We are all now enjoying Christmas Holiday times, with the last week of 2013 now upon us, families and friends all gathering to reminiscent of past times and to experience new adventures. What greater place than Los Cabos to bring in the New Year, where the winter climate has been very mild and vacationers are soaking up warm sunshine, participating in many outdoor activities. We have seen ocean water temperatures now drop down into the 71/73 degree range, this is normal for the time of year, clarity has become more greenish in areas, but still the water is not what you would call dirty. Anglers were finding fair numbers of late season dorado spread out throughout the region, often times found very close to shore, where concentrations of ballyhoo and other baitfish have been attracting them.
WEATHER: We had beautiful weather this week as it was sunny every day! Not what most of you had for Christmas I know, but we loved it. Our highs during the week were in the mid 80's while the lows were in the low 60's. This morning at 4:30 it was 62 degrees, the same as yesterday.
WATER: At the end of the week the water in the Sea of Cortez continued to be a bit off-color and greenish while being in the 73-73 degree range. On the Pacific side the water was a bit warmer with 77 degrees being seen about halfway between here and Todo Santos and it slowly dropping to 73 degrees off of the lighthouse, with an occasional patch of 74 degree water. This water was cleaner as well. Surface conditions were great on the Pacific with swells between 2 and 4 feet and the prevailing wind early in the week was light and from the northwest. At the end of the week it shifted and blew out of the north. This caused some rough water on the Sea of Cortez side as the winds wrapped around the peninsula and came from the east, something we don't often see. As I write this the wind is from the north at about 4 MPH, very nice conditions.
BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each. There were also frozen Ballyhoo at $3 each.
BILLFISH: There was no real change in the Striped Marlin situation this week as the concentration of fish appeared to be on the ledge off the Pacific lighthouse. With 50 boats working the area the fish were getting pounded but there were plenty caught. For those who focused on the area the results were between one and four fish released (and some killed unfortunately) per boat. The favored method was once again dropping a weighted line with a live bait on the end down into the water column. Most boats dropped two baits, one almost to the bottom in 250 feet of water and another at 120 feet and had a third bait on the surface, or just under it. I would like to once again stress that if you plan on releasing you're Marlin (PLEASE release them!) then let your crew know your plans ahead of time so there is no confusion about what to do with the fish when it comes boat side. Take a picture of the fish in the water (take a lot of them if you have digital) then buy a release flag and mount the picture and the flag in a frame for a trophy. There is NO NEED to KILL the Marlin if you want a replica made. All you need is an estimated length. Once again, there is NO NEED to KILL the MARLIN! Ask the crew to use circle hooks when dropping bait down deep, it helps to keep the Marlin from becoming gut hooked, and the hook-up ratio is just as good as if you were using “j” hooks.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: I'm almost out of patience. These fish have still not shown up in any numbers and usually by this time of year they make up 50% of the catch. There are a few being caught, but my guess is that only 5% of the boats are getting any, and they are having to cover a lot of water to find them.
DORADO: I am slightly amazed that these fish are still hanging around, but the water on the Pacific side has not gotten really chilly yet. I was out on Friday and we worked the area off of Pedregal for the morning and got our limit of fish between 8 and 18 pounds with the larger fish coming early and on live bait trolled off a down-rigger. Most boats were getting a few as I did see plenty of flags flying for these fish at the end of the day. Smaller Mackerel were working just fine for these fish and we had a Marlin bite as well, even though we were several miles from the concentration of those fish.
WAHOO: I heard of a couple of Wahoo being caught but not many, and don't know where they were found. It was second or third had information anyway, I did not talk to anyone who had actually caught one themselves.
INSHORE: Sierra had to be fish of the week this week as anyone who wanted could get limits on these fish, ranging in size from 2 to 8 pounds. There were fish scattered all along the Pacific coastline but the big concentrations were up off of the Marguerite area, inside the Golden Gate Banks. The fish were concentrated in the area because of big schools of Sardines. Hootchies in light colors worked well on the smaller fish, on Thursday all our smaller ones came on pink or pink/white hootchies. Once the fish got a little finicky we put out Ballyhoo rigged with a trailing hook and caught some larger fish, to 7.5 pounds. Another method that worked for us was chumming with cut bait then drifting a strip back, using a 12” section of light wire leader to avoid getting cut off. Doing this also resulted in some non-targeted species being caught (Triggerfish). There were few Roosterfish found or seen but there were some Amberjack found in 180 to 200 feet of water and a few Snapper in the rocks along the beach.
FISH RECIPE: Remember simple? It does not get simpler than this one. Take a skinless, boneless fillet of Dorado and trim it into two lengths, removing the bloodline in the center. Slice each piece into strips about 2 inches wide, on the diagonal. Dredge them in flour, then whipped egg whites, then panko crumbs and lower into hot oil. Let them cook for about4 minutes or less, then remove and let them drain on paper towels. You now have fish fingers, and they are great in tacos (especially hot out of the oil) and as snacks later on. Whip up some tarter sauce to go with them and away you go!
NOTES: I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and be careful this coming New Years Eve! This weeks report was written to the music of “King Crimson” on the album “IN The Court of the Crimson King”, the 1969 Master Edition release. Until next week, Tight Lines!
Rooster Fish Return, Winter Species Following Winter Currents!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Winter is moving in and with the return of the Whales in our beautiful Bay of Banderas, we all know the winter currents are beginning to come in. We´re seeing some dirty water swirled throughout the area. In the clean areas the fishing is great, but the raked up sea floor muck is another thing. But we expect this when the seasons change. The good news is the fishing is still great and Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and even Rooster fish can be targeted with high expectations! Remember, the dirty water at this time of the year is muck swirling from sediment on the ocean floor. In rainy season it´s just dirty water from the mountains. But this muck is deep, thick and unpleasant to fish so don´t think it´s just a few feet or inches thick as it can be during summer rains.
We´re seeing some dirty water appear around the deep water locations, but it´s streaky. Kinda like a swirled ice cream, you´ve got both dirty water and blue water at Corbeteña. So obviously the rock is not the place to be, but 12 miles north of the rock you´ve got Blue Marlin anywhere from 320 to 550 lbs hanging out. Magnifico had a Blue Marlin Strike and it broke a 300 lb leader, it was a bucket list sized fish for sure! Big Bull Dorado is super sized at 50 to 65 lbs! Sailfish, of course with Wahoo in the area as well. Bait is plentiful and water temperatures in the blue water is a perfect 80 degrees. Now the dirty water streaks are like 77 degrees. Yellowfin tuna are MIA, but if you do find them they´ll be 80 lbs or so. Won´t have Yellowfin Tuna here for much longer unless you want a sixteen hour day to the Tres Maria Islands. El Banco is just dirty water with little reason to head out this way unless you want 30 lb Skip Jacks.
If you´re around the Marietta Islands Rooster fish have moved back in following the Sardines of course. Not huge, but fun sized at 35 lbs. Light tackle and Rooster fish are a match made in heaven. Dorado are small at 25 lbs, Bonito and Jack Crevalls are abundant, Sierra Mackerals are everywhere. Sailfish are there, but harder to find every day.Jpeg If you want to give something different a try, Wahoo in the 40 to 60 lb range have been running around El Morro just a few miles off the island to the north east, if targeting this species you´ll find wire leaders are a must unless you get lucky and hook one in the corner of its mouth.
