Cabo San Lucas Sportfishing

Fish Report

Blue Marlin Fishing Continues Strong!!
Good Numbers of Stripers at Ranch Migrino!
1150 Area Producing Blues and Sailfish!
Dorado a Quarter Mile off Lighthouse!
Margarita Area on Pacific Side Hot!
Tuna ½ Mile to 2 Miles Off Beach!
Inshore Stripers and Small Dorado!
Rooster Fishing is Slowing Down!

BILLFISH: Pacific side is where the action has been with Striped Marlin, Sailfish and Blues. Blue Marlin fishing continues to be the hot species of the week. It seems the fish have moved up to the Pacific side where the water has been somewhat cooler, around San Jamie Banks and the Migrino area. Most of the Blues have been landed with lures and the Striped Marlin on live bait. We have had real good numbers of Sailfish this past week and this continued now for the last 3 weeks, with good Sailfish numbers being caught and released. So if you're into Blue Marlin you had better get to Cabo, as this year has been really good and we think it will continue through October.

DORADO: Fishing for Dorado has been pretty decent with lots of action a couple miles off the beach with some smaller ones being caught in the 15lb to 20 lb range and then outside there has been some pretty decent action going on. It mite be a good idea to practice throwing back the smaller Dorado and respecting the limits. The Japs with their nets are raping the world of fish, so really every little bit we do to conserve cant hurt.

SWORDFISH: Hasn't heard of any caught this week.

WAHOO: Yes a few landed over this past week at Gray Rock on jet heads so if your into Wahoo try that area over the next few days.

TUNA: Well, Lots of football size Tuna being caught close to shore about ½ to 2 miles off Rancho Migrino to Margarita area. Most are in the 10lb to 30 pound range and are being taken on king busters and cedar plugs. There is that chance also to land a big Tuna in the 100lb to 200lb range, since we are in Cabo and you never know what we will run into.

INSHORE: Rooster Fish are slowing and the big news inshore is Dorado and Striped Marlin over the last week. Quite a few Tuna in the 10lb to 30lb range also have been caught. There has been Sailfish reported caught inshore also on Pangas so it mite be worth grabbing a Panga and going out for a 5 hour excursion to see what happens inshore.

 

WEATHER: Big problem all week except for today it has finally died down. WIND, WIND, WIND really the major story all of this past week as it has pretty much wiped out our fishing week last week and now its calm. Who knows? It was so windy at some points that it actually became dangerous to be out there fishing for some of the smaller boats.
WATER: Still quite the contrast of water temperatures from Pacific side to the East Cape area. I am thinking maybe the wind blew some cooler water towards San Jose over the last week cause we have been getting a good wind from the north all week. There is a huge difference in the water temperatures on the East Cape compared to closer to Cabo on the Pacific side where there is like a 10 degree difference in water. East Cape some areas are 84 degrees and here close to Cabo on the Pacific it is 74 degrees and colder in some spots, so quite the contrast and this will affect the fishing in both areas as we will be catching something completely different from them boys on the East Cape.

BILLFISH: Yup, the first Sailfish of the season caught last week and I remember last year we had some good action on the Saifish for a couple months. Well the Marlin fishing has definitely been affected by the wind this past week. Big number of Marlin being landed but a few from the 95 spot to Grey Rock, with most being landed on live bait and lures. Really nothing like the week before when we even caught some Blue and Black Marlin. Luckily the wind has died down and it's hot, hot. pretty calm and overcast today, Sunday the 5th of June.
DORADO: Finally a few are starting to show up as we landed some really nice ones this past week. We spotted some floating trach and it was making some shade for some really nice Doraods and we landed 4 from 25lbs to 35lbs, but in general it has been slow as they just haven't shown up this year yet and I am starting to wonder if the commercial fishing boats are raping the Dorado. I said this last week, but it's worth leaving in the report this week also: "If the USA would stop buying illegal fish caught in Mexico that would help a lot as it is not legal to net Dorado in Mexico because it is a sportfishing and not listed as a commercial species. It seems as long as there are buyers then this will continue to happen and it seems the authorities just look the other way since they are getting their cut". I wanted to repeat this as I think this is one of the problems of the fish not showing in numbers that we are used to here in Cabo
SWORDFISH: Havent heard of any caught this week.
WAHOO: A good week for Wahoo using planer boards and rapalas from Grey Rock to Santa Maria beach. Some nice fish reported, also try using some live bait for the Wahoo,s.
TUNA: They are pretty much scattered out and you have to keep a keen eye out for them. Tuna fishing has slowed big time with most being caught tight to the beach and they are in the Football size range using king busters and cedar plugs. If you try from the Light House all the way to San Jose you might run into some decent Tuna bites, but I don't think you will get any real big fish mostly all about the same size.
INSHORE: Good over last couple days since wind died down with good Sierra action from Grey Rock to Light House. Some Snappers close to the beach in the rocks off of Pedregal Beach. It has been slow as not to many Pangas going out due to windy conditions, but they have seen some action with Roosters from Gray Rock to Chileno Bay. If you slow trolled live bait you will see action on Roosters s one of our boats caught 8 Rooster Fish last week using these techniques. The Jack Crevall has been biting pretty good, really not that great to eat but fun to catch.

