the Pacific side and they took both bait and lures. Pisces Fleet's total dorado count was 202 fish.
Yellowfin tuna catches were on the slow side this week at Cabo, with just 12 percent of Pisces charters finding tuna in the football class of 15 to 25 pounds.
All Pisces Fleet boats were fishing was on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas from the Old Lighthouse to the Golden Gate Bank, plus a few boats venturing even further north.
Lures and live bait both worked, but with live bait having a slight edge.
The charter boat "Libre" had a sailfish day on Nov. 10th, releasing a very respectable 5 fish at the Golden Gate Bank for Cabo San Lucas anglers Rick Christopher from Los Altos Hill, Mark Baker from Danville, Calif., fishing with Cabo buddy Victor Hernandez.
The next day this same boat did well with one striped marlin and 18 dorado, half of them released.
The charter boat "Cabolero" landed a nice black marlin on Nov. 13th for angler David McCarthy from Lucas, Texas, estimated at 250 pound. This one was close to Cabo, off of Land's End.
Glen Schlager and Jeff Craig of Massachusetts released 4 striped marlin aboard the boat "Adriana" also at the Golden Gate Bank on the Pacific side of Cabo.
Our charter boat "Ni Modo" gave Jeff Smith of Calgary a busy day with 4 marlin released and 15 dorado caught between friends on Nov. 14th.
To round out the week, it was "Libre' again this time with 5 striped marlin landed for Brian Walsh and Robert Arnold of Massachusetts.
Several boats also caught grouper to 50 pounds. In inshore fishing around Cabo San Lucas there were skipjacks and still some roosterfish, smaller dorado, and the odd marlin.
Cabo weather couldn't be beat, with clear sunny skies, and calm seas. The average water temperature was 80 degrees.
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