Off the point of Punta Mita, 15 miles or so to the west you have the best chance of boating Sailfish and Bull Dorado 40 lbs and larger. It just depends on what is in the area. Producing like a Machine this year, this area has abundant bait, mostly clear and blue water with Black and Blue Marlin showing up unexpectedly.
The bay is alive and turning into the winter machine we love as it produces great short day fishing trips with plenty of bait, fish and stories waiting to be told. Jack Crevalls in the 35 lb range are our bread and butter come winter. Rooster fish can be found around the shallows of Nuevo Vallarta for the surf fisherman. Cast some Iron or Poppers then be ready. Sierra Mackerals are great tasting and fairly large at 30 lbs. Doesn´t sound like much, but the sheer numbers and boils of Jack Crevalls are impressive.
Soon the Marlin, Dorado and Tuna will be a memory until next spring. For now you can still have that bucket list fish or your dreams, if you act quickly. For those looking for short days, you´ll have the time of your life. If you have children why not go fishing, enjoy the presence of the Whales and then maybe do some snorkeling at the Marietta Island all on the same day trip? Call me, we´ll fix you up. To come to PV and not get on the water is like going to Colorado and not skiing. You´ll have the time of your life.
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Jared Wasik from Prior Lake, MN catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 130 lb. and 110 lb. ) They were attracted and caught by the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 40 and 35 minutes. They also caught two 30 lb. DORADO. All the fish were caught 12 to 16 miles from Cabo The water temp. was 76-78 degrees.
Back fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Craig Venables party from Fort St John, B.C CAN catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 120 lb and 130 lb. ) They were attracted by the Black Bart Lures ( CABO PROWLER / Blue / Pink ) and ( SUPER PRO JET / Black / Red ) and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 35 and 45 minutes. They also caught two 25 lb. DORADO All the fish were caught 12 to 14 miles from Cabo The water temp. was 78 degrees.
This past week's fishing from Puerto Morelos has provided the widest variety of fish we have ever reported for this area and spanned some 19 species of Caribbean critters for the anglers. This mixed bag catch was inclusive of 81 bonito, (the fish of the week) 3 blackfin tuna, 4 king mackerel, 3 giant Atlantic barracuda, 2 Spanish mackerel, 1 wahoo, 1 shark, 1 rainbow runner, 4 blue runners, 1 amberjack, 44 snappers, 14 grouper, 28 grumpy fish, 2 banana fish, 2 mojarras, 15 triggerfish, 2 needle fish, 5 strawberry fish & 2 soapfish. According to the skippers with the fleet, the action was very steady for most of the boats for most of the week and averaged out at near 9 fish per boat fishing day.
PM Climate: Mostly cloudy days with temps from 66 nights to 83 daytime highs and light & variable surface breezes to 9mph.
Sea Conditions: Mostly calm waters and temps that are stable at 83 degrees from inshore to offshore waters.
Best Bait: The continuation of the ballyhoo bait supply in this area provides the anglers and crew with their favorite bait for this area. During the past nearly 8 years of reporting for Puerto Morelos, there has never been a shortage of bait supplies for the entire fleet and the always available ballyhoo have filled the requirement perfectly.
The skippers are reporting very good sailfish and dorado action just 12 miles south of the entrance to Zihuatanejo Bay. There are some big schools of bonito at about 8 miles and the big game fish are chasing them around the area. The daily action for billfish continues to be in he multiple strikes per fishing day with the opportunity to land a couple of bigger dorado for a fresh fish dinner. The inshore fishing continues to provide excellent action for Spanish mackerel, (Sierra) bonitos and jack crevalle. Valentin Point has been the premium area for the jack crevalle. Overall, the waters are calm, sea temps are stable, blue water clarity at about 8 miles and beyond and a calm ocean, all are adding to the great fishing days of the past week and more predicted for the coming weeks.
IZ Climate: Very pleasant weather conditions throughout the area of IZ. Temps holding at 72 nights to 92 daytime highs and providing a mix of sunshine and passing clouds.
Sea Conditions: Mostly calm waters at 85-86 degrees from inshore to offshore. Variable surface breezes to about 9 mph.
Best Fishing Area: The billfish have moved a little farther offshore but still within easy reach at about 12 miles from the entrance to the Bay.
Best Bait/Lure: Rigged baits working well for the billfish and the dorado in the offshore areas and live bait working very well for the jack crevalle, long with hootchies and other small trolling lures for the Sierra.
Bait Supply: Readily available at $5.00 per dozen and worth the purchase.
The billfish action from Mazatlan continues to be providing about a 77% chance for anglers wishing to fulfill a "bucket list" of fish to be caught. Almost every boat had at least one opportunity this past week and for those that didn't connect to a billfish had an opportunity for a dorado or two and an occasional yellowfin tuna. The overall fish counts for a total of 13 offshore days fished reflected 7 striped marlin, 3 sailfish, (2 released) 3 yellowfin tuna and 9 dorado. The inshore fishing from the super pangas reflected 1 sailfish, 20 jack crevalle, 4 red snapper and 2 triggerfish for their anglers.
Mazatlan Climate: Cold mornings and evenings persist and jackets are recommended. Days are a good mix of sunshine and passing clouds with temps ranging from 55 nights to 82 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Mostly light & variable surface breezes from the SSE at 5-10 mph. Water temps holding stable at 79 degrees and clarity is good from about 14 mies or so.
Best Fishing Area: Continues to be out to the south of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 17 miles and trolling outbound from there.
Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits working very well on the billfish and the bigger dorado. I always recommend live bait when available. It's another form of ammunition and inexpensive at $1.00 per bait.
Bait Supply: Remains readily available for the anglers.
There were a couple of difficult and slow fishing days this past week and par normal, it makes the anglers plenty nervous and brings out all the 2nd guessing as to the capability of the crews. I guess it goes with the territory of skippering and the anglers. I just really enjoy hearing how bad the crew did and how much better they would have done if they had just turned left instead of right. If they had just been fishing with the blue lure instead of the red one. If we had just fished in a little deeper water. If the captain had only listened to my directions and suggestions. I always marvel at the angler that has never fished the area before telling me that the captain's decision was wrong. It's always the fault of the crew when fish aren't caught and while I appreciate the frustration on the part of the angler(s), I have skippered sufficient sportfishers to share that for the most part, the crew is far more frustrated than the anglers. The skipper readily recognizes that tipping is based on production of fish and when the anglers don't catch what they perceive to be just, they simply don't tip and become overly critical of the crew. Even the very best of all skippers has an occasional bad fishing day and it makes no difference how hard he tried to make the trip a success. Sometimes I think it takes the word, "sport" out of sportfishing. In any event, even with a couple of off fishing days the catches were still pretty acceptable for most of the boats and reflected a combined total of 19 stripers, (14 released) 2 wahoo, 18 yellowfin tuna, 1 skipjack tuna, 15 Sierra and 78 dorado for the 31 days fished. Cabo Climate: The cool evenings and mornings continue and the temp range from 57 nights to 81 daytime highs. Light jackets are still recommended for mornings and evenings. There continues to be a good mix of sun and clouds over the area and light surface breezes, mostly from the NW to about 12 mph.
