Fishing Report…June 16th and earlier

Bryan’s been busy fishing, so I will add some updates.  Fishing has been very good over the last couple of weeks, but “catching (and releasing)” of billfish has been limited.  Last weekend we hosted some friends from Smith/ Martin Autobody and Paint shop in Tucson (they do outstanding, quality work). On the second day we found a dead whale (daily occurence in nature!) and had some excellent success with about 12 dorado caught and most of them released. Our best success was a “X-Rap” rapala, but this took a little more finesse since the smaller treble hooks often pulled out of the fish’s mouth too easily.  Here is a picture of Rob and Val with a couple of the bull dorado.doradofromwhale

Yesterday, however, was our best day with Bryan and Capt. Joshua releasing two sailfish, and keeping one large dorado (will be baked for a family reunion next weekend). They also had a nice marlin hooked, but an angler error on the drag (hint: don’t release the drag while fighting a fish!) allowed that one to become an “accidental release”. They had other billfish chances as well, and spotted many sperm whales in the area they were fishing. Most of the boats in the San Carlos fleet that fished yesterday came back with some dorado…or a least a few stories on the billfish they had hooked for at least a few minutes.  Most of you reading this post will understand that billfish are tough to keep hooked due to their aerobatics.

For weeks now we have seen many, many tailing on the surface, but when we approach them they have not been hungry.  That seems to be changing a bit and hopefully they will turn on for the  Billfish Blowout tournament over the 4th.

Not many tourists in San Carlos right now…residual effect of the swine flu scare(no cases reported in Sonora!), so there is no problem getting condo or hotel reservations. We’re looking for some tournament anglers (i.e. experienced anglers) to put together two small teams so that Team Margarita has a better chance of extending our tournament reputation. If you have any interest, please contact Bryan (



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