Overall Catch has been a consistent and fishing fleet has reported happy Smiles for the New year.
Numbers at a glance: Billfish 35%, Dorado 63%, Tuna 12%, Other 21%
BILLFISH: We had quite a dramatic slowdown on marlin catches this week, down from last week to thirty five percent this week. Now, that is not to say they are not here, they are, but are a little more difficult to catch. On several days this week mobs of boats could be seen in a tightly packed area off of the Old Lighthouse. The reason is the yearly phenomenon of bottom fishing for marlin. This happens over a few weeks when they are down deep, feeding on plentiful bait at lower depths. A great deal of patience is needed and they will come and touch the baits and even mouth them but getting a hook up has not been easy. Other free swimming marlin have been seen close to shore but didn't seem much interested in what was offered either. So just as we start to sound gloomy about the marlin bite, we caught an out of season blue marlin that was around 420 LBS. This vessel was out on December 22nd with anglers from Papillion, Nebraska, Jacob Cockle & Mason Becker aboard and headed up to the Herradura where the huge fish hit a blue & white lure. The fish took them one hour and thirty minutes to leader on 60 LB test line. Another notable catch was that of the Sullivan family from Roswell, Georgia, for releasing four striped marlin up to 120 LBS aboard Yahoo. There were other catches of usually a single marlin and more rarely two or even three. The bite will get better & meantime the dorado are cooperating. Angler caught a total of 33 billfish this week, all but one released.
OTHER SPECIES: Dorado catches were pretty consistent if you found the right area which seemed to be a mile from shore in the Migrino to Margaritas area. They took a combination of bait and lures – the smaller ones under 15 LBS were released and those kept were in the 15 to 25 LB class. Catches ranged from one to fifteen, the most for any one boat, which was Pisces Rebecca on December 24th for Jack Sullivan and party from Arkansas. Our total dorado catch was 151 fish. Yellow fin tuna put in a brief appearance if you were dedicated at finding them, but only twelve percent of boats caught up to a half dozen football size fish. A 40 LB mako shark was released aboard Ruthless and inshore there were catches of white skipjack (good eating) as well as black skipjack, a few sierra & one 25 LB wahoo.
LOCATION: Old lighthouse, Migrino, Las Margaritas, Los Arcos, Cerro Del Golden.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Skies finally clear, mostly beautiful weather with calm seas.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 74 F
BEST LURES: Live bait, yellow/green, red/white, blue/white
Thanksgiving as expected. This past week has been pretty steady for Striped Marlin with great numbers being caught. It seems most are being caught up and around the Light House up to Golden Gate and most fish are being caught on lures and shying away from live bait. We are taking good numbers of Striped Marlin on slow trolled dead Ballyhoo. The Blue Marlin catch hasn’t been that great this past week really nothing like last week where we reported a few Blues over 300lbs. We can say it has been steady for Striped Marlin and there is a good chance you could catch one if you were to make in to Cabo.
And a stable small dorado bite everywhere.
WATER: Teperatures have been fluxuating a bit from area to area but mostly on the Pacific side we are seeing cooler water which is really normal and nothing out of the ordinary mostly nice blue water out there, which the fish love. Down around Gordo Banks water is about 85 degrees and up around the Pump Station on the Pacific its aroud 80 to 81 degrees. So a slight difference but a little bit.
WEATHER: It cant get any better weather than what we have had over this week. So typical October weather with cooler nights and a light breeze to day time temperatures in the mid to ladder 80,s. Lows in the lower to mid 70,s. Not a lot of wind making irt really good fishing weather and the guys are not getting beat up from the swells. This makes for a much more pleasant fishing experience.
BILLFISHING: Well the Marlin fishing really off the hooks this past week with plenty of marlin for everyone with lots of boats reporting landing 1 to 3 marlin per boat. Most Marlin being landed are up around the Pump Station all the way to Golden Gate. There have been reports of some big Blue Marlin being caught in the 300 to 400lbs range. Just in time for the tournaments. Most all of the good action for Marlin is on the Pacific side and anglers are catching them with lures and pitching live bait. Lots of action mostly concentrated 1 to 4 miles off shore on the pacific side where the water is cooler. It seems the Striped Marlin have been in abundance closer to shore on the Pacific side in the cooler water. I also did hear of a 350lbs Black Marlin caught by another fishing fleet caught on a black and silver lure. Along with all the Marlin the Sailfish have been all over the place also so if you don't catch a Marlin there is a good chance of catching a Sailfish. So the fish of this past week was Billfish with more of them caught this past week than any other species. An great week for fishing in Cabo Marlin everywhere!!!!
BAIT: Bait is the standard 3.00 dollars a piece and there has been plenty around:
DORADO: Literally the Dorado are all over the place we have been knocking them dead. Most of Dorado are on the smaller level but we are seeing lots and lots of 20 to 30 pound fish being caught. The fish are mostly staying tight to shore and hitting cut up skip jacks or chunck ballyhoo. Lures are producing also big time.Its hot on the Pacific side but were catching them all over the place. You should book your trip soon as you will never experience fishing like this it has really been wide open for Dorado and Marlin.
BILLFISH: We again experienced superb catches in Los Cabos this week, despite the port being closed one day due to an approaching storm, which turned out to be nothing more than a day of rain and choppy seas. At this time of year, practically every week there will be some kind of tropical weather off of Mexico, the thing is not to be daunted but to go ahead with fishing plans. Thankfully most of the storms skirt us and this time of year is actually produces some of the best catches. This time our cooler water and air temperatures took the wind right out of the sails of Hurricane Erick and it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Cathces these weeks are endless amounts of Stripped Marlin, Vessels reporting 3 to 5 marlin hook up averages. One of the nicest catches this week was a 172 lb. swordfish; hard to say which is a more elusive catch, the swordfish or spearfish. Anyhow this swordfish was captured
OTHER SPECIES: For sheer numbers nothing could beat the yellow fin tuna this period; our boats hauled in or released a total of 409 with double digit catches common. The weights on the tuna were smallish at 15 to 20 lbs., though we did hear of some 150 lb'ers taken. Pisces Andrea had a total of 32 tuna outside the Herradura, plus a dorado for Yusuro Asaba & Yukihko Ozawa from Kamakura, Japan and Tracy Ann totaled 31 tuna between the Herradura and 95 spot for Doug, Ben & Josh Russel from Las Vegas. Most days the tuna were 25 to 30 miles offshore and took cedar plugs. Although the total count was high for this species, you were more likely to hook up to a marlin; for tuna your odds of catching were forty seven percent. Dorado catches were similar to last week with twenty six percent of our boats catching one or two fish and occasionally up to four with sizes from 15 to 40 lbs. John and Luke Minter from Austin, Texas caught three lovely black sea bass that weighed from 25 to 40 lbs. aboard the panga Gloria, whilst other pangas caught the odd large rooster fish, needlefish and a few snapper.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Port closed July 8th, due to rain and choppy seas, skies then cleared but we had seas on the choppy side most of the week.
LOCATION: Herradura, 95 spot, 11.50 spot, 120 spot, 180, 18 miles from Lands End.
AVERAGE WATER TEMP: 78-80 F
BEST LURES: Live bait, cedar plugs, green/yellow.