Sea Conditions: The Pacific side, from the Golden Gate and southerly to the Jaime Bank and across the 1000 fathom curve, on out to the south, temps are holding stable at 76 degrees. On the coastline and out to about 7-8 miles, temps are at 75. Moving around the tip and into the Sea of Cortez, the temps begin to fall from Chileno and northerly to 74, extending offshore to about 8-9 miles and then falling to 71-72 degrees.
Best Fishing Area: There were a handful of different areas that produced a billfish or two but there was no special area where the billfish were concentrated. However, it did seem like the better dorado bite came from the Pozo de Cota area on the Pacific side and close to shore.
Best Lure or Bait: Live bait was best for the billfish and for the dorado, especially when one was hooked on an artificial and a live bait was droped back on the slide.
Live Bait Supply: Remains plentiful for live caballitos at the $3.00 per bait rate.
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. Mr. Schafer from Germany catches and releases a 130 lb. STRIPED MARLIN. It was attracted and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time was 45 minutes. He also caught eight YELLOWFIN TUNA ( 25 lb. to 30 lb. ) All the fish were caught 18 to 20 miles out from Cabo The water temp. was 77-78 degrees.
Back fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. Mr. Schafer from Germany catches eight YELLOWFIN TUNA ( 25 lb. to 30 lb. ) They were caught 20 miles out from Cabo The water temp. was 77-78 degrees
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. James and Susan Brubaker from South Dakota, IL catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 110 lb. and 140 lb. ) It was attracted by the Black Bart Lures ( COSTARICAN PLUNGER / Blue / Purple ) and ( CABO PROWLER / Petrolero ) and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 30 and 45 minutes. They also caught two 25 lb. DORADO. All the fish were caught 18 miles out from Cabo The water temp. was 77 degrees.
Cabo San Lucas Fly Hooker Sportfishing Captain George Landrum
WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies greeted us almost every morning this week, but the temperatures have dropped a bit to go with the sun. A bit counter-intuitive I know, but maybe the clouds had been holding the heat in! Our nighttime lows have been in the low 60's for the most part with some areas on the Pacific side seeing a few nights in the high 50's. Daytime has been much warmer with highs in the low 80's to high 70's. No rain, and I think I can safely say we have 0% chance of snow, ice or freezing hail this week!
WATER: On the Pacific side was where the warmer water appeared this week. Pretty much anywhere you went the water was 77 degrees, at least within a degree of that. On the Cortez side the water was a bit cooler by a degree or so. This is something we see every year as we have a change in the seasons happening. The water in both areas has been a bit off color. The blue water has been directly to the south but the water is also much cooler there with surface temperatures in the 74 degree range about 12 miles out. We did have several days toward the end of the week when the wind kicked things up, and Friday evening things finally died down a bit. The winds were from the west and caused quite a bit of chop as well as some decent sized swells in the 4-6 foot range. The surfers loved it but it made fishing from a Panga on the Pacific side a bumpy experience.
BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each.
BILLFISH: The bite on Striped Marlin improved as most of the boats were coming in with at least one release per trip, and many of them were flying three or four flags. The best results I heard of were from the area just off the Los Arcos, off the point of the ridge there. Boats drifting with live bait sunk deep did very well. Just a reminder for you, if you are using this technique to fish for marlin, please make sure your crew is using circle hooks. The fish are feeding deep and they often have enough time to swallow the bait before you can get the hook set. If you are using “j” hooks in the bait the chances of gut hooking the Striped Marlin and having them die is extremely high. With a circle hook the hook will slide to the corner of the jaw as they swim away, not catching on the gut or gills, and after your fight the fish will still be in good shape for release. You just have to remember not to yank back on the rod in an attempt to set the hook with a circle hook, just keep the pressure on the fish until the hook has set itself. Just to be sure, buy some circle hooks to bring with you and ask the crew to use them when using live bait. Minerva's Tackle in downtown Cabo carries plenty of them and they are not expensive.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: These are still scarce and even though the boats keep a sharp eye out for the porpoise the Tuna are usually associated with, there have been few pods with fish around them. Finding the Tuna this week has been hit-and-miss, many boats have been traveling out 40+ miles looking for them only to find out later that boats fishing inside for Dorado get a few off of a small pod of porpoise. You just never know. If I had to hazard a guess, it would be that only 5% of the boats looking for tuna had any success. I did not hear of any boats from Cabo San Lucas finding the big ones on the Gordo Banks, but I am sure there were boats from San Jose that worked it hard and may have managed a fish or two.
DORADO: Sharing the title of Fish Of The Week with both the Striped Marlin and the Sierra, there were still lots of Dorado around, but they were scattered this week with the fish found from the lighthouse or Sol-mar all the way up the Pacific side to past Todo Santos. This was not a big surprise as this is where the warmer water was. A few of the fish were in the 20-25 pound class but there were more of them in the 8-10 pound range. Live bait was a big help if you were looking to catch more than one or two during a trip, as dropping back a live bait and waiting a few minutes for another fish to bite while fighting the first one was the best method for getting limits. Spotting frigate birds working and running to the spot would put you on either Striped Marlin or Dorado, it was a pretty even chance for either species.
WAHOO: I only heard of a few Wahoo caught this week and it was a surprise to me as I thought this moon phase would have brought an increase in the number of fish. Well, as good as the bite has been for the past two months we cannot complain too much!
INSHORE: Inshore fishing is starting to get good for the Sierra, it has improved every week and the fish seem to be getting closer every week as well. Pangas did not have to travel 15 miles this week, there were fish found as close as the lighthouse on the Pacific side. The wind at the end of the week had the effort in that area drop off a bit and there were fish being found closer, as close as the beach off the Sol-mar Resort. It was not wide open, and the fish may have been there for several weeks, but I think the amount of effort put into fishing that area may have had something to do with it. For some of the boats not wanting to battle the winds at the end of the week, the area in the Sea of Cortez from Gray Rock to Cabo Del Sol was worth fishing. Targeted species were Triggerfish, Sierra and Amberjack with a few Grouper and Snapper in the catches as well.
NOTES: Merry Christmas to one and all, I hope you were good this year and Santa brings you tickets to Cabo and puts them in your stockings! This weeks report was written to the Christmas songs of the 1940's with the bluegrass sounds of Bill Monroe accompanied by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs! Until next week, Tight lines!
Crowds of tourists were light this past week, we do expect to see increased crowds during Christmas week. The weather has settled, winds were light and ocean conditions were great, air temperatures ranged from 60/80 degrees and ocean currents have now varied from 74 to 77 degrees. Clarity of the ocean fluctuated, having become greenish closer to shore, though conditions are still favorable for this late in the year.
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The James L. Brubaker from Chicago, IL catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 130 lb. and 120 lb. ) They were attracted by the Black Bart Lures ( SUPER PRO JET / PETROLERO ) and ( TAITHIAN PROWLER / Black Red ) and caught with the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 45 and 30 minutes. They also caught three DORADO ( 20 lb. to 25 lb. ) All the were caught 18 miles out from Cabo The water temp. was 77-78 degrees.