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MARLIN: We are so pleased that fishing has stayed on track and continues to improve after a season of slow start during the last few months. Even with a big moon the fish were not deterred and gave a good showing all week. To give you an idea of how great it's been let's Our 31ft Go Deep and 37 ft  Go deeper last week on 5 Charters came back with a combinned total of 72 Marlin releases, Great Job to thoses crews avarage 7 Marlin releases per day per vessel. Striped marlins, ranging in size from 100 to 160 LBS.
Most all vessels where able to locate a good Marlin bite all week.28ft Blue Tail  with four marlin released, also at the 11.50 spot for the McLaurin and Smith families from Livingston, Texas. Not to be left out were  Other boats released between one and three marlin with those not catching generally people that got seasick and who wanted to come back early. Live bait was absolutely the way to go and the best location was the 11.50 spot on the Cortez side. Marlin was the top catch this week, with 85 percent of our boats catching, giving us a total of 159 fish of which 117 were released – several fish tagged.
OTHER SPECIES: We continue to see a variety of sharks being caught in the same area as the marlin all of them are being released. Andrea a 28 ft El pargo released two thresher sharks up to 100 LBS, a 70 LB pilot shark and also released a striped marlin for Glen McLaughlin and Sara Madsen. The varieties of shark caught this week were pilot, hammerhead, thresher, mako and lemon and twenty percent of our charters hooked them. Dorado catches were a little better this week at thirteen percent and this should increase as we approach summer. 31ft Rosa Del Mar  Marlin and caught five small dorado, two small tuna and released a pilot shark and a striped marlin. Tuna catches were slow with just a few fish caught around the 10 LB mark. Inshore the fishing has slowed down somewhat with the pangas being hit or miss, nevertheless twenty percent of the boats caught a trigger fish, skipjacks, grouper, sierra, jack crevalle and small roosters. Mid week there was a flurry of wahoo activity for boats fishing a bit closer to Cabo with some fish up to 60 LBS. George from Cleveland out on the Super Panga caught a 40 LB wahoo, two tuna and thee jack crevalles.
LOCATION: 11.50 for marlin and shark, Cabeza de Ballena and Lighthouse for smaller game. Difficult to fish the Pacific as the wind blew hard all week.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear sunny skies, windy on Pacific, seas calm to moderate.
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURE: 78-80 F
BEST LURES: Live caballito, rapalas & cuchis.

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WEATHER: Been very nice all week and we can really feel the heat starting to set in over the last week and I think its going to be a hot summer in Cabo. So, whats new. We are not looking for any storm activity right now but as we get into summer we will get some tropical activity. Although, I think we had enough with Hurricane ODILE year before last. That was enough to last a lifetime, but for now we are having great weather.

WATER: Pretty much the same as last week as far as the water temps go.The water right outside Cabo Harbor is right around 72 to 74 degrees and actually pretty nice. Pacific side up and around the Finger Baja where it was dipping down to 69 degrees is still cold up there and it is like night and day compared to the Pacific side and the Cortez side.
This link which will show you water temperatures for the southern half of Baja.

BILLFISH: Marlin fishing has picked up some what with good days and bad days. Lots of fish stacked up at the 1150 area and most of them are Marlin. Pitching live bait at them along with lures and slow trolled ballyhoo has been working very well. We did have one boat brave the pacific side and there was 3 boys aboard who managed to to land 3 Marlin and 3 sharks, so at least 2 out of the 3 boys did score a Marlin which is really cool as we love to see the kids land some nice fish. Crews have also landed 6 Wahoo, 8 Tuna and 2 really nice Dorado. None of the other boats wanted to brave the pacific side that day so the boys made a good choice to over there. CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!

