Our first day off shore started with us leaving Puerto Escondido at about 5:30 am and running to Loreto to pick up 2 people that will be fishing with us. We picked up the guys, iced up, bought bait and headed out at around 6:45. We run for about another 45 minutes to start looking in a area about 7-10 miles north of Carmen island. We spot small patties in the area and pull up to one about the size the size of a trash can lid with a single bird sitting on it. We throw a single bait on it and in a few minutes we're picked up by the right kind. As I get the fish close to the boat the first time I see a follower with the hooked fish so my dad throws out a bait and he is bit in seconds. So as we fight out fish I look down in the water and see around 100 dorado swimming just below the surface. Two more baits are thrown out and it is hookups all around the boat.
These are all quality fish and we are having a blast.
We call in others and in short order we 8 other boats fishing this bite.
We keep 6 dorado and release 8-10 quality dorado in the 25-35lb range, all before 8:30. Our largest dorado went 40lbs caught by my pops. So we start to think what do we do next? Yep, you may have guessed it, it is time to go and play with the billfish. We left two fish short of our limit on dorado because sometimes the BIG bulls will be with the billfish because their not afraid of being eaten because of their size.
We start to head further north east and it is not long before we see birds working. As we pull up to the first set of birds we see 5 or 6 billfish puddleing around chasing bait. We hook 2 sailfish and battle those for a well deserved release. We then fire up the boat and run maybe 100 or so yards to the next group of birds. It's the same thing 4-5 billfish. All in all we released around 10-12 billfish which was a mixture of sails and stripes. We pulled on fish until we could pull no more. All of my fish were caught on 40lb test with 50lb fluorocarbon used for its abrasion resistance and not because of line shy fish.
Sorry for no pics of the billfish as one of the other guys fishing with my father and I shot all the pics on his camera and has not e-mailed them to me yet. If I get some good ones I will add them.
My father has lived in Puerto Escondido for 10 years and fished the area for years before that and has never seen or heard of anyone having a day like we had. All of this and we are headed back to dock at 11:00.
Well the tourney starts tomorrow and it will be two hard days of fishing. Wish us luck.
Team Pacifico out.