The bottom fishing took over this past week from Puerto Morelos with most of the boats electing to focus on the variety of bottom fish available for this area. We saw a change in the surface fish action early in the week that apparently had an effect on the sailfish and dorado that were in the area. The water temps dropped a degree or two and the full moon phase combined, tend to have some effect on most off the fish varieties in this area. The overall catch reports for a total of 20 days fished reflected a 12 fish mixed bag catch that included 45 bonito, (fish of the week) 6 Spanish mackerel, 2 wahoo, 4 blackfin tuna, 3 giant Atlantic barracuda, 1 mojarra, 29 triggerfish, 39 banana fish, 11 grumpy fish, 23 grouper, 4 strawberry fish and 34 snappers.
PM Climate: Partly cloudy days for the early part of the week with more & more sunshine as the week progressed. Temps varied from 68 nights to 86 daytime highs, remaining very pleasant for the anglers.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps held at 82-83 degrees this past week and the surface breezes, mostly from the easterly directions, ranged to 13 mph.
Best Bait: The ballyhoo continues to be the bait of choice for the entire area, ranging from Cancun to Cozumel, and continues to be readily available, even during the full moon conditions.
The fishing is still very good from Zihuatnejo but the full moon has slowed the bite up a little from the prior couple of weeks. However, according to Captain Temo Verboonen, our local fishing reporter, it should bounce back to the way it has been once the full moon phase passes through and as long as the water temperatures remain constant and stable. The offshore fishing is still producing good catches of sailfish and dorado but the fishing seem to want to move around from one day to the next that probably coincides with the movement of the bait supply, also. The inshore fishing continues to be excellent for the Spanish mackerel, (Sierra) and jack crevalles and numerous bonito. The weather remains very good with sunny & warm days and nice evenings.
IZ Climate: Mostly sunny and warm days and wonderful evenings with temps that ranged from 73 nights to 94 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Mostly light and variable surface breezes to about 10 mph, from the westerly directions. Sea temps inshore at 855 degrees and rising to 86 degrees in the off shore waters. Excellent water clarity at about 6-8 miles out front of the Bay.
Best Fishing Area: The hot spots have been changing a little, day by day, so it may take a little longer to locate the hot bite area. Good starting point continues to be about 8 miles out front of the Bay.
Best Bait/Lure: Rigged baits continue to produce well for the sailfish and dorado but live bait is also working very well. Inshore is good on both, smaller artificials and live bait.
Bait Supply: Continues to be readily available for both, live bait at $5.00 per dozen and fresh baits for rigging.
The offshore bite off Mazatlan has started to change into it's annual Pacific striped marlin action and we are now seeing more stripers than sailfish for this area. This is the usual time of the year for the beginning of the change-over as the sailfish start to thin out and move to other locations and the stripers start to move into the cooling waters in the Sea of Cortez. The overall fish reports for 13 offshore fishing day reflected 6 stripers, 3 sailfish, (2 released) 9 dorado and 3 yellowfin tuna. The inshore super pangas reporting in for 3 days fished reflected 1 sailfish, 20 jack crevalle, 4 red snapper4s and 2 triggerfish.
Mazatlan Climate: Bring a jacket! Cool evenings and mornings but very pleasant days under partly cloudy skies and temps that varied from 52 nights to 83 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps fell a couple of degrees since last week but are stable at 77 inshore and rising to 80 offshore at about 18 miles or so. Surface breezes are mostly from the SW at 5-10 mph with calm seas and small swells.
Best Fishing Area: The better fishing for the offshore waters started at about 18 miles out to the south and has gradually move more to the west as the water temps remained warmer.
Best Lure/Bait: The rigged baits worked best for the billfish and dorado but the few tuna caught were landed on the feathers.
Bait Supply: The bait supply remains excellent with plenty of freshly caught baits for rigging and plenty of live bait at $1.00 per bait.
While the full moon phase did slow the billfish bite down this past week, look for it to rebound favorably as the moon begins to darken over the end of coming week. There were still plenty of stripers in the area, along with an occasional blue marlin and sailfish, but the fish tend to feed at night during the full moon periods. High boat for the week was the "Gaviota IX", reflecting 8 stripers and 8 dorado for his 5 days fished. The Fish Cabo reported 2 stripers released and 2 dorado for a single fishing day at his favorite spot on the Pacific side. The overall fish counts for a total of 26 days fished reflected 1 smaller blue marlin released, (Gaviota VII) 18 stripers, 17 released, 2 sailfish released, 16 skipjack tuna, 2 yellowfin tuna and 49 dorado.
Cabo Climate: The probability of requiring a jacket during the early mornings and evenings is likely as the temps have fallen and reflected night temps at 56 degrees and daytime highs at 85 degrees.
Sea Conditions: Excellent wate temps on both sides but now a little warmer on the Pacific side of Cabo and holding stable at 77-78. From Cabo San Lucas to Gorda Banka, the temps hold at 76 but above the Gorda Banks to the north, the temps are 75. Mostly lligh & variable surface breezes from the NW with minimal swell conditions. Best Fishing Area: From the Light House, (Cabo Falso) to the Jaime Bank seemed to spark the most interest this past week and most of the billfish were caught in those two areas.
Best Bait/Lure: Live bait was best this past week for the billfish and the dorado, too.
Live Bait Supply: Mainly caballitos for live bait at the regular rate of $3.00 each, paid directly to the bait vendor at time of receipt.
Hola everybody! Not only was is a slow week for us here all over Cabo, between holidays that generally happens, the fishing also slowed down some. It’s that time of year when the temps start to fall and new species of fish start tyo show up as others move out.
We did still have some luck with some Yellowfin Tuna at the beginning of the week because the remnants of the big commercial Tuna boat was still not too far away. Greg Lynch and his crew boated 8 Yellowfin and a Dorado. Kyle Bradley who had fished a couple of days on El Nuevo also caught Yellowfin, 14 of them to be exact! The Ferris crew fished on 2 boats and caught 13 Yellowfin and a Dorado on Tuesday and that was about the last we saw of the Yellowfin.
We did have about 60% of our boats who caught and released at least one Striped Marlin this week. The Blechingers who have fished with RedRum before caught 3 in 2 days of fishing on Tantrum. Brent Stephens and fam who were here on our Play & Stay Package and fished on El Nuevo 2 days did not have much luck day one, but on Sunday they released 2 Striped Marlin, one of which they will enjoy as a trophy forever!! We had only one other boat out on Sunday, it was these guys first time with and and they just had no luck at all.
I know this is short and sweet and I REALLY hate that I have no photos for you guys this week. Hopefully someone will see this bare little report and send some in to me!!!
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Allan Metcalf party from South Bend, IN catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 120 lb. and 100 lb. ) They were attracted and caught by the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 40 and 35 minutes. They also caught two 25 lb. DORADO All the fish were caught 18 miles out from Cabo The water temp. was 76-77 degrees.
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Steve Jennison party from Ontario, CA catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 140 lb. and 110 lb. ) They were attracted by the Black Bart Lure ( MINI 1656 ANGLE / Petrolero ) and ( COSTARICAN PLUNGER / Blue / Purple ) and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 45 and 30 minutes. They also caught a 45 lb. WAHOO and a 35 lb. DORADO. All the fish were caught 16 to 18 miles from Cabo The water temp was 77-78 degrees.
