JANUARY 22th to 30, 2016
Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 88%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 37%, Tuna 43%, Dorado 16%, Other 24%
BILLFISH: Marlin fishing this week was not an easy thing, with a big moon and fussy eaters it was hard to get a hook up. Fish were seen but both the marlin and bait were hard to hook up. We heard reports of marlin activity before the sun came up but once it was daylight their activity slowed down, giving credence to the belief that when there is a big moon they feed at night and are not hungry during the day. Nevertheless fifty seven percent of our charters were able to find and fight striped marlin. Other catches were of one or two marlin per boat, when found, giving us a total of 31 striped marlin.
OTHER SPECIES: What kept anglers busy this week, if the anglers didn't mind a long ride out offshore was the yellowfin tuna. Boats could load up on huge numbers of small tuna with the occasional larger fish mixed in. Go deep 31ft had a good day they released a striped marlin and then went on to muscle in forty two tuna on January 29 at San Jaime. Others catches were of five to twenty five fish, with plenty of double digit catches – our total tuna catch was of 316 fish with forty three percent of charters finding this species. Dorado catches continue to slow with just ten boats finding one or two fish, which is normal for this time of year. We had a nice size wahoo again this week 73lbs. Inshore the boats had varied catches with triggerfish by the dozen, some ladyfish, skipjacks, yellowtail, sheep heads, grouper and snappers.
LOCATION: Pacific from Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate and offshore up to 35 miles.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear skies, seas moderate.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 75 F
BEST LURES: Live bait, cedar plugs, and feathers.