Archive for June, 2011

July 29th report

June 29, 2011

Great fishing. We caught four nice dorado today. One that I caught was around 40#. It put up a great fight on a 30# spinning rod. It took a popper very close to the boat. I had another 30# fish on. Caught one small marlin. There are some Blues showing up. Some tuna to 20# are being caught. Lots of big dorado and good numbers of billfish. Great reports from the other side. Now is the time to be here!

tight lines,

Bryan

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Whale rescued

June 16, 2011

Still some great fishing out there, even though for once I didn’t catch a billfish. We were out on a short trip and I did have one on though. I think the bite is more in the afternoon with the full moon at the moment. The day before we lost our first two after a minute, but then caught three sails and one large dorado. Missed the call on the whale that they had found again. Arturo found it late the other day. The wind was up so no one could go out that day. They did great on the fish. We were ready with cameras and all along with some other boats. They got the call late, but were able to get out there and cut the mother, baby, and several turtles free. Will work on the link when the full report is out. They have great video and great ammunition to take to the conventions to discuss positive change in commercial regulations here. Some good bottomfishing in close, the water is clearing up, and fish are showing in the bay. Get down before the ‘heat’ comes!

tight lines,

Bryan

The great fishing continues

June 12, 2011

Lots of large dorado out there. We have caught a billfish a day. The other day we released four sails and had another six pulling line. Arturo had a 500# mako on and we saw a 12′ Great White the day before. Make it down here!

tight lines,

Bryan

We won the Rescate Tournament!!!!!!

June 7, 2011

The ‘storm’ is over for the moment on the fishing front in San Carlos. We’ve had a few days of wind after the 11th Annual Rescate Fishing Tournament. The boats and fishermen should be rested up and headed back out there soon, if they didn’t have to head home. Many of the fish have probably surfed the waves to the south, but there are still plenty of billfish around. The dorado are out 15+ miles in the blue water, but there are some big ones out there. I’ve got my foot elevated at the moment trying to recover and heal from one bout with a big bull earlier in the week. I’m sure that Lisa will be stirring from her sleep long enough in the morning now to tell me to remember my shoes, along with the sunscreen.
We had beautiful conditions earlier in the week. The water warmed nicely into the low 80’s on the surface after the LIFT Tournament and the fish started biting. Bait is the call, but a few are being caugh on lures. We caught a couple of nice sailfish one day after plucking off and trying to avoid a plague of small dorado to 10#. There was some good seaweed patches and a dead turtle on some blue currents that brought in plenty of fish. Farther out they were finding bigger fish and I heard of very good reports from the other side. The fish started thinning out later in the week, but many of the fish were big bulls to 35#. You want to be careful when you pull these fellows into the boat!
The big news though for the week was the number of billfish out there. After boating a few nice dorado on Thursday we came back into the blue/green water break to find more billfish than most everyone has ever seen. You couldn’t go a minute without seeing a billfish jump from among a group of his friends in a different direction within a hundred yards. They were everywhere! They were mainly focused along the sharp color break though. They still weren’t biting good, even though some boats were catching and releasing 3-4/day. I was out with eight boys on Friday for a slow troll just past the Island where we caught a sail, several dorado to eat, some skipjack, and passed what seemed like over a hundred billfish. There were whales, dolphin, mantas, and sharks out there with lots of good bait. Things looked good for the tournament.
The tournament started off with beautiful glass calm conditions for 25 boats. Radio problems filled the airwaves at the start, but things slowly got worked out and boats quickly started seeing tailing billfish everywhere. They weren’t biting too well early on though. We painfully pulled farther offshore away from all the tailing fish to hopefully greater numbers. It seemed like we had made a mistake, with more fish being seen in close. Thankfully we were able to find some hungry ones, and they stayed with us all day. We switched positions with the majority of the fleet and kept catching fish in close in murky green water. Everyone else seemed to be passing pickier fish farther out, even though they were getting more and bigger dorado. The billfish are what earn the points though and get you the fillet mignon. Maybe it was our lucky day, they liked our naked-run ballyhoo on circle hooks, my captain Joel’s lucky orange shirt he wore for his birthday, or I just wasn’t messing around. I started hesitating though after my second marlin and fourth fish. My friend almost couldn’t bring in the first one due to his back problems, or being in the office too much. Anyhow, we were on fire and I’m sure the fleet would have been rejoicing after hearing that we lost our 8th and 9th fish after minute-long battles. Four or five boats were just behind us with 4 fish. A number of dorado were making the 18# minimum, but only a few went 25-31#. Too bad that we broke off a monster.
The second day saw the Northwest-winds blowing. Seas were rough and the fish seemed to be just holding on. Usually they bite better in the wind, but maybe they were losing sight of our bait in the waves and green water. I started off with one quick release of a sail to hold onto our hopefully ‘comfortable’ lead. We lost four more brief hook-ups throughout the day, along with the guys on the boat missing a few strikes. The fish were being seen, but they just weren’t biting. Even if they took the bait, they often dropped it. We weren’t too upset about the hot bite where leads can change quickly and held onto the victory. Team Telamon in first with eight releases, Kryptonite in second with six, Predator in third with five and a weighable dorado, Fun Ticket was fourth with five releases, and several other boats had five releases but later release times for their first fish caught. All in all it was a good tournament with some good money being raised for Rescate. For my first time in twenty years, I walked back into their clinic for treatment. My wife wasn’t going to let me fish of my swelling foot another minute!

Tight Lines,

Bryan

Things are heating up!

June 2, 2011

We finally caught some nice dorado today. Two 20-25# fish. The boat next to us caught some nice ones too, and got bit off by a wahoo. We came in farther to find a few boats working dozens of sailfish and marlin. Within a minute you’d often see several jumping fish from various packs. Sailfish and marlin everywhere. It should be a good tournament this weekend!

Tight Lines,

Bryan