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Robert Murray from Alberta, CAN catches and releases a 130 lb. STRIPED MARLIN. It was attracted and caught by the Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time was 45 minutes. They also caught three DORADO ( 20 lb. to 25 lb. ) All the fish were caught 16 to 18 miles from Cabo The water temp. was 78-79 degrees
Crowds of tourists were noticeably fewer this past week, with less than two weeks to go until Christmas, people are now occupied with preparations and other priorities. As much of Northern America has been enduring icy conditions, the climate in Southern Baja has been comfortable, mostly sunny skies with highs of 80 degrees. Northern winds increased in recent days and this made for choppy ocean conditions, though water temperatures are still averaged a bit warmer than normal at 76/78 degrees throughout the region. We do expect currents to cool more rapidly now, as this is the month with the shortest days of the year. More and more whales are now arriving from the north, these mammals will be in this area for the next several months.
WEATHER: Occasionally sunny skies this past week brought a few mornings of what have been the coldest of the season to this point. I was getting reading in the low 60's, as low as 62 degrees on Thursday morning, as I went to the marina at 5:30 am. It warmed up later on of course and we ended up averaging 82 degrees during the mostly cloudy days early in the week and in the 85-86 degree range later in the week. We had a bit of wind blow in on Thursday as well, mostly affecting us in the afternoon, and continuing on into Friday and Saturday. I did not notice much of a breeze this morning. We did not get any real rain from these clouds, but it did spit a bit on us on Monday, just enough to spot up the windshields on the cars.
WATER: The first few days of this week were a continuation of last weeks water as far as temperatures were concerned. On Monday the water on the Pacific side of the Cape was in the 78-79 degree range from the beach on out to the San Jaime and the Golden Gate Banks, to the west of there it dropped by four degrees very quickly. That was the only temperature break in our area. On Tuesday that started to change and by the end of the week our entire area was seeing water temperatures in the 77 degree range, from far west of those banks to up past the Gorda Banks area in the Sea of Cortez. The water color has been a bit off of “blue”, more of a blue with a green tinge to it, almost a glacial water look to it.
BAIT: Caballito and a few Mackerel make up the choice of live baits this past week, and you were lucky to get the Mackerel. The price was the normal $3 each.
BILLFISH: Lots of Striped Marlin were being seen this week but not many of them wanted to bite. The Pacific side continued to be the best area to find these fish, and the usual bait holding areas were worked hard by the fleets. The ledge at the lighthouse and the canyon just on the north side, the ridge at Los Arcos, the drop at Migraino and the Golden Gate Bank all had fish, but few boats were getting bit, at least compared to how the action had been. In addition, we were seeing lots of small Striped Marlin, and I mean some of these fish were in the 40-50 pound class. When you did find a hungry fish it was aggressive and would readily bite on the lure or live bait, but these fish were few and far between. If you were fishing for Marlin this week your day consisted of throwing live bait at Marlin you saw on the surface, slow trolling live bait in one of the areas listed above or running out to one of the bait balls signaled by the swooping Frigate birds. The action was scattered up and down the Pacific coastline with little action seen on the Cortez side.
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Well, we are starting to see a very slow improvement in the catch of Yellowfin Tuna as more porpoise show in our area. The fish are still mostly footballs in the 6-10 pound class, but when you get into them they bite well. Its just hard to get real excited when your limit on these small fish is 5 per person, and if you fill that limit you are done keeping any fish for the rest of the day. Get into one of the pods of porpoise that hold Tuna and you never know what might bite though, there could be some much larger fish out on the edges, as a few lucky anglers found out this week, with Tuna to 80 pounds occasionally grabbing a passing lure, or gobbling a bait dropped in front of the traveling pods of porpoise. For the large Tuna, the Gorda Banks appeared to be the place to go as there was a short bite for a few days there. If you could work the area with chunks you stood a chance to catch fish that went as large as 260 pounds, but the success ration was not very high. Then again, these were very large fish!
DORADO: There was little change in the Dorado action this past week from the week before. Lots of small 6 to 8 pound fish continued striking lures and trying to eat live bait on the Pacific side of the Cape. Most boats were shaking these fish off and waiting for larger ones to bite and since the limit is two per angler the small fish could fill a limit quickly. Getting a bigger Dorado this past week has been a matter of working harder and smarter. The larger fish continue to be found farther to the north, inside the Golden Gate area from the beach out to about two miles. Many boats that were slow trolling live bait, or drifting weighted live baits for Marlin were getting the larger Dorado. Working staggered depths with down-riggers and z-wings during a slow troll with live bait was effective, and you could be surprised at any time with either Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo or if you were close to the beach, a large Snapper or Grouper.
WAHOO: The bite was not what it has been, and the fish seemed to be a bit smaller, at least the ones that were caught. I heard a couple of anglers call them wee-hoos as they had caught a couple of them that were only 8-10 pounds. I expect the bite to be a bit better for these fish this coming week as we approach the full moon, but I have been wrong many times before. The Wahoo that were caught were found in the usual haunts, on top of the high spots and along the drop-offs, but there were also some caught out on the flats in 100 feet of water, so you just never know.
INSHORE: The Roosterfish made themselves scarce this week, at least early in the day they were hard to find. The ones that were found were once again the smaller ones in the 5-6 pound class, there were not many larger 20-30 pound fish found. Boats that were going up to the Marguerite area and the Migraino area were doing well when they found schools of Sierra, and some of these fish were decent size for the species at 6-9 pounds, but there were also schools of small 2-5 pound fish. Either size of Sierra were capable of ruining any hootchie skirts used, and could make a swimming Rapallas look decades old after a few fish had been caught. Most of these fish were tight to the beach. There were also some true Red Snapper being found off the beach. Boats bottom bouncing strip baits in 60-120 feet of water were having decent luck on Snapper to 5 pounds with an occasional fish to 10 pounds.
NOTES: I guess this was the week for small fish. Small Marlin, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and Sierra. Add in that the bite was off just a bit and many boats were scratching hard to put clients on some decent fish this week. Of course there are always a few boats that are in the right place at the right time, that is what keeps us going as anglers, right? We will keep crossed fingers that the Mackerel will show up, because usually the big fish follow the bait! Seeing the number of small fish is also a good thing as this implies a good spawning season, and plenty of fish for the future! Come on down for the holidays, with plenty of whales to be seen and steady action on small fish and the chance to catch something big, it sure beats sitting in a freezing cold car waiting for it to warm up! This report was writing to the country music sounds of George Jones. Until next week, tight lines!
Is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, not in the Frosty the Snowman sense or anything, BUT the temps are dropping enough to wear a light jacket in the morning and it sure feels more like December when the temperatures are more mild!
Not much change this week as far as the catching goes. We did have a high Striped Marlin catch this week, especially at the beginning of the week. Most boats came back with at least one. Several came back with Multiples. Bob Sweger’s party fished on 2 boats, 19′s Toy reported releasing 4 as did veteran Redrum angler Randy Boldt on one of our partner boats. Jeff Kaser released 2 and Steve Poffenroth along with wife Jeanne, also a return RedRummer, released 4, they also boated 7 Dorado. He was in the midst of it in this pic with Mate Ramon. They fished later in the week on Sunday and did not have a MUCH luck, but still caught a Dorado and released a Marlin.