SHARK FISHING: We have been catching lots of sharks this past week, Bull Sharks and Hammerheads are lots of fun to catch, but it isn't the season for them so we are catching them are releasing them. Lots of fun be we have to release.

DORADO: Dorado has taken a turn from last week with just a few caught this past week. Some of the Dorado taken this week were very nice fish and the Light House was a good area for Dorado using lures and slow trolled bait. Not a lot, but it is getting better and we are going into Dorado season now.

WAHOO: There are Wahoo still being caught at Grey Rock on jet heads, rapalas and dead cabilltos being slow trolled. They were catching the same amount of Wahoo as last week, but they are still catching this past week. Looks like a lot of guys have been spear fishing in the area . boats report 33 Wahoo working that area over the past weeks. there is Wahoo in the area.

TUNA: They have been showing up at the doughnut, but not in big numbers, although there were a few taken on cedar plugs and striker kings with all being blind strikes as there were no porpoise in the area. There was one report of a 175lb Tuna taken yesterday.

INSHORE: Small Tuna and even some Sierras lately. Action inshore has just been ok this past week. There was some Dorado and Rooster Fish. The Roosters are averaging 12lb to 20lb and being landed from the Solmar to the Light House. Trolling live bait has been what there hitting so remember to buy a lot of live bait if your fishing Roosters.

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WEATHER: Its hot and being mid summer in Cabo it is nothing new but we are experiencing a much hotter year than previous summers. I have been here a long time, and this is pretty extreme as far as heat goes. Highs are pushing 100 degrees about every day except for today, We don't expect any changes in daytime temperatures so if you're coming to Cabo expect some pretty warm days.

WATER: Hasn't changed much in over a week the warm water is here to stay awhile and it feels like a bathtub if you spend time in it. The temps I noticed on the Tempbreak map was 85 to 90 degrees, which is pretty warm all over. If we could get some decent weather I think the fishing would be off the hook.

BILLFISH: Blue Marlin fishing has been hot this past week with some being landed in the 250lb range to 550lbs. The warm water has brought in the Blues but we aren't really complaining as it has been an action filled week for sport fishing in Cabo. There has been like 1 to 3 Blues being hooked ever day over last week. Most of the big Blues were hitting live bait and lures from the 95 spot to the 1150. The Striped Marlin fishing has been much slower due we think, to the really warm water, as the Stripers prefer the water a little cooler than we have right now. Sailfish fishing has been pretty hot also this past week with multiple fish being fought and landed, of course we always like to release any Billfish we land. Every year about this time when the Tuna and Dorado fishing slow lots of the crews on the sportfishing boats will want to kill there catches, including Marlin. Please DO NOT give in to this request and explain the charter company and the crew before you leave the dock that you are not into killing the Marlin. Explain that you want to release any Marlin or Sailfish caught. Please practice CATCH and RELEASE for your kids and grand kids have the same experiences as you and your family now.

DORADO: Dorado fishing really isn't happening right now and we really aren't sure when it will kick into gear, its basically a hit and miss deal if you want Dorado. As we have been reporting the Dorado fishing hasn't really kicked into gear this year or even last year. There has been some caught this past week, and it is better than last week. Most of the fish caught were smaller ones but they are out there and we are happy about that.

SWORDFISH: Hasn't heard of any caught this week.

WAHOO: Not to many reported over this past week.

TUNA: : A few Tuna caught while we were fishing for Marlin with lures. There was one Tuna landed at around 70lbs but the rest were like football size fish.

INSHORE: Really about the same as last week, lots of Roosters up and arounf the Old Light House. Roosters are still the story if the week if you are inshore fishing. The Old Light House seems to be where the inshore action is happening. So jump into a Panga and head up there you might get in on some smaller game action.

