Pisces Sportfishing Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Pitting boat and crew against their own
BY: GARY GRAHAM

With Pisces Sportfishing 40th anniversary on the horizon, the Ehrenberg family wanted to come up with a way to honor their captains, mates, office staff, reservation agents, dockmasters, and so many others who helped to create Pisces, the largest sportfishing operation in Cabo San Lucas.

Their solution reflected their management style which has served them well over the 40 years; the celebration would include an in-house sportfishing competition among the captains and boat owners sponsored

by Pisces.

A true busman’s holiday, each of the boat crew was encouraged to invite their families, friends or even their owners to come aboard and observe and experience what the crews do all day, every day, for clients. This to be followed by a fiesta at the end of the day celebrating the winners and honoring the Pisces Sportfishing family.

The one-day affair would feature a flare-gun start, a full day of competitive fishing complete with a weigh-in, and would conclude with a huge dock party at Marina Del Rey Dock open to the public where the

first Pisces trips had begun.

Almost all the boats in the Pisces fleet participated as crews were set to compete against each other in the first-ever Crew Tournament (probably the first of its kind, worldwide). The passion that had led them to careers in sportfishing was contagious, and every one of them enjoyed the fun of confronting the challenge of being considered “The Best in the Fleet!” without clients on board.

On September 9, at precisely 7:30-a.m. the 85-foot Contessa, with more than 20 office staff, former employees, and other guests aboard, marked the starting line as Marco and Tracy Ehrenberg together fired the flare, signaling the start as fleet boats ranging in size from 28 feet to 72 feet roared past them in search of the winning fish.

That afternoon, as the fleet began returning, more and more friends and family began gathering to observe the weigh-in. Banners were strung, music played, fresh fish was served, and the crowd grew to well over 200. With hugs, laughter and tears, many people greeted one another, as they reminisced about how their lives had been influenced by Pisces and the Ehrenberg family. Regardless of the huge size of the crowd, it felt like an intimate family affair.

After the scales closed and the final winners were determined, the trophies and cash prizes were passed out by the family and friends  with more than a few memories and reminisces. “Of course, they are all the best! They are all winners in our eyes!” Tracy announced as they passed out the prizes.

 

And The Winners Are

1st Place Billfish Release Hot Rod 42’ Cabo 16 striped marlin released.

2nd Place Billfish Tag Team III 37’ Viking Billfish 1 striped marlin, 2 sailfish

3rd Place Billfish Listo 48’ Viking 1 blue marlin released

1st Place Dorado 30’ Bertram Moppie Rapala for Team Tiburon 45.10-pounds

2nd Place Dorado 31’ Bertram Ruthless 25.45-pounds

3rd Place Dorado 40’ Cabo Caliente 14.35-pounds

Hard Luck Award 31’ Bertram Tracy Ann who released 17 striped marlin.

Would have been the winner but didn’t make it back in time.

Also, Hard Luck Award to 42’ Bertram Yahoo who made it back about 10

minutes after Hot Rod with 6 striped marlin released.