Dennis Crump, also a repeat RedRum Client fished 2 days and caught and released 5 Striped Marlin and 5 Dorado.
We did have a commercial Tuna boat in the area, which is carrying small Yelllowfin for farming from the deep to La Paz, to grow them up and sell ‘em off. We prefer our Yellowfin on the run and caught in the wild, thank you :) However, it did have some advantages. There was about a 3 day window of time where some boats took advantage of all the sea life around the nets. We loaded up on Yellowfin a few days and had a stellar Wahoo day on Saturday with the most being caught on RedRum with Captain Omar. Thomas Barraza and his crew definitely had a great day catching 9 Wahoo, 5 Dorado and a Striped Marlin that day. Jeff and Dawn Prestamo were pretty happy as well, boating 5 each of Wahoo and Dorado, check ‘em out!
Written by: Stan Gabruk owner of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle
Every year when the season’s change, the returning of the whales is the main indicator that winter is here. We see the fishing in the bay take a steep drop in action due to the Whales. We Love the Whales, but the fish, now that´s another thing. In the bay, the bait has taken a powder, split, vanished, left the building. Seems they think they´re going to be lunch. Same goes for the Marietta Islands which for the last couple of weeks has been less than spectacular. Of course what would you expect with no bait to speak of this past week? That´s not to say there is not great fishing still to be had amigos. Corbeteña, the machine is alive and producing well for those seriously interested in catching world class fish in some of the best fishing grounds in the world. If you´re on the cheap, the bay still has smaller fish. So we have you covered amigos.
As I mentioned Moby Dick and his family have returned to the bay of Banderas for some good times, a little whoopee and a lot of new arrivals as baby Whales are being born all over the bay! And as I mentioned earlier, the bait believes it´s in their best interest to vacate the area before they get eaten. So needless to say you´re fishing ¨luck¨ will be less than spectacular in the middle of the bay. If you´re dead set on fishing in the bay Yelapa is still sporting Yellowfin Footballs in the 35 lb range, tasty for smaller Tuna. Bonito in the same size range along with Jack Crevalls in the 35 lb range as well are hovering at the south end of the bay. We are seeing Jack Crevalls increase in numbers and we always know the water temperatures are heading south when they arrive. But for now we´re very happy to have fish and the Whales in our watery back yard. Sailfish can still be found up near La Cruz Marina, but less abundant in the area for some reason.
The point at Punta Mita is still alive and well, but the action has slowed down a bit with some Sails to be had and Dorado still around the buoys. This will change soon, so get out there if you´re looking to stock some Dorado in your fridge. Blue and Black Marlin in the 400 to 600 lb range are still about fifteen miles off the point, not far from El Banco. So if you´re in the area, you may want to head a few miles farther out and see what´s happening around the high spots at El Banco! Marlin, Smaller Yellowfin in the 80 lb range are ¨in and out¨ as well.
The only real reliable fishing ground this week is once more Corbeteña. Thirty five miles out it will take about an hour and half to get there at a fair clip, but the journey is worth every minute once you hook into your first Marlin or Sailfish. Dorado has increased in size as well and are now running in the 40 to 60 lb size range. Blue and Black Marlin in the smaller ranges of 400 to 600 lbs are around the area now that there is Bait and more favorable water temperatures in the 81 degree range with blue water and smooth seas. I mean the conditions are so good, we forget how good we have it now until late March has us looking forward to summer once more! Cubera Snappers in the 50 lb range, Wahoo are still in the area. As a no schooling fish, Wahoo can be tricky to catch, you have to troll a little faster for them. The sharp razor like teeth make wire leaders a must. So you have to be ready to catch one if you´re targeting Wahoo. Now there are those who get lucky and just hook the fish in the corner of the mouth. These are the luck fish, the fish you should have never caught, but did! Those taste the best! Yellowfin Tuna in the 80 to 175 lb range, good luck in your search, it´s not going to be easy. Still, a few miles off the rock can produce some great results if you´re adventurous.
A little local news, after years of corrupt port authorities allowing illegal boats to ¨operate¨ under the radar has finally decided to crack down on illegal fishing and tour boats in all the marinas here in the Puerto Vallarta area. For years these illegal boats who had no requirements for safety equipment, insurance, licenses or even the common sense to have a radio have operated and mostly put every legit fishing company out of business in Marina Vallarta. JpegThere we nearly fifty boats seized and ticketed throughout the area in the last few days. Finally!!!! For a couple hundred bucks a month illegal boats could operate a ¨business¨ and not worry about being put under a microscope. Those of us that went to the powers that be got deaf ears and excuses about how they deserve to make a living also, so it was never a even playing field. Now that these boats are being weeded out, the legal boats are seeing an upsurge in business as is Master Baiter´s. These enforced regulations will make it safer for the general public who will sacrifice safety for a better price. Of course safety is something you don´t think about until you need it. It´s like insurance, you don´t want to pay for it, until it´s needed and then you´re glad you had it. Same goes for a sinking boat, there is little chance you´ll have an issue even on an uninsured boat, but what do you do if the boat is sinking and your captain only has a cell phone and no radio. I guess you´d have to either swim in and hope they have a life jacket or hope the person he calls can tell who ever they reach to come find you and the boat in the great big bay before you get soaked and worse. Think about it, remember there are no liability laws in Mexico, be safe, be sure and be smart.
Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Brian Lalonde party from Summerstown Ontario, CAN catches and releases a 120 lb. STRIPED MARLIN. It was attracted by a Black Bart Lure ( COSTARICAN PLUNGER / Purple / Black ) and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time was 35 minutes. They also caught two 25 lb. DORADO All the fish were caught 16 miles from Cabo The water temp. was 77 degrees.
A terrific fishing week for the boats at Puerto Morelos that included the unusual catch of 7 sailfish in the mix for the month of December, along with a couple of dorado. Mind you, the billfish season peaks in May & June and it is not at all usual for the sailfish to be on location in December, but they are here. The "Mojito" landed 4 sailfish for 2 days fished, along with 1 dorado, 5 king mackerel and assorted bottomfish for their anglers. The overall catches for a total of 22 days fished reflected 7 sailfish, 2 dorado, 6 giant barracuda, 48 bonito, 7 king mackerel, 4 Spanish mackerel, 1 rainbow runner, 1 needlefish, 1 amberjack, 64 snapper, (fish of the week) 17 grouper, 19 triggerfish, 28 banana fish, 10 grumpy fish, 11 strawberry fish and 1 soapfish. This was a very high mixed bag catch week and reflected a total of 16 different species in the catches.
PM Climate: It has been a week of scattered rain possibilities that ranged from a 40% to 80% chance to get rained on. Area remained mostly cloudy with temps that varied from 68 nights to 86 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps remained stable from 82-83 degrees and the surface breezes were from the easterly directions to 15 mph and all areas very fishable.
Best Bait: The continuous availability of the ballyhoo remains the focus of the anglers and the crew and is provided fresh on a daily basis.
