This week we had picture perfect weather, flat seas, tons of whales, lots of fish; but they weren't many billfish. The catch rate for marlin remains low even though this week more fish were spotted and our catch rate climbed a few points up to sixteen percent. Slowly but surely more fish are being caught. This week we did have a full moon which usually means slower catches due to the fish gorging all night with better visibility and not being so hungry during the day. Nobody got more than one marlin in a day, but more boats were able to achieve that single fish. All the fishing was on the Pacific side and some quite close.
OTHER SPECIES: Practically every boat out caught dorado this past week, with the catches varying from one to twelve fish per boat in the 15 to 25 lb. class. Dorado took a variety of live bait such as caballito, sardines and ballyhoo as well as lures; in other words they were hungry. Ninety five percent of our charters caught dorado giving us a total of 233 fish. A few of the boats went strictly for small game and did well on sierra up to 6 lbs.
LOCATION: Pacific, Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate, with Pozo de Cota, Margaritas and Cerro del Golden being the most productive.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 74 F
WEATHER: Perfect in every sense.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, ballyhoo, green, orange/black.

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 93%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 12%, Dorado 83%, Wahoo 39% Other 16%
BILLFISH: Pretty slow numbers for billfish this week, but that is not to say that fishing is slow. There was a lot of activity but mostly on dorado.  Released 6 marlin between 100 and 120 lbs at the Cerros de Arena on live caballito and landed a dorado,  also had an outstanding catch this same day in front of the Old Lighthouse,  Also released a 120 lb striped marlin then went on to catch six dorado up to 25 lbs and a small wahoo. Tracy Ann always seems to be in the news and this week was no exception; on January 25th a group of Canadian anglers were on board fishing at the Cerro del Golden when they were fortunate to hook and successfully release two striped marlin up to 130 lbs and boat four dorado. Pisces top of the line 55ft Flora T II, had an excellent day for Javier & Mario Gonzalez from Austin, Texas who had fun fighting a 130 lb striped marlin that again took a live caballito and then went on to land three wahoo and a couple of dorado. So what's going on with the marlin? It's hard to say but the season seems to be messed up – warmer than normal, less bait and then when we spot them they don't seem to be hungry. The water is a great color there is plenty of marine life; tons of bait in the bay which the sea lions are feasting on – we even saw a school of porpoise less than 500 yards off of the Hotel Hacienda – guess we have to patient. Pisces anglers caught a total of eleven striped marlin this week.
OTHERS SPECIES: Dorado dominated this week, being found over a wide location but mostly on the Pacific between the Old Ligthouse and Golden Gate. Top catch was aboard Pisces Rebecca for Suzanne & Chris Rafetto from Los Angeles, Ca. they were fortunate to catch fifteen fish up to 25 lbs, releasing a good many of them at the Cerro del Golden on a combination of bait and lures. Other catches ranged from one to ten fish with sizes from 12 to 30 lbs. A whopping eighty three percent of our boats caught dorado giving us a total fish count of 242 fish, with kill limits respected. Wahoo catches remain the best they have been in years; even though the fish are small they still make a delicious meal. Peter Mann & Dean Sjoyren has one of the better wahoo days, catching seven on rapalas off of Gaspareno as well as two dorado aboard Tracy Ann. John Vinzant & friends were not far behind with five caught aboard Ruthless also on rapalas with a couple of dorado added to their catch around the 20 lb mark. Another group from Canada headed up by Terrance Henry from Alberta, caught one of the biggest fish of the week, a 150 lb pilot shark which was released – they also got a dorado for the table. Inshore some of the boats caught sierra, a few needle fish and skipjacks.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Unusually cloudy with light rain showers, now clear. Seas calm with wind coming out of the Cortez on some days.
LOCATION: Pacific – Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 75-77 F
BEST LURES: Live caballito, rapalas, green colors.