May 29 to June 4, 2015
Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 95%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 89%, Other 43%
BILLFISH: A superb week in Cabo with superb catches throughout the week. The good old days are back! Striped marlin were thick and a few sailfish and blue marlin were in the mix too.  11.50 spot, which has been holding impressive numbers of marlin for the past two weeks. Also 180 lb. thresher shark, 120 lb. pilot shark both released and a 20 lb. dorado for the table. Go Deeper released 27 marlin for the week doing an excellent job on releases we many catches like this for all vessels this week. Anglers regularly caught and released between one and five marlin, as well as many sharks. One of our vessels was our only boat to catch a blue marlin, just under 200 lbs., and this one was caught five miles outside the 11.50.  Anglers caught a total of 154 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin and 2 sailfish; all but two fish were released.
OTHER SPECIES: A lot of sharks were caught this week and many of a good size in the 80 to 180 lb. class. The most abundant was the pilot shark, which we believe is a silky shark – we had twenty two of these this week, as well as three thresher sharks, one bull shark and one mako shark. Some boats caught as many as three sharks in a day. It should be noted that all sharks are being released at this time as there is a ban on taking these until July 31st. Just a smattering of dorado were caught.
LOCATION: 11.50 spot, Chileno, Punta Gorda.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Hot, clear sunny skies, calm to moderate seas.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 78 F
BEST LURES: Live bait.

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WEATHER: We had really great we really can't complain. We did have a few showers yesterday and some rain accumulation which we always need. Other than that it has been really nice with sunny day's highs hitting close to 100 degrees s and lows, I expect are dropping into the mid 60,s. The breeze off the Pacifc has been cooling things off pretty good.
WATER: Pretty much the same as last week as far as the water temps go.The water right outside Cabo Harbor is right around 72 to 74 degrees and actually pretty nice. Pacific side up and around the Finger Baja where it was dipping down to 69 degrees is still cold up there and it is like night and day compared to the Pacific side and the Cortez side.
This link which will show you water temperatures for the southern half of Baja. www.tempbreak.com/index.php?&cwregion=cb
BILLFISH: The Marlin fishing has turned around big time and we are even seeing some Blue Marlin being caught this past week. One of the Blues was 300lbs and the other was 235lbs not to be for this time of year. The 1150 spot and in the area of the 95 had been the hot Marlin areas and live bait and trolling has been enticing them. Actually, most boats have been reporting at least 2 - 5 hook ups per charter.
DORADO: It has been pretty darn good this week with lots of smaller Dorado being landed in some pretty large schools. They have been spotted all over the place over the last week. Everything is really out of wack this year as we shouldn't be seeing to many Dorado right now, but we should be seeing more winter fish like Yellowtail and they haven't really even showed up all year. But some occasional bites here and there.
WAHOO: There was a few caught over the week and one really nice one tipping the scales at 110lbs about 2 miles from Cabo Bay up towards Grey Rock. The fish were hitting rapalas, jet heads and live bait.
TUNA: Well, here again we are seeing some decent action this past week and that's great since we haven't seen too much lately. We caught like 5 smaller Tuna but there was a 250lb Tuna caught in the same area. We haven't seen any Tuna in weeks, so anything right now is good for us.
INSHORE: Most Rooster fish are being caught near the Light House on live bait .A few Groupers and Sheephead in and around the Pedregal Rocks. There are Skip Jacks, Yellow Tail and Sierra on the Pacific side that are there and can be caught close to shore. I mean there is all kinds of fish in this area to catch and its not like we are getting skunked but it has been down compared to normal. All in All the fishing Great with our vessels this past week and we aren't knocking them dead.

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 79%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 74%, Dorado 12%, Other 29%
BILLFISH: Most Boats headed to the 11.50 spot on April 17th, MOST boats released four marlin to 8 Marlins up to 130 lbs., which all took live caballito. We saw a definite improvement the second half of this report when boats regularly caught between one and three marlin giving us a total catch of 118 stripers of which all but one were released.
OTHER SPECIES: The most notable catch was a mako shark we heard of that came in around 9.00 pm on April 18th – . We know it was caught aboard a boat called Griscelda and seeing as the scale was closed the weight was estimated at 250-350 lbs. – more details to follow shortly. Nevertheless this is the largest Mako we have seen in years, with the average weight usually around 40 to 80 lbs. Dorado catches had a bit of a comeback with twelve percent of boats catching one or two fish over a widespread area in the 15 to 30 lb. class. Smaller game catches, mostly inshore, were pretty good accounting for forty nine percent of our catches. There were lots of skipjack, sierra on some days, roosterfish, needlefish, amberjack, jack crevalle, triggerfish and a couple of smallish wahoo.
LOCATION: Old lighthouse, Los Arcos, Margaritas, Cerros de Arena, 95 spot, 11.50 spot & Palmilla.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Clear, sunny skies, light winds all week, causing some whitecaps on the Pacific.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 76 F
Lures: Zunkers 3.5 Zucchini
and Live bait.