It was another week of fabulous fishing from Zihuatanejo, according to our reporter, Captain Temo Verboonen, Temo says, "everyday is a bonanza for sailfish and the average releases are 5-6 per day and even more strikes. The action is just a few miles in front of Zihuatanejo Bay. The dorado continue to mix in with the catches and for the most part, they are quality sized dorados in the 15 kilo ranges, (30-plus pound range). When we catch both, sailfish and dorados, its been a complete, good fishing day and the anglers have a quality fresh dinner for their reward of a fine fishing day. We had a blue marlin report from one of the skippers and that made sense given the big schools of bonitos in the area, running with the porpoise schools. The inshore fishing is hot, too, with the reports of Spanish mackerel, (Sierra) and jack crevalle in abundance and producing easy limits. Also, a few big roosters are around the beaches/surf areas but not a sufficient number to focus on just the roosterfish. Overall, our fishing continues to provide fast action everyday and remains very close to the front of the Bay.
IZ Climate: Mostly sunny and warm days and pleasant evenings and nights. Temps varied from 71 nights to 94 daytime highs, nearly perfect weather for everyone. Surface breezes flowed from the westerly directions up to 8 mph.
Sea Conditions: Remained in the excellent mode with temps that remained stable at 86-87 degrees from the shoreline to the 1000 fathom curve and beyond. A small, light swell flowed from the westerly directions.
Best Fishing Area: Continues at the edge of the color break out front of Zihuatanejo Bay, from about 6-7 miles offshore.
Best Bait/Lure: Rigged baits, artificials and live bait are all working very well for the offshore fishing. Pencil poppers, spinning and trolling lures working very well for the inshore fishing.
Bait Supply: Remained very plentiful for both, fresh baits for rigging and live bait at $5.00 per dozen.
The Aries Sportfishing Fleet is still providing good fishing from the Marina El Cid and it looks like the fishing will continue right through the Christmas Holiday Season again this year. While the sailfish bite continues to provide billfish opportunities, the showing of the yellowfin tuna are adding to the catches for the anglers. The overall catch reports for the 18 offshore fishing days reflected 11 sailfish, 3 dorado and 22 yellowfin tuna. The inshore fishing has gained some momentum this past week, too, and reflected 8 corvina, 9 palometas, 36 jack crevalle and 18 red snappers for their 6 days fished.
Mazatlan Climate: Mostly cloudy days this past week and changing to partly cloudy days by Friday. Temps ranged from 61 nights to 85 daytime highs. Mostly westerly surface breezes to 12 mph.
Sea Conditions: Sea temps ranged from 76 inshore to 81 offshore with good clarity at about 14 miles or so. Light westerly swell with very good fishing conditions throughout the area.
Best Fishing Area: No special area was reported for this past week.
Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits were best for the billfish and feathers were best for the yellowfin tuna.
Bait Supply: Remained excellent through the week with good supply of fresh baits for rigging and live baits at $1.00 per bait.
The billfish action continues for the fleets from Cabo San Lucas, with the action taking place on the Pacific side of the peninsula. There was an increase in the yellowfin tuna bite this past week that ranged from the Jaime Bank to the Herradura area, just outside of the Cabo San Lucas Bay area. The "Gaviota VII" was high billfish boat for the week with 11 stripers for their 6 days fished and adding 8 dorado to their bag. The overall combined fish counts for a total of 41 days reflected 51 stripers, (49 released) 4 wahoo, (to 30 lbs.) 69 dorado, (to 41 lbs.) and 64 yellowfin tuna, (mostly school fish in the 15-20 lb. ranges and an occasional 40-50 lb. fish).
Cabo Climate: A mostly cloudy week with temps that ranged from 60 nights to 81 daytime highs and breezy conditions from Thursday thru the weekend.
Sea Conditions: Both sides, the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez side experienced near the same water temps that ranged from 75-77 degrees. Surface winds were blowing from the northerly directions for the most part and ranged to about 17 mph but didn't affect the fishing and catching which continued to be mostly on the Pacific side, albeit, not as smooth a ride for the anglers.
Best Fishing Area: Continues to be the Pacific side in the areas from Cabo Falso to Migrino. All of the tuna came from the Jaime Bank to the Herradura area, all on the Pacific side of Cabo.
Best Lure/Bait: Live bait is by far the best but billfish, dorado and wahoo also taking the artificials.
Live Bait Supply: Great live bait supply and mostly caballitos at $3.00 per bait.
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. The Brian Lalonde party from Summerstown Ontario, CAN catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN ( 120 lb. and 140 lb. ) They were attracted by the Black Bart Lures ( TAITHIAN PROWLER / Green / Blue ) and ( SUPER PRO JET / Blue / Pink ) and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 40 and 45 minutes. They also caught six DORADO ( 25 lb. to 30 lb. ) All the fish were caught 12 to 16 miles from Cabo The water temp. was 78 degrees.
Despite being the week after Thanksgiving there are still good numbers of tourists in town, many simply looking for the warmer weather, as much of the northern territories are now enduring icy wintry conditions. Local weather has been great, mostly sunny days, some scattered cloud cover, highs averaging 80 degrees. Winds were now predominately blowing from the north, this past week the breeze was moderate and anglers enjoyed nice ocean conditions, this is the time of year when there are cycles of gusty winds which last several days. Los Cabos is situated on the Southern Peninsula, when offshore fishing grounds are blown out from too much wind, there can be other options found in more protected areas.
Sportfishing fleets are now fishing all of the normal grounds in various directions, ocean temperature is now steady throughout the region, from the Pacific banks to Los Frailes, averaging in the 78/79 degree range, no great temperature break, conditions are a bit warmer than normal, though we do expect to see a cooling trend as days now progressively become shorter. Bait supplies have varied a bit from day to day, caballito and sardinas have been available recently on a regular basis, sardinas have been found towards Los Frailes and the commercial fleet has been delivering them to panga charters on Iman to Vinorama. Other bait options included ballyhoo, slabs of squid, chihuil and skipjack. Overall the bait situation has improved.
San Jose del Cabo fleets have been fishing mainly on the grounds from Santa Maria, where there has been steady action for striped marlin, with dorado and a few wahoo mixed in, more numbers of charters were now heading in the direction of the Iman Bank, where the odds of finding yellowfin tuna were best, anglers were drift fishing with striped squid or sardinas, the tuna were averaging 10 to 20 pounds, striking more readily on lighter leaders, catches varied from one or two per boat, up to 15 fish, matter of being in the right place when the fish were in the feeding mood. On Thursday there was one 100 pound class yellowfin tuna landed off the Gordo Banks, first larger grade tuna we have heard about for the past couple of weeks, maybe a chance still at a cow. Dorado were found on these same grounds and scattered throughout the area, smaller sized schools, most of the fish were10 pounds or less, though there were exceptions of larger bulls landed. Trolling medium sized lures or larger sized baitfish was a productive technique for finding the dorado.
