Magic in Miniature: the smallest sailfish we’ve ever seen

September 1st, 2011| No Comments
Cabo San Lucas baby sailfish

Chris Fuller (left), deckhand Ruben Orantes and Capt. Rob Lawford, with juvenile sailfish. Pic courtesy of Pisces Sportfishing

Usually, if you come across a catch report on this blog, it’s an occasion for us to salute the efforts of one angler in outwitting some monstrous specimen. As you can see, that’s not the case this time…

Behold the tiniest sailfish you’re likely to see any time soon – caught by Chris Fuller off Cabo San Lucas in Mexico last Saturday. Chris was out with Pisces Sportfishing at the time, fishing aboard the Petrolero in the Sea of Cortez, hoping his live sardine was about be picked up by tuna.

Everyone on board was more than a little shocked when this little fella showed up and grabbed the bait instead – a few seconds of acrobatics later and the tiny specimen was in the boat. Weighing in at an estimated three pounds, this rarely see baby sail is probably about four months old. It was, of course, returned unharmed.

Tracy Ehrenberg, general manager of Pisces Sportfishing, which has been operating off Cabo San Lucas for more than 30 years, said: “I have never seen a billfish so small.” We can well believe that!

However, it’s not the first unusual catch she’s seen in recent times. For those of you who missed it the first time round, just a few weeks ago the folks at Pisces caused what can only be described as a global sensation when they announced the capture of an albino cyclops shark in the waters off Cabo.

Cabo San Lucas albino cyclops shark

Albino cyclops shark: Pic courtesy of Pisces Sportfishing

That’s right – as if being either albino or cyclops wouldn’t have been weird enough, this little female was both. That’s just so many different levels of weird, we don’t know where to begin…

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