10 May 2011. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Fishing Report Courtesy of Picante Sportfishing http://www.picantesportfishing.com
Last night the clouds rolled in and stayed around all night. And it was still cloudy this morning for the start of Day Two of the 2011 IGFA Offshore World Championship. Eventually the skies cleared and it got hot. The winds have shifted from the East to the West at around 12 mph. That makes the Pacific side of the peninsula rough. And with that wind colder water is moving down the peninsula. So most fisherman were fishing near the Gordo banks on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula.
This tournament has been a good one for swordfish. Two have been landed and another one spit the hook. And the Striped Marlin are biting better today. Other game fish have been cooperating with the anglers. Today the heaviest Dorado was a nice fish at 37.60 pounds. It was caught on board the “Picante Dream,“ Picante Sportfishing’s 35 ft. Cabo Flybridge by the Italian team,” Trofeo Circolo Nautico Sambenedettese”. Then the “Rising Sun,” another yacht in the Picante Sportfishing Yacht Fleet, brought in a 43.50 pound Wahoo caught by “60th Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament” team whose members are from Russia. Fishing in Cabo San Lucas paid off for both teams who are leading in their respective categories.
Giant Yellowfin Tuna IGFA
Then came the big surprise for the day. The excitement was high for the Swordfish that were caught, but the Yellowfin Tuna that came in was a bigger surprise. The team from Brazil, “Torneio De Marlin Azul do Rio De Janeiro” fought, for 199 minutes, and landed a giant Yellowfin that tipped the scales at 226.2 pounds. It was one big Yellowfin Tuna that would have won some recent tuna tournaments. These guys won’t soon forget their trip to the IGFA Tournament and fishing in Cabo San Lucas.
Now, to the standings after day two. After a great day of fishing in Cabo San Lucas the leaders have changed. First place is shared by the local team,” IGFA Offshore World Champions 2010” with 1800 points. And the other team tied for first place is from the other side of the continent. The “Islamorada Fish Club Captain's Cup Sailfish Tournament” team from Florida is doing well fishing in Cabo San Lucas with 1800 points.
In second place is the “N'Gor Marlin Cup 2010” team from Dakar, Senegal with 1700 points. They were in first place at the end of day one and their catch of a Swordfish keeps them in the running.
In third place is ”IGFA Offshore World Championship2010-2nd Place” team from the Bahamas, another Atlantic Ocean team, with 1600 points.
Now with the wind expected to shift again from the East bringing with it more warm water, the anglers, hopes are high that the fishing in Cabo San Lucas, the home of the IGFA Offshore World Championship, will again heat up and even more fish will be caught.
09 May 2011. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Fishing Report Courtesy of Picante Sportfishing http://www.picantesportfishing.com
Day One 2011 IGFA Offshore World Championship:
Last night was a beautiful colorful sunset and today was a beautiful sunrise for the start of the 2011 IGFA Offshore World Championship. The morning temperatures started out in the upper 60’s Fahrenheit, but quickly were warming up to our daytime high in the 90’s. Winds were out of the East blowing 11 mph and seas were SSW 3 feet at 14 second intervals. What a great day for the beginning of the most prestigious invitational tournament in the world. At 7:00AM the boats were off and running.
This year all teams are required to provide their own video equipment and verify their catches using strict criteria. Continuous footage must show the catch and full release of the fish to score points. So it will be an interesting tournament.
In first place is the “N’Gor Marlin Cup 2010” team from Dakar, Senegal, on board the Picante Express, Picante Sportfishing’s 32 foot Cabo Express. They started out the tournament with 5 Striped Marlin netting them 1000 points.
In second place with 800 points was team “IGFA Offshore World Championship 2008” fishing the Mexican flag, but from Florida, with 4 Striped Marlin.
And in third place is team “Campeonato de pesca OPEN” from Rio de Janeiro with 700 points which consisted of a Striped Marlin and a Swordfish.
cabo sportfishing - scoring Dorado
Only 2 game fish were weighed, a Yellowfin Tuna of 26 pounds and a Dorado of 30 pounds. Everyone is concentrating on the big points and that means billfish. The waters are still warming. On the Pacific side of the peninsula the water is now in the upper 70’s and on the Sea of Cortez side the water is up to the low 80’s. Hang on for some hot billfish action during the rest of the week.
Tune in tomorrow for more results and see how the current leaders hold out as the water warms up and so does the competition.