BAJA FISHING STEADY ON STRIPED MARLIN, AS TUNA AND DORADO SLOW
Feb. 9-15, 2007, Pisces Fleet Sportfishing, Tracy Ehrenberg, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
Pisces Fleet had a very consistent fishing week at Cabo San Lucas, with 90 percent of our charters catching striped marlin and sailfish.
The best fishing location is not really defined, but the Sea of Cortez is where most of the fishing was done. The Cabo 95 and 1150 fishing spots proved to be the best options for striped marlin in the 100 to 150 pound class.
Most Pisces charter fishing boats averaged one or two marlin this week, but as usual there were exceptions.
Our boat "Ni Modo" released 4 striped marlin and 3 sailfish for a jaw dropping 7 billfish in one day.
One of our better days was Feb. 9th, when the charter boat "Yahoo" released 5 striped marlin. The same day, the boat "Reel Heaven" released 3 sailfish and 2 striped marlin.
"Tracy Ann" released four striped marlin and one sailfish for angler Terry Byers from Canada.
Pretty much all of the billfish caught this week took live bait.
Pisces anglers caught 102 striped marlin and 22 sailfish this week, and all but one marlin were released.
The Cabo San Lucas fishing area at the south end of Mexico's Baja peninsula saw a marked decrease in dorado action and even fewer yellowfin tuna this week.
This is right for this time of year, as Cabo weather cools.
Southern Baja waters off Cabo should now see an increase in sierra and snappers before an influx of football size tuna in April.
Sixteen percent of Pisces Fleet charters found dorado this week, but the catches were seldom more than one fish, with the exception being the boat "Yahoo" that had a half-dozen for angler Curt Stephens at the 95 spot.
Yellowfin tuna catches were even slower, with just 6 percent of Pisces charters catching any. "Ni Modo" was the only boat to have a notable tuna catch, with 25 fish 10 miles out from Land's End. They also released 2 striped marlin after moving to the 95 spot.
Inshore charter pangas had a tough time this week, but did find sierra and some jacks.
Cabo San Lucas had clear skies, cool and windy most days, and seas were rough on the windy days. The average fishing water temperature was 71 degrees.