Wahoo are doing what they commonly do, remain elusive even during the supposedly peak season. These fish are definitely in the area, there are hook ups being reported daily, just no huge numbers or with any consistency, holding on the ledges, along drop offs, over structure, normally encountered in water depths from 100 to 200 feet. Trolling with rapalas, skirted lead heads and with rigged larger sized baitfish are what these fish will commonly strike on, rapid strikes, like no other, many lost strikes, happen so fast, either on or off. With the water temperatures now in the preferred range for wahoo we are optimistic that on any given day these fish could become more increasingly active. Anglers recently have been fortunate to lane one or two of these fish, the wahoo being brought in have been averaging in the 20 to 40 pound range.
Off the bottom structure, across the Iman Bank, anglers reported more success while dropping larger baitfish, caballito, skipjack or chihuil, near the bottom, there were amberjack, grouper and dogtooth snapper accounted for, no big numbers, but quality fish in the 30 to 60 pound class. A couple of yellowtail were reported by the commercial fleets fishing in deeper waters for snapper, these yellows were over 30 pounds, home guard fish, holding in the cooler depths. Several nice sized sierra were taken on the offshore banks, a bit out of their normal habitat closer to shore. Quite a few bonito now on the same grounds, mixed with yellowfin tuna and black skipjack, this is normally a sign of cooling waters, as sierra become plentiful along the beaches.
Many whales now being spotted, these whales are just showing in greater numbers, arriving from their northern grounds, we are also seeing other sea life, including manta rays, sea lions, turtles and lots of birds.
The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos Marina sent out approximately 135 charters for this past week, with anglers accounting for a fish count of: 11 striped marlin, 2 sailfish, 39 wahoo, 190 bonito, 15 cabrilla, 13 amberjack, 2 dogtooth snapper,45 sierra, 260 dorado and 445 yellowfin tuna.
Fishing on the World Famous EL BUDSTER. Jessica Patterson from Alberta, CAN catches and releases two STRIPED MARLIN. (120 lb. and 110 lb. ) They were attracted by the Black Bart Lures ( COSTARICAN PLUNGER / Blue / Purple ) and ( TAITHIAN PROWLER / Blue / Pink ) and caught on the live Pacific Mackeral. The fighting time were 45 and 40 minutes.
They were caught on the Lighthouse Reef The water temp. was 79 degrees
Water-79-80. Warmer than normal for this time of year, some north wind early in the week, clean, flat water from Tuesday on.
Air- Very pleasant weather, cool mornings, warming to the high 70's and low 80's.
For this late in the season the fishing remains very good. We have been sending out only one or two boats a day, the light fishing pressure hasn''t hurt the fishing.
Our best bill fish year continues, with both Sailfish and Striped Marlin biting aggressively all week. The Dorado have been bigger with 30# fish common, most anglers limiting. All the fish are close to the hotel, most boats returning midday. We have been using big Spanish Mackerel for bait this week. The Macks have been deadly, almost all fish taken on live Mackerel.
Bill fish- About a 50/50 mix of Stripers and Sails. All taken off La Ribera and south to the light house. Anglers targeting bill fish are releasing at least one. Literally all taken on live Mackerel this week.
Dorado- Bigger fish this week. Average 15#'s with 30#ers common. All close to the hotel both north and south. All boats targeting are catching nice Dorado. Again the big Mackerel has been the bait of choice.
Inshore- Lots of Gallo's. No one has been fishing inside..
Thanksgiving vacationers visiting Los Cabos this week were greeted with pristine weather conditions. As much of the United States was being impacted by powerful storms, in Southern Baja the climate has been ideal, highs ranging 75/80 degrees, scattered early day cloud cover, with plenty of sunshine the rest of the day. Early in the week there were strong gusting winds whipping in from the north, this limited angler’s options for a few days, later in the week the winds resided and ocean conditions were much more comfortable.
It has been another fun fishing week from Puerto Morelos and the catching reflected another off season sailfish in the mixed bag catches. According to our local reporter, Ms. Nayade Gamboa, the catching has been very good and continues to offer the anglers a 10-plus fish average per boat fishing day. This past week reflected a total of 17 days fished that included 1 sailfish, 51 bonito, 7 blackfin tuna, 2 Spanish mackerel, 1 wahoo, 36 triggerfish, 35 grouper, 30 snapper, 30 grumpy fish, 13 banana fish, 2 strawberry fish and 2 soapfish. Nayade mentioned that angler participation has been slower than usual but anticipates a substantial activity increase with the coming holidays.
PM Climate: Partly cloudy but warm days with intermittent periods of sunshine and temps that ranged from 64 nights to 84 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Surface winds flowing in from t he easterly directions at 7-13 mph. Sea temps stable at 82-83 degrees.
Best Bait/Lure: The ballyhoo remain the bait of choice for the anglers and the crews and remains very plentiful in this area.
Bait Supply: Excellent for the ballyhoo in assorted sizes.
According to our local area reporter, Captain Temo Verboonen, this past week was a near repeat of the weeks before with excellent fishing for the anglers. The billfish and dorado are cooperating very well and remain close to the Bay, starting at about 8 miles from the entrance. The average has been about 6 sailfish releases per boat day fished and the dorado continue to supplement the catches with mostly quality sized fish. The inshore action has the fishing moving around day by day but in general, good Sierra and bonito action. Big areas of jack crevalle on their way and moving in from the deeper water. Not too much on the roosterfish but still, a few bigger fish still appearing for the inshore anglers.
IZ Climate: Partly cloudy but wonderful warm days and evenings with temps that ranged from 73 nights to 93 daytime highs.
Sea Conditions: Excellent sea temps that have held at 84-85 degrees throughout the area. Small swells and 5-10 mph surface breezes flowing in from the southwest.
Best Fishing Area: At the 8 mile mark directly out front of Zihuatanejo Bay, and beyond.
Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits working excellent for the billfish and some dorado but live bait is working very well for the dorado, too.
Bait Supply: Continues to be plentiful for both, live bait at $5.00 per dozen and fresh baits for rigging.
Leading up to the Mar de Cortez Circuit Tournament, the fishing this past week has set the pace of what to expect. The billfish have been cooperating and appear to be eager to bite a variety of presentations, including rigged baits, live baits and artificial lures.High boat for the week was the "Aries III", releasing 5 sailfish for a single fishing day. The overall offshore fish counts for 23 days fished reflected 1 blue marlin, (no size provided) 3 striped marlin, 30 sailfish, (17 releases) and 1 dorado. According to Marina & Fleet Manager, Geronimo Cevallos, all of the offshore fleets are currently pre-booked for the Tournament and gathering prior tournament fishing days with their tournament crews before the 1-day event, fishing on November 30, 2013, and he expects excellent tournament fishing for the anglers participating. The inshore super pangs had very good fishing for their six fishing days that included 2 corvina, 18 red snappers, 31 triggerfish, 1 palometa and 51 rock perch.
Mazatlan Climate: Mostly cloudy days with 5-10 mph surface breezes rolling in from the southerly directions.
Sea Conditions: Little swell and excellent sea temps holding at 77 inshore and rising to 81 offshore at about 18 miles or so.
Best Fishing Area: Out to the southwest of the Marina El Cid, starting at about 18 miles or so and working outbound from there.
Best Lure/Bait: Rigged baits worked best for the billfish.
Bait Supply: Excellent bait supply for both, rigging baits and live baits. Live bait is $1.00 per bait.