Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 97%
Numbers at a glance: Marlin 81%, Dorado 6.4%, Small Game 27%
BILLFISH: What a fantastic week for striped marlin fishing, truly May is turning out to be one of the best months for marlin. Checking back to 2012 and 2011 we see that this month yielded the highest catches of the year for our most abundant marlin species, that is the striped variety. We had super strong winds pretty much all week, with the Pacific bearing the brunt along with foggy mornings. Whitecaps were present some days on the Cortez side but seeing as the bite had moved to the Punta Gorda area, you just had to ride up the Cortez side a bit to find the smoother water and the marlin. We had steady catches of one or two marlin per boat per day, but some did exceptionally well, happening to be in the right place at the right time, when hungry fish showed up. Pisces Rebecca did very well with six marlin released for Daniel Croke & Amy Kraufe from Las Vegas on May 28th. Next day out they did even better, this time with nine marlin, between 100 and 120 lbs. released on live caballito for Russell, Chris & Roberto Daniel from Richland, Washington. Pisces Tracy Ann also had outstanding fishing with eight marlin released on May 29th, plus two dorado boated for long time Julio Castro fan, Creighton Lawhead who was fishing with Kimberley Lawhead from San Diego. Next day out this same boat released seven stripers up to 140 lbs. for Clay Arnold, Zeina & Michael Allen from El Dorado Hills, CA. Still producing, Tracy Ann followed this with five more marlin on May 31st for Corey and Denise Pardon from Minot, N. Dakota. Pisces Attitude Adjustment and Ruthless both had five marlin in one day for anglers Aimee & Wayne Snoots from Houston and Crosby’s from Texas also. There were a couple of odd boats that could not hook up, which is very disappointing when everybody is catching fish around you, but there are no guarantees in fishing. Eighty one percent of our boats caught marlin this week giving us a total fish count of 163, with just two boated; the rest were released.
|The Allen family from El Dorado Hills, Ca. had a great time aboard Tracy Ann releasing a bunch of marlin, even the kids got on in the action.|
OTHER SPECIES: It’s all about the inshore fishery right now for catches other than marlin. True a few dorado were picked up, but these were chance catches and only five were caught overall. Boats could head towards the Old Lighthouse, close to Cabo and fish for roosterfish, yellowtail, jack crevalle, amberjack, grouper, skipjack and red snapper or zoom up the coast a little more than an hour away for the big guys. Mark Wallace from Los Angeles fished with friends board Pisces Ruthless and had a fantastic day catching a yellowtail; three groupers, one roosterfish, four skipjacks, a red snapper and two amberjacks – plus they caught three marlin the day before on this same boat. A few small mako sharks were also released.
LOCATION: Punta Gorda, 11.50, Old Lighthouse.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies, some whitecaps, smooth up at Punta Gorda.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 74-76 F
Based on the catches of Pisces by Tracy Ehrenberg