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Satellite tag deployed for 3rd year in a row off Cabo San Lucas
For the third year in a row, Pisces Sportfishing and Gray Fishtag Research have sponsored satellite tags to be deployed in billfish in the waters off of Los Cabos; I’ve had the honor of being invited on those three trips.

The “Finger Bank,” approximately 50 miles north of Land’s End on the Pacific side, has been the place to be for each of those years for the red-hot striper action that has established Cabo San Lucas as one of the most prolific billfish spots in the world.


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THIS YEAR THE large crew consisted of: up top Captain Libio Sandoval and below From L to R, Mate Juvencio “El Indio” Carlon; Carlos Narro — Biologist, Tracy Ehrenberg, Bill Dobbelaer, Gray Taxidermy, Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces Group; Dave and Chet Bulthuis; Justin Poe - Vice President - Accurate Fishing Products; Darren-Biologist; Pamela Dobbelear, Gray Taxidermy; and Leah Baumwell, Gray Fishtag Research.


This year the large crew consisted of: up top Captain Libio Sandoval and below From L to R, Mate Juvencio “El Indio” Carlon; Carlos Narro — Biologist, Tracy Ehrenberg, Bill Dobbelaer, Gray Taxidermy, Tracy Ehrenberg, Pisces Group; Dave and Chet Bulthuis; Justin Poe - Vice President - Accurate Fishing Products; Darren-Biologist; Pamela Dobbelear, Gray Taxidermy; and Leah Baumwell, Gray Fishtag Research.


Aboard the fast 60-foot Hatteras, “Strictly Business,” that had been donated for the day by Victor Johansen, a lentil farmer from Montana, we rounded Cape Rocks reaching full cruising speed in flat calm seas as Captain Victor set a course for the Finger Bank.


Several hours later, the Captain spotted high-flying frigates on the horizon and steered the bow of the boat in their direction. Beyond them we could see a small fleet of trolling sports fishers.


In the cockpit it was all hands-on deck as lures were checked one final time, ready to be dropped back into the bubbling wake the moment the boat began to slow — which happened suddenly when two tailing striped marlin appeared off the port side.


The lure spread was set. It was only a few minutes later when a familiar quivering, sickle-shaped fin appeared behind the long port rigger line. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … the line disappeared from the reel and Tracy quickly snatched the bent rod from the rod holder as she headed for the chair; it was only a little after 9 a.m.


Tail-walking across the wake of the boat, the striper was frantic in his attempt to throw the hook and the green lure before sounding. Then he returned to the surface on the other side of the boat, fleeing from the boat. Gray Fishtag’s Leah Baumwell stood at the ready with her Aftco Tag Stick already loaded with the satellite tag.


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THEN THE FEISTY fish swam away with its new payload that would provide incredible information needed to avoid any second guessing.


Carefully, the deckhand leadered the fish to the port corner which allowed Leah to place the tag, as cameras clicked to record the event. Then the feisty fish swam away with its new payload that would provide incredible information needed to avoid any second guessing.


Mission accomplished!


Next, the team took advantage of the volume of billfish in the area. The spread went back out, and it wasn’t long before the cry of “marlin in the spread” began in earnest and was heard and would continue to be heard for almost 3½ hours.


Justin Poe seized the opportunity to put the new Accurate Tern 500 through its paces with striped marlin. Proving the small reel not only had the chops for the stripers but much more.


After doing a great job deploying the satellite tag, Leah was eager to catch her first ever striped marlin which she managed after several false starts. By 1 p.m., Tracy, Justin, Leah, Chet, Darren, Pamela and Carlos had 11 bites, and placed tags in 8 of those fish … the sat tag went into the first one!


The tagged fish were given names that can be tracked on the Gray Fishtag website https://grayfishtagresearch.org/ . Those names were: Don Pedro Pisces (Sat Tag), Dillon,Leah, Fin, Rudolph, The Godfather, Kobilly and Emily.


Tracy Ehrenberg commented, “Pisces Sportfishing recently celebrated our 40th anniversary during which time nearly 700,000 people have fished with us.”


“The “satellite” and “spaghetti” tags provide incredible information needed in order that there is no second guessing; instead we have hard facts to educate visitors about the fishery, how to take care of it and provide jobs for years to come.”


Dobbelear, added, “Gray’s is celebrating thirty-plus years and Tracy Ehrenberg has been the leader for our company, as she has been for Cabo sportfishing in general when it comes to fishing and the fisheries in general. Pisces Sportfishing manages over 35 fishing boats here in Cabo San Lucas -- big ones, small ones, they have them all. They have a fishing report that comes out weekly which you can follow on their website www.piscessportfishing.com/ .”


The contribution by both Ehrenberg and Doebbler and their respective companies on behalf of the Baja Sur Fisheries underscores the vital importance of understanding the fisheries throughout Baja and beyond. The science and knowledge acquired is available to the Mexican Government agencies that are responsible.


Congratulations to Ehrenberg and Doebbler and others like them who recognize the need for this valuable information and who step up to help make a difference!


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