Incredible catch success rates this week, even with a limited number of fishing days due to port closing Sunday and Monday from tropical storm Raymond. Tuesday however, kicked off with a bang - with one tuna of around 120 lbs caught on Pisces 37’ Viking BBII, many marlin released, and as has been the trend, more dorado than we can keep. The rest of the week continued to produce good numbers in all species, including another FIVE BIG yellowfin tuna, all between 150 and 200 pounds, with 100 YFT caught total in the week. There were 409 dorado caught by 82 vessels, that averages out to about 5 fish per boat; some however, caught up to 20 dorado each. Pisces 31’ Ruthless for example, caught 22 dorado, plus Blue and Striped Marlin in the same day! Billfish releases totaled seventy-two; including blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin and sailfish. Other catches included mainly wahoo, sierra, skipjack.
Close to 100% catch success rate this week once again, with 90 out of 93 vessels catching fish. Dorado was undoubtedly the most abundant, with an astonishing 398 dorado caught and always respecting catch limits with releases. Billfish percentages were actually one point higher than last week, meaning still about half of our boats caught marlin and sailfish, but the numbers of fish are less in comparison: 84 billfish total. This is mainly because the marlin are not conglomerating at the Old Lighthouse area anymore and have spread out, and also because the dorado are numerous and relatively close by, between Los Arcos and Migrino mostly; anglers are choosing to go for the easy and delicious target instead, and are lucky to land marlin there too. The tuna fishing continues to impress, a total of 142 caught with several fish between 100 and 200 lbs each.
This week not only brought great fishing, but it saw two important events for us in Cabo. The first was our 4th Annual Satellite tagging study on Striped Marlin with GrayFishTag Research and the second was the WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot. Both were very exciting and successful events - with three satellite tags deployed on healthy striped marlin weighing around 130 lbs each. Pisces did well, with 5 of our boats hitting the dock with very decent fish. There were 218 tuna caught total for the fleet this week.
Aside from this, marlin fishing was still incredible, with crews focusing on fish right off the Old lighthouse. This week, the billfish releases totaled 229 fish, mostly striped marlin but also sailfish and a few blues still around.
To close out the week, on November 9th only, we caught 64 dorado, with a total of 204 fish caught for this week, respecting catch limits. And in other catches, it was very nice to see some wahoo coming through, again between 30 and 40 lbs each, and even a nice 50 pounder caught on Pisces 35’ Bill Collector 2. We also saw a few roosterfish for those that fished closer to shore on the Pacific.
The season’s fishing is not slowing down any time soon. Almost 100% success rate for our boats this week, with a total of 108 boats out, and 106 catching fish! Numbers: 291 Billfish released, which included striped marlin, blue marlin (between 200 - 300 lbs) and sailfish. The striped marlin have moved much closer to Cabo now too, with most catches this week, of up to 15 stripeys released per boat, caught no further than the Old Lighthouse area. There were 160 Tuna caught this week; including a cow-sized 220 lbs yellowfin caught on 33’ Sea Bum. Dorado numbers this week did go down somewhat, with 40 fish caught total. Other catches this week included wahoo mainly, some skipjack and bonita and even a pair of roosterfish sprinkled in.