This week we had picture perfect weather, flat seas, tons of whales, lots of fish; but they weren't many billfish. The catch rate for marlin remains low even though this week more fish were spotted and our catch rate climbed a few points up to sixteen percent. Slowly but surely more fish are being caught. This week we did have a full moon which usually means slower catches due to the fish gorging all night with better visibility and not being so hungry during the day. Nobody got more than one marlin in a day, but more boats were able to achieve that single fish. All the fishing was on the Pacific side and some quite close.
OTHER SPECIES: Practically every boat out caught dorado this past week, with the catches varying from one to twelve fish per boat in the 15 to 25 lb. class. Dorado took a variety of live bait such as caballito, sardines and ballyhoo as well as lures; in other words they were hungry. Ninety five percent of our charters caught dorado giving us a total of 233 fish. A few of the boats went strictly for small game and did well on sierra up to 6 lbs.
LOCATION: Pacific, Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate, with Pozo de Cota, Margaritas and Cerro del Golden being the most productive.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 74 F
WEATHER: Perfect in every sense.
BEST LURES: Live caballito, ballyhoo, green, orange/black.

Overall Catch Success Rate All Species Combined 93%
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 12%, Dorado 83%, Wahoo 39% Other 16%
BILLFISH: Pretty slow numbers for billfish this week, but that is not to say that fishing is slow. There was a lot of activity but mostly on dorado.  Released 6 marlin between 100 and 120 lbs at the Cerros de Arena on live caballito and landed a dorado,  also had an outstanding catch this same day in front of the Old Lighthouse,  Also released a 120 lb striped marlin then went on to catch six dorado up to 25 lbs and a small wahoo. Tracy Ann always seems to be in the news and this week was no exception; on January 25th a group of Canadian anglers were on board fishing at the Cerro del Golden when they were fortunate to hook and successfully release two striped marlin up to 130 lbs and boat four dorado. Pisces top of the line 55ft Flora T II, had an excellent day for Javier & Mario Gonzalez from Austin, Texas who had fun fighting a 130 lb striped marlin that again took a live caballito and then went on to land three wahoo and a couple of dorado. So what's going on with the marlin? It's hard to say but the season seems to be messed up – warmer than normal, less bait and then when we spot them they don't seem to be hungry. The water is a great color there is plenty of marine life; tons of bait in the bay which the sea lions are feasting on – we even saw a school of porpoise less than 500 yards off of the Hotel Hacienda – guess we have to patient. Pisces anglers caught a total of eleven striped marlin this week.
OTHERS SPECIES: Dorado dominated this week, being found over a wide location but mostly on the Pacific between the Old Ligthouse and Golden Gate. Top catch was aboard Pisces Rebecca for Suzanne & Chris Rafetto from Los Angeles, Ca. they were fortunate to catch fifteen fish up to 25 lbs, releasing a good many of them at the Cerro del Golden on a combination of bait and lures. Other catches ranged from one to ten fish with sizes from 12 to 30 lbs. A whopping eighty three percent of our boats caught dorado giving us a total fish count of 242 fish, with kill limits respected. Wahoo catches remain the best they have been in years; even though the fish are small they still make a delicious meal. Peter Mann & Dean Sjoyren has one of the better wahoo days, catching seven on rapalas off of Gaspareno as well as two dorado aboard Tracy Ann. John Vinzant & friends were not far behind with five caught aboard Ruthless also on rapalas with a couple of dorado added to their catch around the 20 lb mark. Another group from Canada headed up by Terrance Henry from Alberta, caught one of the biggest fish of the week, a 150 lb pilot shark which was released – they also got a dorado for the table. Inshore some of the boats caught sierra, a few needle fish and skipjacks.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Unusually cloudy with light rain showers, now clear. Seas calm with wind coming out of the Cortez on some days.
LOCATION: Pacific – Old Lighthouse to Golden Gate
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 75-77 F
BEST LURES: Live caballito, rapalas, green colors.