Bisbee Billfish Tourney Produces 214 Billfish For Cabo Anglers
According to the folks at the Pisces Fleet last week saw the East Cape Bisbee Tournament take place, which is no longer a warm up for the Black and Blue but rather a well-attended and popular event.
A total of 70 teams took place, including a sailboat rigged to fish. The three day event produced a total of 214 billfish, but it was down to a nail biting conclusion as no fish were weighed in on day one or day two, the third day sped by and though lots of hook up’s and captures were reported they all ended up being releases, as none of the fish fought would make the 300 lb. minimum mark.
In 2012 no qualifying fish were weighed so tournament organizers were on the edge of their seats hoping this year some big fish would make it back to the scale. Late in the day team Hayseeds from Oregon fishing aboard 29 ft. local boat “Eclipse” pulled in with a 337 lb. blue marlin and won the event – their total winnings were $44,100.00.
Another big payout was for local angler Chucky Van Wormer aboard “La Hielera” with a 192 lb. yellow fin tuna that earned him $63,150.00.
Meanwhile in Cabo the Pisces Fleet enjoyed fantastic fishing with the highlight of the week a 420 lb. blue marlin, bigger than anything in the tournament, caught by Pisces Adriana by angler Trey Carlile from Bullard, Texas; the fish took an orange and black lure 23 miles out from Land’s End. Trey also caught seven tuna and a dorado with wife Jennifer.
There was full moon this week and unlike the last couple of months, during this phase anglers did see a slow down on striped marlin catches, where averages per boat dropped to one and two marlin, plus a dorado and some tuna. However, directly after the full moon the catches began to creep up and the Pisces Fleet saw catches like Great Escape Jr. with seven released for Doug Miller and Doug Miller III from San Antonio, Texas, at Punta Gorda. Your odds of catching fish of any type this week with Pisces were ninety five percent with seventy seven percent catching billfish. The total count was 92 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin and 3 sailfish – two marlin were kept, the rest were released.
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